Truck & 4WD Life: Rides In Detroit You Won’t Want To Miss!
Getting big and bold in Detroitby Jonathan Lopez, on
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.
Continue reading to learn more about the debuts headed to the Detroit Auto Show.
Fresh from the Bowtie Brand is the new Silverado, which will show in Detroit following a dramatic helicopter-assisted unveiling last month at the Texas Motor Speedway. Details are still forthcoming, but so far we do know the new Silverado will get fresh exterior styling, as well as a lighter curb weight thanks to the inclusion of “mixed materials and advanced manufacturing.” Buyers will also get a total of eight different trim levels to choose from, including the off-road leaning Trailboss spec.
Read our full on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
First making its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new and improved Jeep Wrangler is expected to head east to show in Detroit. Packing the same boxy, easily recognizable styling as the Wrangler that came before, the latest JL generation also adds a new interior layout and a line of engine options of the refreshed and all-new varieties, including a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, an EcoDiesel 3.0-liter six, and a “Hurricane” 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Under the skin, the JL doesn’t neglect its off-roading heritage, locking in full-time 4WD, a fully boxed frame, and on the Rubicon model, an electronically disconnecting front sway bar for greater wheel articulation when crawling.
Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.
Alongside rumors of pumped-up Mustangs like the Shelby GT500 and Bullitt, rampant speculation also points to the Blue Oval showing up with a brand-new Ranger in Detroit. The last time we saw the nameplate was back in 2011, which would make a reappearance for the 2019 model year quite the happening. We’re thinking a four-banger EcoBoost for the base trim level, ranging up to a 2.7-liter V-6 good for 325 horses and 375 pound-feet of torque.
Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ford Ranger.
This one is actually a lock for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, with Jeep already providing pics and specs on the refreshed SUV’s interior gear and exterior styling. The bigger question is what’s going on under the hood, as Jeep is playing it close to the chest by saying the SUV will get “even more fuel-efficient powertrain options.” We’re thinking the new 2.0-liter introduced on the JL Wrangler would make for a good fit, with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap.
Read our full review on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.
FCA is joining the fun this year with an update for the popular Ram 1500, keeping it feeling fresh thanks to a lighter curb weight courtesy of extra aluminum for the construction, as well as a rumored Mega Cab option for more space inside. The powertrain will also get revamped, with engine options including a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, as well as a possible turbocharged inline six-cylinder for the 2020 model year.
Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Ram 1500.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500
Note: Current GMC Sierra 1500 pictured here.
With the debut of the updated Silverado, GMC will also offer its own updates for the Sierra 1500. Outside, the styling will get tweaked thanks to a new fascia, while it’s possible carbon fiber will be used for the bed liner to add strength without too much extra weight. The various engine options should remain relatively unchanged, while a 10-speed automatic transmission will come as standard spec no matter the trim level. However, it’s also possible the new Sierra will skip Detroit all together, so we’ll have to wait and see.
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