It’s now less than three days until the curtain rises on the 2014 North American International Auto Show so following up on what appeared yesterday here is a synopsis on the rest of the vehicles we can look forward to seeing
Yesterday we covered the first ten press conferences that will take place during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in the morning and early afternoon. Today we’ll be looking at the manufacturers that will round out Monday’s offerings as well as those that will occur on Tuesday morning.
2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S
While Europe has already seen it, the Detroit showing will mark the first time Bentley’s Continental GT V8 S will be seen in North America. Available as either a coupe or convertible, the V8 S is distinguished from its more proletarian (if you can call it that) V8 brethren with more power (521 hp), a lower and uprated suspension as well as a distinctive exhaust note. Pricing will start at around $190,000 for the coupe and $210,000 for the convertible.
2015 Honda Fit
The third generation of Honda’s versatile and fun-to-drive subcompact has already been unveiled in Japan, but Detroit will mark its North American debut. Up front the new Fit shows a far more aggressive look, the ingenious middle seats have been carried over, a leather option will be offered and Honda promises the newest Fit will possess even more cargo room.
Kia GT4 Stinger Concept
Although we’ve seen only teaser images thus far, Kia promises that its Ignition Yellow GT4 Stinger Concept will perform even better than it looks as the company strives to expand its lineup. Featuring a custom double-wishbone chassis and equipped with a 315 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injected four mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual, this rear-drive two plus two coupe features 20-inch alloys with carbon fiber inserts wrapped in 275/35R20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires and is brought to a halt with Brembo Gran Tourismo two-piece cross-drilled rotors with four-piston calipers.
Nissan Sport Sedan Concept
In addition to bringing over its IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO Concepts that were unveiled in Tokyo, Nissan plans on showing an all-new Sport Sedan Concept that “previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan.”
2015 Hyundai Genesis
In a radical departure from its current “Fluidic Sculpture” design language and based on the HCD-14 Concept unveiled at last year’s NAIAS, Hyundai will orchestrate the North American unveiling (it has already seen the light of day in Korea) of its second-generation Genesis sedan. The new model should also appeal more to drivers in northern climes as it should be available with an AWD configuration.
Volvo Concept XC Coupe
Following the unveiling of the Concept Coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the Volvo Concept XC Coupé, which will be unveiled during the final press event on Monday, represents the second of three concept vehicles planned by the Swedish automaker. Although it resembles its sibling, the Concept XC has larger 21-inch wheels, more aggressive wheel arches and a taller roofline. According to Volvo, “Among the sources of inspiration for the design team is the Swedish company POC, which develops high-tech protective gear for gravity sports athletes.”
2015 Lexus RC F
The first press conference on Tuesday morning will see the unveiling of the 2015 Lexus RC F. Based on the 2015 RC Coupe that was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in November, the “F” version features a higher hood to clear the larger V8 engine and comes with wider wheels and tires, an active rear wing, air scoops, cooling ducts and “available carbon fiber components.”
2015 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept
Based on collaboration between Infiniti and four-time Formula One World Champion Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the concept is not only lower and wider, only the roof and door profiles remain unchanged between it and the production Q50. The Eau Rouge features a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and side sill skirts as well as a carbon fiber roof and door mirror casings. Other highlights include 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels, a dual-exit sport exhaust and a large integrated rear spoiler.
2015 Subaru WRX STi
The 2015 Subaru WRX made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November and next week its steroidal brother the STi will take a bow in the Motor City. Not that we will have to guess what it looks like, since someone has already leaked the official images and conveniently placed them on the web.
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
On the other hand, there’s nary an image to be found, teaser or otherwise, on the upcoming 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe. Expect the baby Caddy, however, to sport the same svelte lines as its big brother, the CTS Coupe (which is also due for a makeover to match that of the all-new 2014 CTS sedan.
2015 Acura TLX Sedan Prototype
Acura is in the midst of yet another extreme makeover and the upcoming TLX – slated to replace the outgoing TL as well as the TSX – will be crucial in making this a success.
As is its wont, the Japanese manufacturer will be introducing a thinly-veiled production TLX possibly adorned with enough non-production bits (wheels, headlights et al) that it can hang the “prototype” moniker on it until the real one sees the light of day – possibly at this year’s New York Auto Show in April.