Meet the 11 best cars from the reimagined Detroit auto show — where electric rides rule the day

The Lincoln Model L 100 concept is fully connected, uses next-generation battery and packaging technology, and allows for seating that users can configure in a variety of ways.

  • Automakers showed off their electric cars in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show this week.
  • It was the first time Detroit had a show since January 2019.
  • Here’s a look at the best car manufacturers on display this year.
  • This article is part of the Ride Along series, a collection of stories rounding up 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 welcomed automakers, industry insiders and showgoers this week to its first major auto show since January 2019.

Typically, the annual North American International Auto Show takes over town every winter. But a while back, show decision-makers decided to move it from January to summer, sprucing up the decades-old event with a new mobility component — outdoors — to showcase the new directions the industry is heading. The show was set to have its first summer iteration in June 2020, but the pandemic put that on hold.

This week, the Detroit Auto Show is back in action. There weren’t as many debuts as in the past, but for anyone interested in the future of the industry, it was the place to be.

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

See the future of cars from manufacturers like Ford, GM and Toyota at the Detroit Auto Show. Here are 11 cars to watch:

The seventh generation Ford Mustang

7th Generation Ford Mustang Convertible at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show

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

With Dodge discontinuing the iconic Challenger and GM ending the Camaro’s run, Ford is hoping the latest iteration of the Mustang will have the road all to itself.

2023 Lincoln Corsair

2023 Lincoln Corsair.

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

The Corsair received a refresh to its grille, an update to its daytime running lamps and a wider front row setup, among other changes.

It will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine, and as 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. Customers can now get a look at the vehicle, Lincoln’s homage to the 1922 Model L, in Detroit.

It’s fully connected, uses next-generation battery and packaging technologies, and allows for seating that users can configure in a variety of ways.

Lincoln said the Model L is “a concept with airplane-influenced styling and advanced technology that creates the all-encompassing inner sanctum of tomorrow.”

Buick Wildcat EV Concept

Buick Wildcat EV Concept

Buick Wildcat EV Concept.

Unveiled in June, Wildcat is now on display in his hometown.

The electric coupe concept includes exterior design highlights such as semi-rotating doors, an external “state of charge” indicator on the hatchback windshield and striking aluminum trim. The brand said that “sharp, high-mounted and horizontal checkmark-shaped lighting surrounds the vehicle.”

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

Buick plans to evolve its vehicles to include more futuristic features using AI, biometrics and aromatherapy.

2023 GMC Canyon

2023 GMC Canyon.

GMC revealed the next generation of its Canyon midsize pickup last month.

The AT4X trim is added to the Canyon lineup, offering more advanced off-road performance and capabilities. This gives the vehicle 310 horsepower, 430 pound-feet of torque and a towing capacity of 5,500 pounds.

It comes equipped with underbody protection such as a large front fairing with heavy-duty skids, a larger transfer case shield and roll guards.

2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown.

Toyota reimagined its Crown and brought it to the US in July.

Shown at the show, it is the first of the manufacturer’s sedans to offer its HYBRID MAX system, a new performance configuration available only with its Platinum grade offering. The Crown can also be ordered with the fourth-generation Toyota Hybrid System for all three grades: Platinum, XLE and Limited.

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

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

2023 Direct link Dodge Hornet GLH concept at Detroit auto show

2023 Direct Link Dodge Hornet GLH Concept.
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This concept is the brand’s way of bridging the Hornet with one of its most popular 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 lower its center of gravity. This increases body control, reduces roll and gives an “aggressive stance”.

The compact car has an in-line four-cylinder engine and a turbocharger.

Corvette Z06 Convertible at the Detroit Auto Show

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

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

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

The EV6 was featured as a semifinalist for the 2023 North American Car and Truck of the Year.

It’s an all-electric crossover with about 310 miles of range and starts at about $41,400. It comes equipped with Kia Drive Wise driver assistance technology.

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

2023 Lexus RZ 450e

2023 Lexus RZ 450e at the Detroit Auto Show

2023 Lexus RZ 450e.
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The luxury automaker showed off its first EV, the RZ 450e. The company says the car marks its first step into its all-electric future.

Its eAxle integrates the vehicle’s engine, transaxle and inverter into a compact unit, benefiting cruising range and enabling a spacious interior.

The DIRECT4 all-wheel drive system improves launch acceleration and handling stability and allows for low energy consumption. The car 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 Sport Heritage Edition.
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Ford is tapping into its customers’ sense of nostalgia with the heritage edition of the embattled Bronco.

The screen is where “1960s style meets modern capability,” Ford said.

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

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