2018 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) A-To-Z Debuts – Updated

The first major auto show of the New Year is upon us and this is your complete guide to all the new cars and concepts making their world and North American debuts in Detroit.

The 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which is just as often called the Detroit Auto Show, takes place in downtown Detroit at the Cobo Center. International press days are held on January 14 to 16 with public access running from January 20 through 28.

While, admittedly, the number of premieres hosted in Detroit has declined over the years, as the Los Angeles and New York auto shows gain more and more traction with carmakers in America, the NAIAS remains one of the most important automotive events on the continent.

This year, we’ll see a parade of notable concept and production car debuts ranging from the renewed VW Jetta and Toyota Avalon sedans to the BMW i8 Roadster and the Infiniti Q Sedan. Naturally, it wouldn’t be 2018 without trucks and SUVs, with debutants including the first new generation of the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class in three decades, the next Chevrolet Silverado and the Acura RDX prototype.

We’ve compiled a list of all the 2018 NAIAS premieres in alphabetical order below, which we’ll keep updating throughout the event as news becomes available.

Note: F/L = Facelifted


Audi A7 Sportback

BMW i8 Coupe F/L

BMW i8 Roadster


Chevrolet Silverado

Ford Edge ST

Ford Mustang Bullitt

Ford Ranger

Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster N

Jeep Cherokee F/L

Kia Forte

Lamborghini Urus

Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 PHEV

Mercedes G-Class

Mercedes GLS Grand Edition

MINI Hatch & Cabrio F/L

Ram 1500

Ram 1500 By Mopar

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Smart ForTwo Special Edition EV

Toyota Avalon

VW Jetta

VW Passat GT V6


Acura RDX Prototype

AirspaceX Mobi-One Flying Vehicle

BMW X7 iPerformance

GAC Motors Enverge SUV

GAC Motors GA4 Sedan

Honda Insight Prototype

Nissan Crossover Concept

Infiniti Q Inspiration

Lexus LF-1 SUV Concept


2018 NAIAS Was All About Lighter Trucks

2018 North American COTY

Acura To Offer Type S, A-Spec And V6 Turbo

Chevy’s 4D VR Experience

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coming In 2019

Ford Plans 40 EVs And PHEVs

Ford Brings Back Mach 1 As Electric SUV

Kia Offers 4D VR Drives Of Stinger

Kia Confirms Telluride SUV

Koenigsegg Agera RS Comes To Detroit

Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Hyundai Veloster Marvel’s Ant Man

Magna’s 4D Icon Radar System

Mercedes Encases G-Class In Amber

Toyota’s Future EV Product Plans

New VW Passat Coming In 2019


  • Jweisberg

    The Ram 1500 is not a F/L it is a complete redesign, new interior, exterior and updated engines.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Can almost make book on no mid-engined ‘Vette this soon. Edit: Can officially make book.

  • Craig

    FCA can’t come up with anything NEW for the Chrysler brand? What losers. [And this coming from a die-hard Mopar fanatic]

    • Bash


    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      I think survival might be the buzzword around FCA these days.

    • LWOAP

      You see, this what not have happened if they just made the Imperial. But nooo……….

      • Craig

        YES!!! EXACTLY!! You are – by far – the [second] smartest person here!

    • Leconte Dave

      Next year…

      • Craig

        With some good news. I hope.

        • LWOAP

          I’m hedging my bets on bankruptcy. 😛

          • Craig

            Some people might accuse you of being a Debbie-Downer.

          • Kyle Newberry

            Is the world really that worse of a place with no FCA?

          • Craig

            Yes. It would be.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Yes. I won’t miss Chrysler/Dodge but there’s life in Jeep, Alfa, and Maserati. FIAT isn’t beyond salvation, either.

          • Six_Tymes

            craig and him are depressed humans, and enjoy spreading hate, they drive the hate train for fca. its gotten to the point of being weird.

          • Craig

            What are you going on about? What hate? I drive an SRT8.

  • pxsupply

    What about Mazda and Volvo? Are they not present this time in Detroit?
    Cannot see them on the floor plan on the NAIAS site. Was hoping to see Lynk & Co there also

    • Ryan Gertner

      Look again, Volvo is small but is there by the entrance to hall D

      • pxsupply

        I noticed that, but that is so small and on the outside it seems.
        Been to every autoshow the last 6 years and they have always had a good presence there. But the industry is changing. Mini, Porsche, Land Rover etc are not coming to Detroit anymore. Too bad.

    • dtd

      I am hopeful that they will display the 2019 Mazda 3 with HCCI engine.

  • Frank Yoster

    i just wanna see the Ram

  • Spideymanz

    Does anyone have any news about Cadillac?

    • :/ Yurr

      I don’t think so. I thought the XT4 was gonna debut but guess not.

      • Spideymanz

        Thank you!

    • bd

      Not just the XT4, but the CT5 is undergoing late stage testing.

  • That Avalon headlights tho…. Since when Toyota poached Audi designer.

    • :/ Yurr

      When they realized there designs were getting boring..

  • Gertman

    Please explain why the Lamborghini Urus is included on this list even through Lambo wont even be at the Detroit show? Also, there is a story here on Carscoops that says that the GMC Sierra will skip the Detroit show…..so why is it included on this list?

    • JohnCarscoop

      Because while Lamborghini won’t have it on the show floors, the Urus will be presented during an offsite NAIAS event in Detroit during the press days. As for the GMC, that’s a rumor for now as we’ve yet to confirm that it won’t be in Detroit. Will keep you posted once we hear back from GM.

      • JohnCarscoop

        Update – A GM spokesperson told us there will be “there will be no GMC news from NAIAS”

        • Gertman

          John I am SO impressed with your quick and informative responses and this entire webpage in general. You all have really stepped in when my ol’ faithful website has been failing me lately. I’ll give you a hint it rhymes with botoblog…

  • Harry_Wild

    Acura 2019 RDX is a concept and production starts in Fall 2018! LOL!

    Honda suppose to come out with a two row short wheelbase Pilot called the Pilot Sport in Fall of 2018 too! Wonder when Honda America will release the Pilot Sport to the public other then driving it around California camouflage? It been a year and several month not enough for testing purposes? It probably be May I think, for the new Pilot Sport to show itself in a private release if it going to be in dealerships in November 2018!

    • Kyle Newberry

      Wouldn’t that simply cannabalize sales of the HRV?

      • Harry_Wild

        Honda Pilot Sports direct competitor will be the Ford Edge and other two row crossovers. The Honda HRV is Honda’s smallest crossover or subcompact size, Pilot Sport is midsize, CRV is compact size.

  • mick

    The new GMC Sierra won’t be at naias

  • exeptor

    I think that Toyota’s EV future plans will be the most interesting thing. If I recall correctly they said that EV is not top priority for them, but it appears that this might change.

  • Moveon Libtards

    And in other REALLY big news…

    Tesla Misses Model 3 Deliveries By 50%, Delays Production Goal Again
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    by Tyler Durden
    Wed, 01/03/2018 – 19:46
    There was just one number the investing public cared about in the just released Tesla Q4 vehicle production and deliveries update: the number of Model 3 cars delivered. And the reason why Tesla stock is not happy after hours is because for yet another quarter, Elon Musk’s “everyman” electric car disappointed badly once again, with just 1,550 deliveries, almost exactly 50% below the 2,917 cars the sellside community expected.

  • Autoexperte

    the premieres of GAC Motor in Detroit are missing here

  • japan3

    What we know about new nissan altima, any news?

  • Rocket
    • Honda NSX-R

      Wow, that acutally looks pretty good! Still kind of has that Honda influence in those taillights, but overall, not bad. This will fly out of the lots for sure.
      Side note: those side view mirrors look really small. Probably a prototype thing.

      • Rocket

        Wheels are too big, too. I just don’t see a production RDX sporting 21″ wheels.

        • Honda NSX-R

          Yeah this is the prototype so it’ll probably get smaller wheels

  • dumblikeyou2

    What’s the car in the orange box on the right????? Is that the next gen Acura ILX? It looks very much like the Civic, but with an acceptable rear end. Or did Honda already update the current Civic????

    • Honda NSX-R

      That’s the Honda Insight Prototype

      • dumblikeyou2

        Oh wow. Didn’t even know it existed. Not a hybrid followers here, but it sure makes the Civic look good now. It would have made for a nice ILX.

  • Paul

    The one I want to see is the new Ford Ranger.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Really hope we get some glipse of the GT500 at the NAIAS…

  • Robert

    Does anyone know what happened to Cadillac?..I thought the refreshed CT6 was supposed to make its appearance? Because I still can’t believe at the NAIAS the only interesting thing GM had to reveal was a truck. ?

  • Wayne Crawford

    Will the mid engine Corvette be unveiled at the show?

  • i just wanna see the Ram

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