Cars to watch out for in 2016…
"There is a new Dawn…courtesy of Rolls Royce. It is to our mind, the best looking Roller yet"
Alfa Romeo are pinning its hopes on revival with the long awaited Giulia due around September 2016 – it’s a BMW 3 Series contender that Alfa hopes will revive the brand. Meanwhile Aston Martin are planning to step up the supercar stakes with the new DB11 due in summer 2016, it’ll be powered by a twin-turbocharged AMG engine and possibly launched under a different name. Turning to Audi, they plan to facelift their A3 saloon in the summer with minor styling tweaks, whilst it’ll be top down glory in the new R8 Spyder due in the spring
It’s a big year for Bentley – they’ll be launching their first ever SUV, the Bentayga, after heavily modifying the design of the original concept version. We believe Her Majesty the Queen has already taken delivery of one.
BMW are on a roll too this year with the new X2 sports coupe due in late 2016. The new M2 scheduled for April this year is the big hype car of the year; a 365 bhp rear wheel drive Coupe. BMW fans should also look forward to the no doubt staggering M4 GTS due in spring 2016.
Life wouldn’t be the same without Ferrari. I proposed to my wife when she said she wanted one. 2016 sees the introduction of the 488 Spider, whilst the revival of the Dino name pledges a new £150,000 mid-engined sports car from the brand. The F12tdf, on the streets now (and here in the summer), with its big weight reduction and power boost to 770bhp is the closest thing to Viagra on wheels.
The MX5 based Fiat 124 is coming in autumn 2016; beginning its life as an Alfa, it now becomes a Fiat and may well poke a tiny hole in MX5 sales, but probably too tiny to notice. Expect Italian flair handling for Italian flair handling enthusiasts, for they will be the buyers. Turning to bigger fish, Ford plan to do what they do best with the new Focus RS due in the spring; 316bhp and all-wheel drive equals serious fun. At the other end of the scale look out for the Focus Electric in late 2016 – rumoured to provide 100 miles of range in just 30 mins charging. Me – I’d go for the new Ford GT; powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine developing over 600bhp, a petrol-head’s delight.
So too is the new Honda NSX (spring), although this is slightly more environmentally friendly, generating 550bhp from its hybrid powertrain incorporating a V6 engine and three electric motors – a technological engineering milestone we believe
The trend towards luxury 4x4s continues with Jaguars F Pace, their first ever SUV out in the spring, and so is Kia’s revised Sportage. Land Rover are building on the winning styling cues of the Evoque with the introduction of the Evoque Convertible this year. Meanwhile, Maserati will be in on the SUV craze as well with the launch of the Maserati Levante, a car we hope to see before the end of the year.
Mercedes-Benz plan to introduce a new E-Class this summer, taking styling cues from the C-class, GLA and S-class coupé, with an E-Class Coupe planned for later in the year whilst MINI plan to introduce a new and better equipped Convertible in 2016, and the new Countryman due later in the year will be bigger with updated styling. Mitsubishi meanwhile have facelifted the Outlander this year but it’s uncertain when the car will come to the UK.
There is a new Dawn…courtesy of Rolls Royce. It is to our mind, the best looking Roller yet, looking to target the younger well to do customer and set to boost Rolls Royce sales in deliberately measured fashion. Skoda on the other hand, already stooped in accolades with their current model line-up, plan to release a new large SUV this year. There’ll be mild hybrid power and 1.0-litre turbo petrol for the Suzuki supermini Baleno this summer.
Speaking of hybrid, we’ll see a revised Toyota Prius with a new modular platform whilst Volvo plan to introduce the new S90, with a V90 estate version not long thereafter. Finally, watch out for the latest reiteration of the Volkswagen Golf expected towards the end of the year; it’ll have the new mild hybrid power trains too. Yes, manuafcturers are set for a very busy and competitive year!
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