2018 Detroit Auto Show: What You Missed

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

CARS.COM — To hear the automotive journalists covering the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit talk about it amongst themselves, the Most Important Auto Show of the Year, this time out, was “a little slow.” They may have a point in terms of the deluge of sexy debuts we saw a couple of months back at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, but don’t bother telling that to, say, pickup-truck fans … or boxy luxury-SUV lovers … or even the family-sedan faithful who haven’t defected to SUVs like seemingly everyone else in the U.S.

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Overall, this was definitely the Year of the Pickup Truck, with three major debuts from the Motor City’s Big Three automakers. These included 2019 incarnations of the best-selling half-ton Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500, along with the return after a seven-year hiatus of the mid-size Ford Ranger. Until America’s SUV obsession overtakes pickup trucks in the sales realm — spoiler alert: not gonna happen — three big bows like this at one show is enough to bolster any automotive exhibition.

But the excitement didn’t end there – especially if you’re one of the ostensible multitudes who either have the means to actually keep up with the Kardashians or just enjoy gawking at the other half’s opulence. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class acquitted itself like a G, indeed, as it revealed its much-hyped new look to the world – in the process managing the delicate feat of successfully updating an age-old design while not doing anything that would alienate all the rabid fans of this rolling cinder block’s iconic utilitarian appearance.

In the family sedan realm, players like the Kia Forte, Toyota Avalon and Volkswagen Jetta returned with updates for the 2019 model year, too, determined to fight the good fight against slipping sales in a time when families only wanna hear about SUVs. That’s not to say the Detroit show has nothing for fans of high-riding haulers, of course. The Jeep Cherokee returns for the 2019 model year with an all-new look determined to right the design wrongs of the previous generation and bring it in line with the other members of the cultishly adored SUV brand.

The Cars.com Editorial team is wrapping up here in Detroit, but keep an eye out as our coverage continues in the days leading up to the show’s doors opening up to the public on Jan. 20.

In the meantime, here’s everything you might’ve missed from the 2018 Detroit auto show:

2019 Mini Hardtops, Convertible to Sport Fresh Features in Detroit

2019 Ford Edge Pushes Performance Envelope With New ST

2019 Honda Insight Reboot Promises Prius-Worth MPG

VW Passat Sports Show and Go With 2018 GT

2019 Ford Ranger: Coming (Back) to America

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Video Review

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Goes Classy to Stay Competitive

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: The Most Luxurious Box in the World

2019 Ram 1500 Video Review

2019 Toyota Avalon Gets Aggressive Amid Sedan Slump

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept Car a James Bond’s Q Could Get Behind

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Luxury Squared

2019 Ford Edge: Old Look, New Spunk

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Boasts Unlimited Potential for Future SUV

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Photo Gallery: The Market Is the Limit

Nissan Xmotion Concept Crosses Old-World Design With New-School Tech

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Photo Gallery: Chasing a Legend

2019 Acura RDX Prototype Debuts Tougher Look, Touchy Tech

Nissan Xmotion Concept Photo Gallery: Culturally Crafted Crossover

2019 Kia Forte Gets More Stylish, More Efficient

2019 Acura RDX Prototype Photo Gallery: Updated Top to Bottom

2019 Audi A7 Video Review

BMW Shoehorns 2018 X2 into Packed SUV Lineup

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Video Review

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Video Review

Infiniti Q Inspiration Photo Gallery: A Whale of a Concept

2019 Ford Edge Video Review

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Video Review

Honda Insight Prototype Video Review

2019 Jeep Cherokee Is Lighter, Less Weird

2019 VW Jetta Is the Improvement It Needed to Be

2019 Kia Forte Shows Sensible Can Be Sexy

Jeep Puts Best Face Forward With 2019 Cherokee Redesign

2019 Toyota Avalon Aims for Excitement

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Photo Gallery: Hyundai’s Hot Hatch Hits U.S.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Remains Small, Sporty and Strange

Ford Ranger Returns for 2019

2019 Hyundai Veloster Video Review

2019 Honda Insight Prototype: Photo Gallery

2018 Passat GT Photo Gallery: Practical, With a Dose of Fun

2019 Ram 1500 in Pictures: Everything You Need to Know

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Is Feeling Centered

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