Chevy will unwrap its seventh-generation Corvette, the C7. The 2014 model features evolutionary styling and lightweight materials such as hydroformed aluminum and carbon fiber. The sports car gets a new V-8 overhead-valve pushrod engine that also will be used in GM's pickups and SUVs.
Ford will give show-goers a sneak peek at its next-generation pickup with a vehicle called the 2015 F-150 Concept. Ford is looking to protect its best-seller in the face of hot competition from General Motors, which introduced the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra last month.
Ford will introduce the Transit commercial van family. The 2014 Transit will replace the venerable E-series van. The North American Transit will be offered in three roof heights, including a low-roof version that will not be sold in Europe. The low-roof Transit, measuring 83.2 inches high, is virtually the same height as the outgoing E series. The Transit will offer two wheelbases and three engines, including a 3.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, a 3.7-liter V-6 and a 3.2-liter Power Stroke five-cylinder diesel.
Honda will unveil a crossover concept based on a subcompact car, a model that would fit below the CR-V. That concept is presumed to be the prototype of a Fit-based crossover Honda plans to produce in Mexico starting in 2014.
Hyundai will reveal a luxury sedan concept. Details are scarce, but the design could suggest the next-generation Genesis sedan, which is due for a restyling for the 2014 model year.
Infiniti launches its global Q naming system when it unveils the 2014 Q50, a redesign of the current G37. Infiniti's larger M sedan will become the Q70. An early teaser glimpse of the G37 replacement showed little more than a cat's-eye headlight, but the Q50 promises significant changes in performance and technology. The G, Infiniti's best-seller, was last redesigned for 2007.
Jeep is expected to show a restyled and re-engineered 2014 Grand Cherokee, which goes on sale in the first half of the year. Jeep's flagship SUV is scheduled to get an eight-speed automatic transmission and a diesel option. Spy photos have shown new exterior styling and a new electronics package.
Expect Chrysler's Street & Racing Technology group to showcase its own restyled and re-engineered version of the Grand Cherokee SRT, with refined interior electronics and new styling.
Lexus will show its redesigned 2014 IS sedan. It shares a platform and 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the larger GS sedan, but the IS also has its own entry-level 2.5-liter V-6.
Lincoln plans a concept version of a compact crossover, the MKC. The vehicle, which will share a platform with the Ford Escape, probably will reach showrooms late this year. The production version of MKC is expected at the New York auto show in March. The MKC will feature some technology that the Escape doesn't have, including Lincoln Drive Control, a system that manages the engine, transmission, electric power steering, active noise control, traction control and other functions for optimum performance.
The 2014 CLA, a front-wheel-drive compact, is a new sedan with coupelike styling similar to that of the larger CLS. The CLA will have all-wheel drive. Mercedes also will show a restyled 2014 E class with revised sheet metal and radar-based collision warning system that can brake the car to reduce the severity of an impact.
Nissan will reveal a redesigned 2014 Versa hatchback, more than a year after putting the redesigned version of its Versa sedan in showrooms. The hatchback styling will further differentiate the two body styles. The hatchback will represent a more upscale subcompact model for the brand, making the Versa sedan Nissan's least-expensive vehicle.
Toyota will show a sedan concept code-named Furia. Because the Corolla is due for a redesign in fall, it's likely that the Furia hints at the design direction for Toyota's compact sedan. Judging from close-ups in a teaser video from Toyota, the Furia has taken many of its cues from the recent Scion FR-S sports coupe. But what is displayed onstage in Detroit likely will be dialed down by the time the Corolla reaches dealerships.
Dealer sources expect a seven-seat SUV concept -- a vehicle Volkswagen wants to add in the United States. Volkswagen also will show a Passat concept with a more powerful engine.