2015 Detroit Auto Show To Highlight Trucks, Performance | Edmunds

2015 Detroit Auto Show To Highlight Trucks, Performance


DETROIT — With fuel prices at their lowest point in five years and still falling, visitors to the 2015 Detroit Auto Show (January 12-25) shouldn't be surprised to see new trucks and performance vehicles shouldering economy cars out of the spotlight.

A strong performance theme will run through the Detroit show, but the definition of performance continues to evolve to reflect consumers' sensibilities. The all-new 2015 Acura NSX, for instance, bundles a twin-turbo, midship-mounted V6 engine and all-wheel drive with electric motors to help boost output and economy.

New performance versions of existing models include the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, the 2016 Lexus GS F and the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.

Ford is expected to unveil a successor to the GT sports car, along with a high-output Mustang Shelby GT350R and an affordable Ford Focus RS, as part of its new Ford Performance product portfolio.

The best of both worlds comes together in the next-generation Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, the successor to the 411-horsepower 2014 ultra-off-road pickup.

The new Raptor will face some stiff competition from new Japanese trucks — the redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan full-size pickup and the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup.

There will be an assortment of new luxury and family-focused crossovers, including the redesigned 2016 Audi Q7 and redesigned Lexus RX. Also slated are concept versions of the next-generation Honda Pilot and a new five-passenger crossover from Volkswagen.

Green-car fans will not be disappointed either. The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be on display, as will the latest version of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Honda's redesigned FCV fuel-cell vehicle.

Edmunds says: There's much to look forward to at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

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