Will You Be Driving Away in One of 2018’s New Models?
Every summer brings its own new cars to the showrooms. What temptations does 2018 have around the corner?
According to data from some market research firms, on average, we change our cars even more often than we change our cell phones. That means the manufacturers have to keep coming up with new ideas to tempt us into trading up.
2018 is seeing new cars hit the showrooms from every manufacturer in the world. Are you already bored with your nearly new wheels? Or perhaps you’ve bucked the trend and been driving the same car since 2007, in which case it’s time to contact your local car disposal firm and finally by a new one. Whichever camp you fall into, and whatever your budget, there is sure to be something that will appeal to you.
Two from the Audi stable
Audi will be unveiling two facelifted versions of popular models this summer. The Q3 has been something of an enigma in the range to date, and by restyling the front and adding some additional tech inside, the idea is to differentiate it from the Q2 and allow it to really take on the BMW X1.
Meanwhile if there is one thing Audi knows how to do well, it is estate cars. The A6 Avant outsells all other variations by some margin, and the 2018 update will keep the flagship station wagon at the top of most shopping lists.
A renewed Focus
It is hard to believe that it was 20 years ago that the Ford Focus replaced the much-loved Escort. To commemorate the anniversary, Ford is bringing out an all-new fourth generation version of its popular hatchback. The car is still instantly recognisable, but has been given all new lines and body panels, along with an increased range of trim levels and updated in-car technology.
A hot Toyota enters the range
Toyota has distanced itself from the hot hatch market over past few years, but this summer’s introduction of the Yaris GRMN signals a welcome return. Inspired by the company’s return to prominence in the World Rally Championship, the limited edition special has a supercharged 1.8 litre engine that delivers 210bhp. In this case, limited edition means just that. Only 80 will be sold in the UK, so get one while they’re hot!
Honda’s largest SUV is getting bigger. The strategy has boosted sales across the Atlantic, and the company hopes to make a big impact in the competitive and growing SUV market in the UK. The car also boasts an updated turbocharged engine, to ensure the extra weight means no loss in performance.
Bentley goes electric
Is this the most controversial decision to go electric since Bob Dylan in 1965? We all know that electric is becoming an increasingly important segment of the new car market, but it’s not just about those who want to save a few pounds at the filling station. Bentley might seem an unlikely marque for an electric vehicle, but they are already taking orders for their Bentayga PHEV. Is this 3.0 petrol / electric hybrid the shape of luxury cars to come?