Coming soon: new executives, coupΓ©s and luxury cars for 2018

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2017 and beyond

Words ByKris Culmer

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Executive and luxury cars

Audi A6 (Summer 2018)

The A6 has been a staple for Audi since 1994, but the current model is now seven years old and its biggest rival, the BMW 5 Series, was renewed last year and became our Car of the Year. The new A6 will be longer and wider than its predecessor and will have sharper styling. Inside, it will have a new β€˜sweeping’ dashboard with two touchscreens. Engines will be revised versions of today’s four-cylinder petrols and diesels, plus new V6s and V8s. Price (est) From Β£34,000

Audi A7 (Summer 2018)

The same updates will be applied to the new version of the A7, which is, in effect, a coupΓ© version of the A6. Price (est) From Β£65,000

Bentley Continental GT (December 2017)

The next-generation Continental GT will get the same W12 engine as the Bentley Bentayga SUV, increasing its power output to around 600bhp. The GT's new styling includes a lower front and rear, new lights and shorter overhangs; the car itself is shorter overall, too. The GT also has a similar interior to the Bentayga, with the same 8.0in infotainment screen. Price From Β£156,700

Lexus LS (early 2018)

Lexus's flagship model, a large, luxury executive car and a rival to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8, will be replaced next year after 12 years on sale. The new LS gets a low, sleek 'four-door coupΓ©' look, with more room inside. Both a comfier ride and more agile are handling are promised, thanks to the LS's sharing of underpinnings with Lexus's LC sports car. There's also plenty of tech on offer, including a standard 12.3in digital instrument screen and an optional head-up display that projects useful driving information onto the interior of the car's windscreen. Engines include a 415bhp 3.5-litre petrol V6 and a LS 500h hybrid model with a 295bhp 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and an electric motor. Price (est) From Β£70,000

Mercedes-AMG GT five-door (summer 2018)

Mercedes' high-performance sub-brand is due to launch a five-door coupΓ© with around 800bhp to rival the Porsche Panamera. This would make it more powerful than Mercedes-AMG's track-focused GT R supercar. The picture above is a concept car, but the final model won't look too different. The GT four-door sits on a heavily reworked version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class's platform, but will be longer, wider and shorter to give it a more sporting stance. At launch, the four-seat GT will offer a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine and four-wheel drive. A hybrid version is due in 2019. Price (est) From Β£130,000

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (early 2018)

Mercedes' smaller executive saloon will be updated, gaining a new touchpad for its infotainment, a new steering wheel with more controls and a redesigned dashboard and instrument panel. Exterior tweaks will be made, too, while the E-Class's new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will likely replace the C-Class's current 2.1-litre diesel. Price (est) From Β£28,000

Mercedes-Benz CLS (early 2018)

This five-door coupΓ© is the midpoint between Mercedes’ E-Class and luxury S-Class saloons, being based on the former’s chassis and sharing the latter’s engines – with up to 362bhp – and interior fittings. But the β€˜S’ in CLS stands for sport, and that’s a characteristic that Mercedes is aiming to further with this third-generation model, with a more dynamic design and a more engaging driving experience. Price (est) From Β£48,000

MG 6 (late 2018)

The original MG 6 hatchback sold poorly before being taken off sale in 2011, and it deserved to; it wasn't great to drive and its interior was low-quality. However, the second-generation model, which is already on sale in China, looks to have taken a huge leap forward. Interior materials are promising and there's a new infotainment touchscreen. The Hyundai i40 rival's engines will be a 123bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and a 164bhp 1.5-litre petrol. Price (est) From Β£15,000

**Peugeot 508 (summer 2018)

Given that the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport-rivalling 508 saloon is based on the same platform as Peugeot's excellent new 3008 and 5008 SUVs, it should easily better its predecessor's two-star rating. The new 508's interior promises higher-quality materials and Peugeot's excellent i-Cockpit layout, while engines will be a 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels. A plug-in hybrid model will join them in 2019. Price (est) From Β£25,000

Rolls-Royce Phantom (early 2018)

This is the latest version of Rolls-Royce's core model, the Phantom saloon, the previous version of which had been on sale since 2003. Styling is refreshed rather than radically different, while the engine is an updated version of its predecessor’s 6.75-litre petrol V12 with 563bhp and 664lb ft of torque. Rolls-Royce claims the new Phantom will be quieter, more refined and more comfortable as well as more agile and better to drive. Price From Β£347,256

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