Details of the 2016 Dakar Rally were unveiled at a ceremony in Paris on Thursday.
The 37th running of the event will be the eighth successive year that it takes place in South America.
It will take the competitors across Argentina and Bolivia but misses out Chile altogether this year.
The gruelling rally raid will cover some 9300 kilometres of which 4700 will be timed special stages.
The Race begins on January 2 in Buenos Aires and ends two weeks later in the central Argentine city of Rosario.