Looking to buy a car anytime soon? Well, you might want to hold off just a little bit longer. As exciting as 2015 was in terms of new model rollouts, next year is shaping up to be even better. From the all-new Toyota Prius to the updated Porsche 911 Turbo, the variety of quality cars hitting dealerships in 2016 touches almost every segment whether you’re shopping for price, performance, style or luxury. So with that, here are 10 cars to wait for in 2016, although there will surely be some surprises that pop up along the way, too.
Buick is going to have a busy year in 2016 launching two all-new models, two major redesigns and one refreshed product, but the headlining act is certain to be the debut of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. This redesigned sedan will go on sale in the summer of 2016 with a design inspired by the acclaimed Avenir Concept, and the improved styling and quality should act to further cement Buick as a rising contender in the mid-luxury segment. With a curb weight that has dropped 300 pounds and an all-new engine under the hood, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse will be more refined and more efficient than its predecessor.
At last year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Infiniti revealed the Q60 Concept hinting at the future of the brand’s luxury sport coupe, and soon the production version will make its debut. Standing as the coupe version of the stylish Q50 sedan, the 2017 Infiniti Q60 should go on sale by the summer of 2016 marking almost a decade since the G37 Coupe debuted. One thing that still remains a mystery about the next generation of Infiniti’s sport coupe is whether or not the 2017 Infiniti Q60 will be available as a convertible.
Alfa Romeo made its triumphant return to the U.S. market with the 4C and 4C Spider, and the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is shaping up to be an equally exciting following act. With almost perfect weight distribution and a Ferrari-derived, 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia will pack plenty of performance as its boasts a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 191 mph and a Nürburgring lap time of 7:39, which is a record time for a production sedan. The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia will go on sale close to summer of 2016 with a price tag of around $70,000.
There’s no hiding the fact that Lincoln has suffered a severe hit to its brand image in recent years, and the 2017 Lincoln Continental might be just what the doctor ordered. Expected to stick close to the styling of the 2015 Continental Concept (including the electronic exterior door handles), the 2017 Lincoln Continental will go on sale in the spring of 2016. Not only is the 2017 Lincoln Continental bringing some much-needed luxury back to Lincoln, this big sedan will also get an exclusive powertrain with a new 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 available with front- or all-wheel drive.
Compact cars always have strong sales thanks to their great fuel economy and affordable prices, but some of the newest contenders in this segment add fun, style and technology. The new 2016 Honda Civic and 2017 Hyundai Elantra are examples of this, but it’s the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze that will have the most impact on this segment when it goes on sale in the spring. In addition to its sporty design and new powertrain, the next-generation Cruze will also be available with a diesel engine, a hatchback model and perhaps even a performance model.
When it comes to green cars, the Toyota Prius might be the posterchild for this segment, but Hyundai is hoping to change that. Expected to launch in the fall of 2016, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq will be a compact hatchback with a dedicated hybrid/PHEV/EV powertrain. With this setup, Hyundai’s new eco-friendly car will also be targeting the Chevrolet Volt. The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq will be revealed in South Korea next month before receiving its auto show debut at the Geneva Motor Show followed by a U.S. debut in New York.
Next year will also usher in the next generation of the minivan as the 2017 Chrysler Town & Country makes its big debut. Chrysler made the minivan popular and has always been a leader in minivan innovation, and more of the same is expected with this all-new minivan with features that include foot-activated sliding side doors and closer to the end of the year, a plug-in hybrid – a true innovation for the minivan segment. The 2017 Chrysler Town & Country is expected to be revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit before going on sale in the spring.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing vehicles to debut at the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show was the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Based on the exciting 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with the heart of an Italian sports car, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider should be an instant hit among driving enthusiasts. Pricing has not been announced, but the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will go on sale in the summer with the early examples (the first 124 units) being the special-edition Prima Edizione Lusso model.
Porsche packs a hearty 1-2 punch when it comes to small, exciting sports cars, and the Boxster and Cayman are getting some changes in early 2016. Not only will these cars get a new lineup of mid-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but each will get a new name. Reviving the Porsche 718 name, these new Porsche offerings will be renamed the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster and 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman. Following the previous trend, the open-top 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster will be revealed earlier in the year, while the hardtop 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman will arrive later in the year.
The easy answer for the car to wait for is probably either the Acura NSX or the Ford GT, but considering both of these high-performance cars will carry high price tags and low production figures, the 2016 Ford Focus RS will provide the most bang for the buck. Following its debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2016 Ford Focus RS finally goes on sale in the spring with a price starting at $35,730. With its mean styling, 350-hp EcoBoost engine and performance-tuned all-wheel drive, the 2016 Ford Focus RS could be one of the hottest cars of 2016.
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