It’s that time of year again. After the Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off the auto show circuit in November, things head to the Motor City next month for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), a notable venue due to its locale — in the backyard of America’s Big Three. It’s here where such high-profile debuts like the Ford GT, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Acura NSX, and Cadillac CTS-V first made their initial North American appearances.
This year is shaping up to be stellar as well, not for the high-octane track-day specials, but for the growing international presence eager to mark territory on the American auto industry’s home turf. We’ll see the new Volvo and Porsche brand flagships displayed alongside some good ol’ fashioned American know-how — the Chrysler Town & Country and Lincoln Continental.
We’ll be on the ground at NAIAS in the new year to get you fresh information off the show floor, but for now, take a look at some of the notable debuts we’re most excited to see at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.
1. 2017 Volvo S90
Volvo blew the auto world away when it debuted the S90 sedan in Sweden, but the media won’t have a chance to get up close and personal until it makes its North American landing at the Detroit Auto Show next month. Built to replace the aging S80, the S90 is a suave, lean, and forward-thinking take on the luxury sedan, and will join the XC90 as a big part of Volvo’s new lease on life.
2. 2017 Chrysler Town & Country
It may not be as sexy as Volvo’s new portfolio spearhead, but there’s no denying that the Town & Country is a critical car for Chrysler. The brand has gotten a lot of mileage out of the current generation, and it’s in desperate need for an overhaul as the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and even the Kia Sedona run away with the minivan segment. Fortunately, the new T&C promises some drastically new styling, and the potential for a plug-in hybrid ensures the latest model will be new through and through.
3. 2017 Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental has been discussed ad nauseum since its debut at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, and for good reason — it will put Lincoln back on the map where it should be: a purveyor of large, elegant sedans. For Detroit, Lincoln is expected to introduce the production model of the concept, which will mean less chrome, smaller wheels, a toned-down interior, and hopefully, some powertrain and pricing information.
4. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Now that more Porsches are turbocharged than are not, it’s getting harder to differentiate what one means by “911 Turbo.” Porsche doesn’t mind though, and is going to let the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S do the speaking when the two models make their North American landing at Detroit next month.
5. Production Lexus LC 500
The Lexus LF-LC is essentially the wellspring from which all of the brand’s new design cues have come from. While it’s easy to get lost in every slope, angle, and crevice, Lexus is reportedly be bringing a more production-ready model to NAIAS with a 5.0 liter V8 four years after the concept broke cover. Though it’s unlikely that it’ll take the SC nameplate on, that’s the niche that the LC is supposed to fill — a luxurious, powerful, Japanese grand tourer.
6. Infiniti Q60 Coupe
Like the Town & Country, Infiniti has gotten a lot of use out of the Q60 coupe — so much so that the name is actually newer than the car itself (it was formerly the G37 coupe). On the positive side, the Infiniti is a gorgeous car, and from the looks of it, the company isn’t looking to make drastic changes — thankfully. It’ll remain fairly conservative, giving coupe fans turned off by the aforementioned Lexus’s loud styling a place to turn without having to move national allegiances.
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