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Our 5 favorite surprises at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show

Some unveilings seemed to appear out of thin air in Detroit this year. These are the ones that left us hella impressed.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
Andrew Krok
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2018 Audi SQ5

The Audi SQ5 came out of nowhere, and it turned out to be a hell of a surprise.

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2018 Audi SQ5

With 354 horsepower on tap, the SQ5 certainly knows how to hustle.

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2018 Audi SQ5
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2018 Audi SQ5

We can't wait to drive it.

2018 Kia Stinger
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2018 Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger wasn't a surprise in the sense that everybody knew it was coming from teaser sites and the like.

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2018 Kia Stinger

It was a surprise in the sense that Kia actually built an impressively sexy sport sedan.

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2018 Kia Stinger
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2018 Kia Stinger

Can't we just take this one home?

2018 Toyota Camry
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2018 Toyota Camry

Toyota's car, again, was not a surprise, per se.

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2018 Toyota Camry

But its dedication to doing something different, at least on the outside, surprised more than a couple of us.

2018 Toyota Camry
2018 Toyota Camry
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2018 Toyota Camry

It may not be any more exciting to drive than before, but rest assured, it will still sell like gangbusters.

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept
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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

Nissan's Vmotion 2.0 concept surprised us with a clean look that will hopefully trickle down to actual production models over the next several years.

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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

Suicide doors are always nice, aren't they?

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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

We can do without the silly half steering wheel thing, but the rest is absolutely spot on.

Ford Ranger/Bronco
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Ford Ranger/Bronco

Ford surprised us by announcing firm dates for both the Ranger and Bronco, which will be based on the same chassis.

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Ford Ranger/Bronco

We'll see the Ranger in 2019, and the Bronco the following year.

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Ford Ranger/Bronco
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Ford Ranger/Bronco

Ford also surprised us by having absolutely nothing of interest at its press conference.

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