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Detroit motor show 2018 - Our Favourite 5

Posted by Christopher Starkie on Jan 22, 2018 9:34:00 AM
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Lexus LF-1 Limitless 

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This striking full sized SUV Concept from Lexus is more crossover coupé than boxy SUV, the exterior design is dominated by that distinctive ‘spindle’ grille up front, that stretches to the car's lowest section. 

The interior of the car replaces conventional buttons and switches with motion activated controls and head-up drive displays, the car wing mirrors are replaced with two small screens that display feeds straight from the car’s cameras. A four-dimensional sat nav system not only guides but also anticipates the needs of drivers and passengers and road and traffic conditions en-route by suggesting fuel and rest stops. 

Utilising the LS large saloon platform shared by the LC Coupé, the LF-1 is designed to accept a range of drivetrains from fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric, like many rival manufacturers.

Ford Mustang Bullitt 

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The Bullitt is back! The latest Bullitt Mustang tribute is based on the 2018 version and is just in time to mark the 50th anniversary of the film. 

It has the same green paintwork as the original film-chase car and also gets a series of mechanical modifications. The signature Highland Green paint, is coupled with 19-inch wheels and red brake callipers and inside there are special Recaro seats with green stitching and a Bullitt electronics package including an upmarket stereo.

The Bullitt’s 5.0-litre V8 is from the standard GT model, but upgrades torque to 475bhp and 420lb/ ft respectively – 65bhp and 29lb/ ft up on the standard car – delivering a 163mph top speed.

Infinity Q Inspiration Concept

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The latest Infinity concept, the Q Inspiration, boasts a new revolutionary powertrain. The four-cylinder VC-Turbo engine is said to be capable of delivering V6 petrol levels of performance with the efficiency of four-cylinder diesel. The VC-Turbo does this though continually transforming and adjusting its compression ratio to optimise power and fuel efficiency resulting in the smart application of power. 

The Blade-like front of the car is dominated by a large double-arch grille, with sharp louvres running up the sides of the hood, and blade-like vents fore and aft of the wheels, with the headlamps accommodating LED strips. Rear-hinged rear doors and the absence of a b-pillar have been designed to make access easier for passengers. 

The interior boasts room for four, each with their own floating touchscreen infotainment system that allows passengers to watch films, read the news and relax online. 

BMW X2


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The BMW X2 is the latest small crossover based on BMW front-wheel drive UKL architecture, the X2 will come with a range of engine variants including one petrol front-wheel drive sDrive20i with 189bhp, and two all-wheel drive diesels: xDrive20d with 187bhp and xDrive25d with 228bhp.

The X2 features an aggressive stylish design that includes a long hood, a steeply raked windshield, a sleek greenhouse, and an styled rear end with horizontal taillights.

The X2 interior shares a lot of its styling with the X1, including the dashboard and centre console, with the main differences seen in the extroverted colour and trim inside and out. The X2 comes equipped with BMW i Drive infotainment system that can be accessed through a 6.2in touchscreen. An 8.8 inch panel can be specifed as an optional extra. 

Mercedes G-Class

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The Iconic G-Class has been updated, keeping many of its classic features but benefitting from a few tweaks and changes. The new model is 53mm longer and 121mm wider, while the wheel arches and bumpers have been designed to look more like integral parts of the body.

The interior has benefited from a futurist twist, with a sumptuous and spacious cabin with two 12.3 inch high-res displays sat behind a single pane of glass. Traditional analogue dials are standard, but buyers can choose E-Class style digital display.  

Using Nvidia’s car technology the G-Class uses machine learning to pick up on the setting a driver prefers and serves up suggestions and settings for them. Using a smart, voice-controlled, virtual assistant drivers can use voice commands such as “Hey Mercedes, I’m cold” by turning up the heat in the cabin, rather than needing a specific present command.

There will be two engine variants offered to the UK market, a V8-engined Mercedes-AMG G 63 arriving first and a G 350 d that will follow, featuring a new 3.0-litre diesel linked to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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