Most Anticipated Detroit Auto Show Debuts

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Expect a plethora of crossovers.

Detroit in early January is a cold, often wet, place, with piles of snow occupying valuable parking sports and slush lining the curbs. It also brings the Detroit Auto Show. While this year’s show is a bit more restrained than year’s past – only a handful of automakers have press conferences scheduled – there are still several important reveals expected.

Cadillac XT6

Cadillac XT5

Cadillac’s lineup was thin on competitive crossovers, so the addition of the three-row XT6 is welcomed. It will slot between the XT5 and Escalade and will give the luxury automaker four crossovers and SUVs in its lineup. It will ride on a long-wheelbase version of GM’s C1XX platform that underpins the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. A 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower should power the new crossover.

Ford Explorer

Ford Police Interceptor

Prior to the Detroit Auto Show beginning Jan. 14, Ford will host a private event to unveil a new Ford Explorer. This is the iconic SUV’s sixth generation. New is the platform, which it shares with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, that will turn the icon into a rear-wheel-drive SUV. Expect the new Ford Explorer to have unique powertrains.

Kia Telluride

Kia Telluride

Like Cadillac, Kia has suffered to capture sales as consumers flock to crossovers and SUVs. The South Korean automaker discontinued its previous three-row SUV offering the Borrego in 2010, just two years after introducing the model. The Kia Telluride will likely stick around. So far, we’ve only seen a Telluride concept; however, it should look similar to the production model expected in Detroit. It should ride on a modified Kia Sorento platform with a 3.5-liter V6 transversally mounted.

Ram Heavy Duty Pickup

RAM Heavy Duty

At this year’s show Ram will unveil the Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck. This is the workhorse of Ram’s lineup. With Ram now securing the No. 2 spot in the U.S. in truck sales, the all-new Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck should sell well. Expect a variety of powertrains, body styles, bed lengths, features, and much more.

Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

Infiniti QX Inspiration Model

This reveal embodies the future of the automotive industry and previews what to expect from the industry over the next several years. The QX Inspiration concept will show the automaker’s future EV design language. Previous Inspiration concepts were sedans, but the one debuting in Detroit is a crossover, which is another industry trend. Consumers are abandoning cars for crossovers, SUVs, and pickups. Infiniti’s decision to turn the QX Inspiration concept from a sedan to a crossover makes sense.

While these are the big reveals expected at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, there are a few other, more thrilling rides set to debut. Toyota is set to unveil the Supra after a long-awaited return. Ford is rumored to debut the 700-horsepower Shelby GT 500 while Lexus will likely debut the RC F Track.

The Detroit Auto Show begins Jan. 14 and 15 with the media in tow. Industry days are Jan. 16-17 with the annual charity preview Jan 18. The public show opens Jan. 19 and runs through Jan. 27.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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