9 Exciting Cars & Trucks to Check Out at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
The 2019 Detroit Auto Show kicks off shortly, allowing you to see some of the hottest new cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers for 2019, 2020 and beyond.
Here’s a look at the most exciting new cars and trucks coming to dealers this year, and a few that are futuristic concepts that push the bounds of what you think a car can be.
From the epically powerful 2019 Ram Heavy Duty with 1,000 lb.-ft of torque to the nimble or long absent 2020 Toyota Supra to the Infiniti QX Inspiration and Nissan’s IMs EV Concept — these are the cars you need to check out in Detroit and look for as you shop this year.
2020 Toyota Supra
The 2020 Toyota Supra features a 335 HP turbocharged inline 6 cylinder engine with 365 lb.-ft of torque with an 8 speed transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota says the Supra 0-60 time is 4.1 seconds and it comes with a top track speed of 155 mph.
You can choose from normal and sport driving modes. In Sport the timing of the traction and stability control coming in is reduced, throttle response is increased along with steering weight. You also get more aggressive active differential tuning and an amplified exhaust sound. There is a launch control option to get off the line faster.
On the tech side you get wireless Apple CarPlay, a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system, and wireless phone charging.
The 2020 Supra starts at $49,990 and you will be able to buy it soon. The 3.0 Premium is $53,990 and the Launch Edition is $55,250.
2020 Kia Telluride
The Telluride offers seating for 8, including the driver. Under the hood is a 3.8L GDI V6 with 262 lb Ft of torque. This is Kia’s largest and most capable SUV yet.
Key features include a long, wide hood with a wide grille. On the rear the skid plate integrates the twin exhaust tips, a nod at the offload capabilities. Inside you’ll find grab handles for holding on while on rougher terrain. The interior has spaciousness to it that carries over to the third row.Following the trend in designs, Kia is aiming for an upscale living room feel, rather than rugged and spartan.
From a tech standpoint you get an available 10.25 inch touch screen with rear view monitor. There is an optional 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon speaker system. You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as wireless phone charging and five USB ports standard with an option for six. You can also connect two phones at the same time.
The 2020 Kia Telluride arrives later this year, and no pricing is available yet.
2019 Ram Heavy Duty
The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty delivers an astonishing 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with a new 6.7L Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel. You get 35,100 pounds of towing capacity and 7,680 pounds of payload.
Ram redesigned the Heavy Duty to ride and handle better for 2019 with a host of upgrades to components and a new focus on reducing road noise that makes this the quietest cabin Ram’s made yet, according to the company.
With a massive 12-inch UConnect screen, support for Apple CarPlay and Android auto, loads of USB and USB C ports, plus an optional 750-watt 17 speaker system there’s a lot of tech built-in as well.
Infiniti QX Inspiration
The Infiniti QX Inspiration is concept vehicle that sheds further light on the electric future of the Infiniti SUV. This platform delivers a sleek, yet more achievable design than many of the concepts we saw at CES. The design evokes power, yet also restraint. The team called the QX inspiration the “Baby FX” while designing it. Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, Infiniti told Gotta Be Mobile, “It has that FX spirit,” explaining it’s, “ready to pounce, very muscular, very sporty, good mass, but at the same time it’s quite restrained.”
Habib told us that Infiniti is showing off the QX Inspiration because they think they can build something that, “looks more or less like this,” even though it is a concept. He further explains,”I feel we’ve managed to create something that symbolizes, or is the brand, that we want to be.” That’s good news as Infiniti is working on more electrification of the line for 2021.
Look for more from Infiniti as the year progresses and we start to hear about 2021 models towards the end of the year.
2020 Cadillac XT6
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is the largest of the Cadillac XT models, building on the XT4 and XT5 to deliver a three row SUV with room for more passengers. While the back end is blockier than you’d expect, the interior uses the space for more room in that third row.
Crystal Windham, Director of Interior Design, XT6 spoke with Gotta Be Mobile about the interior of this new SUV. When it comes to hauling kids, Windham told us that the flexibility that the third row brings is a huge part of the XT6. The interior materials and how they come together are a big part of the design.
Windham told us, “I worked with the color and trim studio, making sure that the designs that we have, the forms, the lines, really allow for a great canvas for them to layer just the right materials in the right places and harmonize between one part to another.” This is most evident as you look at the layered dash with materials that flow and compliment each other nicely.
With the ability to control the second and third row using buttons, you simplify access to the backseat and to use the cargo space. When the seats fold down, you get a nice flat surface for putting cargo in.
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 arrives this spring, and pricing will be available closer to the release.
2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500
The 2020 GT500 is the most powerful street legal Ford made. Ford says this is the most advanced Mustang they’ve made, whether you take it to the track, drag strip or just drive it on the street. Under the hood is a 5.2L V8 that delivers mode than 700 horsepower.
This powerful Mustang can deliver a mid-three-second 0-60 mph time and sub-11-second quarter-mile scores according to Ford. There is a major focus on the design to deliver better downforce and thermal management. On the tech side, you’ll find an 8-inch screen for Sync 3 with FordPass Connect, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 will go on sale later this year. Pricing is not available yet.
2020 Volkswagen Passat
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is an all new design that includes a more coupe-like look and a dominant grille. In a time when other players are leaving the sedan space, Volkswagen is going big with a bolder look.
The new interior is spacious and you’ll find a good mix of premium materials. There’s a new instrument panel that looks more modern and upscale and a glass covered infotainment screen. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Top of the line models include Fender Premium Audio. Volkswagen’s V-Tex leatherette and Nappa leather seating are options alongside the standard cloth seats. You can get available heated front seats and heated rear seats. The 2.0-liter TSI engine delivers 174 horsepower and boosts torque to 207 lb-ft on most models.
2020 Volkswagen Passat will be available in four trim levels and a launch-only Limited model. It should arrive at dealers this summer. No pricing is available yet, but it does include the VW, 6 year 72,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line
The 2019 Elantra GT N Line trim is a new option for the Elantra. Hyundai continues to build out the N and range of vehicles which we’ve seen on the Veloster and the i30.New for 2019, the Elantra GT N Line replaces the Elantra GT Sport and is the first of many N line vehicles to come.
The N Line is a sportier, performance focused model that isn’t going as far as the Veloster N, but that will deliver a more engaging driving experience and Hyundai hopes it can help them better compete with other hatchbacks and small CUVs.
Elantra GT N Line includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged-GDI engine with six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed DCT with larger steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. This drivetrain produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. torque. On the tech side you get a 8 inch touchscreen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, Blue Link connectivity and Infinity Premium Audio
The Elantra GT N Line with 6 speed manual is $23,300 and the N Line with 7 speed with dual clutch is $24,400.
Nissan IMs Concept
The Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept is a new take on a sporty EV which is AWD with a new seating option that delivers an oversized center seat that materializes out of the three passenger back seat.
Nissan announced the longer range Nissan Leaf, the Leaf E+ at CES, and for Detroit they delivered a EV concept that shows off a splashier look and feel for a Nissan EV. This is a cool looking concept that you’ll want to go eyes on with in Detroit.