Coming soon cars: new models for 2014 / 2015

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  • From cheap family cars to luxury SUVs
Jaguar XE (early 2015)
Jaguar XE (early 2015)

City cars

Renault Twingo (autumn 2014)
The next-generation city car will be given a radical layout, with rear-wheel drive and an engine mounted beneath the boot floor.

Smart Fortwo (September 2014)
The little two-seater gets a major revamp, with a shortened chassis from the Forfour and a DSG gearbox for smoother gearchanges.

Smart Forfour (autumn 2014)
The next-generation city car will be available with either conventional engines or electric powertrains.

Vauxhall Adam Rocks (winter 2014)
The Adam convertible will showcase Vauxhall’s new range of three-cylinder low-emission engines.

Small cars

Mini 5dr (October 2014)
It's 16cm longer than the three-door and has two extra doors, all of which makes it practical as well as cool. There's a new 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine up front, too.

Vauxhall Corsa (October 2014)
A comprehensive revamp of the current car will include new three-cylinder engines, plus revisions to the chassis and cabin.

Mazda 2 (early 2015)
Next-generation Fiesta rival should retain the existing car's sweet handling along with upgraded quality and refinement.

Honda Jazz (2015)
When it reaches the UK, the new Jazz will likely feature a range of small-capacity turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engines.

Skoda Fabia (early 2015)
The next-generation Fabia will get a more youthful look and customisable options, but no hot vRS model.

Family cars

Ford Focus (September 2014)
One of the UK’s best-selling cars gets a face-lift for 2014, plus a tidier cabin with fewer buttons cluttering the dashboard.

Citroen C4 Cactus (October 2014)
We’ve already driven the Cactus, which is a cross between a conventional hatchback and an SUV. It offers value, modernity and something different against competition like the Nissan Juke.

Nissan Pulsar (October 2014)
New Ford Focus rival will offer plenty of safety equipment and a roomy cabin, with emissions as low as 95g/km from its 1.5-litre diesel engine.

Ford Mondeo (late 2014)
Next-generation car will feature a range of Ecoboost engines and hybrid power, plus high-spec new Vignale model.

Volkswagen Passat (January 2015)
The new Passat will be offered with a range of diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid petrol. It’ll be shorter, roomier and lighter than the current car.

Ford S-Max (summer 2015)
The next-generation S-Max will use the same chassis as the new Mondeo and feature a simpler, more sophisticated dashboard than the outgoing car.

Seat Leon X-Perience (September 2014)
Four-wheel-drive off-road version of the Leon ST gets more ground clearance and durable plastic body mouldings. Comes with a choice of two diesel engines; expect prices to start from £25,000.

Hyundai i20 (early 2015)
Hatchback gets the same treatment as new i10 city car, with styling changes and greater refinement than its predecessor.

Executive cars

Audi A7 Sportback  (winter 2014)
Styling tweaks, LED headlights, new equipment options and a 3.0-litre diesel that returns up to 60.1mpg are all part of the upgrades in store for the A7 Sportback.

BMW 5 Series (September 2014)
A new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine comes onboard this month, offered with 148bhp in the new 518d and 187bhp in the 520d. Both versions can be had with an eight-speed auto ’box. Otherwise the 5 Series stays largely the same, which is to say, still excellent.

Infiniti Q30 (2015)
This compact executive car will use a Mercedes A-Class front-wheel-drive chassis, and will challenge rivals such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.

Audi A4 (early 2015)
Audi claims the new A4 will be lighter and more efficient than the current model, as well as being more of a driver’s car.

Jaguar XE (early 2015)
The XE will feature an aluminium chassis and a host of new technologies to create an efficient but sporty rival for the BMW 3 Series.

Luxury cars

BMW 7 Series (2015)
BMW showed off the Vision Future Luxury concept earlier this year, which the new 7 Series will be based on. Expect lots of new technology, including touch-screens and iDrive plus 'carbon' bodywork.

Rolls-Royce Ghost (September 2014)
Minor styling changes to keep the Ghost looking fresh, together with suspension tweaks to sharpen up the driving experience. Inside there are new seats, revised trim options, an upgraded infotainment system plus the sat-nav guided gearbox from the Wraith coupe.

MPVs

Mercedes B-Class (November 2014)

The new B-Class receives a styling makeover, which amounts to revised bumpers and light units, with LED headlights becoming an option. The big news is that along with upgraded petrol and diesel engines, the new car will be available as the first all-electric production Mercedes, with a battery range of around 120 miles and 0-60mph in 7.9sec.

Mercedes V-Class (spring 2015)
The new V-Class is a huge step forward from the current Viano, which felt more like a van than a car. The new-look Mercedes family face is part of a package that offers lots of technology, luxury features and seating for eight.

SUVs

Kia Soul EV (October 2014)
Kia’s first electric vehicle to go on sale in the UK is a version of the practical and funky-looking Soul. It gets a 109bhp electric motor with a battery range of up to 100 miles. Expect it to cost around £22,000 when it goes on sale this autumn.

Jeep Renegade (autumn 2014)
Jeep’s baby SUV will have genuine off-road ability and rugged looks. A nine-speed automatic will be available on 2.0-litre diesel models.

Lexus NX (September 2014)
Prices for the NX will start from £29,495, making it a rival for the likes of the Audi Q5. It will be launched with hybrid power, but a petrol-engined version will follow in 2015.

VW Touareg (Novemeber 2014)
Visually, the face-lifted Touareg is not a radical departure from the current car, but new features such as LED rear lights and upgraded sat-nav enhance appeal. Diesel power will be the only option from launch, with engine stop-start helping to improve emissions.

Porsche Cayenne (October 2014)
On the outside this is just a mid-life face-lift of Porsche’s popular SUV, but the big news concerns more efficient engines as well as a plug-in hybrid option. This will have a combined power output of 428bhp, an electric-only range of 22 miles, average fuel economy of up to 83mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 79g/km.

BMW X6 (December 2014)
The second generation of BMW’s coupe-cum-SUV will benefit from added practicality courtesy of 75 litres extra boot space, plus more economical engines all mated to an eight-speed auto ‘box. Prices will start from £51,150.

Mercedes MLC (2015)
This is Mercedes’ answer to the BMW X6. It is likely to be based on the M-Class platform and use the same range of engines, which should include a high-performance AMG variant. Like the X6 relative to the X5, this new Mercedes SUV coupe will be sportier to drive than the current M-Class.

Range Rover Evoque (2015) 
Land Rover has said that the Evoque will have incremental improvements rather than a full mid-life face-lift, so a series of small changes is expected throughout 2015. Expect to see new trims, finishes and colours, plus efficiency and performance gains.

Ssangyong X100 (2015)
Prices for the new Qashqai rival may start from around £12,000, and a seven-seat version could follow in 2016.

Ford Edge (early 2015) 
The Edge will be Ford’s flagship SUV. The company is chasing the premium end of the market, so expect the Edge to come with lots of technology features including a 10.0-inch touch-screen and a roomy cabin, with up to 1788 litres of boot space.

Fiat 500X (early 2015)
Designed to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, the 500X will sit alongside the 500L MPV and its more rugged sibling, the 500 L Trekking. It will be built on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade and constructed in the same factory. More details will be released during the Paris Motor Show.

Volkswagen Tiguan (early 2015)
The next Tiguan will get a bold new look and a longer wheelbase to help it compete with rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai.

Land Rover Discovery Sport (early 2015)
Freelander replacement will be launched with current diesel engines, but the new generation of efficient Ingenium engines will follow later in the year.

Volvo XC90 (early 2015)
Next-generation car gets a 9.3-inch touch-screen to replace dashboard buttons and is claimed to have Volvo’s most luxurious interior to date.

Sports cars

Audi TT (October 2014)
The new TT features subtle design cues from the Mk1, but the overall look is more masculine and aggressive. The high-quality interior features a TFT screen instead of traditional dials. 

Ford Mustang (late 2014)
 
The new Mustang will be available with right-hand drive and a set-up to meet European tastes. Engine options start with a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo offering better emissions and more miles per gallon. Prices to start from around £30,000

Lexus RC F (late 2014) 
The RC F uses a 5.0-litre V8 producing around 450bhp – the most powerful V8 the company has ever produced. The car is aimed at BMW M4 buyers, so expect it to get to 60mph in less than five seconds.

Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe (winter 2014) 
As Mercedes’ £120,000 flagship coupe, the S63 AMG Coupe will be a technological tour de force and offer incredible performance, as you'd expect from a car with a 577bhp 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider (early 2015)
The convertible version of the 4C will cost a little more than the coupe but use the same 237bhp 1.75-litre engine. It will come with the recessed headlights that featured on the original concept rather than the controversial carbon design fitted to the coupe.

Mazda MX-5 (summer 2015)
Aggressive styling and a new, lighter, rear-drive chassis, will culminate in the most dramatic model-change to the MX-5 in its 25-year history.

Audi R8 (2015)
The new R8 will be based on the Lamborghini Huracan and will continue to feature V8 and V10 power with enhanced dynamics.

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