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Acura’s RDX Prototype figures to be 99% of what’s expected in dealers later year.
2019 Ford Edge
The Blue Oval is going to be busy at this year’s show. Not only are they expected to reveal an all-new Ranger and a key new engine choice for the F-150, they’ve already revealed a substantially updated new Edge CUV, including fresh styling and
with 330 horsepower. a sporty new ST model
It’s the first ST-branded Ford SUV, so hopefully it’s more engaging to drive than the similarly powerful but polished-to-dullness
. Fusion Sport
Read all about the new ST
. here 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
We’d say that the Three-Pointed Star’s legendary Geländewagen is overdue for a redesign, but really, its old-school nature is
. Expect the next-generation G-Class to look very similar to today’s Jurassic throwback on the outside, but it should be a thoroughly modern high-end SUV on the inside and underneath. central to its charm and popularity
If Mercedes is smart — and we know that they are — they won’t risk softening up their off-road icon too much just to chase sales of less-committed consumers. Like everything from Harley-Davidson and like
Jeep’s Wrangler, the G-Class’ charm is as much about what it isn’t, as what it is. Cars can still be the stars
Remember when sedans and normal passenger cars ruled the roost? The Detroit Auto Show does, and it’s got you covered.
2019 Honda Insight
Yep, Honda is trotting out a new Insight again, only this time, the hybrid compact is going to take the form of an upscale-ish four-door sedan. That’s right, the hatchback is dead.
The new model (a prototype is shown here) promises to deliver a laudable 50+ mpg on the EPA combined cycle and class-leading cabin room, all while wrapped up in a sleek new mini-
Read all about Honda’s next
rival Toyota Prius . here
2019 Kia Forte
Have new-car ambitions, but saddled with a tight budget? Kia’s next Forte might be your meal ticket.
Judging by these highly stylized teaser images
, Kia’s next compact sedan will inherit striking good looks from its released Friday big brother. Stinger
No word yet on any hardware changes underneath that tidy-looking sheetmetal, but Kia has delivered surprising refinement and strong helping of easy-to-use tech lately, so there’s good reason for optimism.
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The back has a little more Sportage than Stinger, but it’s still handsome.
2019 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai’s enigmatic Veloster hatchback will return for its second generation, and based on the glitzy video below, there’s no reason to expect anything other than another funky funster.
We’ve always been kind of taken by the unconventional, asymmetrical Veloster, from its weird-but-functional single-side back door to its surprisingly strong infotainment for such an affordable model.
The Veloster was discontinued at the end of the 2017 model year, but it’s apparently
. only taking a one-year nap with even sharper handling, advanced driver-assist systems, and hopefully, better ride compliance. We’ll be looking for a compact hatch 2019 Toyota Avalon
What have we here? Toyota will field a new
full-size sedan at the Detroit show, and from the looks of Avalon , the Japanese automaker is keener than ever to lose the model’s reputation as an AARP staple. this teaser
The next Avalon is expected to ride on the new Toyota Global Architecture Platform, the same chassis tool kit that underpins the brand’s much-improved new
, which itself has adopted a much sportier look. Camry
Sales of full-size sedans have been on a precipitous decline for some time now, but judging by the presence of this new model, the Avalon will steadfastly look to outlast its rivals.
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The headlight looks sharp, but that appears to be a
whole lot of grille.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
In full disclosure, it’s been a good long while since the Volkswagen Jetta flicked our Bic (almost as long as it’s been since you thought about
that ad campaign).
That said, our man Antuan Goodwin has
in a disguised version of the next-generation sedan, and we’re newly optimistic. already been for an early drive
make the new compact four-door look awfully Audi-esque, and that’s no bad thing. slew of renderings
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There may be nothing unexpected here, but VW’s often conservative designs tend to age well.
You’re a forward-thinking person, that’s why you read Roadshow. You care about the future of motoring, and are interested in what’s next. Us, too. That’s why we’re arguably as interested in the Detroit show’s concept car contingent as anything else. We’re expecting a fairly limited pool of talent, but what’s been hinted at by automakers so far looks very compelling.
Here’s what we’re most excited about.
Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept
Dull name, yes. But just look at those curves! Nissan’s premium division could use a hit right around now, and even if it’s just destined for life on the auto show circuit, this teaser image suggests the Q Inspiration Concept could be just that. With its strikingly rakish rear end, it’s not immediately clear if this show car is a sedan or an
-like liftback, but it does seem to be 100% grand tourer. Audi A7
So far, we hear that if nothing else, the Q Inspiration signals a new design direction for the brand, and we’re guessing there’s probably a brace of self-driving hardware and an electrified (if not all-electric) powertrain underneath its clean flanks.
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Infiniti could use a flagship CUV more than a car, but when it looks like this, are we to quibble?
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept
has been an industry staple and a cash cow for so long, it’s amazing that the brand hasn’t reached upmarket with an even-more-expensive crossover SUV already. That may be about to change, because this teaser for RX crossover sure looks like just such a vehicle, and in its (admittedly limited) verbiage about the concept in the image below, the company used the word “flagship.” Lexus’ LF-1 Limitless Concept
Hybrid? Electric? Self driving? We don’t know yet.
In fact, we don’t really have any concrete details about the LF-1 Limitless, and that’s what makes it so exciting to think about. That said, based on this teaser, we wouldn’t necessarily assume that “flagship” means their Detroit star will have three rows. After all, a new, more capacious version of the existing RX was just announced at last month’s
Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Does that backlit blue emblem suggest hybrid or electric power?
The raft of new vehicles above are just some of the vehicles we’re expecting to see — there’s a lot to be excited about at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
Be sure to check back beginning this weekend, as we bring you all the latest reveals and analysis.
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