We have no idea if these will be at Detroit or not, but it’s fun to speculate
Nowadays, it seems we know beforehand almost everything that’s going to be showcased at an auto show days, weeks, or even months before the expo doors open. Sure, it makes plenty of sense from a marketing and PR perspective (officially announcing a car before its “world debut” gives you twice the media coverage, after all), but it does mean that surprise unveilings are slowly becoming less and less frequent.
The word through the grapevine, though, is that quite a few car companies will be making big reveals at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. For instance, Lexus is highly tipped to be unveiling the all-new SC there – which will hopefully look a lot like the stunning LF-LC concept that, coincidentally, made its first public outing at the Detroit Show four years ago. Lincoln’s believed to be showcasing the all-new Continental sedan at this year’s Detroit show, too. And, as with the Lexus, we’re also holding out for the new Lincoln flagship to closely resemble the smartly-styled concept car that preceded it.
We’re also highly anticipating the reveal of the production-ready Ford GT supercar. Ford has a long history with revealing Ford GTs at the Detroit Auto Show, going all the way back to the bonkers GT90 Concept from 1995, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the finished road car being the star attraction on this year’s Ford stand. Other cars are rumored for a Detroit reveal next week as well, though these ones could go either way. For instance, it’s speculated that sportier variants of the new Chevrolet Camaro – namely ones with either ‘ZL1’ or ‘Z/28’ badges.
We doubt that will actually be the case, though, given we had to wait two years after the fifth-gen Camaro’s launch for the headline-grabbing ZL1 to debut. But Chevy does currently have pretty big competition in the form of the Shelby GT350 Mustang range, so it would be in its best interest to combat the cobra-branded thorn in its side sooner rather than later. A more likely reveal will be the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now. It's highly anticipated, and for a good reason: it's potentially the world's fastest production SUV.
If the rumors are correct, this flagship variant of Jeep’s soccer mom favorite will have the 700-hp supercharged V8 from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat nestled under the hood that's presumably peppered with plenty of air intakes and vents to keep that forced-induction powerhouse as cool as possible. We also really hope that the ‘track’ part of this hi-po Cherokee’s name is a clue that straight-line speed won’t be this Jeep’s only selling point. Yes, getting an SUV of this size to handle well is going to be tricky, but the standard Grand Cherokee SRT drives nicely enough, so Jeep has a solid base to work on.
Lastly, the final undisclosed car we expect to see unveiled at Detroit next week is the 2018 model year Ford Expedition. It's not exactly going to be the star attraction at this year's Detroit show, but we put it here especially for those who get a kick out of Ford’s largest current production car.