Luxury vehicles will be in the spotlight when the world’s biggest car brands unveil an estimated 45 new models at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.
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The Detroit show, which begins on Monday, will feature big reveals from General Motors (GM), Ford (F) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU), while the most important new truck will come from Honda (HMC).
Look for these five cars to make a splash:
1. Buick Envision
GM made headlines last year when rumors surfaced that a Buick made in China was on its way to the U.S. The company will get a head start in Detroit with a press event on Sunday, when the company is expected to show off the U.S. version of Buick’s Envision crossover.
The Envision, which fits between the small Encore and full-size Enclave crossovers in Buick’s lineup, will become the first China-built car imported by a Detroit automaker when it goes on sale in the summer. The Envision is currently sold only in China.
Another GM crossover, the GMC Acadia, is getting ready for the auto show. It will be the first complete overhaul for the popular premium SUV since its 2006 launch.
Buick also has a second unveiling set for Sunday, but the company is keeping that news under wraps. Over the next three years, Buick plans to add a total of seven new or updated vehicles.
2. Lincoln Continental
Ford is bringing the production version of the Lincoln Continental sedan to the Detroit Auto Show. A concept car was met with praise at last year’s New York show, and the Continental should grab more attention next week as the new flagship for Ford’s luxury brand.
The large Continental will get the most powerful engine ever used in a Lincoln. It goes on sale later this year as a 2017 model.
3. Genesis G90
Hyundai is spinning off its high-end cars into a new luxury brand called Genesis, named after the company’s premium sedan. The first car from Genesis will be the G90, a full-size sedan known as the EQ900 in Korea (pictured). The G90 replaces the Equus, Hyundai’s current range-topping vehicle in the U.S.
German luxury rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW also have fresh models slated for debuts in Detroit.
4. Honda Ridgeline
Honda picked Detroit as the location for the Ridgeline’s global debut. The V6-powered midsize pickup truck will go into production later this year, borrowing the platform that Honda uses for the Odyssey minivan and Pilot crossover.
The Japanese automaker released the above teaser photo ahead of the auto show.
The 2017 Ridgeline will face much more competition in America compared to its last go-around.
Honda’s truck, which struggled against the Toyota (TM) Tacoma in the U.S. market, stopped rolling off the assembly lines in 2014. Since then, GM successfully reintroduced its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, and Ford is rumored to be considering a U.S. return for the Ranger.
5. Chrysler Town & Country
The minivan segment has lost many competitors in recent years, but Chrysler’s offering is getting a makeover. Chrysler said the Town & Country will get new features like foot-activated side doors and a reworked V6 engine under the hood.
A hybrid version could appear in Detroit as well. The gasoline-powered 2017 Town & Country will arrive in showrooms late in the spring, while the hybrid is expected by the end of 2016.
The 2016 Town & Country is pictured above.
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