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With the Detroit Auto Show in the rearview mirror, now is a great time to take a look at the highlights from the week-long celebration of automotive ingenuity. The annual car show unveils the most-anticipated new cars, trucks and interesting new concepts set to hit the market later this year, and this year’s iteration had plenty of hits. Here’s the best of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

2019 Pickup Trucks

Pickup trucks continue to be a hot commodity in the auto industry, evidenced by Ram Trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-Series being the top selling vehicles in America in 2017.1 The trend looks to continue as the major pickup truck players rolled out some promising new additions last month.

Ram 1500 – Experts were impressed with the Ram’s newest installment primarily because the weight has been reduced by an estimated 200 pounds, yet the body is nine inches longer. Other highlights include a 12-inch dash screen and interior upgrades featuring luxury vehicle-esque seating and comfort.

Chevy Silverado – Chevy’s classic pickup truck unveiled some impressive structural and performance upgrades, like increased highway gas mileage, an inline six-cylinder turbodiesel engine and lighter suspension and aluminum siding, helping the new Silverado weigh a whopping 450 pounds lighter than the previous generation.

Ford Ranger – Ford is making a statement in the midsize pickup market with its 2019 Ford Ranger. The North American version looks to be more compact while still featuring a steel body, a 2.3-liter, 280 horse power engine and spring-leaf suspension.


All-New Concepts

Upgrades to classic vehicles are always welcome, but what would a car show be without something a bit more unique? Although there wasn’t a life-sized Lego Batmobile this year as there was in 2017, there still were plenty of new concept designs on display throughout the course of the week.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless – The luxury automaker unveiled its new crossover concept the LF-1 Limitless, which carries a distinct copper paint job that was a hit among show goers. The crossover’s exterior is extremely sleek with a fluid appearance and low ceiling. The interior features an array of LED touch-control technology in a unique minimalist design with no protruding knobs or buttons.

GAC Enverge – Chinese automaker GAC revealed its Enverge concept, a smooth-looking electric car capable of traveling more than 370 miles on a single charge. The concept vehicle has a variety of interesting features, such as the all-digital dashboard, the “floating” dash screen and the large gull-wing doors.

Ford Mustang Bullitt – Ford’s new Mustang Bullitt gives homage to Hollywood while maintaining what made the Ford Mustang a classic. The power is still there – the Bullitt features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that tops out at 475 horsepower – but many of the features pay homage to the film “Bullitt,” like the cue ball shift knob and the Shadow Black paint job.

Nissan Xmotion – Nissan’s SUV concept, the Xmotion, which is pronounced “cross motion,” attempts to bridge Japanese and American cultures by utilizing aesthetics and utility designs popular in both countries. The two-door, boxy SUV is brimming with LED technology giving it a very futuristic look.

2019 Crossovers

SUV crossovers continue to rise in popularity due to their great fuel economy, extra cargo space and overall practicality for everyday commuters. It’s no surprise there were plenty of new models on hand during the Detroit Auto Show from some of the industry’s top automakers.

Ford Edge – The Edge received a mild makeover with some new technology sprinkled in, such as a Wi-Fi hotspot and Sync 3. Drivers can choose from the base 250-horsepower or ST 2.7-liter 335-horsepower engine. Overall, the Edge provides a unique blend of performance and practicality.

Acura RDX Prototype – The new RDX Prototype was a hit with crossover fans due in large part to its solid 10-speed automatic, turbo 2.0-liter 14 engine and its classy exterior design. The interior features a push-button transmission and a simplified, yet clever touch-screen infotainment system. 

Unveil Your Own New Ride

New cars are certainly exciting, even when they’re not high-tech concepts. If you’re ready for a new ride, Silsbee Motor Company has a large selection of quality pre-owned vehicles ready for a test drive today, including popular Ford, Chevy and GMC trucks. Contact us online or by calling 409-385-0409 for more information today!