The air is crisp, the Snoreastercanepocalypse has become a traveling road show, and most of the automotive industry is headed to Detroit for a couple of days of mixing fantasy, reality, and the cynicism that passes for a critical eye with enough booze, pork fat, and product promises to float an oil rig to the moon.
Let's get excited!
But seriously, this year's Detroit Auto Show, which starts Monday, January 14, is shaping up to be one of the best in the past half-decade, with a bounty of products that, despite the economy--or in some cases, because of it--have somehow made it to fruition.
The annual show in Detroit is also the place where the global automotive community comes together for the first time each year, all hoping to find out what the major automakers have in store for us over the next 12 months.
We'll be celebrating this automotive awesomeness (and meh-ing the mediocrity) live from the show floor, with our force of editors, photographers, and video guys, bringing you the latest as it happens.
Last year there were a total 38 world premieres at Detroit, and this year’s expected to be even bigger. Some of the highlights include the all-new Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50 (the replacement for the G37) as well as the updated Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mercedes-Benz E Class range. Oh, and a brand new generation of the Corvette.
Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.
And don't forget to bookmark our dedicated Detroit Auto Show hub, as well as follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) prototype in Gran Turismo 5 Enlarge Photo
First up, the car everyone is looking forward to most: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
. The seventh generation of an American icon, sporting a new LT1 engine
, this seemingly inexhaustible inspiration for endless cliches also just happens to be one of the best sports cars for the money, anywhere in the world--or it has been so far. Can Chevy hit the right mix of looks, performance, and price to keep the Corvette's legend alive? We'll find out Sunday at 7 pm Eastern.
Next, we have the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class family
. From the sedan and wagon
to the coupe and convertible
all the way to the new E63 AMG with 4Matic
, the whole group should be there. Incidentally, the new E63 AMG with 4Matic and a new S-Model trim offers up a total of 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to accelerate it from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, making this the fastest four-door in production.
Audi will be braving the cold, too, with the North American debuts of the 2014 RS 5 Cabriolet
and the 2014 R8 family
. We've already had some wheel time with the '14 R8, and we can confirm: it's pretty awesome. We expect the same of the RS 5 considering how good its hard-top cousin was
The current MDX is on its seventh model year, priming it for replacement with a fresh version. That fresh version will be previewed in Detroit as the 2014 Acura MDX prototype
, a teaser of which is shown here. The new show car will give us a good idea as to what the production 2014 MDX will look like when it goes on sale later this year.
Back to American brands, Cadillac's 2014 ELR
will also finally shed both its camouflage and its (Converj) concept status in Detroit. Packaging range-extended EV roots in an elegant, modern Cadillac coupe body, the ELR promises doses of technology and style previously unheard of in its expected price range. This one is not-so-secretly on our must-drive list for the coming year.
For something completely different, Infiniti's 2014 Q50 sedan
will also make its debut, launching with it the dramatic and slightly confusing (at least for now) renaming of the brand's entire portfolio. While we're not too keen on the nomenclatural neologisms, we are looking forward to the car itself, as the previous G37 was one of the best values in the luxury sport sedan field.
Going up against the Infiniti Q50 will be a brand new generation of the Lexus IS
, which adopts aggressive new looks, a similar powertrain lineup to the outgoing model, and a driver-focused interior inspired by the design from the Lexus LFA
supercar. Surprisingly, Lexus is even hinting that the car could spawn a new-generation of the IS SportCross
wagon first launched a decade ago.
And, let's not forget, the winners of the North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year
will also be announced at the Detroit show. The finalists for the car category include the Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord, while the trucks/utilities fighting for the top honor are the Ram 1500, Ford C-Max, and Mazda CX-5.
A wide range of other cars and concepts will also be making their debuts at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Head over to page two to see more, and don't forget about our one-stop shop for all of the latest, up-to-the-minute Detroit coverage: our 2013 Detroit Auto Show page.