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Best new cars 2018: exciting releases this year

2017 was a great year for new cars, but what does 2018 have in store? We look into the future to find out…

Words by: First published: 1st January 2018
Last week, we took a look back at the new cars that have come along in the last 12 months, and we found that 2017 really was a bumper year. Today, on the first day of 2018, we’re taking a look into the future, to see what delights the next 12 months have in store.

The next year promises much, from new versions of existing models to brand new models, the like of which we’ve never clapped eyes on before. As always, these new cars will come in all shapes and sizes, so here, we present a rundown of the ones we at Auto Trader are most looking forward to. Bring on 2018!
  • VW Up GTI – the affordable one
  • Citroen C5 Aircross – the kooky one
  • Tesla Model 3 – the electric one
  • TVR Griffith – the British one
  • Mercedes-AMG Project One – the Formula One car one
Most exciting cars of 2018
Most exciting cars of 2018
VW Up GTI – the affordable one
We love the idea of affordable fun, and if the new Up GTI is anything like its spiritual successors – the Lupo GTI and the original 1975 Golf GTI – it’ll provide that by the bucketload. It’ll only have a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 115 horsepower, but thanks to a turbocharger and a kerb weight of less than a tonne, that’ll still be enough for 0-62mph in less than nine seconds and a top speed of more than 120mph. It’s much more likely to thrill with its chuckability than its raw pace, however. The Up is already a very nimble and alert little car, and we reckon a bit of GTI treatment should make it an absolute hoot.
Most exciting cars of 2018
Most exciting cars of 2018
Citroen C5 Aircross – the kooky one
The C5 Aircross intrigues us for a couple of reasons. First of all, it looks the absolute business, with the kind of kooky, out-there styling that Citroen has made its trademark in the last few years. That alone could make it a big hit for fashion-conscious families. Also, it’ll be the first of Citroen’s cars to feature a new suspension system that uses clever hydraulic cushioning to make the car feel as smooth and as cosseting as possible. This could mean a return for the wafty, slick-riding character upon which Citroens of the past made their name.
Most exciting cars of 2018
Most exciting cars of 2018
Tesla Model 3 – the electric one
The fact that it’s a more affordable Tesla makes the Model 3 significant enough in our book, but this car could easily be so much more than that. If it’s as good as we - and everybody else - expect it to be, then this could well be the car that persuades the car-buying public at large into electric motoring. The demand is certainly there, with hundreds of thousands of people across the world placing pre-orders before even getting a sniff of the car. And, with a predicted starting price of around £35,000, generous standard kit and a maximum range of around 300 miles, we can see why it’s so tempting.
Most exciting cars of 2018
Most exciting cars of 2018
TVR Griffith – the British one
Yes, we’re excited about the car, but we’re just as excited by the return of a great British sports car brand. The resurrected company has set up shop in Ebbw Vale in Wales, and will soon start production on the Griffith, a Porsche 911 rival that’ll likely cost around £90,000. Its lightweight body will be propelled by a 500 horsepower Cosworth V8 with, allowing it to sprint from 0-62mph in less than four seconds and onto a top speed of more than 200mph.
Most exciting cars of 2018
Most exciting cars of 2018
Mercedes-AMG Project One – the Formula One car one
We admit it, the main reason we’re excited by the Project One is the sheer novelty value. This plug-in hybrid has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine supplemented by four electric motors, giving a combined power output of 1000 horsepower, and a rumoured top speed of around 220mph.However, the really cool bit is that all that hardware is pretty much the same stuff you’ll find in Merc’s all-conquering Formula One Car. And even better, you’ll be able to drive it on the public highway. Yes, it’ll cost you two million quid, but it won’t half get some looks at the Drive Thru.