2019 Detroit Auto Show Rumors: What’s Debuting At NAIAS?

The NAIAS may be moving to June in 2020, but the magical car show will remain a January event for at least one more year. Here’s what gossipers are saying will debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show (and hopefully our Kansas City dealerships in the near future). 


New Nissan Concept EV

At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the 2019 Maxima and Murano, but perhaps just as exciting was their announcement of a new Nissan concept vehicle being shown at the NAIAS in January.

“This January in Detroit Nissan will host a world debut of a new concept that breaks new ground in design, packaging, and of course Nissan performance,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior VP of global design.

Could this concept vehicle be an EV SUV similar to the Xmotion that debuted at the 2018 Detroit car show? Maybe the Nissan Leaf SUV that was rumored to be ready for the production line? It’s difficult to say, especially considering Nissan remains committed to sedans, hatchbacks, and cars instead of shifting a majority of their lineup over to larger vehicles like crossovers and full-size trucks.

Sometime between January 14 and 27, The Detroit Auto Show will give us our answers.

Chevy C8 Corvette Will Not Premier (Sadface)

The rumor mill has long been swirling about the newest C8 Corvette being unveiled at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. However, it appears we’ll have to wait to see it up close and verify specs. Reports have claimed that three Chevrolet C8 ‘Vette trims will be available, including the GT, Grand Sport, and a mysterious third model that could be powered by a 1000-hp twin-turbo V8. Sounds sweet, doesn’t it? The next chance for us to get a glimpse of the Corvette will be at the New York Auto Show in April, so be on the lookout for updates closer to spring.

New Cadillac XT6

The 3-row XT6 SUV from Cadillac has been confirmed to debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Similar in design to the XT4 and XT5, the XT6 will be slightly larger with plenty of Escala-inspired elements throughout.

2020 Toyota Supra

The full production model of the Toyota Supra will turn heads when it debuts at the 2019 NAIAS. It should share the same powertrain – a 3.0L twin-scroll turbo-6 that makes 340 horsepower – and platform as the BMW Z4, although the Supra has its own distinctive features that make it wholly Toyota. The Supra being premiered in Detroit will be especially unique and sold at auction; proceeds from that sale will go to charity.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Ford’s brass notified everyone at the L.A. Auto Show that the 2020 Mustang Shelby would be ready for the spotlight at this upcoming Detroit show. As January 14 draws closer, more details are emerging about the GT500. It will feature a 720-hp 5.2L supercharged V8, track-tuned styling, performance hardware, and surely lots more.

North American Car, Utility & Truck of the Year Awards

The jurors have spoken, choosing 9 fantastic vehicles as finalists of this year’s North American vehicle awards.

  • In the car category, the Genesis G70, Honda Insight, and Volvo S60 are battling it out. Smart money is on the Genesis G70.
  • In the SUV category, the Hyundai Kona/Kona EV is suited to bring home the proverbial bacon, beating out the Acura RDX and Jaguar I-Pace.
  • In the truck category, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a three-way tie between the RAM 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Silverado 1500.

Winners will be announced on NAIAS opening day (January 14). If you’d like to join some of these finalists’ bandwagons, stop by your local McCarthy dealer near Kansas City. Our dealerships can award you the keys of a 2019 Hyundai Kona, GMC Sierra, or Chevy Silverado – or any other new or used vehicle!

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