Look To The Future! Cars For 2016.
By: Anthony Fongaro | December 2015
Now that we are in the twelfth month of the year and we only have a few weeks until 2016, let's take a look at new cars that we will be talking about and possibly reviewing. We selected four vehicles that we deemed “important” or “interesting”. So if you were not able to get a great black Friday deal on the absolute best vehicle that you wanted with every single option possible, don't worry! 2016 looks to be a great year for new cars. And in the spirit of the holidays we will put this list in alphabetical order. First up, a midsize Italian sedan.
*2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio shown
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Up until now, the most affordable Italian sedan was the Maserati Ghibli. With a price tag of $70,000, the Maserati isn’t the “affordable” Italian car Americans have been waiting for. That is where the Giulia comes in. Although the top-of-the-line version costs $70,000, Alfa Romeo also spoke at the Los Angeles Auto Show about an entry-level model, which will be $40,000. This regular model will have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumping out about 270-horsepower. All-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission are available, as well as a plethora of technology and safety features. You still get the very sexy Italian styling without the unsexy Italian pricing. The Alfa Romeo Giulia should be in dealerships around summer 2016. Once the regular model comes out we will give you some more information.
2017 Cadillac XT5
Not to leave out any America vehicles, Cadillac's newest crossover, the XT5 is one of the most striking crossovers for 2016. The replacement for the elderly SRX, the 2017 XT5 is one part menacing and one part elegant. Surprisingly, the technology in the XT5 is the bigger highlight than the body styling. Cadillac has created an electronic Rear Camera Mirror that superimposes a camera feed over a rear-view mirror. It allows the driver to magically see through certain blind spots – including people! Also look for your standard array of luxuries and other technology soccer moms have come to expect. Pricing hasn't been unveiled yet but expect a 4 or a 5 as the first digit in the price tag.
2017 Jaguar XE
This time around the Brits are coming back with their cheapest Jaguar. Dubbed the XE, this new sedan will go head-to-head with the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. When the XE comes to our shores, the two initial options will be a very frugal diesel engine or the XE S model with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6. All-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive XE variants will be available. Keeping the pressure on the Germans, the new XE should cost around $35,000 and top out in the upper $50,000 range. So, have you recently bought a BMW? Hope you kept the receipt!
2017 Kia Sportage
Normally when you think of a Kia the first words that come out of your mouth usually aren't "bold". “Value for money,” yes, but Kias never really have in-your-face styling. Well here comes the 2017 Kia Sportage to kick you in the chest. The design of the new Sportage is supposed to be inspired by a tiger. We aren't sure what part of a tiger the new Sportage drew inspiration from but it does stand out in a crowd. Animal similarities end on the outside. The interior looks to be a big upgrade from the previous model with much higher quality and softer-to-touch materials. For those interested in safety features, the 2017 Sportage should be available with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Pricing should be between $23,000-$30,000.
Four different countries, four different vehicles and one Auto Show. Stick with Gr8 Rides for more Auto Show coverage as well as other new vehicles to grace our presence in 2016.