Meet 11 of the best cars from the reimagined Detroit Auto Show, where electric drives dominate the day

The Lincoln Model L 100 concept uses a new generation of battery cell and pack technologies that are packed full of connections, allowing seats that users can configure in different ways.

  • Automakers showcased their electric vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.
  • Detroit put on the show for the first time since January 2019.
  • Take a look at the best cars the automakers showcased this year.
  • This article is part of the Along the Journey series, a collection of stories that summarize some of the biggest auto shows around the country.

It’s time for Detroit to have another one of its iconic auto shows. Motor City this week welcomed automakers, industry folks and show-goers in its first major auto bonanza since January 2019.

Typically, the annual North American International Auto Show takes over the city every winter. But some time ago, decision makers decided to shift the decades-old event from January to summer to showcase the new directions the industry is going by spice up the decades-old event with a new outdoor mobility component. The show’s first summer iteration was set to take place in June 2020, but the pandemic has put an end to that.

This week, the Detroit Auto Show is actually back. It didn’t debut as many times as it did in the past, but it was the place to be for anyone interested in the industry’s future.

Attendees see their favorite engines, such as those of the seventh-generation Ford Mustang, and get a taste of the electric vehicles that automakers have been talking about for the past few years.

Check out the future of cars from manufacturers like Ford, GM, and Toyota at the auto show in Detroit. Here are 11 cars you must see:

Seventh generation Ford Mustang

7th generation Ford Mustang convertible at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show

Seventh generation Ford Mustang.
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Ford made a splash with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. But the automaker knows there’s still an appetite for a gas-powered pony car.

With Dodge stopping the iconic Challenger and GM ending the run of the Camaro, Ford is hoping the latest iteration of the Mustang will make its way.

2023 Lincoln Pirate

2023 Lincoln Pirate.

Unveiled on September 12, just before the show, the 2023 Lincoln Corsair features the Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2, an advanced hands-free driver assistance system. This includes features such as lane change assist, junction assist, predictive speed assist, and in-lane repositioning that works at speeds up to 80 mph.

The Corsair’s grille has been refreshed, the daytime running lights have been updated, and a wider front row configuration and other improvements have been made.

It will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine and a 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid Corsair Grand Touring.

Lincoln Model L 100 concept

Lincoln Model L 100 concept

Lincoln Model L 100 concept.

Ford’s luxury brand unveiled this electric and autonomous vehicle concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last month. Consumers can now get a glimpse of the vehicle that pays Lincoln’s homage to the 1922 Model L in Detroit.

Packed with connections, it uses next-generation battery cell and pack technologies and allows seats that users can configure in different ways.

Lincoln said the Model L is “a concept with aero-influenced styling and advanced technology that creates the immersive interior of tomorrow.”

Buick Wildcat EV concept

Buick Wildcat EV concept

Buick Wildcat EV concept.

Introduced in June, the Wildcat is now on display in its hometown.

The electric coupe concept includes exterior highlights such as semi-opening doors, an external ‘status of charge’ indicator on the hatchback and a stylish aluminum trim. “The sharp, high-mount and horizontal checkmark lighting is on the sides of the vehicle,” the brand said.

The windshield of this concept wraps around the front of the vehicle and flows towards the side window.

Buick plans to improve its vehicles to include more futuristic features using artificial intelligence, biometrics and aromatherapy.

2023 GMC Canyon

2023 GMC Canyon.

GMC unveiled the next generation of its Canyon mid-size pickup truck last month.

AT4X hardware has been added to the Canyon lineup, providing more advanced off-road performance and capabilities. This gives the car 310 horsepower, 430 pound-feet of torque and 5,500 pounds of towing capacity.

It is equipped with a large front heavy-duty skid fairing, a larger transfer case shield, and underbody protection such as rocker guards.

2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown.

He redesigned his Toyota Crown and brought it back to the US in July.

Shown at the show is the manufacturer’s first sedan to feature the HYBRID MAX system, a brand new performance setup only available with its Platinum-rated offering. Crown can also be ordered with the fourth generation Toyota Hybrid System for all three classes Platinum, XLE and Limited.

All three classes offer electronic optional all-wheel drive as standard.

The Crown also has a height of about four inches higher than the Camry, providing greater road visibility.

2023 Direct Link Dodge Hornet GLH concept at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Direct Link Dodge Hornet GLH concept.
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This concept is the brand’s way of bridging the line between the Hornet and one of its most recognizable heritage models.

The GLH – or “Goes Like Hell” – Dodge Omni gained popularity in the 1980s.

According to the automaker, the concept’s chassis has lowering springs that pull the center of gravity down. This increases body control, reduces rolling and gives a more “aggressive stance”.

The compact car has an engineer with an inline four cylinder and a turbocharger.

Convertible Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible.
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The exterior of the Corvette Z06 is the eighth generation mid-engine architecture and design.

It features wider fenders, quarter panels, and front and rear fascias for grip and handling benefits. It also has an optional front lift system that raises the front of the vehicle by almost 2 inches to clear low obstacles.

The convertible, which goes on sale this summer, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 26 seconds. It has a V8 engine and 670 horsepower.

The EV6 was named a 2023 North American Car and Truck of the Year semi-finalist.

It’s an all-electric crossover with a range of about 310 miles and starts at around $41,400. Equipped with Kia Drive Wise driver assist technology.

There are several versions of the EV6, including Light and Wind rear-wheel drive fairings, Wind electric all-wheel drive fairing, GT-Line RWD and e-AWD fairings.

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2023 Lexus RZ 450e at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Lexus RZ 450e.
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The luxury automaker showcased its first electric car, the RZ 450e. The company says it’s taking the first step into the car’s all-electric future.

It combines the eAxle, the vehicle’s engine, transaxle and inverter in a compact unit, taking advantage of the cruising range and providing ample interior space.

The DIRECT4 all-wheel drive system improves take-off acceleration and handling stability and ensures low power consumption. The vehicle can go about 225 miles on a single charge.

2023 Bronco Sport Heritage Edition

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Edition at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Bronco Sports Heritage Edition.
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Ford is capitalizing on its customers’ sense of nostalgia with the legacy edition of the hit Bronco.

“Where 1960s style meets modern flair,” Ford said.

Ford will build just 1,966 of each Heritage Limited Edition model to commemorate the original Bronco’s release year.

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