Detroit Motor Show 2013 round-up
Our pick of the best Detroit Motor Show cars that are coming to the UK.
The recent Detroit Motor Show can be a little confusing for UK car buyers, because there are so many new cars on show and a lot of them won’t ever be on sale here in the UK. To make things easier, CarBuyer.co.uk has distilled all of the UK-relevant releases into one handy round-up, so you know exactly what’s coming - and when.
First up is the Mercedes CLA. It’s essentially a longer, more stylish saloon version of the A-Class hatchback and is due on sale here in March, costing around £22,000. The engine line-up is borrowed from the A-Class and includes a 168bhp diesel that is also capable of 62.8mpg. Along with the premium look and interior comes some top-line technology, including an auto-braking system that can prevent collisions at speeds from four to 124mph. To view the full Mercedes range, see the CarBuyer Mercedes reviews page.
Next up are the all-new Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50 models. Both of these luxury saloons will be hoping to take on the best this class has to offer, like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. The Lexus is hoping to win sales through its stunning design and ultra-frugal hybrid model, which is currently promising CO2 emissions below 100g/km without compromising acceleration. To view the full Lexus range, see the CarBuyer Lexus reviews page. The Infiniti, meanwhile, offers elegant styling, a focus on performance and handling, and pioneering technology like dual touchscreens in the centre console. To view the full Infiniti range, see the CarBuyer Infiniti reviews page. Both will be available in the middle of the year and will cost around £30,000 a piece.
Honda unveiled its Urban SUV concept car at the show, which will become a new compact SUV model to rival the Nissan Juke. The production car – which doesn’t yet have a name – will be on sale in 2014 and will be the same beneath the skin as the next-generation Honda Jazz supermini. To view the full Honda range, see the CarBuyer Honda reviews page.
The BMW 4 Series Coupe concept also previews a production car that will be on UK roads in 2014. Where two-door versions of the 3 Series had previously been named as 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, the new-generation models, due early in 2014, will wear the 4 Series badge and will get a few bespoke styling cues. To view the full BMW range, see the CarBuyer BMW reviews page.
There were two very different high-performance models at Detroit: the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Audi RS7. The Audi arrives in the UK this summer, offering a practical, spacious and comfortable interior with blistering acceleration for around £84,000. To view the full Audi range, see the CarBuyer Audi reviews page.
The Corvette, meanwhile, is a brash, all-American muscle car. It’s never been offered in right-hand drive for the UK market before, but this new model is expected to arrive here sometime in 2016. To view the full Chevrolet range, see the CarBuyer Chevrolet reviews page.