Detroit 2015: 10 Vehicles We Can't Wait to See

Jan 07, 2015 06:00 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

At least 40 North American and global launches are set to take place next week during the 2015 North American International Auto Show, including a new Chevy Volt and the highly anticipated Cadillac CTS-V.

Detroit is expecting a big crowd for this year's event. At least 800,000 visitors from the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend public days, which run from January 17-25, according to

Press preview days for the auto show are on Jan. 12 and 13 at the Cobo Center, and we'll be on hand to provide the latest news from the Motor City.

For the time being however, here are 10 vehicles we are excited to check out.

1.Cadillac CTS-V

(The 2016 CTS-V in a company press photo. Photo : Cadillac)

We reported some exciting news about the third-generation Cadillac CTS last month: expect a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine capable of producing 640 horsepower, which is an increase of 84 horsepower over the current model, and a top speed of 200 mph.

2.Chevrolt Volt

(Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney teased this image of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt back in August. Photo : Chevrolet)

GM introduced the upcoming Volt in a one minute video during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but its official debut will take place next week. All we know so far is that vehicle will be a little bit bigger and will likely come with a better battery and run on regular fuel instead of premium.

3.Toyota Tacoma

(Toyota has released this one teaser image of the 2016 Tacoma pickup Photo : Toyota )

The current Tacoma is one of the most popular vehicles around, so the new one will have some shoes to fill. So far all that has been confirmed for the midsized pickup is an updated exterior and two engine options (4- and 6-cylinder.)

4.Ford F-150 Raptor

(Expect the new model to look a little bit different from this version. Photo : Ford 

We have no idea what to expect from Ford when it comes to its next-generation F-150 SVT Raptor. Ford has done a good job not revealing anything to make the truck's official debut that much more special. If we had to guess, the new truck will likely come with a light, aluminum body to increase its performance.

5.Ford GT

(There are rumors that Ford is bringing back this legendary vehicle.  Photo : Ford)

This one is not a lock for Detroit yet, but most people are hoping it does show up. The original was manufactured from 2005-2006, and this tribute to the Le Mans winning champion racecar could be the most talked about car of the show.

6.Acura NSX

(The production version of the re-designed Acura NSX will make its formal debut. Photo : Acura)

We've waited three years since first seeing the first concept for the NSX in Detroit, and the automaker claims it will finally have a production ready model on hand next week. What we know so far is that it will be driven by a three-motor, twin-turbocharged sport hybrid powerplant.

7. Audi Q7

(The 2016 Audi Q7 will bring Audi into the next decade.  Photo : Autopareri)

Expect a rounder Q7 in Detroit compared to the current model, along with a polygonal grille, which is becoming a key feature for future Audis. What we know so far is the new Q7 will be manufactured on a modular MLB platform that underpins the aluminum A8 sedan. This should result in a lighter car overall.

8.Infiniti Q60 Concept

(Muscular lines are revealed in the silhouette of the Q60 Concept. Photo : Infiniti)

From the photo, we are able to see that the new Q60's design features muscular lines and full-sized wheels place out at the corners of the Concept, which makes it an unmistakable design statement. The Q60 could share a lot of similarities with the Q50, like a 3.7-liter V6, but we'll see.  

9.Lexus GS F

(The latest addition to the Lexus F series joins the RC F coupe in the lineup.  Photo : Lexus)

The supposed "track-ready" GS F comes with "torque-vectoring differential," which was intrdocued in the coupe version and will replace the smaller IS F. It will come with the same 467 hp V8 engine offered with the RC F coupe that was introduced last year.

10. Nissan Titan

(The current Titan, as seen in a press photo. Photo : Nissan) 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Nissan Titan. What we know so far about the truck is that Nissan will make an optional torque-rich Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 diesel engine available. Expect this bad boy to compete for sales with the popular crowd like the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150.

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