2023 North American International Auto Show CoverageSeptember 13, 2023
We’re back in Detroit for the 2023 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The NAIAS returned last year after taking a break for a few years, and much like last year, we expect to see some interesting reveals from Michigan-based automakers. We’ll keep updating this piece with info as it becomes available, so stay tuned!
2024 Ford F-150
Ford unveiled the 2024 F-150, which flaunts some updated styling, more tech, simplified packaging, expanded standard features, and some pretty nifty tailgate tricks.
The new entry-level engine is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, joined by the 5.0-liter V8, 3.5-Liter EcoBoost and PowerBoost hybrid. Ford is actually doubling the mix of hybrid trucks with the 2024 model years, positioning the F-150 to be one of the top-selling hybrids in America.
Versatility and utility have been bolstered by a whole range of features, from Pro Power Onboard, a suite of trailering assists, and a Pro Access Tailgate which can swing to the side for easy access when hooked up to a trailer. The interior is more tech savvy, as the 12-inch infotainment system and matching digital instrument panel are now standard, joined by a first-ever Head-Up Display.
Off-road potential has been expanded upon with the updated Tremor, Raptor and Raptor R models. The Tremor can be equipped with a modular front bumper, a dealer-installed WARN winch and a lightbar. The Raptors can be outfitted with Dual Live Valve Shocks by FOX, electronically controlled to adjust with the varying road conditions.
Overall styling has seen the most changes upfront with new grilles and lighting; however, the look and feel of the 2024 F-150 is very much Ford Tough. Take a gander at it, and you’ll know it’s part of the Blue Oval family (and not just because of the updated Blue Oval adorning the front).
You can find all the details here.
2025 Cadillac CT5
Cadillac hit the show floor with an updated CT5. New looks, additional safety features and new tech compliment this modern luxury sedan.
Outside, the biggest changes are upfront. The front grille is wider, bookended by redesigned signature lighting and LED headlights. The Sport trim receives a black mesh grille and matching accents, but retains the general motifs otherwise. Two new colors include Deep Space Metallic and Typhoon Metallic.
Inside, a new 33-inch LED infotainment display curves towards the driver, featuring built-in Google services and the typical assortment of infotainment goodies. A 5G mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is now available, too, for those who need to work on the go or keep the kids entertained on those long (or short) trips.
The on-road experience is expected to be safer, metaphorically bubble wrapped by more assistance features. Blind Zone Steering Assist and Intersection Automatic Emergency Braking are now standard, while Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Assist is available.
The 2025 Cadillac CT5 will be made at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan, starting spring 2024.
2024 GMC Acadia
The GMC Acadia is all-new for 2024, launching early next year and bigger than ever. It’s longer, wider and taller than the current-gen model, powered by a new standard powertrain.
That would be a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-banger producing 328 horsepower and 326 lb-ft of torque, paired off to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available, and when properly configured the new Acadia can trailer up to 5,000 lbs.
As for the dimensions, the Acadia’s wheelbase has grown 10.6-inches. This extra growth allows for seven or eight passengers, depending on the trim, plus 80 percent more cargo space behind the third row and more than 36 percent more behind the second row. Other interior enhancements include a 15-inch infotainment screen, standard on all trims with built-in Google systems. This tablet-style screen is joined by a standard 11-inch digital driver’s cluster. GM’s hands-free Super Cruise driver assistance suite is now available on the Acadia, serviceable on over 400,000 miles of roads in the US and Canada.
The 2024 Acadia can be outfitted with either the AT4 or Denali grade, each of which feature new standard features. The off-road-minded AT4 sits 1-inch taller and with a wider track, riding along on 18-inch all-terrain tires and specially-tuned suspension. Exclusive to the AT4 is an Active Torque Control all-wheel drive system with twin-clutch rear differentials, providing more optimal traction in low-grip situations. And, as expected, red tow hooks and integrated skid plates are standard.
The Denali takes a luxury approach, featuring unique appointments and accents. One-touch folding second-row seats and a power-folding third row should make passengers easier to load, and the Bose premium sound system will make it easier to tune them out. You can expect more premium trim accents to go along with the Denali, like the 22-inch aluminum wheels– largest ever outfitted to a factory Acadia.
The 2024 GMC Acadia will be produced at GM’s Lansing Delta Assembly plant in Michigan.
2024 Jeep Gladiator
Following the recently updated Jeep Wrangler, the Gladiator is receiving a number of similar enhancements for 2024.
This means a redesigned seven-slot grille (that’s still very much Jeep), sure, but it also means a windshield-integrated antenna, seven new wheel designs, standard first- and second-row side-curtain airbags, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen on all trims.
That infotainment screen utilizes Uconnect 5, the latest operating system used by a number of Stellantis products. Not only can you pair your smartphone to it and crank up the tunes per usual, but now you can access the factory-applied Trails Offroad app, which provides detailed guides for all 62 “Jeep Badge of Honor” trails and additional 3,000-or-so extra maps with an available subscription.
And off-roading will be made a little easier with two new trims, the Mojave X and Rubicon X. Standard on either is a full-time transfer case, an integrated off-road camera system and steel bumpers, giving off-roaders a little more reassurance. The Nappa leather-trimmed 12-way adjustable front seats probably won’t help off-roading, but at least you’ll be even more comfortable while doing it.
And a couple of now-standard assistance systems will take some of the edge off of the on-road experience, as standard forward collision warning and advanced cruise control will come on the Sport S and above.
All Gladiator models are powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, putting out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Yep, the diesel option is no more, but the six-speed manual is still the standard transmission option of the Sport, Willys, Rubicon and Mojave trims. You can upgrade to the eight-speed auto, should you so choose.
And if none of this is enough for you, you can send your 2024 Jeep Gladiator off to American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for a little more edge. There are three upfit packages available, the Upcountry, Upcountry+ and Level II. The former two packages are available on all trims, including a 2-inch lift kit and 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires. The Upcountry receives a list of options, like special wheels, flare extensions, an AEV ProCal and jack base; the Upcountry+ also throws in a special front bumper, non-winch cover plate, and some additional badging. Level II, available on the Rubicon only, wraps those wheels in 37-inch KO2 rubber, a front skid plate, a WARN Zeon 10-S winch, a 2.5-inch lift with Bilstein 5100 shocks, an upgraded steering stabilizer and more.
So, there you have it. The 2024 Jeep Gladiator’s enhancements closely mirror those found on the Wrangler, and that’s something we can certainly get behind– especially after our recent drive in the upgraded Wrangler.
2025 Mustang GTD
In all fairness, the Mustang GTD was already unveiled at Monterey, so we have most of the confirmed details already up. But it was present and made quite the scene in Detroit, so here’s a little summary for those who missed it.
The Mustang GTD is a limited edition, street-legal race car made in an ongoing collaboration between Ford and Multimatic. That’s the most basic way of putting it, but once you dive into all the performance magic done to this variant of Ford’s seventh-generation pony car, you’ll understand that it’s much more than just that. It’s absolutely bonkers.
And that’s the kind of spirit the Blue Oval will need if they want the GTD to set Nürburgring lap times in the sub-seven minute category, the goal set by Ford for this Mustang built to be “like no Mustang ever.”
First and foremost, the engine. It’s a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 targeting 800 horsepower. It’s still sent to the rear wheels, but before it gets there it passes through a carbon fiber driveshaft and an 8-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT), transaxle rear-mounted. This physical relocation of powertrain components leads to a near 50/50 weight distribution.
But hot laps aren’t just about blistering speeds; along with the meticulously crafted balancing act forward and aft, the Mustang GTD uses a whole bunch of active aero elements to keep downforce up and temperatures down. The GTD’s Drag Reduction System (DRS) uses hydraulics to actuate the rear wing and flaps under the front of the car, adjusting to find the balance between airflow and downforce. The various body elements, like the openings and vents, are functional, allowing some of the air to also be directed for cooling. The suspension can lower or raise depending on conditions, meaning the GTD is very much a car for both the track and the streets, should you so choose.
The 2025 Mustang GTD is expected to arrive sometime late next year, assembled first at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant before being sent north to the geniuses at Multimatic in Markham, Canada.