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  • 27 April 2017
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    What new cars are being released in 2017? We've got the highlights

    2016 was a great year for new car releases, the Kia Optima, Kia Sportage SUV, Toyota Prius, Nissan Juke, Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai i10 rolled into showrooms and that’s just to name a few.

    This year, is just as good, if not better! So far, there have been some really impressive releases. With a whole host of facelifts, redesigns and crossovers taking full advantage of the SUV boom that is becoming more and more apparent. From standard family hatchbacks to breathtaking high-performance sports cars, 2017 is set to be a cracker! Here are some of the highlights of 2017, some already on the market and some exciting upcoming releases this year.

    Citroen C3

    The C3 is a supermini from the french designers and has taken the market by storm. A compact hatchback with innovative design and a personality to boot! With 36 exterior colour combinations, you can truly make it your own.

    The new Citroen C3 has taken inspiration from the successful C4 Cactus, with the trademark Airbump design for added protection from car park prangs. It features clever technology and fun additions to the interior such as the ConnectedCAM, a camera that allows you to take photos whilst on the move and captures any incidents to help you with insurance claims etc. With low running costs, generous space, extensive personalisation and fun and useful tech there’s no wonder it has been given such praise! If you want to get a bit more info on what’s new in the Citroen C3 then have a look at our article “The All-New Citroen C3. Whats New?

    Hyundai i30

    Hyundai has come on in leaps and bounds in their mission to improve design and performance and is successfully moving away from previous assumptions of the brand. They have become a quality and premium competitor. The i30 is longer and wider than before and the interior has a much plusher and premium finish.

    A great feature of the i30 is that it comes with a five-inch touchscreen display as standard. If you want a more in-depth look, have a read of our article “The new Hyundai i30 Better than ever”.

    In addition to this, the new i30 Tourer will be joining the Hyundai family in the summer and is the estate version of the above. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. the tourer features an extended rear and roof to allow for more boot space which is a really versatile space!

    Peugeot 3008 SUV

    The Peugeot 3008 has been attracting a lot of the right kind of attention! It has already been awarded Car of the Year 2017 (add this to the twenty other awards it’s already won) and we’re not even halfway through 2017! With really distinct and sleek design, this all new SUV is packed full of technology and ticks all the boxes!  

    The stand out feature of the latest Peugeot 3008 is definitely the super intuitive technology, all tied together in the shiny bow that is the i-COCKPIT. With advanced assistive features, it's all about making the Peugeot 3008 an even more comfortable and premium experience. For a more in-depth look at what is included in this new and improved i-COCKPIT read our article “Peugeot i-COCKPIT Explained

    Along with its impressive and inspired styling, eye-catching exterior and cleverly designed interior, it’s easy to see what the fuss is about but if you want to know a little more about it review our new car page.

    Kia Rio

    The new all new Kia Rio is an exciting addition to the Kia family, with sporty coupe styling and a redesigned interior packed full of infotainment and assistive tech. The cabin enjoys more space and the boot is bigger! The new Rio has literally improved in every aspect, a more enjoyable experience all round!

    We actually wrote a blog all about how great the 2017 Rio is, so, to find out more have a look at our “2017 Kia Rio - Redefining a classic” article.

    Nissan Micra

    The 2017 Nissan Micra is probably one of the biggest character changes we have ever witness in such an established car. The supermini has trundled along quite happily with its reputation of a good, reliable, efficient car but the designers at Nissan have decided to be known for a lot more!

    Packed full of technology including a Bose sound system and autonomous braking, the 2017 Micra also boasts a complete makeover. A new sporty and dynamic look is set to change perceptions. We’ve got a detailed article “New Nissan Micra 2017: Who Says A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots”, highlighting just how much the Micra has changed.

    Toyota C-HR

    Sporty, stylish and eye-catching, elements which help the C-HR stand out from the ever-increasing SUV crowd. With a real European influence, this SUV has some really radical design touches with some really sharp and dynamic lines.

    Underneath the Coupe-High Rider (C-HR) uses the Toyota New Global Architecture which delivers some really composed handling and comfort and has a really distinctive interior and uses high-grade materials in a really smooth design.

    For a more in-depth look at the C-HR, have a look at our article “New Toyota C-HR Shine Bright Like A Diamond”.

    Honda Civic

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    Honda Civic Type R

    Release date: Autumn 2017

    The latest tenth generation Honda Civic has really taken the world by storm. It rolled out in the first half of 2017 and took everyone's breath away! Based on this success, Honda went in with a fair bit of gusto to the Geneva Motor show, where they debuted the Honda Civic Type R! Due in dealers later this year, the Type R seems to have taken everything that some people may have found too much in the design and toned it down, demonstrating a more mature and refined style. This new Type R has all the power you could want boasting 350bhp and is more practical due to its bigger body.

    The Type R shows off its engineering on the Nurburgring circuit, where it has broken the record for Front Wheel Drive production vehicles.

    For a more in-depth look at how the new Honda Civic is just getting it so right, have look at our in-depth article “Honda Civic 2017: More than just a facelift

    2017 Future Releases

    Citroen C3 Picasso

    Release Date: late 2017

    The Citroen C3 Picasso is a perfect Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV), turning the existing C3 into the increasingly popular crossover. Incorporating the uniqueness of the Citroen design, the new C3 Picasso will be easily identifiable from key features such as the floating C-pillar, Airbumps and slim LED headlights.

    A real eye catching design will very much help it stand out in these increasingly competitive segment. With a mix of styling and influences you’ll definitely be able to see the C3 hatchback but with the increased dimensions of the C4 Cactus.  Expect a really flexible interior, perfect for a family, with plenty of customisation. So good, in fact, it has been named MPV Best Buy by What Car?

    Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

    Release Date: Summer 2017

    Hyundai is looking to get into the green car market with at top contender. Set to conquer the class, the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV was initially released as a hybrid or a 100% electric vehicle and is set to also have a plug-in version with a range of 32 miles and will work in unison with a small petrol engine helping to minimise the range anxiety!

    This addition to the Hyundai family is a unique one as it will make Hyundai the only manufacturer to release a car with three separate powertrains and is set to also include petrol, diesel and even hydrogen additions! The range will feature some great specifications including, climate control and cruise control coming as standard.

    With CO2 emissions as little as 34g/km, Hyundai has ensured that you will have access to top government funding, qualifying for full government support when purchasing a plug-in vehicle.

    To find out more, chat to our Hyundai specialist located at our dealerships.

    Hyundai small SUV

    Release Date: Late 2017

    Hyundai is also aiming to get their foot in with the ever growing SUV range too! Like so many of their competitors, they are expanding into the SUV and Crossover class.

    It is essentially an i20 SUV and is looking to be released before the end of the year. It is being kept under wraps with only on Auto Express exclusive sneak peek making the rounds (see image below), but it’s safe to say - watch this space…

    Kia Niro PHEV

    Release Date: 2017

    The Kia Niro PHEV is Kia’s entry into the hybrid family, exhibiting eye-catching crossover styling, it is set to take on some of its main competitors. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show the Niro will be the first plug-in compact crossover on the market, keeping them on trend with the ever expanding PHEV market.

    As of 2017, it is on offer as a plug-in hybrid and will share a platform with the Ioniq. With a full charge, the Niro PHEV is estimated to be able to do 31 miles on electric alone. To find out more about the Niro and to discover exactly what this PHEV will be based on why not contact our Kia dealership here.

    Kia Picanto

    Release Date: May

    Kia is really pushing the boat out this year with release after release of great additions to the Kia family and the new Picanto is no exception. This zippy little city car is set to take on some of the more successful; competitors in its class and it's doing it with style.

    The third generation is set to boast more interior space and some really sporty styling. With more passenger and boot space plus a redesigned dash, the interior will be practical, versatile and uncomplicated.   

    For more info get in touch with our Kia branch.

    Kia Rio SUV

    Release Date: 2017

    Going along with the ever increasing trend of the SUV crossover Kia are directly competing with the likes of the Nissan Juke with their Kia Rio SUV. It was back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show that Kia hinted at developing a supermini SUV and we are no so close to seeing the finished product.

    The differences between the Kia Rio and the SUV version are a higher ride height, roomier cabin and more muscular styling. It will still, unmistakably reflect the established Kia character. Incorporating the ‘tiger-nose’ grille and dynamic lines we are seeing more and more across the whole range. For more information on the Kia range contact one of our Kia experts at our dedicated dealership.

    Kia Stinger GT

    Release Date: September

    The new Stinger GT was first seen at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, it will be the Korean brand's fastest and most expensive car to date when it is released in September.

    This Stinger is seen as the model that will help shift people's perception of the brand, this sports saloon is a display of their more refined and premium design. We are predicting that the Stinger GT will also be the embodiment of their focus on producing a superior and high performance driving experience too. It’s going to be pretty impressive!

    To get an idea of the design standards behind this release have a look at the premier video for the Kia Stinger below or contact our Kia dealership.

    Nissan Juke

    Release Date: Autumn 2017

    Following great success of the Nissan Juke, Nissan are set to unveil the second generation of the crossover later in 2017.

    The design will be very similar to the previous model, as the saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ and that has never been more true here. The designers have been really careful to not upset the best-selling vehicle but, obviously, they've changed something hence the new model. Technology will be better in the new model as will be space, with a slightly longer wheelbase. It will also switch to the new platform shared with the recently revealed Micra. Have a chat with our Nissan branch for more info, or (to see what all the fuss is about) book a test drive for the current Nissan Juke, find contact information at our Nissan dealership.

    All round they’ve taken something good and made it even better!
    Have a look at this exclusive image from Car Wow.

    Nissan LEAF

    Release Date: Late 2017

    The LEAF first rolled out into showrooms back in 2010 and it was the forerunner in the EV revolution. Since then, Nissan have focused on developing it further, they now have a tried and tested model and feedback on what needs to improved to make it a fully reliable substitute to a diesel or petrol powered vehicle.

    Though the Nissan LEAF has been a pioneer in the EV industry, the 2017 model is all about change. The design is more dynamic, sporty and modern and they will be offering a range of batteries to help make it more affordable. Word on the grapevine is that they are aiming for a 300 mile range which will make it a class leader by literal miles!

    If you would like to know a bit more about the current Nissan LEAF have a look through our handy guide “2016 Nissan LEAF: Car Guide

    Nissan Qashqai

    Release Date: 2017

    Like the Micra, the Nissan Qashqai is set to receive a mid-life facelift and makeover. As well as styling updates it’ll be the first crossover of it’s type to feature driverless technology. It’ll be the pioneer for this technology before it is rolled out across the whole range.

    So far, the Qashqai has proved a really successful vehicle so why not come and see what all the fuss is about and contact our dealership.

    Toyota Yaris GRMN

    Release Date: Dec 2017

    The crossover trend is quickly being joined by a trend of releasing a high performance version of the regular hatchbacks and the newly designed Toyota Yaris is no exception. Along with its 2017 facelift, Toyota will be launching the Yaris GRMN. It will be powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged petrol engine, producing over 205bhp which makes it a pretty powerful car!

    Peugeot 5008

    Release Date: Out in May

    The all-new 5008 has established Peugeots presence in the MPV people carrier class as it follows the smaller 3008 down the route of the SUV.

    With a sporty off road look, the new 5008 is slightly larger than it’s predecessor, being longer and wider it provides improved internal space too! The handling is still just as responsive with a body weight that is 95kg lighter than before and it also features the i-COCKPIT!

    So there you have it, some of the exciting highlights from the automotive world in 2017. 2018 is looking to be a pretty exciting year too! The line-up includes the Citroen C5 Aircross, Citroen C4, Honda CR-V, DS 7 Crossback, Nissan Murano, Peugeot 408 GT and many many more. Watch this space.

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