2014 Detroit Auto Show Preview & Live Coverage
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit has always been a popular place to debut new models and updates, and this year being no different. Running January 13th through the 26th, automakers will be rolling our new products and designs for the upcoming year. Some we’ve already gotten the inside scoop on, while others will be a pleasant surprise. All will be brought to you via TopSpeed’s live coverage.
We already know what several manufactures are bringing, including the new Corvette Z06 and the Infiniti RC F Coupe. Other models like the Dodge Dart Blacktop will be seen getting a mild refresh or new trim levels. New cars, trucks, and SUVs will literally be unveiled by the hour, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for the latest information as it becomes available.
Clicking past the jump will bring you to our live coverage and give you our top picks of vehicles already leaked or released ahead of the show. Once each vehicle has its covers pulled off, we will update you with all the nitty-gritty details.
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LIVE COVERAGE: 2014 North American International Auto Show
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What To Expect at the 2014 NAIAS
Just when you thought you knew everything about the Corvette C7, Chevrolet brings out another version. Don’t mistake that for complaining, though, as this version is the track-killing Z06 edition. News has already leaked about the Vette regarding its supercar-like output — 620 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque — all coming from the new supercharged LT4 V-8. Those are still speculative numbers and GM will hopefully clear the air at the car’s reveal party, but nevertheless, those numbers represent a huge increase in power over the outgoing naturally-aspirated Z06.
2015 Corvette Z06’s live reveal - January 13th at 9:30 a.m. EST
Based on the 2015 RC Coupe that debuted in Tokyo last November, Lexus is announcing the RC F, a racier version of the two-door. Lexus affixed an F to the RC’s name, inciting more FUN on the road and at the track. That means it’s powered by a highly-modified version of the 5.0-liter V-8 that now lays down 480 horsepower to the rear wheels. New heads and an electronic valve timing system help squeeze out every ounce of power, while giving the V-8 the ability to run an Atkinson-style combustion sequence for fuel saving when the throttle isn’t buried.
Thicker, stickier rubber is added for traction while aerodynamic features, like the active rear spoiler, were pulled from the LFA to increase high-speed stability. Heavy use of carbon fiber keeps weight to a minimum, and functional air inlets and cooling ducts keep internal components cool.
Mercedes is continuing the AMG trend by bringing the athletic GLA45 AMG to Detroit. This little crossover is packing 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque out of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. That power is routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels. AMG claims an estimated 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds.
The all-wheel-drive system is reserved to low-traction situations, with power routed to the front wheels under normal conditions. A PTO, or Power Take Off unit can send 50 percent of the power rearward when needed.
Trying to make a crossover, even a small one, handle like a sports car is a challenging task, but it seems AMG has that covered. A stiffened suspension with Curve Dynamic Assist within the ESP helps reduces understeer by individual brake modulation. An aero package helps create downforce and attract stares while optional red racing stripes add that extra touch.
Infiniti is making use of its partnership with Red Bull’s F1 racing pedigree and pulling some design cues and techniques off the track and putting onto the street. This highly-modified concept of the Q50 sedan gets some impressive body work comprised of high-strength carbon fiber. Only the roof and door profile remains in stock form. The Q50 Eau Rouge is lower and wider than the production version, and includes a deep carbon-fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and side sill skirts. It rides on 21-inch forged alloy wheels and exhales through dual-exit exhaust pipes.
There’s no word yet on suspension or engine updates, but we imagine Infiniti has something special lurking under the Nissan GT-R-reminiscent twin-scooped hood.
Kia Motors is the poster child for how an automaker revamps its image by creating quality products. The company has traveled light years in the last 10 years in those terms, but noticed it lacked something sportier. Enter the GT3 Stinger Concept. It’s a 2+2, rear-wheel-drive hatchback powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four kicking out an impressive 315 horsepower. Scion FR-S and Subaru BR-Z owners better check their rearview mirrors.
Kia has been light on details, but more will come this as the concept is debuted on January 13.
Although it has yet to be officially unveiled, Volvo’s Concept XC Coupe has already seen the light of day. The Swedish automaker has released several images along with a video (below). The XC Coupe, accompanied by two other concept cars, acts as a design study for the brand’s future look. The future XC90 and other models will likely take design cues from the concept, taking the design ideas into full production. It’s unknown if Volvo plans on producing the XC Coupe, although watching Land Rover rake in the cash from the Range Rover Evoque, it’s possible Volvo plans to compete.
Not much is know about the greasy bits beneath the sculpted skin, but we do know Volvo modeled much of the interior and exterior looks after outdoor equipment manufactured by the Swedish outfitter POC. It also rides on 21-inch wheels and includes some artfully-designed exterior lighting.
Anytime a new F-150 comes to market, the automotive world watches. Ford’s best selling vehicle is a huge money-maker for them, so failure is not an option. The biggest news surrounding the iconic American pickup is the materials it’s made from. Heavily based on the Atlas Concept that debuted at last year’s NAIAS, the new truck is rumored to wear aluminum body panels.
The aluminum construction is said to shave some 700 pounds off the previous body. A steel frame will still underpin the truck for strength. While the reduced weight will help boost fuel economy, the extra cost of materials may find its way into the MRSP at the dealer. What’s more, insurance costs may rise as well.
There’s no word yet on engine options or interior design possibilities, but overall, the 2015 F-150 looks very promising and should continue Ford’s trend of offering the best-selling full-sized pick-up in America.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado made quite a stir with its debut at the LA Auto Show late last year, but the time has come for the Colorado’s fraternal twin to step forward. The GMC Canyon will indubitably share the same stats as the Chevy, but will likely present itself in a more refined manner, aimed at the “professional” workingman.
The Colorado will have three engine options: a 2.5-liter, inline four cylinder; a 3.6-liter V-6; and starting in 2016, a 2.8-liter Duramax I-4 Turbo Diesel. As we reported earlier, (LINK!) there’s no word on the diesel’s U.S.-spec output, but the European-spec 2.8-liter makes 200 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. We’d say it’s a safe bet the same options will be available for the Canyon.