Along with the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the Jaguar I-Pace and the BMW 8 Series, these are some of the most anticipated cars of the season: Jaguar E-Pace, Lincoln Aviator, Porsche 960, BMW X7, Audi Q8, Polestar 1.
As the luxury car market continues to become more diverse, traditional automotive companies in Germany, England and the USA must compete with manufacturers from all over the world. Want to know what are the most expected releases for 2018/2019? Here we tell you everything!
After the immense success of the F-Pace and the anticipated launch of the I-Pace, Jaguar presented its new compact SUV. Developed from the platform used in the Range Rover Evoque, the new off-road brand ensures robustness. However, to provide driving sensations that are characteristic of Jaguar, the E-Pace includes more power and the same suspension scheme as its predecessors. The most powerful version of the car offers a 300 horsepower 2.0L turbo engine, and a 9-ratio automatic transmission, offering drivers a mechanical package that guarantees low consumption and excellent performance. In direct competition with BMW X1, Mercedes Benz GLA and Audi Q3, the new E-Pace enters firmly into a very competitive niche market.
Lincoln’s new medium-sized SUV has three strengths: an opulent interior, state-of-the-art technology and sustainable hybrid motorization. Its elegant, modern and stately exterior design is complemented by an exquisite interior, which offers a style of classic features that not only showcases innovative technology, but displays overall high-end design features.
Some of the Aviator’s new technological features include being able to start the car with the touch of a button via a driver’s cellphone, along with a driving assistant and an electric plug-in motor. These features make the Aviator the first Lincoln to offer a hybrid propulsion technology plugin.
In addition to the redesigned 911, which is set to launch by 2019, Porsche also plans to debut its latest supercar, the 960. The 960 offers a powerful two-seater central engine developed from an aluminum, steel and titanium structure. The car’s chassis, which is 3,000 pounds, will house the car’s 650 horsepower 3.9L engine, making this new Porsche on par with its competitors, Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini and Bugatti.
Designed specifically for the US market, two of the leading German automakers launched their new full size SUVs. The BMW X7 and the Audi Q8 offer three rows of seats, a total length of more than 16 feet and intelligent all-wheel drive. These costly models aim to compete with other high-end releases such as the Rolls Royce Cullinan or the Maserati Levante.
This new BMW proposal aims to become the number one SUV of the German brand. The BMW X7’s total length exceeds 16 feet, much longer than the X5, and just like the Audi Q8, this vehicle is also designed for the US market, where the demand for seven-seater SUVs is significantly higher than the rest of the world.
The BMW X7 will have several power options: v8 or V12 engines, and it will also be released in a hybrid version. The launch of this car is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.
Volvo has decided to create its own brand of luxury cars from its old sports division, Polestar. Its first model is the exciting plug-in hybrid Polestar 1, a 4-seater, 600-horsepower coupe that offers an amazing 93-mile electric range.
While its design is identifiable with Volvo, it’s 100% a new style car for the brand. The car’s structure is composed of multiple layers of carbon fiber polymers that provide low weight, flexibility and robustness, while its hybrid propulsion uses a conventional 4-cylinder engine for the front wheels and two independent electric motors for the rear suspension.
The interior boasts a sober and technological Scandinavian design, with natural materials combined with interactive screens and carbon fiber textures. A classic and elegant model, with obvious touches of sportsmanship. With a price of around US $ 180,000, the Polestar 1 aims to compete with the Tesla Model S, the best-selling ecological car in the world. ■
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