The New Year is upon us, 2017 is officially only a few days old and already you should be thinking about some of the great cars that will finally roll off the production lines and onto the roads.
Unfortunately, some of these cars may not see the light of day in 2017 at all, which starts us off nicely with the first entry:
2018 Toyota Supra
As reported in September 2016, the fabled Toyota Supra is a car that everyone wants to see on the road but is one that we are unlikely to get until 2018 or 2019 at the earliest.
The all new Supra is part of a joint project between Toyota and BMW which is working on the new Z5 model alongside the Supra development. The Z5 could be announced before the end of 2017 meaning that the Supra will continue to be a unicorn until we actually see one in a showroom for sale.
Still, we have no idea of what engine or gearbox options will be available, but, you can but hope for both V6 and four-cylinder options with various levels of turbocharging goodness.
2018 Jeep Wrangler
The current Jeep Wrangler is a car that’s slightly terrible to drive but you just love it because it’s a Wrangler. The 2018 version is finally expected to break cover in 2017, you can expect looks that are pretty much the same as the current version but with some aero tweaking to attempt to make the brick-walled Wrangler a little more Polar Bear friendly.
You can also expect that place of terribleness that is also known as the ‘cabin’ to finally get the overhaul it’s needed since the 1990’s. Lastly, you can expect more off road ability than a pack mule and a revised lineup of engines that should improve the Wrangler’s on-road manners to some extent.
Regardless of if the new Wrangler is any good or not, expect to see them selling like hotcakes in North America.
2018 Tesla Model 3
The Model 3 has been confirmed that it will be taking to the road at some point from around mid-2017.
Upon announcement of the Model 3, Tesla took a staggering 373,000 pre-orders for a car some people had not even seen.
You can expect a range of 215 miles from the all electric setup, seating for five people and 0-60mph in less than six seconds. All of this including the rather futuristic looking exterior and the minimalist interior can be yours for around $35,000 (UK price estimated at £29,000).
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo will unleash its SUV the Stelvio upon the world in late 2017. As with the Giulia saloon, the Stelvio will lead the car-makers attempt to re-establish it’s branding in North America.
The Stelvio, which is named after the spectacular Stelvio pass in Italy, the range boasts the top of the range Quadrifoglio model which packs a staggering 510hp Ferrari-inspired 2.9-liter twin turbo V6 motor.
You can also expect smaller motored versions including various petrol and diesel motors if you happen to live in Europe. This is likely going to be the prettiest SUV we have seen on our roads for a long time even with a 2.2-litre diesel motor lurking under the bonnet.
2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The current version of the V8 Vantage has been with us forever now. Thankfully Aston Martin is going to actually do something about it in 2017. Hot on the heels of the new DB11, the British carmaker will unveil an all-new rather stunning looking V8 Vantage late in 2017.
The all new base model will share its underpinnings with the V12-powered DB11, the V8 motor, however, will be courtesy of Mercedes. You can expect the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the AMG GT. The V8 Vantage will get a manual gearbox, too, which is great news for all of you that can actually use a manual gearbox. Once the V8 powered version has hit the roads, you should expect a drop-top version to follow along with a V12 powered Vantage to complete the line up in 2018.