Mercedes-AMG Project One is an F1 inspired hypercar
On sale: 2019
Price: £2.1 million (yes, really)
Welcome to Lewis Hamilton’s next company car. The British Grand Prix driver drove the new Mercedes AMG Project One onto the stage at its unveiling and he was under no doubt about what a thrilling car it was.
He’s not only helped to develop this Project One car, but he also wants the first one off the production line when they arrive in 2019.
So that’s one customer of the 275 models planned already spoken for and you’ve got to wonder how long the others will remain free even at the eye-watering £2.1 million asking price.
Boasting a road-going version of Lewis’s Formula One car’s 1.6-litre turbo engine together with four electric motors, there’s around, gulp, 1000bhp under the driver’s right foot.
With a very F1-like reclined driving position and futuristic cockpit, the Project One certainly isn’t short on drama, we only wish we could say the same for its looks.
Dacia Duster’s cheap and cheerful look has been replaced with a more upmarket and refined feel
On sale: July 2018
Price: est from £10,000
Renault’s budget brand, Dacia, looks set to undergo a transformation over the next few years and this new Duster is the first step in that direction.
With more than a million Dusters having left showrooms since 2010, this is Dacia’s best-selling model worldwide and that doesn’t look likely to change from our first sight of this new model.
While the Duster remains immediately recognisable to look at, the cheap and cheerful look has been replaced with a more upmarket and refined feel (though it’s still behind mainstream rivals) plus there’s curvier stying than before too.
Despite this noticeable move upmarket though, Dacia is keen to emphasise that that won’t be reflected in the prices, which will remain as affordable as before rather than creeping up as with past rivals.
The only downside is that this new Duster won’t arrive into showrooms until July next year, so you’ll have a while to wait for it.
Mini Electric Concept is BMW’s future of the small car
On sale: 2019
Don’t be distracted by the concept title of this Mini Electric or the distant on-sale date, this is BMW’s future of the small car.
With British buyers increasingly moving towards electric motoring, this Mini shows how that could look for the next generation of small car buyers.
Official speaking, this is just a design study at present (there’s not even a finished interior), but there’s no question that the next version of the Mini will feature an all-electric model like this, sharing much of its technology and underpinnings with the next BMW i3 too.
With the introduction of the Countryman plug-in hybrid earlier this year, Mini has already taken the first steps too.
We especially love the Union Jack-style LED rear lights. Watch this space. 2019 will be here sooner than you think.
Honda CRV Hybrid Prototype will go on sale in August 2018
On sale: August 2018
Price: est from £25,000
While Honda undoubtedly took the honours for the cutest car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of its Urban EV Concept supermini due for production in 2019, it’s this CRV Hybrid that will be here sooner and points towards the Japanese firm’s future intentions.
With two-thirds of its Honda’s European sales to be electric or hybrid by 2025, this heavily revised CRV will come in two versions next year – a petrol–electric hybrid or a 1.5-litre turbo with no diesel option.
There are also rumours of a seven-seater version too. It’s undoubtedly less bland than before, but the rear lights won’t be to everyone’s tastes.
BMW X7 iPerformance looks are going to be divisive
On sale: late 2018
Price: est from £70,000
Longer, wider and taller than the existing X5 off-roader, this new X7 Concept from BMW, is the Bavarian firm’s future look at a larger rival to go head-to-head with the likes of the Mercedes GLS and Land Rover Discovery.
The X7 Concept will not only provide seating for seven, but will also feature a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid engine combined with an electric motor, as more and more manufacturers move away from diesel.
Thankfully, BMW insiders have said that some of the more challenging elements of the X7’s styling such as the dominating over-sized front grille and narrow lights will be toned down for the production version, although don’t expect it to be exactly shy and retiring when it finally does arrive.
Kia Proceed Concept features a bold new shooting brake design
On sale: 2018
For Kia, 2018 is due to be the year of the Ceed, the Korean firm’s mid-range hatchback. But as this Proceed Concept highlights, don’t be expecting simply more of the same that you’ve seen before.
The first generation Proceed was undoubtedly a game-changer for Kia, but that arrived in 2008 and Kia is in a much more confident place on the back of nine years of consecutive sales growth in Europe.
This Proceed Concept points towards a sharper, sportier looking Ceed range compared to before, together with a shooting brake estate alongside the traditional five-door hatchback.
Along with the hints of the new Stinger saloon about the front end, there’s no question that the 2018 is likely to once again challenge the perceptions of Kia among drivers. We can’t wait.
Citroen C3 Aircross goes on sale in November 2017 from £13,995
On sale: November
Price: from £13,995
There’s no question that the small crossover was the king of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Hyundai, Kia, VW, Seat and Skoda all unveiled theirs together with this new C3 Aircross from Citroen.
Along with the Kia and Hyundai though, it was this C3 that stood out from the crowd with its smart detailing and characterful looks derived from the C3 supermini and C4 Cactus.
The colour packs give you highlights to the front light surrounds, door mirrors, roof rails and interior air vents as well as the venetian blind style strips on the rear pillar.
In all, there are 85 different colour combinations, but from what we’ve seen so far, we think the C3 Aircross could be a highlight in an about-to-be very busy marketplace.
VW T-Roc will go on sale in October 2017
Price: est. from £19,000
As with the other junior crossovers in the market, Volkswagen is thinking big for its new small car.
Quite understandably, it’s estimated this new T-Roc will be one of its biggest sellers in the UK and across Europe.
As with the larger Tiguan though, the T-Roc isn’t about to scare the horses with its conservative styling that’s similar to the Audi Q2.
We’re not convinced about some of the more striking colour choices either especially with a contrasting roof that extends down the A-pillar between the windscreen and front door.
Inside the news is thankfully better though with exactly what you’d expect – excellent build quality and ergonomics as well as a dash of body colour across the dash. A good car, but we just wish it was a little more daring that’s all.