Ford had big plans for the 2020 Detroit Auto Show before it got canceled.
2020 was going to be a historic year for the Detroit Auto Show. Traditionally held in January, this year's show was rescheduled to June as part of a major revamp that was also set to include a host of outdoor events in the warmer weather to give the show a more festival-style atmosphere and boost visitor numbers. Sadly, organizers were forced to cancel the show in response to the pandemic.
Instead of hosting new model debuts, the TCF Center was transformed into a hospital to help treat coronavirus patients. Unlike the New York Auto Show, which has been rescheduled to August, the 2020 Detroit Auto Show was canceled and will return next June. So, which major model debuts did we miss out on?
Unsurprisingly, Ford was going to have a huge presence at the show. According to Automotive News, Ford helped influence the Detroit Auto Dealer Association's decision to move the auto show to June and promised to reveal a new model at the event. Since the venue is close to Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant, it would have made sense to preview the future of its F-Series pickup.
Originally, the Blue Oval automaker was expected to reveal the redesigned F-150 this month. This could have been followed by the world debut of the new hybrid variant or a first look at the new electric F-150.
Ford has also announced plans to launch an autonomous commercial vehicle in 2021, so an autonomous concept or a production model could have been debuted at the event.
As for the Ford Bronco, the automaker's reborn off-roader was originally expected to debut at a special event in March, followed by a public debut at the New York Auto Show in April. Its debut has now been delayed, but it could still be revealed at the rescheduled New York Auto Show in August. Likewise, the next-generation F-150, and F-150 hybrid are also still expected to debut this year later than planned.