If you’re in the market for a new car in 2015, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 2015 touts some of the best in motoring to date, featuring some exquisite models and pleasing innovations. Here’s our list of what you can look forward to this year.
Mercedes Benz C63 AMG
The Mercedes C-Class won Drive’s Car of 2014, so huge things are expected from this luxury German marque in 2015. Always ahead of the curve, they’re amping up the revs to 375kW of muscle-bound power, with the S model sprinting to 100km/h in 4 seconds flat.
Honda Civic Type R
The rumours are true – the sporty Type R is back after a four year absence. This new in-in-your face front wheel drive that might set a new German F1 track lap record with a 2L petrol turbo engine.
We’ve had re-jigs of every Mazda model except the MX-5. This one returns gallantly in a 1.5 or 2L four-cylinder petrol edition that’ll bend and stretch into every road you throw at it.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
We haven’t forgotten the off-roaders in this list; the Land Rover is retiring the Freelander in preference to the Discovery Sport. The result: An overhaul of style, substance and seating layouts.
Nissan have made some odd decisions of late but their new ute seems to buck their weird streak. The new Navara is a surefire contender to knock the Toyota HiLux off its perch.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
This new Polo is a city “hot hatch” variant of the popular 2014 Polo, tricked out with a 1.8L turbo and an option for a six-speed manual gearbox. It also gets a ramp up with sports seating, steering wheel and new instrument cluster graphics.
Ford Focus RS
The US carmaker has (finally) announced the RS “hot hatch” replacement that will use a variation on the Ford Mustang EcoBoost engine, a 2.3L four-cylinder. It also waylays all-wheel drive for a new “Revoknuckle” forward suspension.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Could this be the spicier cousin of the Porsche Cayman? Light, dashing and sporty, it might well be. A brave new entry in what could soon be known as the “compact supercar.”
A stately sedan that beats with the heart of a sports car, the XE will feature an engine modelled on their F-Type series. Choose from a 3L supercharged petrol at 250kW or 2L four cylinder diesel at 120kW, both getting their bags of tricks including wi-fi hotspots, paddle shifts and exclusive apps.
This isn’t really one for the petrolheads but the geeks. These new 2015 models will support Blue Link technology for Apple Watch and Android Wear. This means you can integrate your device apps to the car and even use voice to turn your car on – and you don’t even have to be inside! It’s very Bond, James Bond, don’t you think?