In Canada, there is no bigger game in town for when it comes to auto shows than the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) held in Toronto every year in February. Here are the highlights from 2017.
2018 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai made headlines when it revealed the 2018 Hyundai Accent at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday. The fifth generation subcompact car adopts the manufacturer’s contemporary design language showing off elements like the cascading front grille, wraparound headlights and optional signature LED daytime running lights. Available as both a four and five-door, dimensions have grown by 29 millimetres in width and 15 mm in length (sedan, hatchback is 70 mm longer) while the height remains unchanged.
All Accents will receive a retuned version of the 132-horsepower 1.6-litre “Gamma” four-cylinder GDI engine with upgrades to the piston and fuel pressure components. As a result, there is a 4.6 per cent bump in torque compared to before, now producing 118 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm for better drivability. Consumers have a choice between a six speed automatic or manual transmission. The sedan will be the first to arrive, in late 2017.
2018 Jaguar F-TYPE 400 Sport
How many versions of the F-TYPE can Jaguar make? I say the more the merrier! Simply one of the best and most beautiful sports cars to be put into production in recent years, the newest iteration is the 400 Sport special edition. Shown for the first time in North America at CIAS, the standard 3.0-litre supercharged V6 has been massaged to push out nearly 400 hp. The Sport 400 comes exclusively in three colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black.
Infiniti QX50 Concept
This vision for Infiniti’s next-generation mid-size premium crossover made its national debut at CIAS. In addition to possessing autonomous drive support technology, the luxury brand hinted the future QX50 could be the initial platform for its production-ready 2.0 L VC-Turbo mill. The compression ratio of the engine is fluid, changing according to driving conditions, meaning fuel efficiency would be on par with diesel powertrains.