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Highlights From the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Highlights From the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

By Jeff Youngs, January 21, 2015

While Detroit may not be the first destination one thinks of when looking for a world-class show or a few days surrounded by opulence and luxury, that's exactly what attendees at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) enjoyed this week. Granted, there was no shortage of exciting truck and alternative-powered vehicle announcements, and Ford had tongues wagging with its performance models, but a surprising number of newsworthy debuts also came from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Infiniti.

2016 Acura NSX
After years of anticipation--and the previous debut of a similar concept car--the Acura NSX returns to the company's lineup as a 2016 model, with sales starting during the summer of 2015. At the heart of this lightweight all-wheel-drive (AWD) supercar is a hybrid powertrain consisting of a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, 3 electric motors, and a battery pack.

2016 Acura NSX Preview

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Scheduled to arrive in U.S. showrooms later this year, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is essentially a 4C coupe with a removable targa roof over the 2-passenger seating compartment. Charged with moving this lightweight sports car is a 237-horsepower 4-cylinder engine that Alfa claims contributes to a 0-60 mph time of just 4.1 seconds.

2016 Buick Cascada
Buick has been gradually expanding its model lineup in recent years, and now goes one step further with the debut of the 2016 Cascada. The first soft-top convertible to wear a Buick badge in more than two decades, this 4-passenger model features a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and will go on sale in early 2016.

2016 Buick Cascada Preview

2016 Cadillac CTS-V
When the Cadillac CTS-V first debuted it combined luxury with 400 eager horsepower. Fast forward to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where the covers came off of the 2016 CTS-V, now sporting a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 640 horsepower and 630 lb.-ft. of torque. Cadillac claims this latest iteration can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Preview

Chevrolet Bolt Concept
One of the biggest obstacles for most electric vehicles has been a lack of range, or distance they can travel on a full charge. Chevrolet suggests its 4-passenger Bolt concept car serves a solution, offering a 200-mile range that would make it suitable for more than relatively short daily commutes.

2016 Chevrolet Volt
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt hit the stage at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where the world got a look at its sleeker styling, 5-passenger interior, and updated powertrain engineered to deliver improved performance, greater overall efficiency, and an electric-only range of 50 miles. For longer trips that require the use of the 2016 Volt's 1.5-liter gasoline-powered generator, Chevy estimates fuel economy will average 41 mpg.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Preview

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Ford grabbed headlines and the attention of tough-truck loving man, woman and child with the launch of its first F-150 Raptor, which will soon be replaced by a new Raptor based on the completely redesigned 2015 F-150. Due to go on sale in late 2016, the 2017 Ford Raptor features aluminum body panels, turbocharged EcoBoost engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a significantly upgraded chassis.

2017 Ford GT
Ford is rejoining the supercar ranks with the introduction of the all-new 2017 GT, a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model fitted with a 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine generating what Ford claims to be more than 600 horsepower, and extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. Sales start in 2016.

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang
Hot on the heels of the recently debuted GT350 comes the 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang, or what Ford touts as the "most race-ready road-legal Mustang ever." Among the GT350R's highlights are standard carbon fiber wheels, track-tuned and lowered chassis with MagneRide shocks, and, in the name of weight savings, the deletion of audio and air conditioning systems, rear seats, and exhaust resonators.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
One year after the debut of the all-new Sonata sedan, Hyundai has pulled the wraps off of its Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid plug-in models. Differentiated by subtle design changes, such as a unique grille and specific alloy wheels, these fuel-sipping sedans use a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine bundled with an electric motor and battery pack. A larger battery allows the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to travel a manufacturer-estimated 22 miles on just electric power.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Preview

Infiniti Q60 Concept
While some concept cars are merely design exercises that will never again see the light of day, the Q60 you see here offers a glimpse at the next-generation production model that's due to arrive in 2016. The 2-door, 4-passenger coupe is expected to be powered by a direct-injection, twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine.

2016 Lexus GS F
Expanding upon its lineup of performance models, Lexus has created the 2016 GS F sport sedan. Upgrades over the standard GS include a retuned chassis with a Sport+ mode intended for track use, 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine, rear torque-vectoring control system with three modes, and unique styling cues.

2016 Lexus GS F Preview

2016 Lincoln MKX
Lincoln used the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as the backdrop to unveil the completely redesigned 2016 MKX, a crossover featuring all-new styling, choice of traditional V-6 and EcoBoost engines, revised chassis for improved handling, power seats with 22-way adjustment, available Revel audio system, and a broader selection of high-end trim levels.

2016 Lincoln MKX Preview

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
For the presumably Mercedes-Benz fans who have been clamoring for a BMW X6 of their own, your wishes have finally come true. Arriving later this year as a 2016 model, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE is essentially a large crossover with a sloped tail giving it the appearance of a coupe. Offered in GL450 4Matic guise, this 5-passenger creation is equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Preview

2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop
Making its North American debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop goes on sale this spring with the Mini Cooper's updated styling and a turbocharged engine that produces 228 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. Mini claims the car will reach 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds.

2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Preview

2016 Nissan Titan
After a decade of languishing in last place as a not-quite-full-size pickup in a market full of hot-selling F-150s, Silverados and Rams (not to mention the Toyota Tundra), Nissan has finally overhauled its Titan pickup for the 2016 model year. With styling that might have you thinking F-150, the all-new 2016 Titan will be available with V-6 and V-8 gas engines, as well as a Cummins turbo-diesel. Nissan claims its full-size truck will tow up to 12,000 lbs. and accommodate a 2,000-lb. payload when properly equipped.

2016 Nissan Titan Preview

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel
Marked by its decidedly rugged look--and a bold grille not seen on any other Ram model--the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel is an off-road-ready pickup with a generous serving of attitude. To warrant the Rebel badge, Ram upfitted its 1500 with a lift kit, skid plates, unique 17-in. alloy wheels wrapped in 33-in. all-terrain tires, and vinyl upholstery with an integrated tire tread pattern. Buyers have their choice of RWD or 4-wheel-drive and either a 3.6-liter V-6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine.

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel Preview

2016 Toyota Tacoma
When it comes to midsize trucks, the Toyota Tacoma has long led the pack, despite being long overdue for a redesign. However, change is finally here, as the 2016 model year marks the arrival of an all-new Tacoma, one with fresh styling, a new frame and chassis, 2.7-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6 engines, desirable features such as a wireless phone charger and blind-spot monitoring system, and five trim levels ranging from the basic SR to the tricked-out Tacoma Limited.

2016 Toyota Tacoma Preview

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept
Though technically a concept model, the VW Cross Coupe GTE offers what the automaker describes as a glimpse at a production model we'll see before 2017. Using a hybrid powertrain centered on a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, the AWD GTE can travel up to 20 miles solely on electric power, Volkswagen says.

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country and S60 Inscription
Volvo used the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as an opportunity to introduce the masses to its new 2016 S60 Cross Country model, a capable AWD version of the popular S60 sedan that sports a few of its own design tweaks and raised ride height that gives it a more commanding presence. Also unveiled in the Motor City was the S60 Inscription, a stretched version of the S60 that offers additional rear legroom and more upscale amenities.

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country and S60 Inscription Preview

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