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A new Audi SUV, Honda's NSX sports car and a host of vehicle debuts from Mercedes-Benz means January's Detroit motor show should kick 2015 off in style

The Detroit motor show is an important event for the motor industry. It kicks off the calendar of model launches and events at the beginning of what is set to be a significant year for new cars.

The action in Detroit kicks off on 12 January. Autocar will be there to bring you the latest news, pictures and industry gossip from this important US motor show.

Major manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda are gearing up to reveal new models at the show. 

Here's Autocar's guide to what's heading to the Detroit motor show in 2015. Keep checking back to this page because we'll be updating this list as we get closer to the show.

Audi Q7

The new Q7 is the first of five new luxury SUVs planned by the Volkswagen Group. It will go on sale in the UK next Spring and will come in hybrid e-tron form for the first time. Audi has also shed a significant 325kg in weight compared to the outgoing model.

BMW 6-series/M6 facelift

Detroit will be our first chance to see BMW's facelifted 6-series and M6 models in the metal. Though styling tweaks are light – focusing mainly around a reprofiled front bumper and new kidney grille design – revisions to the 6-series engine range should improve fuel economy and emissions.

Chevrolet Volt

GM has already revealed the front-end shape of its second-generation Chevrolet Volt ahead of its Detroit debut. Sadly, though, it won't be coming to the UK. GM has promised customers more range, less weight and an improved cabin with the new car.

Honda NSX

Such is the hype surrounding Honda's new sports car that it's sold out before even making its entrance. More than 100 pre-orders have been taken for the new model, which is tipped to cost around £75,000. Total output from its hybrid powertrain – which sees a mid-mounted V6 petrol engine mated to three electric motors – is rated at around 400bhp.

Infiniti Q60

Nissan's luxury arm will offer a thinly-veiled look at its next-generation Q60, with the model taking design inspiration from the range-topping Q80 Inspiration concept. Infiniti is promising "the power of exhilaration" with the new concept.

Lexus GS F

We already know that Toyota's luxury arm plans to bring a new version of its GS F sports car to market in 2016, and the Japanese firm has already confirmed it will bring a new F-designated model to Detroit. The GS F is expected to be powered by the same 5.0-litre V8 engine as the RC F, and should offer close to 500bhp.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

The first public outing for Mercedes' CLA Shooting Brake will come just days before the model goes on sale in the UK. Offering more load space than the old car, at 1354 litres with the seats down, the new Shooting Brake will come to market with two diesel engine options and four petrols. The hardcore CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 355bhp.

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé

Based on what is currently called the ML, the new GLE Coupé is part of Mercedes' newly expanded, and newly renamed, SUV range. It'll come to UK showrooms next June, priced at around £10,000 more than equivalent GLE models.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

The GLC is another SUV to have been rebadged for 2015, having been formerly known as the GLK. The second-generation model will go on sale in the UK towards the middle of next year and will be sold in right-hand drive form for the first time. Rivals include Audi's Q5, BMW's X3 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Sport

The first models from Mercedes' new AMG Sport performance line-up will be based on the C-class and GLE Coupé, and will come to the UK early next year. The new range is planned to sit in between standard Mercedes road cars and hotter Mercedes-AMG models.

Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works

The third-generation Cooper S JCW is powered by a revised version of the Cooper S's 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, here developing 228bhp and 236lb ft. It'll be priced close to the £22,460 of its predecessor when UK sales begin next April.

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