From the Supra to the 6C, these are the 15 cars you should be excited for in the next three years.
We’re still a few weeks away from 2017, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look towards the future in anticipation. After all, the next couple years promise a barrage of new product from nearly every sector of the automotive globe. Channeling our inner Nostradamus, we went to work on predicting some of the most anticipated cars you can expect to see by 2020.
As if the 573-horsepower Acura NSX wasn’t hardcore enough, rumours point to an even more potent version for the 2018 model year. The NSX Type R is expected to get a more powerful 3.5-litre biturbo hybrid V6 and an all-new set of aerodynamics.
Ignore the Screaming Chicken livery for a moment, as difficult as it may be, and underneath all that black and gold sits the new Camaro Z/28. We’ve seen it testing – and crashing – on the Nurburgring, and it’s slated for a 2017 debut. If you are enthralled by the Pontiac throwback, some new paint and some minor bodywork should do the trick.
While rumours have been swirling seemingly for decades as to the arrival of a new Bronco, Ford let slip details of the upcoming SUV – or more specifically, chair of the United Auto Workers, Bill Johnson, did. The new Bronco and a new Ranger will be built together at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan, facility and are expected to go on sale sometime late in 2017 for the 2018 model year.
Don’t expect any significant changes to the exterior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Apart from a slightly tweaked grille and a few minor cosmetic upgrades, the iconic boxy styling will remain mostly intact. It’s underneath the skin where the Wrangler well get its biggest changes to date, including the heavy use of aluminum in its construction.
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
If recent spy shots are any indication, Mercedes-Benz is ready to update its A-Class subcompact yet again. While it won’t be riding on a new platform just yet – that major overhaul will come in a few years – it will adopt a more elegant design that includes a sleek set of LED headlights and a more defined fascia.
Arguably the most anticipated vehicle debut of the past few years, the arrival of the all-new Toyota Supra should be well worth the wait. Previewed by the stunning FT-1 concept we saw back in 2014, and teased again in a number of spy shots and videos, it’s only a matter of time before the Supra is back on the road and back in our hearts.
2018 VW Polo CUV
Volkswagen is crossing over. The introduction of the three-row Atlas, while significant, is just a small piece in a larger puzzle that consists mostly of crossovers and SUVs. The Polo-based "B-SUV" is expected to hit the market sometime late next year, and when it does, it will ride on the same MQB platform that underpins cars like the VW Golf, Audi A3, and others.
The look of the Audi A6 has gone mostly unchanged since it was introduced in 2010. A small nip here and a minor tuck there have kept the range fresh, but in 2018, an all-new model will be hitting the market. Expected to share a number of cues with the Prologue concept we saw back in 2014, the stylish Avant version will follow suit in 2019.
It seems only natural that BMW would amplify its i range with something to compliment the i3 and i8. The proposed i5 would be larger than the i3 hatchback and may offer in excess of 200 miles (321 kilometres) of range. Unlike the other i cars, BMW wants its latest i car to be "the first car in the household," said Henrik Wenders, Head of Product for the i division.
In part deux of Elon Musk’s "Master Plan," the Tesla CEO outlined a "new kind of pickup truck." While we’re not sure entirely what that means just yet, the idea of instant torque and an attractive design makes it an interesting proposal nonetheless. If and when the new pickup does arrive, it won’t be until at least 2019.
The upcoming Tesla Roadster will be "a little bigger and a little faster" than the outgoing one, said Nordic Countries Manager Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen back in May. It’s also likely to be based on the Model 3, if previous reports are any indication. Question is, given its new platform, will it have the same sporty inclinations as the original, or will it be more of a cruiser?
2020 Alfa Romeo 6C / Spider
The Alfa Romeo 4C is not long for this world. With the arrival of the new Giulia and Stelvio, it’s only a matter of time before the company dismisses its smallest offering in place of something more upscale. The 6C is that proposed replacement, and will introduce a more powerful engine and an even more stunning design.
Though Apple did lay off a few dozen employees working on the proposed Project Titan, the company isn’t officially throwing in the towel just yet. In an open letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Apple is pushing for the "same opportunity" as established brands to test autonomous technology on public roads. Interesting.
2020 Opel GT
If the new Insignia is any indication, Opel is moving in the right direction design-wise. That mature look could carry over into a production version of the GT sports car, which is rumoured to hit the market in the next few years… assuming the company is able to make a viable business case for one.
You might have forgotten that the Maserati GranTurismo even existed. But after 10 years on the market having gone virtually unchanged, it’s in serious need of a makeover. The rendering seen here isn’t revolutionary, but it keeps the iconic lines of the sports coupe intact, while bringing it into the modern era. Too bad we won’t see it until at least 2020.