Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

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MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes unveiled its all-new E-Class sedan at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. Now, one year later, we see an addition to the E-Class line up in Detroit. Today, Mercedes-Benz introduces the all-new E-Class Coupe that is the sporty two-door sibling of the four-door sedan. Being a true Mercedes, the design language of the Coupe emphasizes a luxurious, elegant and sporty appeal.

As the E-Class Coupe is based on the architecture of the sedan, we recognize many common elements behind the wheel. The optional widescreen 12.3-inch display features virtual instruments. Three different styles, namely classic, sport and progressive, can be selected. Under the hood, we find a choice of a diesel and three petrol engines. However, we might not see the diesel in the United States. The models for the North American market include the E400 and the E400 4MATIC.

While the Mercedes-Benz GLA was very well received by customers since its premiere three years ago, the model was due for its mid-life facelift. The front is now dominated by a new, massive center grille and a new front bumper. Additionally, the new GLA features LED head and rear lights and is powered by the updated engine family from the A-class.

Following its Las Vegas showing, Mercedes-Benz brought their new EQ concept car to Detroit. The inventor of the automobile strives to transform current cars into a platform for future mobility with a digital user experience. The concept car is based on the company’s CASE strategy. CASE stands for Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric Drive. Following this strategy, we see that the EQ concept addresses all aspects of the car of the future. It is connected, features autonomous driving and is, of course, emissions-free.

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AUDI

After presenting the Q6 h-tron concept car in 2016, the Ingolstadt-based car maker continues with another entry, the Audi Q8 Concept, in 2017. As the e-tron badging on the front bumper indicates, the concept car is purely powered by an electric battery.

Next to the Q8 we expect to see the all-new Q5 at the show floor The second generation mid-size SUV is going on sale at the beginning of 2017 and has been completely redesigned. The front of the car sports a newly designed single frame grille. However, one has to look closely to discern the differences from its predecessor. Like the A4, the Q5 has lost up 90 kg (198.4 lb) compared to the old model. Under the hood, the new Q5 is powered by new petrol and diesel engines.

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