The Cars that shall rule in 2017
As the year rolls by, the auto industry is preparing to stun the world with its eccentric and electrifying designs
and concepts for the coming year. The year 2017 shall be witnessing the display of more magnificent and luxurious SUV’s on our roads as super brands such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley consider to provide their customers with a tailor-made SUV that defines their personality.
2017 has already shaped up to be a noteworthy year for new cars and as such the quest for a supermodel, SUV becomes limitless. Also in consideration are some sedans that will also take aficionados by surprise.
Rolls-Royce has joined the league of luxury SUV manufacturers in the likes of Range Rover and Bentley in providing a car that makes perfect sense for the growing luxury demand in the auto market. In maintaining the culture and tradition of the automaker, Rolls-Royce has promised a car that’s “as much about the pioneering, adventurous spirit of Charles Rolls as it is about Sir Henry Royce’s dedication to engineering and innovation.
Beyond such sentimentalism, the company promises the poshest SUV around with a “magic carpet” ride and exclusivity by the bucket load. The cost of this plush car is expected not to be below the region of £250, 000.00 for one.
The year 2017 shall see Bentley debuting its first-ever SUV that appears set to make good on its promise to redefine the segment (SUV) by becoming the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious SUV to date. Calling it “the next step in our brand’s bold future,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors says its unique combination of style, technology and capability will allow the Bentayga to provide “a genuine Bentley experience in any driving environment”.
Visually, the new Bentayga makes an aggressively refined statement that puts a unique spin on a number of signature Bentley design cues from its prominent matrix grille to muscular rear fenders. The 2017 Bentley Bentayga will start at $229,100 plus its destination fees.
RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE
The first-ever convertible SUV in the Range Rover lineup, this new drop-top retains all of the basic functional charms of the Evoque Coupe on which it’s based but tosses in some new touches highlighted by the debut of the Land Rover InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with available Connected Navigation.
The design also incorporates a Roll-over Protection Device that consists of two aluminum bars that can pop-up a lock into place in just 90 milliseconds. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible SUV will start at $51,470.
MERCEDES-BENZ GLC COUPE: PUTTING THE SPORT IN SUV
Boasting a rakish roofline, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe adds a sporty 4-door coupe look to its compact SUV range and will appeal to both mainstream motorists and enthusiasts alike with two trim levels, a standard GLC300 4Matic and the AMG GLC43. The 2017 GLC Coupe sports a distinctive single-louvered diamond-textured grille and a restyled roofline that drops dramatically at the rear in a flowing muscular tail.
While it has a car-like sporty profile, optional running boards pay homage to the vehicle’s SUV roots. Also enhancing the muscular look are wheels that range up to 21-inches in diameter.
The 2017 Maserati Levante made its American debut in New York with specifics on powertrains, packaging, and pricing for this market. Built in Mirafiori, Italy, the automaker unveils its long-awaited and first-ever SUV in grand style.
Maserati Levante will be assembled at the newly refurbished FCA Mirafiori plant in Turin using all Maserati-developed components. Similar in scale and concept to the Porsche Cayenne, the Levante fills an obvious hole in the automaker’s roster and its success will play a critical role in helping Maserati grow its volume globally as well as in the U.S.
Despite its unique position in the Maserati lineup, the Levante’s smartly sculpted exterior styling maintains a clear family resemblance with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, and GranTurismo.
TESLA MODEL X CROSSOVER SUV
Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 100 kWh battery providing 289 miles of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in as quickly as 2.9 seconds. Model X is the SUV uncompromised. Model X is designed with safety as the first priority.
The floor-mounted battery lowers the center of gravity so that the risk of rollover is about half that of any vehicle in its class. The battery structure strengthens Model X against side impact intrusions.
And without a gasoline engine, the large front trunk acts as a giant impact-absorbing crumple zone. Falcon Wing doors allow easy access to second and third-row seats from even a tight parking space, while traditional SUV doors or Minivan sliding doors would not grant any access.
When I first heard the new 2017 Ford GT is expected to cost up to $350,000 – four times as much as a Chevrolet Corvette Z/06 – I was quite taken aback. Never before in its history has Ford charged anywhere close to that for a new model.
The new GT supercar will come powered by an ultra-high-boost twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine with upwards of 600 horsepower. Its sexy styling sits impossibly low to the ground, and it features a design that is much more modern than the retro-inspired GT of a few years ago.
2017 AUDI R8 The 2017 R8
has been classified as the “less exciting Lamborghini” according to some automotive journalists. With a price tag of over $170,000, this may be one of the more difficult cars to get in to on this list.
The new V10 engine provided plenty of power and the new electric clutch make shifting almost un-noticeable. The R8 is highly anticipated but without much updating of the car's style from previous years wouldn’t you rather get a Lamborghini Huracan, which aside from the body, is almost the exact same car like the R8.
2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
Lincoln Continental is a quietly elegant large sedan that will be Lincoln’s flag carrier in 2017. Quietly is a keyword in the revival of the brand name Edsel Ford chose for the legendary original back in 1939.
According to Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra, the traits that will set the new car apart from its competitors are “quiet luxury, effortless power, and serenity.” The Continental’s underpinnings trace their origins to the Ford Fusion, stretched, widened, and reinforced to accommodate Lincoln’s bigger dimensions and, presumably, increased mass.
This means that it’s basically a front-wheel-drive design, but with the option of all-wheel drive, which is standard in the top model. Handsome and elegantly turned out, the Continental will be competing in a market segment monopolized by a familiar Teutonic troika—Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz—as well as a new domestic rival, the Cadillac CT6.
2017 PORSCHE PANAMERA: NEW LOOK SIGNALS EVEN MORE CHANGE
Ever since its introduction seven years ago, the Panamera’s styling– it's “bulbous,” “heavy,” “hunchback” rear end specifically– has been it's most talked about a trait. The Panamera has been wholly redesigned for 2017, and now it’s gorgeous from tip to tail.
In typical Porsche fashion, the overall aesthetic is instantly familiar, but the changes to the rear end are indeed transformative. By lowering the rear roofline, lifting the rear end and adding a rear side window with a familiar curve, Porsche’s designers crafted a Panamera that’s significantly more stylish and – as clearly evidenced by the taillight design — unapologetically more 911-like.