7 fab luxury cars at the Detroit auto show

Fabulous luxury cars coming in 2017
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6 feisty, fabulous luxury cars | Volvo

Fabulous luxury cars coming in 2017

Some are smooth rides and some are feisty, but all of these luxury cars that made their debuts at the 2016 North American International Auto Show are fabulous. The world's greatest luxury automakers pulled the wraps off their wheeled wonders, aiming to woo the driving public into the latest in luxury.

Here are 7 luxury cars from the Detroit auto show that you'll soon be able to park in your driveway.

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2017 Audi A4

2017 Audi A4

The 2017 Audi A4's redesigned exterior has a sportier look, including more aggressive wheel arches; a horizontal, contoured, single-frame grille; and a shoulder line that wraps around from the hood to the rear.

Audi took its cues from the A8 flagship sedan on the A4 interior, which features high-quality materials, ambient LED interior lighting and an exceptionally quiet cabin.

The Audi A4 is powered by a 252-horsepower, 2-liter gasoline engine paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel drive or Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive.

Standard features include Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, taillights and turn signals, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, 3-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof and a split-folding rear seat in a 40/20/40 configuration.

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Standard or available safety features on some models include Audi's pre-sense system, which can apply the brakes when it senses a potential collision, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist.

Optional features include Audi virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch display, a head-up display and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, featuring 3-D sound. The 2017 Audi A4 will go on sale this spring and start at $37,300.

2017 Infiniti Q60

2017 Infiniti Q60 | Infiniti

When Infiniti took the wraps off its new 2017 Infiniti Q60 in Detroit, it looked remarkably like the concept car it had shown previously. That was due to a unique stamping process for the body panels, enabling engineers to maintain the bold lines and sharp angles of the designers' original vision.

Larger and wider than the previous generation, the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe has a lower center of gravity and improved aerodynamics to further improve the driving experience.

It features the latest generation of direct adaptive steering with a high level of steering feel and feedback, which can be further personalized via the drive mode selector.

The new Q60 has 3 choices for power: a 208-horsepower, 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or the new high-performance 3-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine from the new "VR" powertrain family in either 300- or 400-horsepower configurations.

The interior of each model of the Q60 has a different look, with white or red leather seats paired with accents of aluminum, black wood or carbon fiber. The 2017 Infiniti Q60 will go on sale in late summer 2016. Pricing has not been announced.

2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90 | Hyundai

Joining the Hyundai and Kia brands, the new Genesis brand will be the company's luxury brand. The 2017 Genesis G90 will be the brand's flagship model and will compete at the top of the premium luxury car segment in the U.S., replacing the current Hyundai Equus.

The athletic, large sedan features a prominent hood with minimized overhangs on a large wheelbase.

Inside, there's a choice of 5 colors of Nappa leather, paired with wood and precision-machined aluminum alloy accents.

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Compared with the Hyundai Equus, the G90 is more spacious, boasting more front headroom and legroom than key competitors.

Despite its large size, the company says the Genesis G90 has been tuned for an "exhilarating driving experience," with a body that is 6% more rigid that its Mercedes-Benz S550 competitor and features intelligent drive mode with 4 driving settings.

It's powered by a choice of 2 engines:

  • A 365-horsepower, 3.3-liter, direct-injected, twin-turbo V-6.
  • A 420-horsepower, 5-liter, direct-injected V-8.

The on-sale date and pricing haven't been announced.

2017 Lexus LC500

2017 Lexus LC500 | Lexus

Four years ago at the 2012 Detroit auto show, one of the biggest crowd pleasers was the Lexus LF-LC concept.

This year, Lexus unveiled the production version of this popular concept. The 2017 Lexus LC500 will be the flagship coupe for Lexus and will provide a solid look at the future styling direction for the brand.

Sharing much of the design elements of the concept car, the curvy coupe has a low and wide stance and a sloped roofline.

The interior is designed with a top-notch driving experience in mind. The driver's hip point was position as close as possible to the car's center of gravity to ensure the greatest handling feedback, while the controls use an intuitive layout to make their operation easier without removing your eyes from the road.

The leather, Alcantara seating surfaces and magnesium alloy paddle shifters were designed to create an engaging, luxurious environment.

The rear-wheel-drive 2+2 sport coupe is powered by a 467-horsepower, 5-liter V8 that is paired with a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission, with shift times that rival those of a dual-clutch transmission. Lexus has not announced pricing or on-sale date for the 2017 LC500.

2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental | Lincoln

Lincoln officials used the Detroit show to herald the return of its flagship car in an all-new package.

The full-size Continental sedan features an available panoramic sunroof where the front half slides up and over the rear to create a large, open-air driving experience. As you approach the Continental, special LED lighting illuminates in the lower front fascia and tail lamps, while the headlights awaken in a fluid motion and puddle lights illuminate the ground below the front doors to show any hazards.

At the light touch of a button, the doors pop open and automatically close with power-cinching technology when the occupants are safely loaded.

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The Continental is powered by a 3-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 with an estimated 400 horsepower, while 3 steering and suspension settings allow ride and handling to be tailored to the driver's preference.

Other features include a pre-collision system that warns the driver if there is a crash risk with a car or pedestrian and can automatically apply full braking force if needed; adaptive cruise control that can automatically adapt to stop-and-go traffic; and a 360-degree camera system to assist with parking. The 2017 Continental goes on sale this fall. Pricing has not been announced.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class | Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 10th generation of its E-Class sedan at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. The midsize luxury sedan has coupe-like styling, with each model featuring a slightly different front end.

Compared with the current model, the 2017 E-Class has a longer wheelbase (by 2.6 inches), and its overall length grew by 1.7 inches.

On the inside, there are high-quality materials highlighted by various shades of brown and natural grain ash wood punctuated by LED interior lightning that can be personalized in 64 colors.

High-tech features include a high-resolution display with a 12.3-inch navigation display screen and steering-wheel-mounted touch-sensitive controls, which respond to vertical and horizontal swiping movements like a smartphone to control infotainment functions without the driver removing her hands from the steering wheel.

The optional warmth and comfort package boasts rapidly heating front seats, heated door armrests and center console, and a heated steering wheel.

The only engine available in the U.S. will be a 241-horsepower, 2-liter turbocharged, 4-cylinder gasoline engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Other engines will be added to the model line at a later date. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class goes on sale this summer. Pricing has not been announced.

2017 Volvo S90

2017 Volvo S90 | Volvo

In a major departure from the aggressive-looking cars that currently punctuate the market, Volvo unveiled the curvy and sleek S90.

This premium sedan features coupe-like styling accented by a concave grille that uses design elements from the classic Volvo P1800, with Volvo's newly designed brand mark.

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The 2nd model to be introduced in the redesign of the brand's entire line, the 2017 Volvo S90 comes standard with adaptive cruise control and distance alert in addition to the new semi-autonomous drive feature, pilot assist. Pilot assist can gently steer the car to keep it properly aligned within the road's lane markings at speeds up to 80 mph without the need to follow another car.

Volvo said very little at the show about the S90's powertrain choices, but it did say one of them will be a 410-horsepower, T8 twin-engine, plug-in hybrid powertrain that offered 3 car experiences in 1 package: Pure, Hybrid and Power. Volvo has not announced pricing or an on-sale date for the 2017 S90.


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