I believe that you’ll agree, that because of the car show season…
…it means the world’s premiere automotive companies are striking the circuit while firing salvo after salvo of PR blasts, panel discussions, and, of course, unveiling new models or offering sneak peeks for the first time publicly.
Without a doubt, there is so much going on in the world of cars, and it makes it easy for some of the most interesting new cars of the future to get lost in the shuffle.
Well, fear not…
…cause we are here to keep you posted.
The 2015 models are already hitting the streets, and the 2016 models are preparing for that step, so we have combed through the best of the most recent auto shows to make a small handful of vehicles, that, very simply, we cannot wait to see for ourselves.
This includes a new Mercedes, hotly anticipated new SUV from Tesla, and several others from the likes of Honda, Chevrolet and Toyota.
So read on to find out which 10 cars of the future do we deem to be 2015’s and 2016’s most anticipated.
1. 2016 Ford Focus RS
Being a part of Ford’s new, well, focus, on performance, the company’s trusty commuter car gets a more muscular face-lift. The 2016 Ford Focus RS is a car that had a short lifetime a few years back, but never in the US…
…and now will be reborn in 2016.
Outpacing the Focus ST, the new RS variant will include a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, offering over 315 hp, together with standard all-wheel drive.
Expect the new Focus RS to go head-to-head with Volkswagen’s Golf R and earn plenty of interest after its initial release early next year.
2. 2016 Honda HR-V
Thinking about just how successful Honda’s Pilot and CR-V offerings were…
…why not include one more SUV to the mix?
That is exactly what the Japanese auto giant plans to do in 2016, launching the all-new HR-V.
2016 Honda HR-V is planned to be small; actually, it’s going to be constructed on the Honda Fit platform, putting it in the same market segment as the Kia Soul and the Nissan Juke.
That size can give to this model some big advantages over the larger SUVs, like class-leading gas economy of up to 35 miles per gallon on the highway.
It also provides more traditional SUV looks than its future rivals, which may or may not play in the vehicle’s favor after launch next year.
3. 2015 Jeep Renegade
The Renegade is the newest addition to the Jeep SUV lineup, and it is a smaller and shinier offshoot of its corporate siblings like the Cherokee and Wrangler.
The Renegade straight away ends up being the smallest vehicle offered by the Jeep brand, bumping the Compass out of the lineup.
There are going to be 4 trims available, each with a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four that can offer 160 hp, together with a 4×4 powertrain.
In case you desire the off road capabilities of a Wrangler or Cherokee in a smaller package, the Renegade fits the place perfectly.
4. 2016 Toyota Mirai
There has been a lot of hullabaloo about the new Toyota Mirai, the first fuel-cell vehicle from Toyota:
The Mirai is interesting for many reasons, chief among them is the fact that this will be the first fuel-cell car to get a nationwide launch.
The car itself took more than two decades to come to realization, and Toyota is hoping the FCV revolution can get a kickstart from the Mirai much like the hybrid segment received from the Prius a decade and a half ago.
5. 2016 Nissan Titan XD
There was no other truck on the market that was in desperate need of a rehash, more than the Nissan Titan.
Fortunately, Nissan’s brass gave the green light for this project, and we are going to see the company’s hard work hit the open market in the form of the new Titan XD.
This is the first new Titan for over a decade, and Nissan hopes it will fill the gap between full-size and heavy-duty pickups.
Titan XD will be available for buyers with a 5.0-liter Cummins diesel engine, providing 310 hp and 555 pound-feet of torque. The question going into 2016 is how well it will do against a slate of extremely tough competition from Ford, Ram, GM, and Toyota.
6. 2016 Tesla Model X
Perhaps this is the most expected vehicle on our list.
Here is why:
Tesla’s Model X SUV has had luxury auto fans salivating for quite a long time now. Looking at the success — both critically and commercially — of the Model S, big things are expected from the Model X.
It’s going to be the first production all-electric SUV, with three rows of seats and a similar powertrain to the near range-topping Model S 85D.
And it will be tow-capable, as well.
Generally there stays plenty of unknowns with the Model X, but it’s due late this year or in early 2016, so the wait is almost over.
7. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
If you are Alfa Romeo fan, and you miss the brand, we have some good news for you:
The 4C model is making its comeback to the American soil and is planned to be the only Alfa Romeo model available in America…
…at least for now.
To buy one, you will have to visit Maserati and Ferrari showrooms, where it will be on sale at a starting price of about $55,000.
However, the 4C will be a hot commodity, as only 1,200 per year will be shipped to the US.
With a turbocharged 1.8 liter inline-four that brings 237 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque, they’ll probably go fast, too.
8. 2016 Chevrolet Volt
The car will get a full face lifting and will include a number of improvements over the first generation, such as seating for five.
Also, the new look gives the car a more mainstream look which is closer to the look of rivals from Honda or Toyota.
Probably most importantly, the new Volt will be priced much more competitively, near $25,000 roughly.
Add that on to an improved all-electric range and a more efficient battery pack, and Chevy could have a winner on their hands.
9. 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S
It does not get much more sexy than this:
For 2016, Mercedes is set to roll-out the new AMG GT S…
…a luxury vehicle that includes muscle car elements with explosive results.
If you desire performance, the AMG GT S has it:
A 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine allows for top speeds of up to 193 miles per hour and can spring from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds.
The only disadvantage?
It will probably cost a pretty penny. Expect to see the AMG GT S hit dealerships this spring with a price tag somewhere between $150,000 and $175,000.
10. 2016 Buick Cascada
Buick has been doing pretty good for itself lately, and as a result, the brand is growing with the new Cascada in 2016.
The Cascada will be Buick’s first convertible in a quarter-century and will be built based on the existing Opel Cascada…
…which is on sale in Europe and also in Australia.
A 1.6-liter turbo-four engine will supply drivers with 200 horsepower, and pricing is expected to be very reasonable at around $30,000.