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These are the cars that we predicted would be big in 2015. We considered everything from urban runabouts to luxury SUVs. So, what is fast becoming the main theme of 2015? Well, it appears that Honda and Mazda are dominating the year so far with the introduction of some eagerly awaited updates and also some all new models. Honda looks set to start selling interesting cars again, Mazda have reinvented the MX-5 and the new Jaguar XE is actually taking on the mighty BMW 3 Series.
Here’s our list of the 10 most exciting new cars coming in 2015. Let us know if you agree?
1. Honda Civic Type R
Honda is powering up its fourth-generation hot hatch, the Civic Type R. It will be made in Britain, launched in Europe and it promises to be reborn as the most extreme and high-performing Type R ever, says Honda. It will also be the first time Honda has used a turbocharged engine in the Type R.
2. Mazda CX-3
The first small SUV from Mazda will enter the world’s fastest growing new car segment. The highly anticipated Mazda CX-3 is a stylish crossover SUV offering the confidence of a hatchback without the topsy turvy feeling of some SUVs. It is longer and wider than a Mazda 2, bit it will fit in a smaller parking space than the Mazda 3. It’s going to be a very common sight in urban areas this year.
3. Ford Mustang
Taking inspiration from classic airplane cockpits, Ford struck a balance between analog dials and digital feedback for the 2015 Mustang. There’s a thrilling 5.0-litre V8 engine option available, but the real news is how Ford have unleashed Mustang-level performance from Ford’s highly efficient 2.3L EcoBoost engine.
4. Jaguar XE
The new 2015 Jaguar XE marks the brand’s return to the compact executive car segment. This car is very significant for the British brand, as it places the XE in direct competition in the hugely competitive compact executive car market. Traditionally controlled by the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. The Jaguar XE is a result of around £2bn worth of investment in a new factory on Land Rover’s home turf in Solihull, West Midlands in the UK.
5. Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport, a versatile premium compact SUV that’s the first member of the new Discovery vehicle family. The 2015 Discovery Sport will deliver a highly refined combination of performance, safety and efficiency thanks to a body shell of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum, a 240hp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The new design provides seven passenger seating in a “5+2″ configuration. The new Land Rover Discovery Sport combines space usage, versatility with the ability to scale a 45 degree incline.
6. AMG GT
The new Mercedes AMG GT is coming to showrooms this year, complete with its SLS-inspired silhouette, a stunning design and a brand new turbocharged 4.0 litre V8. It becomes the flagship sports car in Mercedes’ range but isn’t a direct replacement for the SLS, focusing instead on rivalling models like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Jaguar F-Type R.
7. Honda NSX
Honda confirmed that its 2nd generation Honda NSX (New Sportscar eXperimetal) supercar will debut at the Detroit auto show during January 2015. Coinciding with this announcement, the company has released a short teaser video and some moodily lit publicity shots of the new NSX.
8. Mazda MX-5
The world’s most popular roadster, the Mazda MX-5, has a whole new look. After 25 years and over 947,000 sales worldwide, the new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 (known as the Mazda Miata in the US) has finally been revealed. Shorter, lower and wider than the current model, the new drop top has shed over 100kg in weight and debuted at the Paris Motor Show earlier in 2014.
9. BMW 2 – Series Active Tourer
The German brand, known best for rear wheel drive is blending luxury and performance with the front wheel drive family car. The five-seater is a direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and also shapes up against urban-focused compact SUVs . It is best described as a tall compact family wagon.
10. Honda HR-V
The HR-V will enter the a very competitive small SUV segment when it arrives. It will go head-to-head with Mazda’s upcoming CX-3 and Renault’s Captur, as well as the Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport.
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