Cars to look forward to in 2015
The What Car? team picks their favourite new cars for 2015...
Next year promises to be another bumper year for new car launches, with more than 100 new and updated models set to go on sale.
There is something for everyone to get excited about - from the new Vauxhall Viva five-door city car, to the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE 'SUV coupe' and BMW's new 7 Series luxury saloon. Here, we highlight the cars that are getting us into a fever.
Jim Holder, editor - Jaguar XE
Win or lose, it'll be fascinating to find out if Jaguar really can develop a car that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the BMW 3 Series, yet retains that distinct DNA (steering feel, agility, ride comfort) that makes a Jaguar a Jaguar.
Everyone at Jaguar is oozing confidence - as well they might - but battles don't come any more intense than this.
Mark Tisshaw, digital editor - Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Discovery Sport is a world away from the Freelander it replaces. It's less than 100mm longer, but is significantly more spacious inside, and is cleverly packaged to be able to fit in an extra row of seats. The cabin is also plusher and easier to use.
We'll have to wait at least six months for new Ingenium diesel engines to be offered, at which point the classiest model in the range may also become the best to drive.
Barnaby Jones, digital review editor - Volkswagen Passat
I had the pleasure of driving the current-shape Passat for a year, so am especially keen to sample the new version.
It has all the ingredients to be a cracking car, too: it looks elegant and classy on the outside, while the inside feels every bit as plush as an Audi or BMW's.
The exceptionally low CO2 figures also make it a comparatively cheap company car. Luxurious and affordable to own? Sounds perfect to me.
By making it smaller and shedding around 100kg in weight, Mazda has made the new MX-5 the car I’m most looking forward to driving in 2015.
Add in lively engines, a slick gearbox, 50/50 weight distribution and a suspension tuned for enjoyment, and I’m confident this low-slung hipster will deliver plenty of open-top fun.
Aaron Smith, picture editor - Porsche Cayman GT4
I'm salivating at the thought of the Porsche Cayman GT4, a car that will usurp the £55,397 GTS as the halo Cayman when it launches at some point next year.
While Porsche is remaining tight-lipped, expect a power output of at least 360bhp and a 0-62mph time that beats the Cayman GTS's time of 4.8sec. The Cayman GT4 should also weigh less than the GTS, thanks to a weight-saving programme engineered by Andreas Preuninger, who oversaw the latest 911 GT3.