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Coming Up In 2015

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As 2014 draws to a close, here's a preview of some of the new vehicles you can expect to see arriving in dealer forecourts as 2015 unfolds.

Fiat 500X

Fiat's next and final entry to its 500 stable is a compact SUV in the style of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. Like the 500L, the 500X will be available in two variants: a conventional, urban model and a slightly beefed up 'Trekking' variant, for those who fancy themselves as adventurers. The original 500's famous retro styling is apparent in its new big brother, which comes as a two or four wheel drive.

Jeep Renegade

Jeep's new junior model is attempting something a bit different for the compact crossover market, in which any actual 'utility' as part of their SUV component is really no more than window dressing. Jeep, however, has decided to make a genuinely off road capable version, with the attendant engineering, ground clearance and rugged design. As such, it performs better off road than on and is likely to find a small niche within the market.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover's much hyped replacement for its Freelander has a weight of expectation upon its very competent looking back, with the success of the Range Rover Evoque as its role model. There's very little left of the old Freelander and a vast array of modern technology on display. It arrives on 22 January 2015, with a choice of four trim levels, all of which are more luxurious than its predecessor.

Abarth Roadster

Later in the year, there could be a treat in the form of an as yet unconfirmed Italian roadster, likely to wear the Abarth badge. Originally designed as a joint Alfa Romeo/Mazda effort, that would see the revival of the Italian firm's sexy little Spider, that project foundered thanks to corporate place shifting by parent company, Fiat. This means all new Alfas must be Italian built. Mazda, however, continued its part, a new MX-5, and Fiat seems loathe to discard the promising developments achieved so far. Abarth seems a likely candidate upon which to hang this hat when, with luck, this project gets back underway.

Mazda MX-5

On which note, 2015 sees an all new version of one of the best lightweight roadsters of all time, the Mazda MX-5. Benefiting from the firm's excellent SkyActiv engine range, the MX-5 is no rehash of old ground but all new from the ground up. It will be launched as part of the firm's 25th anniversary celebrations for the original model - a much anticipated release.

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