2018 will bring a refresh to the models of some key favorites for our Private Concierge Service clients.
These top 6 most loved brands will introduce their updated models as early as April for the Porsche Cayenne, with Audi staple, the A6, unveiling its wider and sharper styling and Mercedes next generation A Class being available by the Summer. Range Rover enthusiasts will not have as long to wait to welcome the hot new version Range Rover Sport SVR as it will be available by the end of 2017.
Please see below for more details of the impending changes and improvement to these much-loved models.
Audi A6 (Summer 2018)
The A6 has been a staple for Audi since 1994, but the current model is now seven years old and its biggest rival, the BMW 5 Series, was renewed last year and became our Car of the Year. The new A6 will be longer and wider than its predecessor and will have sharper styling. Inside, it will have a new ‘sweeping’ dashboard with two touchscreens. Engines will be revised versions of today’s four-cylinder petrols and diesels, plus new V6s and V8s.
BMW X5 (2018)
Based on the platform of the 7 Series luxury saloon, the next X5 should be significantly lighter than today's X5. The next X5's engine line-up will feature a combination of four, six and eight-cylinder engines. It will launch at roughly the same time as its arch rival, the next Mercedes-Benz GLE. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) X5 will come shortly after the regular car, as will a performance-orientated, 600bhp-plus X5 M.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR (2018)
A hot version of Jaguar’s first SUV is currently undergoing testing, and is expected to be revealed later this year. The F-Pace SVR will have the same engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox as the F-Type SVR sports car. Power therefore comes from a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 with up to 567bhp and 516lb ft of torque. A 0-60mph time of 4.0sec could be possible; the Porsche Macan Turbo does the same in 4.4sec. The F-Pace SVR is also expected to have all-wheel drive.
Mercedes A Class (Summer 2018)
The Mercedes A-Class will again become larger and sharper as it ups its game in the fight against the BMW 1 Series. The next-generation model will be longer, with a roofline that extends further back into a more vertically-angled boot than the A-Class of today. It will be larger and plusher inside, too, and will feature Mercedes’ latest infotainment system, with top-spec models likely getting a 12.3 widescreen display. The new A-Class will have an updated range of diesel and turbocharged petrol engines, with a chance hybrid technology will join the range later on.
Porsche Cayenne (April 2018)
The third-generation model of this plush but sporty SUV will arrive in the second half of next year. Sharing a platform with the excellent latest Audi Q7, it will also get an updated range of engines, kicking off with two new V6 petrols: a 335bhp 3.0-litre turbo and a 434bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo in the Cayenne S. Helping performance is a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that shifts more quickly than the old one, has sportier ratios in the lower gears and a tall top gear to keep revs down on the motorway and boost fuel efficiency. The Cayenne’s suspension has been redesigned to improve cornering stability, while optional four-wheel steering increases agility. Inside, the Cayenne is more luxurious than ever, with a larger infotainment screen and a large touchscreen in place of traditional dashboard switches.
Range Rover Sport SVR (late 2017)
Hotter version of the hot Range Rover. It's expected to have a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, which may produce 567bhp - the same as the 200mph Jaguar F-Type SVR sports car. That would make the 2.3-ton SVR capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in about 4.5sec, ranking it alongside the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.