Audi will unveil a concept car in Los Angeles to mark the start of a "new era" under Lichte. Design cues from the concept may find their way into a future flagship such as the A8 executive sedan, which is due for a redesign in 2017.
Audi also will unveil a limited-run variant of the R8 sports car.
Drawing 570 hp from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine, the R8 competition edition is the most powerful production car Audi has built. It features matte carbon-fiber bodywork and blacked-out wheels. Sixty units will be available in the U.S.
BMW plans to unveil high-performance versions of its X5 and X6 SUVs.
The second-generation X5 M and X6 M are to be powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 combined with an eight-speed transmission when they arrive in U.S. showrooms in the spring. Starting prices, including shipping, are $99,650 for the X5 M and $103,050 for the X6 M.
Cadillac plans to unveil the ATS-V, the high-performance version of its ATS compact sedan, which competes with models such as the BMW M3 and Audi S4.
It may use the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 from the current-generation CTS-V, which delivers 420 hp and 430 pounds-feet of torque in the midsize CTS-V.
Chrysler plans to unveil a freshened version of its 300 full-size sedan.
The reworked 300 will feature a new front fascia and updated interior appointments. Buyers who opt for the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 will get the same eight-speed automatic transmission that is now paired with that engine in the Dodge Charger.
Ford will show a freshened version of the 2016 Explorer. The updated version of the Explorer, America's best-selling large crossover with 175,148 sold through October, will get a face-lift and new driver assist features. And Ford may have a big surprise up its sleeve. Ford has posted some teaser videos hinting at a Mustang performance car to bow at the L.A. show. The vehicle is rumored to be the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.