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Thought 2017 was a busy year for cars? There’s a whole raft of exciting new models coming throughout 2018, with entrants into every major segment, and an ever-growing flock of SUVs ready to hit the market.
Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up-to-date with what’s coming when in the car industry.
New Cars Coming in 2018:
Retro-inspired Zagato creation will only get 28 units, and a price tag of just under £1million apiece.
Still 444bhp, but a 125bhp torque boost makes all the difference in everyday driving.
Tech and refinement upgrades inside, and a radical new look outside which is something of a departure for Audi.
Facelifted i3 has a range of between 146 and 158 miles as tested. There’s a hot version too…
…which gets sportier looks, a 10mm lowering and 181bhp.
The first premium French SUV will fight the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Hybrid coming the following year.
Ford’s handling hero returns, this time with a three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine matching the output of the previous ST200 range-topper.
Yes, another Nissan Qashqai rival. Jeep’s effort aims to appease those with a greater desire to venture off-road.
Drop-top supercar now packs 730bhp with a top speed of 217mph. 3.0sec dead to 62mph.
Ageing BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class rival gets a refresh. Will be replaced by the UX small SUV.
Ride improvements and styling tweaks for Lexus’ best-seller. Another rival to the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
A car at least partly charged with Mitsubishi’s turnaround. Head-turning looks and pricing in line with rivals.
High safety ratings and four-wheel drive for Subaru’s latest Ford Focus rival. Four-cylinder boxer remains.
Volkswagen’s pocket rocket harks back to the Lupo GTI and Mk1 Golf GTI. It’s the final car in the GTI range.
Warm four-door coupé version of the A7.
Third-generation Conti gets a sharper drive and even more luxury.
Newly four-wheel drive, and with 592bhp on tap. It’s now the quickest-accelerating BMW made yet.
Funky small SUV aims for younger buyers with style and C-pillar badges.
Ford aims to improve a chink in its armour with the model year 2018 Ecosport. Improved interior and new face mark it out from the previous cars.
Comprehensively updated Mustang gets a boost in efficiency, and a cut in power for the four-cylinder model. Performance remains the same nonetheless.
Honda bucks the trend introducing a diesel in uncertain climes for oil-burners. Should prove one of the most frugal of the lot.
Gets meaner styling and a 1.5-litre engine, which goes in the warm new Jazz Sport.
641bhp super-SUV takes just 3.6sec to reach 62mph, is the first of a new breed of mud-plugger.
208mph, 666bhp F-Type based sports car revealed in January has already accrued considerable number of orders.
Now a 4.0-litre V8 in place of a 5.5-litre, but with more power, and the same impeccable refinement.
Supermini gets updated exterior, and an overhauled interior.
Safety-conscious small-seller is built on an all-new Subaru platform.
Range-topping Insignia VXR replacement will sell in relatively small numbers, but has pace on its side.
Volvo’s Range Rover Evoque rival will be available to buy, or by subscription service. Already one of the best premium small SUVs on the market.
Prologue-inspired A6 will face ever stiffer competition from the executive car segment.
Gets Citroën’s much-lauded Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, but loses the characteristic Airbumps of the original.
Folding hard-top convertible is powered by a 3.9-litre, 592bhp, V8 engine that the Italian firm says can accelerate it from 0-62mph in 3.5sec.
More aero-honed FXX-K now produces 830kg total downforce at the car’s top speed.
697bhp and 645lb ft of torque at 4800rpm meets large SUV for all-American performance car.
Huge mud-plugging SUV will be the only direct rival to the Toyota Land Cruiser.
8-unit run-out special to the Aero 8 will be revealed in Geneva.
50-units complete the production run of the Plus 8, as the brand moves away from the 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine. Another to be revealed at Geneva.
Porsche’s saviour SUV enters its third generation. Porsche says it’s more like the 911 than ever.
276bhp appears to put Renault’s world-beating hot hatch behind competitors, but rear-wheel steer should make up for it where it matters most.
Still the daddy of Volkswagen’s SUV range in markets where the Atlas is still something you look at in geography lessons. It’ll get four-wheel drive as standard and greater efficiency.
Renault is gunning for the Porsche Cayenne with the Alpine A110. It’s mid-engined, lightweight and promises handling verve by the bucketload.
Drop-top DB11 will be V8 only, to make it as keen-handling as possible.
Very large, dramatically-styled SUV will sit atop the Audi SUV range, based on the Q7. SQ8 version to follow.
BMW’s first ever MPV reaches midway through its first generation, in a segment all but wiped out by the SUV segment.
Slghtly larger Ultimate Driving MPV in receipt of a nip and tuck, following the rest of the 2 Series’ tweaks.
3.9-sec-to-62mph M3 is BMW’s fastest fast small saloon yet; only 1200 will be built.
The replacement for UK’s best-selling premium hatchback will be revealed at the Geneva motor show. S-Class tech will trickle down, too.
Mazda 6-like MG 6 has already been revealed in China with a ZS-like look and hugely improved interior.
Feathery 970kg kerb weight and 138bhp combine to keep the Swift Sport a cult-hit handling star.
All of a sudden, the Polo GTI becomes a Ford Fiesta ST rival. More mini Golf than ever, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
New baby Aston gets AMG 4.0-litre V8 power to the tune of 503bhp. One of a number of cars aimed at transforming Aston into a big-hitting luxury brand.
Audi’s X1 rival gets the new family face grafted on the front, more tech on the inside and an increase in size to differentiate it from the Q2.
Estates are a dying segment elsewhere in the market, but the A6 Avant – along with its rivals – will continue to outsell their saloon counterparts.
3.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid will be Bentley’s first electrified model. Same powertrain will be shared with a Continental GT variant.
X3-based SUV-coupé shifts after just four years, with the advent of the new X3.
Updated hybrid supercar now gets 369bhp thanks to an upgraded electric engine. Get it while you can – there’s no guarantee of a replacement.
Facelifted i8 also brings a drop-top version. It’s only 60kg heavier than the coupé, and ditches the rear two seats.
More hardcore M2 looks set to get the twin-turbo six-cylinder from the M3 and M4. Picks up where the legendary M3 CSL left off.
More grown up budget SUV gets an overhauled interior and updated exterior.
Stalwart hatchback will be launched mid-year, with ST variants to follow.
Bullitt’s 50th anniversary has spawned the Mustang Bullitt – Ford’s third attempt at a Bullitt-themed special edition, with 475bhp and throwback styling to Steve McQueen’s famous hero car.
Newly turbocharged, and larger in every direction, Honda’s largest SUV hopes to rack up more sales, akin to the successful US version.
Deliveries for the newly-crowned four-door ‘Ring king begin in July 2018.
It’s a Geneva reveal for Jaguar’s EV challenger, which will be with customers by the summer.
SVR’s next will be the F-Pace, which gets a 5.0-litre V8 engine and potentially, 567bhp on tap.
It’s been a while since Maserati produced anything new and hardcore, but the Levante is set to be the next, with a 523bhp Ferrari V8 under the bonnet.
There’s 429bhp on tap from Mercedes-AMG’s first performance hybrids. They’re also joined by an AMG CLS 53.
S-Class tech trickles down into Mercedes’ best-selling model, and the UK’s best-selling saloon car, the C-Class.
Newly revealed third-generation CLS does without the shooting brake this time around, but maintains the style of the original.
The G-Wagen is getting an update, with a G63 kicking off the newly spruced up tough-mudding SUV. Aerodynamics, we already know, will not be a priority.
Mercedes’ flagship S-Class has been facelifted, and so, in turn, the Maybach variant will be too.
Glickenhaus’ Le Mans car for the road packs 650bhp from its 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. The few that will make it to the UK will arrive from July.
Interior tweaks will make the cabin of the facelifted Outback a much more interesting place to be. Minor exterior tweaks will keep the status quo.
Toyota’s first hot hatch in years arrives in very limited numbers in summer 2018. 209bhp from its 1.8-litre engine and 0-62mph in 6.3sec, since you asked.
Next-generation Vanquish will answer to the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Considerably more than 600bhp is mooted.
In a thoroughly modern Clash of the Titans, Audi will take on Jaguar in the electric market, with the E-Tron going up against Jag’s I-Pace.
The M brand is spreading, and it’s now heading for small SUV territory, as the hot SUV market gears up for battle. The X3 M will have around 425bhp, and at least five rivals by the end of 2018.
Citroën’s third-generation van-based MPV – its second-best seller worldwide – gets a new SUV-like look, new front-end underpinnings and a host of driver assistance systems.
Motorsport outfit is to produce its first ever road car – it’ll cost around £163,000 for UK customers when the first examples arrive in October.
Isuzu’s workhorse will be refreshed for 2018, with styling, interior and technology tweaks. As the class heats up, Isuzu may have a fight on its hands.
The Ceed is germinating into a whole family of models including a shooting brake and SUV. The hatchback remains at the core of the range, though.
Handsome saloon is updated with tweaked styling, handling and ride, while the interior has been given more upmarket tech.
600bhp launch version will eventually sit below a super-hybrid with 805bhp. We smell a ‘Ring record attempt.
SUV handling hero reaches its mid-life stage, and there are new turbo V6 engines on the way, as well as a tweaked interior.
Up to 600bhp in M-badged form, but entirely more conventional down the rest of the range. Gets a more X7-like look – could be divisive.
Hyundai’s fast fastback is coming, with all the talents of the hatchback and a little more practicality.
Soft launch for Kia’s second EV, with the Niro EV going on sale as a powertrain option, rather than an all new model.
Mud-plugging SVX promises go-anywhere ability with a 517bhp V8 engine thrown in for good measure.
Sister car to the Jaguar F-Pace gets a performance-focused SVR variant. 542bhp and 502lb ft of torque, in case you’re wondering.
A-Class saloon will fight the Audi RS3 saloon and ever-rumoured BMW 1 Series saloon, if the latter ever comes to Europe. AMG versions to follow.
The Cupra Ateca has been swirling around for a while now, but the performance SUV is coming, and just in time for things to get cold again. Likely to be the first Cupra spin-off-brand car.
BMW’s new flagship with a not-so-new name. This version will actually get the supercar-baiting M8, though. Six and eight-cylinder petrols and diesels for the rest of the range, and a V12 coming later.
Jeep’s old-school SUV is getting thoroughly modern with a hybrid variant and new tech.
Same 444bhp engine and 125lb ft hike, but five doors.
Audi’s aiming squarely for Mini with the A1, which moves to MQB for greater refinement, handling and quietness.
Hot hybrid version of Audi’s future flagship SUV.
Citroën’s Nissan Qashqai rival arrives at the end of the year, with the brand’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension. Another with a hybrid version to follow.
Honda’s back on the hybrid hype after cutting the Insight some years ago with a petrol-electric CR-V.
Hyundai’s second FCEV will be another SUV, but will be a stand-alone model rather than a Tucson variant this time. It’s been previewed in concepts, but will likely be toned down for production.
An EV version of the Kona will follow the standard versions in 2018, as Hyundai ramps up its charge into alternative fuels.
Fourth-generation large SUV puts a focus on technology, with a host of standard driver assistance, safety and convenience systems.
The first car with a variable compression ratio engine, Infiniti promises all the talents of petrol with all the efficiency of diesel. Eureka.
Super-luxury, SVO-built two-door coupé will hit UK shores by the end of 2018, as an eventual follow-up to the Range Stormer concept of 2004.
A power hike is certain, although it’ll likely not match the E63 S’s 603bhp. Exterior tweaks will be ever so subtle.
Mercedes’ mid-sized SUV will arrive in time for Christmas. The 4.0-litre AMG 63 won’t.
Morgan’s three-wheeled, first full-electric series production car gets a range of 120 miles, and will be available to customers from late 2018.
The Renault Alaskan has already been pushed back once, but Renault’s first pick-up is penned in for a 2018 launch.
Another brand’s ‘first’ SUV, although you can bet your Phantom that this’ll be more expensive than any of those.
Skoda’s supermini gets a new look, new tech, new interior and – gasp – no diesels.
Another entrant into the fast SUV market, this time it’s Skoda throwing its name into the mix. A diesel engine with lots of torque is reported to be under the bonnet.
Rock-solid SUV gets the same treatment as the Outback, with interior tweaks taking precedent over minor exterior changes.
Vauxhall’s supermini gets the warm treatment in answer to the Ford Fiesta ST-Line. VXR isn’t dead, insists Vauxhall, but there are no further models planned just yet.
Venerable Volkswagen estate and saloon will be facelifted at the end of 2018. Expect the usual raft of efficiency, interior and exterior revisions.
Volkswagen’s SUV offensive continues with the Polo-sized T-Cross. Nissan Juke and Renault Captur are in the T-Crosshairs.
Volvo’s plug-in hybrid small SUV is coming from the fourth quarter onwards, with the brand’s 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a supplementary electric motor. An EV arrives in 2019.
Autocar’s new cars list gives you all the information on 2018’s new arrivals, rounding up all the new models going on sale in the UK.
Source : autocar.co.uk