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Top vehicles to watch

Top vehicles to watch

Whether you’re a frustrated shopper or a car enthusiast eager to see the latest technology and styles, the North American International Auto Show has plenty to see when it opens to the public on September 17 at the Huntington Place Convention Center on Detroit’s riverfront. .

Auto show organizers expect around 30 brands to be on the show floor, including a range of new vehicles that are either not yet on sale or are so scarce that you’re more likely to find a pot of gold at the end of the year. the rainbow then they land on a dealer’s lot.

Add to that the announcement of approximately 30 semifinalists for North American cars, trucks and utilities of the year, and Huntington Place will house the most impressive collection of new and hard-to-find vehicles since the pandemic struck in early 2020.

EVs, muscle cars, pickups you name it

Curious about electric vehicles? Where else will you see a Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Hummer SUV and pickup, Ford F-150 Lightning, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Polestar 2, and Porsche Taycan?

How about the Genesis GV60, the EV that uses facial recognition to let the owner in and drive?

Not to mention previously unreleased models like the electric Chevrolet Equinox, Blazer and Silverado. Those three mainstream models — compact SUV, midsize SUV, and full-size pickup — are testament to GM’s “EVs for everyone” promise to make the technology widespread and affordable. All three should go on sale in 2023.

There will also be revelations about other – as yet unannounced – beloved models making the switch to electric power.

Get ready for your first look at Toyota’s all-hybrid Crown sedan, which aims to split the difference between SUV and sedan. The new large SUV Sequoia will also be present.

Acura’s new Integra, the small sports sedan that recalls the brand’s origins, will also be on the show floor.

Ford’s expanding business of building niche models for its pickups and SUVs will be well represented. Models not yet in dealerships but present at the show include the Bronco Raptor, Bronco Everglades, Maverick Tremor, and F-150 Raptor R.

Chevrolet will respond with its Silverado ZR2 Bison off-roader, a full-size pickup with advanced shock absorbers and five skid plates specifically designed to protect critical low-slung components, including the front and rear differentials, transfer case and fuel tank.

Almost unimaginably, the Dodge booth will feature a sporty Dodge Hornet plug-in hybrid developed with Alfa Romeo and the controversial and innovative Daytona Charger SRT concept – billed as the first electric muscle car. If not from Dodge, who?

Did I mention the debut of the dramatic new 2024 Mustang – probably the last ever combustion engine powered version of the original pony car? And the Lincoln Model L 100 concept car that stopped traffic at the recent luxury-brand extravaganza Pebble Beach?

Yes, there will be.

Here’s a list of highly anticipated vehicles expected at the Detroit auto show:

  • Acura Integra
  • Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
  • Cadillac Escalade-V
  • Cadillac Lyriq
  • Buick Wildcat Concept
  • Chevrolet Electric, Blazer, Equinox and Silverado
  • 2024 Ford Mustang
  • Ford Maverick Tremor
  • Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept
  • Dodge Hornet GT
  • Genesis GV60
  • GMC Hummer Electric Pickup and SUV
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Lincoln Model L 100
  • pole star 2
  • Range Rover
  • Toyota Crown
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota NASCAR race car

Unique experiences

Also not to be missed, some beautiful concept cars:

  • Buick Wildcat
  • Lincoln Model L 100

Those concepts will never be built, but they set the tone for their brand’s future vehicles and features.

Lincoln’s earlier Star concept will also be on the stand, this time with a finished interior.

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The Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which hosts the show, pulled out all the stops to make this a show worthy of the agonizing three years since Detroit held its last auto show.

Huntington Place will also be holding off-road SUV demos inside. For the first time, the show will also feature flying electric “cars” and “motorcycles” — they’re coming, and sooner than you expect.

The booth of Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus will not feature the all-new 2023 RX, but the SUV may be featured in the exhibit of the North American vehicles of the year’s semifinalists.

“This screening of the award’s semifinalists at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show is a first and is sure to feature a diverse selection of a few dozen exciting new vehicles,” said jury chairman Gary Witzenburg.

Among the vehicles in the running to be the semifinalists:

  • Audi Q4 E-tron
  • BMW ix Drive 50i
  • Genesis G80
  • Honda CR-V
  • Kia EV6
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE
  • Nissan Z
  • Toyota GR Corolla

A variety of exotic and luxury cars are also expected.

Multiple brands will offer riverside test drives for the 2023 Indy Car Detroit Grand Prix.

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The relocation of NAIAS’ old dates in the dead of winter opened the door – literally – to outdoor experiences, including an electric monster truck that crushes jalopies in Hart Plaza and Jeep owners photo ops featuring the world’s largest rubber duck.

If you’re a Jeep owner, you know what that’s about. If not, google it.

Partial list of expected brands at the Detroit auto show:

  • Acura
  • Alfa Romeo
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • cleverness
  • Ferrari
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Genesis
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Jeep
  • kia
  • Lamborghinic
  • land rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Nissan
  • North Star
  • Porsche
  • RAM
  • Subaru
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • VW
  • Volvo
  • charioteer

The public show is September 17-25. Go to naias.com for information on show times, tickets and more.

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