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Detroit Motor Show 2015 Preview

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Next year's automotive calendar kicks off with the Detroit Motor Show on 12 January, promising a number of interesting debuts and a new Volkswagen concept. Most exciting of all will be the arrival of the much anticipated new Honda NSX and a hot new John Cooper Works Mini. Elsewhere the following new metal should draw the crowds:

Audi

The new Q7 has been seen in pictures but will make its debut in the flesh at Detroit, introducing too the new VW Group MLB 2 platform, which is set to underpin the forthcoming new generation Porsche Cayenne and the all new Bentley SUV. The new Q7 will be lighter than the previous version and available as a diesel only.

Honda

The Japanese firm has been teasing the new hybrid NSX in concept form at various motor shows for a couple of years now, but the Detroit show marks an exciting debut for the Audi R8 and BMW i8 rivalling supercar. All wheel drive and 400bhp will accompany an all new dual clutch transmission when the NSX reaches the market next summer.

Lexus

Also to be seen in the flesh for the first time is the new Lexus flagship GS F performance saloon. With 500bhp under the bonnet, it should give the Audi RS6 and BMW M5 a few sleepless nights. The GS F will hit the market in the second half of 2015.

Mercedes-Benz

The German firm is going all out to impress in Detroit, with five new products on show. The sleek new SUV GLE Coupe is first up, squaring up to the BMW X6. It will be accompanied by a pair of new AMG Sport models, the GLE Coupe 450 AMG Sport and a saloon, the C450 AMG Sport - both junior versions of the full AMG jobs. There's also the CLA Shooting Brake and the newly branded GLS, essentially an updated version of the previous GL-Class SUV.

Mini

The latest John Cooper Works edition of the three door hatch is hotter than ever, with an upgraded four cylinder, 2.0 litre engine to return 228bhp. It's lighter and stiffer than before and set to resemble a go-kart more than ever. The ultimate in hot hatch entertainment.

Volkswagen

The German firm is expected to unveil an all new concept in crossover or SUV form, in the style of 2013's CrossBlue concept. If it makes production, it will be an intermediary between the Tiguan and Touareg SUV models in VW's UK line up.

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