What’s Next? Five New Cars That Will Debut in 2016
We are only half way through 2015, but already the big car companies have tooled up to release a slew of new models in 2016.
Here are five of the best which could make 2016 a bumper year for new car launches.
1) Audi A4
The A4 is one of Audi’s most successful and most important cars. The A4 is Audi’s volume seller, and it occupies the ultra-competitive compact executive saloon market. The A4 is a very good car, but the competition is excellent, too, and includes such luminaries as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class. Now there is also a new contender in the shape of the splendid Jaguar XE. In this company, standing still means going backwards, so it is no surprise that Audi has decide to update the A4. The spy pictures tell us that the Audi designers have been conservative, with only minor changes to the bodywork, but inside you will find a revised and more refined cabin with upgraded infotainment systems. You will also get a bigger boot and at least one model to compete with the ultra-low-emissions Jaguar XE.
2) Jaguar XF
The Jaguar XF also has some stern competition, going head to head with the likes of the Mercedes E Class and BMW 5 Series. Winning sales here is no mean feat when you consider that some industry observers think that the 5 Series is the best all-round car that money can buy. Jaguar will be hard at work in 2016, introducing a revamped XJ, updating the F Type and building on the launch of the XE. The XF, though, will also get an important makeover. It will receive bodywork tweaks to make it look sharper and differentiate it from its little brother, the XE. Jaguar says that it will also be the most efficient, best-handling and lightest car in its class. The XF will get a pair of new engines in the form of two-litre petrol and three-litre diesel units, and there will also be a scorching five-litre 600bhp supercharged SVR model to get the juices flowing. For the more sedate, a Sportbrake estate model is also in the offing.
3) Tesla Model X
Elon Musk’s Tesla has done a decent job of changing the way we think about electric cars. Instead of small, basic but expensive city runabouts, Tesla has focused on creating large luxury saloons. They have also been successful in tackling the rather limited range of standard electric cars, and the new Tesla Model X will have a range in excess of 300 miles. The Model X is an all-electric plug-in SUV, and it comes with four-wheel drive and a luxurious interior. It also has scorching performance and excellent road manners. The 0-60mph time is around five seconds, and Tesla has positioned the large battery pack beneath the floor. This gives more interior space, but it also results in a lowered centre of gravity which greatly improves the car’s handling characteristics.
4) VW GTE Sport Coupe
VW hasn’t really cracked the sports coupe market since the Corrado. The Scirocco was decent but a bit tame in looks and lacing excitement. VW intends to change all of that with the GTE Sport Coupe. With sweeping lines and jaw-dropping styling, it certainly looks the part, and the three-litre V6 engine assisted by two electric motors should provide the performance to go with the image. The GTE Sports Coupe should have a 0-60mph time of around five seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The electric motors mean that it is fairly efficient, however, with low emissions despite the exciting four-wheel-drive performance.
5) Rolls-Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe
If you really want to push the push the boat out, then the Rolls-Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe is the perfect choice. And a luxury boat is a good analogy, with the Wraith featuring teak decking to the rear - a beautiful sight when the car is cruising with the roof down. It has a monstrous 6.6-litre V12 engine pumping out 624bhp. Rolls-Royce is shy about specifics, but it is thought that the 0-60mph time will be less than five seconds.