2022 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) wraps up this weekend

AmericaJR's Jason Rzucidlo poses with the 2024 Ford Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS).

Detroit — The 2022 North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Auto Show, wraps up its public show days this weekend. While it was much smaller in size, it still offered lots of family fun with dreams toward a world full of electric vehicles.

Here are some of the big debuts at this year’s auto show:

Ford unveiled its 2024 Mustang sports car on Wednesday evening at Hart Plaza. The seventh generation Mustang features two new engine choices: A 2.3-liter EcoBoost or a 5.0-liter Coyote V8. It also features a new digital cockpit with two large customizable digital displays. The new Mustang will be available in summer 2023.

At the end of the unveiling, Ford surprised the crowd with the new Mustang Dark Horse. It will be the first new Mustang performance series in 21 years with an impressive 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 500 horsepower!

It all began with the Mustang Stampede, which featured more than 1,000 Mustangs, that drove from the company’s headquarters in Dearborn to downtown Detroit. 

Chrysler unveiled its all-new 2023 Chrysler 300C luxury sedan in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue. The new model comes with 6.4-liter, 392-cu.-in. HEMI engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. Only 2,000 300C vehicles will be produced for the U.S. market with another 200 for Canada.

It comes with a new version of tri-color 300C badge on grille and rear decklid announces unique personality of the limited-production 300C. After the 2023 model year, production of the Chrysler 300 will end. 

“The 2023 is a true celebration–not only because of the 6.4-liter HEMI but because it’s the last model for this generation of Chrysler 300,” said Chris Feuell, Chrysler brand CEO. “We crafted the 300C special edition with a focus on its stunning design and overall performance. It is the total package. It is the perfect combination of sophistication, swagger and speed.”

Lincoln showed off two concept vehicles — the L100 and the Star. The L100 concept was designed as an autonomous vehicle with an intelligent driving experience. Meanwhile, the Star concept offers a preview of three new EVs that Lincoln will offer by 2025. It features a curved horizontal display where content will flow from one side to the other. 

There is a heavy focus on electric vehicles at the show, too. A company called Autel showed off some of their EV chargers at the show. They can be installed at both residential and commercial properties. 

Chevrolet introduced the 2024 Equinox EV on Wednesday. It will offer up to 300 miles of driving range on a full charge. The Equinox EV will compete with the Ford Mustang Mach-e, Hyundai Kona EV, Nissan Ariya and the Volkswagen ID.4.

The Equinox EV 2RS model will begin with limited availability in fall 2023. Meanwhile, the full lineup of Equinox EVs will be available in spring 2024. Pricing will start at around $30,000 for the 1LT model. Pricing is not yet available for the other four models. 

“We do have two battery configurations–we’ve got a small and a large battery,” said Matthew Purdy, chief engineer on the Equinox EV. “With the small battery in a front wheel drive configuration, we’re talking up to 250 miles. When you move to the large battery in an all-wheel-drive, it will be about 280 miles. With the front wheel drive with the large battery, it will be 300 miles.”

At the Automobili-D section of the show, we stopped by Witricity which provides wireless charging for EVs. EV owners can simply park their vehicle on top of a charging pad to begin their charge. It uses patented magnetic resonance technology to deliver power to the vehicle’s receiver. 

The 2023 Toyota Crown sedan returns to the United States market after last being sold in 1972. The all-new Crown is built on a newly developed chassis. The Crown offers two different hybrid powertrains:  HYBRID MAX or the fourth generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS). There is also heated seats in both front and rear that can be adjusted to three levels.

The sixth largest global automotive supplier, Hyundai Mobis, announced its expansion plans for North America at the auto show. The company says it will build more electric vehicle sites and invest in EV components and production bases. For example that includes the battery system for Hyundai and Kia electric vehicles. Hyundai Mobis currently has 44 North American production facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia. 

“We have announced 10 plus new plants with almost all 10 carried to electric vehicle business,” said Axel Maschka, executive Vice President at Hyundai Mobis. “Most recently, you might have noticed, we have launched a brand new site in U.S.A. for a global luxury carmaker producing rear axels for electric vehicles.”

The semi finalists were announced for the 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. The list will be narrowed down to the finalists at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Then, the winners will be revealed in Detroit next January. 

The Jeep brand brought the world’s largest duck to the auto show to draw attention to its vehicles. There is a tradition called “ducking” where people will leave rubber ducks on Jeep vehicles that they love. The duck is 61 feet tall, 69 feet wide and 79 feet long. It weighs an impressive 8,000 pounds and will remain on display for the entire run of the auto show. 

There are even dinosaurs at the auto show. Yes, you heard me correct, dinosaurs. It’s a new attraction for families to enjoy in the Huntington place ballroom. A total of 80 dinosaurs ranging in size from babies to the T-Rex are being displayed along with off road vehicles. 

The Monster Truck Showdown is entertaining audiences at Hart Plaza. There are car crush exhibitions and autograph signings, too. 

Even the Lucid Air made an appearance at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show. Attendees could listen to a Dolby sound demonstration during the press and industry show days.

The 2022 NAIAS public show runs through Sunday, Sept. 25 at Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. For tickets and more info, go to www.naias.com.


–video by Jason Rzucidlo / AmericaJR

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