I love cars! In fact, I love them so much that the North American International Auto Show is my favorite holiday. Yes, that’s right. I dub this event a holiday, and I’m sure my fellow car enthusiasts would agree.
It’s always thrilling to see the latest cars and industry trends, and this year was no exception! With a whole lineup of concept and production vehicles ranging from trucks to sedans, there was something for everyone to get excited about.
2018 is the year that trucks will take over the automotive industry, and there were four big debuts that stole the Detroit Auto Show:
2019 Ram 1500
One of the most significant changes seen to the 2019 Ram 1500 is the improved fuel economy. There’s also a new 48-volt mild hybrid system that’s available on V6 and V8 models that helps to deliver more torque and power. Inside, there’s the option of a 12-inch infotainment vertical display, allowing for multiple applications to run at once. Talk about a high-tech pickup!
2019 Chevrolet Silverado
The new generation Silverado receives a new engine: a 3.0-liter Duramax I6 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This is not only the biggest change but it’s also the most exciting one for truck buyers.
2019 Ford Ranger
Offering something for everyone, this new Ranger is available in two cab sizes and multiple trim levels. Currently, this truck is only available with a 2.3-liter turbo I4 engine, but spectators will also see Ford’s Sync 3, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration, a 4G wifi hotspot and standard automatic emergency braking.
2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Mercedes makes a truck? In a way yes, but for my purposes, I’m classifying this as one. The most noticeable change seen to this 2019 G-Class is on the inside. Featuring more legroom, updated technology, and an optional dual 12.3-inch widescreen - this truck will have you riding around in style.
Crossovers & SUVs
Being one of the hottest segments in the auto industry right now, this model year features some great crossover choices:
Acura RDX Prototype
One of the most exciting crossovers (CUV) seen at the Detroit Auto Show, the Acura RDX prototype is larger, more powerful, and sleeker than ever. Ready to launch this summer, this CUV features a 2.0-liter turbo engine, push-button start, and one intuitive infotainment system. I have a feeling that this Acura will shape the entire direction of the brand.
2019 Ford Edge & Edge ST
With a mini-refresh, the 2019 Ford Edge receives a new exterior look, standard LED lights, and Sync 3. As impressive as that is, I love the 2019 Edge ST! Why? This SUV is made for performance with 335-horsepower, 380 lb-ft of torque, a twin turbo engine, and a tuned suspension. This new Ford definitely rivals them all.
2019 Jeep Cherokee
Going back to its original roots, the new Cherokee features a more traditional look than its predecessor. This SUV does feature a new engine and more cargo capacity, making it easy for all of those off-road adventures.
While trucks and crossovers were the focus of the auto show this year, the sedan game was still pretty strong! Here are some that stood out for me:
Honda Insight Prototype
The Insight is expected to hit dealerships later on this year. Replacing the Civic, this sedan will feature a 1.5-liter engine along with some other great features that you can check out here.
2019 Kia Forte
This good looking car generates 147-horsepower and eco-friendly power in the newly developed CVT. And that’s not all, the 2019 Forte will also come standard with a 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - it certainly packs in an incredible level of value for its affordability.
2019 Toyota Avalon
Hitting the streets this model year is the 2019 Avalon, with an all-new look and technology. The 9-inch touchscreen comes standard and buyers will even seen Amazon Alexa integration and a huge 10-inch head-up display!
2019 VW Jetta
Integrated with some Audi TT and VW Golf characteristics, the 2019 Jetta is more stylish and fun to drive around in. Opting for the highest trim level, buyers can expect to find a large display and infotainment screen along with a new stereo system.
And that’s not it! This year’s Auto Show also debuted some pretty impressive concept vehicles:
Lexus LF-1 Limitless
Looking like a spaceship, the LF-1 Limitless concept features angular sheet metal curves, a new grille and front headlights, and a sharp looking interior, including a very unique dash screen.
Infiniti Q Inspiration
Curvaceous. Stunning. Unique. That’s the Q Inspiration concept! One of my favorite aspects of this vehicle is the single tail light rear end design.
Looking to replace both the Rogue and Murano, the Xmotion (pronounced “cross motion) is one big hunk of SUV. While the outside is pretty buff, the inside is as smooth as a fine piece of art. The wood center console and wide dashboard screens make this interior quote serene.
Being a car girl means that I love those all-American muscle cars. And this year’s show featured two that I absolutely loved!
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Paying tribute to Steve McQueen’s movie, this Mustang has the same shade of green as the original. It even has some other familiar aspects as well - the cue-ball shifter to name just one.
2019 Hyundai Veloster
Coming this spring is a fun, funky, and hip hatchback known as the Veloster. Those looking for performance should check out the Veloster N, as that vehicle outputs 275-horsepower with a six-speed manual, allowing drivers to feel the need for speed.
What vehicle was your favorite at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show? Tell me in the comments below.