We’ll have coverage of the 2016 North American International Auto Show beginning on Monday, January 11, but here’s a quick preview of what we’re excited to see:
Press Conference: Tuesday, January 12, 8:00 AM
Acura hasn’t really come through with a performance car in a long, long time with the notable exception of the NSX. That appears to be changing with the Precision Concept that Acura teased ahead of the show. Acura and Honda generally don’t fool around too much with Concept cars. They’re usually pretty close to production by the time the sheet’s pulled off, so this is one to get excited about.
Press Conference: Sunday Evening
Buick is showing the Envision, the production version of a car it builds in China that will be available in the United States next year. The real news might be an unveiling that it’s not talking about. Buick got a lot of press with the Avenir concept last year, and there’s buzz that there might be another show-stopper afoot.
Press Conference: Monday, 11:40 am
Yes, there’s an updated Fusion appearing Monday. Yadda yadda refresh facelift blah blah. There has been WILD speculation — thanks to an idle plant that came as part of a UAW negotiation last year — that Ford was going to take this moment to announce either (a) an updated Ford Ranger or (b) *gasp* an all-new Ford Bronco.
The Bronco in the photo above appeared at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, so it’s been a dozen years worth of waiting. It’ll be interesting to see what actually happens.
Press Conference: Tuesday, 9:00 am
Given the sneak preview photos GMC shot around this week, it looks like the GMC Acadia might be the first of the mid-size GM SUVs to get a redesign this year. GMC and Chevrolet sell a ton of these, so while they’re not the kind of vehicle that gets all kinds of press at auto shows, it’s a significant debut.
Press Conference: Monday, 1:15 pm
Of all the companies producing trucks today, Honda is the one you hear least about. The Ridgeline is a terrific suburban truck, but it largely gets ignored in favor of trucks from the more traditional brands. The preview photo of the next generation is interesting because there appears to be a seam between the cargo box and the body, meaning that this new truck might not be a unibody like the old one.
Press Conference: Monday, 1:45 pm
More accurately, this entry should say “Genesis,” because that’s the name of Hyundai’s premium brand (Genesis:Hyundai :: Lexus:Toyota). The first entry is the Genesis G90, and it will carry the flag for four more cars to come in the next few years. The G90 replaces the Equus and will give Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz and Audi a run for its money.
Press Conference: Monday, 1:45 pm
We’ll all get to meet the Infiniti Q60, the mechanically identical two-door cousin to the four-door Infiniti Q50 at the North American International Auto Show this year. There should be a V-6 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four under the hood.
Press Conference: Monday, 2:45 pm
Kia is set to introduce an all-new, full-size SUV in Detroit this year. Word has it that it will be influenced either by the Kia K900 luxury sedan or the aforementioned Hyundai G90, which means V-8 power, at least at the optional level. Look quickly and this is a Range Rover in profile. In that Hot Wheels chrome paint, it looks hot.
Press Conference: Monday, 12:45 pm
This is a big one. Lexus showed the LF-LC concept car a while back (above), and it looks like they’re ready to unveil the production version of the LC (or LC 500, depending on who you talk to) a big, high-performance GT car that has the Mercedes-Benz SL squarely in its sights. It should be carrying a version of the V-8 powering the RC F and GS F performance cars.
Press Conference: Tuesday, 8:30 am
Another nailbiter. The Lincoln Continental showed up at last year’s NAIAS and it was almost universally regarded as the only thing that could possibly save Lincoln as a brand. Now, a year later, it’s time to pony up a production version that looks anything like the gorgeous show car from last year. If it ends up being anything but spectacular, rest assured that we will be on the internet within minutes to register our disgust.