Mustang Bullitt tops the bill
Mustang Bullitt - tribute to the Bullitt film's 50th anniversary
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HERO of the North American International Auto Show Ford’s Mustang Bullitt tops the bill at Detroit – celebrating the 50th anniversary of Steve McQueen’s classic film “Bullitt”.

Showtime in America means muscle as well as some demonstrations of intent towards a greener future, so here’s a taste of what’s on the stands for the next few days.

Mustang Bullitt

For the Mustang Bullitt it was the global debut for the limited edition third-generation, finished in tribute Dark Highland Green as featured in the movie.

The new Mustang Bullitt, due out this summer for Ford customers in the US, is powered by an upgraded 5.0-litre V8 engine with at least 481PS and 569Nm of torque, pushing the new Bullitt to a top speed of 163mph.

With no pony on the grille nor blue oval, the only exterior badging is a ‘Bullitt’ logo on the mock central rear fuel filler flap.

Also premiered at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) was the all-new Ford Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV tuned by the Ford Performance team – with sports styling, 340PS 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine and eight-speed auto gearbox. But that’s just for the US market while only the ST-Line comes to Europe in the summer.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mustang Bullitt tops the bill
Mud suits it – the new G-Class

The G-Class, the luxury off-road vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, has long been considered a design icon. Its external appearance has not changed significantly since 1979 with iconic elements that give the G‑Class its unique appearance still found in the new G‑Class.

Now, in a complete makeover, cutting-edge assistance systems contribute to outstanding handling, and safety. The new suspension, Dynamic Select driving modes, ‘G-Mode’ and the three 100‑per cent differential locks, enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface.

In the new G 500 – not confirmed for the UK – a high-performance 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine ensures powerful propulsion. The new biturbo with combined CO2 emissions of 263 g/km produces 422 hp and a maximum torque of 610 Nm at 2000 to 4750 rpm.

UK prices are yet to be announced but at launch in June the entry model will be €107,040 in Germany.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless SUV concept

Mustang Bullitt tops the bill
Lexus LF1 Limitless concept SUV at Detroit

Lexus revealed a stunning new LF-1 Limitless SUV concept billed as a flagship crossover.

In terms of size think of it as an SUV equivalent of the Lexus LS limousine. The Japanese brand’s CALTY design studio in Southern California produced the styling with swooping coupe tail and imposing front end.

Under the skin it is engineered to use many different powertrains: fuel cell electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric.

BMW i8 Roadster

Mustang Bullitt tops the bill
BMW i8 Roadster at Detroit

While BMW showed off the new i8 Roadster and Coupe, the exciting news from head of BMW i product management Alexander Kotouc was that an even higher performance version of the BMW i8 hybrid supercar, dubbed the i8s, could be following the sporty upgrade for the i3.

Infiniti Q Inspiration

Mustang Bullitt tops the bill
Infiniti Q Inspiration at Detroit

Teased in advance of the show, Nissan’s premium brand showcased its new design direction with the new Infiniti Q Inspiration concept car.

The first project overseen by new design director Karim Habib, formerly at BMW, the four-door coupe is dominated by a striking front end with slit headlights.

In line with Nissan’s electrification plans, Infiniti has hinted that it could arrive with an all-electric powertrain.

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