2014 is drawing to a close and we’ve seen some tremendous cars released from manufacturers demonstrating their latest and greatest advancements.
Now it’s time to look to 2015 and again, there is no shortage of amazing machinery, there is no shortage of amazing machinery making their way out of the manufacturer’s doors. We’ve put together a list of 5 cars we are looking forward to in 2015. And it’s not all supercars and hypercars, we promise.
Currently codenamed G11, the next generation of BMW’s flagship sedan is set to be revealed in 2015. We believe that there will be an evolutionary approach with the styling for the next 7-series.
A lower and wider front can be seen in these spy shots of a prototype test mule. BMW’s Future Luxury concept car from the 2014 Beijing Auto Show did provide some hints at the styling which the next 7-series will expect to have and that’s not a bad thing.
The underpinnings of the car will be BMW’s new modular platform known as 35up for now and forms the basis of BMW’s lineup from the 3-series upwards. The Future Luxury Concept previews this new modular platform.
Interior shots also reveal a familiar BMW style like the iDrive system but we expect these to change when the final model is revealed.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is certainly the top target for the next BMW 7-series.
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
For several years, the BMW X6 has had good share of the coupe crossover market. Not for long when Mercedes-Benz unleashes the GLE Coupe to take it on.
Riding on the M-Class platform, the GLE Coupe follows a new naming strategy at Mercedes-Benz. M-Class models are renamed to GLE-Class to reflect its position in the E-Class range.
First seen as the Concept Coupe SUV at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show as well, several spy shots of the prototype bear a close resemblance in terms of profile and details.
Powertrain options are rumoured to depend on the level of trim selected starting from a 3.5-litre V6 up to a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.
Now prize for guessing what car the GLE Coupe will go up against. It’s the BMW X6.
Ford Focus RS
The Blue Oval has been on a roll in 2014. The ST versions of the both the Focus and Fiesta has received praise internationally. Furthermore, its award-winning Ecoboost engines certainly provided lots of bang and going power as well.
However, what if the Ford Focus ST isn’t enough and you wanted more? The RS name has not appeared on the Focus model for many years now (since 2010 when the Mk2 RS existed), and Ford seems to acknowledge that.
Consistent rumours that a Focus RS will be made now seem to be confirmed with a series of spy shots depicting the car undergoing testing on track.
Additionally, Ford’s 2.3-litre Ecoboost currently found on the Mustang could be adapted for transverse work. If this comes to be true, the new Focus RS wold have more power than a Volkswagen Golf R.
Scheduled to debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Audi’s second-generation SUV will replace the current model which is now entering its ninth year.
The new Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model to ride on the next-generation MLB Evo platform. This evolution of the existing MLB structure benefits from lighter materials used in its construction and as a result, the next-generation Q7 will be significantly lighter.
In addition, the platform is able to be paired with several powertrains including a plug-in hybrid option.
Competition for the Audi Q7 will come in the form of its German rivals, the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Sure the Toyota Mirai has been flaunted as the future of cars and propulsion. Hydrogen might be the way forward but until proper infrastructure is available widely, we’ll still be on hybrid technology.
Mention the words ‘hybrid car’ and the automatic image to pop into your mind will be the Toyota Prius. Driven by celebrities and touted as the greenest car on God’s green earth, the Prius’ shape has been a symbol for green car movement.
Now, a fourth-generation Toyota Prius is due in 2015 and based on prototypes spotted testing, it appears the familiar shape is here to stay albeit with a few evolutionary changes.
Under the metal is where things start to see a difference with an updated Hybrid Synergy Drive system. Lithium-ion batteries now take the place of nickel-metal hydride ones because they are lighter and have better density. Less weight is critical to improve upon the 2015 Prius’ fuel economy.
A new plug-in hybrid variant is expected to arrive after the regular model goes on sale and production of the 2015 Prius will take place in the United States.
So there you have it, five of some of the most exciting cars to look forward to come 2015, which is sizing up to be yet another amazing year for the auto industry. Start saving up, folks!