Detroit Motor Show 2019: live
The 2019 North American International Auto Show opened its doors today, providing a stage on which the car industry’s great and good can parade their latest production models, technology and concept cars.
Named interchangeably as either the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) or the Detroit Motor Show, the event has been hosted by Detroit every year since 1987. Many of the models shown this year are geared towards the American market, but there are a handful of inclusions which will make their way to the UK and/or have relevance to future UK models.
Read on below for a rundown of the big new cars at this year's show...
Cadillac has revealed two new SUVs ahead of the first full Detroit press day. The XT6 is a new three-row SUV sitting between the firm's flagship Escalade and XT5 crossover, but the big news is the reveal of an as yet unnamed electric SUV concept, pictured above. It'll make production by 2021, and will be the first General Motors vehicle to use the group's forthcoming BEV3 platform for electric vehicles. GM is lining up Cadillac as a lauchpad for the American group's electric ambitions, with more BEV3 based Cadillacs due for the US market in the next few years.
Ford has released a new Shelby GT500 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. In November 2018, the American company released an image of the new GT500’s engine bay, which features a large supercharger. It’s stamped with a plaque dated January 14 2019 to coincide with the first press day of the show.
Offical performance figures have yet to be annouced but Ford claims a power figure in excess of 700bhp, a 0-62mph time of around three seconds and a sub-11 second quarter-mile time. This means the GT500 will be competing with the 707bhp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 755bhp Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
Infiniti will reveal its new all-electric SUV concept, called the QX Inspiration, to the general public for the first time in Detroit. It previews the company’s upcoming Jaguar I-Pace rival, and heralds Infiniti’s electric car offensive which will see either hybrid or all-electric variants offered for the Japanese company’s entire range by 2021.
The concept follows the design style of the Infiniti Q Inspiration saloon, with slim LED headlights, a blanked off grille, a spacious “hand crafted” interior and a wrap around windscreen. No official release date for the production model has been announced, but we expect it to hit showrooms by the end of 2020.
A new Lexus RC F storms into Detroit with a new bewinged and lightweight Track Edition in tow, but less power than before.
The facelifted RC F still uses a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8, but power drops to 451bhp, to meet the demands of more stringent WLTP emissions tests. Weight also drops and the car's gearing has been reconfigured, to ensure performance remains the same with a 4.5 second 0-62mph time. Minor styling updates round off the BMW M4 rival's updates.
It seems that Audi and BMW aren't the only manufactuers good at creating niche sectors, Nissan has created a whole new sector at Detroit with its “elevated sports sedan” IMs concept. The electric all-wheel-drive, crossover-inspired concept is driven by two electric motors which produce a claimed 476bhp and 800Nm of torque and are good for a claimed 380 mile range.
The interior is really where the IMs concept shines though as it features a unique “2+1+2” configuration and a very futuristic "interior sensing platform” which uses cameras and sensors to monitor the driver’s face and posture to determine whether they’re fit enough to drive.
Following in the wake of the previous generation WRX STi S208, Subaru has confirmed it will release the new WRX STi S209 at the 2019 North American Auto Show. The Japanese company teased the new model’s front grille in late December 2018.
Little is known about the new WRX STi S209 as yet, but we expect it will feature four wheel drive, a lairy bodykit and a turbocharged flat-four engine with around 300bhp. Like previous “S” models, we also expect this to be a limited-edition car, with a production run of around 500 examples. We’ll update you with more information when it becomes available.
It may have seemed like a long time coming but the Toyota Supra is finally here at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. We already knew what the car would look like thanks to leaked press photos. The performance coupe will go on sale in the first half of this year starting at £52,695.
Powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine, the new Toyota Supra produces 335bhp and 470Nm of torque, which is good enough for a 0-62mph sprint of 4.3 seconds. A 50:50 weight distribution, capable chassis and powerful brakes also promise good handling, as our recent drive of a Supra prototype revealed.
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