Every January the major automotive happening on earth lures thousands of people, specialists, experts, car fans to Detroit, Michigan. The North American International Auto Show is the place where every carmaker wants to be. Hundreds of vehicles will be there also. Some vehicles have its premiere there and some carmakers are keeping their main models for NAIAS. All kinds of vehicles could be found there – concepts, platforms, electric and exotic cars. Of course, for all Americans, this is the right place to see what to expect from the truck segment in the upcoming season.
While most of the pickup trucks for 2018 season are already available for purchase, Detroit is the right place for new presentations. From production-ready models to first looks and concept debuts, we already can make a selection of which trucks to follow. Some arrivals are confirmed, some we can see as surprises. Nevertheless, the NAIAS always brings fun, fulfill expectations, and brings something unexpected.
You can read our review about best trucks we can expect in 2019. Here, we will present these which will have a premiere in Detroit.
2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Official Debut at Detroit Auto Show 2018
We could already see a part of the lineup for Silverado. The company made a spectacle in Texas, where they brought a new truck with a helicopter. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is the best-selling model from the US carmaker. Next vehicle will suffer a redesign with a lot of changes. One of them is a new trim level, LT Trail Boss (read a review about it). But, the lineup also has many more options – trim levels, cab configurations, engine updates. Also, we hope we will definitely get a confirmation at North American International Auto Show about the return of the Mega Cab for Chevrolet Silverado.
2019 Ram 1500 Confirmed – What Else Can We Find Out at NAIAS?
Updates on the 2019 Ram 1500 demands to turn attention to this truck. As one of the most popular pickups in the US, the carmaker decides to make it more appealing. Spy shots of the vehicle unveil some interesting details. We can see a dual-split tailgate in these pictures. Some are still skeptical about it, and real enthusiasts will wait for an official debut to make sure this wasn’t just a test.
Also, Ram 1500 gets a brand-new grille. We couldn’t see it before or predict. Chrome horizontal bars replace the old look. Now, refreshed, with new head- and taillights, the truck is ready to steal the show at NAIAS.
2019 Ford Ranger – Debut in Detroit?
This is not confirmed yet, but no one would be surprised if 2019 Ford Ranger gets its premiere at NAIAS 2018. The return of the truck to the US is official for 2019, and where it would be better to announce the new model but in Detroit? However, development is not over yet, so the truck we could see there can be different from the production model. Also, if Ford decides to pass on NAIAS, they will have to wait until April and NY car show for next big opportunity. So, Auto Show in Michigan has the best odds to host the first appearance of the 2019 Ranger pickup truck.
2018 Ford F-150 Finally gets a Diesel Engine
Few things are already certain about the 2019 Ford F-150 Diesel. First of all, the US carmaker finally launches this kind of engine for its legendary truck. It is another option for buyers. But, at 2018 NAIAS we could finally get an official info about its drivetrain and performance, as well as for release date. Rumors and experts are on the same wavelength about the 3.0-liter V-6 unit. With turbocharger, it can achieve between 200 and 250 horsepower and at least 330 lb-ft of torque.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 First Look at a Redesigned Truck
After a quiet season, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is about to return in big style. The truck is getting a mid-cycle refresh for next season. Also, General Motors will try to follow the steps of the Ford, and launch diesel version of its popular pickup. At Detroit Car Show we could see the first appearance of the model that will also bring some cosmetic changes for 2019 season. Under the hood the Duramax unit is almost certain. However, we doubt that GMC will go so far with presentation. Appearance in Detroit is a wish of enthusiasts, but it is still not indicated from General Motors.
Nissan, Toyota, Honda are Also Ready For 2018 NAIAS
Japanese carmakers are a growing force in the truck industry. They still can’t compete with domestic vehicles in the US, but the market share also belongs to Honda, Toyota, and Nissan. With significant changes expected for 2019 season, we could see interesting things in Detroit.
First of all, 2019 Nissan Frontier is one of the major threats to the supremacy of Ford and Chevrolet. With its production in Mississippi, it will be more competitive. However, buyers don’t pick truck because of where it is made, but quality and specs determine the bests. Nevertheless, Frontier is one of the leaders in its segment, so Nissan could give us a first look at their most successful truck at NAIAS.
Other two Japanese companies that grow every day are also coming to Detroit. We will have to wait to see if Honda is going to introduce the new Ridgeline Type R. This is a performance-boosted pickup that will also get unique styling.
On the other hand, Toyota is trying to get more buyers for its Tundra model. Tacoma is already popular, but chiefs would like to see both models on par with success. The 2018 NAIAS us the right place for promotion, and we are sure that Toyota will give us something interesting for 2019 season.