TOP 5 highly an­tic­i­pated cars of 2017

Jamaica Gleaner - - AUTO MOTIVES -

Mercedes-Benz ‘C’ Class Coupe

The ‘C’ Class Coupe for 2017 has ma­tured well. Draw­ing on the cur­rent Mercedes-Benz de­sign lan­guage, the front fas­cia is tra­di­tional, with a road­ster-type pro­file. The side pro­file of the coupe pro­vides a long over­hang and a short rear end, giv­ing the coupe an ag­gres­sive yet hand­some ap­pear­ance. The Mercedes-Benz ‘C’ Class Coupe should be avail­able lo­cally in early 2017.

Land Rover De­fender

The Land Rover De­fender has re­mained rel­a­tively un­changed since its in­tro­duc­tion in 1948. The out­go­ing model has not been able to meet driver and pedes­trian safety reg­u­la­tions world­wide, prompt­ing a com­plete re­design of Land Rover’s most iconic ve­hi­cle. Ex­pected to hit deal­ers’ show­rooms in late 2017, ev­ery­one is hop­ing that some of the ve­hi­cle’s rugged and util­i­tar­ian qual­i­ties will be present in the new De­fender.

Land Rover Dis­cov­ery 5

The sec­ond an­tic­i­pated Land Rover prod­uct on our count­down. The 2017 Dis­cov­ery5 marks a dra­matic de­par­ture from the two-box de­sign. Us­ing alu­minium ar­chi­tec­ture, the D5 was able to shed 480kg in weight. While re­tain­ing the stepped roof line and mas­sive front grill that the Dis­cov­ery is known for, this model proves it is ready to tackle any ter­rain.

Honda Civic Type R

A to­tally re­designed Honda Civic was re­vealed in the mid­dle of 2016. The new Civic is more re­fined and has a larger foot­print as it shares the plat­form with its big­ger brother, the Ac­cord. This new Civic Type R should help to res­ur­rect the brand’s per­for­mance di­vi­sion, giv­ing en­thu­si­asts a new project car.

BMW M5

BMW lovers have agreed that the last im­pres­sive M5 was the E39 model. Sub­se­quent mod­els have not been able to live up to the per­for­mance and han­dling of the E39 M5. Sched­uled to ar­rive in the mid­dle of 2017, we are hop­ing that the G30 model will re­po­si­tion the M5, as the ath­letic, funto-drive ex­ec­u­tive sedan.

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