With the dawn of a new year comes some of the best vehicles yet, and 2016 definitely isn’t an exception. This year, the known automobile companies, namely Honda, Mercedes, BMW, and Audi amongst others will be working hard either to launch new car models or to install significant updates to their already existing models. If you happen to pass by some of their showrooms, here are some of the models you should take a closer look at:
1. BMW X5 xDrive40e
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BMW is quite invested in building plug-in hybrids; the company actually plans to have a plug-in version of each of its models. The brand has unveiled a plug-in version of the X5, called the X5 xDrive40e. This machine comes with a turbo-charged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, paired with an electric motor which will be integrated into its eight-speed automatic transmission. The new X5 will have a total system output equivalent to 309 German horses; this should enable it to go a little over 19 miles on its electric charge only.
The new BMW X5 will have 3 driving modes (Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery), which will enable you to get the most from the car’s powertrain. With this, BMW should definitely dominate the world of plug-in vehicles.
2. 2016 C300 Mercedes Benz Sedan
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Included in the long list of new cars entering the market this year will be Mercedes’ brand new C300 sedan. This new Benz will have quite an elegant design with a sports, luxury or AMG body styling and a stylish cabin. The sedan will ride on either 17-inch, 18-inch or 19-inch wheels with either 5 spokes or multiple spokes.
Its 2.0-liter turbo engine will produce 241-hp and will be integrated with a 7-speed automatic transmission system with shift paddles, which makes the gear system smooth, responsive and efficient. But the most interesting fact about this car is its ECO start/stop system which automatically shuts off the engine during idle times. If you’re looking for a classy car that will reduce your expenditure on fuel, then watch out for the C300 Mercedes Benz.
3. Audi A6
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Audi won’t be missing out on the race for domination of the car industry, more so with their Audi A6 2016 model which is meant to perfect its predecessors. The Audi team seems quite happy with how previous A6 models have looked and performed, so only minor changes will be seen in the 2016 model.
Firstly, the new model’s grille has been sharpened at the edges, and the front bumper is slightly more angular. The headlights’ and taillights’ innards have been re-sculpted. The rear fascia has also been reshaped so as to solve the taillights’ “overbite”.
The car will be powered with either a 150-hp 2.0L Diesel engine or a 190-hp 1.8L turbo engine, both with 4 cylinders. The gasoline-powered all-wheel drive versions will be integrated with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission whereas the diesel-powered ones will have an 8-speed automatic transmission system.
The Audi A6 is bound to stay at the top of its game, given its power and reliability.
4. Corvette Z06
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Chevrolet is known to manufacture some the most powerful supercars, and this year, they won’t be missing in action. The Chevrolet team came up with the 2016 Corvette Z06, which belongs to a class of its own. This model has been engineered with lightweight materials and a rigid aluminum frame which makes it strong and light at the same time.
The Z06 features a larger front splitter, a unique carbon-fiber hood that has a larger vent and a rear spoiler specifically designed to increase downforce. This supercar is powered by an LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine capable of producing up to 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Apart from that, various versions will offer a wide range of transmission systems and an Active Fuel Management system; it is thus a fast fuel-efficient vehicle.
The Corvette Z06 was designed to dominate the race track, and rightly so, given its capabilities.
These are some of the models to look for in 2016. The year should be very interesting, with many manufacturers releasing concept cars and cars aimed at the increasingly popular hybrid sector. 2016 is set to be a groundbreaking year for the automobile industry.