We’re gearing up this week in anticipation of the annual North American International Auto Show held in Detroit at the COBO Center. Press days for this year’s show begin on Jan. 13 and the event promises to be very exciting with a number of popular new product announcements expected.
Looking at actual production vehicle debuts, the most anticipated unveiling will be the next generation 2015 Ford F-150. Ford has been good about keeping the details of the new full-size a secret, but we do expect it to closely resemble the Atlas concept unveiled at last year’s show. It’s expected that the next generation F-150 will utilize an all-aluminum body for weight savings, ultimately translating into better gas mileage. Initial estimates indicated that Ford will be able to shave about 700 pounds from the current generations curb weight. F-150 engine options have not been mentioned yet, but we expect a slew of turbo-charged V-6 and V-8 options.
GM has a couple of exciting new product announcements planned, the most popular being the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Not much information has leaked about the new highly-anticipated Z06 yet, but we can expect a lighter, wider, more powerful version (rumored 620-horsepower supercharged V-8) of the current C7 Corvette Stingray. Also from GM, Cadillac will be showing off their new 2015 ATS coupe. This new entry from Cadillac will target BMW 4-Series and Mercedes C-Class buyers and should come equipped with the same powertrains as the current ATS sedan.
German makers will also show off some hot new machinery. BMW is planning to show off their new M3 and M4 models, each boasting a 425-horsepower 3.0 twin-turbo inline six. The brand will also show off their replacement for the 1-Series coupe and convertible. Like the recently introduced 4-Series coupe, the new 2-Series follows BMW’s new nomenclature and is rumored to start at $33,025, positioned to go toe-to-toe with the new, highly successful Mercedes CLA.
Since BMW is showing off its new M3 and M4 rocket ships, it seems only appropriate that Lexus unveil its all-new RC F as well. The RC F will be the newest model in the Lexus F line, based on the 2015 RC coupe, which was just unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in November. There aren’t a whole lot of details yet, but the RC F should come equipped with a 5.0 V-8, packing an expected 455-horsepower punch which will give it enough power to go up against the BMW M and Mercedes AMG models.
Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NADAusedcargde) next Monday and Tuesday for on-the-spot first impressions and pictures of these and other exciting new products, as well as a follow-up blog entries where we’ll share a more in-depth analysis of the new products unveiled.
Additionally, Larry Dixon, senior analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide, will be available for news interviews during press days at the auto show from Jan. 13-15. Contact Allyson Toolan at (571) 292-7593 or email@example.com if you’d like to sit down with him.