Still more crossovers are coming to the U.S. in 2019, and two long-awaited midsize pickups likely will spice up the competition. But also look for a mini resurgence of sports cars and a new dose of electrification this year.
The first wave will hit the Detroit show next week, where brawny trucks and nimble sportiness will sit side by side.
Cadillac will take the limelight to show an all-new three-row crossover called the XT6. It is being pitched to fill in space between the XT5 and the venerable Escalade SUV when it arrives in showrooms around midyear.
At the Toyota stand, the automaker is banking on a big debut of something much smaller — the return of its iconic sports car, the Supra.
Lexus also plans to display a hot coupe in Detroit with the RC F Track Edition, which one Toyota executive noted will be the "fastest, most powerful vehicle" Lexus has ever built, outside the LF-A.
Those debuts, along with a slew of redesigned and freshened models expected on Detroit stages, come amid concerns that 2019 could deliver a down sales year for the U.S., according to the National Automobile Dealers Association's projection.
NADA estimates 16.8 million vehicle sales for 2019, which would make it the first year since 2014 that U.S. new-vehicle sales came in below the 17 million mark.