2019 may only be in its second week, but that’s not keeping the auto industry from already getting fired up for one of the year’s biggest shows. The North American International Auto Show, more commonly referred to as the Detroit Auto Show, gives automakers a chance to showcase the latest and greatest to roll off the factory line. The show runs from January 14th through 27th, and we’ve fixed up a rundown of what to expect from the biggest names in the industry.
Ford | Mustang Shelby GT500 & 2020 Explorer
Ford doesn’t seem to be slowing down after a massively successful year, teasing the return of its Mustang Shelby GT500 and a radical redesign of their 2020 Explorer. The Dearborn-based automaker dominated headlines at last year’s show with the reinvention of their midsize Ranger pickup, Mustang Bullitt and debut of its Edge ST, and this year’s lineup looks to be just as exciting.
Toyota | 2020 Supra
Toyota will officially reintroduce its 2020 Supra at the Detroit auto show after halting production on its flagship sports car back in 2002, and time seems to have served this little speed machine well. The new Supra will clock in at just over 300 hp, with all power sent to the rear wheels, and a 0–60 mph launch time in under five seconds to boot. The Supra is set to get the green light later this year as it hits worldwide markets.
Nissan | Infiniti QX Inspiration
Nissan said it would debut a next-generation, EV concept in this year that showcases the next evolution of its EV segment, and early reports point to that reveal being the futuristic-looking Infiniti QX Inspiration. This marks Nissan’s first example of their high-performance electrified vehicle line to come. We don’t have many more details yet, but it’s safe to say Tesla’s Model X crossover is in for a fierce competition for the luxury electric SUV market.
Kia | 2020 Telluride
The Telluride might have made its public debut during last year’s New York Fashion Week, but Detroit will mark the official debut of the massive, eight-passenger SUV. “Beauty and brawn” seems to be the name of the game for Kia here, as the vehicle is expected to be powered by a 3.8-liter Atkinson cycle V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and Kia collaborated closely to create quite a spectacle of an SUV, and we’re excited to find out more about this sleek people mover.
Subaru | Limited-Edition STI S209
Surprising all of us, Subaru recently announced that a souped-up version of the Subaru WRX STI is coming to America. The WRX STI S209, a limited-edition release, is likely to be produced in just a few hundred units and will make its debut in Detroit—confirmed after a teaser shot of the grille was published by the automaker on Instagram. A significant upgrade to the Japan-exclusive model, this ride is predicted to come with a suite of upgrades to commemorate the vehicles oversea journey.
Lexus | 2020 RC F Track Edition
Lexus is teasing the arrival of a new Track Edition for the RC F sports coupe, and is set to debut their most powerful car since the LFA. This “track-focused” ride will produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 hp, positioned above the 467 hp churned out by the standard RC F model and its 5.0-liter V8. With a host of new upgrades expected, it’s no surprise that the auto world is excited to see this ride spread its wings in Detroit.
The auto industry is moving faster than ever, and we’re certainly revved up for the road ahead. Join us as we follow the show and see which vehicles will be rolling out in the coming days. And, if your own vehicle happens to roll into something unexpected in the meantime, we’ll be here to restore the rhythm of your life.
Check back with us next week as we recap the incredible rides and tech that are sure to be unveiled during the show.