Rivervale's Top 5 Cars to Look Out for in 2017
2016 has been a busy year for car manufacturers. We have seen premium brands Jaguar and Bentley dip their toes in the ever-growing SUV market with the Bentayga and F-Pace. The incredibly popular Range Rover Evoque went convertible and Maserati revealed the Ghibli, their most affordable car to date making owning a Maserati more reality and less dream.
Fear not, all this activity in 2016 doesn’t make for a boring 2017, here are Rivervale’s top picks of cars to look forward to in the new year …
Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Alfa Romeo are set to expand their range to 8 models by the end of the decade. 2017 sees the release of the first every Alfa Romeo SUV, the Stelvio, to make number 5 alongside the existing 4C, Giulietta, Giulia and Mito. Key features for the Stelvio are taken from the Guilia Quadrifoglio such as narrow LED headlights, a shield shaped grille and gaping air intakes. Engine wise the top of the range will be the Stelvio Quadrifoglio with a 2.89 litre twin turbo V6 engine with 503 bhp capable of a top speed of 177 mph and a 0-62 mph time of only 3.9 seconds. More modest engines are likely to include 2.0 litre petrol and 2.2 litre diesel versions. Starting prices are expected to be around the £35,000.
BMW 5 Series – to make sure the 5 series is fit to compete with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the seventh-generation model is due to be release next year with prices expected to start around £36,000. The new 5 Series will be longer and wider than the previous version, with a new chassis that uses more aluminum which helps to reduce the overall weight by up to 100kg. More advanced autonomous technology will be found within, the new generation 5 series will be able to take over more steering, braking and acceleration functions when driver aides are activated than ever before. BMW’s Steering and Lane Control Assist will be able to steer into a motorway lane when safe at speeds of up to 130 mph. Initially there will be a choice of two petrol and two diesel engine options available as well as the 530e plug in. The hybrid version offers up to 141.2 mpg while emitting only 46 g/km CO2, making it an attractive option for company car drivers.
Ford Fiesta – The best-selling car of all time and our favourite in the UK is having a makeover! The changes to the exterior styling will be subtle with sharper headlights, a wider grille, and horizontal rear lights. It is inside the seventh-generation Fiesta reveals its most exciting changes. Inside technology and the infotainment system have had serious upgrades. The dashboard features a floating touchscreen display from where most features can be controlled. This has reduced the number of buttons and switches on the centre console be nearly half, creating a more modern and uncluttered look. Technology included is normally found on larger premium vehicles with 15 driver assist systems including automatic perpendicular parking, lane keep assist and pedestrian detection. The Fiesta will also become the first supermini in Europe to offer Cross-Traffic Alert. As well as all the updates, Ford has also revealed they will be adding the Fiesta Active crossover and Fiesta Vignale luxury model to the range. Prices are expected to start somewhere in the region of £13,000.
Volkswagen Golf – making sure the Ford Fiesta doesn’t steal all the glory next year, Volkswagen are releasing an updated Golf with a few technology firsts of its own. The new generation Golf will be the first in its class to make use of gesture control. Controlling audio and navigating the infotainment system will be as simple as waving a hand. The re-designed dashboard holds a larger 9.5” screen and includes MirrorLink, Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. Intelligent driver assistant systems will also appear such as Emergency Assist, Trailer Assist and Traffic Jam Assist which include some semi-autonomous features. Engine options are expected to stay as they are with the current Golf and prices are expected to start at £18,000.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain – Mercedes are making sure there really is an E-Class for every journey by adding an all-terrain version. This model will have an SUV style grille, raised suspension with a robust and powerful appearance. 4MATIC all-wheel drive will come as a standard feature making it the most versatile E-Class, at home on the motorway or unpaved pathways on family adventures. Mercedes Air Body Control System can raise the chassis by up to 20mm up to speeds of 35 km/h. The All-Terrain will provide a challenge to the popular Audi A6 all-road and prices are expected to start at £42,000.
Which car are you waiting for in 2017?
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20 December 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy