It’s January and that means one thing to automakers. It’s time for the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
The show kicks off next week in Detroit and it’s where we expect automakers to debut or show off dozens of new vehicles. The big news this year will be SUVs, midsize trucks and performance vehicles.
The auto show has returned to its former glory in the past couple of years – after some pretty dismal ones due to the recession. But as new car sales have picked back up in the US, so, too, has the Detroit Auto Show. Some automakers are still opting out of it this year though, including Jaguar, Land Rover, Tesla and MINI.
Here’s a preview of what we expect people to be talking about at the show next week.
Acura will unveil its Precision concept. While it won’t be a production model, Audi says a sign of what’s to come from the automaker. Expect it be a performance-oriented sedan. Last year, Acura unveiled the NSX supercar.
Audi should give us two world premieres. Plus, the 2017 A4 Sedan will make its North American debut. It’s the company’s best-selling sedan.
BMW is all about performance this year. It will show off the sportier X4 M40i which goes on sale in February. The M2 will be a big highlight. The coupe packs a brand new twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine with 365 horsepower. It goes on sale in April.
Buick will show off its new Envision crossover that it is building in China. This 252-horsepower SUV is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive. Buick is also expected to show off another surprise vehicle.
Chevrolet just announced it’s bringing its 2017 Cruze Hatchback to the states later this year. It’ll start with its North American debut in Detroit. Until now, it’s only been sold overseas.
Of course, also look for the 2017 Chevy Bolt that just made its debut this week at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
Chrysler is expected to debut its all-new 2017 Town and Country minivan. This is something the industry’s been waiting to see for awhile.
Ford is tight-lipped about anything it might be bringing.
But given the looks of Ford’s huge Detroit display shown above, there will be something. Who knows, there could be an updated Fusion under that white tarp shown in the photo.
Last year, Ford went big with the Ford GT and Shelby GT350R.
GMC will unveil the new 2017 Acadia. The Acadia’s last real update was in 2013, so one is overdue. It’s scheduled to arrive in showrooms this summer.
Henrik Fisker should create quite a stir with two new cars at the show. One is a two-seater concept dubbed Force 1. Aston Martin is reportedly even trying to stop Fisker from debuting the car. Fisker plans to build 50 of these $300,000 sportsters starting next year.
A big debut for Honda as it rolls out its all-new Ridgeline pickup. It stopped building the midsize truck for a year due to slow sales, but now it’s back with a new look. The new Ridgeline is expected to be powered by a 3.5-liter V6.
The Infiniti Q60 coupe will make its official debut. The top of the line model will be offered with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, 400-horsepower V6.
Kia will unveil a new premium SUV and it looks like it will be on the larger side. It appears to be on the boxy side as well. Kia isn’t saying much except that it will have advanced “health-and-wellness technology.”
The Lexus LC500 will also take a bow at the 2016 Detroit show. It debuted as the LF-LC Blue Concept all the way back in 2012 (pictured above.)
Mercedes-Benz will be showing off the new 2017 E-Class, inside and out. It gave a preview of the technology-packed interior a few months ago, but now will roll out the whole thing.
It will also bring along the newly branded SLC roadster.
Porsche will take the wraps off the new 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S. Both go on sale in April.
Volvo’s big news will be the new S90 sedan. It’s on the same platform as the newly unveiled XC90 crossover that got rave reviews from auto critics, including us. The S90 will be available with a T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid powertrain.
We’ll bring you updates on Detroit Auto Show happenings next week, so stay tuned!