Upcoming events and launches: January-March 2017
While you may expect the automobile world to be quiet post-Christmas, you should know by now that the automobile world never rests.
As part of an on-going quarterly feature, we’ll be bringing you up to speed on what events and model launches you can expect for the next three months.
This first quarter looks jam packed with either order books opening or cars debuting, as well as some of the biggest events in the calendar kicking off 2017 in style.
North American International Auto Show: 8-22 January
Taking place in the aptly named ‘Motor City’ of Detroit, the North American International Motor Show is now in full swing.
As one of the biggest motor shows in America, it remains an important date on the calendar for manufacturers with some mouth-watering reveals expected.
Brussels Motor Show: 14-22 January
With around 600,000 visitors, the Brussels Motor Show is one of Europe’s biggest car events and always has something for everyone – from test tracks and shows to VIP visits.
The 95th edition promises to be a great display of innovation from the manufacturers on show.
Geneva International Motor Show: 9-19 March
From the first car exhibition in Switzerland in 1905 to today, the Geneva International Motor Show has always been one of the biggest and best events on the automotive calendar.
2017 looks to be no different, with the major European and Worldwide manufacturers promising surprises and expanded looks into their upcoming launches including the Volkswagen Arteon, Suzuki Swift and Kia Picanto.
Having been unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the 10th generation Honda Civic is the result of the most comprehensive research and development programme in Honda’s history and, with futuristic styling and all-new power plants, is aiming to tempt customers away from more run-of-the-mill hatchbacks such as the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus.
Land Rover Discovery 5
We’ve already had the honour of going off-road in the Land Rover Discovery 5 and we were mightily impressed. It’s better than ever when dealing with atrocious conditions, it’s quieter, it's more comfortable and the latest V6 turbodiesel is a great bit of engineering. We can’t wait to get it on the road soon.
Mercedes E63 AMG
If you’re in the market for a rapid four-door saloon or estate then you should find everything you're looking for in the E63 AMG. With AMG’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and 604bhp at its disposal, the E63 AMG uses 4WD and RWD at the same time, can go 0-62 in 3.4secs and has been styled throughout to make it look sportier than other E-Class models. I’ll stop drooling now.
Promising to be the biggest and most versatile Mini to be launched in the brand’s 57-year history, the new Countryman will offer drivers increased space throughout, rugged styling and unparalleled comfort.
What’s more, it will also be the first Mini ever to offer a plug-in hybrid model thanks to innovations the BMW group have been making in ultra low emission technology.
With SUV styling and city car manoeuvrability, the Suzuki Ignis looks set to dominate a very particular niche that is growing in the automotive world. To that end, the model promises a fun drive and spacious interior within its 3.7 metres long, 1.69m wide and 1.6m tall dimensions.
Vauxhall look set to make 2017 their year, with the launch of the Crossland X SUV and the Mokka X going from strength to strength. First though, comes the more traditional Vauxhall Insignia.
Despite being a five-door hatchback, its silhouette is more akin to a coupe, and with a lush interior and optional AWD, Vauxhall are hoping to tempt leasers away from the Mercedes C Class and BMW 3 Series.
We’re only just picking our jaws up off the floor following Nissan’s reveal of the all-new Micra at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and the fact that its debut is just around the corner has us very interested.
Taking the place of the outgoing Micra as well as the Nissan Note, the car will offer the choice of a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, both developing 90hp, as well as additional focus to driver comfort, with a lower driving position for a more secure feel.
The Subaru Impreza still holds a lot of sway among motorists, but the name is something now associated with yesterday. Subaru look to rectify that this year, and the new Impreza could soon put the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue once again.
Only the hatchback will be making it to UK shores, and that brings with it a 152-hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine along with their excellent 4WD system.