End-of-Year releases for 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016
This year's new releases have already included some very interesting new models...
The new Honda HR-V, Subaru Levorg, Hyundai Tucson and the very smart new Skoda Superb have all recently found their ways to forecourts. However, exciting new auto releases are still on the roster for the remaining few months of this year, and 2016 looks set to be a bumper year for new products.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
One of the most highly anticipated upcoming new releases, the Giulia is due in September next year and is aiming itself squarely at the BMW 3 Series crowd. Alfa has made no secret of its premium aspirations for the Giulia, and all the news so far points to a very impressive car. It's hard to beat that kind of Italian driving style for pure entertainment, and the Giulia's rear-wheel-drive handling and sexy looks are likely to see it make quite a stir in the compact executive sector.
An early Christmas gift arrives in November of this year in the form of a new Audi A4. On the outside it doesn't look all that different, but underneath it's an all-new car, with the most modern and efficient new engines, lightweight construction and plenty of new technology to help it challenge the BMW 3 Series and some interesting newcomers to the class.
The second-generation R8 will also appear on forecourts by the end of 2015 after being introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The new R8 shares the Lamborghini Huracan's platform, and the line-up will include an e-tron electric powertrain variant. Prices start at £119,500. A drop-top Spyder convertible will be released a few months later, in the spring of next year.
Bentley's much-hyped new SUV should arrive in the early part of 2016 after a campaign promising the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV on the market. Early concepts failed to meet with public approval, but Bentley has done a lot of revision work to make sure its product is the leader in a sector which will soon also include entries by Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Lamborghini and maybe even Aston Martin.
Ford Focus RS
A stonking hot hatch of the old school, the third-generation Focus RS is nonetheless thoroughly modern, with all-wheel-drive and 316bhp. It will have plenty of competition from the likes of the Honda Civic Type R but is already looking very confident. It's due before next summer.
The much-awaited rebirth of the NSX will arrive in the spring. It's very much a departure from the earlier car, featuring a hybrid powertrain producing 550bhp, thanks to a V6 with the assistance of a trio of electric motors.
The market has been eagerly anticipating Jaguar's first SUV since its introduction in concept form as the C-X17. Jaguar is doing everything right these days, so the F-Pace is pretty much a guaranteed hit. It will use Jaguar's modern Ingenium engines under the bonnet. After what feels like the longest build-up in automotive history, it will hit the streets in spring 2016.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The best-selling model in the Land Rover line-up will be available in convertible format next year, promising the same competent performance and show-stopping looks as the original car. It's set to be unveiled next month at the LA Motor Show, after Land Rover released a series of pictures showing the soft-top luxury 4x4 performing some impressive off-road manoeuvres.
One of the new rush of super luxury SUVs, the Levante is due in 2016, but very little of it has been seen so far. Development has been a lengthy process, but Maserati has announced plans to introduce the car at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Fiat Chrysler Group-owned company has confirmed that it won't be utilising components from its sister firm, Jeep, and that the final production version will be a very different car to the Kubang concept of 2011.