German brands will unveil key models to help boost their U.S. sales at this year's Detroit auto show.
Audi will debut its updated Q7 large crossover. The new Q7 is lighter than the current model and will include the latest version of the brand’s infotainment and connectivity system. BMW will show two-door coupe and convertible versions of its 6 series and a four-door Gran Coupe with coupelike styling. Mercedes-Benz will debut the GLE Coupe, a derivative of the four-door M-class crossover, with four doors and a coupelike roofline.
Volkswagen is expected to show an SUV concept that points at a new nameplate that the brand badly needs to boost sales in the U.S.
Among other European brands, Alfa Romeo will use the show for a world debut of the production version of the 4C Spider.
Below are some of the key debuts. The cars will be unveiled during the show's press days on January 12 and 13.
Acura will debut the NSX sports car, originally shown as a concept at the Detroit auto show in 2012 as a successor to the original NSX. The high-performance car, with a midengine, twin-turbocharged hybrid powertrain, will reach showrooms this year. The car is likely a 2016 model.
Alfa Romeo sales resumed in the United States in November after a nearly 20-year hiatus. The Italian brand, which has big plans for the U.S., will build on the 4C with the world debut of the production version of the 2016 4C Spider. A concept version of the two-seater was on the show floor at the Paris auto show but with no fanfare.
The 2016 Audi Q7 will debut. The redesigned three-row crossover has shed more than 700 pounds (318kg) and will include the latest version of Audi’s infotainment and connectivity system. A 3.0-liter supercharged gasoline or turbocharged diesel V-6 are expected to be available on the Q7. In the future, the crossover is expected to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain.