Pixar has announced that the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will include an early look at Cars 3 and debut a life-size version of one of the film's stars.

Pixar will first share the preview at a press conference on January 8.

Pixar will also create a special Cars 3-themed display on the show floor for all visitors to explore at the NAIAS.

"With every film that we make at Pixar, we do our best to create worlds and characters that ring true to our audiences," said Cars 3 director Brian Fee. "A huge part of doing this successfully lies in the extensive research that we do on each film. Cars 3 is a love letter to racing and its roots, so we could not be more excited to be a part of the North American International Auto Show to share a little bit of our film with our fellow car enthusiasts."

Overview of Cars 3 from Pixar:

"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!"