Meet 11 Top Cars From Reimagined Detroit Auto Show – Where Electric Rides Rule

The Lincoln Model L 100 concept is packed with connectivity, uses next-generation battery cell and pack technologies, and enables seats that users can configure in different ways.
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  • Automakers showed off their electric cars in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show this week.
  • It was the first time Detroit had a show since January 2019.
  • Here’s a look at the top automakers that showcased this year.
  • This article is part of the Ride Along series, a collection of stories recapping some of the biggest car shows around the country.

It’s about time Detroit had another one of its iconic auto shows. The Motor City welcomed automakers, industry insiders and spectators this week to the first major auto show since January 2019.

Typically, the annual North American International Auto Show takes over the city every winter. However, not long ago, the show’s decision-makers decided to move it from January to the summer, enriching the decades-old event with a new — outdoor — mobility element to showcase the new directions the industry is taking. The show was supposed to have its first summer repeat in June 2020, but the pandemic put an end to that.

This week, the Detroit Auto Show is back to reality. It didn’t have as many debuts as in the past, but for anyone interested in the future of the industry, it was the place to be.

Attendees see their favorite engines—like that of the seventh-generation Ford Mustang—and get a taste of the electric vehicles that automakers have been talking about in recent years.

See the future of cars from manufacturers like Ford, GM and Toyota at the Detroit Auto Show. Here are 11 cars to check out:

Seventh generation Ford Mustang

7th Generation Ford Mustang Convertible at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show

Seventh generation Ford Mustang.
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Ford made a splash with its all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. But the automaker knows there’s still an appetite for a gas-powered pony car.

With Dodge discontinuing the iconic Challenger and GM ending the Camaro line, Ford hopes the latest version of the Mustang will have its own way.

2023 Lincoln Corsair

2023 Lincoln Corsair.
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The 2023 Lincoln Corsair that was revealed on September 12 just ahead of the show, features an advanced hands-free driver assistance system, Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2. This includes functions such as lane change assist, intersection assist, speed prediction assist and lane keeping, which operates at speeds of up to 80 mph.

The Corsair got a refresh on its grille, revamped daytime running lights and a more spacious front-row configuration, among other improvements.

It will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine and as a 2.5-liter Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid.

Lincoln Model L 100 concept

Lincoln Model L 100 concept

Lincoln Model L 100 concept.
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Ford’s luxury brand unveiled this concept electric and autonomous vehicle at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last month. Consumers can now get a look at the vehicle, Lincoln’s homage to the 1922 Model L, in Detroit.

It’s full of connectivity, uses next-generation battery cell and pack technologies, and allows positions that users can configure in different ways.

Lincoln said the Model L is “a concept with aircraft-influenced styling and advanced technology that creates the immersive indoor haven of tomorrow.”

Buick Wildcat EV Concept

Buick Wildcat EV Concept

Buick Wildcat EV Concept.
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Unveiled in June, Wildcat’s is now on display in its hometown.

The electric coupe concept includes exterior design cues such as semi-oscillating doors, an external “state of charge” indicator in the hatchback glass and a sleek aluminum trim. The brand said that “sharp, high-mounted and checkmark-shaped horizontal lighting frames the vehicle.”

The windshield for this prototype wraps around the front of the vehicle and flows into the side window.

Buick plans to evolve its vehicles to include more futuristic features using AI, biometrics and aromatherapy.

2023 GMC Canyon

2023 GMC Canyon.
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GMC unveiled the next-generation Canyon midsize pickup last month.

The AT4X trim was added to the Canyon lineup, providing more advanced performance and off-road capabilities. This gives the vehicle 310 horsepower, 430 pound-feet of torque, and a towing capacity of 5,500 pounds.

It comes equipped with underbody protection such as a large heavy-duty front skid plate, larger carrying case armor and wheel guards.

Toyota Crown 2023

Toyota Crown 2023

Toyota Crown 2023.
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Toyota redesigned its Crown and brought it back to the US in July.

Unveiled at the show, it’s the first of the manufacturer’s sedans to offer the HYBRID MAX system, an all-new performance setup available only with the Platinum grade offering. The Crown can also be ordered with the fourth-generation Toyota Hybrid System for all three grades: Platinum, XLE and Limited.

All three grades offer electronic on-demand four-wheel drive as standard.

The Crown also has a raised ride height about four inches higher than the Camry, providing increased road visibility.

2023 Direct Connection Dodge Hornet GLH concept at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Direct Connection Dodge Hornet GLH concept.
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This concept is the brand’s way of bridging the Hornet with one of its best-known heritage models.

The GLH — or “Goes Like Hell” — Dodge Omni gained popularity in the 1980s.

The concept’s frame has lowering springs that lower its center of gravity, according to the automaker. This increases body control, reduces roll and gives a more ‘aggressive stance’.

The compact car has an inline four-cylinder engine and a turbocharger.

Corvette Z06 convertible at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible.
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The exterior of the Corvette Z06 is of the eighth-generation mid-engine architecture and design.

Features wider fenders, quarter panels and front and rear fairings for grip and handling advantages. It also has an optional front lift system that raises the front of the vehicle nearly 2 inches to clear low obstacles.

The convertible, launched this summer, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 26 seconds. It has a V8 engine and 670 horsepower.

The EV6 emerged as a 2023 North American Car and Truck of the Year semifinalist.

It’s an all-electric crossover with a range of about 310 miles and starts at about $41,400. It comes equipped with Kia Drive Wise driver assistance technology.

There are several versions of the EV6, including rear-wheel-drive Light and Wind trims, a Wind electric all-wheel drive trim, GT-Line RWD and e-AWD trims.

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2023 Lexus RZ 450e at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Lexus RZ 450e.
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The luxury automaker showed its first EV, the RZ 450e. The company says the car marks its first step into its all-electric future.

Its eAxle integrates the engine, transmission. transmission and the vehicle’s converter into one compact unit, benefiting cruising range and allowing for a spacious interior.

The DIRECT4 four-wheel drive system improves launch acceleration and handling stability and enables low energy consumption. The vehicle can travel approximately 225 miles on a single charge.

2023 Bronco Sport Heritage Edition

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Edition at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Bronco Sport Heritage Edition.
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Ford is tapping into its customers’ sense of nostalgia with the heritage edition of the iconic Bronco.

The display is where “1960s style meets modern capabilities,” Ford said.

Ford will build just 1,966 units of each Heritage Limited Edition model to commemorate the debut year of the original Bronco.

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