There will be a host of new models making their global debuts next month at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) but before the doors open on January 13 and all is revealed carmakers have been busy teasing images of some their new models. We take a look at a few before they’re unveiled:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will note that these latest teasers of the upcoming seventh-generation Volkswagen aren’t images, they’re sketches, but they’re rather revealing nonetheless. They suggest the model will take after the just-launched Arteon for one (check out that broad looking grille, those sharp headlights and the coupe-like roofline) and that it will feature a clean look and display a certain elegance that’s been missing from the saloon — or any mainstream compact for that matter. The Jetta will finally ditch the PQ35 platform and will instead be underpinned by VW Group’s MQB platform.
Inside, we expect the newbie to feature a digital instrument cluster along with a host of tech and kit. Power will likely be supplied from a 1.4-litre turbocharged inline-four mated to six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.
The sportier GLI trim could get a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four, while a plug-in hybrid has also been rumoured.
Some of the first images released by the South Korean brand feature the newbie in a very striking camouflage cover however in spite of the elaborate disguise, it appears that it will retain the overall look of the original model — including the signature three-doors-and-hatch configuration. What does look different is the grille featuring a honeycomb mesh design, seen recently on the new Kona SUV. Around the back, it packs a rear diffuser with two central exhaust tips. Sporty.
There aren’t any images to confirm this but Hyundai says the interior has been designed in a sporty asymmetrical layout. It’ll get lots of new tech including Radar-guided front collision assist providing autonomous braking and collision avoidance.
It’ll be offered with two engine options; a 1.4 and 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with a six-speed manual (and a seven-speed auto) in the mix while the peppier Veloster N could have a 2.0-litre turbo making as much as 270 horses.
This is the second teaser of the upcoming LF-1 Limitless concept (the first showed us its steep rear glass and a rear-seat entertainment system) and this time we’re given a look of the front end featuring distinctive LED daytime running lights integrated into the front bumper making for quite the light show.
Not much else is known about the luxury SUV show car but Lexus promises the production model will redefine “the boundaries of luxury” and will be the “next genre in luxury crossover vehicles.” It’ll likely take over from the current range-topper, the RX to become the Japanese marque’s flagship CUV.
Having replaced the Cressida way back in the Nineties (ask your dad about it...) the model has gone to become more than just a stretched, comfier Camry. Not quite at the Lexus levels of luxury, it is still a goodie. For the new fifth-gen we get a close up image of the headlight and front fascia which isn’t much to go by but it looks like it will retain the large, two-tiered grille shape of the outgoing model and add a touch more aggression into the design. It should also keep the V6, front-wheel-drive formula but a hybrid might join the ranks too.