NAIAS 2016

The exciting new cars of the 2016 Detroit Motor Show

Lexus LC 500It’s one of the big shows of the automotive calendar: held in America’s Motor City, the NAIAS Detroit Auto Show is now in full swing.

From weird concepts to ready-for-sale production cars, join us as we check out the cars on display at the 2016 Detroit show.

Lexus LC 500

Is this enough for you to cancel your Porsche 911 order? The Lexus LC 500 is powered by the firm’s high-revving 5.0-litre V8 engine, producing 467hp and capable of covering 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.

First teased by the Lexus LF-LC concept of 2012, the LC 500 will take on the might of Mercedes-Benz and BMW when it goes on sale next year.

Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 is one of the most attractive cars on display here at Detroit’s Cobo exhibition centre. You wouldn’t have said that about a Volvo a few years ago. It’s Volvo’s rival to the BMW 5 Series and a replacement for the dated S80.

The S90 is set to be as ground-breaking as the latest XC90 SUV. With semi-autonomous driving features and a T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain, the S90 could offer stiff competition to the likes of the BMW 5 Series, not to mention Mercedes-Benz’ new E-Class.

Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S

With the controversial move of turbocharging its entry-level 911 models out of the way, Porsche can concentrate on facelifting the hairy-chested Turbo and Turbo S.

Power from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine is up by 20hp in each model – with the Turbo S now boasting 580hp. It’ll hit 62mph in just 2.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 205mph.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Along with official teaser shots of the interior and a myriad leaks of the exterior, it’s not a big surprise to see the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class here in Detroit. Packed with clever connected technology such including ‘Car-to-X’ communication, the E-Class can exchange information with other vehicles on the road and receive warnings of obstacles in the road and traffic jams ahead. An optional Remote Parking Pilot lets you use an app on your smartphone to get the E-Class in and out of your garage.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be powered by a choice of two diesel engines when deliveries start in May 2016, with a plug-in hybrid confirmed for later in the year.

2017 Ford Fusion

The new Ford Mondeo has hardly been around two minutes in the UK. But buyers in the US got it a whole two years before us: badged there as the Fusion, it’s now ready for a facelift.

The big news is a new range-topping Platinum model – America’s equivalent to our Vignale, with 19-inch alloys, premium leather and a new honeycomb grille. There’s also a new Sport model, packing 325hp from its 2.7-litre V6 Ecoboost engine.


BMW first released pictures of its M2 back in October, but we’ve seen it in the metal for the first time at Detroit. It boasts 370hp from its turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six and, when paired with the optional dual-clutch auto ’box, will hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds.

When it goes on sale in the UK in the spring, the BMW M2 will cost from £44,070 and rival the likes of the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45.

Infiniti Q60

First shown in concept form at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, the Infiniti Q60 is a sleek, executive coupe set to rival the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5. The production version has been revealed in Detroit, featuring a Q50 front-end but curvier rear.

It really is a stunner, the Infiniti Q60. But the top-line engine sounds promising, too. It’s a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol, with buyers getting a choice of two power outputs: 300hp or 400hp. It’s the first production model to get the engine (which debuted in last year’s concept). We predict a hybrid powertrain will follow.

Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet

The hot Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe went on sale at the tail end of 2015, but the performance division has chopped the roof off for Detroit 2016.

Despite almost an extra 175kg in mass, the turbocharged 5.5-litre V12 engine accelerates the cabriolet to 62mph in the same time as the coupe – just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited as standard to 155mph, unless the buyer pays to fit better tyres and increase the maximum speed to 186mph.

Mercedes-Benz SLC

For its mid-life facelift, the Mercedes SLK is being renamed. It’ll now be known as the ‘SLC’, and has appeared in public for the first time at Detroit. The most obvious change is the diamond-style front grille.

Two new engines bookend the range: the entry-level 156hp SLC 180 and the hot 367hp AMG SLC 43. In between these come 184hp SLC 200 and 245hp SLC 300 petrols, plus a 204hp SLC 250d diesel.

Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline has never sold in massive numbers – and that’s unlikely to change, unless everyone starts buying smaller, softer pick-up trucks.

With a quad cab and short load bed, the Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine combined with a six-speed automatic gearbox. It’ll be ready to take on the likes of the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado when it goes on sale in the US later this year.

Ford F-150 Raptor

This is the new aluminum-bodied F-150 Raptor, a frankly bonkers take on the America’s popular F-150 pick-up truck.

The 2017 F-150 Raptor has shed around 230kg. It’s following Ford’s EcoBoost philosophy, with a V8 engine swapped for a smaller, turbocharged V6. It’s expected to produce around 450-horsepower.

Chrysler Pacifica

The pretty Chrysler Pacifica, unveiled at Detroit, is a renamed version of the popular Town & Country. Chrysler has strong hopes for this minivan.

Power comes from a choice of two powertrains: a 3.6-liter V6 producing 287-horsepower, or the same engine detuned to 248-horsepower and combined with an electric motor.

Infiniti QX60

OK, this isn’t a huge deal – the Infiniti QX60 SUV has received a mild facelift for the Detroit Auto Show. Its revised looks bring it into line with the Q50 sedan – with its new headlights being particularly noticeable.

Buyers get a choice of a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine producing 265-horsepower, or a hybrid combining a supercharged four-cylinder with an electric motor, producing 250-horsepower. Four-wheel-drive versions are available, but it’s front-drive as standard – with the steering tuned for 2016.

Genesis G90

Believe it or not, this luxury saloon is a Hyundai. Actually, it’s not – it’s the first model being launched under Hyundai’s new premium sub brand, Genesis.

The G90 is a replacement for the Hyundai Equus and will come with a choice of three engines: a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6, a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 producing 365-horsepower, and a potent 5.0-liter V8 carried over from the Equus, giving out 419-horsepower.

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept

This is a rugged off-road version of the plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Tiguan, which itself was revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Ground clearance has been increased by 45mm to improve its capability off road.

VW says “off-road design elements of the body are technically feasible as options for production cars.” While we don’t expect a production-ready off-road Tiguan to be launched anytime soon, we expect you’ll be able to toughen yours up, should you wish. There’s a new 9.2-inch infotainment screen, too – and that could be arriving in production cars as soon as this year.

Audi H-tron quattro concept

This is Audi starting to taking hydrogen vehicles seriously – we wonder what’s brought that on? A more stylish alternative to the Toyota Mirai, the H-tron combines an 150-horsepower fuel cell with an electric motor capable of a temporary 135-horsepower power boost.

It’ll hit 62mph in ‘less than 7.0 seconds’, says Audi. It’s not clear whether the H-tron concept previews a bespoke production model, or whether an existing vehicle would be converted with a hydrogen powertrain.

Chevrolet Bolt

General Motors has revealed its new electric car, after teasing it at CES last week. It’s a huge deal: costing $30,000 (around £21,000) and giving a range of 200 miles. Could be the car to convince America that electric cars are the future?

The Bolt is powered by a 60-kWh battery pack, and can hit 60mph in under 7.0 seconds. Its styling has more than a hint of BMW i3, we think.

Fisker Force 1

Henrik Fisker, the man behind the electric Fisker Karma of 2011, is back with a new sports car. The Force 1 features carbon fibre bodywork the naturally aspirated 8.4-litre V10 engine from the Dodge Viper. It’s getting a huge amount of attention here at the Cobo centre.

The Force 1 hits 60mph in 3.0 seconds and keeps going all the way to a reported 218mph. Production is expected to be limited to 50 units, with a price tag of around £185,000.

Lincoln Continental

Lincoln revealed its luxury Continental concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and now the production version has made its debut in Motor City. The styling has remained largely unchanged – but it would be a crime to lose that bold stance and ‘out of my way’ mesh grille.

The interior of the Continental takes inspiration from private jets, with 30-way adjustment for the electric front seats. Power comes from a 3.0-litre Ford Ecoboost V6, producing around 400hp.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

No, it’s not a production-ready Eau Rouge (the concept Q50 fitted with a Nissan GT-R engine). But this Q50 still has 400hp from a twin-turbocharged V6. That’s exciting, right?

The Q50’s brand new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine replaces the old Nissan 3.7-litre unit. Performance should rival the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 – let’s hope it comes to the UK.

Acura Precision concept

Acura is Honda’s luxury division in the States (like Toyota’s Lexus). This dramatic Precision concept gives us an indication of how future models might look. Apparently saloons are set to be a priority.

Saloons don’t excite auto show punters, though (not as much as the NSX, which also wears the Acura badge in the States). So the Acura Precision concept is an sleek sports coupe, with a beefy rear end and hawk-eye headlights.

Kia Telluride

This is Kia’s vision for a full-size SUV and we have to say we rather like what we see. It’s called the Telluride and it showcases a three-row, seven-seat premium SUV to sit above the Kia Sorento. In other words, Kia has its sights set on the Range Rover…

OK, so the styling gives it the look of a Volvo XC90 from another dimension, and we doubt the rear-hinged back doors would ever see production, but it’s impossible not to love this. Kia says the Telluride is ‘anything but a utopian fantasy’, but says there are no plans to bring the Telluride to production. Boo.

Buick Envision

If you really like the look of this Chinese-built crossover we have some bad news for you: it’s not coming to the UK.

The American-engineered SUV will sit between the Buick Encore and Envision in the US. Power comes from a 252hp four-cylinder petrol engine, while the Encore’s almost-premium cabin seems to have gone down very well in Detroit.

Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel

We still love the Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel. It went on sale in 2015 and features an increased ride height, 33-inch Toyo tyres and 17-inch alloy wheels. The blacked-out grille is a departure from Ram’s ‘crosshair’ design.

Inside, the Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel features seats finished in red and black, along with Toyo tyre tread patterns that match the Rebel’s actual footprint. While a 3.6-litre V6 engine is available, it’d be rude not to choose the full-fat 5.7-litre HEMI V8.

GMC Canyon

GMC calls the Canyon the ‘only premium midsize pickup’, claiming it is easier to manoeuvre than a larger truck and more capable and versatile than any rival midsize pickup. The big news for 2016 is the addition of a Duramax diesel engine – the first time this has been offered in a midsize pickup.

The GMC Canyon is facing renewed competition, in the form of the new Honda Ridgeline and the revised Toyota Tacoma. It remains to be seen whether or not the likes of a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine, Apple CarPlay and the availability of a sliding rear cab window will be enough to see off the threat from Japan.

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