With the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in the history books now, the list of impressive cars from the event is long. As usual, acres and acres of shiny sheet metal and new design concepts graced the event from almost every carmaker. The Buick Stunner, several pickup trucks from Nissan and Honda, a Kia crossover and the new Porsch 911 Turbo were just a few of the new and trendy automobiles. Check out the best of the best in the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Buick Avista: Best in Show
Will the Buick Avista come to be? That remains to be seen, but according to AutoWeek and Buick’s Duncan Aldred, the need for a rear-wheel drive vehicle is great at Buick, so it’s highly possible the Avista, with its rear drive platform 3.0 liter, 400-HP turbo V6 8-speed automatic transmission, will come to fruition.
Chrysler Pacifica: Most Significant
Slated for sale in spring 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica aims to bring back the love of the minivan. More than 30 years ago, the first boxy minivans were cool and convenient. Once SUVs and crossovers came about, minivans took a backseat. Chrysler hopes the two models available– the Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid—will reignite the minivan craze while offering something for everyone.
Kia Telluride: Best Concept
Taking technology to the next level, the Kia Telluride not only gets passengers from Point A to Point B comfortably and efficiently, it also monitors their vital signs and helps improve their energy levels. How? We’re not entirely sure how the whole thing works, but suffice it to say, sensors in the seat backs monitor a passenger’s vital signs, which are displayed on the inside door panels. The vitals sync with a Light Emitted Rejuvenation system that uses strategically-placed therapeutic lights to treat jetlag.
Ford Raptor: Most Fun
The newest Ford Raptor goes on sale in the fall of 2016, and fans of the truck are anxiously awaiting it. Featuring a Ford GT-sourced 3.5 liter twin turbo V6 rather than last year’s V8, its output is estimated at more than the typical 411 HP and 434 lb-ft. Also on board is a 10-speed automatic transmission and Ford’s Terrain Management System with modes for almost every kind of situation. No wonder this truck won Most Fun!
BMW’s press release on the M2 declared the vehicle to be “highly anticipated,” and they were right. Under the hood is a 3.0 liter I6 with twin-scroll turbocharger delivering 365 HP at 6500 rpm and 343 lb-ft at 1400 rpm. Automatic models go from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds, while the manual shift version hit sixty in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph.
Many more fascinating cars made their debuts at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. If you missed it, you missed out on a piece of history. Each year the event just gets better and better as automakers strive to outdo each other with the most advanced technology and features available today.