Monday 24 July 2017

Key cars for you from the 2017 Detroit Show

There's plenty of metal but one unusual debut. It is a real-life family-of-four chosen for some autonomous driving research

Lexus are revealing their new LS flagship
Lexus are revealing their new LS flagship
Audi's gorgeous 349bhp S5 Cabrio debuted in Detroit
Kia's GT is due in Ireland later in the year
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

We have had plenty of advance notice of many debutants at this week's Detroit show - but there are newer arrivals worthy of mention.

The hot version of KIA's sports saloon, the Stinger GT, is shown. It certainly looks the part. This can sprint from 0-100kmh in 5.1 seconds - the sort of performance you expect from a 5dr fastback that was, as they say, designed in Frankfurt and developed on the Nurburgring.

KIA say it will "shake up a segment dominated by European products". The GT is due in Ireland later in the year. No idea of pricing yet.

Audi's gorgeous 349bhp S5 Cabrio debuted in Detroit too.

And Volkswagen are revealing their Microbus concept - as a four-wheel-drive, all-electric MPV that can carry eight. They are also showing the SUV Tiguan Allspace which has a longer wheelbase.

The facelifted Mercedes GLA is being shown as well and gets a new 220 petrol engine. Mercedes are also showing the new E-Class Coupe - due here relatively soon.

Audi's Q8 concept is a rival for the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE and shares engineering with the Q7. There will be a spread of turbo petrol and diesels (V6, V8) and a hybrid.

Lexus are revealing their new LS flagship with its more coupe-like profile, a new twin-turbo V6 (415bhp), 10spd automatic transmission and an advanced safety system.

Meanwhile, Volvo has introduced a family of four at the motor show as part of its autonomous research.

The Hain family, from Gothenburg in Sweden, are the first people chosen to take part in a real-life autonomous drive plan using real cars, in real traffic.

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