2017 Detroit motor show – live blog
Join us from the show floor of the 29th North American International Auto Show
Welcome to Autocar’s Detroit motor show live blog, direct from Detroit with every detail of the action from the show, plus nifty extras, our thoughts on the latest releases, and, of course, photos of everything you could wish to see at the show.
If you’re not at the show in person, our live blog is all you need to feel like you are:
The Detroit motor show, officially called the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), is the first international show of 2017 and will play host to new car unveilings from Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Kia, Lexus and Chevrolet, among others.
Now in its 29th year as an international event, the show begins in earnest with a preview week that begins on Monday 9 January. Autocar will be present to report on all of the new car unveilings, executive interviews and industry gossip from the halls of the iconic Cobo Centre. You can take a look at all the cars we’re expecting to see at the show below.
2017 Detroit motor show: the cars
Audi’s new flagship SUV, the Q8, is revealed in concept form. We’ve already caught glimpses of it in preview images and while it was testing ahead of its appearance, but we can see it in full in Detroit. It will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel V6 and V8 engines when the production car arrives next year.
BMW 5 Series
BMW is bringing its new 5 Series to the show. The car’s already been revealed in pictures, but this is its public debut. Read everything you need to know about the new 5 Series here.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
A new version of the track-focused Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is also being launched, and it’ll be the fastest Corvette yet. It’s also tipped to be the last front-engined Corvette to be produced, as the ever-rumoured mid-engined model reaches production in the car’s next generation.
Chinese automaker GAC has confirmed its presence at the Detroit motor show – the first Chinese car maker to present on the main floor. It’s brought a raft of new cars: a hybrid crossover concept, a new SUV and the brand’s first electric car. At last year’s show, GAC displayed its GS4 small SUV.
Honda is showing a new generation of its Odyssey MPV, which is aimed at the North American market. A dramatic preview image has been released of the upcoming MPV, showing the car’s new styling, which fits with the rest of the Honda range.
Infiniti’s rival to the Lexus NX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 is shown in concept form, following on from the QX Sport Inspiration concept displayed at the Beijing motor show. The production QX50 is likely to follow next year, and will sit above the QX30 in Infiniti‘s SUV range.
The bold new Kia Stinger GT has also landed at the show, following a recent teaser video that showed the sports saloon topping 150mph at the Nürburgring. When it reaches production, the Stinger GT will face competition from the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Lexus’s new flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival is making its debut, and is likely to draw heavy inspiration from the 2015 LF-FC concept pictured above. The LS will be available with a hybrid powertrain next year, and a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in 2019.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé is another model we’ve already seen in pictures, but makes its in-the-metal debut in Detroit. It goes on sale in the UK in April, priced from £40,135, in AMG Line trim only.
Mercedes-Benz‘s smallest SUV, the GLA, is being revealed in facelifted form in Detroit. We’ve glimpsed it in a preview image, as well as spotting it testing ahead of its debut, so we can already see where the majority of the styling tweaks have been applied.
The quirky Rinspeed Oasis concept is on display at the Detroit motor show following its official reveal at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It showcases the latest autonomous tech, and its windscreen doubles up as a large augmented reality screen.
Toyota takes the wraps off a new US-market Camry, while a third Toyota group conference reveals news relevant to both the Toyota and Lexus brands.
We’ve seen the Volkswagen ID concept – VW’s first electric concept – and now we’ll see the second; a renewed microbus concept, which follows many of the styling cues of the original ID. It features a number of design nods to the original VW MPV too, and shares the ID’s MEB electric platform.
We can also see the production version of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, which Autocar has already driven in prototype form. It’s essentially a stretched, seven-seat version of the Tiguan SUV, and is almost identical to the familiar model apart from the slightly elongated body.
Those not attending
While Detroit has a rich automotive legacy and is a prominent event at the start of the new year, it doesn’t achieve the same public footfall as other US motor shows and some manufacturers choose not to attend.
Events to look out for
Detroit claims to offer six unique shows in one. The first is an ‘ultra-luxury automotive event’ called The Gallery, which takes place on Saturday 7 January. The invite-only extravaganza is held at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, where a collection of luxury cars collectively worth almost $7 million (£5.5m) is on show. The likes of Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Rolls-Royce are usually represented.
The show’s second act is Automobili-D, a dedicated exposition focused on the rapidly evolving automobile and mobility landscape. It began on Sunday 8 January and car companies, tier-one suppliers and tech start-up companies, showcase their latest developments. John Krafcik, CEO of Google’s self-driving car project – now called Waymo and using Chrysler Pacifica MPVs – kicked-off the event with a keynote presentation.
Nearly 50 start-ups from around the globe are present. Among the companies attending include Civil Maps, which provides 3D mapping technology for fully autonomous vehicles, and PolySync, a supplier of products and services that aid the development of self-driving cars. A handful of firms from the UK are also in attendance.
The remaining segments of the show are the press days (9-10 January), industry days (11-12 January) and charity preview (13 January), before the doors are finally opened to the public for nine days from Saturday 14 January. Public tickets cost $13 per person and the show is open from 9am until 10pm each day.
Watch our round-up video of this year’s Paris motor show below