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What to Expect at the Detroit Auto Show

The curtains may have been drawn at CES 2016, but things are just getting started for the automotive industry. There’s still an abundance of new new vehicles that are just waiting for their day in the sun. Next up is the Detroit Auto Show which will begin from the 11th of January until the 24th. Here’s what you can expect to see at the show.

Lincoln Continental

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Yes, the Lincoln Continental is back and will once again grace the streets since 2002. The classic Continental gets a brand new design language but will still maintain the classic aesthetics.

The Continental is expected to come with twin turbocharged V6 engine with 406-horsepower and all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Arguably one of the most anticipated cars this year. The new E-Class is set to steal the spotlight at the Detroit Auto Show. Earlier in the month, Mercedes released a teaser sketch of the car’s exterior, and back in December the company released an image of the interior.

“Emotional design and intelligent high-tech perfectly embody the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of Sensual Purity,” Mercedes states in many of the social media sites after the release of the sketch. The teaser shows a sports grille and five-spoke wheels on the new E-Class. The exterior design is similar to what we see on the S-Class and C-Class.

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the sedan’s interiors which showed a leather and wood styling, new seats designed for comfort, touchpad controls on the steering wheel and an ultra-widescreen display comprising of two 12.3-inch diagonal screens.

It is expected that the E-Class will be offered in E300, a E450 AMG Sport, and a Mercedes-AMG E63 S variants. Full specs of the new E-Class will be revealed during the Detroit Auto Show, starting January 11.

BMW M2

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Now the M2 isn’t exactly a new car. The coupe was unveiled in October but hasn’t been launched as yet or been seen at a car show. So the crowd will be eagerly awaiting to see the M2 up close for the first time.

The M2 sports the characteristic M design with its styling that is keen to highlight its dynamic attributes. The low front apron with large air intakes, muscular flanks with M gills, 19-inch aluminium wheels in familiar M double-spoke design and low, wide rear with M-specific twin-tailpipe exhaust system are the features that give the M2 that extra performance edge.

The M2 comes with a three-litre six-cylinder in-line engine and also employs cutting-edge M TwinPower Turbo technology to give 272 kW/370 hp at 6,500 rpm. The Coupe also comes with an optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission and Launch Control that shoots the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds with a top speed that is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Hyundai Genesis G90

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Hyundai launched its newest luxury division Genesis last month with the first car under the brand, the G90 sedan. It features a 3.8-litre V6 GDI engine which develops 310bhp and 395Nm. The range topping 5.0-litre V8 GDI engine develops 419bhp and 520Nm of torque. All engines are mated to eight-speed automatic transmission.

The G90 comes with the newly encrusted Genesis badge with a wing-like emblem on the crest-shaped grille and swept back LED headlamps. The exterior design features straight bold lines running across the length of the long hood and the roof that slopes towards the boot.

The interiors are set with leather upholstery and electrically adjustable seats for all four occupants and a three-zone climate control. Rear passengers get individual display screen apart from the central TFT screen in the front.

Honda IONIQ

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Looks like all major car manufacturers are getting into the EV business. Hyundai is ready to join the list by unveiling its first fully-electric plug-in car, the Ioniq. Last month, the company released teasers of the car that shows the makers are as focused on the aesthetics as much as emissions.

The renders of the Ioniq do not reveal much in terms of details, but it does give a decent look at what the car could look like. The neat lines across the exterior shows a coupe-like design that minimizes wind resistance.

The interiors are made of eco-friendly materials and minimal design to reduce clutter and keep things clean. Furthermore, Hyundai and sister company Kia have expressed interest in autonomous driving technologies as well.

Volvo S90

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The car was unveiled at an event early in December at Volvo HQ in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is all set to be  put on display at the Detroit Auto Show.

This stunning flagship model from Volvo replaces the outgoing S80 sedan. The S90, complete with Thor’s Hammer LED light signature features futuristic and highly user friendly interior and infotainment systems that the XC90 uses along with the new engines.

The S90 sports a T6 supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well as a T8 plug-in hybrid engine. Horsepower and torque weren’t revealed during the event, but expect the T6 and T8 to produce 316HP and 400HP, respectively.

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The S90 also comes with some added safety features such as an improved Pilot Assist that debuted on the XC90. The Pilot Assist allows the car to make “gentle steering inputs” to keep the car in a lane. It’s a semi-autonomous feature, which means the driver will still need to keeping hand on the wheel almost like Tesla’s autopilot feature.