It is Day 2 at the North American International Auto Show, and exciting news keeps on coming as all the major brands strive to give the public all they are asking for. Yesterday saw some major announcements from brands like Mercedes and Porsche, so let us see what is next in line as the second day of the expo unfolds.
BMW had already shown a glimpse of the M2 two months before the Detroit Auto Show, but it was until yesterday that fans could feast their eyes on the brand’s most anticipated release. Following on the steps of BMW’s Series 2, the M2 was warmly received by enthusiasts. This beast has an unusual inline six-cylinder engine, capable of delivering 365hp and taking it from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. If that was not enough to entice you, its exterior design surely will.
Toyota/Kymeta Mirai and Lexus LC 500
After Audi’s h-tron Quattro announcement, Toyota released its collaboration with Kymeta on a hydrogen powered Mirai. However, the relevance of this model lies a bit further away from its propulsion system. Kymeta is lending Toyota its flat-panel antenna technology to test on-car applications for satellite communications, in an effort to develop vehicle connectivity with a Data Communication Module that will be later included in more models.
In the words of the brand itself, “The Lexus LC 500 is a statement on the dawn of a new era.” The new model presented by Toyota’s premium brand shows the company’s commitment on design and technology innovation, with a clean, aggressive, and attractive image. Its interior is equally alluring, with a 467hp, 5.0 liter V8 engine and a ten-speed transmission, capable of accelerating the LC 500 from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
VLF Destino and Force 1
Partnering with Bob Lutz as Chairman and Gilbert Villareal, Henrik Fisker has now become chief designer of the new company VLF Automotive. Fisker has worked as a designer for BMW, Ford, and Aston Martin, apart from developing its own project, the Fisker Karma. Now, VLF is revamping the Karma as the new Destino, replacing the previous hybrid powertrain with a 6.2-liter V8 supercharged engine with 638hp and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Alongside the Destino, VLF also displayed the new Force 1, built as a steroid infused Dodge Viper with the help of Viper racer Ben Keating. This aggressive monster has an 8.4-liter V10 engine that delivers 745hp, going from 0 to 100 km/h in three seconds exactly. The design is extremely stylish and it is currently priced at US$268,500.
Hyundai has just released Genesis as its new premium brand, with the G90 kickstarting it into this market. However, the Korean giant has now unveiled the G80 as the new successor of Hyundai’s Genesis sedan. The first generation of this model will start with the G80 2017, and it will come as a prelude of the already confirmed G70 that will be introduced along an SUV and a sport coupe.
Kia Telluride Concept and Forte5
Kia is planning to enter the hybrid race, as it uncovers the Telluride Concept. This giant is based on the current Sorento, although it is a bit bigger with a more serious and rougher look. On the interior, the Telluride features a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of delivering 270hp, coupled with a 130hp electric motor. However, the strange part is its interior features, as Kia claims the seats can measure the passenger’s vitals, as well as treat jet-lag with special LED lights.
Together with the Telluride, Kia presented the new versions of its classic Forte, both in sedan and Forte5 hatchback versions. Both models feature Kia’s UVO system, capable of supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Regarding their engine, both the Forte and the Forte5 have an inline 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Don’t miss our previous highlights from yesterday.
The data used in this article was sourced from Autoblog, BMW Blog, and Toyota.