The North American International Auto Show kicks off on Sunday, and TheStreet's Bret Kenwell has already checked out some sweet rides.

So what are we looking for while walking around at this year's Detroit Auto Show?

Of course, we'll want to see what new self-driving car features automakers bring to us this year. With a whole section of the show going just toward these efforts, we're sure to get a glimpse at what the future holds. Plus, Nvidia (NVDA) - Get Report , Intel (INTC) - Get Report , Ford (F) - Get Report and others at the CES show Las Vegas this this week just told us what they are working on.

So there's no doubt we will see some new advances and new features at this year's show.

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Speaking of Ford, we're also excited about what the automaker will unveil this weekend. Many assume we will see the new F-150 diesel-powered engine. This will be a new engine option for America's best-selling pickup. That said, we'll also be keeping an eye out for new trucks from Ram  (FCAU) - Get Report and Chevrolet (GM) - Get Report .

Will Ford roll out a new high-powered Mustang Shelby GT500, something that can challenge the Dodge Hellcat? We don't know for sure, but Detroit is buzzing about whether we'll see the high-powered muscle car this weekend. There's also a breeze of confidence that we'll see the Ford Mustang Bullitt.

Named after the 1968 film, the Mustang Bullitt edition has surfaced a few times in the past. There's reason to believe it could happen again this year and with the overhaul Ford pulled on its Mustang a few years ago, many are excited to see the new ride.

Pivoting away from sports cars, we're also looking to see what Jeep has up its sleeve with the 2019 Cherokee, set to unveil early next week. With a hot SUV segment in the U.S., will Jeep continue to capture consumers heart?

(Our guess is yes, but there's also a Jeep in the family. So maybe we're a bit biased).

Also on the SUV front will be the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class (DDAIF) . With alterations to its suspension and improvements with clearance, it will be interesting to see what this expensive beast can tackle for those that dare to take it off the pavement. Mercedes will also debut its GLS-Class SUV at the Detroit Auto Show.

It will also be worth wondering whether we'll see Mercedes' new infotainment A.I. system.

Finally, we'll want to see what Alfa Romeo is serving up after its Giulia car was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2018. 

In a nutshell: We're looking for autonomous cars, special edition Mustangs, new trucks and fancy SUVs.

Technological advances in the auto industry have been simply stunning over the past few years. Ranging from in-car entertainment to driver-assist features like auto-stopping and self-parking.

The fact that the economy has been doing well over the past few years is encouraging as well. With U.S. auto sales hovering north of 17 million units for the third straight year, automakers must be feeling encouraged. That allows them to push the envelope on innovation, features and horsepower.

Be sure to check TheStreet on Sunday and Monday, as pictures, video and interviews from the Detroit Auto Show roll in. And you can stay ahead of the news by reading TheStreet's Morning Jolt.  Sign up for the newsletter here. Watch the video preview below from TheStreet's Brian Sozzi and Scott Gamm. At the end of the video they talk about Ford's (F) - Get Report Muscle Car.

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