Our top debuts from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show: the everyday vehicles

Glossy concept cars need not apply

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We love concepts cars too. But lets kick the year off with vehicles that we can actually drive off the dealer lot in the not-so-distant future.

Sure, automaker design philosophies and future cars are terrific. But know what else is terrific? Hauling your kids in a new-age minivan, shuffling the soccer team to practice in a practical SUV, and hitting the track in a car you can own this year.

2018 Kia Stinger
2018 Kia Stinger. Photo: Kia

So when a concept like the Kia GT4 unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show becomes a reality in the form of a fastback sports sedan, we’re happy campers. We’re not certain exactly when the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger comes available, but it’s coming.

Nissan sees the value in the compact crossover, bringing their second-generation Qashqai to North America this spring, renamed the 2018 Nissan Roque Sport in the US while keeping the Qashqai nameplate in Canada. Smaller than the Rogue, the Rogue Sport / Qashqai caters to the couples or singles who can live without the extra cargo space.

Perhaps the biggest step-up in terms of design goes to the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, hitting dealerships Fall 2017. The new Traverse looks nothing like the outgoing model (in all the right ways); staying inline with the other new SUVs in the GM lineup.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Edition 50. Photo: Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes-Benz and AMG celebrate their 50 anniversary working together with the release of a new 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe Edition 50, growing the AMG GT family to seven strong. The Edition 50 will initially be offered as a special edition with 50 models being released, thereafter, full-production mode for the rest of us.

As with the Chevy Traverse, the all-new 2018 Lexus LS is also a huge departure from the outgoing model in terms of design. The new LS is sleek, futuristic, replaces the old V8 with a new V6, and will be available soon.

Finally, the under-rated minivan: Honda unveils the all-new 2018 Odyssey available as soon as Spring 2017. More connectivity, improved styling, and above all, less crying children. Though we can’t promise that.

Amee Reehalhttp://www.ameereehal.com/
Shooting motors professionally since film was a thing, Amee's work has been published in various outlets including NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, SuperStreet, GlobeDrive, MotorTrend, and others. He's a writer, editor at TractionLife.com, AJAC member, and full-time digital marketer at Traction Media working with national brands. Find him traveling, spending time with his kids and family. Or golfing, poorly.