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2016 Detroit Auto Show Preview

2016 Detroit Auto Show Preview

By Christian Wardlaw, December 21, 2015

Check the long-range weather forecast for Detroit in January and the cold, gray, bleakness provides stark contrast to the hot, bright, shiny sheetmetal that will be parked within downtown’s Cobo Center at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The show is open to the public January 16-24. In advance of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, we have compiled a summary of the new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that are scheduled to make their debut.

Acura Precision Concept
If you want to get a sense of what future Acura models will look like, be sure to check out the Acura Precision Concept in Detroit. Acura says this vehicle “will serve as the inspiration for the styling and proportion of the next generation of Acura vehicles.”

Audi Concept
According to a report published by Autocar, Audi’s official plans for Detroit include “a concept car with new drive technology.” Unofficially, that vehicle will be a hydrogen-powered concept vehicle called the Q6 H-Tron.

2016 BMW M2
With a 362-horsepower, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine and a complete reworking of its mechanical hardware, this performance-tuned version of the 2 Series Coupe is ready to rumble.

2016 BMW X4 M40i
Equipped with more power, greater handling capability, and appropriately modified styling and interior details, the new BMW X4 M40i is an alphabet soup of performance.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt
With the new 2017 Bolt, Chevrolet aims to deliver long-range electric mobility at an affordable price. The Bolt concept on which the 5-door hatchback is based was impressive. Stay tuned for details about the production version of the Bolt.

2017 Chrysler Town & Country
Once upon a time, Chrysler owned the minivan segment. Today, that’s no longer true. The redesigned 2017 Town & Country aims to reclaim lost ground, a task made easier by the eventual discontinuation of the Dodge Grand Caravan.

2017 Ford Fusion
Ford gives the 2017 Fusion a thorough mid-life update. The changes are unlikely to prove as dramatic as what’s been wrought upon the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, the Fusion’s platform-mate, but you can expect the upgrades to reinvigorate interest in one of the most attractive family sedans available today.

As this article was written, GMC had not detailed what it will discuss in Detroit. The full-size Acadia crossover is overdue for a redesign, but GMC might also use Detroit to introduce a new subcompact crossover SUV.

2017 Honda Ridgeline
Honda returns the Ridgeline midsize pickup truck to its lineup. Expect more conventional styling and crew-cab packaging, along with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive. Honda is also promising “innovative, segment-first features.”

2017 Genesis
Hyundai launches its new Genesis luxury brand with the 2017 Genesis G80 (a revised version of the current Genesis Sedan) and the new 2017 Genesis G90 flagship sedan, which replaces the Equus.

2016 Infiniti Q50
Infiniti reworks the 2016 Q50 sport sedan with a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, available Dynamic Digital Suspension, next-generation Direct Adaptive Steering, and new safety features.

Infiniti Q60 Concept photo2017 Infiniti Q60
Infiniti’s long-awaited midsize luxury sports coupe debuts in Detroit, likely containing the same new turbocharged engines offered in the Q50 sedan. Spy photos show a car that takes Infiniti’s signature design language to the next, quite attractive level.

2016 Infiniti QX60
Freshened styling, a quieter interior with upgraded materials, revised steering and suspension tuning, new safety technologies, and updated equipment packages are designed to keep Infiniti’s 7-seat, 3-row luxury crossover SUV on customer shopping lists.

Long rumored to be developing a sports car, Kia could be planning to make big news in Detroit. Other possibilities are less exciting to ponder: Updated Forte? New Optima Hybrid? Freshened 2017 Cadenza? We shall see.

2017 Lexus LC 500
Lexus filed copyright applications for the names LC 500 and LC 500h, and the rumor mill is churning about their application to a new flagship luxury coupe to be slotted atop the lineup. Styling should resemble the LF-LC Concept. Power should come from the same 5.0-liter V-8 found in the RC F and GS F, along with a gas-electric hybrid offering.

2017 Lincoln Continental
With the 2017 Continental, a new flagship luxury sedan resets the Lincoln brand…again. In a change from recent history, the Continental boasts a real name. In alignment with recent history, it still sits on a front-drive platform. Expect the same twin-turbocharged V-6 engine recently announced for the revamped MKZ, with all-wheel drive an option.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz is redesigning the E-Class sedan for 2017. Expect similar styling to the C-Class and S-Class, along with a mixture of powertrains from each. The latest infotainment and safety technologies will also be available, and, fingers crossed, let’s hope the wagon returns.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class
A refreshed replacement for the SLK roadster, the new SLC-Class gets slight styling changes, a new engine for the AMG model, enhancements for the power-retractable hardtop, and the latest in safety and infotainment technologies from Mercedes-Benz.

Most likely, Nissan will unveil an updated Pathfinder, the company’s 7-passenger, 3-row crossover SUV. Styling should adopt the same themes seen in the Maxima sedan and Murano SUV, and Nissan will likely offer new safety systems and next-generation NissanConnect infotainment technology.

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Freshened styling, more powerful engines, new technologies, and added standard equipment comprise a significant update to the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models. Yet, they remain unmistakable at a glance.

Volkswagen had not announced its plans for Detroit as this article was written, but you can bet the automaker won’t be rolling out a new Phaeton flagship sedan. Instead, show-goers can expect to see the new 2017 Tiguan, or the midsize crossover SUV that Volkswagen is planning, or a rumored EV Concept, or perhaps freshly-cut checks for everyone!

2017 Volvo S90
On a roll now, Volvo follows up the impressive XC90 SUV with a handsome new flagship sedan. With the 2017 S90, the automaker is promising “one of the most luxuriously appointed interiors and connected infotainment systems in the large sedan segment.” Expect a turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine as well as a plug-in hybrid version.

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