10 Vehicles Debuting at the 2016 North American International Auto Show
What’s new, fresh, hot and coming to the North American International Auto Show to debut to the world? These are ten models you’ll want to look out for.
Acura Precision Concept
The automakers says that the concept, “will help set the direction for future Acura design; in particular, the next generation of performance-luxury sedans.” Acura will likely be debuting the concept as part of its NAIAS press conference on January 12 at 8:00 a.m. EST.
2017 Audi A4
According to Audi, the all-new A4 will set a, “new benchmark for the luxury sedan segment” and offer class-leading horsepower, “confidence inspiring driving dynamics,” and available driver assistance and infotainment systems. Already-released pricing suggests a starting MSRP of $37,300 when the vehicle gets to showrooms in spring 2016. Audi will hold it’s NAIAS presser on January 11 at 8:35 a.m.
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
Chevrolet jumped the gun debuting the Cruze Hatchback online ahead of NAIAS. However, we’ll see it in person for the first time when the auto show kicks off next week. Chevrolet’s NAIAS presser is set for Monday, January 11 at 8 a.m.
What is the 880? We have no idea. It’s not that we haven’t tried to find out but just that Chrysler is keeping it that good of a secret- a secret they want us to know they’re keeping. The automaker has branded one whole side of the Cobo Center (where NAIAS is held) with 880 branding that gives us no more clues. In the 60s Dodge made an 880 but that’s where the clues run cold. We’re assuming that after the Chrysler presser on Monday, January 11 at 7:35 a.m. we’ll know the full story.
Ford Fusion EV (maybe)
All signs point to the fact that Ford will be debuting at least one new EV model at NAIAS this year. teased images show a sedan positioned and plugged into something we’re assuming is an outlet. Based on the size of the vehicle in the image and the popularity of the Fusion making it the first EV sedan in the Ford line-up seems like a logical fit. We’ll be at the Ford press conference giving you all the details on whatever is behind the curtain on Monday, January 11 at 11:40 a.m.
The recent luxury spin-off of the Hyundai brand will debut their new flagship vehicle, the G90 at NAIAS. Unveiled in December, we already know what the G90 will look like, what it’s called elsewhere (EQ900 in Korea), that its design is, “the first realization of the brand’s ‘Athletic Elegance’ design style,” and that it replaces the Equus in the Hyundai line-up. At the auto show we’re expecting to find out the MSRP and a date we’ll see the G90 on sale.
2017 GMC Acadia (maybe)
GMC sent out a teaser this week on social media showing the above image. All we know is what they wrote as part of the post, “For your eyes only. Here is a sneak peek at the next generation of GMC. Take it all in. Coming Spring 2016.” The sight of rear pillars and a rear window wiper is leading many commentators and industry professionals to declare it the “new” 2017 GMC Acadia. We’ll know more after GMC’s press conference on Tuesday, January 12 at 9 a.m.
What is most interesting about this debut is that Honda is calling the all new Ridgeline a vehicle that, “will challenge conventional thinking in the midsize pickup segment.” Midsize? There’s something newsworthy. Will the new Ridgeline compete with the Tacoma, Canyon and Colorado? We’ll find out when it debuts on January 11 at 1:15 p.m. EST.
2016 Infiniti QX60
It’s not brand new or even completely redesigned but Infitiniti has refreshed the QX60 for 2016 giving the crossover a more premium exterior design, a retuned chassis, upgraded cabin insulation for a more sound-proof ride and a revised suite of assistive and intuitive technologies. Infinite will likely discuss the refreshed QX60 during its NAIAS presser on Monday, January 11 at 12:15 p.m.
Kia has been releasing weekly teaser images giving us a hint at the look and size of their new large SUV. What we’re seeing is a vehicle we’re guessing is a three-row SUV on par with the Toyota 4Runner. It looks a touch rugged, a touch tech heavy, just funky enough and perfectly in line with the Soul. As an additional tease, Kia offers up that the Telluride will feature, “unique in-cabin health-and-wellness technology” and the company’s first foray into 3D printed parts. Kia plans on talking about the Telluride on Monday, January 11 at 2:15 p.m.
While Toyota is not expected to unveil a new vehicle at NAIAS they are promoting a “connected technology development announcement” on Tuesday, January 12 at 11:40 a.m. during their press conference slot. The announcement is expected to showcase the brand’s vision of “the connected car and future mobility.”