The North American International Auto Show is one of the biggest events in the automotive scene. However, in recent years the show has been a bit lackluster with the number of audiences dwindling the organizers will be taking a different route in 2020. But the 2019 show was held in its old home, the Cobo Center.
The 2019 show was the last one to be held in the winter with the 2020 NAIAS scheduled to be held around June 7-20 in downtown Detroit. Even though the numbers are lower than before the North American International Auto Show still brings in one of the biggest automotive crowds in the world. They come here to experience first hand the hottest cars, trucks, and SUVs from automakers around the world.
The 2019 edition was no different. It featured some amazing head-turners that wowed the media and excited audiences. Here are 6 head turners we thought you should know about from the 2019 NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan.
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2020 Cadillac XT6
Cadillac showcased the XT6 in 2019’s edition of the NAIAS. The crossover utility vehicle is slated to replace the CT6 in the line up for luxury cars offered by Cadillac. Positioned just below the Escalade this three-row luxury crossover unit is quite big and is fitted with lavish features. You can say its a mix of the current Cadillac XT5 and the outgoing CT6. The XT6 will have a 3.6-liter V6 engine that will produce around 310 horsepower.
It will come equipped with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that features 4 different driving modes. Now a twin-turbo option is rumored to be released later that will produce 400 plus HP but for now only the 310 HP engine is available. Cadillac implemented an innovative cylinder deactivation system that allows the car to run 4 cylinders when the load is less meaning better fuel economy.
If you are talking about features and connectivity then you should know that it doesn’t lack in that department there as well. The standard comes with an infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
If you are concerned about safety then you should check out the comprehensive package of driver assists. It has emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and park assist as standard equipment. Cadillac hopes that the XT6 will dominate the market and fill the hole that will be left by the outgoing CT6.
2020 Ford Shelby GT500
Did you hear the good news? Elanor is back! Now with Ford focusing mostly on crossovers and electrified vehicles, it’s quite refreshing to see the car from the movie gone in sixty seconds is making a comeback.
The Ford Shelby GT500 is based on the current generation of Mustangs it features prominent tweaks to the hood and rear fascia for extra cooling and improved downforce. The front fascia and grille are even more pronounced than the others making it a sight to behold.
Now the Shelby GT500 is the most powerful production car from Ford with it boasting a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that puts out over 700HP. The new Ford Shelby GT500 is touted to go from 0 to 60 within the mid 3 seconds mark. Well, if you think this is a car that you fancy well it’s already on the market now so be sure to check out your local dealership!
2020 Ford Explorer
So Ford unveiled the new iteration of the world’s most popular crossover vehicle the Ford Explorer. The 2020 Ford Explorer while it may look similar to its predecessor but trust me its a completely different beast. It has been built from the ground up with more room, new powertrains, a rear-wheel-drive platform and plenty of tech.
Now the standard version at launch will feature a 2.3-liter turbocharged 300-horsepower engine with a specially tuned 3.0-liter 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 coming soon. Ford also plans to release a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain with a range of more than 500 miles between fuel-ups. All of the three versions will feature a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 Explorer is jacked up with tech.
The standard crossover unit is equipped with an 8-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and Wi-Fi that can connect up to 10 devices. In the safety department, it comes equipped with pre-collision assistance and emergency braking, blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping assist, a lens cleaner for the rearview camera, and automated headlamps and high-beams as standard.
You can also get Ford’s Co-Pilot360 system which adds a whole lot in terms of safety. With the 2020 Ford Explorer already on sale its high time you check out the most popular crossover/SUV on the market.
Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept
Back in 2018, Infiniti unveiled its first Q concept cars. While the design of the car was futuristic with sunroof hybrid, a short hood, a swooped, coupe-like roofline it did come with a combustion engine. Now the QX Inspiration Concept is something different. With the QX Inspiration Concept, Infiniti demonstrated that they too believe in a full-electric future.
The battery-powered crossover unit borrows from the Q concept’s design elements and is Infiniti’s take on high-performance electrified vehicles. According to Infiniti, this QX Inspiration Concept will provide “complete range confidence” for prospective buyers.
The interior of the crossover is lounge-like and it has a front fascia that’s rivetting but it does not have a traditional grille like the Q Inspiration sedan. Now the details on the powertrains for the car are unavailable as it is only a concept and is far from production-ready but expect it turn heads sometimes in the near future.
2020 Toyota Supra
Car enthusiasts from all over the world have been waiting for a new Supra for a long time. First debuted back in 1979 and it quickly garnered a cult following as a high-performance hatchback coupe in the subsequent years. The production for the Supra stopped back in 2002 and after a long hiatus its back again.
The new Supra has a lot in common with the Z4 Roadster with many of its parts sourced from Munich and enhanced by Toyota. It has a 3.0-liter turbo straight-six engine, and the eight-speed automatic gearbox and is slated to produce around 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque.
The 2020 Supra also has a manual version as well for all the purists out there. With the base price set around 50,920 dollars, the Supra is slated to be one of the best selling performance cars in the upcoming years.
2020 Lexus RC F Track
So during the 2019 North American International Auto Show, Lexus celebrated its 30th anniversary by releasing the RC F Track Edition. It is the second most powerful car by Lexus after the LFA. With an aggressive design, the RC F Track is a sight to behold. It has a carbon-fiber hood with a small vent in the center and a front fascia that features a large splitter.
The track edition also has larger corner inlets than the existing model. The height of the RC F Track edition has been reduced and it was given thicker tires to aide in performance. This is why even though it has the same 472-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine as the regular RC F it provides better performance.
The RC f Track Edition also comes equipped with a new electronic launch control system and can launch from 0 to 60 in 3.96 seconds. For better handling, the RC F Track has been given an overhauled suspension along with cross-drilled brake discs and big calipers for extra stopping power. The RC F and the RC F Track Edition are both on the market right now if you are looking for a luxury performance car.
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A New Summer Beginning
The NAIAS has been shifted to the summertime from this year with a different home. So the last NAIAS was held back in January 2019. It was a great show with automakers pulling out all the punches to reveal their plans for the future.
And here you have 6 of the best entries in the show. There were plenty of automotive highlights other than the 6 mentioned above and we could not have possibly showcased all of them. So be sure to check them out.
And with that being said we say our goodbyes. Please let us know in the comments below if you are excited about anything from the 2019 NAIAS and are you looking forward to the summertime 2020 show as well. Until next time. Adios!