When a legendary marque makes a comeback it’s all the more reason to pay attention, but Alpine’s revival hasn’t just been a marketing tactic — the 2018 A110 carries real substance with a mid-mounted four-cylinder 1.8-litre turbocharged engine producing 250 horsepower. Going up against Porsche’s established 718 Cayman, the Alpine boasts more power per tonne thanks to its low kerb weight of just 1.1-tonne. The new lightweight champion could just unsettle the grown-up Porsche in 2018…
BMW 3 Series
Going by the automotive calendar, this sixth-generation BMW 3 Series’ reign will soon be up and we’re due for a look at the next-gen model in 2018 which should consequently go on sale in 2019. You can safely expect a look to mimic the new 5 Series and lightweight chassis technologies trickling down from the 7 Series and BMW’s hybrid i range of cars.
Right now Porsche has it all too easy with its Panamera range and an electrified flagship with up to 680 horsepower. Mercedes isn’t letting its crosstown rivals take all the glory, so Mercedes-AMG will be entering the raging four-door segment with a stretched out GT sportscar and potentially up to and over 800 horsepower if the rumours are true. Also expect rear-wheel steering and the lot, and looks previewed by the AMG GT concept car before the production model is revealed (probably in March at the Geneva show) just in time to celebrate AMG’s 50th anniversary.
This car has been hyped for ages, and ever since the Eighties’ LM002 ‘Rambo Lambo’ there hasn’t been an SUV as outlandish as the 2018 Lamborghini Urus. Has Sant’Agata nailed it? Well, the looks are certainly questionable, but there’s only so much you can do with an Audi Q7… Why exactly Lamborghini had to make it look like something out of Xzibit’s Pimp my Ride is up for deliberation. The Urus necessitated a doubling of the Lamborghini factory capacity, but you can still expect the Italians to sell more SUVs then they can build.
Audi is exploiting the SUV craze to the maximum, with an electrified e-tron quattro crossover scheduled, as well as a hotter Q5 and Q2, and a new Q3. Audi isn’t stopping there, as the highlight from Ingolstadt next year will be the company’s new SUV flagship in the form of the coupésque Q8. This better-looking Q7 will be less like a bus, and more swoopy with a sloping roof line and aggressive, pronounced rear shoulders. We already saw a concept in Detroit and Geneva earlier this year, so later in 2018 we’re due for a look at the production version at a motor show soon. Look out, BMW X6…
Aston Martin Vantage
wheels is only driving the all-new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage in March, and when we arrive in Portugal for the occasion we’ll have high hopes for Gaydon to fulfill. This will be the first new car developed entirely with Mercedes-Benz partnership in mind, with a 4.0-litre V8 engine under the bonnet sourced from the Germans, and an entirely new design direction for the company. The launch model, before other variants arrive, will offer over 500 horsepower and 685Nm of torque paired with 50:50 weight distribution. No pressure…
One of the hottest cars of 2018 is the antithesis to the march of technology: the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The highly anticipated all-new model goes against the recent trend of softening up all SUVs, and will be going on sale in 2018 with large glove-friendly switchgear, removable windscreen and doors, on-board toolkit (When’s the last time you saw one of those?), and a new engine option in the form of an economical 2.0-litre four-cylinder. Off-road ability will also be unquestionable.
Even though the 2018 Land Cruiser is probably top of most people’s lists, next year we also have a new Supra to look forward to from the Japanese giant Toyota, who is resurrecting the famous sportscar nameplate together in partnership with BMW. So, 16 years after discontinuation, we have another straight-six engined Toyota rear-drive model to look forward to, with turbocharged power and a design previewed by the FT-1 concept car of 2014.
Remember the Jaguar X-Pace? If you do, you probably remember it for being an unloved car and the first front-wheel drive model in the marque’s history. Jaguar is returning to the virtues of front-wheel drive, with the entry-level E-Pace crossover which will go up against volume sellers such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. Of course, there will be all-wheel drive models as well, and wheels will have a verdict for you soon after we drive the car in France later in January 2018.
Gordon Murray, the designer of the legendary McLaren F1 supercar and numerous F1 title-winning cars, is back in the limelight with plans for a spiritual F1 successor under a new brand name, IGM. Murray says his new supercar will focus on driving purity and lightweight technologies, and we can only expect obsessive attention to detail from the man.
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