From newcomers like Tesla to behemoths like BMW, nearly every carmaker is set to unveil one or more new models in 2018. While most of the upcoming models will be SUVs and crossovers, some compact models will also vie for attention. Below listed are some of the most awaited car models that will be released officially in 2018 according to Nenad Banjac.
1. 2018 Audi A1
Since the time it was unveiled in 2010, The Audi A1 did not make much news in the premium supermini segment. It was somewhat eclipsed by the rival MINI. However, the second generation A1 is all set to lock horns with its iconic British rival. Priced at $18,000, the 2018 Audi A1 comes with hi-tech makeover including a revamped infotainment setup and plush upholstery. Based on VW group’s new MQB architecture, it should be fun to drive. Spy shots indicate a more hatchback like design in contrast to the existing model’s bubble shape. The release date is expected at the beginning of 2018.
This small city car will have a wide variety of engines. Beside 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter engines, it also comes with a 1.6-liter diesel engine. Some rumors say that by 2019, Audi will offer an S1 version which will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine.
2. 2018 BMW i8 Roadster
One of BMW’s much-awaited models, the i8 Roadster is all set to be unveiled in 2018. The Coupe will have a hybrid powertrain. At approx $155,000, it is not meant for the faint hearted ones. It is unclear whether BMW should use lighter fabric roof or go entirely open top for this one. Spy shots of the prototype hint at menacing front design.
This convertible BMW roadster will be powered by three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine. This engine in the tandem with electric motor will give amazing 362 hp. The release date of i8 Roadster is confirmed for 2018.
3. 2018 Audi Q8
A large sized luxury SUVs are in vogue and everyone from Bentley to Rolls Royce are set to unveil their contenders. Obviously, Audi does not want to be left behind. The Q8 is the upcoming flagship SUV from the company and it is going to have an expected price tag of $88,000. It will have a powerful hybrid engine and lavish interior. The huge grille and aggressive exterior styling make it quite a stunner.
When it comes to the specs this Audi large SUV, for now, has only 3.0-litre TFSI engine, which in the tandem with electric motor gives 444hp. Beside this powertrain, in the future, we can expect 4.0-litre V8 turbo-diesel engine and probably some petrol engine also.
The release date od Audi Q8 is still unconfirmed, however, we can safely say that it will be available for purchasing in 2018.
4. 2018 BMW X3
The BMW has been preparing a number of new models for 2018 launch but the Iconic German carmaker is also revamping existing popular models! Spy shots of new 2018 BMW X3 have appeared and they indicate the new model will be built on the brand’s much touted modular UKL platform. It is expected to be lighter than the existing model owing to heavy usage of high-strength steel and aluminum. The expected price tag for 2018 BMW X3 is $ 42,000.
The BMW SUV will have three powertrain options in the offer. The basic model comes powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. This engine has 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The second option is also the 2.0-liter engine, but with 240 hp. The most powerful engine in the new 2018 BMW X3 is 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 300 hp.
Its release date is expected in the third quarter of this year.
5. Audi Q6 e-tron
The first electric SUV from Audi is not going to be a variant of the regular Q6. It will definitely be slotted beneath the Q7. The design resemblances with 2015’s e-tron Quattro concept showcased at Frankfurt Motor Show would be there. The approx price would be close to $75,000. It is expected to offer brisk acceleration despite lacking any fuel based powertrain. The exterior styling will be like that of a sporty SUV.
This electric SUV will have two versions, which will have the same battery capacity of 100 kWh. The first one will have 303 hp and the second one will have 408 hp. Autonomy of both versions should be 185 to 220 miles.
Audi has announced that the production version of Q6 e-tron will be ready for 2018.
6. 2018 BMW Z4
The upcoming Z4 is among the most awaited models of BMW those will be released in 2018. Expected to be priced at $38,000 the Z4 is aimed at Porsche 718 Boxter. The model is going to have a soft top. It will have dual seat layout and get rear-wheel-drive.
The new 2018 BMW Z4 will be offered with two engine options. The first one will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 250 hp. The second option would be a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine with 335 hp.
The release date of this BMW roadster is expected in 2018.
7. 2018 Skoda Yeti
The Yeti, Skoda’s popular SUV is all set for its 2nd generation debut. The prototype model has been spied testing several times. Design traces from its sibling Kodiaq are expected to be there in the final model. The boxy build of the present model will not be there and it will be built on MQB platform. Changes in wheel design and grille are also expected. The base trim price would be around $ 20,000.
When it comes to the engine aggregates we expect powertrains from VW game, including a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbo petrol and 1.6 and 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines. As hybrid variant is also possible, it could combine the 1.4-liter gasoline engine and electric motor.
The new Yeti are expected in showrooms from the beginning of 2018, at a starting price of around $ 18,000 for the base version.
8. 2018 Toyota Supra
Toyota Supra is making headlines since it is a little different from other cars made by the Japanese automobile giant. Toyota is developing this sporty coupe in alliance with BMW. Some design elements of the previously showcased Toyota FT-1 concept can be there in the final model. Details of the powertrain are not clear but the car could be priced around $ 62,000.
As we found out in 2018 Toyota Supra will be powered by a 6-cylinder 3.0-liter turbo engine, mated to a hybrid engine that would give a total power of 470 hp.
This model will be available in the sale from January 2018.
9. 2018 Volkswagen Touareg
The Touareg is among the most popular models from VW and it is getting a makeover for 2018. It will share the platform of Bentley Bentayga and Audi Q7. So, the 2018 Touareg will have a lightweight body. On first look, it resembles the Audi Q7 to an extent. It is likely to be priced at $55,000.
Volkswagen still has not announced which powertrains will give the power to the new Touareg.
10. 2018 Mercedes A-Class
The Mercedes A-Class is set to get a makeover for 2018 and this is natural given the steady popularity of the A-series lineup. Aimed at the BMW X1, the A-Class will get sharper exterior styling. This is among the more affordable Mercedes models you can buy and start price would be close to $ 25,000. A top of the line Mercedes-AMG A 45 variant may also be unveiled later. Everything from infotainment setup to the quality of cabin upholstery will get a boost.
The old 2.1-liter diesel engine will be replaced by new 2.0 liters with 160 hp and 190 hp.
The release date is expected in early 2018, also until the end of the next year, you can expect Mercedes A-Class sedan version.
Conclusion: This is ten cars from different categories which will be completely redesigned. As you can notice this article includes all categories from small city cars to Sport Utility Vehicles.
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