2019 Detroit Auto Show A-Z Guide To All The Car Debuts (Day 3)

Welcome to Carscoops’ coverage of the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that will be held in Detroit at the Cobo Center. The event kicks off with the press conferences spanning from Sunday, January 13, to Tuesday, January 15, before opening up to the public from January 19 to 27.

If there’s one car we’d pick as the highlight of the 2019 Detroit show, that would arguably be the long-anticipated fifth-generation Toyota Supra coupe. Other notable world premieres include the all-new Ford Explorer, Kia Telluride, and Cadillac XT6 SUVs, as well as the redesigned Volkswagen Passat.

Last time NAIAS is hosted in January

There’s no way around it, as the numbers speak for themselves: once a star of the global auto show scene, NAIAS has experienced a rapid decline in recent years, with the organizers expecting at least 30 debuts this year, down from nearly 70 in 2018, and double that in previous years.

Only three homegrown brands (Cadillac, RAM and Ford) are expected to host debuts in Detroit this year. That number represents just 1/3 of the press conferences, with the remaining slots dominated by Asian carmakers – the only exception being VW as the sole European delegate. Germany’s Audi, BMW and Mercedes elected to drop out of this year’s event.

For this reason, organizers are trying to reverse the exodus of automakers by switching the show from the cold weather of January to the warm and sunny days of June, starting in 2020.

Watch this space

You can scroll down for the full list of world and north American premieres and keep checking back as we’ll be updating round the clock. You can also follow our stream of news, photos and gossip from the Detroit auto show here.

NC = Not Confirmed




  • SpongeBob99Swell

    “US Special Edition”

    I wonder if that may be a TRD Special Edition like what the GT86 has now.. (let alone the rumoured Supra GRMN)

    That aside, can’t wait to finally see the Supra bow in Detroit. (including others like the new Telluride, Shelby GT500, etc)

  • Craig

    The KIA Telluride is one of the most disappointing Concept to Showroom transformations I have ever seen. The concept front end was very appealing. The real thing…. not so much. In fact… the real thing is UGLY. That said… sad there are still no Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger concepts to show.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I don’t think the Telluride will be that bad, but yeah, very disappointing when you look at what the concept looked like, versus what we’ve been seeing lately.

  • Gilligan Zyland

    My understanding is that Porsche will not be at Detroit

    • JohnCarscoop

      We’ve reached out to them, and will update the article once we hear back.

    • JohnCarscoop

      They got back to us, and indeed, Porsche will not be present at Detroit. We’ve amended the list. Thanks!

  • MarketAndChurch

    Sad that we won’t get anything from GMC, Buick, and Chevy. The Europeans are protesting this year’s show. The only major Asian manufacturer to skip this year was Honda-Acura. As bad as it looks on paper, I think NAIAS 2019 will be okay.

    • Merc1

      It is dead until it moves to June in 2020.


      • charlotteharry57

        But June is not exactly the time of year when new models appear. I think it was a bad decision to move it. If I lived near Detroit, I might feel differently.

        • dumblikeyou2

          Yes, 75 degrees will definitely feel differently as opposed to -10 degrees. And all those pesky lake effect snow storms.

        • MarketAndChurch

          Yes but 1.) it won’t have any other shows to compete with at that time, unlike in early January where most European manufacturers prefer to show their cars at CES in Vegas, and 2.) it won’t have to compete with LA in late-Nov/early-Dec, or Chicago in Feb. Chicago isn’t that much a threat despite a slight rise recently, but LA is a better timed show, 3 months after Paris in September, and 3 months before Geneva in March.

        • Merc1

          Doesn’t matter, new models can be shown whenever. They had no choice, but to move it, it’s dying as-is.


    • Raymond Ramírez

      Buick and Chevy will be at the NAIAS. Their booths are completed. Chevy has two Silverados already there.

      • MarketAndChurch

        Oh okay, but the won’t have a press event like Ford and Ram?

  • mick

    Man I remember when NAIAS was snooty about handing out press passes. I had to get a letter from editor, provide samples of my work and get a letter from the manufacturer sponsoring my trip. They acted like it was such a high honor to attend that you had to have all this evidence of your worthiness. No other show I attended back then was nearly as fussy as Detroit.

    • donald seymour

      Well that’s over now.

      • Merc1

        Oh yes lol.


    • dumblikeyou2

      Aside from the press days, I haven’t been to the NYC show in 15 years. They just got too ghetto. Sad. The companies put on some fancy shows during the mid to late 80s.

  • Fabio P

    Hyundai Leonis????

    • charlotteharry57

      What on Earth is a Leonis? The only vehicle expected from H this year is the new Sonata, but I thought that was destined for the NY Show in March.

      • Fabio P

        Leonis is the sister of the new kia soul 2019 destined for USA and India …

  • EM1

    Show the Bronco already!

  • Dennis Scipio

    I hoping the Cadillac XT6 will make Lincoln’s Aviatior give it some competition, like seriously I think the popularity Aviator is overrated and it’s not particarly an “earth shattering” vehicle.

    • :/ Yurr

      Well sadly the XT6 mule has the same interior as the XT5. Hopefully they change that before they debut it lordt.

    • Craig

      I agree. The Aviator is nice. But not extraordinarily special or anything.

    • charlotteharry57

      The switch to RWD is because the cops were all clamoring for an RWD Explorer. This makes AWD mandatory for much of the US and raises the price a LOT. I wasn’t happy with Ford’s decision to go RWD. Sales could well reflect that.

    • dumblikeyou2

      GM lately is making me very skeptical about anything they’re about to launch. They’re just not showing the right goods. Simple as that. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

  • Craig

    The Supra and Continental Coach interest me most of all.

  • Paul

    Awaiting the Cadillac XT6.

    • Merc1

      The Aviator is already a better vehicle. The XT6 is DOA.


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  • cartube

    The CLA is missing.

    • dtd

      The CLA will debut at the CES in Las Vegas.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Ford has tweeted that in 2019, we’ll get a new Escape, Explorer, Transit, Super Duty, and GT500. The Explorer and GT500 are both confirmed for Detroit. Super Duty will probably be introduced at the Texas state fair. That leaves us with the Transit and Escape. I have a feeling that the Escape and Transit will be introduced at Geneva, although… the Escape can receive its world debut in Detroit and later, an European debut at Geneva. There’s also the chance that Ford will give us the Baby Bronco concept, or the Bronco concept as well. So there’s a ton of possibilities, and it looks as if Ford will own this show this year.

  • botornot387

    how far from grace this show has fallen. This show is no better than a regional show anymore. LA and NYC are the shows to watch in the US.

  • Ben

    Bronco….Bronco…..c’mon….show it

    • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S

      Bronco for NAIAS in June 2020.
      my Friend Greeting. year happy.

    • FordMopar

      I’m with ya! I cannot believe there’s not a single spy shot of Bronco in familiar boxy body. Just Everest body from last year. I’m dyyyyyyiiinnnggg to see it!!

      • Mike anonymous

        They (like the Ford GT,) are probably working on it in house and secretly, to keep from the world of Automotive spy-shots.

    • ErnieB

      I hope so .. if by a miracle it is shown it’ll pull the rug out of underneath the already boring Supra.. something needs to be done and ford seems to rain on Japan’s parade — example what the ford GT did to the nsx..the bronco can be almost as important as the GT..

      • Mike anonymous

        I Agree, but I wanted to clarify that it wasn’t the Ford GT that ‘pulled the rug’ from under the NSXs’ parade. If you remember correctly, it was actually the “Lincoln Continental Concept” (Shown Below).


        I remember this AutoShow vividly. Everyone was excited for the NSX and there was actually quite a lot of HYPE for the NSX,. but then out of literally no-where (no rumors, no pre-event announcement, nothing,) Lincoln showed up with, and revealed, the Continental Concept.

        During the press days at auto shows you typically have a ‘reveal’ schedule to follow, so when one reveal ends you have just enough time to walk over to the next reveal and grab a seat before it begins. After Lincoln was Acura on this list, and I remember No one left the Lincoln booth after the Reveal, seemingly forgetting all about the NSX. (which side note there were not a whole lot of people who went, and those who did go, went right back to Lincoln afterwards). Afterwards I could barely find anyone who was actually covering the reveal of the NSX when it came out.

        So (in regards to the AutoShows) it was actually Lincoln that stole the show from the NSX. Then in addition to this it was also around the time Ford revealed “The New Raptor”, “The Shelby GT-350”, & “New Ford GT” ALL in the same reveal.

        Simply put, everything Ford/Lincoln did during this reveal pulled so much attention away from the NSX that people seemed to just forget about it, and no-longer care.

        • Craig

          Yes. I believe you are correct.


      ew no

    • EM1

      Now they showed the Explorer, next up is the F150, followed by Bronco. My guess is that we will see it at the NY Auto Show.

      • NoMan2015

        don’t forget the Escape, that’s awfully close too.

  • charlotteharry57

    With Press Days a week away, that’s an awful lot of “Unknowns”. Spyscoopers are off their mark!

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Strange.. so far it seems like Detroit doesn’t have that much to reveal this year… :/

    • Harry_Wild

      4 unknowns and a bunch of camouflage vehicles that will be with regular paint jobs. I think it enough.

  • charlotteharry57

    STILL looks very disappointing.

  • charlotteharry57

    Other than a bunch of “not again”, boring CUVs, a “not new” Passat and RAM and an overstylized and way overdue Supra, this show was borderline terrible. Hope New York makes up for it.

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