The new cars looking to take the roads by storm this year
Time Out Doha staff
January 28, 2015 6:22 AM
Audi A1 face-lift On its fourth birthday the new A1 gets a face-lift, with changes made to the grille and headlamps, plus new paint combos and side sills. As for what rumbles under the bonnet, a range of six newly upgraded engines are available. The A1 now has fuel consumption improvements of up to ten percent and can be ordered with the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic gearbox. The A1 face-lift also caters to social media junkies as it now sports the latest MMI system for infotainment as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot to keep you entertained during your drive.
Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf Aston Martin is looking to revive the Lagonda brand, a favourite in the region, by introducing the new limited-run Taraf model exclusively for the Middle East market. Following the specifications of the Rapide S, this luxurious model will house a V12 engine that produces around 600 horsepower, and a completely leather-bound four seat interior. Hand-built at Aston Martin’s factory in Gaydon, sale of this car is by invitation only, with pricing details confidential.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2015 One of the most sought after cars in the region, Mercedes has had little reason to change this model over the years. Its all-terrain capability makes it highly popular in the Middle East, where landscapes vary from motorways to sand dunes to mountainous climbs and wadis. With a 5.5-litre V8 engine producing 388 horsepower, plus the unmistakable silhouette, this one is a head-turner. It is now optioned with a rear-seat entertainment system, all-season floor mats, and top-of-the-line interior technology.
BMW 3 Series face-lift Although looking virtually identical to its predecessor, the latest incarnation of the 3 Series comes with bigger news under the bonnet. No official statements have been made, but we can expect to see an all-new range of engines based on the 500cc cylinder, and a plug-in hybrid with a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and lithium-ion battery. The new 3 Series will also be given an updated driver assistance system and control features. The final specifications and pricing will be revealed closer to the on-sale date.
Honda Civic face-lift and Sport Type R In terms of exterior, the upgraded Civic has a new front look and side skirts design, complete with daytime running lights, LED rear lights and a restyled bumper. The interior of the Civic 2015 is even better: an all-new Connect audio system that runs Android 4.0.4, with a seven-inch screen that is controllable through swipes, taps and pinches, just like a smartphone. It also comes with DAB internet radio, Bluetooth, internet browsing and a rear-view parking camera. The Civic Sport Type R is a stepping stone to the sport model that comes turbo-charged for the first time, with 17-inch alloys, colour-coded spoilers and a sportier badge.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug in Unlike its petrol version, the plug in hybrid will feature an all-wheel drive set-up by default. Although BMW has yet to reveal in detail about the plug in hybrid, chances are it will come with a three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo for the front axle and an electric motor for the rear wheels. With a few badges to highlight its environmentally-friendly characteristics, the plug in hybrid won’t look any different to the petrol version when it comes to styling.
Jeep Renegade 2015 The all-new Renegade is the smallest Jeep yet, coming under the sub-compact SUV category, and there have been some concerns from Jeep aficionados that the company is jumping the shark. However, Jeep’s bosses, as well as recent reviews and test drives, assure us that despite its size and somewhat cartoonish looks, the vehicle itself has what it takes to call itself part of the Jeep family. With a 2.4-litre engine and four-wheel drive (front-wheel drive for the Sport), this model looks to be well-suited to all terrains.
Suzuki Celerio With the Celerio, Suzuki offers a larger and more spacious alternative to the Splash model. The Celerio boasts a 1.1-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine, but will be available petrol-only in Europe. It also features low CO2 emissions, making the Celerio both a pocket-friendly and environmentally-friendly option for car shoppers. With a top speed of 150kmph and seating capacity for four people, the Celerio looks set to be a strong contender in the competitive city car market.
Hyundai Genesis 2015 This particular model has been created in collaboration with Lotus engineers, giving this Hyundai a luxury car feel that can still meet the highest of performance demands. With its ‘Intelligent Drive Mode’, you can cycle through settings such as Normal, Sport, Eco or Snow, and the car will alter its steering, transmission, throttle and suspension to give you the best possible drive in any conditions. Hyundai has made the luxury sedan available with both V8 and V6 engines.
Honda HR-V The HR-V is Honda’s first new car release in the past few years. The HR-V is basically a CR-V built on the chassis of a Fit/Jazz. While Honda has yet to confirm price and fuel efficiency figures, we expect the HR-V to come with a 1.8-litre SOHC, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine. It will be available in either two-wheel or all-wheel drive equipped with Honda’s Real Time AWD. It also comes covered by a three-year/36,000-mile vehicle limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile power train limited warranty.