Thinking of buying a new car this year? Knowing what's coming could save you a lot of time and money. Here's the inside track
Our Motoring Editor updates you on all the new and revised arrivals expected for the rest of the year
Here's a snapshot of what's just in, or due, over the next 12 months or so. I hope it helps you make a decision on whether to buy - early or late.
Alfa Romeo's first SUV, the Stelvio, is due in the summer/autumn with a high-performance Quadrifoglio version. The MiTo supermini and 5dr Giulietta are refreshed for 2017.
The Giulia has just gone on sale. Prices from €39,995; two petrols, two diesels; 8spd auto standard.
The new V8 Vantage is due by the end of the year, while the Vanquish got a facelift for January.
The A5 Coupé has just gone on sale with five engine variants: three TFSIs/ two TDIs. Pricing from €47,510 OTR.
The A5 Sportback has arrived too. Again, two TFSI/ three TDI engines (190bhp to 286bhp). The new Q5 SUV arrives early enough with four TDI, one TFSI engines; 2.0 TDI engines are 27bhp more powerful (range from 150hp to 190hp). The Q2 has already gone on sale. Diesels start from €32,490. Five engines: three diesel/ two petrol.
There will be an RS3 saloon by late summer. It's A3-based but with 2.5-litre (from TT RS) pumping 394bhp. RS1 quattro 280bhp supermini (spring arrival). New, larger A1 next year.
The Q8 concept is a rival for the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE and shares engineering with the Q7. There will be a spread of turbo petrol and diesels (V6, V8) and a hybrid. It appeared in near-production guise at Detroit.
The Bentayga diesel is a January starter with its triple-charged 4-litre V8 (429bhp). There will be a new Continental GT by the end of the year.
We'll see the new 5-series here next month. Prices (for 520d SE) from €52,800 on the road (OTR); 8spd auto transmission standard. M5 saloon to follow with twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol.
The radical looking X2 will be an early 2018 seller.
The next X3 should be here in the autumn.
The new C3 supermini has been on sale a little while (from €15,490 ex-works). A Picasso mini-MPV version is expected for late 2017.
The Sandero and Sandero Stepway facelifts are now on sale, and 1.0 SCe engine. The Logan MCV is facelifted too (1.0 SCe engine also).
The new Tipo saloon has arrived and will cost from €16,745 - well below the hatch (€17,995) and Station Wagon (from €19,245). Three petrols/three diesels.
The 124 Spider is on forecourts too and costs from €31,495. It has a 1.4 MultiAir Turbo 140hp 6spd manual. The Panda is due a spring refresh.
GTC4 Lusso T ( 'new entry-level version' of V12 GT) has a modified version of the 3.8-litre V8 engine from the California T. Here this Spring. The LaFerrari Aperta hybrid hypercar loses its roof-- it has a 6.3-litre V12 with electric motor and battery pack for 950bhp.
Big news is the new Fiesta supermini which is due next summer. There will be four variants. Because the new KA+ city car (on sale already) has grown, the Fiesta will be bigger and more 'upmarket'. It will also cost more. There will be small turbo 3cyl and 4cyl engines.
Imminent are new ST Line versions of Fiesta, Focus, Kuga and Mondeo. More powerful engines for each (ST Line Focus 1.5 pumps 120PS instead of previous 95PS). Kuga is effectively here and gets a 1.5 litre diesel (120PS = current 2-litre).
The new Civic gets here in early March and will cost from €23,750.
The tenth-generation is larger and will have two new petrol engines: 127bhp 1-litre i-VTEC turbo and 180bhp 1.5 i-VTEC turbo. And there is the 1.6-litre diesel.
It's 30mm wider, 130mm longer than the current 5dr.
'Sensing' safety package which includes intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control and a Collision Mitigation Braking system. Type R at some stage.
The new generation i30, claimed to be more dynamic, will be unveiled here on Monday. There will also be an i30 N hot-hatch. There's a facelift for the i10 city car early this year and the plug-in hybrid version of the IONIQ is due quite soon.
D-Max pick-up to get a 1.9-litre diesel engine to replace current 2.5-litre; 3.5-tonne towing capacity remains (Spring).
Their first electric car, the I-Pace, will make it here by early next year. It has an electric motor on each axle and a claimed range of more than 500km on one charge. Total output 395bhp; 0-100kmh around four seconds. New XF Sportbrake by early summer - autumn arrival. There will be a minor update for F-Type R convertible. A 'baby' E-PACE SUV is rumoured for late summer.
A new Compass is due in the second half of the year - based on stretched Renegade/Fiat 500X platform.
Their new Rio 5dr hatch will be in showrooms at the start of March; it will have a 1-litre turbo petrol in addition to the current 1.25 petrol, and 1.4 diesel. By the end of May we'll see the new Picanto. It will have a 1-litre petrol engine. By October we should see the Rio-size CUV and GT performance car - the Stinger version shown at Detroit can zip from 0-100kmh in 5.1 seconds.
Huracán Spyder soft-top expected in spring. Aventador super coupé and roadster get a minor facelift for early spring.
The new Discovery arrives with starting prices expected around the €60,000 mark. It is bigger, roomier, faster, lighter and more economical they say, with 2-litre and 3-litre diesels the main powerplants for here. A Range Rover Sport Coupe will be shown at Geneva.
The gorgeous LC 500h 2+2 coupe hybrid is due this Spring - there will also be a 5-litre V8 467bhp version. The hybrid mixes a 3.5-litre V6 with electric motor and lithium ion battery pack. It's an early-year facelift for the IS saloon.
The new MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) arrives next month. Engines will include the 1.5 SKYACTIV-G (131PS) currently in the roadster and 2.0 SKYACTIV-G (160PS). Prices start at €31,495 and there are two grades - standard and GT. The new CX-5 is pencilled in for 172-registration, with no word yet on pricing and specs.
CX-3 and Mazda2 get small facelifts.
Their new S-Class Cabrio is due early in the year - same for the E-Class Coupé (watch out for cabriolet version by mid-year). The All-Terrain version of the E-Class is due for the second quarter. A GLA entry-level SUV is to arrive around then too. Two AMG models likely later in 2017 - a GTR and GTC. The AMG E63 performance saloon will be 4MATIC (4WD) only; powered by twin-turbo 4-litre V8 (563bhp/603bhp). GLA to get a minor facelift. X-CLass pick-up later in the year. S-Class facelift in the autumn - mostly inside.
Their new Countryman crossover arrives in February (€33,580 OTR). There will be a hybrid - a first from the marque (later on) - with a 40km range on electric charge. It is the largest MINI to date (20cm longer to 4.3m), 3cm wider, 7.5cm more wheelbase. Engines include 1.5-litre 3cyl petrol Cooper (136bhp); Cooper S has 2-litre 192bhp 4cyl. Diesels include 2-litre (150bhp, 190bhp). FIRST DRIVE: P3.
Updates coming to Outlander diesel, Outlander PHEV and Business models.
They have dramatically changed this car for Europe, I reported on my First Drive last week. It is due in April; it's a 172-reg. There will be 1-litre (73bhp), 0.9 turbo (90bhp) petrols and a 1.5-litre 90bhp diesel. Shares mechanicals with the next-gen Renault Clio. Smarter, roomier and it has lots of technology.
We'll see the start of the new Insignia family in the second half of the year - starting with the hatchback (also station wagon and Country Tourer all-wheel-drive versions coming).
The Crossland X crossover, due mid-summer (first pictures today), replaces the Meriva. And the larger Grandland X SUV is expected in the fourth quarter.
The excellent new 3008 SUV arrives at the end of the month with 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp (manual, auto), 1.6-litre diesels 100bhp/120bhp (ditto), and 2-litre diesel 150bhp and automatic 180bhp versions.
The new 5008 seven-seater SUV is likely by May, with the engine range similar to the 3008 SUV.
The new Panamera is the main event for them. And there are a number of versions now here. Prices start at €111,321 for Panamera 4 PDK, €151,573 for e-hybrid 4S PDK, €156,815 for 4S PDK and €204,502 for diesel turbo PDK. The hybrid (almost €40,000 less expensive than 4.0 TDI) gets here in May with air suspension as standard (0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds, 172mph and a claimed 113mpg). The Cayenne likely to be replaced early 2018.
The Megane Sport Tourer estate (1.5 dCi 110, 1.6 dCi 130 diesels and 1.2 TCe 130, 1.6 TCe 205 petrols) is in showrooms (from €20,490).
Grand Coupe Megane saloon (1.5 dCi 110, 1.6 dCi 130 diesels) are here now. The Grand Coupe is €500 more expensive than the equivalent hatchback (€21,990 for Expression dCi 110). The Sport Tourer costs €1,000 more than equivalent hatchback (€20,490 for Expression TCe 130). Here already are the new Scenic/Grand Scenic (1.5 dCi 110, 1.6 dCi 130 and 1.6 dCi 160 diesels; 1.2 TCe 115 and 1.2 TCe 130 petrols).
Extended-range ZOE in the new year - this can do 300km in real-world driving on one charge. The Captur is due a mid-life refresh. And the Koleos SUV, which shares platform with Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai, is expected by the summer. Also Alaskan pick-up later.
They'll have a fresh Leon in early March (including rollout of Xcellence model). By June we should see the new Ibiza. New engines will include 4cyl turbo petrol and diesels. By November we'll see the new Arona small SUV. It will join the current, and larger, Ateca which got here recently. There will be an FR version of the Ateca in May.
You can expect to see the new KODIAQ 5/7-seater SUV by mid-March. Engines include two 2-litre diesels and two 1.4-litre petrols.
You will also see a facelifted Octavia by March.
There will be new connectivity features such as SKODA Connect and on-board wifi, as well as new driver assistance systems and engines. I suspect there will be a small price increase.
The RS version looks great.
It will be this time next year before we see the new Yeti - it's a 181-reg prospect. The Citigo and Rapid get updates for the 172 plate.
The Superb is also supposed to get a lift, to bring styling into line with the Octavia and KODIAQ.
By the end of the year, they expect to have a brand new Rexton. It will be a 181-reg.
The new Impreza is longer and taller, but only the hatchback version is likely to come here. The BRZ sports car gets a minor facelift, as does the Levorg estate.
New Ignis is on sale this month. It has a 1.2 Dualjet engine with a hybrid version possible later on.
The new Swift, 5dr only, is pencilled in for a summer arrival. It will be powered by a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. Expect a hot hatch version later.
The first Tesla destination charging location is opening here, at the Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry. Another 10 charging sites are works in progress. The Model S saloon and Model X SUV are due shortly. They claim a range of up to 613km for the S and 542km for the all-wheel-drive X (0-100kmh in 3.1 secs on some versions).
The Model S has 60, 75, 90,100kWH batteries with both single and dual motor options. Model X has 75, 90,100kWH batteries (all dual motor). Model S prices start at €81,086; X kicks off at €110,042. The brand will open an Irish store this year.
The plug-in Prius is scheduled for February. They are claiming 202mpg (1.4-litres/100km, 32g/km) and predict it will be the most frugal PHEV on the market. It will have a 50km electric-only range.
The C-HR compact crossover has been on sale since late last year. Prices from €26,895 for 1.2-litre petrol and €29,350 for hybrid. No diesel.
The latest version of the Golf is due by late spring with a major infotainment update and addition of 1.5 TSI Evo (150bhp) with Active Cylinder Management. The Tiguan now has a a badly-needed entry-level 2-litre diesel. It's at a lower 'price point' (€30,985). We await LWB version.
The Beetle has been refreshed and is in showrooms. City car up! got a bit of an overhaul. Prices start at €11,875.
New versions of the Polo are on the way too. The 5dr will be powered by small turbocharged engines in the main but there will be a naturally aspirated 3cyl - a GTI will follow. Also expected this year are a new Touareg and the Arteon large 4dr coupe which replaces the CC (here by June).
Keep an eye out for a smaller-than-Tiguan SUV, while the eGolf's range will extend to 300km. The Golf R is expected to be updated this year.
The new XC60 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March and here for the 172 registration period. There will be an XC40 due later.
It will have similar standard equipment to that of the XC90 and S90 (built on same SPA platform).
Expect prices to start in mid-€40s. D4 diesel from the off. V90 and V90 Cross Country in dealerships now. V90 from €46,650; Cross Country D4 from €54,650.