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New York Motor Show preview: in pictures

New York Motor Show preview, in picturesThe 117th running of North America’s original motor show opens its doors to the press on 12 April, kicking off with the World Car of the Year presentation, before public days begin from 14-23 April.

As well as some big-name reveals from Dodge, Jeep and Buick, there will be a series of US debuts and 2018 model year introductions. Read on to see what will be making the headlines at NYIAS 2017.

Dodge Challenger SRT DemonNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Dodge has been teasing the Challenger SRT Demon for so long, it could give Dita Von Teese a run for a her money. It started back in January, when Dodge promised it would be “raising the bar again” with the SRT Demon, before proceeding to release a series of teaser videos and images.

No performance figures have been released – yet – but it will almost certainly have a million horsepower and enough torque to send the earth spinning in the opposite direction. It will also be more than 90kg lighter than the Hellcat, thanks in no small part to the fact that there’s only enough seating for one.

Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackhawkNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

If the Demon is a little too hardcore – or you intend to carry a passenger or two – the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could be the next best thing. It’s likely to be powered by the same supercharged 6.2-litre V8 lump found in the Challenger and Charger Hellcat models, making it considerably more powerful than the Grand Cherokee SRT.

Like, properly powerful. How does 707hp grab you? That’s 232hp more than the SRT. But don’t expect it to stop there, as Jeep is expected to pull out all the stops in making this one of the most track-focused SUVs ever built.

Ford GTNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

It’s not new and unless you’re one of the chosen few, you can’t buy it, but the Ford GT will be one of the stars of the New York Auto Show. Besides, seeing Matt LeBlanc taking one for a spirited drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and then Laguna Seca has only served to heighten the anticipation for Ford’s supercar.

It comes with five different drive modes, including ‘Wet’, which must have been designed with British buyers in mind. “We focused on simplifying the experience,” said Derek Bier, Ford GT manager. “Optimising this car for just about any situation was critical, because ensuring owners always enjoy driving it was a top priority.”

Lexus LS 500 F SportNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Lexus is promising “the most engaging LS driving experience yet” with the new LS F Sport. Available on the LS 500 and LS 500h, the F Sport is likely to boast stiffer suspension, new alloy wheels, subtle exterior tweaks and a revised interior.

“The all-new LS is based on an extended version of the brand’s premium global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L) platform – the stiffest that Lexus has ever developed,” said Lexus. Ideal if you’re hunting down the odd S-Class.

Buick Regal TourXNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Move over Volvo V60 Cross Country, Subaru Outback and Audi A4 Allroad, because the Buick Regal TourX is coming through. The all-wheel drive estate car rides higher than the standard model and features standard roof rails and rural-friendly body cladding.

Looks great, doesn’t it? Should be familiar, too, given that it’s based on the Buick version of the new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer. Power is sourced from a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine developing 250hp, while an eight-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard. The Buick Regal TourX is yet another reason not to buy an SUV.

Nissan GT-R Track EditionNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Sliding sideways into the Jacob Javits Convention Center is the Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which is making its North American debut. It’ll occupy the middle ground between the entry-level Premium model and the flagship Nismo, with some juicy Nismo bits to make up for the standard 565hp output.

The Track Edition is available by order only and offers increased body rigidity over the Premium model, Nismo-tuned suspension, along with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness versus the Premium. The tyres and wheels are also Nismo-spec. The price: $127,990.

Range Rover VelarNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Fresh from its first public appearance in Geneva, the Range Rover Velar will make its American debut in New York. The Velar slots between the Evoque and the Sport and is, according to Land Rover, “the avant-garde Range Rover”.

It’s already available to order in the US, with prices starting from $49,900. A limited edition First Edition model is available in the first year of sales.

Jaguar F-TypeNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Nothing has been confirmed, but we’re expecting to see a new Jaguar F-Type in New York. Rumour has it the new version will be powered by a four-cylinder Ingenium engine.

Last year, the Jaguar F-Type hit the headlines when the 200mph SVR model was driven through New York’s Park Avenue Tunnel as part of its big reveal.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+New York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Whatever you think of the styling, it’s hard not to be impressed by the performance figures. Thanks to its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ will sprint to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds, or 4.0 seconds in the slightly less powerful non S model.

In S guise, the power output is 510hp, while the ‘standard’ model has to ‘make do’ with 476hp. These new models sport the AMG Panamericana grille, something previously reserved for the AMG GT family.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ CoupeNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

If you’re after something even less aesthetically pleasing than the GLC, and you’re prepared to sacrifice a little in the way of practicality, the Coupe version is the car for you. The power outputs and the performance figures are the same, even if the GLC Coupe is a touch heavier than the GLC.

Opt for the S model and you’ll be treated to a ‘Race’ drive mode, “in which all the parameters are configured for maximum performance.” Mercedes-AMG takes its hot SUVs rather seriously.

Honda Civic SiNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will make their first appearance ahead of the New York International Auto Show, in a “dynamic video reveal” on Honda’s YouTube channel.

According to Honda, the new car will be the “sportiest and most agile Civic to ever wear the renowned Si badge.” Power is sourced from a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Volvo XC60New York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Volvo XC60 will take a bow at the New York International Auto Show. The success of the outgoing model owes much to its popularity in the US, so this is an important reveal for Volvo.

American buyers will be able to choose from a 250hp T5 turbocharged engine, a 316hp T6 twin-charger engine, along with the 400hp T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid. The 2018 S90 will also make its debut in New York.

Audi TT RSNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

The 2018 Audi TT RS is the most powerful production TT ever built and it’s making its debut at the New York International Auto Show. Its 2.5-litre TFSI engine develops 400hp and produces the unmistakable sound of a five-cylinder engine.

The quattro all-wheel drive system has the ability to send nearly 100% of the torque to the rear wheels, allowing the TT RS to sprint to 60mph in 3.6 seconds. Four driving modes are available: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.

Subaru CrosstrekNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

The Subaru Crosstrek – known this side of the Atlantic as the XV – is making its American debut in New York. Subaru is promising a “fun-to-drive” SUV, helped in no small part by the same active torque vectoring system you’ll find on the WRX STI.

A new range of driver-assist technologies are available, along with a new multimedia system which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda ClarityNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Big news this, with an all-new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric set to pull up alongside the Clarity Fuel Cell. Honda claims it makes the Clarity the first vehicle to offer fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains in one series model.

Details are thin on the ground, but we do know that the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be launched in 50 states and will offer an electric driving range in excess of 40 miles.

Toyota FT-4XNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

“Four wheeling. Scene Stealing.” Toyota isn’t giving much away, but this teaser image gives us hope that it might be about to launch an FJ Cruiser for a new generation.

Concept or production vehicle, consider our interest well and truly piqued, Toyota.

Acura TLXNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Acura is promising a “more aggressive, sporty and alluring look” for the “refreshed and enhanced” TLX performance saloon. The styling is inspired by the Acura Precision Concept of 2016 and will follow the lead of the MDX.

“We’re pumped to show how we’re elevating the TLX experience”, said an excitable Acura vice president. Stay pumped, Jon Ikeda.

Toyota YarisNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Hold the front page, because a new Toyota Yaris is in town. Don’t go too excited, because it’s more of a refresh than a revamp, with a bold new look and a few cosmetic upgrades.

Inside, all models feature a three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls and a “sporty” analog instrument cluster. Contain yourself.

Infiniti QX80New York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Kids, it might be safe to come out from behind the sofa, as this teaser image previews the next generation QX80. It’s fair to say that the current model is a little cosmetically challenged, but the new version – which will be revealed in concept form – looks more appealing.

The styling brings it in line with the QX60, which will be more familiar to UK buyers. In the US, the QX80 is priced from $63,850 and is powered by a 5.6-litre V8 engine producing 400hp. Unsurprisingly, it’s not the most fuel efficient SUV in the world.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class CabrioletNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Fresh from its reveal in Geneva, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is making its North American debut in New York. The roof can be open or closed in 20 seconds when travelling at a speed of up to 30mph.

With a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine, the Cabriolet will be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive – a first for the topless E-Class. US buyers will be available to cruise the boulevards of America by the end of 2017.

Hyundai SonataNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Hyundai is expected to unveil a new Sonata in New York, which follows the launch of the updated version in Korea. The styling changes are designed to bring it in line with the Hyundai’s current corporate look, with a face that’s not too dissimilar to the cars on sale in the UK.

The Sonata is a strong seller in the US, with prices starting from $21,950.

Toyota SiennaNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Important car, this, given that it has been the top-selling minivan in the US for the past two years. The Toyota Sienna is built in Princeton and offers a choice of seven- or eight-seat cabin configurations.

For 2018, all models will feature Toyota’s excellent Safety Sense package, with a new multimedia system fitted across the range. The styling is also updated to include a larger front grille.

Nissan 370Z Heritage EditionNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

And still the Nissan 370Z soldiers on. The replacement for the 350Z was first shown in Los Angeles back in 2008 and this Heritage Edition is designed to celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of Japan’s first commercially successful sports car.

The special edition previews the styling changes to the 2018 370Z and will be offered in two exterior colours – Chicane Yellow and Magnetic Black. Power is sourced from a 3.7-litre V6 engine producing 332hp.

Mercedes-AMG GT ConceptNew York Motor Show preview, in pictures

Having wowed the crowds in Geneva, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is set to make its North American debut in New York. The concept car is part of AMG’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

We’ll be in New York to bring you the latest news and the hottest reveals. Stay tuned for more information.

Detroit Motor Show 2017

Detroit Motor Show 2017: in pictures

Detroit Motor Show 2017Detroit has seen hard times, but it’s still America’s Motor City – and home of its most important car show. We reveal the cars and trucks making headlines at the Cobo Centre, from the bold Audi Q8 concept seen here to Kia’s exciting new sports saloon.

Audi Q8Detroit Motor Show 2017

The Q8 concept previews Audi’s forthcoming SUV flagship – due in 2018. It’s sleeker than the current Q7, with a sweeping, coupe-style roof. Powered by a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the 450hp Q8 will hit 62mph in 5.4 seconds.

Inside, the Q8 boasts four luxurious Nappa leather seats, plus an advanced version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with graphics projected onto the windscreen. Battery-charge time is two hours, with an all-electric range of 37 miles. We reckon the Range Rover should be worried…

Kia Stinger GTDetroit Motor Show 2017

Kia wants to sex-up its image, and a brawny, V6-engined sports coupe is a good way to do so. The 370hp Stinger GT will take on the Audi S4, BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C43 when it arrives in Europe in late 2017.

The Stinger GT’s platform comes from Hyundai’s Genesis luxury saloon, but with a stiffer chassis for sharper handling. Buyers will have a choice of four engines, including a four-cylinder diesel. But it’s that 167mph twin-turbo V6 we’re really excited about.

Volkswagen I.D. BuzzDetroit Motor Show 2017

What? Yet another VW Microbus concept? Yes, but this one stands a good chance of being built – and let’s hope so. The all-electric I.D. Buzz uses Volkswagen’s new scalable MEB platform. Quoted power output is 369hp and range is 373 miles.

The eight-seat I.D. Buzz can also drive itself. Push the steering wheel and it disappears into the dash as the car slips into ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode. This uses cameras, lasers and radar sensors to detect other road users. Oh, and the rear seats turn into a bed, so you can nap while the I.D. Buzz does all the hard work.

Lexus LSDetroit Motor Show 2017

With dramatic looks influenced by the LF-FC concept car, the new Lexus LS luxury saloon debuted at Detroit. As you’d expect, it will be available with petrol/electric hybrid power, but the big news is a hydrogen fuel-cell option – following the lead of parent company Toyota and its hydrogen-powered Mirai.

While other companies such as Volkswagen bet on electric power, Toyota/Lexus hopes hydrogen will be the fuel of the future. The LS may emulate the LF-FC, with in-wheel electric motors for dynamic four-wheel drive.

Mercedes-AMG GT CDetroit Motor Show 2017

Taking pride of place on the Mercedes stand at Detroit is the Mercedes-AMG GT C. It’s the coupe version of the GT C Roadster, revealed last year. Slotting in between the GT S and GT R, the GTC’s 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 produces 550hp – the same as the soft-top version.

That means 62mph in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 197mph – even quicker than the GT S seen here. It’s 35kg lighter than the Roadster, while the rear track is 57mm wider. The GT C will initially be launched as an Edition 50 special edition, celebrating 50 years of AMG, featuring black chrome trim and two paint colours: Designo Graphite Grey Magno and Designo Cashmere White Magno.

Audi SQ5Detroit Motor Show 2017

Alongside Audi’s Q8 concept at Detroit is this sporty little number: the 354hp SQ5. It’s powered by the same 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 as the S5 – a departure from the old model, which was diesel-only.

That power accelerates the near-two-tonne SUV to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, helped by its all-wheel-drive system. There’s also an optional rear Sport differential, which divides torque across the rear axle. Combine this with Sport mode for school-run heroics.

Ford BroncoDetroit Motor Show 2017

The original Ford Bronco was never sold in Europe, but it was a popular no-thrills 4×4 on sale in the USA for 30 years from 1966 to 1996. Although Ford hasn’t taken a concept Bronco to Detroit, it has revealed a Bronco graphic on its stand – with the words ‘coming in 2020’ underneath.

The firm hasn’t revealed much more information on the new Bronco, although it has hinted that it’ll be a rugged retro 4×4 with genuine off-road ability. It’s also said it’ll be a global vehicle and, although a decision hasn’t been made, it could be sold in the UK. Fans of the classic original are suitably excited.

Infiniti QX50Detroit Motor Show 2017

This attractive SUV is the new Infiniti QX50 concept. It follows the QX Sport Inspiration seen at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, but is closer to being a production-ready rival to the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus NX. It could be exactly what Nissan’s premium brand needs to boost its image in Europe.

Power comes from Infiniti’s clever new 2.0-litre VC-T turbocharged petrol engine, which the brand is claiming will have the efficiency of modern turbodiesels. The QX50 concept also features clever autonomous tech – but the manufacturer says it’ll work with the driver, rather than taking over entirely.

Porsche 911 GTSDetroit Motor Show 2017

The controversial new flat-six 911 has now been given the GTS treatment: meaning an extra 30hp over the regular Carrera S (and 20hp more than its predecessor). Unfortunately, Porsche decided against revealing the GTS in the metal at Detroit, so you’ll have to settle for this press photo.

As you’d expect, here are a wide range of GTS models available: coupe, cabriolet or Targa, and two- or four-wheel drive. Oh, and you can choose between seven-speed manual or PDK auto gearboxes.

Volkswagen Tiguan AllspaceDetroit Motor Show 2017

Good news: from summer 2017, you’ll be able to buy a Volkswagen Tiguan with a slightly longer wheelbase and seven seats. That extra practicality means it’ll be an interesting, German alternative to the likes of the Nissan X-Trail.

It’s difficult to spot the external differences between the Allspace and the regular Tiguan, but anoraks will spy a 110mm longer wheelbase (the overall car is 215mm longer), while the bonnet and grille are also revised.

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.”

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 M2

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.