With record cold temperatures gripping much of the country, December new car and truck sales were near their yearly low for many manufacturers. In terms of the weather, January is not looking much better. Visitors to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show will be greeted by sub-freezing temperatures. But some of the truck and SUV debuts at the show promise to have potentially seismic impacts on the industry.
The main attraction for truck fans will obviously be the 2015 Ford F-150. Although Ford has remained tight-lipped about its NAIAS plans, it's believed the new F-150 will be revealed next week. Not only is the F-Series the best-selling vehicle in North America for more than 30 consecutive years, the new model reportedly features an all-aluminum body, a first for the full-size truck market. Talk about bold moves!
GMC is pulling the sheets of the 2015 Canyon midsize truck, the companion vehicle the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado that debuted in Los Angeles. Finally, Mercedes is introducing its hot-rod AMG version of the GLA crossover, for those buyers who want some zoom with their room.
Although not a production debut, the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is believed to be a preview of the upcoming Q1 crossover, suggesting that Ingolstadt is not sacrificing sportiness in its upcoming small crossover. Stay tuned to Truck Trend for all the latest Detroit Auto Show news!
2015 GMC Canyon
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado got its 15 minutes of fame appropriately enough in Los Angeles. Now it's time for the 2015 GMC Canyon to steal the spotlight. Whereas the Colorado was deliberately positioned and styled differently than the Silverado, the Canyon's front end shows a strong family resemblance to the Sierra, and gives buyers a distinctive-looking entry in the midsize segment, in contrast to the Colorado's rounder, more crossover-like front styling.
Powertrains are the same as the Colorado, with a 2.5-liter, 193-hp 2.5-liter direct-injected I-4 serving base duty, available with a six-speed manual on the extended-cab, 2WD model, and a 3.6-liter, 302-hp V-6 expected to be the bread-and-butter engine. For the 2016 model year, the Canyon will get a diesel option in the form of the 2.8-liter Duramax I-4 offered in the global Colorado. Final output for the U.S.-spec engine hasn't been released, but we're expecting at least 190 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. You can read more details on the 2015 GMC Canyon here.
Read More: 2015 GMC Canyon First Look
2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition
Chrysler is well known for coming out with dozens of different themed variants of its models, and naturally, few other vehicles lend themselves as well to special editions than pickup trucks. Ram Trucks and Mossy Oak camouflage have a relationship dating back to 2011, and for 2014, the two brands are collaborating again on the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition.
For the first time, the Mossy Oak Ram is available with the Ram Box bed storage in both the shorter or longer bed lengths. The Mossy Oak Rom is based on the Outdoorsman trim level, and is available exclusively in the Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 configuration. Prices start at $41,180, including destination. You can read more on the Mossy Oak Ram here.
Read More: 2014 Ram 1500 Gets Mossy Oak Treatment
Ram Mopar Muscle Monster Truck
With tires more than 5 feet tall, and a fire-breathing 565-cubic-inch, 2000-hp supercharged Hemi V-8, don't expect to see Mopar Muscle in showrooms anytime soon. But, you will be able to see it at monster truck events throughout 2014, kicking off at the Monster Jam in Detroit at Ford Field on January 11. Mopar Muscle joins Hall Brothers Racing's stable which includes Raminator and Rammunition. Mopar Muscle is the first new monster truck in more than 10 years. For more information on Mopar Muscle, click here.
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2015 Ford F-150
For years, we have been hearing about what might be coming with the next-generation Ford F-150, and after that long wait, the veil has been lifted. And it turns out the rumors were surprisingly accurate: both the truck’s bed and cab will be made almost entirely of various grades of aluminum. However, that does not carry through to the frame, which is still made of steel. And while towing and payload capacities weren’t yet announced, you can expect that both will increase by roughly the same amount of the savings in body mass, said to be “up to 700 pounds.”
As you would expect, it’s that change from a steel body to an aluminum one that accounts for most of the weight loss -- 70 percent of it -- but when it comes to what cab layout benefits most, it depends on which ones were heavier to start with. We anticipate that the short bed SuperCrew, which is also the highest volume F-150, will lose close to 700 pounds; the longbed may lose more. With a regular cab and a short bed, weight savings might be closer to 500 pounds as a guess. And while most of the body sheetmetal is aluminum, there is one component in the body that isn’t: that’s the laminated Quiet Steel sound-absorbing firewall. Aluminum didn’t do as well at isolating engine noise.
Read More: 2015 Ford F-150 First Look
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
It seems the Germans just can resist making hot-rod versions of crossovers, and following in the footsteps of the larger ML and GL, Mercedes-Benz chose the 2014 Detroit show to showcase the nearly showroom-ready GLA45 AMG to the masses. Although not nearly as svelte and sexy as the CLA45 AMG, with which it shares much of its hardware, the GLA45 is much more practical. But fear not, AMG has not lost sight of its mission, and to that end, the GLA45 features the same 355-hp, 332 lb-ft turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive as the CLA45, which will rocket the Affalterbach-massaged cute ute from 0-60 in a scant 4.8 seconds, AMG claims. Pricing has not yet been announced for either the GLA250 or the GLA45, but we expect the GLA45 AMG to start just below $50,000. You can read our first look here.
Read More: Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG First Look
2014 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition
Although the Platinum name is used by other brands to designate their topline models, in the case of the Cayenne, it applies only to the V-6 and diesel models, not to the V-8 Cayenne S, Turbo, and Turbo S. The Platinum package includes park assist, a convenience package including a 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting, driver-side memory seats, moonroof, heated front seats, and auto-dimming mirrors. The audio system for the Platinum models is a 14-speaker Bose system with 585 watts, satellite receiver, and six-disc changer.
Read More: 2014 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition Debuts
Volvo XC Coupe Concept
Volvo's booth will not go unnoticed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, as the Swedish automaker has announced it will be showing a new concept, which could give us a sneak peek at what the 2015 XC90 will look like when it arrives next year. Dubbed the XC Coupe Concept, the show car looks like something we've seen before.
The new XC90 is a huge deal for Volvo, since the seven-passenger SUV will be the very first vehicle in the lineup to utilize Volvo's new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). The new architecture allows almost any Volvo car to be built on the same core set of chassis components, while also shaving down weight to improve efficiency and performance. The XC90 will also debut with a range of new I-4 engines that will replace the five- and six-cylinder inline engines currently offered in the SUV.
Read More: Volvo XC Coupe Concept Teased Before Detroit Show
Audi Alltrac Shooting Brake Concept
Audi has made no secret that it believes the future of its success hinges largely on crossover sales. The company started with the large Q7 SUV, and has since introduced the Q5 and Q3 models. It's believed the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is a glimpse of things to come with the entry level Q1. Although the rest of Audi's crossover lineup are four doors, the Allroad Shooting Brake is a two-door. While we expect a four-door variant by the time the Q1 hits showrooms, Audi could be exploring the possibility of a two-door niche model, not unlike the strategy Land Rover pursued with the Range Rover Evoque.
At first glance, the concept appears as if the A3 hatch and A4 Allroad have morphed together. There are even hints of the first-generation TT in the concept's curvy rear end. A few notable design touches include the absence of a B-pillar, the rakish hatch, and wide fender flares. Everything else is relatively familiar. Audi's signature trapezoidal grille dominates the concept's mug, while each headlight unit houses two clusters of the automaker's new matrix LED lighting system. Gray body cladding, a familiar Allroad design trait, is used for the lower edges of the fenders, bumpers, and rocker panels.
Read More: Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept First Look
2015 Audi Q3