Detroit 2019: The complete wrap-upby Byron Hurd
We close the books on the final January NAIAS.
The final January edition of the North American International Auto Show has wrapped in Detroit, and thankfully what is certain to be our last trip to the Cobo Center in the biting cold of winter was worthwhile thanks to some big-name introductions.
Whether you're a fan of horsepower, hauling or hybrid tech, this year's NAIAS had something for you. Let's dig in.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The new GT500 was one of two big-name performance vehicles revealed in Detroit this week, and certainly the more powerful of the two. Ford promises the new snake will deliver more than 700 horsepower from its 5.2L supercharged V8, and for the first time it will come standard with a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
2020 Toyota Supra
If the GT500 is the show's performance monster, the 2020 Toyota Supra is the hype monster. The long-awaited return of Japan's tuner icon has finally come. The underlying architecture and powertrain are shared with the forthcoming BMW Z4, meaning the Supra is available (appropriately) with a turbocharged inline-six producing 335 horsepower.
2020 Ford Explorer
Technically, the new Ford Explorer debuted at a more intimate event earlier this month, but we had to wait until this week to hear about two of its variants: the Explorer ST and the Explorer Hybrid.
The former will pack 400 horsepower thanks to a retuned EcoBoost V6 and will be offered with upgraded brakes and tires. Specs for the latter are not yet available, though Ford is projecting the Hybrid will boast at least 500 miles of total range.
2020 Volkswagen Passat
For those who prefer a traditional sedan, Volkswagen brought what feels like a breath of fresh air in the form of its new midsize sedan. While we're not exactly sold on the tuner-style wheels, the rest of the package was a welcome diversion from a room full of tall wagons and trucklets.
2020 Kia Telluride
Speaking of truck-like objects, Kia brought its new Telluride to show off to SUV fans. It's Kia's largest SUV, and the burliest since the ill-fated Borrego debuted a decade ago. Kia is apparently mulling an off-road-focused trim for its new SUV, and we have to admit we're curious as to how that might turn out.
2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition
The Supra wasn't the only muscular Japanese coupe to make its way to Detroit this year. Luxury subsidiary Lexus brought along its full-fledged pony car to show off some updates and an all-new Track Edition that sheds nearly 200 pounds and comes decked-out with carbon fiber exterior bits.
2020 Cadillac XT6
Cadillac's new seven-passenger SUV will slot beneath the flagship Escalade and offer a more car-like experience for luxury-oriented buyers. It may not pack the style of Lincoln's new Aviator, but we expect Cadillac will have no trouble moving this high-tech crossover.
Leftlane's bottom line
Detroit's last hurrah was far from its least. This marks the end of a long tradition of winter auto shows in Detroit (and the media's love/hate relationship with them). Next up, Chicago!