List: Ten Cars We Are Looking Forward To In Detroit

By Padraic O'Reilly

January 06, 2011


Porsche’s Surprise – Perhaps a further development in the 918 Spyder concept that we scoped out in Geneva in 2010? Perhaps not. Either way, we are sure it’s going to be something pretty spectacular, and fast, and really easy on the eyes. It has been 4 years since Porsche last visited Detroit and we are hungry, hungry for supercars.


BMW 1-Series M Coupe – Working with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque derived from a version of the 3.0-liter bitturbocharged I-6 found in the z4 sDrive35is. Having driven the 1-Series, and subsequently fallen hard and fast in love with it, we cannot wait for this little beauty. You’ll be able to find our man on the scene right up front, strategically arranging his press packet over his lap.


Hyundai Veloster – A combination of the words “velocity” and “roadster,” this Tiburon replacement was first unveiled in 2007 and next week we’ll finally get to see the finished product. A preview video from Hyundai tells us that it will feature a direct-injection engine, a dual-clutch gearbox, and hopefully hit an estimated 40 miles to the gallon. And it also has Tron-like blue LEDs under the headlights. We are glad to see it finally out of the grid.


Buick Verano – Based on the Delta II platform, (think Chevy Cruze) which makes for a slightly larger than compact, compact, the Verano will be looked to as the entry-level Buick. The Verano is slightly smaller than the Regal, but very similar beneath the cowl, using a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder to put out 177 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Rest assured that everything within this car that can be heated, shall be heated, including the steering wheel and seats.


Chevy Sonic – The successor to the subcompact Aveo, Chevy is trying to hit that market of fun young people who would like to drive a fun sounding car. The company is saying that the car is roomier, more stylish, and more fun to drive. We don’t have many specs yet, but we’ll know a lot more after the curtain drops on Monday.


Next Generation Honda Civic – Not a lot is known at this point about the ninth generation of the trustworthy and reliable Civic except for Honda’s description of “energetic, sleek, and aerodynamic.” These are all good things, things you want in a car that you could probably put a billion miles on. We are excited to see what changes have been made, but for now we will have to do with this very shiny conceptual art.


Kia KV-7 Gullwing – Strictly a concept at this point, but expected to be at the show nonetheless, is this Kia crossover named for its doors. While we doubt it will feature futuristic office chairs and hardwood floors, we can expect to see some of this design work its way into whatever styling that Kia comes up with for its crossover model. Hopefully the KV-7 gets to keep those doors though, everyone knows those are cool.


Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Mercedes is keeping most of the stylish look of the C-Class the same and instead making most of the changes beneath the bonnet. Mercedes will be offering an all new four cylinder option in the States, with a 1.8-liter turbo putting out, based on early numbers, somewhere in the range of 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. The V-6, found in the C350, will also see some tinkering as well. Mercedes didn’t fuss with the body too much, which is good, we think the C-Class is very handsome.


Mini Paceman – Only a concept right now, the Paceman is essentially a Countryman minus the two backdoors (or a Cooper plus all wheel drive, take your pick). Mini hopes that the car will compete in the small crossover market and it should be able to do so with the 211 horsepower mated to the ALL4 system that is used in the Countryman.


Prius MPV – Toyota has been puffing and thumping it’s soft and motherly chest about the Prius brand name lately, and with good reason, as the name is becoming synonymous with the Toyota brand. The new MPV (street slang for “tiny van”) will utilize the dark arts in somehow adding up to 50-percent more cargo space than you could find in its little brother. Well done, Toyota, well done

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We here at Winding Road are very much looking forward to the Detroit Auto Show which kicks off this Monday. Check back here early and often as we update you about the cars and concepts as they debut from Cobo Hall.

Until then, have a look at our list of the ten cars we are excited to see at the show.