Apart from a house, there is no bigger purchase than a new car. While more than 2.6 million people in the UK bought a car fresh off the production line in 2015, the numbers for this year are expected to be even higher as a raft of highly anticipated new models and face-lifted versions of old favourites hit the market.
A selection of high performance supercars, SUVs, crossovers and superminis will debut this year with strong sales growth expected. Every sector will have at least one all-new model during 2016 with huge interest expected in the new range of hybrids and all-electric SUVs that are becoming an increasingly common sight on the UK’s roads.
Technology will become more and more complicated with an increasing trend towards vehicle autonomy even if we haven’t yet reached Google’s sunlit uplands with its self-driving cars. To keep you up to date with what’s coming and to help you decide whether to trade in your existing vehicle or wait another year, we’ve put together this guide to the top 10 most anticipated cars of 2016:
1. Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Giulia marks the Italian marque’s return to the compact executive market after an absence of more than four years. The new Giulia harks back to a golden age for the carmaker with its classic name. The Giulia will come in a class-covering array of variants including a 4WD version with a 3.0-litre engine developing 503 bhp, diesels and other turbocharged petrols.
2. Aston Martin DB11
You may have drooled over James Bond’s DB10 in the recent Spectre but, sadly, the model was built specially for the world’s most famous spy and not for the public. But the replacement for the DB9 will arrive later this year. Not a lot is known about the the new Aston although there is speculation that it will have Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0 twin turbo engine at its heart. The new DB11 will be the first of a number of new launches for Aston Martin including an all-electric supercar and a crossover.
3. Audi A5
The new A4 was only launched last year but the German carmaker is following it up quickly with the new A5 which will be built on the same chassis. The new model will first appear as a two-door coupé to be followed by the five-door Sportback by the end of the year. The new car will be lighter and a 2.0 litre diesel version will emit less than 100g/km of CO2. The A5 will be wider and lower than the A4 with more sporting looks.
4. Bentley Bentayga
Coming in the spring, the Bentley Bentayga will set you back more than £160,000 in its most basic trim and is clearly aimed at the Porsche Cayenne as the Anglo-German marque attempts to make the fastest and most luxurious SUV on the market. The famous Bentley 6.0-litre W12 engine will shift this beast from 0-62 mph in under four seconds with a top speed of almost 190mph. There will also be diesel and hybrid variants.
5. BMW 5 Series
The existing model may still look fresh but the German car maker is nothing if not predictable with its update cycle. A new chassis and a lower profile with give the new 5 Series a more rakish look than its predecessors while the body will be a carbon fibre-reinforced body which will dramatically cut the car’s weight. Hybrids and three-cylinder petrol engines will be among the variants.
6. Ford Edge
Styled like the US carmaker’s American models, the Edge is based on the Mondeo floor pan and is designed to be a cheaper alternative to the Land Rover Discovery Sport and BMW X3. The new car will feature a pair of 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines, with either 188bhp or 207bhp. A range of trim options from Trend up to Titanium will give buyers a large choice when it comes to price.
7. Jaguar F-Pace
The crowds at a Frankfurt race course were treated to a stunning loop-the-loop stunt when this new SUV debuted late last year. The new car will feature a range of 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines as well as a smaller 2.0-litre diesel with emissions of just 129g/km. The new car will come in rear or four-wheel drive as well as manual or automatic.
8. Kia Hybrid
Hybrids are rapidly becoming mainstream with more lower-priced models appearing on the market in the last few years. The latest mass market hybrid will be a Kia, which will have a specially built drive train and a 1.6-litre petrol motor and electric engine which will do about 60mpg.
9. Land Rover Discovery 5
While the current Discovery 4 was a radically different animal from the Discovery 3, many felt that its similar looks and shape marked a lack of imagination by the Solihull manufacturer. The new Discovery 5 will be radically different and offer Range Rover levels of comfort while maintaining its excellent off-road capabilities. Expect a diesel-electric hybrid and adaptive transmission and suspension settings.
10. Volvo S90
The Swedish maker’s executive saloon – the S90 – seems like it’s been around for donkey’s years and it has. The new S90 will target the BMW 5 Series and is expected to be as spacious and comfortable with lots of new tech including a large portrait-style touchscreen with both D4 and D5 turbodiesels under the hood. Volvo is also expected to announce a T8 plug-in hybrid which will emit just 50g of CO2/km.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with technology-led finance broker Solution Loans.