2016 in cars – the big face-offs:
Mercedes will be revealing its new E-Class in March, nine months later we will be treated to the new BMW 5 Series. With regards to super-cabrios, we will see the Rolls-Royce Dawn take to the asphalt in March 2016, followed by the open-top S Class in April.
The most new releases:
Audi takes the lead when it comes to sheer mass of new models with 14. In addition to several Plus-, Performance- and E-Tron variants, the guys in Ingolstadt will also reveal some new models over the coming year. For example, we will see the new Audi Q1 and Q5 in October 2016. The number two spot goes to Mercedes with 11 big reveals (including the new Mercedes SLC, C Class Cabrio and facelifted SL). Volkswagen comes in third with 10 new releases, such as the extended VW Tiguan and the VW Golf GTI Clubsport.
SUVs continue to boom:
The SUV sector will also grow considerably in 2016, across all size classes. At the very top end we will see two luxury brands enter the segment; Bentley will be showcasing the Bentayga, Maserati the Levante. At the bottom end, Audi will be sliding its Q1 into the mix, and Peugeot will bring out a more SUV-styled 2008. In addition, an Alfa SUV will join the ranks, as will the Ford Edge, Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee, the Lada X-Ray and the new SUV offerings from Seat and Skoda. Oh, and not to forget: Tesla’s Model X will also arrive next year.
A strong year for sports cars:
As we’re already on the topic of SUVs, let’s segue smoothly into some of the high performance offroaders coming in 2016: for example the Audi SQ5 Plus or the Audi RS Q3 Performance. Whilst kitted out with four-wheel drive, we’d recommend against taking the new Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S off of the black. The same goes for the Audi R8 Spyder, the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder and the Huracan Superleggera.
More big highlights in the sports segment include: the Aston Martin DB11, Chevrolet Camaro, Abarth Spider, Honda NSX, McLaren 540c, 675 LT Spider and the 570 LT. Also making their market entrance are: the facelifted Nissan GT-R, Abarth 595/695, BMW M4 GTS, Porsche Boxster, Cayman, 911 Turbo and 911 Targa, as well as the Ford GT and Focus RS.
The environmental question:
After VW rocked the world with its emissions scandal, the topic of environment will surely be a focus of the next few years. Confirmed models are however as yet few and far between. Whether you can really call the E-Tron variant of the Q7 a pioneer in sustainable mobility is somewhat questionable. Thoroughbred electric cars coming in 2016 include the afore mentioned Tesla Model X. Opel could join the fray with the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric compact, albeit with an Opel badge. The Honda Clarity is the only fuel-cell powered car coming over the next 12 months. The Smart Fortwo and Forfour will be electrified too. The LPG powered Opel Karl will arrive in April 2016, whilst VW brings out the, well, nothing yet.