The new big bodies Hyundai Genesis G90 is more or less a replacement for the Equus which tried to take on the likes of Mercedes Benz and Lexus’ flagship cars. The newest iteration by Hyundai debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and it is definitely making a strong statement with its muscular elegance design.
The front facia is dominated by a large chrome grill opening accented by a set of LED fog lights. Plenty of chrome trim is used on Hyundai’s premium offering. The rear lights house 3 bright S-shaped light bars on each side which help provide direct illumination. The exhaust tips are large but classy chrome single tipped openings on each side.
Last week Kia leaked a single image of a new SUV concept they are planning to bring to market. This week at the 2016Detroit Auto Show, speculations were put to rest as Kia officially debuted the Telluride Concept which is indeed a full sized SUV.
The Telluride Concept is a platform to which Kia is using to showcase the direction the company plans to take with their future car designs. The technology built into this concept vehicle is all based around the health, ergonomics and vitality of its occupants. The idea behind the interior seating layout is to take what you know about a traditional SUV and throw it out the window. The Telluride Concept can fit seven passengers. The seating at the front of the vehicle consists of four large seats and the rear of the SUV holds a third row bench. By being able to lay all flat, the interior seating quickly changes and opens up the interior for a huge cabin of storage space.
The Telluride’s focus on its passenger health and vitality is clearly shown through the Smart Sensors designed into the seats which monitors the health of each of its occupants. Interior lights adapt to the passenger health data to help maintain or improve occupants’ health and travelling experience. The four seats also include “Smart Sensors” that can take and then measure occupants’ vital health information.
Kia unveiled their all new Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback at the 2016Detroit Auto Show.
Starting with the sedan, visually the vehicle looks all grown up and in a good way. The Kia Forte sedan has soft and refined body lines and a set of sweeping headlights that help lengthen the overall shape of the car. Kia will be offering the higher trimmed level Forte sedan with LED daytime running lights. The Forte5, arguably, is an even better profiled car. The hatchback has a more performance oriented front and rear facia and the shortened trunk really lends to the overall physical appearance of the new Forte5
If you haven’t noticed, Buick has been trying to reinvent itself as of late going after the younger market. In Detroit, they not only introduced us to the Envision crossover, but they also brought out a really great looking coupe concept they are calling the Avista.
It is a rear-wheel drive with a 3.0L twin turbo V6 with 400 horsepower and is built on the same platform as the Camaro/ATS/CTS. The Avista Concept features GM’s magnetic ride control suspension and cabin sound isolation technology. We weren’t able to get any shots of the interior but there is nary a button in there with every surface covered in touchscreens and infotainment displays. Not that it matters, since its a concept none of this stuff would make it into production.
The last time Buick had a sporty rear wheel drive coupe was the Buick Grand National, could the Avista Concept be a return to those glory days? I guess we’ll see.
I don’t get it. Take a perfectly good Dodge Viper, change the body panels, bump horsepower to 745 and this is what you get. A normal Viper is $110K USD for the GTS coupe and 645 hp. That amount of power is plenty to overwhelm the rear tires. Adding another 100 hp for $160K doesn’t seem like good economic sense. I gather the target market for this car has money to burn.
What do you all think? I am little luke warm. The paint job is phenomenal. I overheard 500 man hours of work.
When Lincoln rolled out the Continental Concept in New York last year, it was one of my favorite vehicles. While it was a concept at the time, Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO said that the production version will follow “next year” and true to his words, here it is.
Looks wise, not much has changed from the concept. The chrome bits on the lower front and rear fascia and side skirts have been removed, and the door handles and side mirrors have been enlarged. The headlights are the same, and the signature lincoln grille is still there. One subtle change are the redesigned front air intakes and foglight housing. All-in-all the production Lincoln Continental looks pretty much 99% like the concept version.
The 3.0L EcoBoost designed for the Continental still doesn’t have any confirmed numbers but it is projected to be in the 400 horsepower, 400 lb-ft torque range. Inside, the Continental is all about luxury and confort. The front seats are 30-way adjustable seats, dubbed Perfect Position, that can be heated, cooled and even includes a massage option. Yeah, take your 8 or 10-way adjustable seats and go back to Economy seating. This is not even business class, this is private jet style comfort.
Ford did not have much to unveil in terms of new vehicles at this year’s NAIAS, but an updated Ford Fusion was one of the vehicles. New for the 2017 Ford Fusion is a new Fusion V6 Sport trim that includes a twin turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that provides 325 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The new Fusion has all the fancy parking technology from its predecessor, the hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability. It is also the first vehicle available with Ford’s pedestrian detection system. One new feature is the new rotary gear shift dial to help reclaim some interior space.
Subtle changes adorn the exterior, with a new black mesh grille and updated LED DRLs in the headlights. The 2017 Ford Fusion will be available this summer, but for those interested in the V6 Sport trim, you’ll have to wait a few weeks longer.
Last year, I wrote about the new Titan XD that was unveiled here at the Detroit Autoshow. For this years show, Nissan showed off its off-road concept called the Titan Warrior. It’s pretty clear that this is aimed directly at the very successful Ford F150 Raptor.
It’s a mini monster truck. Lifted 3 inches and running 37s. Its 6 inches wider and uses a long travel suspension. Everything has been tweaked to make the Warrior look super aggressive. The color is called “Thunder” and the orange highlights, “Magma.”
A diesel engine powers the Warrior and is mated to the same 6-speed Aisin transmission in the normal Titan XD. No word on power specs.
It was last year at this same show that Ford surprised everyone with the second generation Raptor. Since then, we’ve all been waiting for Ford to add the SuperCrew option to the Raptor and now they’ve done just that. The wheelbase on the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew is a full 12″ longer (now 145″) than the regular cab providing plenty of room to bring a few friends and in all likelihood improving the balance compared to the regular Raptor. Under the hood is the same 3.5L EcoBoost (Raptor exclusive) that Ford continually reminds us puts out more power than the outgoing Raptor’s 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque while using less fuel. It is mated to a 10-speed (yeah!) automatic transmission that sends power to all four corners.
In addition to being quiet about the specs, Ford hasn’t released pricing yet either however if you wanted a bad-ass truck, the only reason you weren’t lining up to order a Raptor was because you were waiting for the two extra doors anyway. We’ve got more pictures of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew in our gallery.
Mercedes started their press conference by talking about dream cars. They discussed and showed all sorts of convertible top vehicles from the very first Mercedes-Benz, which incidentally was the first automobile, the pinnacle of performance and luxury, the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet.
It has a commanding presence in person. The V12 motor, which was revved during the press conference, sounds divine. Mercedes is one of the few manufacturers that offers their V12 is a vast range of cars, from the G65 to the ultra luxury Mercedes-Maybach. Let’s not forget that Pagani cars also uses the very same V12.
Enjoy our photos of what I would call, unobtainium.