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The Best 2023 Detroit Auto Show Cars: Top Picks and Trends

From Sep 13 to Sep 24, the 2023 Detroit Auto Show saw some of the hottest and most powerful vehicles.

The landscape of the Detroit Auto Show has transformed over the last couple of years. The show was hotter in the past. If you recall, almost every major global manufacturer came to the event to either showcase their new vehicles or make headline-grabbing headlines.

However, in recent times, thereโ€™s been a noticeable shift. The participation of car manufacturers in an official capacity has dwindled. Fewer and fewer car manufacturing companies attend the North American International Detroit Auto Show nowadays. Still, amid these changes, leading manufacturers like Ford, General Motors, and the maker of iconic Jeeps, Stellantis, continue to hold the fort. Letโ€™s not forget about Toyota, which always has something new to show the world.

While the Detroit Auto Show may have seen a few changes, it remains one of the top events. Today, showgoers can explore a different set of features, including indoor track experiences and an electric vehicle learning center.

This article will take you through the highlights of the 2023 Detroit Auto Show. We will focus on the new cars while shedding light on the industry trends.

2024 Jeep Gladiator

The 2024 Jeep Gladiator stole the spotlight at the Detroit Auto Show, with Jeep unveiling three exciting versions of this off-road-capable midsize truck: the Rubicon, Mojave, and Willys. These models bring impressive features and innovations.

One of the standout design elements of the 2024 Gladiator is its “new seven-slot grille.” โ€“ the emblem of the Jeep brand’s heritage. Complementing this iconic grille is a windshield-integrated trail-ready stealth antenna, emphasizing the vehicle’s adventurous spirit. To cater to diverse preferences, Jeep has also introduced seven all-new wheel designs, allowing buyers to customize their Gladiator to suit their style.

For those who relish the thrill of open-air driving, the Gladiator offers several enticing options. Its folding windshield is a nod to the classic Jeep experience, allowing you to embrace the great outdoors. Additionally, the vehicle boasts three roof choices and three-door options, providing flexibility and adaptability for various driving conditions and terrains.

Beyond its aesthetics, the 2024 Jeep Gladiator demonstrates remarkable performance capabilities. The 2024 Jeep Gladiator offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. Moreover, the Gladiator has a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,725 pounds. The 2024 Jeep Gladiator will begin arriving at dealerships by the end of 2023.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept

The Detroit Auto Show floor was abuzz with Dodge’s vision for the “future of electrified muscle” โ€“ the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept. This electrifying concept car is a testament to Dodge’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance and bringing a new era of electrified power to the world of muscle cars.

At first glance, the Charger Daytona SRT Concept makes a bold statement with its R-Wing front spoiler and electrified badging. Dodge unveiled this all-electric SRT concept last summer. What sets it apart is its exceptional speed, surpassing even the formidable Hellcat. Powering this beast is an 800-volt electrical architecture, named the “Banshee” by Dodge.

While electrification is a significant step forward, Dodge also remembered that enthusiasts love the distinctive sound of that muscle car. To preserve that iconic growl, the electric Daytona SRT concept features a “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust.” This innovative system amplifies the sounds of the electric motor inside the cabin.

2024 F-150

At the 2023 Detroit Auto Show, Ford revealed the 2024 F-150 pickup truck. The F-150 comes with a series of upgrades for the 2024 model year.

One of the most prominent features of the 2024 F-150 is the new tailgate configuration. Unlike previous iterations, this redesigned tailgate not only swings down but also swings out, adding an extra layer of convenience for truck owners. This new design makes loading and unloading cargo easy.

On top of that, Ford introduced a wide selection of hybrid options to the F-150’s engine lineup. Also, all hybrid F-150s will come standard with the Pro Power Onboard feature. The Pro Power Onboard feature is a system that allows owners to power their homes and worksites directly from their trucks. This practical addition positions the F-150 as a workhorse and a mobile power source.

The official unveiling of the 2024 F-150 at an event marked a significant moment in the evolution of this iconic vehicle.

2024 GMC Acadia

The 2024 GMC Acadia, a premium mid-size SUV, introduces a new era of spaciousness and cutting-edge technology. GMC’s commitment to enhancing the Acadia is evident in the vehicle’s larger dimensions. Yes, the 2024 GMC Acadia is now longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. This revamp not only improves the aesthetics of the Acadia but also means a significant increase in practicality. Notably, there is nearly 80% more cargo space behind the third row.

Stepping inside the 2024 Acadia, you’re greeted by a portrait-oriented 15-inch-diagonal infotainment screen, signifying a shift towards immersive and user-friendly technology integration. This screen is poised to enhance the driving experience, providing a central hub for navigation, entertainment, and connectivity.

Under the hood, all trims of the new Acadia are equipped with a 2.5L turbocharged engine, generating an impressive 328 horsepower. This power ensures that the Acadia not only offers a spacious and tech-savvy interior but also boasts the performance capabilities that SUV enthusiasts crave.

GMC is also taking a significant step towards advanced driver assistance technology. The 2024 GMC Acadia now includes SuperCruise. The 2024 Acadia is the fifth nameplate in GMC’s lineup to incorporate the Supercruise system.

At the time of this writing, the 2024 GMC Acadiaโ€™s pricing hasnโ€™t been. However, interested shoppers can anticipate the arrival of the 2024 GMC Acadia in early 2024.

2024 Corvette E-Ray 3LZ Convertible

While not a debut at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray 3LZ Convertible undoubtedly turned heads and drew the attention of car enthusiasts. Displayed in a convertible form, this Corvette variant promises an exciting fusion of power and innovation that sets it apart from its predecessors.

Under the hood, the 2024 Corvette E-Ray 3LZ features a robust 6.2L V8 engine, a testament to the Corvette’s commitment to performance. What makes this Corvette especially noteworthy is that it’s the first in the lineup to sport e-AWD (electric all-wheel drive), elevating its launch acceleration to new heights. This technology not only enhances performance but also adds an intriguing twist to the iconic Corvette experience.

The attention to detail in the E-Ray 3LZ Convertible is apparent in its design elements. Carbon-fiber splitters, side skirts, and spoilers are available options, which not only contribute to the car’s aerodynamics but also exude a sporty and aggressive look. Additionally, the availability of carbon-fiber wheels is a welcome addition, offering both style and weight savings, which can positively impact the vehicle’s overall performance.

For those who relish the prospect of conquering challenging terrain or obstacles, the E-Ray 3LZ Convertible offers an available front lift system. This innovative feature allows the car to clear obstacles with ease.


2025 Cadillac CT5

General Motors turned heads at the Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the refreshed 2025 Cadillac CT5. This is a popular and luxurious sports sedan that epitomizes innovation, style, and performance.

The 2025 CT5 stands out with a bolder front-end design that exudes sophistication and dynamism. Its lower and wider front grille not only enhances the sedan’s aesthetics but also contributes to improved aerodynamics.

Inside the CT5, technology takes center stage with a remarkable 33-inch diagonal LED touchscreen display.

Under the hood, the 2025 CT5 offers buyers a standard 2.0L Turbo engine boasting 237 horsepower. There is also an available 3.0L Twin-Turbo engine with an impressive 335 horsepower. These powertrains cater to a diverse range of driving preferences.

While the exact pricing details are not available, production of the 2025 CT5 will commence in the spring. The refreshed CT5 not only reinforces Cadillac’s commitment to delivering luxury, performance, and cutting-edge technology but also positions it as a leader in the competitive luxury sedan segment.

Wilfred Nkhwazi
Wilfred Nkhwazihttps://flagshipdrive.com
๐Ÿš— About Wilfred Nkhwazi - Founder of Flagship Drive ๐ŸŒ Meet Wilfred Nkhwazi, an automotive writer, and explorer of the open road. ๐Ÿ“š With more than five years of experience in the world of automotive writing, he's the visionary behind Flagship Drive. As a seasoned writer, he brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to Flagship Drive, providing readers with the latest news, reviews, and trends in the automotive world. Wilfred has a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the technology and engineering behind cars, making him the go-to expert for all things automotive. When he isn't behind the wheel, you can find him exploring the latest automotive innovations or attending industry events. He is also the curator of CarReviewHQ.com, where he dissects the finest details of automobiles.
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