Detroit motor show, officially called the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), is the first international exhibition in 2017, and will host new car unveilings from Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Kia, Lexus and Chevrolet, among others.
Now in his 29th year as an international event, the exhibition begins in earnest with a preview week that starts on Monday 9 January. Autocar will be there to report on all the new car unveilings, executive interviews and industry gossip from the halls of the iconic Cobo Center. You can take a look at all the cars that we expect to see the show below.
2017 Detroit motor show: the cars
Audi’s new flagship SUV, the Q8, it will be revealed in concept form. We have already caught glimpses of it in the preview of the images and while it was evidence of the advance of his appearance, but we’ll see for the entire of Detroit. It will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel V6 and V8 engines when the production car arrives next year.
The BMW 5-Series
BMW will bring its new 5-Series to the show. The car has already been revealed in photos, but this will be his public debut. Read everything you need to know about the new 5 Series here.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
A new version of the track-focused Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will also be launched, and will be the fastest Corvette yet. It is, moreover, aims to be the last front-engine Corvette to be produced, as always, says central motor model achieves the production of cars of new generation.
The GAC range
The chinese automaker GAC has confirmed its presence at the Detroit motor show – the first Chinese car maker to present on the main floor. Will bring a series of new cars: a hybrid crossover concept, a new SUV of the brand’s first electric car. At last year’s show, GAC showed his GS4 small SUV.
Honda will show a new generation of the Odyssey MPV which is targeted to the North American market. A dramatic image preview was released the next MPV, which shows the drive of the new style, which fits with the rest of the range Honda.
Infiniti QX50 concept
Infiniti’s rival to the Lexus NX, Audi Q5, and BMW X3 will be shown in concept form, as a result of the QX Sport-Inspired concept displayed at the Beijing motor show. The production QX50 is likely to follow next year, and will be a step above the QX30 in the Infiniti SUV in the range.
In bold the new Kia GT is also linked to the show, following a recent teaser video that showed the sports sedan topping 150 miles per hour race at the Nürburgring. When it reaches production, the GT will face competition from the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Lexus, the new flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival will make its debut, and is likely to draw heavy inspiration from the 2015 LF-FC concept pictured above. LS will be available with a hybrid powertrain next year, and a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in 2019.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is another model that we have already seen in the photos, but will make its in-the-metal debut at the Detroit. It goes on sale in the UNITED kingdom in the month of April, with prices starting at $ 40,135, the AMG Line trim.
Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift
Mercedes-Benz’s small SUV, the GLA, is revealed in facelifted form of Detroit. We saw in a preview image, as well as spotted testing before its debut, so we can already see where most of the styling changes have been applied.
The eccentric Rinspeed Oasis concept will be on display at the Detroit auto show, following its official reveal at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It showcases the latest independent tech, and its windshield doubles as a great augmented reality of the screen.
Toyota has revealed a new US-market Camry, while a third group Toyota conference will reveal relevant news for both Toyota and Lexus brands.
Volkswagen electric microbus concept
We have seen the Volkswagen ID concept – VW’s first electric concept – and now we see the second; a renewed microbus concept, which from the preview image, we have seen, will follow many of the styling cues of the identity document in original. It is equipped with a series of design nods to the original VW MPV too, and shares the ID of the MEB electric platform.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
We’ll see the production version of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, Autocar has already driven in prototype form. Basically it is a stretched, seven-seat version of the Tiguan SUV, and is almost identical to the model family over the slightly elongated body.
Those who do not attend
Porsche is a major manufacturer that will not be in Detroit. He was a major presence at the recent Los Angeles motor show, and also plans to attend the New York motor show in the month of April.
While Detroit has a rich automotive legacy and is an important event at the beginning of a new year, do not reach the public the same step, as others of US motor show and some producers choose not to attend.
Events to watch out for
Detroit claims to offer six shows in one. The first is an ultra-luxury automotive event is called The Gallery, which tales place on Saturday 7 January. The invitation-only show will be held at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, where a collection of luxury cars, collectively, for a value of nearly us $ 7 million (£5.5 m) is in the show. The likes of Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls-Royce are usually represented.
The second act is Cars-D, a dedicated exhibition focused on the rapid evolution of the automobile, and the horizontal mobility. It begins on Sunday 8 January, and car companies of level, technology providers and start-up companies will present their most recent developments. John Krafcik, CEO of Google self-driving car project – now called Waymo and the use of the Chrysler Pacifica Minivan – will kick off the event with a keynote presentation.
Almost 50 start-ups from all over the world will be present. Among the companies attending the Civil Maps, which provides the 3D mapping technology to fully autonomous vehicles, and PolySync, a provider of products and services that aid the development of self-driving cars. A handful of companies in the UNITED kingdom, will also attend.
The remaining segments of the exhibition: the press days (9-10 January), the industry days (11-12 January) and a charity preview (13 January), before the doors are finally opened to the public for nine days, from Saturday, January 14. Public tickets cost $13 per person and the show is open from 9 in the morning until 10 in the evening, every day.
Watch our round-up video of this year’s edition of the Paris motor show below
Sam Sheehan and Jimi Beckwith