The 2019 Detroit auto show edition


2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, 2019 Detroit auto show

The Shelby GT500 name made a comeback this week at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and this time it’s applied to a 2020 Mustang packing over 700 horsepower. We were able to get a Ford rep to start the car, and it sounds absolutely insane.

2020 Toyota Supra, 2019 Detroit auto show

2020 Toyota Supra, 2019 Detroit auto show

Another storied name that made a comeback in Detroit was Toyota’s Supra. Although the new sports car is closely related to BMW’s 2019 Z4 this time around, there’s still a turbocharged inline-6 under its hood and power still goes to the rear wheels. Sadly, there’s no manual transmission here yet.

2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Edition, 2019 Detroit auto show

2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Edition, 2019 Detroit auto show

Lincoln showed up with its Continental featuring rear-opening doors, or “coach” doors as the brand refers to them. They feature on a special-edition 2019 Continental sporting a stretched wheelbase and limited-production run of just 80 cars. Lincoln has told us, however, that its coach doors could feature on a volume model, assuming the wheelbase is long enough. Next-gen, anyone?

2020 Subaru WRX STI S209, 2019 Detroit auto show

2020 Subaru WRX STI S209, 2019 Detroit auto show

Another limited-edition in Detroit we seriously dig is Subaru’s WRX STI S209. Subaru’s STI performance arm tuned the standard car’s turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-4 to increase output to an estimated 341 hp. It marks the first time the U.S. gets an STI-built special model.

Infiniti QX Inspiration SUV concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

Infiniti QX Inspiration SUV concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

Infiniti previewed its future with an electric crossover SUV concept that we’ll likely see in production around 2021. Crucially, the concept marks the first application of a highly modular platform that boasts electrification and will eventually underpin most of Infiniti’s lineup.

2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 Detroit auto show

2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 Detroit auto show

Another performance Ford on display was the 2020 Explorer ST. Essentially the replacement for the previous Explorer Sport, the new ST brings a stout 400 hp to the fight. It was joined in Detroit by a new hybrid version of the latest Explorer.

2020 Cadillac XT6, 2019 Detroit auto show

2020 Cadillac XT6, 2019 Detroit auto show

Cadillac had an upmarket alternative to the Explorer in the form of the 2020 XT6. It goes on sale this spring and marks the continuation of Cadillac’s product cadence that will see one new model introduced roughly every six months through 2021. Next in the pipeline should be a redesigned Escalade.

Lexus LC Convertible Concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

Lexus LC Convertible Concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

Lexus provided the strongest hint yet that a convertible version of its stunning LC coupe is in the pipeline with the reveal of the LC Convertible concept. The car is a spiritual successor to the SC, which bowed out of production in 2010, and if built would give Lexus a suitable answer to the new BMW 8-Series Convertible as well as Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class Cabriolet.

Nissan IMs Concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

Nissan IMs Concept, 2019 Detroit auto show

Another concept was Nissan’s IMs. It’s an electric sedan that looks sharp and promises 380 miles of range, but Nissan was quiet on the possibility of production.

2019 Ram 2500, 2019 Detroit auto show

2019 Ram 2500, 2019 Detroit auto show

Naturally, there were also some pickups. The highlight was the 2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and 3500 Heavy Duty, which just became king of the pickup truck segment thanks to 1,000 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a new Power Wagon off-roader version.

There was much, much more in Detroit. As always, you’ll find our complete coverage on the show over at our dedicated hub.



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