22 Jan The 10 Most Anticipated Cars Of 2018
With another year in cars already behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the head-turning, jaw-dropping, eye-opening vehicles set to hit the bitumen in 2018. While 2017 saw the entry of models such as the BMW 5 series, Honda Civic Type R and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the next calendar year is looking ripe to set the bar even higher for the automotive market.
Here are the 10 most anticipated cars of 2018.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep has stepped into 2018 with its guns blazing and a whole new line of its crowd-favourite model – the Grand Cherokee. Promising even more luxury, a sharper and more aggressive design and a new artillery belt armed with bold off-road capabilities, it’s no wonder drivers and car-enthusiasts alike have their eye on its release in late 2018.
A step down from SUVs is Audi’s new executive sedans – the A6 and the A7. These twin gravel-turners look set to flip the segment on its head and give the BMW 5-Series a run for its money. Speaking of money, your cash will get you a new aluminum chassis, higher-power engines, improved fuel economy and a sharp new dynamic design.
While the X5 has been heating the premium SUV market right up in 2017, the over-the-top X7 looks ready to set the standard even higher. Looking more like a Range Rover than a BMW, this vehicle will steer away from the brand’s traditional design, featuring greater luxury and size than ever before. BMW fans with big families, huge garages and massive weekend adventures in the works – keep your eye on this one.
BMW 3 Series
Another BMW hitting the market this year is the brand new 3-Series model – a pimped up variant of its best selling line. This popular model will no doubt be on the top of Christmas lists the world over in 2018, thanks to its fresh new design, improved engines, and new hybrid option. It may not stack up against other cars in the luxury sedan segment (like the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class) but it’ll still be a damn nice drive.
Land Rover Defender
Though having been abandoned at the factory line in 2016, the Defender is back to pick up its title of ‘rugged compact off-roader’. For enthusiasts, the model may stray a tad from tradition, but after years in production behind closed doors, the release of the new Land Rover Defender is almost certainly one of the most eagerly awaited vehicle launches in the automotive world.
Joining the other luxury sedan releases this year is the new Lexus LS. Commonly referred to as a ‘luxury yacht on wheels’, this tidy ride retains Lexus’ signature front-end styling and sleek silhouette and will no doubt stack up well against the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class. An added bonus for the sustainably conscious among us is the optional hybrid version.
Already the biggest segment in the market, SUVs are gaining another compact-sized premium luxury model. Volvo’s new XC40 (which will be slightly smaller than the XC60) will closely resemble the rest of its fleet and should offer a healthy competition to the Audi Q3 and BMW X3, but with a touch more refinement and style.
If you thought the SUV market was already saturated enough with enormous luxury vehicles then think again. The Audi Q8 is on its way and it’s looking to be bigger, badder and more expensive than any of its predecessors. It’ll feature Audi’s signature design but with significant upgrades to its engines, power, interior, and comfort.
Range Rover Velar
If the new Land Rover isn’t enough for you, cop an eye-full of the Range Rover Velar. The mid-sized SUV model slots neatly between the Evoque and the Discovery, but put simply – packs a bigger punch. This luxury SUV has a greater focus on comfort and promises to be an even smoother, more pleasurable drive than its brothers and sisters.
Capping off the list as the only non-premium vehicle brand is the new Kia Stinger. This tight little sedan offers great performance and style at a fraction of the cost you’d see on the price tags above. In comparison to the rest of the performance sedan market, here is a car that’s finally within reach for the everyday Australian, without compromising on speed and power.
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