The 5 Biggest Announcements at the Detroit Auto Show

January 29, 2019 •

The 5 Biggest Announcements at the Detroit Auto Show

Before show kicked off there was much talk of absent Europeans. Well they were quickly forgotten in a tsunami of announcements from domestic manufacturers. (And Toyota had some things to say too.) Here’s a recap of the five biggest:

5. Lexus LC Convertible Concept.

This jaw-droppingly beautiful machine seems headed for production. Small and low, it’s full of sharp angles and dramatic lines and features a windshield so flat it’s almost horizontal. Lexus were tight-lipped about mechanicals, but expect something similar to the LC500. In other words, a gutsy V8 to make this a dream of a Grand Tourer.

4. A new Ford Explorer.

If it seems like Ford’s trusty SUV has been around forever, well it has. For 2020 we’ll get a new, 6th generation version with three-row seating and rear wheel-drive. Looking rather like a Range-Rover, at launch it will come in three forms: regular Explorer, ST and Hybrid. (There will also be a Police version.) Expect a 2.3L EcoBoost engine under the hood, with an optional 3.0L V6.

Detroit Auto Show

3. The 2019 Ram HD pickup.

To be clear, this isn’t your everyday Ram 1500, this is the bigger, stronger, more capable, Ram 2500 and 3500. The standard engine is a 6.4L V8 but it’s the 6.7L Cummins turbo-diesel that’s grabbing headlines. In high-output form this makes 400hp and an astounding 1,000lb-ft of torque. Payload is 7,680lbs and it’ll tow up to 35,100lbs.

Detroit Auto Show

2. Mustang Shelby GT500.

Another well-established nameplate and another high horsepower announcement. Here the news is that this ‘stang will pack over 700hp. Those ponies will come from a supercharged 5.2L V8 and they’ll rocket the machine to 60 in around 3.5 seconds. For quarter mile fans, expect that sprint to be covered in under 11 ticks.

Detroit Auto Show

1. Return of the Supra.

Toyota stole the show with this long-awaited, (and widely expected,) announcement. Long a performance icon, the 2020 Supra hews to the formula that made the last machine such a success. That means it’s reasonably compact and under the long hood you’ll find a 3.0L turbo in-line six that should get it to 60 in about 4.1 seconds.

Toyota Supra

Not for nothing is Detroit known as the Motor City. It’s the spiritual home of the automobile, and as these five announcements from the Detroit Auto Show showed, it’s not going anywhere. Stay tuned for more content from the Chicago Auto Show.