2016 Detroit Auto Show: The complete roundupby Justin King
The show features more than two dozen new or redesigned models.
The 2016 North American International Auto Show has served as the debut venue for more than two dozen new or redesigned models, including several important production vehicles and a handful of bold concepts.
The second day of media events has come to a close, ahead of an industry-only preview and charity event later in the week. The public show opens on Saturday, January 16 at Detroit's Cobo Center.
LeftLane has collected several highlights from the show, along with a full list of introductions.
Attempting to further reinforce Buick's youth-focused repositioning efforts, the Avista previews a potential sports car for the brand. More than just a sporty-looking coupe, the concept rides on GM's rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform that underpins the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS.
GM last week revealed its Tesla Model 3 fighter in final production form, confirming a 200+ mile range and $37,500 price tag. Perhaps most importantly, the company expects the Bolt to begin rolling off the assembly line before the end of the year. The EV was unveiled last week at the Consumer Electronics Show, but the public will get its first chance for an in-person look at the Detroit auto show.
The redesigned 2017 Ridgeline embraces a more traditional pickup profile to better compete in the segment. Engineers dropped the previous-generation's controversial buttresses between the cab and bed, though the revamped model is still built with unibody construction.
The production 2017 Continental stays close to the well-received concept, presented as a stylish alternative to established luxury sedans offered by German rivals. The top trim level will borrow the 2017 MKZ's twin-turbo V6, delivering 400 horsepower and as many lb-ft of torque to all four wheels.
The G90 itself may not be among the most attention-grabbing cars at the 2016 NAIAS, simply serving as a successor to Hyundai's Equus luxury sedan. Its market performance will be closely watched, however, as Hyundai attempts to partially distinguish its luxury offerings under separate branding using the Genesis name.
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