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The most exciting cars heading to the Detroit Auto Show 2018

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The 2018 motor show season kicks off next week, as Detroit’s Cobo Center hosts the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Here’s a preview of some of the cars set to star in Motor City, but keep coming back for more reveals as we edge closer to the first press day on January 14.

Acura RDX prototype

The RDX badge dates back to 2006, when it made its debut at the New York Auto Show. Twelve years on, the third-generation model will be unveiled in Detroit, with the company promising the “most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade”. The overhaul comes at a time when the compact crossover is facing renewed competition, most notably from Volvo and Jaguar.

For the first time, the RDX has been designed and developed in America, with the entry-level crossover based on a new Acura-exclusive platform. If this teaser photo is anything to go by, the third-gen model will certainly look more exciting than the outgoing version.

Audi A7 Sportback

The new Audi A7 Sportback was unveiled in October 2017, but will make its North American debut in Detroit. If you think of it as a five-door, five-seat coupe version of the A8 you won’t be too far wide of the mark, and like its more sombre-styled sibling, the A7 features tech that would be more at home at CES in Las Vegas.

Up to seven drivers can store their preferred user profiles, selecting from as many as 400 different personalised options. The A7 also features hazard information Car-to-X services, which utilise the ‘swarm intelligence’ of other suitably-equipped Audis. Remote parking and remote garage pilot will follow later in the year, building on the 39 driver assistance systems. Prices start from £56,000 and you can place your order soon.

BMW i8 Roadster and Coupe

Fresh from its premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December 2017, the BMW i8 Roadster will take a bow in Detroit. The topless i8 features an all-electric fabric roof that opens and closes within 16 seconds while travelling at speeds of up to 31mph. Opening the roof raises the rear window by 30mm, reducing air turbulence in the cabin.

BMW has tweaked the i8’s lithium-ion battery, with its cell capacity increased from 20 to 34Ah. As a result, the motor has more energy at its disposal, increasing the peak output to 143hp. The Roadster can cover up to 33 miles with zero emissions, while the i8 Coupe can, quite literally, go the extra mile, at 34 miles.

BMW X2

The chances are you might be dreaming of owning a BMW i8, but in reality you’re more likely to drive an X2. This is BMW’s answer to the Range Rover Evoque: a sportier alternative to the X1, with a more exaggerated coupe roofline. It’s also 20mm shorter and over 70mm lower than the X1.

The X2 is already available to order in the UK, with deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2018. Prices start from just shy of £34,000, some £7,000 more than the entry-level X1.

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet chose Dubai as the venue for the global unveiling of the Corvette ZR1, but it might not be the star of Detroit. That’s because the much-rumoured mid-engine Corvette could be on standby for a show-stopping appearance.

If it fails to materialise, you’ll have to make do with the most bonkers Corvette ever created. The ZR1 delivers 755hp from its supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine, enough to propel this slice of American lunacy to a 210mph top speed.

Chevrolet Silverado

If you happened to be at the Texas Motor Speedway in December for Chevy Truck’s 100th anniversary bash you’ll have slapped eyes on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. The big truck was lowered onto stage courtesy of a helicopter, ahead of its proper debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

According to Automotive News, eight Silverado models are planned, with the truck offering more engine and transmission combinations, and additional technology features. “The next-generation Silverado is poised to change, really change, the face of trucks again,” said Alan Batey, president of GM’s North America operations.

GAC GA4

GAC Motor will unveil a brand new saloon model in Detroit, part of a range of vehicles which, according to the Chinese manufacturer: “demonstrates the brand’s sincerity and determination to enter the North American market”.

Not much is known about the GA4, but it’s built on GAC’s own A-Class saloon platform and is positioned as a “family sedan of quality and charm”, whatever that means. The GA4 will be unveiled alongside the Enverge, the company’s first ‘new-energy’ concept SUV.

Honda Insight prototype

Remember the original Honda Insight, with its space-age looks and futuristic Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) powertrain? It arrived around the same time as the Prius, but while the Toyota is still around today, the Insight kind of fizzled out, via a rather lacklustre second-generation model.

But now it’s back, with Honda eager to renew its hybrid rivalry with Toyota. Sadly, the new Insight won’t be offered in the UK, but the IMA will appear in future vehicles, most notably the all-new CR-V hybrid.

Hyundai Veloster

The UK said goodbye to the Veloster in 2015, as buyers failed to embrace Hyundai’s rather oddball coupe. It didn’t help that the car had two doors on one side and one on the other, but in many ways this rather unconventional approach was part of its charm.

If you liked the asymmetric design, we bring good news: the new Veloster is likely to retain the same format. More good news: we’re expecting a full-fat Veloster N, featuring the same four-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the i30 N. And you thought Hyundai was little more than a five-year warranty and good value for money.

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept

Infiniti has posted record sales of 153,415 vehicles in the US for 2017, an increase of 11% over 2016. Eager to build on this success, the posh Nissan brand will unveil the Q Inspiration Concept in Detroit.

Pay attention, 007, because Infiniti is promising to “take traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution… [offering] an alternative form; something more flowing in appearance and muscular in stance, with an unusually long and balanced cabin.” We’ll have to wait for the reveal on January 15 for more information.

Jeep Cherokee facelift

Jeep is in desperate need of a pick-me-up, with sales down 54.7% in 2017. In a market favourable to crossovers and SUVs, this is little short of a disaster. Can a facelifted Cherokee – which performs well in other countries – reverse Jeep’s fortunes in the UK?

It certainly looks more appealing than the outgoing model, with a face that’s more akin to the all-new Compass and larger Grand Cherokee. Jeep is also promising more fuel-efficient engines for the 2018 update.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless

Limitless was a 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, in which a struggling writer pops a pill that enables him to utilise 100% of his brain. It’s a brilliant film, but it has little in common with the new Lexus concept, aside from the name.

The LF-1 Limitless is a flagship crossover, but Lexus is giving little else away. “Lexus will reveal a striking new concept that reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles.” Bradley Cooper’s character would know what it looks like before the car is unveiled on January 15.

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53

The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 is a petrol-electric hybrid version of the standard CLS. In common with AMG 43 models, it’s powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six engine, which combines with an electric motor to produce 429hp.

This signals the end for the Mercedes-AMG CLS 63, meaning you can wave goodbye to the 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine in this body. But don’t worry, there’s a four-door AMG GT on the way…

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

“The primary goal of development was to make the new G-Class even more effective off-road,” says Mercedes-Benz. Little surprise, then, that the new G features a ladder-type frame, three 100% differential locks and low range off-road ratio.

A thinly-disguised G-Class has been put through its paces on a 1,445-metre high road in Austria, but we expect it to be hosed down in time for the Detroit show.

Ram 1500

There are a few spy shots of the 2019 Ram 1500 doing the rounds, but for now you’ll have to make do with this photo of the outgoing model. According to Autoblog, the new truck will feature a 5.7-litre V8, which will probably be accompanied by a V6 petrol and possibly a new version of the EcoDiesel V6.

Unlike the Silverado, we’re not expecting the Ram 1500 reveal to feature any helicopters.

Toyota Avalon

As if to prove the saloon is alive and kicking, Toyota will unveil a new Avalon at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. If nothing else, Bryan Ferry will be delighted.

The Avalon nameplate dates back to 1994, with the current fourth-generation model introduced in 2012. A video shared on social media reveals that the 2019 Avalon features sequential indicators, like the ones you see on new Audis. We’ll have to wait for the show for more details.

Volkswagen Jetta

“Volkswagen releases sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta, ahead of its Detroit Show debut.” As press releases go, this is rather brief, but the Jetta is a big deal in the US, where the compact saloon is hugely popular.

It looks a little like the larger Volkswagen Arteon and is certainly more handsome than the UK-spec Jetta, which was given the chop in 2017. The new Jetta has been designed with the US market in mind, and we’re unlikely to see it in the UK.

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Flower power: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept revealed at Detroit

Flower power: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept revealed at Detroit

Flower power: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept revealed at Detroit

Ever wondered what a modern-day Volkswagen hippy van would look like? VW clearly has: hence the 2001 Microbus concept, the Bulli of 2011, last year’s Budd-e and, finally, the I.D. Buzz – set to be revealed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

With a push for eco-cars following the Dieselgate emissions scandal, now could be a good time to bring back flower power, this time in the form of an all-electric bus.

Based on an extended version of the firm’s new scalable MEB platform, the I.D. Buzz boasts a combined output of 369hp and an electric range of 373 miles. Naturally, it’s packed with autonomous functions: push the steering wheel and it disappears into the dash as the Buzz slips into ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode.

This decouples the steering column and uses laser sensors to detect other road users, while cameras, radar sensors and ultrasonic sensors monitor the van’s surroundings.

Flower power: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept revealed at Detroit

Inside, there’s room for eight people, with the front seats able to turn around and face the rear passengers once it’s in autonomous mode. The second row of seats can fold down and be used as a table, while the rear seats can be turned into a bed for overnight stays once the Buzz is stopped.

With a wooden floor, fancy coloured lighting and movable cushions, the interior is more homely than you might expect from a Volkswagen of the future.

There’s also a clever augmented reality head-up display. This projects virtual images from 23 to 49 feet ahead of the car – with the effect being ‘astonishingly realistic’, says VW.

Couldn’t the I.D. Buzz look a bit more… retro?

Flower power: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept revealed at Detroit

“The I.D. BUZZ is not a retro design on 22-inch wheels,” explains VW’s head of design, Klaus Bischoff.

“We have taken the logical next step forward in development, using what is in all likelihood the most successful design of its kind in the world. The entire design is extremely clean with its homogeneous surfaces and monolithic silhouette. The future and origins of Volkswagen design DNA combine here to create a new icon.”

There are some retro touches: the iconic ‘V’ on its front-end, for example, but the round headlights have been replaced by slim LED lights. These mimic the gestures of the human eye, says Volkswagen, allowing the Buzz to communicate with other traffic. When it’s parked up, the eyes appear closed, opening up to greet drivers and passengers.

When awakened, its lights ‘open’, while accelerating causes them to adopt a more aggressive look. During autonomous driving they truly act like eyes, looking in the direction the car is planning to turn.

Is the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz actually going to be sold?

Flower power: Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept revealed at Detroit

The company is aiming to launch its first car on the new MEB platform by 2020, and these could be autonomous by 2025.

Does this mean the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz will make production? Not necessarily – and certainly not without a great deal of revision, as you’d expect as technology progresses.

The Detroit Auto Show kicks off today, so stay tuned for all the latest from the Cobo Centre.

Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia’s hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia has released a video showing its hot new performance saloon taking on the 0-62mph acceleration test at its Namyang R&D centre in South Korea.

The brief 30-second clip doesn’t tell us much about the car, but it does reveal a target 0-62mph figure of 5.1 seconds.

That makes it faster than any Kia currently on sale in Europe, and faster than a Honda Civic Type R.

A previous teaser video showed the car taking on ‘The Green Hell’ of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, hitting 150mph on the Dottinger-Hohe straight.

Technical details are being kept quiet for now, but it’s based on the Kia GT concept of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. That packed a 390hp 3.3-litre turbo V6, along with rear-wheel-drive and suicide doors.

Kia poached BMW’s M Division dynamics chief Albert Biermann in 2014. The firm has been introducing fast halo models across its range, including the 250hp Optima GT – but says it has no plans to introduce a performance sub-brand, like Hyundai’s ‘N’ brand.

Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia's hot new saloon will hit 62mph in 5.1 seconds

Kia has released a video showing its hot new performance saloon taking on the 0-62mph acceleration test at its Namyang R&D centre in South Korea.

The brief 30-second clip doesn’t tell us much about the car, but it does reveal a target 0-62mph figure of 5.1 seconds.

That makes it faster than any Kia currently on sale in Europe, and faster than a Honda Civic Type R.

A previous teaser video showed the car taking on ‘The Green Hell’ of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, hitting 150mph on the Dottinger-Hohe straight.

Technical details are being kept quiet for now, but it’s based on the Kia GT concept of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. That packed a 390hp 3.3-litre turbo V6, along with rear-wheel-drive and suicide doors.

Kia poached BMW’s M Division dynamics chief Albert Biermann in 2014. The firm has been introducing fast halo models across its range, including the 250hp Optima GT – but says it has no plans to introduce a performance sub-brand, like Hyundai’s ‘N’ brand.

2018 Lexus LS teased: luxury saloon will rival Mercedes S-Class

2018 Lexus LS teased: luxury saloon will rival Mercedes S-Class

2018 Lexus LS teased: luxury saloon will rival Mercedes S-Class

Lexus has released this teaser picture of its new range-topping LS saloon ahead of its debut at January’s Detroit Auto Show.

While the picture doesn’t reveal a great deal about the new LS, it does suggest its styling will be similar to the Lexus LC500 coupe.

The current Lexus LS has received only minor changes since 2006 and is looking dated alongside rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

With prices of the outgoing model starting at £99,995 (in 600h L guise), buyers are right to expect something a bit special – and Lexus will be looking to offer that in the new model, which will be packed with technology.

Based on the same GA-L platform as the LC500, the 2018 LS will feature autonomous driving functions, front and rear touchscreens – and it’s likely to use hydrogen power.

The hydrogen-powered LF-LC concept car, which previewed the new LS at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, used two in-wheel electric motors at the front, while a larger electric drive motor powered the rear wheels.

More conventional powertrains are expected when the LS first goes on sale in 2018. Expect the line-up to mirror that of the LC500 – so there’ll be a hybrid 3.5-litre V6 on offer, alongside a range-topping V8.

We’ll find out more about the 2018 Lexus LS at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.

This is how Ford wants to change your life – even if you’re not a customer

This is how Ford wants to change your life – even if you’re not a customer

This is how Ford wants to change your life – even if you’re not a customer

You visit your friendly Ford dealer, buy a Fiesta, and have little else to do with the company for the next X amount of years until you go and trade it in for a new model.

That’s pretty much how the average customer’s relationship works with Ford – and, indeed, any car brand. The only time that changes is if you buy a particularly problematic car and spend more time returning to your dealer than you’d really like.

But Ford wants to change that. It wants to be part of your everyday life – interacting with you on an almost daily basis. And not by selling you a duffer.

During its press conference at this week’s Detroit Auto Show, CEO Mark Fields revealed that Ford owns 6% of the $2.3 trillion annual global automarket market – but 0% of the $5.4 trillion transportation services market. That includes things like buses, taxis and ridesharing.

Fields said: “We’re kicking off the next transformation of Ford – advancing from being an auto company, to an auto and a mobility company.”

Cornering just a tiny sector of this market by branching out into things like parking and car sharing could work out to be massively profitable for Ford.

Fields added: “People keep talking about how the auto industry is going to be disrupted by the tech companies. And our approach is, we’re going to disrupt ourselves.

“We want to grow our core business, and love that business, designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing terrific cars, SUVs, truck and electrified vehicles. But we also see a huge opportunity in growing our business in the emerging mobility market.”

Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford told journalists: “If you look at our heritage, my great grandfather changed the way the world moved with the Model T in very fundamental ways. So we have the same opportunity now, in a very different era, with very different challenges in front of us.

“The opportunities we have in front of us are very different than what my great grandfather faced, but the notion of providing mobility to people around the world, that’s not new to us. But what’s clear to us is that no one company can do this by themselves.”

This is how Ford wants to change your life – even if you’re not a customer

So how does Ford suggest it’ll work? Say hello to FordPass – a service available to anyone, including people who aren’t Ford customers.

Users get access to FordGuides – ‘personal mobility assistants’ available 24 hours a day. Similar to Vauxhall’s OnStar service, you can phone the FordPass call centre and get assistance in finding parking, getting directions or avoiding congestion.

Download the app and get access to car shares, reserve parking spaces and receive rewards from partners – including parking companies such as Parkopedia and fast food chains including McDonalds.

If you do own a Ford with SYNC Connect (set to be launched in the new Edge, arriving in the UK later this year), you’ll also be able to use the app to locate, lock, unlock and even remotely start your car.

And, following in the footsteps of Hyundai with its Rockar stores and Tesla with its, er, Tesla stores, Ford aims to open a number of outlets in shopping centres – known as ‘FordHubs’. But unlike other manufacturers, their aim isn’t to sell cars – traditional dealers will stay for that.

Instead, they’ll be places anyone can call in, learn more about Ford as a company and its transportation options, and generally interact with the car manufacturer slash transportation service provider.

The service launches in April 2016, with FordHubs opening up in four major cities around the world – including New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and London.

Fields concluded: “From a customer standpoint, great experiences lead to long-term relationships. And from a business standpoint, it will drive greater loyalty, bring new consumers and accelerate Ford in becoming a serious player in mobility services.

“Today is the start of the next generation of Ford. Becoming an auto and a mobility company.”

Lexus LC 500

7 cars from the Detroit Auto Show that are like so totally awesome

Excuse us – we seem to have got a little bit too into the American spirit here at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show. The first press day is over – a day of surprise unveilings, more VW apologies and so much weird candy that it’s probably not healthy. OK, it definitely isn’t healthy.

But there’s a clear shortlist of cars that are unanimously turning heads. We’d like to take these ones home with us. Please.

Volvo S90

1: Volvo S90

It’s Volvo’s alternative to the BMW 5 Series. And, just like our hearts panged for the XC90 when we first saw it way back at Paris 2014, we really want an S90.

You see, for years, manufacturers have been coming up with cars that they reckon could give the Germans a hard time. But Volvo got the XC90 so right – and it’s seemingly on track to do the same with the S90.

As well as looking fantastic, with an upmarket yet unique interior to match, the S90 also has a host of new technology to boast about. This includes its semi-autonomous driving system, Pilot Assist. This gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car within the lines on a motorway at speeds of up to 80mph. It works with the adaptive cruise control to practically drive itself (as long as you do the difficult bits).

Like the XC90, the S90 will also be available with the T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid drivetrain. This combines 410hp with decent fuel economy and a feel-good factor you just wouldn’t get with a German diesel.

Infiniti Q60

2: Infiniti Q60

It’s perhaps unfair to say that Infiniti has an image problem in the UK. It’s more the case that Infiniti doesn’t really have an image.

If Infiniti is new to you, it’s Nissan’s premium brand – like Lexus is to Toyota. It’s much bigger in the US, but sales in the UK have been slow. And the reason for that? Well, it’s cars have been mostly bland and undesirable.

Sure, quirky people have bought them because they’re not a BMW. But they don’t excel in any particular area. And, as in the case of the Q50’s drive-by-wire steering, Infiniti really bombs in certain areas.

The brand tried to fix that with its Q50 Eau Rouge in 2014. That took the powertrain from the Nissan GT-R and put it into the body of the Q50. Its 560hp 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged engine meant it was seriously rapid. But costs just didn’t add up and the Eau Rouge faced the axe after just one prototype was made.

So what now? Well, Infiniti has revealed the Q60 coupe at the Detroit Auto Show and it looks fantastic. Much like the concept version that was unveiled at last year’s show, the Q60 combines a not-unpleasant Q50 front end with a very attractive rear.

And the best news? Downsizing isn’t on the agenda: its engine line-up is all about six-cylinder engines, with a 400hp twin-turbo heading the range. This is an Infiniti that genuinely excites us. Will it tempt BMW 4 Series buyers? Hmm…

BMW M2

3: BMW M2

So, with all this talk of stealing BMW buyers, you could say we had to include a Beemer. But we can 100% say the decision to include the BMW M2 was made with the heart well as the head.

It’s like a mini-M4 – it packs 44hp more power than the M235i, and can hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds if you opt for the dual-clutch auto ’box (that’s the same as the BMW M4).

With its flared arches and extra intakes, the BMW M2 looks frankly awesome under the bright lights of Detroit’s Cobo Centre. But these aren’t just for aesthetics, insists BMW, they help reduce drag by 5% over the model on which it’s based.

But impressive performance figures alone do not qualify a car for this list. Oh no. The BMW M2 makes it for offering potentially the coolest function ever offered on a (fairly) affordable rear-wheel-drive performance car: a ‘smokey burnout’ button. How ace is that?

VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept

4: Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Look, dieselgate was so last year. Now Volkswagen is unveiling a rough-and-tough plug-in hybrid SUV, based on its Tiguan.

There are lots of sensible reasons why we’d like to take the Tiguan GTE Active Concept home with us. Yeah it’s green and eco-friendly and all that, but really we want it because it looks really badass.

The good news is, Volkswagen has hinted strongly that you’ll be able to buy accessories for your 2016 Tiguan that make it look like a proper off-roader. OK, you’ll look a bit of an idiot driving around Surrey in a Tiguan adorned with rock sliders, but that doesn’t stop members of the South East Mud Enthusiasts Club.

If you’re interested, the GTE Active Concept features a 225hp hybrid powertrain, made up of a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine combined with an electric motor. It can cover 20 miles under electric power alone, reaches 60mph in 6.4 seconds and uses its rear-mounted motor to act as an electric propshaft. Proper 21st century off-roading.

Lexus LC 500

5: Lexus LC 500

Lexus. It’s Toyota’s premium brand that produces sensible (if a smidgen dull) cars such as the hybrid CT 200h, and RX SUV. Then occasionally they come up with an absolute corker – such as the V8-engined LC 500, revealed at Detroit.

It’s essentially a production version of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show LF-LC concept, and it looks amazing. Never before has the company’s trademark spindle grille looked so right. And behind it lurks a 467hp 32-valve engine, as found in the RC F and GS F.

It’ll hit 60mph in ‘less than 4.5 seconds’, and look utterly fabulous while doing so. Pleasingly, it’s rear-wheel drive, although power is transmitted to the wheels through a 10-speed auto ’box. It’s not awful, promises Lexus.

Order books are opening later this year, and it’s definitely coming to the UK. Whoop!

Kia Telluride

6: Kia Telluride

This is a big-ass SUV that we’re unlikely to ever see in the UK. But that’s OK, because I’ll grey-import one – just for the fun of telling people “Oh this thing? It’s a Kia,” as I clog up the roads and intimidate other motorists in their little Audi Q7s.

Unfortunately it’s just a concept, for now, but if it previews where Kia’s design is heading in the future, I’m alright with that.

Despite being a huge SUV, it’ll also make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Kia says the Telluride will ‘care’ for its passengers. It uses sensors to ‘capture a passenger’s vital health information’, then a Light Emitted Rejuvenation system to display patterns of therapeutic light.

The powertrain? That’s a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an electric motor to produce a total of 400hp. It’s four-wheel-drive, natch, and would be good for ‘more than 30mpg’ if it ever makes production.

Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

7: Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

Let’s end with something that’s totally bonkers: Ford’s new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew. First revealed at last year’s Detroit Show, for 2016 the Raptor has sprouted an extra pair of doors and even more power than its predecessor.

It’s lighter than ever before, weighing around 225kg less thanks to its aluminium construction. And even this big, brash pick-up hasn’t avoided Ford’s Ecoboost programme. Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6, said to pack more punch than the 411hp 6.2-litre V8 it replaces. Performance figures are to be confirmed, but expect it to be just as capable off-road as on it. At speed, too.

Word on the street is that, if the Ford badge on the front of the Raptor was any larger, you’d be able to see it from space.

Read more about the highlights of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show on MSN Cars