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Planning ahead for new cars

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2016 has already been a great year for new cars, but there's lots more on the way!

If you're the really organised type you might be thinking about plans for Christmas or for your child's birthday party in November. However the car industry works much further ahead than the average human being and is already working on its new releases for 2017 and beyond.

Expect the SUV sector to become even more crowded with the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq, Maserati Levante and the Aston Martin DBX, plus exciting new metal in the form of the Tesla Model 3 and the VW XL3. Some best sellers are also due for updates, including the Ford Fiesta, BMW 5 Series, the Nissan Qashqai and the Vauxhall Insignia.

New cars for 2017 and 2018

Aston Martin DBX

Another car manufacturer to recognise the importance of an SUV model in its line-up, Aston Martin's eco-friendly DBX crossover will be hand crafted in a new Welsh factory costing £200 million. Clean and green it might be in petrol electric hybrid format or as an emissions-free fully electric car, but Aston is also considering a diesel V8. The DBX will also be one of a new breed of luxury SUVs, designed to compete with the forthcoming Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga. Aston Martin hopes to have the DBX ready for 2018, priced from about £150,000.

BMW X2

Seeking out the tiniest gap in the market, BMW is working on a new compact SUV to take on the upcoming Audi Q2 and the Mercedes GLA. It will be a sportier take on the X1, taking on the role of the X6 to the X5 and the X4 to the X3. It will follow the front wheel drive lead set by the 2 Series Active Tourer and come with a range of diesel and petrol engines, possibly with some assistance from electric motors. The X2 is due about a year from now, estimated to cost from £22,000.

Citroen Grand Cactus

The unusual C4 Cactus was a bit of a gamble for Citroen but one that paid off, so the French company is taking the idea to the next level with a new, larger version. The distinctive side airbumps will be modified to protect the lower door sills and there are rumours of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 2018 release is predicted with prices expected to start at £25,000.

Ford Fiesta

As Britain's best-selling car of all time, any updates to the Fiesta could have a huge impact. Next year an all new eighth generation Fiesta hits the road, in lower and sleeker form than the current model. Ford is retaining the existing car's platform architecture so the Fiesta's overall size won't change, but there will be lots of new technology available and a smart new cabin design.

Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai is entering hot hatch territory, as signified by the 'N' suffix. Spy shots show the sporty i30 will ride lower than the standard car and wear some extra body kit but otherwise it's quite a restrained take on the boy racer's favourite market sector. Power output won't quite match the likes of the Ford Focus ST but there should be at least 200bhp to play with and a lower price tag too. Expect to pay about £24,500, with an early 2017 release date.

Jaguar's baby F-Pace

Jaguar is planning an as yet unnamed junior version of its F-Pace SUV for 2018. Expect a sportier interpretation of the larger SUV and a starting price of about £30,000. The new compact SUV will probably use the same efficient engine range as the XE.

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