Extra! Detroit Auto Show Top 10
The top 10 new cars and concepts from the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, including the GM Bolt, New Volt, Toyota Tacoma, 2016 Acura NSX, Ford GT and others.
The North American International Auto Show, aka the longest way to way possible to say “Detroit Auto Show” concluded this weekend, and as promised, here’s our 10 best picks from this year’s mega event.
Number Ten. Chevy finally let the Volt see the light of day for longer than three seconds and now we have specs. The 2016 Volt will have a 50 mile range from a new 18.4 Kw lithium battery and 41 miles per gallon combined. But who cares about that. The real talk of the show is Chevy’s new Bolt EV Concept. This plucky little thing is a pure-electric set to compete with the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf. GM claims the new Bolt will have 200 miles of range, and will start at around $30,000. On of our favorite tricks, the Bolt uses your Smartphone as a key fob. It will also park itself. Yes, you get out of the car, and it will find parking for you. Now, if I could just send my car to get Taco Bell at 2am — that would be the best thing ever.
Number Nine. Redesigned for the first time since 2004, Toyota is back with a new Tacoma that will come with two engine trims, a 2.7 liter Inline 4 and a 3.5 liter v6. The v6 will be matched to either a six speed automatic or a six speed manual. The 4 cylinder gets automatic only. The TRD models will come with all new terrain select mode, which will help the driver through off road obstacles. Toyota is hoping the new Tacoma will set the benchmark in the suddenly popular midsize pickup category.
Number Eight. And not to be outdone, Nissan released its all new Titan. In its first redesign since I was nearly in high school, the new Titan XD comes with a 5 liter v8 cummins turbodiesel, churning out 310 horsepower and 555 torques. Yes, 245 more torques than horsepowers. The XD will tow up to 12,000 pounds with a payload of 2,000. Nissan hopes this new design will help kickstart sales, since the Titan has been losing full-size pickup truck market share for a while. Either way, at least we won’t see yet another year of the same look from Nissan’s king of trucks.
Number Seven. Volkswagen dropped this five-seater, plug-in hybrid concept called the Cross Coupe GTE. The mid-size SUV will come with a 3.6 liter V6 with 276 horsepower and two electric motors, one at 54 horsepower and the other at 114. Volkswagen says this concept shows the future design vision of Volkwagen’s United States based SUVs and will offer a seven-seater version at the end of 2016.
Number Six: Jaguar confirmed that it will introduce a new vehicle into its lineup called the F-Pace. Jaguar says this will be a highly efficient 5 seater, with aluminum architecture and an advanced suspension system. The F-Pace is based on the C-X17 concept car, which was so well received that the director of design at Jaguar said they “just had to make it a reality.” The Jaguar F-Pace will go on sale in 2016.
Number Five. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder. Already Ryan’s car of the year for 2014, the 4C Spyder gets a convertible makeover. Not much has changed drivetrain-wise from the coupe, but the headlights are updated and the weight has been upped by only 10 kilos, surprisingly low for a convertible conversion.
Number Four. The CTS-V. The Cadillac CTS-V is back, this time with the engine from the Corvette Z06 plopped inside. The 6.4 liter LT4 supercharged engine puts down 640 horsepower and 630 pound feet of torque. Also like the Corvette, the CTS-V will come with a performance data recorder with 30 channels and real time audio and video data. That means you can go for a track day and record all your cone-killing shenanigans.
Number Three. The Buick Avenir. Buick continues to shun its old people stereotype with this hot mess. The four-seater concept comes with a nine speed flappy paddle automatic tranny, a twin-clutch all wheel drive system and driver-selectable suspension dampening. It’s no doubt that Buick is certainly heading in the right direction. Octogenarians everywhere will have to bring a second set of Depends when they test drive this one.
Number Two. The Ford GT. 600 horsepower 3.5 liter ecoboost twin-turbo v6, that’s what you’re getting with the all new Ford GT. Yes, I said ecoboost. The GT will also get tons of weight saving carbon fiber and other composites, an active rear spoiler a la Bugatti Veyron, and a fully digital and configurable instrument cluster. The GT will go into production in 2016.
Number One. The Acura NSX, a no brainer pick for our top car of the show. The twin turbocharged six cylinder supercar will come with a nine speed dual clutch transmission, over 550 horsepower and a price tag of “only” around $150,000. Surprisingly cheap – for what it is. With its ridiculously futuristic design and perfect styling, it was the one car at the Detroit Auto Show that truly took our breath away. Acura will begin taking orders this August.
That’s all we have for this episode of Driving Sports Extra! Be sure to check out the the final episode from the 2014 Canadian Rally Championship, now playing on Driving Sports TV for web, roky and mobile device. I’m eurojax, we’ll see you next time. Late.