We’re only two weeks into 2018, but the auto industry is already fired up for one of its biggest weeks of the year. The Annual North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit Auto Show, is a world-famous event showcasing the latest and greatest in vehicle design and tech. The show will open its doors to the public at the Cobo Center in Detroit on January 20, giving us a glimpse into the future and under the hood of some of the world’s biggest automakers.
Below, we’ve hammered out a list of what we’re most excited about for this year’s show:
The Vehicles of Tomorrow, Today
Right from the start, the Detroit Auto Show is set to be a truck lover’s paradise. Ford plans to unveil their all-new Ranger; Chevy is predicted to update their Silverado 1500; and Ram set to show off a refreshed RAM 1500. Midsize seems to be the name of the game for these heavy lifters, and we’re excited to see the awesome blend of efficiency and power these new models will haul into the truck scene.
For our SUV fans out there, Jeep will feature more fuel-efficient options for their flagship Cherokee, along with a significant facelift. The front headlights and rear bumper have been altered to put a more modern and sophisticated spin on the classic utility vehicle. We recommend keeping an eye out for full details after its official debut later in January, as it’s sure to turn more than a few heads.
With Toyota’s new Avalon and Volkswagen’s new Jetta, it’s safe to say the market isn’t only focused on crossovers and utility vehicles. Toyota released a teaser image of their updated Avalon, and it looks to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Camry redesign, with sharper edges and a more aggressive aesthetic. We’ve only seen the 2019 Jetta as a sketch so far, and it seems a full interior redesign is in order, complete with VW’s digital cockpit dash display. With these updates considered, style seems to be a central focus for all automakers moving forward, and that’s a trend we can certainly get behind.
High Tech at High Speed:
It wouldn’t be an auto show without cutting-edge technology, and this year is sure to be one for the books in that regard. For instance, the popularity of ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, will be among the hottest topics at the show this year. The week is full of talks of flying taxis, more expansive networks, and even automaker GM is hopping on board the trend with their own ride-share service, Maven.
Next to external features, ground-breaking internal tech will surely be the talk of the town in Detroit. Semi-autonomous features are paving the way to the first hands-free and fully driverless vehicles, which will begin production in the next few years, and we expect to see tons of advancement towards a hands-free future at this year’s show.
Just like the auto industry, our eyes are also set on the future here at Caliber. Stride-for-stride, we’re keeping up with the ever-advancing world of collision repair in order to bring you the best service possible. That means, whether you’re driving a timeless classic or the car of tomorrow, we’ll always have the expertise to restore the rhythm of your life.