- The 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit officially opens to the public next week and runs through January 27.
- This will be the final time the Detroit auto show takes place in January. In 2020, it will move to June.
- Lots of new SUVs and sports cars will make their North American debuts next week during two media days before the 2019 Detroit auto show open to the public.
- Ford, Cadillac, RAM, Infiniti, VW, and Subaru will all be showing new vehicles.
Soon enough, no more frozen journeys to downtown Detroit’s Cobo Hall to see the newest automobiles in chilly, upper Midwestern January. The North American International Auto Show will move to June in 2020.
But for 2019, automakers, journalists, and Detroiters will brave the cold one last time to check out a show floor that will be jammed with SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks – as well as some snazzy new sports cars.
What will be absent are old-school sedans. They have fallen out of favour with consumers, so Detroit is shedding them left and right.
I’m headed up to Motown for all the fun and to report on the 2019 show, but until them, here’s a preview of everything we’re looking forward to:
Ford is expected to showcase the Shelby GT500 Mustang.
Ford also pulled the cover off its all-important 2020 Explorer SUV a few days before the show’s start. It’s the first new Explorer in nine years.
Lincoln will show off the “suicide doors” Continental that it unveiled recently as a special order to celebrate the revived brand’s heritage and its 80th anniversary.
Lincoln will also have the new Aviator SUV on the show floor in Detroit — the vehicle debuted last year at the LA Auto Show.
Ford’s crosstown Detroit rival, General Motors, will reveal the XT6, its latest crossover luxury SUV.
Chevy, meanwhile, just might roll out the long-rumoured, next-generation mid-engine Corvette.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles RAM pickup brand will pull the cover off the Heavy Duty version of its revamped pickup truck.
And the Jeep brand will bring the Gladiator pickup to Motown.
Toyota has been teasing a new Supra sports car for ages. Next week, we should finally see the real deal, which shares a platform with the BMW Z4.
Lexus will roll out the “Track Edition” of its LC F.
Kia will show us its Telluride SUV.
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, intends to reveal the latest version of its all-electric crossover.
VW will bring a new Passat — a rare sedan in a sea of SUVs.
Detroiters will also get their last looks at the iconic Beetle, which VW is discontinuing.
And Subaru will show a limited-run S209 take on its long-running WRX STI sport four-door.
Say goodbye to the cold and ice! Next year, the Detroit auto show moves to June!
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