Though it’s not a “car show” in the traditional sense, CES has emerged as a force in the automotive industry. And now with the North American International Auto Show moving from January to June, the spotlight shines even brighter on CES.
This year we expect a healthy blend of new-car, transportation technology, and electric vehicle debuts when doors open to CES on Tuesday from companies like Nissan, Fisker, Byton, Ford, and a few others. Hopefully, this year’s show helps fill the void of Detroit; here are a handful of the debuts we know about thus far.
Audi: Interior Concept
Audi hasn’t officially confirmed its CES plans yet. But with Ivo Muth, Head of Development UX/UI, giving a keynote speech at the show, we expect an all-new take on an autonomous-centric vehicle interior. Look for the full concept on Tuesday.
BMW: i3 Urban Suite
Audi won’t be alone in showing off a new interior, it appears. BMW teased what it calls its “i3 Urban Suite.” This fresh take on the insides of the i3 previews a new iteration of the electrified hatch. BMW says the concept is “an inviting space with a high feel-good factor in which to spend time.”
Chrysler: AirFlow Vision Concept
Chrysler revives a classic nameplate this year for CES. The AirFlow Vision concept previews a future crossover designed to create a “first-class travel experience.” We assume it’s fully electric, but we’ll know more about the AirFlow when it debuts in full later this week.
Fiat: Centoventi Concept
Fiat showed its “vision of electric mobility,” the Centoventi concept, last year in Geneva. But CES feels like an appropriate place for the electric crossover to make its North American debut. With an estimated, customizable range of anywhere between 60 and 300 miles, the Centoventi concept could be Fiat’s much-needed replacement to the 500e.
Fisker: Ocean SUV
The long-awaited Fisker electric SUV, dubbed “Ocean,” debuted today in Los Angeles ahead of CES. With features like a vegan interior, a solar roof, and a range of up to 300 miles, Fisker says its Ocean SUV will be the
“world’s most sustainable vehicle” when it goes on sale in the U.S. in 2021. Deliveries, though, won’t start until 2022.
Ford: Mustang Mach-E
Ford debuted the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year. We even got a ride in an early prototype. But not one to miss out on the crazed EV fans of Vegas, the battery-powered pony car will make a follow-up appearance at CES. Don’t expect any new news from Ford, though.
Honda: Augmented Driving Concept
Honda is debuting a new vehicle concept at CES. Named the Augmented Driving concept, the company says the cute convertible offers “a seamless transition from autonomous to semi-autonomous driving,” as well as the ability to still “experience the emotion and thrill of driving.” It looks like a neat vehicle, but don’t expect a production version anytime soon.
Hyundai: Personal Air Vehicle
Hyundai still believes that flying cars are the future. And at CES, the company will show a new concept previewing that proposed future. Dubbed the Personal Air Vehicle (or, PAV), the concept will join Hyundai’s so-called Urban Air Mobility (UAM) landscape and will have autonomous flying capabilities.
Jeep: 4xe Plug-In Hybrids
Jeep’s full range of plug-in hybrid vehicles – which includes the Renegade, Compass, and Wrangler – will debut at CES under the new moniker “4xe.” The former two made their debut in Geneva last year, but this is the first time we’ll see the iconic Wrangler with a plug attached. Expect a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine with a rear-mounted electric motor for the Renegade and Compass, but we don’t know what will be underhood of the Wrangler just yet.
Mercedes-Benz: Concept Car
Mercedes-Benz has an all-new concept car coming to CES. And while it’s safe to assume it will have EQ branding and a fully electric powertrain underneath, details on the final concept are still murky.