Buying a new car is more than just acquiring a new means of moving from one point to another. It’s usually a form of reward, safety, success, achievement, a peace of mind, and it brings a feeling of self-confidence. People love not having to worry that their car will break down despite the journey ahead of them, and that the car will be at its peak in fuel efficiency for a very long time. Furthermore, the newer a car is, the more likely it is to have the latest technology in the automobile industry built into it. People will therefore love the convenience and comfort that the new tech will add to the driving experience.
In addition, the less practical advantages such as the great smell of a new car, showing it off to friends, and the wonderful feeling of satisfaction that comes with getting a new car play a vital role in pushing someone to get one.
The automobile industry knows just how much people love to own new cars, and numerous car-manufacturing companies are working around the clock to produce cars that will meet all their clients’ needs. Furthermore, the car manufacturers are competing amongst themselves to produce the best cars and have every new model make record sales. 2016 is a year that many people are anticipating the unveiling of numerous new cars, and here is a list of a few that are sure to capture the hearts of many car lovers.
15. 2016 Fiat 500X
The Fiat 500X is a major improvement from its city car companion the Fiat 500L, owing to its bigger size, better performance on the road and great driving experience. The 500X comes with either a 1.4-litre turbocharged or 2.4-litre naturally aspirated engine, producing 160 hp and 180 hp respectively, has a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission. Additional features such as the wheel size, blind spot monitoring systems, and rear crossing path detection are also available depending on preference. The Fiat 500X starts at $21,000 and will be coming to the U.S. market in early 2016.
14. 2016 Honda HR-V
Over 10 years ago, the Honda HR-V was removed from production. However, it’s now back and is sure to attract the attention of all SUV lovers. This Honda is a reinvention of the HR-V, which shares the same platform as the Honda Fit and will fall under the larger Pilot and CR-V in the company’s lineup. The new Honda is keen on quality, practicality, improved versatility and offers a wide range of advantages. The HR-V is powered by a 1.8-litre engine mated with a CVT transmission and is available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. It’s expected to hit the market in 2015 and cost approximately $24,000 with the Hybrid going for $6,000 more.
13. 2016/17 Infiniti Q30
Nissan is now producing premium hatchbacks that are in the league of the Audi A3, VW Golf, and the BMW 1 Series through its luxury brand Infiniti. The Infiniti Q30 will have some of the latest technology, as well as a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from Mercedes. This will undoubtedly be one of the best performing and most practical premium hatchbacks of 2016. Set to start production before the end of 2015 (meaning there’s a possibility we might only see it as a 2017 model), the Infiniti Q30 will cost upwards of $30,000.
12. 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo is an Italian car manufacturer that makes some of the most beautiful cars on the market, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the latest in Alfa’s product list. This car will cost around $32,000, and it will compete against the Jaguar XE as well as the BMW 3 Series. This will be a rear-wheel drive sedan that will provide its drivers with a wonderful driving experience. The Car (which has yet to be “officially” named) will replace the Alfa Romeo 159 and come with a 1.8-litre engine producing 296 hp. The Giulia will reach the U.S. coast in early 2016.
11. 2016 Jaguar XE
The Jaguar XE is the new luxury compact car that will demand a share of the market dominated by the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, and the BMW 3 Series. This Jaguar comes with a variety of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder gas and diesel engines, as well as a 335 hp supercharged 3.0-litre V6, and it can sprint from 0-60mph in less than 5 seconds. This car is relatively affordable when you compare it with its competition, going for around $40,000. The XE was released in the European market early in 2015 and will be coming to North America in 2016.
10. 2016 Honda Civic Type R
In the category of hot hatchbacks, the Honda Civic Type R is one of the most highly-anticipated. It is likely to come with a big rear wing, an aggressive front grill, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo producing 305 hp, a 6-speed manual box and a sub-6 second 0-60 mph time. This Honda will cost over $45,000 and should hit the U.S. market early 2016. Europeans are a bit luckier, getting their hands on it by the end of 2015, although the Euro spec Type R is not the basis for the more powerful U.S. model.
9. 2016 Audi TT Roadster
The Audi TT Roadster is a magnificent coupe to own in 2015, judging from its unveiling at the Paris Motor Show. Its sharp headlights and perfectly chiselled Audi grille make it a beautiful vehicle to look at, and being a convertible makes it even more classy. This Audi will come with numerous exciting features including a quattro four-wheel drive option and a six-speed manual transmission. Its 2.0-litre engine makes 230 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and pushes the car from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The Audi TT Roadster will start at around $48,000 and is expected to hit the market by the end of the year.
8. 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is ideally in the market to edge out its predecessor the Land Rover Freelander. Although this car sits on the chassis belonging to the Range Rover Evoque, it majors in practicality with seven standard seats, new and improved technology, and unstoppable off-road capabilities that derive their magnificence from the Rover’s terrain response system. The Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 240 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 time of around 7.3 seconds. The 2016 Discovery Sport will sell for around $48,000.
7. 2016 BMW M2
The BMW M2 is the car to look out for in 2015 since it’s an improvement on the very successful M235i. This coupe will be a rear-wheel-drive, and is powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbo engine making close to 400 hp. The manual transmission is a six-speed while the auto has a seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox, as is the case with the M3. The M2 is estimated to cost anywhere from $60,000 and will hit the U.S. market in autumn 2015 at the earliest and spring 2016 the latest.
6. 2016 Audi R8
The Audi R8 is a very beautiful car to look at and will provide drivers with an excellent behind-the-wheel experience. Expected to be the most advanced Audi of all time, the new R8 will be light and very fast. A variety of engine choices will be available, including standard a V10 with 540 hp (0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, top speed of 201 mph), V10 Plus with 610 hp (o-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, top speed of 205 mph), and for the first time ever, an all-electronic e-tron model which will compete with BMW’s i8. The Audi R8 will go for around $150,000 and is likely to hit the American market in June of 2015.
5. 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is one of the most highly-anticipated supercars that is coming to meet the needs of hardcore Porsche fans who were not entirely impressed with the 911 GT3. The RS has huge side air vents, a wide stance, a rear diffuser, and an enormous rear wing. The vehicle is expected to come with a rear-mounted 4.0-litre, flat-six engine capable of making 500 bhp and 338 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough juice to slingshot the car to 60 mph in around 3 seconds. This Porsche will hit the market mid-2015 and will start at approximately $130,000.
4. 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB
The successor to the 458 Italia is here, and it’s improving upon an almost perfect formula. The 488 GTB is both more powerful and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. The mid-engine sports car is to be powered by a 3.9-litre turbocharged V8 producing an excess of 650 hp and a will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat. The world got its first peek at the 488 GTB at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and, as expected, had people drooling over its classy yet aggressive look. This supercar will likely go for somewhere around $300,000 and hit the market in the U.S. sometime in 2016.
3. 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf
The Aston Martin Lagonda is a stunning new luxury sedan that derives a great deal of inspiration from the original 1976 Aston Martin Lagonda. However, this new version is full of modern technology which includes LED lights and a carbon fibre body. The car is expected to be powered by the same 6.0-litre V12 engine as the Rapide S, which produces 558 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. The Lagonda will cost anywhere from $600,000, and a limited 100 cars will hit the Middle East market in 2015. No plans are currently made to bring the car to North America.
2. 2016 Acura NSX
Another classic car being resurrected after years in purgatory, the all-new Acura NSX looks like it will be able to compete with the best of the best in the exotic supercar category. Its striking design is one thing, but what’s really impressive about the new NSX (and what sets it apart from its dinosaur of a predecessor) is the amount of technology found in the car. This NSX is actually a hybrid, with a twin-turbocharged V6 supplemented by three electric motors. The power hits the pavement with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system and a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. Combined output is estimated to be north of 550 hp, giving this next-gen Acura supercar speed mixed with everyday driveability.
1. 2017 Ford GT
Debuting at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the all-new Ford GT is designed to “keep up with the exotics,” and with 600-plus horsepower, it’s expected to do just that and more. Whereas the previous generation GT (produced in a short run from 2004-2006) was powered by a ferocious supercharged 5.4-litre V8 making 550 hp, the new GT will feature a smaller but more powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6, mated to a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission. We can’t wait to see this mid-engine beauty hit the roads, as its design screams futuristic speed demon while still harkening back to the GT40 of old.
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