The pace of technological change has never been greater, with new models and ideas being announced every week.
Some of the cars that have been revealed are pretty derivative and only of interest to a PR’s CV, but a few are genuinely interesting.
Here are the five cars that I’m looking forward to driving when they hit the showrooms in the next year or so.
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Affordable electric cars are relatively slow, have a restricted range and, in many cases, struggle to seat four adults, much less five and while the Tesla Model S does address all of those problems, it does come with a suitably hefty price tag.
This is all about to change with the announcement of the Tesla Model 3, which promises sub-6 second acceleration to 62mph, a range of 215 miles and seating for five.
Best of all, it’ll start at around £30,000, bringing Tesla’s amazing usability to the mass market. The publicity shots that we’ve seen so far show that it looks like a scaled-down Model S with a similarly minimalist interior.
Elon Musk, founder and CEO, says that deliveries will start at the end of 2017 and I’m not the only one who is looking forward to driving it: Tesla has already taken more than 325,000 deposits for cars worth more than $14,000,000,000. Truly astonishing.
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The X2 will be the small SUV that is BMW’s answer to Audi’s Q2 and Mercedes GLA. It’ll be offered in both two- and four-wheel-drive and petrol and diesel power, with a partial electric option highly likely too.
The X2 will join the X4 and X6 at the sportier end of the SUV sector, offering coupe style to the more traditional SUV practicality. Due in showrooms from 2017, prices are predicted to start at around £22,000.
Citroen Grand Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus brought a touch of lightweight fun to the market and the French firm is looking to capitalize on that success with the introduction of a larger model a la Fiat 500L and 500X.
Potential buyers will have to wait until 2018 but given the efficacy of the original car, the Grand Cactus should be worth waiting for. Prices are likely to start at around £25,000.
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Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery 4 is still a highly accomplished on- and off-roader, but even its staunchest fans have to admit that it is getting a bit long-in-the-tooth now.
Enter the new Discovery, due out in 2017 and expected to move the Discovery brand even further up-market, aping the styling of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.
However, the Discovery brand is at the utility end of the Land Rover range so expect van-like interior space with the seats folded down, the ability to tow more than any of its rivals, and towering off-road performance as well as a luxurious interior, all for around £50,000.
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Mazda MX-5 RF
I loved the little Mazda MX-5 when I drove it, so the news that Mazda is due to introduce an MX-5 with a folding metal roof in 2017 has got me very excited.
It’ll be offered with the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre engines and either a manual or automatic gearbox. Buyers can expect to pay around £2,500 more than the equivalent drop-top, which is probably well worth it as it’ll extend the MX-5 into a genuine year-round car.
I’ll take a 1.5-litre manual, please.
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