Arguably the star of the show, the reborn Supra was finally unveiled following weeks of leaked images. With bulging haunches and classic GT proportions, the new Toyota coupe — which shares its chassis and drivetrain with BMW’s latest Z4 — was honed by the company’s Gazoo Racing performance division. Its 3.0-litre turbo six-pot belts out 335bhp and 490Nm, channelled to the rear hoops via an eight-speed auto.
Nissan IMs concept
Nissan’s stylish IMs concept is billed as an “elevated sports saloon”, with its jacked-up stance resulting from an underfloor battery pack for a full-electric powertrain that thumps out 476bhp and 800Nm. The design study has an unusual ‘2+1+2’ cabin layout, whereby three occupants can sit in the rear, or the outer two pews can be folded to yield a throne-like centre seat.
China’s GAC Motor has its sights set on the US market, and it signalled its intentions at Detroit by unveiling the futuristic Entranze full-electric crossover concept. The seven-seater was conceived at the company’s California design studio and features unusual sliding glass doors. There’s a tech bonanza inside with multiple OLED screens, while 90 per cent of the interior is crafted from cork.
Shelby Mustang GT500
Ford’s Shelby high-performance arm unleashed the GT500, touted as the fastest Mustang it has ever built. Propelled by a supercharged 5.2-litre V8, it packs a 700bhp-plus wallop for a 0-100kph split in the 3sec range. The GT500 also gets a seven-speed dual-clutch ’box, bespoke suspension with magnetorheological dampers, massive Brembo brakes, 20x11-inch alloys and a racecar-style rear wing. Yummy!
Lexus LC Convertible
We’re already familiar with Lexus’s LC500 coupe but get set for a drop-top derivative that lands here in 2020. Unveiled in ‘concept’ form at Detroit, the LC Convertible is arguably even more visually striking than its fixed-roof counterpart. You could think of it as a more wallet-friendly alternative to the Mercedes S-Class Convertible, Porsche 911 Cabrio and Ferrari Portofino.
Ford’s new sixth-gen Explorer turned heads with its clean styling, plus the fact the ST performance flagship packs a 400bhp punch from its twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6. However, base models get the same 2.3-litre four-pot turbo that’s offered in the Mustang. It promises a sporty drive, as the Explorer will be available with rear-wheel-drive (most rivals are front-drive in standard form).
The premium American brand recently bolstered its SUV line-up with the XT4 and XT5, and now comes the eight-seat XT6 that sits below the gargantuan Escalade in Caddy’s line-up. With edgy styling that mimics its smaller brothers, the XT6 is propelled by a 3.6-litre 310bhp V6 mated to a nine-speed auto. Standard models will be front-drive, with AWD available as an option.
Infiniti encountered a slight snag with its QX Inspiration as the electrified SUV concept initially didn’t make it onto the stage due to a technical glitch. However, it got there eventually, giving show-goers a preview of the brand’s future design language. Infiniti claims the QX concept serves up “blistering off-the-line acceleration” from its twin electric motors and a “lounge-like” cabin.
VW’s centrepiece is the second-gen Passat, which retains its predecessor’s platform, but sports fresh new styling characterised by a thrusting chrome grille and sporty front fascia. The cabin has also been smartened up and standard safety kit in the newbie includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring. Power comes from a 174bhp 2.0-litre turbo motor mated to a six-speed auto.
The eight-seater Telluride is billed as Kia’s largest SUV to date, and its funky styling sets it apart from anything the brand has given us so far. Like its Hyundai Palisade cousin, the Telluride is powered by a 291bhp 3.8-litre V6, and it’s offered in front-drive and AWD formats. Goodies on offer will include a 10.25in touchscreen and 630-watt Harman Kardon sound system.