10 Cars From The 2017 Detroit Auto Show We Want In Production Now!

February 16, 2022

Detroit is sometimes referred to as the Motor City, and for good reason. The American city is widely regarded as the birthplace of the North American automobile industry and was once home to the biggest automakers in the industry. Even though Detroit’s prominence as an auto manufacturing hub has waned, the Motor City is still home to the annual Detroit Auto Show. The Detroit Auto Show is a yearly chance for automakers from around the world to debut their most exciting and groundbreaking concepts, and the 2017 show was no exception. Keep reading to discover ten of the most highly anticipated concept cars from this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

10. 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet is well-known for its popular line of large SUVs such as the Suburban and Tahoe. Apparently, those two offerings weren’t enough for the American automaker because Chevy unveiled a new full-sized SUV concept at the Detroit Auto Show called the Traverse. The Traverse features three full rows of seats with quick-release second rows that allow easy access to the third row. The Traverse has plenty of power to haul all those passengers around thanks to a 3.6-liter V6 engine which cranks out 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.

9. 2018 Honda Odyssey

While minivans aren’t the sexiest offering at the Detroit Auto Show, they nonetheless make up a large segment of the auto market. While many families have been opting for SUVs in recent years, Honda might be reclaiming some of the multi-passenger market thanks to the fully-featured Honda Odyssey. The 2018 Odyssey concept displayed at the Detroit Auto Show showed off a completely redesigned body and a cabin packed with every family-friendly feature on the market today including a new CabinWatch camera which has an infrared mode to keep an eye on the van’s occupants.

8. 2018 Ford F-150

Ford trucks have become a staple of the American workforce, appearing regularly on farms, construction sites, and heavy industrial plants. In 2016, Ford sold over 800,000 trucks alone. To build on that success, Ford unveiled the new updated F-150 model at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The new F-150 comes with a host of powertrain options including a diesel model. The redesigned F-150 features an all-new grille and headlamp design and a host of 21st-century media options.

7. 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Nissan is going out on a limb with their Rogue Sport concept. The midsize SUV has been available on the European market for some time under a different name, and Nissan is hoping the rebranded version will be competitive on the crowded SUV market. The Rogue Sport is essentially a smaller version of the existing Rogue SUV with a handful of extra features such as the underpowered 141-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

6. 2018 GMC Terrain

Crossover SUVs were a popular concept at the Detroit Auto Show, with nearly every maker demonstrating a new miniature SUV. GMC unveiled the redesigned 2018 Terrain at the show, which is designed to compete against the Chevrolet Equinox. The Terrain features three rows of seats and plenty of cargo room. Drivetrain options include four- and six-cylinder engines with available 3500 pounds of towing power. LED headlamps, parking assist cameras, and media sync options round out the Terrain’s features.

5. 2018 Lexus LS

At the Detroit Auto Show, visitors to the Lexus booth were captivated by the futuristic, elegant design of the 2018 Lexus LS concept. This sleek luxury sedan has a retro-themed front grille that harkens back to the golden age of first-generation pre-war sedans. An all-new, twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 puts out 415 horsepower, meaning this luxury sedan will have no problem keeping up with sportier models. Lexus has hinted at a hybrid model to come once the 2018 LS hits the production line.

4. Audi Q8 Concept

The luxury SUV is a relatively new class of car, so automakers were eager to show off their new concepts at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. German maker Audi showed off their new Q8 Concept, a mid-size luxury SUV designed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the BMW X6. The Q8 Concept’s cabin is packed full of touchscreens and naturally, being an Audi, all the latest safety features. The Q8 features a 333-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with a lithium-ion battery that allows for all-electric urban driving.

3. 2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz is well-known for its coupes, and its new E-Class concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show continues to add to the maker’s legacy. The E-Class Coupe’s body features sweeping lines and curves giving the car a luxurious profile. The E-Class Coupe will sport a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 which generates 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, meaning this luxury car has enough power to get up and go when speed is needed.

2. 2018 Kia Stinger

Korean automaker Kia has been hinting at adding a rear-wheel drive sports coupe to its lineup for years now. At the Detroit Auto Show, Kia finally unveiled the sporty coupe Kia fans have been waiting for: the 2018 Kia Stinger. The Stinger will have plenty of speed thanks to a 365-hp turbo 3.3-liter V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Stinger’s cabin features a central 8-inch touchscreen for all of its controls, proving the Stinger to be a genuinely forward-thinking concept.

1. Volkswagen I.D. Buzz

Volkswagen has a long legacy of designing quirky, eccentric cars that become pop culture icons. From the diminutive Volkswagen Beetle to the iconic microbuses used by legions of members of the 1960s counterculture, VW’s cars have a unique identity that sets them apart from other makers. While the VW Beetle got a remake in 1997, fans of the microbus have been waiting for decades for a new version. At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, VW finally rolled out a new microbus design called the I.D. Buzz. Details about the all-electric van are still scarce, but Volkswagen has hinted at a 2018 or 2019 release.