The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) turned some heads when it was held in Detroit, earlier this year. Arguably still the most important auto show in the U.S, there were plenty of debuts from renowned automakers Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and others—particularly in the ultra-hot crossover and SUV segments.
Mercedes debuted its Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe in celebration of AMG’s 50th anniversary. Positioned performance-wise between the AMG GT S and the line-topping AMG GT R unveiled in Paris last year, the fixed-roof version of the AMG GT C has a 4-liter engine capable of producing 550 hp and 503 ft lbs of torque. The car can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will launch in a special “Edition 50” trim, with Graphite Gray Magno paint, black chrome exterior trim, and a matching black-and-silver interior color scheme. Price is yet to be announced but is expected to be in the $150,000 neighbourhood.
Audi is following in the footsteps of BMW and Mercedez-Benz with its new Q8 Concept. The coupe-like SUV vehicle resembles its successor Q7, but has a sharper sloping roofline and an aggressive front grille with vertical bars reminiscent. Its flat, wedge-shaped headlamps use innovative digital Matrix laser lights, which illuminate the road better than LED lights. The Q8 can comfortably accommodate four passengers and has Audi’s signature “virtual cockpit” technology, which combines a head-up display with high-resolution touchscreens. The 3-liter V-6 combustion engine is capable of producing 550 hp.as the car is put into production its price is estimated to be around £70,000.
BMW has been making headlines with the M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance, which made its debut in three versions. BMW’s redesigned 5 Series sedan starts at $73,095 and is currently the top-of-the-line 5 Series model. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (starting from $52,395) pairs an electric motor with BMW’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder combustion engine and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.