Photo Gallery: Highlights From the 2016 Detroit Auto Show
Snow, wind, and arctic air descended upon Detroit’s Cobo Hall and the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), but baby it sure was warm inside thanks to the hot, new sheetmetal global automakers rolled under spotlights. On the pages that follow, we highlight 24 of the most significant debuts at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Acura Precision Concept
While hints of current Infiniti and Lexus design cues are evident in the Acura Precision Concept, the overall result is undeniably appealing. A 4-door sedan, the Acura Precision Concept points the way forward for Acura. Dave Marek, Acura’s global creative director, called it “a design study model that literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products.”
2017 Audi A4 Allroad
Based on the Audi A4 Avant, a station wagon that is no longer sold in the United States, the A4 Allroad is redesigned for 2017, boasting rugged styling cues, added ground clearance, and a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive.
2016 BMW M2 Coupe
The price walk from a BMW 435i Coupe with leather and a Track Handling package to the delicious new BMW M2 Coupe is just $400. That’s it. If it is the Ultimate Driving Machine that you seek, the smaller, lighter, more powerful, and track-ready M2 represents a raging bargain.
Buick Avista Concept
Can a Buick be as desirable and alluring as an Aston Martin? Don’t laugh; that’s a serious question. And based on the gorgeous Avista Concept car that Buick debuted in Detroit, the serious answer could be “Yes!”
2016 Buick Envision
At the start of 2016, if you want a Buick crossover SUV, you can get the tiny Encore or the ginormous Enclave. Soon, however, the 2016 Buick Envision arrives, a just-right-sized 5-passenger crossover that will almost certainly become one of the best-selling models in the company’s lineup. Blue-blooded Americans, however, will need to excuse the “Made in China” labels, though.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet introduced the new Bolt EV at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and then released new technical details about the electric car in Detroit. According to Chevy, the new Bolt EV makes 200 horsepower, accelerates to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds, travels 200 miles on a single battery charge, and Regen on Demand technology brings the SUV to a stop (in certain conditions) without using the brake pedal.
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch
Around the world, the Chevy Cruze has been available as a 5-door hatchback, but not in the United States. That changes for the 2017 model year, when the new Cruze Hatch arrives. What’s the benefit? Cargo space, to the tune of 18.5 cu. ft. behind the rear seat and 42 cu. ft. maximum.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Chrysler reinvents its minivan, and changes the name in the process. Highlights include gasoline and plug-in hybrid powertrains, hands-free power sliding doors, improved Stow ‘n Go seating, and a number of infotainment, technology, and convenience equipment upgrades.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
Arriving for 2017, the F-150 Raptor is a factory-built, off-road performance truck equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, a 10-speed automatic transmission, Terrain Management drivetrain technology, and a Baja-ready chassis and suspension. In Detroit, Ford introduced the SuperCrew variant of the Raptor, a crew cab model with seating for five.
2017 Ford Fusion
At a glance, the 2017 Fusion looks the same. Beyond the subtle styling tweaks, though, important changes include new Sync 3 infotainment technology, a pedestrian-detection safety system, and improved Hybrid and Energi models. A new luxury-themed Platinum trim level debuts, too, but our favorite is the twin-turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Fusion Sport, which supplies 325 horsepower.
2017 Genesis G90
Hyundai is launching its new Genesis luxury brand with this, the G90 flagship model. It replaces the Hyundai Equus, and targets models such as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The first of six Genesis models, the G90 is offered with a twin-turbo V-6 or a V-8, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and the requisite comfort, convenience, infotainment, and safety systems that buyers expect in the segment.
2017 GMC Acadia
If you want a big, roomy GMC Acadia, don’t wait much longer. The redesigned 2017 Acadia is significantly smaller, inside and out, better plugging the gap between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon models. This new midsize crossover SUV even comes with a standard 4-cylinder engine.
2017 Honda Ridgeline
Built for personal use, the redesigned Honda Ridgeline might not tow or haul as much weight as other midsize trucks, but it makes up for its deficiencies in terms of practicality, utility, fuel economy, and driving dynamics. This is the kind of truck that most suburbanites need, most of the time.
2016 Infiniti Q50
Infiniti’s best-selling model, the Q50 sport sedan is equipped with new gasoline engines for 2016, ranging from a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder sourced from Mercedes-Benz to a 400-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6. Next-generation Direct Adaptive Steering, a new Dynamic Digital Suspension, and a racy new Red Sport 400 performance model debut for 2016.
2017 Infiniti Q60
Redesigned for 2017, the new Infiniti Q60 benefits from the same powertrain, steering, and suspension updates that debut for the Q50 sedan, packaged in an attractive 2-door coupe. It is sized and equipped to compete with the Audi A5/S5, BMW 4 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus RC, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
2016 Infiniti QX60
Infiniti announced changes to its popular QX60 midsize, 7-passenger crossover SUV just before the holidays, when shopping, parties, and year-end deadlines sidetracked consumers. In case you missed it, here is the synopsis: refined styling, upgraded interior, re-tuned steering and suspension, and revised equipment packaging.
Kia Telluride Concept
Longer, wider, and taller than a Kia Sorento, the Kia Telluride Concept reflects the automaker’s vision of a luxury-oriented, 3-row SUV. Highlights include fingerprint engine activation, Swipe Command rear-seat entertainment, and health and energy rejuvenation technologies. The real news is the plug-in hybrid drivetrain, a “near-future” powertrain making 400 horsepower and returning 30 mpg on the highway, according to Kia.
2017 Lexus LC 500
Positioned as a flagship coupe, the Lexus LC 500 is the production version of the LF-LC Concept shown four years ago. Equipped with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine from the RC F and packing serious mechanical hardware, the Lexus LC 500 represents the apex of the corner Toyota is taking with Lexus design, technology, sophistication, and performance.
2017 Lincoln Continental
Great name, good car. With the 2017 Continental, Lincoln once again pushes a product development re-set button, and this time the company appears to be serious about polishing its classic star logo to a brilliant luster. However, despite its flagship status, the Lincoln Continental represents a significant leap toward the goal rather than the finish line.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
You’re looking at the new gold standard within the midsize luxury sedan class. Mercedes-Benz left nothing to chance when it came to redesigning the new 2017 E-Class, a futuristic and sophisticated marvel promising a combination of sleek styling, sumptuous interior, impressive safety, and satisfying dynamics—whether you’re driving it solo or with the help of its semi-autonomous technologies.
Nissan Titan Warrior Concept
Take one Ford F-150 Raptor recipe, apply it to the new Titan XD turbodiesel pickup truck, and you’ve got the Titan Warrior Concept. Seems easy enough to translate this to production, at which point big truck buyers would need to decide between the twin-turbo V-6 in the Raptor and the 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8 in the Warrior. Decisions, decisions…
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo & Turbo S
Now that all Porsche 911 models are turbocharged, the 911 Turbo’s name takes on a different meaning. Now, it translates to “Best.” Making 540 horsepower in standard format and 580 horsepower in Turbo S trim, the new 911 Turbo also gains standard equipment and receives a styling makeover, among other modifications.
Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept
Dear Volkswagen: Please just show us the U.S.-spec, production version of the redesigned Tiguan. Crossover SUVs are hot. You need people to get excited about the brand. Your dealers need to cultivate lists of potential leads. Don’t make us try to see what goes on sale later this year by mentally stripping the Tiguan GTE Active Concept of its rugged off-roading costume.
2017 Volvo S90
Volvo’s redesigned XC90 SUV is terrific, and just won the North American Truck of the Year award at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Sitting next to it at the Volvo stand, the new 2017 Volvo S90 represents the next step in the proud Swedish automaker’s reinvention. An impressive automobile, the S90 takes everything good about the XC90, applies it to a sedan body style, and kicks things up a notch.