The 2023 Detroit Auto Show didn’t have as many all-new cars, but there were plenty of updates and a couple of cool special editions on display.
The Detroit Auto Show came back for 2023 featuring all the outlandish flying car concepts and futuristic automotive technology it has come to be known for. This year’s event didn’t come with quite as many concept cars unfortunately. There also weren’t as many all-new vehicle reveals, but the event instead provided some exciting updates to the current automotive landscape (albeit a little somber with some sendoff models). Check out the important reveals from GMC, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jeep, Ram, and Ford that were all showcased at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show.
The only all-new model to be revealed at this year’s show was from GMC in the form of the completely redesigned Acadia. The 2024 GMC Acadia is taking similar exterior and interior design cues from the rest of the GMC lineup to give it a burlier look. The three row SUV has also grown in size over last year’s model, allowing it to provide a more spacious cabin for passengers and cargo alike.
The all-new Acadia gains additional technological improvements going into the 2024 model year. Most notably, a 15-inch vertically orientated infotainment touchscreen with Google built-in, an 11-inch driver information center, and making Super Cruise driver assistance an available feature. Not only that, but GMC is bolstering the Acadia’s value by providing an extensive list of advanced safety and driver assistance tech as standard equipment.
All 2024 GMC Acadia models will carry a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder under their hoods that makes 328 horsepower and 326 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission and sent to the front wheels as standard or all four optionally. It may not seem like a lot of grunt, but this new powertrain will be capable of a 5,000-pound max towing capacity when properly equipped.
Keep an eye out at your local GMC dealers for the 2024 GMC Acadia due to arrive early next year.
Cadillac was EV crazy with their Celestiq and Lyriq showcases at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, but this year the American luxury brand has toned things down a bit to a CT5 refresh. While that may be less exciting, the upcoming 2025 Cadillac CT5 does look nice. The luxury sedan is receiving a bolder front facia design and modernized interior that includes a spanning 33-inch 9K touchscreen display. Cadillac also incorporated Google built-in infotainment features, 5G Wi-Fi hotspot capability, standard Blind Zone Steering Assist, standard Intersection Automatic Emergency Braking, available Traffic Sign Recognition, available Intelligent Speed Assist, and Driver Attention Assist bundled in with the available Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology.
Cadillac plans to keep the CT5 as a solely internal combustion engined unit for this refresh currently. The standard engine will be a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder making 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, but an available 3.0L twin-turbocharged unit making 335 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque will be available.
Following in similar footsteps to its competition, Chevrolet is planning to end the Camaro – at least this generation of the gas guzzling muscle car as we currently know it. The Camaro may not be getting as significant of a sendoff as Dodge and their Last Call lineup, but the Collector’s Edition package for the 2024 Camaro fits the same bill. The Collector’s Edition package adds a black-on-black paint scheme, unique “Collector’s Edition” badging, carbon fiber rear spoiler, metallic black trimmings, and carbon fiber around the instrument panel.
Just 350 examples of the 2024 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that add on the Collector’s Edition package will be made. These ZL1 Collector’s Edition models will feature the same blacked out visuals that the lower trim models receive, but they also gain serialized adornments out of the 350 being made. Chevrolet is also providing a special Shinola watch to purchasers of the ZL1 Collector’s Edition that is planned to match the car.
Chevrolet also plans to drop the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine entirely from the outgoing 2024 Chevrolet Camaro, leaving the 3.6L V6 as the standard engine option and only providing more powerful units from there on up.
Jeep introduced some minor updates to their Jeep Gladiator for 2024. The Jeep truck is receiving an updated front grille to match the Wrangler it’s based off of and its recently revised face. The Gladiator is also gaining a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display as standard equipment for 2023 as well as powered seats that have been tested for water fording.
Jeep is also introducing new “X” trims specifically for the Mojave and Rubicon trims. The new X versions further the Gladiator’s already extensive off-roading prowess by adding a full-time transfer case, integrated off-road camera, and specialized steel bumpers front and rear.
Additionally, Jeep announced that they’re discontinuing the optional diesel engine in the Gladiator, leaving the truck with only the 3.6L V6 engine. We will more than likely see a new powertrain for the Jeep Gladiator in 2025 though. Head of the Jeep brand, Jim Morrison, stated that they’ll electrify the entire range by 2025, so a hybridized 4xe variant of the Gladiator could be on the way.
Ram has announced that the Ram 1500 TRX as we know it is coming to a close. That doesn’t mean that a hybrid or even fully electric TRX isn’t in the cards, but 2024 marks the end of the strictly internal combustion version. Ram is celebrating their performance truck success though with the 2024 Ram 1500 TRX 6.2L Supercharged V8 – Final Edition. These Final Edition models incorporate exclusive additions to the Ram 1500 TRX, albeit mostly cosmetic. There are satin titanium bead-lock capable wheels with matching badging and decals, special stitching throughout the interior, a unique splash screen, standard Harman Kardon premium sound system, standard digital rearview mirror, a suite of standard advanced safety tech, and a badge showcasing the truck’s build number built into the center console.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally was announced earlier this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but we’re finally getting a closer look at the rally-inspired electric SUV at the Detroit Auto Show. This special edition version of the 2024 Mustang Mach-E adds on 19-inch rally-styled alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin CrossClimate2 tires, racing stripes, front splitter, a unique front facia with integrated fog lights, protective undercarriage shielding, and a rear spoiler that’s inspired by the one found on the Focus RS.
Not only is the Mustang Mach-E Rally a visuals package, it has also been tuned to perform like a rally car. The Rally edition utilizes a dual electric motor setup that is claimed by Ford to produce at least 650 lb-ft of torque and 480 horsepower. Ford also raised the suspension slightly and installed specifically tuned springs and MagneRide shocks.
The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally is a fun divergence from the typical EV pack and will be available for purchase in early 2024 with an estimated MSRP starting at around $65,000.
Ford also unveiled their refreshed 2024 Ford F-150 at the Detroit Auto show. It’s the same exemplary F-150 generation we’ve come to love, but Ford has taken the pickup truck another step further in ensuring that it is the best one on the market. There are updates to its design, powertrain, technology, and even the tailgate. You can read more about the upcoming 2024 Ford F-150 debut here in our previously published article.