7 great new cars from the Detroit Motor Show 2018
The Detroit Motor Show, staged in once-mighty Motown itself, is one of America’s greatest motor shows.
And it’s one where manufacturers traditionally reveal key new models.
The North American International Auto Show, to give it its full title, is now in full swing, with days of industry/press previews before officially opening to the public on 20 January.
Held annually at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan, it’s been the scene of manys a legendary reveal.
This year there are 24 new cars/models being unveiled – or “production car introductions” as they’re styled – and three concept car introductions.
The production cars give an insight into what’s going to be big in the US in 2018 and 19. And the concept cars hint at future trends.
So, what are the hottest cars at the Detroit show today? We list our favourite seven.
1. Ford Bullitt Mustang
For the 50th anniversary of legendary 1968 movie Bullitt, starring the equally legendary Steve McQueen, Ford has revealed a new Mustang GT.
Mustang fans will be hoping the new car is also bound for the UK in right hand driver version.
Under the bonnet there’s a retuned 5.0-litre V8 engine outputting 475bhp, with a top speed of 163mph (8mph faster than any other Mustang).
Amongst many innovations, a new performance exhaust system improves the soundtrack. And it’s pretty cool looking too – as it would need to be if it’s drawing on the memory of Steve McQueen.
2. Mercedes G-Class
Merc’s legendary G-Wagen appears in all-new guise with its rough and tough exterior belying a hi-tech interior.
The G-Wagen (short for ‘Geländewagen’, or ‘cross country vehicle’), is a mid-size 4WD luxury SUV manufactured by Austrian company Magna Steyr in Austria for Mercedes-Benz.
A unique feature is that it uses three fully locking differentials, and is one of the few vehicles to deploy such a feature.
There’s been little change to its boxy looks, or its mighty off-road abilities, but the cabin has been uprated and the tech is band up to date.
3. Lamborghini Urus
The US debut of Lamborghini’s SUV was keenly awaited. Not so long ago, the idea of a supercar SUV would have had you laughed out of the showroom.
Now? It’s top of Lamborghini’s model range.
The Urus has a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine - the first officially seen in a Lamborghini - that produces 641bhp and 850Nm of torque.
This unit is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a four wheel drive system using the same active torque vectoring via a rear differential and rear-wheel steering was seen on the Aventador S supercar.
Top speed is 190mph, and it manages the sprint from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds.
4. Jeep Cherokee
A revamped new Jeep Cherokee compact SUV that will be on sale on the UK was also unveiled.
It’s got new-look nose and a brand new engine, whilst retaining all those standard good Cherokee 4x4 sturdiness.
The rear-wheel drive setup is retained, and the new petrol engine is a a 2.0-litre direct injection job similar to that in the new Jeep Wrangler.
The Cherokee now has, according to Jeep, more than 80 safety and security features including forward collision warning and park assist.
5. Mini Hatch
MINI unveiled lots of new stuff that will be incorporated into its hatchback version, and probably the convertible model in 2018.
There are new tail lights, a lovely new 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and improved leather interiors.
A new set of more efficient engines are on the way, which will reportedly be available in when the new Mini models go on sale in the spring.
6. BMW i8s
Whilst the German carmaker showed off its stunning i8 coupe supercar hybrid, there was news to add extra excitement to the air.
BMW let it be known that an i8s version is in the offing, essentially a Sport version of the current car.
It will be even faster than the current 0-60 in 4.4s monster with its electronically limited speed of 155mph. So how fast will it be? That’s a closely-guarded secret for now.
7. Nissan XMotion Concept
Nissan set revealed its latest concept car: an SUV called the XMotion (short for ‘cross motion’), with a chunky style aimed at combining Japanese design and efficiency with American can-do utility.
Concept cars don’t always make it into the metal, but we’d bet the XMotion will, and expect it to have a strong influence on coming Nissan SUV design.
Nissan’s latest Intelligent Mobility technology has heavily influenced the car’s behaviour; and it’s another strong step towards fully autonomous driving.
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