Truck & 4WD Life: Rides In Detroit You Won’t Want To Miss!
Alternately known as the North American International Auto Show, the Detroit Auto Show is one of the most important auto-related events this side of the Atlantic, bringing together makes from around the world to show off their various wares and entice stateside consumers with the latest and greatest before they hit the showroom. Considering Detroit is home turf for Ford and General Motors, this town makes for the perfect venue to bring out new and updated SUVs and trucks, and indeed, the debut roster this year is heavy with entries from both of these popular segments. If you want a machine that rides tall and is capable no matter the job, Detroit is a great place to look, so to get you excited, we’ve compiled the following list of new SUVs and trucks slated to appear in Motor City in 2018.
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Toyota Teases 2019 Avalon Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show Debut
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is nearly here, and with its approach comes a deluge of teasers from across the board. The latest arrives courtesy of Toyota, which is previewing the soon-to-be-revealed next-generation full-size Avalon sedan with a few shots of the redesigned headlights and taillights.
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The Expected And The Unexpected Headed To The Detroit Auto Show
With the 2018 auto show season now in full swing, most of the major automakers around the world are once again planning their annual pilgrimage to Michigan, birthplace of ’Merican muscle, Motor City – Detroit. This is a city practically dripping with auto heritage, and as such, the domestic makes are offering 2018 Detroit Auto Show attendees a chance to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest V-8-powered RWD sports machines with a red, white, and blue soul. However, alongside the traditional tire-shredding performance machines, this year’s event will also include a few unexpected debuts, ranging from luxury-infused top-dollar land yachts to a Chinese-built battery-powered concept. It’s a new world out there, and even a bastion of the old school like Detroit isn’t immune to change. With that said, read on for a few expected (an unexpected) debuts headed to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta
The latest-generation Volkswagen Jetta was launched in 2010 and production for North America commenced the same year in Puebla, Mexico. Larger than its predecessor, the sixth-gen Jetta was relegated from the premium segment into the same market as the highly popular Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. In order to keep costs down, Volkswagen removed the leather seats option and the multi-link suspension from the American model. Come 2018, and the German firm is getting ready to introduce a brand-new model. And based on the sketches that surfaced the web in late 2017, it appears that the new Jetta will return to the premium market.
The compact sedan is set to break cover at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. However, there’s not much official information about what it will bring to the table. We do know that it will ride on a new platform, but VW has yet to release drivetrain and technology specs so far. Instead, it released a few design sketches which confirm that the Jetta adopted the company’s recent corporate design, seen on the larger Passat and the Arteon sedans. Let’s have a closer look at those sketches below and stay tuned for updates from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show later this week.
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2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept
Infiniti has made tremendous progress in recent years, evolving from a brand that used to sell slightly more upscale Nissan model into a full-fledged luxury company that competes against the likes of Lexus and Lincoln. Come 2018, and the Japanese brand is looking to expand into new niches, including the electric car market. Set to break cover at the Detroit Auto Show, the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept previews the firm’s upcoming flagship model, alongside its new design direction. Additionally, it may be the company’s first electric model after the race-inspired Prototype 9.
With just two weeks left until Detroit kicks off, Infiniti is still keeping the details under wraps. We do have a couple of teasers to look at and a bit of info to digest, but the Q Inspiration remains pretty much a mystery for now. "It is the first manifestation of Infiniti’s new form language for an era of advanced powertrains and presents a design vision for vehicles in this segment," the company said, hinting that the Q Inspiration will introduce a new styling language and maybe even a new flagship model.
Updated 01/12/2018: Infiniti dropped a new image revealing the front end of the new Q Inspiration Concept.
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Happy Thursday: Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Leaks with No Camo
Less than 24 hours ago, Mercedes-Benz released photos of the all-new, 2019 G-Class roaming through off-road scenery, but covered in the typical black and white test mule camouflaged. We felt privileged to see the new SUV in such detail. Well, that privilege has been blown away as leaked photos of an uncamouflaged G-Wagen have surfaced for the first time!
It is clear Mercedes wanted to keep the G-Class’ iconic appearance intact. The boxy SUV’s design has been evolved rather than revolutionized, despite this being the first generational change since 1979.
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2019 Ford Ranger Spied in Thailand
Ford appears to be mildly updating its current Global T6 Ranger pickup for 2019 in conjunction with the truck’s debut for the North American market. Though unconfirmed, these spy shots reveal a completely uncamouflaged Ranger wearing a different grille and sporting upgraded LED-encrusted headlights. It’s likely these same changes will accompany the U.S.-spec Ranger when it debuts ahead of the 2019 model year, possibly at this month’s Detroit Auto Show.
The likelihood of this spied pickup wearing the U.S.-spec front end is validated by a Reddit user who claims (and later verified) to be a Ford designer. Over 11 months ago the user said the U.S.-spec Ranger would be a facelifted T6 with a unique grille and headlights.
The current T6 Ranger was last updated for 2015, so a refresh for 2019 is highly probable. Making the U.S.-spec and global versions use the same parts would be an easy cost-cutting and logistics-simplifying move. Of course, the U.S.-spec Ranger will have slight differences, including left-hand drive, different license plate bracketry, and perhaps some different wheel and tire combinations. Then there are the greasy bits under the truck.
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Mercedes-Benz Previews New G-Class With Off-Road Specs
Although a full reveal isn’t expected to drop until later this month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is previewing the upcoming 2019 G-Class with a rundown on its off-road specs. The German automaker is also offering up a few shots of the camo’d luxury box bashing around in the rough stuff as visual proof of its prowess.
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Peek-A-Boo! 2019 Ram 1500 Slips From Under Covers
The next-generation Ram 1500 will debut in a few weeks’ time at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15 to much anticipation. Yet ahead of the show, we’re getting a solid look at the half-ton’s new grille and front fascia design. Gone is the iconic crosshair grille design that’s been a mainstay since 1994. It’s replaced by a six-sided grille with the R-A-M logo brazened right in the center.
This is a change Ram has been preparing its customers for over the last few years. Trim levels like the Ram Rebel and Laramie Longhorn have departed from the traditional grille in favor of a nostril-style grille with the R-A-M logo rather than the ram’s head emblem.
The 2019 Ram also features headlights and fog lights are more integrated into the body; the stepped fenders and tall hood are reduced to a barely-noticeable feature on the new truck. Thankfully, the tow hooks are still easily accessible, and the air dam seems to be rather minimal for a better approach angle.
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Mercedes Teases New G-Wagen Ahead of January 15 Debut
Mercedes-Benz is on the cusp of debuting its all-new 2019 G-Wagen. In fact, the reveal party is set for January 15, 2018, at the Detroit Auto Show. Ahead of Detroit, though, Mercedes has released a teaser commercial for the next-gen G-Class, and boy, it seems to reference Jurassic Park pretty hard.
Remember the scene from the original movie from 1993 where dinosaurs were brought back to life using DNA extracted from a mosquito that had survived centuries encased in amber? Well, it seems Mercedes is doing the same with the new G-Wagen – bringing it back to life by using DNA from the 1979 G-Wagen. The teaser commercial shows the 1979 model, which was the first year of the long-running previous generation, encased in a block of amber like it’s been preserved for centuries. In truth, it’s been Mercedes that has kept the G-Wagen so well preserved, having given it minimal updates through the decades.
Of course, that’s changing for the 2019 model year. The new G-Class is wider, longer, and more luxurious, while still capable off the beaten path. Mercedes has already shown the G-Wagen’s swanky new interior. It includes inspiration from the S-Class sedan and offers 5.9 inches of additional legroom for rear passengers. Modern safety and connectivity features will be present, too, along with new drivetrain options.
TopSpeed will have the full details on January 15, but until then, have a look at this fun, 53-second video. And don’t be surprised is Mercedes continues its association with the Jurassic Park movie fancies in any future films. It’s easy to imagine Chris Pratt outrunning a T-Rex in a modified G-Wagen.
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck. The unveiling happened at the Texas Motor Speedway at Chevy’s centennial celebration amid hundreds of loyal owners and their trucks. But this was only a minor preview; the bulk of information is coming mid-January at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. There, Chevy will spill the beans on powertrain updates, show interior images, and answer the long-asked question about what the 2019 Silverado’s body is made from. Despite Chevy’ dogging of Ford’s aluminum-bodied F-150, we’re betting on at least a few aluminum body panels on the new Silverado.
There are a few things we know for sure. A new Trailboss trim is available; the cargo bed floor is made from roll-formed, high-strength steel; and the truck will have a “significant reduction” in weight over the outgoing model. Keep reading for details and our best guesstimates on the unknown.
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Infiniti Teases New Concept Car for Detroit Auto Show
We’re rapidly heading toward the end of 2017, but a new auto show season is upon us with the 2018 Detroit Auto Show set to kick off on January 13. Some automakers have already announced their new cars for the year’s first event, and Infiniti just unveiled that it will bring a concept car to the Cobo Center. The vehicle doesn’t have a name yet, and most details are still under wraps, but Infiniti did say that it "previews a new generation of Infiniti vehicles" and represents the first manifestation of the company’s new design language.