Detroit Motor Present 2019: preview
Named interchangeably as both the North American Worldwide Auto Present (NAIAS) or the Detroit Motor Present, the occasion has been hosted by Detroit yearly since 1987. Most of the fashions proven this yr are geared in the direction of the American market, however there are a handful of inclusions which can make their approach to the UK and/or have relevance to future UK fashions.
• Detroit Motor Present 2018: key vehicles
Learn on under for our preview of what to anticipate at this yr’s Detroit Motor Present, with the important thing vehicles from every producer ordered alphabetically…
It’s possible that Ford will launch a brand new Shelby GT500 on the 2019 Detroit Auto Present. In November 2018, the American firm launched a picture of the brand new GT500’s engine bay, which options a big supercharger. It’s stamped with a plaque dated January 14 2019, which occurs to be the primary press day of the 2019 Detroit Auto Present.
Little info is understood in regards to the new Shelby GT500. Nonetheless, we’re anticipating this latest mannequin to have greater than 700bhp, to compete with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s 707bhp and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s 755bhp. Extra teaser pictures and specs will in all probability observe because the present attracts nearer, so we’ll replace you with the most recent info when it turns into obtainable.
Infiniti will reveal its new all-electric SUV idea, known as the QX Inspiration, to most of the people for the primary time in Detroit. It previews the corporate’s upcoming Jaguar I-Tempo rival, and heralds Infiniti’s electrical automobile offensive which can see both hybrid or all-electric variants provided for the Japanese firm’s complete vary by 2021.
The idea follows the design model of the Infiniti Q Inspiration saloon, with slim LED headlights, a blanked off grille, a spacious “hand crafted” inside and a wrap round windscreen. No official launch date for the manufacturing mannequin has been introduced, however we count on it to hit showrooms by the tip of 2020.
In December 2018, Lexus teased us with an image of a set carbon fibre rear wing, belonging to the Japanese agency’s hardcore rival to the BMW M4. Referred to as the RC F Monitor Version, the corporate promised that this automobile would make its debut on the 2019 Detroit Auto Present.
Lexus’s picture was something however enlightening; a difficulty which was quickly remedied by our spy photographers who caught an RC F Monitor Version mule throughout testing. The mule attracts heavy affect from the corporate’s GT3 racecar, that includes a reshaped entrance bumper and splitter, a brand new rear bumper and diffuser and deeper side-skirts, together with that fastened rear wing.
We count on Lexus’s hardcore RC F to be powered by the corporate’s 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, producing in extra of 470bhp. It would possible ship its energy by means of an eight-speed automated gearbox to the rear wheels.
Following within the wake of the earlier technology WRX STi S208, Subaru has confirmed it’s going to launch the brand new WRX STi S209 on the 2019 North American Auto Present. The Japanese firm teased the brand new mannequin’s entrance grille in late December 2018.
Little is understood in regards to the new WRX STi S209 as but, however we count on it’s going to characteristic 4 wheel drive, a lairy bodykit and a turbocharged flat-four engine with round 300bhp. Like earlier “S” fashions, we additionally count on this to be a limited-edition automobile, with a manufacturing run of round 500 examples. We’ll replace you with extra info when it turns into obtainable.
We’ve identified about it unofficially for a while now, however Toyota has lastly confirmed that it’ll formally reveal the brand new Supra on the 2019 North American Worldwide Auto Present. Its lately leaked press pictures reveal that the efficiency coupe will stay devoted to the FT-1 idea design temporary when it goes on sale within the first half of this yr.
Powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine, the brand new Toyota Supra is predicted to supply round 300bhp and 470Nm of torque, which ought to be sufficient for a 0-62mph dash of round 5 seconds. A 50:50 weight distribution, succesful chassis and highly effective brakes additionally promise good dealing with, as our latest drive of a Supra prototype revealed.
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