New car highlights from 2014 include the funky Citroen C4 Cactus, the sharp-suited Audi TT, a much more stylish Nissan Qashqai and the all-new Ford Mondeo. In terms of new cars for 2015 the motor makers have some more treats up their sleeve. Here are half a dozen newcomers from next year that are set to make a splash in dealerships.
For Jaguar, having a car that can take on the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4 is a must. Jaguar trumpets the XE as the most advanced sports saloon ever produced and it will be one of the most eagerly anticipated new cars for 2015. This employs a lightweight aluminium architecture which has the multiple benefits of making the handling sharper and reducing fuel consumption. With a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, it promises 75.6mpg and 99g/km of CO2 – better than all its German rivals.
With its all-new third-generation Fabia, Skoda has been keen to get back to the sharp design of the first generation model. The result is it has the same bold creases as the latest version of the Octavia. Slightly longer and wider than the model it replaces, the new Fabia continues the tradition of being one of the more practical superminis on the market. However, the downside is the Fabia is no longer cheaper than rivals such as the VW Polo or Ford Fiesta.
The outgoing Volvo XC90 was a class leader when it was first launched. But that was 12 years ago. The Swedish firm is now pinning its hopes on a stunning looking new model. In Volvo tradition it’s stronger and safer than the car it replaces. Under the bonnet there’s a family of all-new four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid is even down to appear. Inside, buttons and switches have been replaced with a large tablet-like touch screen that has the ability to mirror the owner’s Apple devices.
The world’s best-selling roadster is going on sale in its fourth generation and this is the model keen drivers will be looking out for among all the new cars for 2015. The latest MX-5 has made an instant impression with sharper, more muscular styling. However, it’s underneath that the big changes have been made. Bucking the trend for cars getting bigger, this is the smallest MX-5 ever. And its weight has been significantly reduced too. There’s a choice of 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines and driver appeal promises to be as strong as ever.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Freelander was Land Rover’s most popular model and the Discovery Sport is a replacement for the existing version. However, rather than an all-new car as its name suggests, the Discovery Sport is actually a reworked version of the Freelander. It doesn’t get the new 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine from the Jaguar XE but it does employ new technology lifted from the larger Discovery and will offer seven seats as standard.
MPVs didn’t used to be fun to drive or decent to look at. Then Ford came up with the S-MAX. This second generation model hopes to continue the run of success. It has been made to look more like a scaled up version of the latest Mondeo and it’s got the Ford front end with a chrome wrapped grille and raked headlamps. Like its predecessor it’s a seven-seater. Unlike the car it replaces, or any other car of its kind for that matter, you can specify power-operated seats in the second and third rows.