A lot of time and effort is put into the creation of vehicles. Whether it be the next supercar, or a vehicle designed for family transport, the amount of new innovations that occur in a year is staggering. There are always new performance features and stylised additions being introduced, and the next 12 months look to be no different.
Honda JAZZ: December 2014
This coming winter will see the new Honda Jazz enter UK showrooms on the 1st of December. The car has a new shape not seen before in the Honda range, as well as a longer wheelbase that provides more passenger space.
Previous Jazz models are known for their practicality as well as versatility, and the new model is no different. One useful introduction is a low boot lip for easier loading. The rear seats can also be folded down, increasing an already impressive boot space.
Engine wise, there are 1.3 and 1.5 litre four cylinder petrol options available, but in typical Honda fashion there is also a petrol-electric hybrid which provides 85mpg. The new Honda Jazz is definitely a vehicle to watch out for.
BMW X7: December 2014
Although this 4×4 is released on New Year’s Eve, there hasn’t been many details released about it yet. Announced on the 20th birthday of the BMW Spartanburg plant, the only information we have is that the X7 will be a larger X model.
Zenos E10: April 2015
A vehicle that came to us as a surprise, the Zenos E10 is a road legal two seater that looks like nothing else on the market. Imagine a car and a motorbike merged together, and the Zenos E10 is what would be born. It’s an interesting vehicle as it only weighs 650kg and comes complete with a top speed of around
125mph. With the capability to go from 0-60mph in only 4.5 seconds, this vehicle is sure to be a favourite for trackdays.
New Ford Focus: July 2015
The kings of reliability have a brand new Ford Focus model that will be available from July of next year. It’s the third generation, and the most striking difference to previous models is its looks. A new grille and slimmer headlights give the Focus a much sleeker look, and there are also wider rear lights which work well in low visibility conditions.
Due to various customer feedback methods, Ford have finally removed the button heavy dashboard and embraced a clearer design. For the first time there is also a touchscreen which adds a multitude of new features.
Infiniti Q30 concept: 2015 (exact date to be confirmed)
If you haven’t heard of the Infiniti Q30 concept then you should be excited, as it’s expected to rival the Mercedes A class, BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 just to name a few. Infiniti is a Japanese brand owned by Nissan, similar to how Lexus is owned by Toyota.
Although the model that was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013 was only a concept, they have announced that the majority of elements will be carried over to future road models. The overall styling is very similar to the Red Bull F1 car, giving it a sleek yet futuristic look.
There hasn’t been any information on engine specification yet, but we do know what types we can expect. There are going to be both petrol and diesel models available, as well as a hybrid.
Audi A3 e-tron: 2015 (exact date to be confirmed)
Set to be a car of the future, the Audi A3 e-tron is the very first production car that is a plug in petrol electric hybrid. You can expect a 1.4 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine that features a lightweight aluminium crankcase. Even though there’s a tightly packed intercooler, the whole engine only weighs 100kg.
With a top speed of 137.9mph and 0-62mph possible in 7.6 seconds, you won’t be disappointed with its performance, and even though it has these impressive speeds you’ll be amazed at just how economical the vehicle is as it only produces 35g/km. This also means the A3 e-tron is road tax free.
The vehicle charging methods have three separate formats:
- Coasting: charge time of two hours
- Brake energy regen: charge time of three hours
- Standard plug: charge time of three hours and forty five minutes
Inside the car there are displays that show where the flow of power is going, how much energy you have left and also your driving statistics.
Ford Mustang: 2015 (exact date to be confirmed)
It’s fair to say that the Ford Mustang is an iconic vehicle. There is truly nothing else like it, and the newest model leaves us feeling incredibly excited. With a number of different models such as the turbocharged 2.3L model, the 5.0L V8 and the V6 base model, you are able to choose a model that’s best suited to your needs.
This is the first time Ford has used an EcoBoost engine in one of its Mustangs. It’s an interesting innovation, introducing an environmentally friendly turbocharged engine that doesn’t lack in power, and you can expect a balanced ride with an automatic transmission that features paddle shifters for that premium feel.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a petrolhead or simply appreciate vehicles, the new Ford Mustang is going to be the vehicle of the year.
Anticipated vehicles being launched soon
These are some of the most anticipated vehicles that are going to be released in the next 12 months. It’s going to be exciting to see how these vehicles turn out and hopefully they can match the hype that’s already surrounding them. All we can do now is wait and see.