DETROIT – Media week at the 2019 Detroit auto show kicked off on Monday with several big reveals from the world's biggest automakers.
Ford and Cadillac made big reveals before media week started, with events at Ford Field and the Garden Theatre in Midtown.
Ford unveiled the 2020 Explorer SUV last week. The new Explorer returns to rear-wheel-drive engineering as was once traditional for SUVs. The Explorer is still available with all-wheel-drive, of course, but now more of the power goes to the rear wheels, which is better for towing.
Cadillac showed off the new XT6. The SUV shares the same platform as the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, but brings a bit more style and finer materials to buyers. Among all the leather and wood, the XT6 also offers other available features, like an in-vehicle air ionizer, automatically heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row outboard seats.
Here's what was unveiled at the Detroit auto show on Jan. 14:
North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year winners
The Ram 1500 pickup truck was awarded the 2019 North American Truck of the Year award.
The Genesis G70 sedan was awarded the 2019 North American Car of the Year award.
Hyundai Kona (and Kona EV) won the 2019 North American Utility of the Year award.
Ford debuts 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 at 2019 Detroit auto show
The automaker called it the "most powerful street-legal Mustang ever."
The new Shelby GT500 delivers more than 700 hp with a new engine. It has as much power as Ford's new Mustang race cars used by NASCAR, but this one is considered street-legal.
Watch the Ford reveal below:
Heavy-duty 2019 Ram 2500, 3500 pickup trucks unveiled at Detroit auto show
The Ram 2500 and 3500 were debuted, adding renewed heavy-duty capability to Ram's pickup truck lineup. The 3500 is capable of 1,000 pound-feet of torque.
The automaker called it the "grand champion" of torque, and the most "technologically advanced and luxurious" heavy-duty truck ever.
The 2019 Ram 2500 Laramie Black and the 2019 Ram Power Wagon also were unveiled Monday at the Detroit auto Show.
Watch the Ram reveal below:
Toyota debuts 2020 Supra at 2019 Detroit auto show: 'It's totally lit'
President Akio Toyoda proudly debuted the 2020 Toyota Supra at the 2019 Detroit auto show on Monday.
For the first time in more than 20 years, sportscar fans will welcome back the iconic Toyota Supra sports car. The Supra has not been sold in the United States since 1998. This 2020 model is considered the 5th generation of the Supra.
The first production Supra will be auctioned off Saturday, January 19 at the Barret-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona to benefit the American Heart Association and Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Watch the Toyota reveal below:
Volkswagen reveals 2020 Passat sedan at 2019 Detroit auto show
Volkswagen unveiled the 2020 Passat at the 2019 Detroit auto show on Monday.
The German automaker brought out Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam for the big reveal. Volkswagen has invested heavily in the state in recent years.
The Passat is completely re-styled. "We kept what customers told us they loved, and we improved what they did not," said Volkswagen America President Scott Keogh.
The car will hit dealerships this summer in the U.S.
Watch the Volkswagen reveal below:
Nissan reveals IMs concept EV at Detroit auto show: An 'elevated sports sedan'
Nissan calls the IMs an "elevated sports sedan that takes advantage of the packaging, platform and powertrain technology developed through Nissan Intelligent Mobility."
"Advances in electric vehicle technology and autonomous driving have allowed our designers to break free of the platform and packaging rules that constrain traditional passenger vehicles, to create a completely new type of car," said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan. "The IMs explores the limits of sedan design with an approach that elevates the category in both look and functionality."
Watch the Nissan reveal below:
Kia reveals concept Telluride SUV at 2019 Detroit auto show
The Telluride, a striking three-row, seven-passenger, luxury SUV concept features a modern and upright shape, muscular stance, and state-of-the-art technology to care for its occupants. Purely conceptual, the Kia Telluride is based on an existing platform and reveals the brand’s interest in potentially offering a premium SUV positioned above the current hot-selling Sorento.
“The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand as a bold, all-new luxury SUV with an abundance of advanced technology, focusing particular attention on the experience and comfort of second-row occupants,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA). “Longer, wider and taller than the recently redesigned Sorento CUV, Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like.”
Watch the Kia reveal below:
INFINITI reveals QX Inspiration concept at 2019 Detroit auto show
INFINITI unveiled its new QX Inspiration concept at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.
The new concept represents INFINITI's plans for high-performance electrified vehicles, offering complete range confidence while signaling a new era for INFINITI design enabled by new technology. Infused with Japanese DNA, a refreshed form language hints at the potency and character of the brand's future electrified powertrains. *INFITINI actually had trouble brining the vehicle onto the stage at the auto show.
Watch the INFINITI reveal below:
Hyundai reveals new Elantra GT N Line at 2019 Detroit auto show
Hyundai revealed its new Elantra GT N Line on Monday at the Detroit auto show.
The automaker said this is the new, performance-inspired trim level for Hyundai that is making its U.S. debut.
Watch the reveal below:
Lexus reveals RC F Track Edition, LC concept convertible at 2019 Detroit auto show
The 12,056 square-foot Lexus display at the Detroit auto show will feature 14 vehicles, including the newly updated 2019 Lexus RC and the distinctive new LX Inspiration Series, both of which were recently featured at the Los Angeles Auto Show and are making their Detroit debut.
The 2019 Lexus RC includes updated styling, interior refinements and a retuned suspension for more precise ride and handling. The LX Inspiration Series has an exclusive design, including a stealth Black Onyx exterior, black trim and black chrome accents, among other features, and is only available to 500 luxury owners.
Watch the Lexus reveal below:
Subaru reveals limited-edition STI S209 at 2019 Detroit auto show
Subaru revealed the limited-edition STI S209 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.
Watch the reveal below:
GAC reveals ENTRANZE EV concept at 2019 Detroit auto show
Chinese automaker GAC Motor revealed a new concept car at the 2019 Detroit auto show on Monday.
It was the world premiere of the new concept car ENTRANZE and the first appearance in North America of the brand's latest minivan GM6 and the all-new GS5 SUV.
Watch the GAC Motors reveal below: