10 NEW CARS FOR 2017

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - News - BY PAUL CON­NOLLY

2017 is al­ready shap­ing up to be a bril­liant year in mo­tor­ing. Emerg­ing trends seen in 2016 will become dom­i­nant this year, with all the ma­jor brands rais­ing their games al­most by the month.

Ex­pect to see the con­tin­ued rise of SUVS and crossovers, fur­ther progress with elec­tric and elec­tric-hy­brid en­gines and an ex­plo­sive growth in the amount and kind of tech­nol­ogy loaded into ev­ery­day ve­hi­cles.

This tech will in­clude im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity and wifi, but also the re­lent­less rise of semi-au­tonomous cars. Full self-driv­ing is some way off, but a half way point to­wards it is on the cusp of be­ing achieved

There are a plethora of bril­liant mod­els in the pipe­line, and there isn’t space to write about them all. Here, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der, we bring you ten to watch for in 2017.

VOLK­SWA­GEN GOLF

A re­vamped ver­sion of the sev­enth gen­er­a­tion Golf will be on sale on fore­courts shortly. It will get a new ex­ter­nal look across the range, in­clud­ing LED head­lamps, but it’s in­side where things are re­ally hap­pen­ing.

Ex­pect in­no­va­tions like ges­ture control, a much larger in­fo­tain­ment screen on the cen­tre of the dash­board and lots of new driver as­sists.

There will be lit­tle change un­der the bon­net – with VW opt­ing to re­tain the cur­rent diesel, petrol, elec­tric and elec­tric-hy­brid pow­er­plants.

PEU­GEOT 5008

Peu­geot has com­pletely re­designed its 5008 model, herald­ing a switch from a peo­ple car­rier-type ve­hi­cle to a more proper SUV ap­proach.

That’s not to say they’ve sac­ri­ficed space – the new model is ac­tu­ally roomier in­side than the old one.

It’s a real looker, too, plus it’s got seven seats (the rear two can be re­moved), with the mid­dle ones fold­ing flat to give a mas­sive load space.

Also, the 5008 gets Peu­geot’s in­no­va­tive new i- Cock­pit de­sign with eight-inch cen­tral touch­screen.

SUBARU BRZ

Subaru’s lovely-look­ing BRZ sports car gets a facelift for 2017, with a new ex­ter­nal look, en­gine up­grades, im­proved sus­pen­sion and new tech­nol­ogy. There’s also a new track driv­ing mode.

The cabin gets a qual­ity makeover, in­clud­ing Al­can­tara leather. Like its Toy­ota GT86 sis­ter, the new BRZ gets a LCD multi-func­tion dis­play in the in­stru­ment panel that in­cludes a G force me­ter and lap timer.

MERCEDES E-CLASS COUPE

Even slicker, roomier and more ef­fi­cient than its pre­de­ces­sors, the 2017 cars are also laden with tech­nol­ogy.

There are some very tasty E 220d and E 350d diesels around, plus a very fast AMG petrol ver- sion. 2017 sees the ar­rival of coupe and cabri­o­let mod­els to com­plete the range.

SKODA OC­TAVIA

Skoda’s pop­u­lar Oc­tavia has been rather over­shad­owed by the larger Su­perb of late, but it will come back into fo­cus in 2017 with a ma­jor facelift.

Ex­te­rior changes will mod­ernise the Oc­tavia and bring it more in line with the Su­perb and the new Kodiaq SUV.

In­side, ex­pect a bet­ter qual­ity cabin and en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity in­clud­ing Ap­ple Carplay.

VAUX­HALL IN­SIGNIA

Later in the year, Vaux­hall’s de­pend­able In­signia saloon will get a ma­jor re­vamp to sharpen up its ex­te­rior de­sign.

The first new model, known as the In­signia Grand Sport, is ex­pected to be roomier thanks to an elon­gated wheel­base, plus the cabin will get a ma­jor over­haul, with bet­ter qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, more tech­nol­ogy and driver as­sists. The word is the car will be much lighter, too, so should be even more fuel-ef­fi­cient.

BMW 3 SE­RIES

A whole new gen­er­a­tion of BMW’S most suc­cess­ful ever model is ex­pected later in the year.

The sev­enth gen­er­a­tion car will al­most cer­tainly bor­row the car­bon-fi­bre con­struc­tion seen in the cur­rent 7 Se­ries and come laden with tech­nol­ogy and driver as­sists.

There will be a new se­ries of en­gines, a plug-in hy­brid and an all-elec­tric ver­sion.

CITROEN C3

On sale from this week, the C3 has been given a com­plete makeover bor­row­ing looks and more from the pop­u­lar C4 Cac­tus. For those who don’t like the ‘Air­bumps’, how­ever Citroen is also of­fer­ing mod­els with­out them.

A new seven-inch colour dis­play has been added to the dash­board, and there’s lots of con­nec­tiv­ity Ap­ple Carplay and Mir­ror­link.

You also get Citroen Con­nec­tCam – which records driv­ing and ac­ci­dents.

FORD FI­ESTA

Early in 2017, the new Fi­esta will hit fore­courts. It will fea­ture sharper new styling, and a more up­mar­ket cabin that is said to in­clude a new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with touch­screen dis­play.

The car is ex­pected to move up­mar­ket, although size isn’t ex­pected to change much.

NIS­SAN QASHQAI

The Qashqai has dom­i­nated the cross­over charts for years now, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what the 2017 mid-life re­fresh looks like.

Ex­pect styling im­prove­ments to help it bat­tle against the likes of the new Seat Ateca and even newer Toy­ota C-HR.

Also, the smart money is on the in­tro­duc­tion of more semi-au­tonomous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy al­ready hinted at by Nis­san and called “Pi­loted Drive 1.0”.

Ford Fi­esta ST

Peu­geot 5008

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