The press days for the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit are scheduled for January 14th and 15th, followed by a public show that will run through January 27th of 2019.
Autoshow editorial coverage provided by Alex Brar, Sam Boehnke, Adam Bernard, Eric Woodward and additional video/photography staff.
"The world’s automotive and mobility leaders gather for three days of worldwide product and technology debuts all under one roof."
"Last January, the 2018 NAIAS featured 69 vehicle introductions, including 52 worldwide debuts. News coming out of NAIAS is heard across the globe as nearly 5,100 journalists from 60 different countries annually attend to cover the latest and greatest happenings our industry has to offer."
More details can be found at the official website for the show.
To view AutoKnowledge coverage from the show you may load the 2019 Detroit Auto Show saved workspace in our Vehicle Information Center.
2020 Cadillac XT6
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 rounds out Cadillac's crossover lineup with a range-topper. It also presents an option for people who wanted a three-row Cadillac but didn't want something as large and truck-like as an Escalade. This is partly achieved through using a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 powering either the front or all four wheels. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends the V6's 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque to the ground.
The XT6 is split between two trim levels that appear to be marketed as different rather than one being better. The first is redundantly called Premium Luxury. A chrome grille and trim, red taillights and unique 20-inch wheels distinguish it as such from the outside, while wood trim covers the inside. The second is Sport, and black trim replaces the chrome, red taillights are swapped for clear, and carbon fiber supplants the wood inside. It has different 20-inch wheels as well as optional 21-inch pieces. The Sport gets mechanical tweaks, too, including continuously adjustable shocks and a standard all-wheel-drive system with yaw control.
Redesign / Refresh
2020 Ford Explorer
The 2020 Ford Explorer moves to a front engine, rear wheel drive platform shared with the new Lincoln Aviator. There are new turbocharged engines, and additional standard active safety features.
The new Explorer's looks are clealry and evolution of its predecessor' styling, but the dimensions are quite different - the rear drive platform and long roof make it appear to sit lower, and its interior is more spacious than before.
A three-seat bench is standard in the second row, but individual captain’s chairs with a low center console are optional. Every seat in the second and third rows features LATCH attachment points for child seats.
The Explorer’s dashboard features an optional 10.1-inch vertical infotainment touchscreen - the standard screen measures 8.0 inches in size and is mounted horizontally. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also on the options list. The Explorer comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as a Wi-Fi antenna that can connect to 10 devices at once. A 980-watt B&O audio system is optional and the Explorer features four USB ports including Type C outlets, a 110-volt household-style outlet, and three 12-volt sockets.
When it goes on sale this summer, the 2020 Explorer will be available in XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, ST, and Platinum trim levels. Ford has not detailed the hybrid and ST powertrain yet.
INFINITI QX Inspiration Concept
INFINITI showcased an all-electric CUV in Detroit called the QX Inspiration concept, and stated that they are working on a version headed for production. The concept's inspiration is said to be the original FX crossover from the early 2000s, and it's styling should trickle down to future INFINITI high performance electric vehicles. The QX Inspiration is 183.1 inches long, 64.2 inches tall, and rides on a 112.2 inch wheelbase, positioning it directly against mid-size crossovers like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
The QX Inspiration rides on a new EV platform that will be used on production Infiniti models - the battery pack is hidden beneath the floor and there is an electric motor for each axle. This e-AWD system can distribute power to all four wheels individually for impressive performance. No estimates were given for the QX Inspiration's range.
Press Conference Schedule
This list provides a quick overview of what was released at the show and acts as a log of live image, press kit image, and OEM press release integration into our Vehicle Information Center:
|Vehicle Name||Level of Change||Image Status||Press Release Status||Trim Level Captured||Comment|
|Cadillac XT6 20||Debut||Integrated||Integrated||Sport 3.6L V-6 9-Spd AT AWD||Cadillac is adding a 3-row CUV below the Escalade. The XT6 will bring styling cues from the small XT4 to a much larger vehicle.|
|Ford Explorer 20||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||ST 3.0L turbo V-6 10-Spd AT 4x4||Ford is debuting the next-generation Explorer on January 9th. It will switch to a longitudinal engine / rear-wheel-drive based platform shared with the Lincoln Aviator.|
|Ford Explorer 20 Hybrid||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||Hybrid 3.3L V-6 10-Spd AT 4x4||Ford is debuting the next-generation Explorer on January 9th. It will switch to a longitudinal engine / rear-wheel-drive based platform shared with the Lincoln Aviator.|
|Ford Mustang 20 Coupe||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||Shelby GT500 5.2L supercharged V-8 7-Spd DCT RWD||Ford is bringing back the high-performance Shelby GT500 version of the Mustang. It is likely to have 750 horsepower coming from a 5.2L supercharged cross-plane V-8, and will use a newly developed dual-clutch transmission.|
|GAC Entranze Concept||Concept||Integrated||N/A||GAC Entranze Concept||GAC showcased an autonomous people mover with interesting glass doors.|
|Hyundai Elantra GT 19 5-Door||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||N-Line 1.6L I-4 7-Spd DCT FWD||Hyundai's 'N' division will add an N-Line trim to the Elantra GT|
|INFINITI QX Inspiration Concept||Concept||Integrated||Integrated||INFINITI QX Inspiration Concept||INFINITI is showcasing an all-electric CUV styling exercise.|
|Kia Telluride 20||Debut||Integrated||Integrated||SX 3.8L V-6 8-Spd AT AWD||Kia is adding a new 3-row CUV that shares a platform with the new Hyundai Palisade.|
|Lexus LC Convertible Concept||Concept||Integrated||Integrated||Lexus LC Convertible Concept||Lexus is showcasing a convertible version of the LC. They are calling it a concept, but it will likely be headed straight to production.|
|Lexus RC 20 Coupe||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||RC F Track Edition 5.0L V-8 8-Spd AT RWD||Lexus is releasing an RC F Track Edition at the 2019 Detroit show.|
|Lincoln Continental 19 Sedan||Trim||Integrated||N/A||Coach Door Edition 3.0L twin turbo V-6 6-Spd AT AWD LWB||Lincoln is going to make 80 examples of their new 'Coach Door Edition' Continental. These will feature rear-hinged 2nd row doors and a six inch wheelbase stretch (with the extra room devoted to the 2nd row passengers).|
|Nissan IMs Electric Concept||Concept||Integrated||Integrated||Nissan IMs Electric Concept||Nissan brought a futuristic electric sedan concept to the 2019 Detroit show.|
|Nissan Leaf 19 Electric||Minor Change||Integrated||Integrated||SL Plus Electric 1-Spd AT FWD||Nissan added e+ trims for the Leaf with a larger battery pack.|
|Ram 2500 19 Mega Cab||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||2500 Limited 6.7L turbodiesel I-6 6-Spd AT 4x4 Standard Bed|
|Ram 3500 19 Crew Cab||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||3500 Laramie 6.7L turbodiesel I-6 6-Spd AT 4x4 Long Bed DRW|
|Subaru WRX 20 Sedan||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||WRX STI S209 2.5L turbo H-4 6-Spd MT AWD||Subaru is releasing a high-performance S209 edition of the WRX STI sedan with race-inspired aero bits and wide fenders.|
|Toyota Supra 20 Coupe||Debut||Integrated||Integrated||3.0 Premium 3.0L turbo I-6 8-Spd AT RWD||Toyota's Supra model makes its production debut after years of styling bucks. The new Supra is built on a platform shared with the BMW Z4 and will use a BMW-sourced 3.0L turbo I-6 engine.|
|Volkswagen Passat 20 Sedan||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||R-Line 2.0L turbo I-4 6-Spd AT FWD||