If your leasing contract is due to come to an end this year and you're looking for a new lease car, the plethora of new models due to hit forecourts in 2016 is sure to raise a bit of an interest.
According to Auto Express, who recently revealed many of the motors featured in this blog article, "strong sales and growth this year means many manufacturers are busier than ever prepping new models, and every sector will have fresh market entrants." This means that whether you are looking for a city runaround, a family SUV, a new-generation hybrid, full-electric car, or a head-turning supercar, there will be something out there for you.
In our latest blog post, we take a look at some of the new cars due to be launched in 2016. So buckle up that seat belt, and let's take a trip around the UK and Europe to see what is likely to appear in our Latest Offers section of the website.
A pumped-up Fiat 500X is due to be launched in winter 2016 to rival the Nissan Juke Nismo RS and the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works. Fiat’s new model will, in all likelihood, make use of the 1,75 litre turbo engine currently found in the Alfa Romeo 4C to enable it to accelerate from 0-62mph in less than 7 seconds.
Looking good, and using those looks to its advantage, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available in a range of efficient diesels and turbo petrols in an attempt to appeal to both personal and company buyers, most of them rear-wheel drive.
With a 503bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbo-engined version available (the 4WD QV) to rival the BMW M3, the range will also include smaller-engined versions and numerous trim levels to face off against the likes of the Mercedes C-Class, Audi’s new A4 and the Jaguar XE.
It will be expensive, but the DB9-replacing Aston Martin DB11 will see a massive development of the existing 6.0-litre V12 engine, with added turbocharge an expected highlight - although there are also whispers of a V8 engine too in the shape of Mercedes-AMG’s latest 4.0-litre twin-turbo.
The first in a line of new range Aston Martins that will include an all-electric Aston Martin Rapide and a DBX Crossover, it looks like the tie-in with Mercedes will also see an interior improvement too.
Following the new A4 is the Audi A5. Using the same platform as the A4, it will look a lot 'cooler', especially in the two-door coupé version - although the more practical five-door Sportback will look pretty good too.
Lower and wider than the A4 to produce more speed, the Audi A5 will not only be lighter and more efficient than the car it aims to replace, but more refined too with the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI version emitting less than 100g/km of CO2.
Audi are also releasing 3 other models in 2016: the Audi S4 in Spring, the Audi Q5 in Summer and the Audi Q1 in Autumn.
A luxury SUV has been promised by Bentley for many years - and here it is!
Promised to "the fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world" with the 6.0-litre W12 engine delivering 600bhp and 900Nm of torque, the Bentley Bentayga will be able to accelerate from start to 62mph in just 4 seconds up to a 190mph top speed. That is as quick as a Porsche Cayenne.
Admittedly it cannot claim to be fuel efficient (22.1 mpg) or green (292g/km of CO2), but there will be more economical diesel and hybrid models to come at a later date.
Even though the current BMW 5 Series is still at the top of its game, BMW are aiming to get improvements and updates in as soon as possible - and that they will do with the new BMW 5 Series with its improved efficiency, a cutting-edge chassis and connectivity, and a sleeker profile.
Keeping the weight down with a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body, the plug-in hybrid drivetrain on the 530e model, and general improvements to both strength and safety, will see the car's fuel economy go past 100MPG.
Taking the place of the much-loved (as a brother) BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the BMW M2 is aimed to be a faster, smaller and cheaper version of the BMW M4 - with extra muscle.
The BMW M2 will be available with manual and automatic gearboxes ready to help the uprated version of the BMW M235i’s turbo straight-six engine get from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds (manual) and 4.3 seconds for the auto.
Also due out from the BMW stable are: BMW i8 Plus (Winter), BMW 330e (Spring), BMW X4 M40i (Winter 2016) and the BMW M4 GTS (Spring).
Until now, the incredibly-priced Dacia Duster has only been available in left-hand drive; but March sees a UK version cleaned-up, smartened and tidier all round.
There will also be a new version featuring a new 123bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine to help the 4x4 version achieve50MPG.
The model should come with 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol engines in both 5-door and estate versions, along with 1.3 and 1.6-litre diesels, and sees te return of the Tipo brand to the UK.
Finally getting to the UK, the Ford Edge will be positioned just above the Ford EcoSport and Ford Kuga in Ford's model ranges.
Based on the new Ford Mondeo, Ford have aimed the Edge as a cheaper alternative to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, majoring on the five-seat practicality and large boot space of the Edge as a SUV USP.
It’s designed as a cut-price alternative to cars like the BMW X3 andAudi Q5, and will major on space and practicality, with five seats and a big boot, with tech such as inflatable seatbelts and Active Noise Cancellation carried over with interior design from the aforementioned Mondeo too.
Launching with a pair of either 188bhp or 207bhp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines, there will be three trim levels available - Trend, Sport and range-topping Titanium - available to lease. Check out availability here.
Ford are also revealing their new Ford Ranger and Ford GT at some time in 2016 too!
Aimed at the Ferrari market, in direct contrast to the zero-emissions Honda FCV also launching in 2016, the Honda NSX has been many years in development and making - but, boy, is it worth it.
Combining a petrol V6 engine and three electric motors to produce 550bhp via a twin-clutch gearbox, fuel economy is that of a diesel family hatchback, but the design ensures handling that defies the very logics of physics.
Rugged and beefy, the new Hyundai i20 Active is set up as a rival to the budget-conscious Dacia Sandero Stepway, bringing with it a low cost price, a good line-up of petrol and diesel engines (including a turbocharged 1.0 litre three-cylinder one), and a high ride - but sadly no four-wheel drive.
Hyundai will also be releasing the Hyundai i30N in the Summer.
Based on the Infiniti Q30 hatchback also due at the end of the year along with an Infiniti Q60, the QX30 is expected to take the fight for the hearts, minds and wallets of the consumer to the new BMW X1 and the firmly established Audi Q3. No sight has yet been seen of the production version, but the word on the road is that it is going to look like a jacked-up version of the Q30 revealed in Frankfurt last year, with engines and trims also likely to mirror each other with both petrol and diesel versions available.
Having seen the new Jaguar F-Pace go through its (cough) paces back in July last year, (as we reported in our blog here) the first arrivals are due on forecourts in April 2016 with a choice of 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, as well as a less powerful 2.0 diesel emitting as little as 129g/km of CO2.
Jaguar’s first SUV is available with both rear and four-wheel drive as well as manual or automatic gearboxes, with the flagship supercharged V6 sharing its engine with the iconic Jaguar F-Type, an SVR version of which is also being released in 2016 (but in September!).
Jumping onto the hybrid bandwagon, although a little later than everyone else, Kia are planning to not just tack on a hybrid version to an existing model. Instead they are planning a stand-alone model to be known for its hybrid qualities.
No name has yet been given to this hybrid, but it is likely to be a stylish compact crossover offering 60MPG from a 1.6-litre petrol engine combined with the expected electric engine. A good move considering that the compact crossover is part of the fastest growing market segment in Europe, and a good move to aim to keep price down too!
With the current Kia Sportage having taken the motoring world by surprise with its design and popularity, we are promised more of the same with the next generation model with its bold ‘tiger nose’ grille, striking LED headlamps, daytime running lights and rear light signatures.
And if the new model revealed at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show is the finished item, there will be "more refinement and better cabin quality than any car [Kia] has ever produced" with soft-touch surfaces and a large, classy touchscreen dominating the dashboard.
Kia will also be debuting the Kia Sportspace in the Autumn.
The seventh-generation of the Mercedes E-Class will feature the very best styling of the Mercedes C Class and the luxury and technology of the S-Class limousine; including intelligent cruise control that brakes, accelerates and follows bends on the motorway, an enhanced COMAND infotainment system, and a hybrid version.
Mercedes will also be releasing a Mercedes GLC Coupe in the Summer and a Mercedes-AMG GT Black in the Winter.
Not wanting to be left out of the party, MG are releasing their own crossover with the MG GS. Admittedly not the best with fuel economy (an estimated average of 50MPG is the rumour - and that's with the 1.8-litre diesel engine version) the SUV shape is one of the bigger on the market (rivalling the Honda CRV for interior space) although with a lower asking price.
The current Mitsubishi Shogun is nearly 10 years old now, and looks a little tired amongst the current upmarket 4x4 explosion, so the updated version will, we expect, feature more style, design, comfort, road craft and handling. It will do if the GC-PHEV concept revealed back in 2013 has anything to do with it.
But as long as it can go off-road, then we will all stay happy!
Following on from a Summer launch for the new Nissan Micra, the Nismo brand's (The official racing arm of Nissan) new Pulsar Hatch will see some rivalry started with the Ford Focus ST, and some life breathed into the brand.
First seen as a concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, if it maintains the look and style there we can expect an aggressive look backed up by a deep front bumper with a red splitter, gaping air intakes at the back, a diffuser and two centrally mounted exhausts.
Under the bonnet, the Nissan Pulsar Nismo will feature Nissan’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with talk of a Nismo RS with as much as 275bhp in the pipeline.
Coming into the hot hatch market with a roar, the new Peugeot 308 R Hybrid features the existing 267bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine you find in the 308 GTi, but adds in two 114bhp electric motors to give you a 493bhp plug-in hybrid mega hatch with a 0-62mph acceleration capability of less than four seconds.
Created by Peugeot's motorsport arm, Peugeot Sport, that is pretty much a guarantee of power and speed; and you'll need the powerful brakes and all-wheel drive to make sure that all power is on the road.
There are four driving modes with the 308 R Hybrid - ZEV, Road, Track and Hot Lap - with the most extreme setting set up ready to go for track driving making use of the full 493bhp and 730Nm of torque.
And with the electric engines (it can be driven on electric power solely) working in perfect harmony with the turbo, it emits only 70g/km of CO2.
The Range Rover Evoque is, as we know, already a popular and award-winning vehicle. Now add in a full-length electric roof to make it a convertible, and that popularity in the premium market is likely to soar.
But don't worry about those off-road capabilities as a soft-top. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is every bit as capable, using a Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) as a safety valve, and every bit as powerful with the new Ingenium diesel and Ford-sourced turbo petrol engines under the bonnet.
Renault have been a set of busy bunnies, creating new models and updating old ones, 2016 sees the launch of the
Renault Alpine (Winter), Renault Twingo GT (Summer), and Renault Alaskan (Spring) as well as an RS version (in Winter) of their award-winning Renault Megane.
With the release of the Megane, and the advent of the new Vauxhall Astra, there will be a fight for top position on the cards for the best-selling Ford Focus. And the Renault Megane has certainly upped its game.
Featuring a bold new look with striking C-shaped LED lights, the new Megane means business, while inside there is a redesigned cabin dominated by a large portrait-style touchscreen.
All shipshape and ready with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with the flagship model offering a 202bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine in sporty GT spec.
The success of the Skoda Yeti has prompted Skoda to push the design team to greater heights with a bigger seven-seater model yet to be named. A direct competitor to the Hyundai Santa Fe, the new car will feature the usual range of 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines with an extra option in the shape of a 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol.
All with the expected Yeti tenacity and off-road ability.
SEAT has yet to really get a foothold in the SUV market, so while they work away behind the scenes to create their SUV range, we will have to do with the Leon Cross Sport - a crossover version of the three-door Leon Cupra.
Sporting a VW Golf R engine that delivers 296bhp through all four wheels along with a DSG auto box, it is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds.
Having raised the height of the car, and taken a look and toughened up the style, the Cross Sport is capable of handling some pretty rough tracks, but in the city it will stand out for its bright colour scheme and 19" two-tone alloy wheels.
Although we are still to get full production details, it is very likely that the Leon Cross Sport will be powered by the 296bhp engine or by a more wallet-friendly 2.0-litre diesel.
The SmartForTwo has already got a loyal following, and this new update is very capable of extending that popularity with a three-layer fabric roof that is impressive, not only for its obvious ability to keep wind and road noise out of the cabin, but also because the electrically operated mechanism can open or close in just 12 seconds – and at speeds of up to 96mph.
This new version of the SmartForTwo Cabrio now features a manual gearbox for the first time ever, and the car is capable of producing 70bhp from the 1.0-litre engine or 89bhp from the 0.9 turbo version.
It will be the hottest ticket in town – until the arrival of the SmartForTwo Brabus in the Summer!
As with the SmartForTwo, it's not all about big cars; so Suzuki have revived the Baleno badge to brand a new supermini with more cabin space than the Suzuki Swift and a bigger boot.
Suzuki claim it will be one of the most practical cars in its class, with power coming from a brand new 1.0-litre direct-injection turbo engine with 110bhp called Boosterjet. With a hybrid version in the pipeline, this particular model emits just 103g/km of CO2 with Boosterjet likely to be spread right across the Suzuki range soon.
A much anticipated model from electric car pioneer Tesla, the Tesla Model X is primed to revolutionise an SUV market dominated by petrol and diesel engines.
Offering 762bhp, 967Nm of torque, a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds and an incredible range for an electric motor of 250 miles, the Model X takes its design cue from the existing Model S, but with wild ‘falcon wing’ top-hinged rear doors that open upwards. And for manoeuvrability in tight spaces there are the 'magic' hinges.
A seven-seat motor, all forward-facing and full size, the Tesla leads the way in the race it is likely to face with the Audi Q6 due in 2017.
Being the first in a revolution gets you kudos, but as technology advances and others join in, you need to evolve or get left behind. That is almost what has happened with the Toyota Prius, as cars like the BMW i3 take advantage of range extenders to get a bit of a lead on. But this all-new Prius hopes to get that lead back with a claim to “establish new benchmarks in fuel economy”.
Coming with a 1.8-litre petrol engine and an electric motor mounted at the rear (creating an ‘e-4WD’ system to boost grip in wet conditions) and CVT transmission, technology has enabled Toyota to claim 90mpg with CO2 emissions of around 70g/km.
Toyota will also release their Toyota C-HR in the Summer.
Changing the Zafira to an SUV from its existing 'people carrier' tag, Vauxhall are following the success of the Nissan Qashqai and its like, and with the updated Zafira being built using shared parts in accordance with the PSA Peugeot-Citroen partnership (including the latest ‘Whisper’ diesel engines) the whole concept shows immense promise.
Vauxhall will also be revealing their new-look Vauxhall Astra too in the Spring.
The Volkswagen Tiguan has been around a while, and had its success; but new competition from other compact SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and the Renault Kadjar has shown its age up. So VW are giving it a facelift ahead of the launch of the Volkswagen Golf R400 in the Winter.
Starting out as it means to go on, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is based on the MQB architecture, currently being rolled out across the VW Group’s latest models, meaning a longer but lower car that looks like it means business.
It will come with a range of engines that includes 1.4 and 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel versions as well as a plug-in hybrid GTE version, and it is hoped to revitalise the model.
Inspired by the brilliant XC90, the Volvo S90 is primed to not only replace the S80, but also rival the BMW 5 Series with its space, safety, technology, comfort and minimalistic class.
The cabin has also been redesigned to give a trendy and chic atmosphere dominated by a large portrait-style touchscreen, while under the bonnet we find with D4 and D5 turbodiesels providing the power – the D4 emitting just 99g/km of CO2.
There is also a T8 plug-in hybrid version to cut emissions even further (to 50g/km) but offering less pace.
And for those with a spare bullion vault lying about there are the more exclusive 2016 newbies:
If you are interested in any of the upcoming cars on this blog, register your interest with one of our representatives, and 2016 could be the year that you drive off in a car that is the envy of your friends.