While the church bells will be ringing out with a New Year, the car companies are ringing in some new models for 2017.
The array of new cars on their way to Irish shores for 2017 will provide fresh choices for every driver, whether it’s a small city car, an electric model or something with off-road ambitions or even those fortunate enough to contemplate a luxury model, there’s going to be great new car choices for 2017.
Small car drivers will have lots of new models to see in 2017. There’s a new Nissan Micra on the way for the second quarter of 2017 and it’s sure to appeal. Ford has a new Ka and Fiesta gets a significant upgrade.
Ford’s new Fiesta claims that this super-mini car will be the world’s most technologically advanced small car. The new generation Fiesta is available in either three or five-door format. The car claims more driving refinement with road noise reduced 7% and an 8% improvement in braking distance.
The new Fiesta will be the first Ford with pedestrian detection that can help prevent collisions at night. It will also be available with active park assist with a new braking system to prevent low-speed bumps when parking hands-free
Engine options for the new Fiesta include a 140bhp EcoBoost compact three-cylinder engine and an improved 1.5-litre 120bhp diesel engine, which is Fiesta’s first high power diesel. The CO2 emission levels on some models will be as low as 82 g/km and all engines meet Euro Stage 6 emission standards.
Nissan’s Micra reinvention has grown up in terms of size and specifications. Driver comfort gets more attention, with a lower driving position for what Nissan claims is a more secure driving feel. The seat adjustment has been improved and the new Micra will come with a fully adjustable steering wheel.
The new Micra will feel bigger because it sits on a longer wheelbase. It will come with a 7-inch full colour central display to provide access to the audio system, satellite navigation, mobile phone, downloadable apps and Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay.
There are plenty of new models in the SUV market as Skoda introduced the new Kodiaq, while Seat will be using the year to start a huge campaign for their first SUV, the new Atica. Toyota has the new C-HR in dealerships, combining new style with petrol and hybrid engine options in a very modern looking SUV. Ford has a new Kuga to offer and Dacia has given the Duster an upgrade.
At the bigger end of the SUV market, the iconic Land Rover Discovery gets a very significant upgrade for 2017. This new model comes as a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with capability and versatility. It will be available for sale from spring 2017 with early indicative pricing in Ireland to start from over €60,000.
The design of the Discovery is a departure from the past with styling lines that are similar to those of the new Discovery Sport, except that it’s noticeably bigger. This new model is 480kg lighter than the older one that it replaces. This helps to reduce the CO2 rating to 189g/km, from 207g/km in the past with the V6 diesel engine.
The Discovery will be available with two new four-cylinder diesel engines options with two output levels, either 180bhp or 240bhp. The larger power unit uses a twin turbo system. The V6 diesel is retained and that tops the range at 258bhp, marginally up in power, while torque stays the same at 600Nm.
The Discovery importantly retains its 3500kg towing rating for the bigger power models, dropping to 3000kg for the entry level model.
Eager eyes will be watching for the arrival of Volkswagen’s new Golf and the Fiat Tipo are fresh for 2017. The Golf will be available with a new and more efficient 1.5 TSI Evo petrol engine with Active Cylinder Management to enhance fuel economy. This new Golf will be available with Volkswagen’s newly developed 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) will gradually replace all 6-speed DSGs for the Golf.
Externally there are new front and rear bumper sections. New full LED rear lights are fitted and new LED headlights replace all Xenon headlights.
This new Golf is the first compact car to feature gesture control to allow the driver to use a swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items left or right. Volkswagen claims that the Golf comes with a high-end infotainment system with the largest touch screen display in its class.
Among the new MPV’s the arrival of the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic will be a little special. The cars have already received a 5 Star Euro NCAP safety rating and claims to have the biggest storage capacity and boot space in its class.
Prices will start from €26,000 for the new Scenic and €28,400 for new Grand Scenic. The cars will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, with emissions as low as 100 g/km.
The five-seat Scenic and the seven-seat Grand Scenic come with what Renault claims is some unique segment technologies and 8.7-inch portrait touch screen infotainment and navigation system. Renault is fitting 20-inch wheels as standard across the range.
The Scenic will be available with Automatic Electronic Braking System with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high/low beam.
The Renault One-Touch folding rear seat system controllable from the boot or dash via the R-Link system, claims to make it easier and quicker than ever to fold rear seats flat to transport larger items.
Opel has a new design Insignia on the way, which it claims will be the most high-tech car in its segment. Like so many new generation cars the new Insignia is 175kg lighter than the outgoing model. It also has an increased wheelbase while overhangs front and rear have been reduced to give the car a more compact feel even though it’s marginally longer than the Skoda Superb.
The driver’s position in the new Insignia is three centimetres lower than in the outgoing model. The centre console provides addition support and all controls can easily be reached.
BMW will be offering the new seventh generation of the 5 Series range for 2017 with prices starting from €52,800 on the road. The new car is claimed to be more refined than ever before, as well as lighter, safer, and more fuel efficient.
Engines for the 5 Series come from a new generation of TwinPower Turbo engines and BMW claims that they provide performance gains while also showing advances in reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The cars will be available with new driver assistance technologies as the German brand also takes a notable step towards fully autonomous driving.
The new BMW 5 Series will be available with a line-up of engines, from the benchmark 520d to the all new flagship 540i. xDrive all-wheel drive will be offered for the first time on the 5 Series for the 520d, 530d and 540i models.
A plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series Saloon will also be launched in March in the form of the BMW 530e iPerformance model.
The BMW eDrive system and a four-cylinder petrol engine work in unison to achieve ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, while generating overall output of 252hp.
Fuel consumption is claimed to be 2.1l/100km and the electric system on its own has a of up to 46 kilometres.
Moving up into the luxury zone and Mercedes-Benz in Ireland is planning the arrival of the new S-Class Cabriolet for the January-March period. Mercedes Benz will be adding an E-Class Coupé early in 2017, followed in mid-year by an E-Class Cabriolet.
The new extra appeal is that the luxury German brand has reduced new car prices by 10% across all Mercedes-Benz cars.