Every year, the Canadian International AutoShow brings more than 1,000 new cars, trucks and SUVs in front of consumers, making it one of the best places for prospective consumers to begin shopping for their
This year, more than 30 vehicles will be making a Canadian or North American debut at the AutoShow, including passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, five concepts, racecars, electric vehicles and two all-electric racecars.
Also expected to make their Canadian debut in Toronto are undisclosed reveals from Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Subaru and McLaren.
To get you revved up, we’re giving you a 2-part breakdown of the debuts….
Part 1: Horsepower & Speed ~ Click here for Part 2: EV’s & Electric Power (The Future)
With a sleeker look, there are few cars as close to motor racing as the Audi R8 PI. Instant response, lightning-fast high-revving and a unique sound – the heart of the Audi R8 is its V10 naturally aspirated engine. The honed character of the new R8 models also becomes clear visually. The Single frame radiator grille has a wider, flatter line. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets. Flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Sport quattro brand icon. The new front splitter is now wider, as is the striking low-set air vent grille at the rear. The grille rounds off the diffuser that extends quite some way up. All of which underlines the sporty look of the Audi R8.
The all-new new BMW Z4 is a modern addition to the brand’s long history of captivating roadsters. Engineered with a focus on agility, performance, and precise handling, the Z4 showcases BMW’s new design language in a two-seater with a fully electric soft-top. The vehicle’s ideal 50:50 weight distribution and aerodynamically optimized body offer pure BMW driving dynamics, while features such as BMW Back Up Assistant, Forward Collision Warning and Daytime Pedestrian Detection with City Braking underscore the highly advanced nature of the new BMW Z4.
The all-new three-row Cadillac XT6 is the latest Cadillac SUV to hit the market. A luxurious cabin is well connected with features like wireless charging, 4G LTE wireless hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and personalized user profiles. Powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, the XT6 offers a rewarding balance of responsiveness and refinement.
The high-performance Cadillac CT6-V is the embodiment of an exhilarating driving experience without compromise. A perfect balance of power, design and technology, the CT6-V boasts the Cadillac 4.2L Twin Turbo V-8, pushing out 550 horsepower and elevating the CT6’s performance to a new plateau. Inside is found a dynamic platform that offers a smartphone-like experience with an intuitive interface, and the ability to be updated over time to meet a customer’s evolving connectivity needs. It leverages the cloud and available embedded 4G LTE connection to enable personalization, available connected navigation and news, marketplace and entertainment applications via the app store and a new rotary controller that offers users alternative ways to interact with the system.
All-new in 2019 is the return of the Chevrolet Blazer, the boldest and most progressive expression of Chevrolet’s design. The model is defined by a wide stance, tight proportions and dramatic sculpting. Propulsion comes from a standard 2.5L I-4 engine (193 hp) featuring intelligent Stop/Start and backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission that is standard on Blazer 2.5. A 3.6L V-6/nine-speed combination with 305 horsepower and Stop/Start is standard on the Blazer 3.6, RS and Premier models.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD debuts the most capable and advanced Silverado HD ever. With a bold new design, the sculpted form follows its enhanced heavy-duty function. The interior benefits from similar architectural changes made to the all-new Silverado 1500, including an additional 3 inches of legroom on crew cab models and a taller, more comfortable seating position. Under the 2020 Silverado HD’s hood is a choice of two new powertrains: an all-new gasoline engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed transmission, or the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 delivering 910 lb-ft of torque through an all-new, Allison 10-speed transmission.
One of the world’s most mysterious and powerful hypercars, the top-end model of the Dubai-built Devel Sixteen has a massive quad turbo V16 engine pushing out an incredible 5,007 horsepower. The Canadian International AutoShow is the first opportunity to see the Devel Sixteen in the Western Hemisphere.
Ram Truck’s new Heavy Duty models out-power, out-tow and out-haul all rival pickups. The new 6.7-litre Cummins High Output Turbo Diesel achieves a milestone 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque, meaning an industry-leading 35,100-lbs. towing capacity and 7,680-lb. of payload prowess. Ram Heavy Duty rides on a new, 98.5-percent high-strength steel frame that is lighter and stiffer. The standard 6.4-litre HEMI® V-8 with cylinder deactivation delivers a class-leading 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a new, class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic. Ram redesigned the Heavy Duty lineup to be the best riding, handling and towing ever with more than 100 safety and security features and an emphasis on comfort and confidence.
Ford Motor Company of Canada
The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, featuring a supercharged 5.2 litre V8 engine delivering more than 700 horsepower. Capable of mid-three-second 0-60 mph and sub-11 second quarter mile drag times, the new GT500 features best-ever Mustang braking, cornering and track times thanks to tech transfer from GT/Mustang GT4 racing program – including a muscle car first dual clutch transmission.
The 2020 GMC Sierra HD has a commanding, powerful design rooted in a new architecture with larger proportions. It is taller and longer, with a more confident stance defined by a bold design that epitomizes GMC’s signature refinement and technologically driven attention to detail. Inside, the Sierra HD’s new interior has best-in-class front head- and legroom (maximum), with Crew Cab models. A higher seating position complements the truck’s taller profile to offer a confident view from behind the wheel. The proven Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine offers high torque, high power, low noise and exceptional durability. The new Sierra HD also marks the introduction of an all-new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission – the first-ever offered in the heavy-duty pickup segment.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade, as stunning as it is accommodating, is more than just a pretty face. Spacious and airy with seating for eight, Palisade premiers the first-ever tech and safety that will set new standards for SUVs, and the world. It comes available with a class-exclusive blind-view monitor, fully digital instrument cluster, second- and third-row power folding seats and an in-vehicle intercom with kid’s quiet zone.
Jaguar Land Rover
The newest addition to the award-winning and best-selling Jaguar F-Pace performance SUV lineup is the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Equipped with a 550PS, 680Nm 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine and capable of 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds (0-60mph in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 283km/h (176mph), the SVR features bespoke suspension, aerodynamic enhancements and new lightweight 21 and 22-inch alloy wheels to accommodate the uprated brakes. A Variable Valve Active Exhaust system ensures the supercharged V8 engine delivers a soundtrack to match its performance. Inside, the F-PACE SVR gets slim line sports seats featuring the SVR logo while the Sport Shift Selector underlines the SUV’s sports car character.
Creating the purest connection between car and driver, the McLaren Senna is the personification of McLaren’s DNA at its most extreme. Inspired by one of McLaren’s greatest racing drivers, the Senna is the most track-worthy road car in its lineup. There will also be a To Be Announced debut this year.
Lightweight and well balanced, Porsche’s new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport represents pure motorsport. Powered by an aluminum six-cylinder mid-mounted boxer engine, it pushes out 425 horsepower. Whether driving it at a track day or in wheel-to-wheel competition, like in the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Series, it is in its element. But be careful: the more you drive it, the less you want to stop. The new 718 GT4 Clubsport is more than a commitment to the racetrack, it is a declaration of addiction to motorsport.
Touted as a four-door hot rod, the all-new Volkswagen Jetta GLI has the power of a racecar – boasting a 228-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and independent rear suspension – and the luxury of a sedan.
Don’t forget to check out Part 2: EV’s & Electric Power (The Future).
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