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12 Hot New Motors Coming in 2014

By raccars Published

If you thought 2013 was a great year for new cars, wait until you see what’s coming in 2014. On the launch list is an all-new MINI, an all-new Lamborghini, a return of a classic Subaru and even, at last, a new Ford Mondeo! Read on to see what’s coming up…


We first saw the new MINI live at its unveiling at Plant Oxford and, guess what, it’s bigger than ever. Buyers will also get more chances to personalise their MINI – not only opting for a wide variety of colours, roofs and stripes, but going as far as custom door cards.

The purists are going to hate it, but we like that the MINI is growing up a little. And you know what? It’s going to sell in droves.

Why it’s exciting: the old MINI has grown up and is sure to be a hit.

Estimated arrival: spring 2014

2. Lamborghini Huracan

Finally, a replacement for the Gallardo. And what a tough act to follow – the Gallardo was Lamborghini’s best-selling model ever, with over 14,000 sold over its 10 year production run. Like the Gallardo, the Huracan will be powered by a 5.2-litre V10. It’s all-new, however, and produces 610hp – hitting 62mph in 3.2 seconds.

Why it’s exciting: Lamborghini’s Gallardo replacement will be up against the likes of the McLaren 12C, and promises to be mega.

Estimated arrival: spring 2014

3. BMW M4 Coupe

BMW will no longer make the M3 Coupe. Instead, it’ll make the M4 Coupe, which is a coupe version of the M3. Ditching the V8 engine used in the outgoing M3, the M4 will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine and even comes with a Smokey Burnout function. Seriously.

It’ll hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds (4.1 with the DCT ‘box) and go on to a typically German limited top speed of 155mph. Clearly, it could go much, much faster.

Why it’s exciting: it looks stunning, returns to its roots with a traditional straight six, and comes with a Smokey Burnout function. What more do you want?

Estimated arrival: May 2014

4. Subaru WRX STi

After a brief interlude without the Impreza (sorry, WRX as it’s now known) being sold in the UK, the rally-bred saloon is back. We’ve just seen it unveiled at the Detroit motor show - and Subaru revealed prices will start from £28,995. That’s £4,000 less than its predecessor.

Why it’s exciting: the first time in years we’ve got a hot WRX saloon.

Estimated arrival: May 2014

5. BMW 2 Series Coupe

Like the BMW M4 Coupe is replacing the M3 Coupe, the 2 Series Coupe is replacing the 1 Series Coupe. And like the M4, the 2 Series looks fantastic. At launch, buyers will get a choice of three engines: the diesel 220d (£25,865), the petrol 220i (£25,040) and the range-topping M235i (£34,250). A further two diesels will be added to the range later in the year, with a 218d becoming the entry-level car at £24,265.

Why it’s exciting: coupes are in vogue, and the 2 Series looks fantastic.

Estimated arrival: spring 2014

6. Porsche Macan

The new Macan will be an important car for Porsche, with the company predicting sales of at least 50,000 a year. Porsche describes the Macan as “the first sports car within the SUV segment”. We’ll let you decide on that, but our impressions from the passenger seat suggests it handles very well for an SUV with a kerb-weight nudging two tonnes.

Why it’s exciting: it’s a small SUV with a Porsche badge. The Range Rover Evoque is about to become last season’s must-have.

Estimated arrival: April 2014

7. Ford Mondeo

Finally, we’re getting the new Ford Mondeo in the UK. It went on sale in the USA back in 2012, but Ford just hasn’t brought it across to the UK yet. Once a family man’s favourite (they all drive Nissan Qashqais now), the Mondeo desperately needs updating. When it does arrive, we’re expecting a host of highly efficient engines, including a number of Ecoboost units, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Just hurry up, Ford…

Why it’s exciting: we’ve been waiting long enough.

Estimated arrival: late 2014. Hopefully.

8. Mercedes C-Class

The 2014 Mercedes C-Class looks like a miniature S-Class, which is no bad thing. It’s going to be stiff competition for the BMW 3 Series, and comes packed with gadgets. It’s the first car in its class to be offered with air suspension, and will even come with satellite operated air conditioning that switches on the air recirculation when entering a tunnel, so that occupants don’t get mouthfuls of tunnel air. Cool!

Why it’s exciting: packed with gadgets and up to 50% aluminium, meaning it’s likely to be class-leading.

Estimated arrival: June 2014

9. Jeep Cherokee

Could the Jeep Cherokee be one of the most eye-catching cars of 2014? Possibly, and not in a good way. But see past the looks, and the 2014 Cherokee promises to be a decent car. It’s a move away from rugged off roaders of old, and finally catching up with the premium compact SUV sector – including the likes of the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Freelander.

Why it’s exciting: Jeep’s first serious contender in the compact SUV segment. But will anyone see past the looks?

Estimated arrival: June 2014

10. Nissan Qashqai

The original Nissan Qashqai proved to be a massively important car. It found a sweet spot between the traditional hatchback and SUV segment and triggered the crossover boom. The new one hopes to continue that success, although it is substantially bigger than the previous model – two inches longer in total.

This means it’s more spacious, with an extra 20 litres of boot space. Ideal for the families who bought the original Qashqai.

Why it’s exciting: Britain built 286,477 Qashqais last year. Will Sunderland produce even more now the new Qashqai has arrived?

Estimated arrival: now

11. Mercedes-Benz GLA

First seen at the Shanghai motor show last year and based on the same platform as the A-Class, the GLA is a compact crossover rival to the likes of the BMW X1. Priced from £25,850 the GLA will initially be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, offering up to 62.8mpg. It’s a small crossover with a Mercedes-Benz badge… a guaranteed hit.

Why it’s exciting: There’s going to be a hot GLA 45 AMG with 355hp.

Estimated arrival: now

12. Ford Ecosport

The Ecosport is a baby addition to Ford’s SUV range – and there’s every reason why an affordable Ford SUV should be a success. Although, it does look a little like a Daihatsu Terios, especially with the spare wheel bolted on the back.

With just 4,000 coming to the UK in 2014, will the lifestyle types this kind of car appeals to be after Ford’s “Fiesta on stilts”?

Why it’s exciting: SUVs are popular and an affordable Ford SUV should be a hit.

Estimated arrival: April 2014

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