Alan recently stopped in at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This show is the place for OEMs to display their latest and greatest introductions. Alan only had a couple days to check out this massive show and here are a few, in particular, that caught his eye.
“Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements.” -NAIAS
The completely redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado made its appearance and it is gorgeous. While it was built mostly out of steel, Chevy managed to achieve shedding 450 pounds and come out of the gate far more fuel efficient. A 3.6L V6 will be the base engine for this truck with five other engine options including a Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel.
The 2019 Ford Ranger was built “Ford Tough” and is powered by a 2.3L EcoBoost and a 10-speed automatic transmission. There will be three trim packages: the XL, XLT, and Lariat. It will have available safety features such as Blind Spot Information System, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping system, and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. The FX 4×4 package will include bash and skid plates, all-terrain tires, and a status screen that will allow you to monitor the angles as you climb through the rough stuff. MSRP yet to be announced.
Finally, the 2019 Mercedes G-Wagen has arrived. Journalists are clamoring about the new found comfort of this model, the cabin space is much roomier. This machine will come equipped with a 4.0L V8 that will push out 416-HP and 450-lb-ft of torque and it is said that the designers were able to shave off 375 pounds of weight. While the on-road comfort has greatly improved, it is even rumored that it will even more of an off-road beast than before. Prices to be announced later in 2018.
The growl of the V8 from Steve McQueen’s 1968 Mustang Bullitt will have some auto enthusiasts reminiscing about the classic San Francisco car chase scene from the movie Bullitt. Ford decided to pay homage to that beautiful machine by releasing a 50th anniversary Bullitt Mustang based on the Mustang GT. It houses a 5.0L V8, pushes 475-HP and 420-lb-ft of torque, and has a 6-speed manual only transmission. This beauty harkens back to the all too cool time of Mr. McQueen and onlookers are loving it.
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- 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2019 Ford Ranger
- 2019 Mercedes G-Wagen
- 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
- North American International Auto Show
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