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We’re excited! Ten cars to expect in 2016


THIS year has been busy with regards to vehicles being introduced into our somewhat stagnant market. Ford South Africa for instance launched ten cars this year into our market. We have had one wild ride this year and as surreal as it might sound, there is more to come next year. We have compiled a list of some of the most anticipated cars coming in 2016.

1: BMW 7 Series (January 2016)

The BMW 7 Series has always seemed to have been overshadowed by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Form reports that we have gathered the word is clear that this new luxury BMW will be able to match the S-Class when it comes to refinement, tech and luxury. Engines will include petrol and diesel derivatives and we can expect a V12 model as well. We are also very keen to try out the remote parking function.

2: Toyota Hilux (February 2016)

One of South Africa’s most popular bakkie is finally getting replaced next year and the order books are filling up pretty quickly. Hopefully this new model can claw back some sales lost to the impressive Ford Ranger. We can expect a whole new range of engines and gearboxes as well as some new technology.

3: Audi A4 (February 2016)

Another anticipated car for 2016 is the Audi A4. Why Audi has decided to wait so long to release a worthy competitor to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series is a mystery to us but the word on the ground is that this new model is mightily impressive. Judging by some current Audi models we suspect those claims to be true.

4: Kia Sportage (April 2016)

The Kia Sportage is a favourite here at Autodealer and the new model promises a whole host of new engines ranging from a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine to a 2.0-litre turbo diesel. The Sportage also boasts sharper, more prominent styling and we quite like it. We might also see a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox début in this car.

5: BMW M2 (April 2016)

We love small, fast and mean looking BMWs, so naturally we can’t wait for the BMW M2 to arrive. Reports suggest that the car will send 272kW and 465Nm to its rear wheels thanks to a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Could this be the car enthusiast’s ultimate dream car?

6: Jaguar XF (Q1 2016)

The British are, once again on a German assault. The brand’s latest 3 Series rival, the XE, has already been nominated as a SAGMJ COTY finalist. It is for this reason that we expect the new XF to be just as good. Designed to rival the 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E Class this model from Jaguar might not look all that different from the current one but Jaguar says the bulk of the changes are under the skin. Not only will it have better ride quality but it will also be available with all-wheel-drive as an option.

7: Toyota Fortuner (April 2016)

With the arrival of the new Hilux, Toyota needs to introduce its equally popular SUV, the Fortuner. The new model will, thanks to improved technologies and engines be venturing towards more premium competitors. We are sure the Fortuner will continue to dominate its segment.

8: Opel Astra (March 2016)

Opel has had a great year thanks to cars such as the Opel Adam, Mokka and the new Corsa. However, the German carmaker is adamant to make a comeback from its troubled past with the introduction of the all-new Opel Astra. The new Astra will be lighter with more space and we have reports that the Astra is taking the fight to the Volkswagen Golf, and winning.

9: Renault Megane (Q3 2016)

The latest rendition of the Mégane has aroused some interest here, at our offices. It not only features a striking exterior design, it also has an improved premium interior as well.  Renault has reportedly made improvements to the DCi diesel and TCi petrol engines and reports suggest an option for a dual-clutch transmission – a first for the Mégane.

10: Jaguar F-Pace (Q3 2016)

It seems that if you want to be taken seriously in the motoring world you need to have a sporty crossover-like vehicle. All the major German players have them. Jaguar now has one as well… the F-Pace. From the images, the F-Pace looks quite good and we suspect there will be a wide variety of engines from the current JLR line-up.

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