We're headed to Detroit again for the 2013 North American International Auto Show, which is once again held inside Cobo Center in the heart of downtown. So far, the biggest news to come out of the show will be a first look at the all-new C7 Corvette and possibly a few other surprises, according to our compatriots at Cars.com.
Of course, the biggest thing on our radar is that this will be the first public showing of the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. We still don't have the exact horsepower and torque outputs of the three new EcoTec3 engines, nor do we have any hint of what the eventual fuel-economy numbers will be. That all comes later. We are anxious to get some time with the chief engineer of the two trucks again and ask a few follow-up questions that we missed when we recorded our four-part video interview with him at the mid-December debut. And we're also hoping to get some hints at the new towing and payload ratings.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY
There have been quite a few rumors about the possibility of Ford trying to steal some of GM's thunder at the show with a secret reveal of the 2015 F-150 concept, which is reported to be loaded with weight-saving aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber. So far, we've heard no confirmations of any such vehicle, but Ford is sponsoring an off-site "Truck Lounge" for select media types so we may be hearing more.
TOYOTA AND NISSAN
Toyota is not scheduled to show anything new at the Detroit auto show, but there seems to be plenty of chatter on various fan websites that something new for either the Tacoma or Tundra (possibly both) should be coming very soon. All we know is now that the GM twins (we'll call them fraternal) are out, the Tundra is the oldest truck out there and well-past-due for a refresh, if not a full redesign. Nissan's trucks need some attention, too, if not more so. We're told the Tundra that towed the Space Shuttle Endeavour will also be on site, just like it was at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. We also expect to see two all-new displays from both Toyota and Nissan this year.
We fully expect Rams will be all over the floor space at Cobo Center, especially since Ram truck is the only truckmaker to have both its light- and heavy-duty offerings fully refreshed (if not majorly redesigned) for the 2013 sales season. The new Ram 1500 seems quite popular with the media lately, and the Ram HDs are making big news with their impressive towing and gross combined weight numbers.
You can bet we'll be poking around Honda, Nissan and elsewhere to find out as much as we can about pickup truck changes and the technology that surrounds them. Look for our reports from the show to start early next week.