An all-new Mercedes-Benz, a preview of the John Cooper Works Mini concept and a closely guarded Audi crossover concept are just some of the highlights of the Detroit motor show 2014
7 January 2014

The Detroit motor show takes place next month, with the schedule full of new car reveals from big-name manufacturers, as well as new concepts, facelifts and production models.

Our team of journalists will be working to bring you the very latest news as it happens from the show, but here's our pre-Detroit roundup of what to expect at the event in 2014.

Audi crossover concept

Billed as a design study, the new crossover is said to provide hints to the appearance of the next generation of Audi Q models, including a new Q1-badged offering confirmed for production in 2016. Audi describes the high-riding crossover as possessing a traditional shooting brake-like body with two long doors and an angled estate-style tailgate.

BMW 2-series

A replacement for the 1-series coupé and convertible, the 2-series will be shown in hardtop form for the first time at Detroit. It adopts BMW’s new naming policy, with hatches and saloons adopting the odd numbers in the series, and coupés and convertibles taking the evens. Engines range from a 218d to the range-topping M235i.

BMW M3 and M4

The M3 saloon and M4 coupé will be shown for the first time. Both cars use a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six producing 425bhp. UK sales will start next May, with the M3 costing from £56,175 and the M4 from £56,635. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DTC automatic transmission.

BMW X1 facelift

This midly facelifted BMW X1 will be sold in the UK from March, and comes with new exterior accents and a lightly re-touched interior. BMW also plans to offer an expanded range of services through its ConnectedDrive system, including an eco-tracking function and online entertainment.

BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design

While not a new model per se, BMW will offer a new interior upgrade package for its BMW Z4 model in the form of the Pure Fusion Design specification. The top-spec trim features plenty of new leather trim and wood, alongside new paintwork. BMW has also confirmed the trim will be available to order in the UK.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will have its world debut at the Detroit motor show. Production of the Z06 will begin in late 2014, suggesting that sales will start early in 2015. It is not known whether the Corvette Z06 will be offered in right-hand drive or whether it will go on sale in Europe.

Chrysler 200

Replacing the Sebring model, the 200 is based on the US-centric ‘wide’ version of the platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The 200 is expected to be sold with two engines: a 2.4-litre, ‘Tigershark’ four cylinder and one of Chrysler’s familiar 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar engines.

Hyundai Genesis

The next-generation Genesis will be seen in Detroit for the first time, and despite Hyundai officials not confirming the model will come to the UK, the car is being developed in right-hand-drive form for the first time. It marks the first use of Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design language.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

Supposedly taking F1 styling influences to the road, this special Q50 is intended to signify the relationship between Infiniti and the Red Bull F1 team. Infiniti says it has added new aerodynamic bodywork alongside new technology inside.

Kia GT4 Stinger concept

This new turbocharged, rear-wheel drive Kia sports car concept is still shrouded in secrecy. Design details look set to include a new iteration of Kia's 'tiger nose' grille, with vertical LED headlights, a carbonfibre front splitter and 20-inch wheels.

Lexus RC F

It has been suggested that this concept will be an F version of the RC concept we saw in Tokyo earlier this year. Lexus says the model has been "engineered from scratch" and "promises to deliver performance synonymous with Lexus's heritage of F-designated performance vehicles."

Nissan Sport Sedan concept

Nissan says the Sport Sedan concept "previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan's legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan". Speculation suggests the car will offer an exaggerated view of how the next generation Nissan Maxima will appear.

Mercedes-Benz C-class

Mercedes’ global bestseller will be shown officially for the first time at its public debut in Detroit. It features a dramatic new look inside and out, a 100kg weight reduction and a more efficient engine line-up that includes a model with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Based on the same MFA platform as the A-class, the GLA is an Audi Q3-rivalling baby soft-roader. First shown as concept in Shanghai earlier this year, Detroit will see the production version. It’ll be available with both front and four-wheel drive, with prices expected to start from £25k.

Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

 Alongside the standard GLA, Mercedes will also lift the lid from its new 355bhp+ performance SUV. Powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the A45 AMG, the GLA45 AMG will go on sale in the spring, bolstering Mercedes' AMG-branded SUV range to five models.

Mercedes-Benz S600

The S600 will be powered by a 5.5-litre V12 engine developing around 530bhp when it goes on sale in 2014. That same engine, in 6.0-litre form, will also power the S65 AMG flagship.

Mini JCW concept

The John Cooper Works concept is based on the 2014 Mini hatchback, and is likely to be powered by a tuned version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine found in the Cooper S. Although Mini officially refers to it as a concept for the moment, it is very likely that it will make production.

Porsche 911 Targa

The new 911 Targa is expected to hark back to its original ancestor, featuring a removable glass roof panel rather than a sliding glass roof. Like its 997 predecessor, this new Targa is expected to be all-wheel drive only, and powered by 3.4- and 3.8-litre flat six engines producing 345bhp and 395bhp respectively.

Subaru WRX STI

The newest Subaru WRX STI could make it to the UK as early as 2015, where it's likely to go on sale for less than £30,000. Based on the already-seen WRX saloon, Subaru is expected to give the STI over 300bhp and a new, more aggressive bodywork package.

Toyota Supra concept

Although Toyota has declined to comment, sources indicate a Supra concept is to be shown. A production version is likely to follow. The new concept has been designed by Toyota's Calty studio, which has contributed to a number of Lexus, Scion and Toyota designs in the past but has not worked on a Supra project before.

Volvo XC concept

Although just a concept, the XC will give strong hints towards design elements that will be seen on the new XC90, due towards the end of next year. The firm says that as XC-badged vehicles form the backbone of its range, the Concept XC includes plenty of hints towards the future design direction of those models.

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