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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe: The current E-Class Coupe was never much of a looker. We’re glad all of that is changing with the redesigned model which arrives for the 2018 model year. It’s scheduled to go on sale this summer, with the first models being the E400 and E400 4Matic, both powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 making 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Sadly, we’re hearing that there won’t be an E63 Coupe from Mercedes-AMG. Instead, the Mercedes tuner is expected to introduce a tamer E50 Coupe.

Teaser for 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA debuting at 2017 Detroit auto show

Teaser for 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA debuting at 2017 Detroit auto show

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Another Mercedes debuting in Detroit will be a facelifted GLA. From an official teaser and spy shots of prototypes, we know that the vehicle will get revised exterior styling including a more rugged face. We’re not expecting many mechanical changes. This is because Mercedes just made some changes for the 2016 model year.

2018 Lexus LS teaser

2018 Lexus LS teaser

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2018 Lexus LS: Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS, is long overdue for a redesign. The current model was introduced as far back as the 2007 model year and simply updated over the years. Thankfully, there’s nothing carried over from the current car on the redesigned model. For example, the car will get the rear-wheel-drive platform that debuted in the 2018 Lexus LC. The new platform should lead to less mass, a lower center of gravity and improved stiffness and rigidity.

Teaser for Kia GT (Stinger) debuting at 2017 Detroit auto show

Teaser for Kia GT (Stinger) debuting at 2017 Detroit auto show

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2018 Kia GT (Stinger): It’s not just luxury cars that will be debuting in Detroit. Kia will present a new sports sedan based on the GT concept that we first saw at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. The new car, which will be called a K8 in Kia’s home market of Korea and possibly a Stinger everywhere else, has hardly been a secret. We’ve already seen a number of prototypes, and a photo of a pre-production example leaked last November revealing a design that’s close to the original concept.

2018 Subaru WRX STI

2018 Subaru WRX STI

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2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI: Subaru will present updated versions of its WRX and WRX STI, due for the 2018 model year. Both cars adopt a revised front fascia, highlighted by a more pronounced grille design and larger intakes. There have also been some changes made to the cabin to improve comfort and refinement. Unfortunately, there are no changes to the powertrains, meaning the WRX still has 268 hp and the WRX STI 305 hp.

2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: We know Chevrolet is working on a new range-topper for its C7 Corvette lineup, a model more potent than the Z06. It hasn’t been confirmed that the car will be at the Detroit auto show but all indications point that way. The car is expected to use the Corvette’s ZR1 badge, last used on a C6 Corvette range-topper, and it should have more power than the 650 hp of the Z06. The car is also expected to be the last hurrah for front-engined ‘Vettes as the C8 Corvette, due out in a year, is known to be going the mid-engine route.

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