We’re early into 2017 and already two of the most important shows for the automotive world – CES and NAIAS – have fallen behind us, so we’re wondering what should we be saving our money for this year?
We’re not going to give you preposterous ideas (actually, we will) and we’re not going to give you sensible acquisitions (actually, we will) – and instead we’ll point you in the right direction and let you do the choosing (and paying).
There are literally over 150 cars to wait for this year – depending on the market – so it’s certainly going to include some biased elements, but as far as our specialist experience goes, these might be the best models for the next 12 months. And we’re giving them to you in no particular order (just to make your head spin). First off – we have the new 5 Series, as a premium saloon that bodes well for business meets. But if you want something different in this department you could go for the Porsche Panamera and still get it right. Bentley’s Continental GT is an interesting idea for a grand tourer – but if it’s too heavy, large or plain expensive you might also consider the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster for some under the sun fun.
Speaking of Mercedes, there’s also a major premiere – their first ever pickup truck – and judging by the foreshadowing concepts they are making a mistake not offering the model in the United States. Speaking of mistakes – if money is no object there’s one definitive ride for the year – Bugatti’s Chiron. Hello – can we make some sensible choices as well? So, we could talk about Kia’s Stinger – but we won’t. Then there’s another weird generation of the Civic coming – but at least we can also expect the Type R. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is just for those that really want to stand out in the crowd – and so might be the all-new Lynk&Co brand and its 01 crossover. Looking for a small performance coupe – the Alpine A120 is the right call. Looking for an affordable sedan – the Opel Insignia Grand Sport is another good choice. And if you want to go tight on the budget, you can’t go wrong with the new Ford Fiesta or Hyundai i30.