The 7 best cars and trucks from the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

The Detroit Auto Show is always the biggest event of the year on the auto show circuit, and this year was no different. For 2018, automakers brought a plethora of new and exciting concepts and production cars. Check out our list of the most significant and most eye-catching cars of the show.

Ford Edge ST

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While enthusiasts were still mourning the American death of the widely-loved Fiesta ST, Ford released their first-ever performance SUV: the Edge ST. This new trim level for the Edge gives the mid-sized crossover a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. It’ll also have a unique ST-tuned suspension, brakes, cooling, and automatic transmission with paddle shifters, which are all great signs for a performance SUV.

Ford Ranger

Detroirt Show Ranger

After years of rumors, it’s here: the Ford Ranger is finally coming back to the United States. The mid-sized truck will compete with the Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma for the small truck segment, and it will likely do well. Ford hopes that the Ranger will help buyers channel a certain adventurous lifestyle, much like how Jeep does with the Wrangler. It’ll be charged by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and will be available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive.

Mercedes G-Class

For 2019 Mercedes has done something incredible: they’ve completely updated the G-Class, for the first time since its introduction in 1979. The new G-Class (or G-Wagen, as it’s also known) will have a new suspension, transmission, and chassis, but it’ll still keep the old SUV’s iconic styling. Best of all, there’ll be a convertible version as well.

 

Nissan XMotion Concept

The Nissan XMotion (“Cross Motion”) is the Japanese company’s vision of what a future off-roader would be. Like any great concept car, the XMotion is completely over the top in the styling department, from the wheels that Nissan says are based on “mechanical tools” to the Alexa- or Siri-like digital assistant that takes the form of a Koi fish. Don’t expect Nissan to actually build anything that looks like this, though – it’s merely a design study to show what Nissan is capable of.

Ford Mustang Bullitt

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For 2019, Ford is bringing the iconic Bullitt name back to the Mustang. The new Bullitt will be released in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen film that gives the car its name. It’ll get a cue-ball gearshift, a new exhaust, more power than a standard GT, and an awesome green paint job that’s reminiscent of the movie car. Of course, it’ll also have Bullitt badging all over the interior.

Q Inspiration

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Infiniti’s Q Inspiration concept car could be the most significant concept of the show. The Infiniti lineup is currently lacking, especially compared with other brands. While the Q Inspiration certainly won’t become an actual car, its design will hopefully trickle down to the rest of the lineup, which could be a real shot in the arm for the brand.

Hyundai Veloster N

“Hot hatches” are one of the best segments out there because they combine performance with practicality in an efficient, livable package. Thankfully, Hyundai has updated their Veloster to be a better-driving car, while also releasing their Veloster N, a hot hatch to compete with the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si, and Ford Focus ST. Hyundai is giving the Veloster N 275 horsepower from a turbo four-cylinder, and it looks promising. Best of all, the Veloster keeps its funky door setup; the passenger side has two doors, while the driver’s side has just one.

 

 

Photos by: F. D. Richards (1, 2, 3), GabboT (1, 2, 3, 4)

Videos by: AutomotiveTrends, Nissan

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