2017 has a lot in store for us car fans. We can expect some exciting announcements from supercar and hypercar manufacturers, not to mention regular marquees. But for us, where it’s at is with the cars that we will see on the road soon. So, following, we have written about five exciting car models that you should look out for this year.
Note that our article does not include any ‘facelifts’. We’ve only listed the best all-new cars; so, cars that will either replace an existing generation, or cars that will kick-start a new line.
New Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta has been the UK’s best-selling car for seven years in a row. The little supermini overtook the Ford Focus as the best-selling car in 2009, and has retained that title ever since. The new seventh-generation model has a lot to live up to, then.
One of the biggest differences between the new model and the outgoing model is interior comfort and refinement. Ford has kitted the cabin out with plusher plastics and more soft touch materials, and all models get a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system, with an upgrade to an 8.0in version coming on Titanium and Vignale models. The dashboard has been decluttered too, and the suspension has been reworked to deliver better comfort and handling on British roads. All models also get Ford’s SYNC technology (voice control).
New Seat Ibiza
The current generation Seat Ibiza is Seat’s best-ever selling car in the UK. But, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s getting on a bit. A mid-life facelift in 2015 helped to breathe new life into the model but as it stands, the fourth-generation Ibiza sits on forecourts as an outdated-looking outcast next to the Leon and Ateca.
The good news is that Seat will be launching the fifth-generation Seat Ibiza in June 2017, complete with all-new styling that’ll fall in line with the Leon and Ateca. The new Ibiza is also expected to launch with a wide range of turbocharged engines, including a 1.0 TSI and a 1.6 TDI. The fifth-generation Ibiza might also be available with a new 2.0 TDI engine, to create a hot diesel hatch just like they did with the MK3 Ibiza 1.9 TDI PD.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio
will be Alfa’s first SUV. It is expected to launch as the ‘Stelvio Quadrifoglio’, with the same 2.9-litre twin-turbo engine found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. It will be a direct rival to the Porsche Macan and the Jaguar F-Pace.
The Stelvio will take other ideas from the Giulia too. It is likely to come with adaptive dampers on all models and four-wheel drive on all models. The interior should be a highlight too, since the Giulia’s interior is incredibly plush. As always, we can expect Alfa’s SUV to be highly driver-orientated. This is also a model that’s primed for a performance diesel engine; perhaps an up-rated version of the 2.2 Multijet D found in the Giulia?
First impressions for the Skoda Kodiaq are in from reviewers, and it’s looking good for Skoda’s SUV. Matt Watson of Car Wow stated in a YouTube review that he thinks the inside of the Kodiaq is plusher than the Volkswagen Tiguan. Now that’s high praise.
Indeed, the inside of the Kodiaq is gorgeous. But it’s stunning on the outside too. Of course, what looks good to us might not look good to you, but the sweeping headlights and the angled profile of the Kodiaq stand out big time. We dare even say that the Kodiaq has more road presence than Volkswagen’s offerings. Interested? The Kodiaq will go on sale a little later in the year, and it will be available with a 2.0-litre TDI or 1.4 TSI to start. We have heard rumours of a hot vRS version coming out too. Now that’s something we’d like to see.
New Audi A8
The Audi A8 might be a car model out of the reach of ordinary folk, what with it being a luxury saloon, but models like this offer a glimpse into the features that regular cars like the Audi A1 and A3 could have in a few years’ time.
What’s exciting about the next-gen Audi A8 is that it will be the first car to go on sale with fully autonomous driving. The feature is called ‘Traffic Jam Assist’, and it can operate up to speeds of 37mph to drive the A8 for you in built up traffic. This means you won’t have to steer or do anything. The A8 will do it for you. The A8 will also have an artificial intelligence system which will learn and predict the driver’s behaviour. The new Audi A8 is expected to be revealed in December 2017, with a range of powerful engines.