We count down the top ten most anticipated cars for 2015. From legendary hot hatches such as the MINI JCW, to the exclusive Aston Martin Lagonda super saloon, there's a car that everyone can get excited for in the new year.
Aston Martin Lagonda
Release Date: ~ 2015
Details: A striking super-saloon, built on an expanding Aston Martin's luxury presence, intentions for the Middle Eastern market are innate within the Aston Martin Lagonda's production. From the immense size, which rivals that of a small Limousine or Maybach, the Lagonda isn't strictly intended for european roads.
It has undergone extensive hot-weather testing to assess the suitability of the air conditioning for such a demanding environment, and only 100 were intended to be produced - for a market where exclusivity has a higher value than money. It certainly looks the part, with a huge, raking bonnet and an imposing grille which shares some similarities with the new DB10.
Specifications: It's rumoured that the Lagonda will make good use of the generous bonnet length to accommodate a 6.0 litre V12 engine. It will be capable of 500+ bhp, fed to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox. All 100 examples will be hand-built using the same techniques as the Aston Martin One-77, whilst influences from the original Lagonda pervade the dashboard with full LED instrumentation.
With rumours that the Lagonda could now hit markets including Europe and the Americas, it's something we're certainly excited for.
Released: May 2015
Details: The XE is the brand new 'baby Jaguar' which made its debut with a bang. A new Jaguar prompted a dedicated launch show, complete with a star-studded ensemble and performances from Emeli Sandé, The Kaiser Chiefs and Eliza Doolittle.
The XE is built on entirely new architecture, and hosts a range of visual cues such as a wider grille and LED headlights which will soon make their way on to other models in the range, including the 2015 XF.
Specifications: The XE makes use of Jaguar Land Rover's aluminium 'iQ AL' platform, which is also set to make its way on to the rest of the range. The new platform utilises the new range of 'ingenium' engines, which really makes the Jaguar XE the technology flagship for future Jaguar models, including the XJ and F-Type.
Engines include a pair of diesels, both derived from a 2.0 litre engine which can produce either 163 PS or 180 PS, whilst offering impressive class-leading economy figures of up to 71.7mpg.
Petrol engines will also be available, at both ends of the pricing spectrum. An entry-level 2.0 litre unit has 197 bhp, with a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds whilst a range-topping XE S will have a 3.0 litre turbocharged engine sporting 336bhp.
Honda Civic Type R
Details: The Civic Type R is the newest in a long line of legendary high-performance vehicles from Honda. It made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and an appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, amidst shock and awe at the radical styling and rear tail lights which resemble the horns of the devil.
Looks aside, the 2015 Civic Type R also impresses with its sound - made clear from an innovative launch video entitled 'The OtheR Side' which showcased the versatile nature of the Civic range.
Specifications: The new Type R only comes with one engine, but that's all it needs. It sports a 2.0 litre i-VTEC turbo, which provides a total of 276 bhp to the front wheels. No word on official performance figures yet, but Honda have confirmed a '+R' button, which when pressed sharpens up the throttle and makes driving dynamics more aggressive. It's truly one of the most anticipated cars of the year.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Released: January 2015
Details: The Discovery Sport is the new replacement for the Land Rover Freelander, which is also based on the Jaguar Land Rover iQ AL platform. It takes style queues from hugely popular models such as the Evoque, but offers a seating capacity for up to seven, and a new level of class luxury and equipment.
New looks are backed up by a range of safety credentials, such as ABD automatic braking. ABD senses impending accidents and aims to brake early, reducing impact or avoiding it entirely. Interestingly, the Disco sport also includes a pedestrian airbag system, which as the name suggests aims to protect those outside of the car as well as occupants.
Specifications: The base-level SE edition comes with half leather, climate control, heated seats and rear parking sensors. The Sport will soon receive a line of Ingenium engines similar to those in the XE, but is released with one 2.2 litre diesel producing 187bhp. Incredibly practical, the Range Rover is able to seat seven, or by dropping the rear two seats has an available boot space of 830 litres.
New for 2015, a Jaguar Land Rover infotainment system is available on SE Tech line models and above, offering smartphone connectivity. Two phones can even be connected, a phone to play music and presumably a work mobile to make and receive calls.
Aston Martin DB10
Released: Hitting Screens November 6
Details: The Aston Martin DB10 was announced alongside the new James Bond Movie, SPECTRE. Details are scarce but the new model is based on the current V8 Vantage, and sports a sleeker, refined look which signals the way for future Aston Martin models. The DB10 remains relatively gadget-free, with the focus on the purity of the driving experience - leaving bond to rely on speed over oil slicks.
Specifications: A spiritual successor to the DB9, the new Aston hosts a powerful 4.7 litre V8 (up from 4.3 litres in the current V8 Vantage) which lurks behind the redesigned grille. Only 10 will be made, with 8 being used to film Bond's new outing. Expect a rare glimpse in to the future of Aston Martin, albeit restricted to the silver screen.
Mercedes Benz GLE Coupe
Released: June 2015
Details: The GLE resembles closely a raised Mercedes Benz CLA, but is actually based on the ML. It serves as a rival to the highly popular BMW 6-Series as well as the Porsche Cayenne. The GLE coupe aims to blend coupe styling with the high-riding feel of an SUV.
The GLE coupe will also inaugurate a new line of AMG Sport trim, aimed to provide warmer levels of performance, with AMG styling. Interior features include an 8-inch touch screen and touch-sensitive controls as standard.
Specifications: The GLE Coupe will be available with a range of engines, including two petrol and one diesel model. The range-topping GLE 450 AMG sports a twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine with 520Nm of torque and 362bhp. A lower powered version of the same engine which offers 328bhp, is also available.
A 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel engine, the GLE 350d, will have 254bhp and 619Nm of torque. Optional extras are set to include a 360-degree parking camera, a lane departure warning system and an Airmatic suspension system which is designed to enhance driving comfort and cornering performance.
BMW 2-Series Convertible
Released: February 2015
Details: The BMW 2-Series Convertible serves as a replacement for the hugely popular 1-Series convertible, in addition to the rest of the 2-Series range including the Coupe and Active Tourer which were new additions for 2014. Released early this year, the 2-Series is set to be the new 'baby' convertible within their 2015 line-up.
Updated looks, which adopt sleeker styling and LED headlamps borrowed from the 4-series, houses a host of standard equipment. The drop-top features Bluetooth connectivity as standard, along with audio streaming and a USB interface. Standard features also include automatic air conditioning, drive performance control and keyless go.
Specifications: The 2-Series comes with standard engines from the coupe format, which include two petrol and two diesel. The range topping diesel is available on the 220d and is rated at 190bhp, whilst for the first time ever, and M-rated convertible variant in the M235i with 326bhp.
Practicality is impressive for a soft top, with an improved boot space over the 1-Series of 335 litres. The convertible also receives an EfficientDynamics engine, with start-stop, brake energy regeneration and ECO PRO mode. Interestingly, the 2-Series features a free for life self-updating navigation system with an integrated SIM card, which is now available across the BMW range.
MINI John Cooper Works
Released: April 2015
Details: Set to debut at the Detroit Motor Show this January, the MINI John Cooper Works is set to be the most powerful production MINI in existence. Retaining a similar feel to the concept car released at the Detroit show last year, the JCW has a bolstered side skirts and front bumper, in addition to oval LED headlamps and a noticeable spoiler which completes the 'hot hatch' feel - probably the first of 2015.
Revealed in a video racing alongside skateboarder Tony Hawk, the MINI showcased sharp handling a great turning circle thanks to redesigned suspension with optional adaptive dampers, and four-piston Brembo brakes.
Specifications: The JCW houses a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which propels the MINI to 60mph in just 6.3 seconds. Torque is rated at 320Nm - a 23% increase over the previous generation.
It's economical, too, achieving 42.2mpg with the manual gearbox, and almost 50mpg with the Steptronic automatic option. Compared with direct rivals such as the Audi S1, the MINI JCW presents outstanding value for money and is over £2000 less. Along with the Civic Type R, the MINI is hotly anticipated.
Mercedes Benz AMG GT
Released: April 2015
Details: The AMG GT is a smaller, sleeker iteration of the AMG SLS released in 2010, with targets set squarely on classic sports cars such as the Porsche 911. A fantastically suave and retro-inspired chassis is juxtaposed by an extremely modern, comfortable and intuitive interior. There are a number of editions available, including the standard AMG GT, the GT-S and the top Edition 1. The base model will arrive later on UK shores, with higher-specification lines making an appearance before May.
Specifications: The AMG GT is powered by a 4.0 litre twin turbo V8, producing 456bhp in the base model, and 503bhp in the range-topping GT S and Edition 1 models. Options include a panoramic sunroof, a 640W Burmester sound system and ceramic composite brakes.
The GT S accelerates from 0-60 in just 3.8 seconds - in part thanks to an extremely light chassis which weighs less than both the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type R.
Suspension and handling is also at the height of technology, with double wishbone suspension and adaptive dampers. Importantly, the 350-litre boot ensures there's more than enough room for two sets of golf clubs.
2015 BMW 7-Series
Details: BMW have hinted at a 2015 update to ultimate luxury Saloon, which will borrow influences from several notable and forward-thinking cars in the BMW range. The BMW future luxury concept (pictured) is will largely denote the design direction of the future model, with a larger chrome grill and slim headlights.
Several features for the 7-Series will be borrowed from such success stories as the BMW i8. The hybrid supercar has in fact inspired the use of lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre in the new 7-Series, leading to a light frame with a focus on economy. This could also put the BMW back on track as the performance car for the luxury segment.
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