After record-breaking sales in 2016, automakers recently helped kick off the new year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. There, redesigned versions of the best-selling car and the best-selling truck in the country debuted, as did updated models in some of the industry’s most popular segments. Perhaps the 10 most exciting new production vehicles, though, were the following (in alphabetical order).
1. 2018 Chevrolet Traverse
The Bowtie brand debuted the brand-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse three-row crossover, which will feature best-in-class grades for maximum cargo space, third-row legroom and overall passenger volume. Also in the mix for the new Traverse are two new trim levels, one for driving enthusiasts and one for the luxury-minded customer.
2. 2018 Ford F-150
The Ford F-Series isn’t just the best-selling pickup in the country, it’s actually the best-selling vehicle of any kind. And for the most important member of the roster, the 2018 Ford F-150, there will be three new engines available, including a new EcoBoost unit and the F-150’s first-ever diesel engine.
3. 2018 GMC Terrain
An available new diesel engine also highlights the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain. Additionally, the brand’s compact crossover comes with a sleek new exterior design and serves up a robust selection of new driver-assistance measures, from a Surround Vision camera system to automatic braking to forward collision alert.
4. 2018 Honda Odyssey
The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey is expected to go on sale this spring, and when it does, it will introduce mobile Wi-Fi, a new powertrain with an available 10-speed automatic transmission, and some great new technologies for families. Among them: the CabinWatch camera-monitor system that can provide live video of the second and third rows.
5. 2018 Lexus LS
The striking new 2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan boasted a twin-turbo, 415-horsepower V6 engine, superior levels of comfort and technology, and a cabin that’s already drawing rave reviews. As a result, the LS earned the prestigious 2017 EyesOn Design Award for Interior Design Excellence during the Detroit auto show.
6. 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
A sportier appearance, a restyled cabin and new safety features are all in store for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA, which also welcomes a revved-up AMG edition to its lineup. That entry, the GLA45, will leverage a 375-horsepower turbocharged engine to race from 0-60 in a brisk 4.3 seconds.
7. 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport
The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport is a nimble new entry in the subcompact crossover segment. Scheduled to go on sale in this country in the spring, the Rogue Sport carries many of the brand’s current style cues as well as a plethora of occupant-protection technologies.
8. 2017 Ram Rebel Black
Customers can look for the 2017 Ram Rebel Black to reach dealerships in March, complete with all of the off-road capability of the original Rebel and a brand-new, dark-themed style upgrade. Black wheels, a black brushguard and a black cabin—with heated front seats—are key enhancements here.
9. 2018 Toyota Camry
A daring exterior design distinguishes the 2018 Toyota Camry from its predecessors and the competition alike. But the next-generation model has, in truth, been completely overhauled inside and out. Oh, it’s still well-stocked with family-friendly technologies, yet it now also offers premium cues like a “head-up” display.
10. Volkswagen Tiguan LWB
With VW trying to expand its U.S. presence with more crossovers, it has a new model of its compact Tiguan that’s not quite so compact. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan LWB rides on a longer-wheelbase than its sibling, and it’s long enough that there’s room for an optional third row of seating.
It’s also worth noting that the North American Vehicle of the Year awards were announced just before the opening of the show. For 2017, the North American Car of the Year is the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Honda Ridgeline was recognized as North American Truck of the Year, and the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year title went to the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.