Automotive Rumours For 2016
As 2015 models have nearly all arrived in showrooms, we are already looking forward to and getting excited about upcoming 2016 models. After all, each new year brings us redesigned models, and sometimes even reintroductions to the market. Occasionally a vehicle will disappear from the market for a year or two, and others take a much longer break, disappearing for decades. When these cars return, it is usually because large numbers of fans and customers ask the manufacturer to return the car to production. Other times it happens because of current trends, such as the resurgence of Muscle cars in recent years; and sometimes it is all about nostalgia.
Most automakers aren’t bragging about the specifics of upcoming models, but here are some of the automotive rumours for 2016 swirling about.
Ford hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but we hear that they’ll be reintroducing the fast and sporty RS variant to the Focus line-up. Not seen since 2009, it is expected to offer all-wheel drive and a 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine, the same one found in the 2015 Mustang. We also have heard that Ford might be bringing back it’s classic GT sports car. The timing is right, the 50th anniversary of it’s win at Le Mans. Aside from some tricked out Mustang models, the GT is Ford’s top-performing car ever, and these days the trends all point to performance. Finally, those with an ear close to the ground are suggesting that the Ford Ranger is poised to return to North America. Since the North American small truck market is pretty vacant, and Ford already has the Ranger available in other countries, the rumour makes sense. North Americans could easily get excited about a small, nimble pickup with the automaker’s EcoBoost technology.
Another truck thought to be returning is the Honda Ridgeline, with a new look intended to appeal to North American consumers.
We already know that Toyota will debut a brand new Prius in 2016, one that will offer even better fuel economy thanks to a lighter battery pack. Persistent rumours about the new Prius are claiming that it will be built in the U.S. and come with an all-wheel drive option.
The Lotus Evora will disappear from the market in 2015, only to re-enter in 2016 with a bang. The company will also expand it’s dealership network in North America. The Evora is the only street-legal car offered by the British automaker. Of course, all rumour, but we’ll know for certain soon.
Do you remember when the NSX was Honda’s fastest vehicle? It then became Acura’s fastest vehicle. It is said to be making a return to production, and will aim at exotic competitors such as Ferrari. If this is true, the NSX will probably reach a top speed in the 200 mph range, and go from 0 to 60 in 3 to 4 seconds. Pricing should be comparable to the Audi R8, which makes it far more attainable than a Ferrari. Vroom!
By Linda Aylesworth – car-news.ca