For 42 years running, the Edmonton Auto Show has presented a wide array of vehicles. From exotic cars to concepts, this year you'll be able to see more than 750 cars all under one roof. Here are five must-see models on display this year.
1. Cadillac Escala Concept Visitors should give this concept car the special attention it deserves. Sure, it will never actually be mass produced, but the Cadillac team has confirmed that several of the Escala’s design features will be used on some of its production models—such as the CT6, for example. The cabin is roomy, modern and very luxurious. Here's another fun fact: the car does not have B pillars! The Escala is said to be powered by a 4.2-litre V8.
2. 2018 Nissan Kicks With the discontinued JUKE no longer available in dealerships, Nissan needed a new SUV to replace it. That's the trendy thing to do, after all! Already seen at the Montreal Auto Show in January, the Kicks is now strutting its stuff at the Edmonton Motorshow. There's a 125-horsepower, 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine under the hood. Look for it to arrive at Canadian dealerships in the summer of 2018.
3. 2019 Ford Ranger Missing in action since 2011, our old friend the Ford Ranger is back with a vengeance. Unveiled with great pageantry at the Detroit Auto Show, the Ranger will be fully developed by Ford, unlike the previous generation, which was designed with assistance from Mazda. Under the hood, there's the same EcoBoost, 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo found in the Mustang. It will go up against the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma in the midsize pickup category.
4. 2019 BMW i8 Roadster The BMW i8 has attracted a lot of attention since its launch. And justifiably so: exotic cars with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain are few and far between. Without abandoning its futuristic style, the i8 now comes in a convertible version. Engine output increases from 357 to 369 horsepower, and thanks to its higher capacity battery, the maximum operating range in fully electric mode is now estimated at 55 km for the Coupe and 53 km for the Roadster.
5. 2018 Hyundai Kona Even though it has only been on the market for a few weeks now, critics are already heaping praise on the Kona, predicting a slew of awards and wild popularity in Canada. This subcompact SUV is positioned below the Tucson at Hyundai. The Kona has two available engines: the 147-horsepower 2.0-litre four and the 175-horsepower, 1.6-litre turbo.