The Detroit show is going to be a feast for the car-junkie senses in 2016. Here's a list of the cars and concepts we're most looking forward to learning more about.

In North America auto shows don’t come any bigger than the party that gets thrown in the Motor City in January. In fact, with respect to Frankfurt, Paris, and Geneva, on a good year Detroit still vies for the title of Most Important Motor Show on Planet Earth. With the auto industry booming and sales rocketing in just about every segment, the pickings at the 2016 North American International Auto Show are likely to be fat indeed.

Proof of that statement can be found just below. The Motor1 team has sifted through the known quantities and expected surprises headed to Detroit this year, and picked out some of the metal we’re most excited to see for the first time. Please have a look at our list, and then tell us, in comments below, what reveals you’re stoked to finally see. 

Lincoln Continental concept live in New York

Like many of you, I typically reserve most of my auto show excitement for sports cars, supercars, or wild new concepts. But ever since the New York Auto Show last this past spring, I've been tremendously excited to see what the oft-derided Lincoln brand will be capable of with its new flagship, the Continental. 

In concept form (seen here), the Continental was stately, modern, and almost Rolls-Royce-like in its effect and execution. In short: The most exciting Lincoln in recent memory. If the company can capture even half of that gravitas with the production model, there may just be a true Cadillac competitor upcoming from an American brand. Consider my fingers crossed.

– Seyth Miersma, Executive Editor

2016 Volvo S90

A breath of fresh air in the premium midsize segment, Volvo’s S90 is definitely going to be a show stopper next month in Detroit. The beautiful sedan will be a worthy replacement of the S80 and I think it’s one of the most elegant launched in recent years. Reading through your comments, I’ve noticed the rear-end design has generated some controversy, but I like what I’m seeing so far.

The interior, largely sourced from the XC90, seems to be very cozy and stands out in the best possible way in this highly competitive segment. It’s not cluttered with a lot of physical buttons, as the large touchscreen display grants access to most of the functions. The classy wood trim and lovely leather upholstery adorned with the Swedish flag contribute to make the S90 a very desirable, high-end product.

– Adrian Padeanu, Contributing Editor

2017 Ford Fusion spy photo

Building a global model is definitely not an easy job. Ask Ford – a company offering the Fusion (and Mondeo) model range in Europe, North America, South Africa, Russia, and many more regions in the world. That’s why it is such an important vehicle for the Blue oval, despite the sales decline in the D-segment, at least on the Old continent.

Definitely, it’s going to be a busy year in the midsize segment, which makes me eager to see how the refreshed Fusion will battle its rivals. In Europe it has to fight the all-new Skoda Superb and the top-seller Volkswagen Passat. In the US it is currently being outsold by the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, and has a brand-new challenger in the Chevrolet Malibu.

But what makes me really excited about the facelifted model is that, hopefully, we’ll finally get a high-performance version of it. If we can believe the word on the street, at least. It’s been almost ten years since the ST220 version arrived to burn up Euro streets. Rumors suggest the new car could use a Mustang-sourced 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Come on, Ford, we need that car!

– Anthony Karr, Contributing Editor

2016 BMW M2

For the pure-hearted driving enthusiasts, one of the most anticipated debuts in Detroit is the BMW M2 Coupe. Since its web reveal in October, we've already seen the hot coupe in various photos and videos. However, the M2 debut marks the first time the public will be able to see it up close, at least before its market launch in the Spring.

The M2 Coupe is also significant because it is the spiritual successor of the 1 Series M Coupe. The 1M had a limited production run for only one year and it never met demand, while the M2 will be built until 2020 providing at least double the production of the 1M. As with all cars that embody passion and driving excitement, the M2 Coupe debut is enticing because it's not very often a new player of this caliber launches in the compact performance segment.

– Brian Potter, Founder 



Infiniti Q60 Coupe spy photo

The North American International Auto Show will be chock-full of new debuts but the one I'm really looking forward to is the 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe. While it may not have the cachet of the BMW 4 Series or Mercedes C Class Coupes, the Q60 still has a lot going for thanks to a stylish design and an all-new biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces up to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

– Michael Gauthier, Contributing Editor

2016 Detroit Auto Show preview