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Stars of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show

As the first car show of the new year, the North American International Auto Show is the first chance for makers to show off their latest cars, and these are the models we think will hog the headlines.

Words by: First published: 29th December 2016
The Detroit Auto Show is always an exciting event, and the centre of attention for the motoring world every January. Unsurprisingly, many of the cars in the limelight are destined only for the American market, but there is also plenty there to whet the appetite of us Europeans; and, these are the cars that we reckon will be the most exciting models to debut in Detroit.
2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series
2017 BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series
Although the Detroit Show will give us the first chance to see the new Five in the flesh for the first time, we already know plenty about it – not least how it will look. The new 5 Series is lighter, safer and more spacious than its predecessor, as well as featuring bags of new technology, and a cabin very like that of the larger 7 Series, with many of the same features. The engines are all turbocharged, and each one is both more powerful and more efficient than the equivalent unit in the outgoing range, but the most economical ones arrive a little after the launch: the plug-in hybrid 530e – due in March – has CO2 emissions of just 49g/km and a range of 28 miles on electric power.

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Mercedes E-Class Coupe
Mercedes E-Class Coupe
Mercedes E-Class Coupe
Much like the 5 Series (above), the new E-Class Coupe is already a familiar sight, as Mercedes revealed pictures just before Christmas. Alongside the saloon, estate and All-Terrain, it will be the fourth member of the range when it goes on sale next year. Technically, the new two-door model – a rival for the likes of the Audi A7 Sportback and BMW 6 Series – is based on the E-Class saloon, but the coupe differs thanks to a low-set front grille, ‘powerdomes’ on the bonnet, and frameless side windows, with no pillar between the front and rear windows. Compared to the model it replaces, the new coupe is also bigger in every dimension, and, according to Mercedes, that translates into more room inside, especially for the two passengers in the rear.

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2017 Lexus LS
Lexus LS
Thus far, Lexus has revealed precious little about its new flagship saloon beyond this cutaway drawing (above). All they have said is that this fifth-generation car will be based on the same platform as the new LC coupe, which should make for a ‘more dynamic driving experience’. In profile, the new LS – a rival for the likes of the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series – will have a more coupe-like profile, says Lexus, as well as some ‘visionary technology’.
Audi Q8
Audi Q8
Audi Q8
Although the Q8 is officially a concept, Audi makes no secret of the fact that it is very close to a production car that you’ll soon be able to see in an Audi showroom near you. When the finished Q8 does appear (and, at the time of writing all we’ve seen are these sketches), it will be the flagship model within Audi’s range of ‘Q’ SUVs, effectively a coupe version of the existing Q7. According to the company, it will combine the more emotional styling of a coupe with the space, practicality and versatility expected of a large SUV.
Kia 'GT'
Kia GT4 Stinger
Kia 'GT'
Kia is being very tight-lipped about its new car, and the only details so far have come through a series of online teasers. The best indication of what to expect comes in the shape of this silhouette that was revealed just before Christmas. It seems to suggest that what we’ll see in Detroit is the production version of the GT and GT4 Stinger (above right) concepts that been seen at several previous motor shows around the world. And, to whet the appetite of keen drivers, Kia has confirmed that this will be the fastest-accelerating Kia ever – although it’s yet to confirm just how fast.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
We’re already familiar with the new Tiguan, but the Allspace will take the car’s versatility a step further on. That’s thanks to an 11cm longer wheelbase than the regular car’s, which creates much more room inside and allows this version of the Tiguan to seat up to seven. In other words, that puts it on a par with the recently launched Skoda Kodiaq.