5 of the biggest, buzziest debuts at the Detroit auto show

Trucks and sedans took center stage.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado
The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. –Chevrolet

The 2018 Detroit auto show features all the biggest automotive brands from around the world. There’s something for everyone at this massive event, but brawny pickups and futuristic SUVs stole the show this year.

Here’s a look at the top reveals from the 2018 North American International Auto Show:

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country pickup is unveiled in Detroit. —The Associated Press

1. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet is celebrating 100 years of Chevy trucks with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. It sheds 450 pounds over the previous generation thanks to mixed metals, which should improve fuel economy and durability. Making the Silverado more capable is a bed that’s 7-inches wider with available LED lighting and lockable storage bins. It also has an industry-first power tailgate.

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There will be six engine and transmission combinations, including a new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Those looking for a gas engine can choose either a 5.3-liter or 6.2 liter V8 with new Dynamic Fuel Management. This technology lets the engine run on between one and seven cylinders depending on conditions.

2. 2019 Ram 1500

An all-new Ram 1500 took the stage in Detroit with a 225-pound weight reduction and a new frame made from 98 percent high-strength steel. Its maximum payload increased to 2,300 pounds and maximum trailer tow increased to 12,750, making the Ram 1500 more capable than ever. It also has the largest front brakes in the segment and a new 4×4 Off-Road Package with a one-inch suspension lift, electronic locking rear axle, tuned shocks, and hill-descent control.

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Power for the new Ram 1500 comes from an eTorque mild hybrid system on the second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engines. The standard V6 engine is specifically tuned for the Ram 1500 and offers 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the V8 ups those numbers to 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Ford Ranger
A side view of the 2019 Ford Ranger. —Ford

3. 2019 Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck is back in a big way after disappearing from the U.S. market after the 2011 model year. Power for the Ranger comes from a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This might be a smaller truck than the F-150, but Ford designed it to be just as tough and off-road capable.

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The available FX4 Off-Road Package adds off-road tuned shocks, all, terrain tires, and frame-mounted skid plates. There’s also a Terrain Management System similar to the one in the F-150 with four different drive modes to alter throttle and transmission gear to fit road conditions. The Ranger also has new Trail Control, which is similar to cruise control, but designed to work off-road.

4. 2019 Mercedes-Benz G Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most recognizable cars on the road, so the folks at Mercedes didn’t mess with that signature design. There are slight updates to its exterior, but at first glance, most won’t even notice that it’s longer and wider than the outgoing model.

Most of the changes are on the inside, where the G-Class gets modern updates like available dual 12.3-inch screens and more room for both front and rear passengers. Traditional G-Class hallmarks like the passenger grab handle and three differential locks on the center stack are unchanged.

Initially, the only engine choice will be a 4.0-liter V8 with 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque paired to a new nine-speed automatic transmission, but expect new powertrains to be added over the coming months.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta —Volkswagen

5. 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta is the brand’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S., and this year, it’s all new with a more spacious cabin, updated styling, and a more premium interior. This compact sedan is longer, wider, and taller with a coupe-like sloped roofline. The front has more chrome and standard LED lighting to finish the look.

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Inside, the all-new Jetta has more upscale materials and offers amenities like heated and ventilated front seats with a center storage cubby large enough to hold a standard iPad. It’s still powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.