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Most Anticipated 2018 Models Worth Waiting For

Our List of Best Cars 2018

The complex decision of choosing your next car might just become harder. We’re often trying to be helpful by suggesting cheap thrills, and bargain sports and classic cars, but this time we might just ruin your carefully planned choice. If you’ve already cast your eye on a new model, you might want to reconsider. With 2018 just around the corner (how the time flies!), we’re looking at the most anticipated cars of 2018. These don’t necessarily have to be the best cars 2018 class, but they sure are some of the most illustrious ones. Moreover, some of them will be way out of average Joe’s reach (myself included), but I always stood behind the statement: “A Ferrari is always better than the Camry”. So, in no particular order, here are what we consider the best cars for 2018.

Land Rover Defender

Although the original Land Rover Defender got axed after 2016 model year, the iconic nameplate is making almost instant return. Boxy old school SUV should arrive sometime during 2018 with much more contemporary design than the one it became famous for. Jaguar Land Rover brass are promising that mellow body won’t impact new Defender’s off-road capability, however. In fact, they’re saying it’ll be better than ever when things become rough. Furthermore, 2018 Land Rover Defender should lose plenty of weight. Aluminum body and chassis are something that’s slowly becoming a trend in workhorse and off-road utility vehicles, it would seem.

JLR are still being rather secretive about the new Defender, but its mules, they say, are already out there. As it’s usually the case with the Landy’s, Defender will feature more than one model straight from the gates. Even performance SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) models could be in the mix. That should finally spawn a worthy competitor for the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. After all, luxury off-road market practically only consists of AMG‘s version of the G Wagen.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 is not just another revolutionary piece in Elon Musk’s long line of accomplishments. It’s also the car that should make high-tech, classy all-electrics available to the masses. It’s still a work in progress so I wouldn’t get too attached to the cues presented at Model 3’s revealing last year. However, we do know it’ll be a sedan with at least 215 miles of range and Tesla Autopilot feature as standard. Both rear and all-wheel drive setups will be offered as well, and so will larger batteries for additional range.

Tesla Model 3 doesn’t only look like the most revolutionary of cars recently presented. It’s also one of the best cars 2018 has to offer. At least from this, current perspective. Apparently, more than 100,000 people have already put deposits prior to Model 3’s official reveal. Since Tesla’s planning to put a maximum of 75,000 of them to the streets a year, I imagine waiting lists will be long. That’s why you should take 2018 with a grain of salt. Not everyone will be able to get one at first. Especially those that haven’t laid down their deposits. It was to be expected from $35,000 (prior to tax rebates) car, though.

Audi SQ7 TDI

At one point, Audi decided to try their luck in mad vehicles department, and they presented the SQ7. Full-size crossover SUV is not your average practical luxury vehicle. It’s a sporty version of the 5,000-pounder with huge diesel mill under its hood. How huge? Try 435 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. 4.0L V8 with dual sequential turbochargers and 48-volt electrically powered supercharger to offset their lag at low revs will enable Audi’s land yacht to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds. Say what you will about sporty SUV’s, but you gotta admire those figures.

Audi SQ7 should hit the roads prior to 2018, but still as 2018 year model. Priced at around $70,000 or thereabouts, it’ll definitely stay out of most people’s reach. However, it should still be more affordable than its Mercedes-Benz and BMW counterparts. Crazy or not, with SQ7 you get a vehicle that’s faster than most luxury sedans and sports better fuel economy as a bonus. Not to mention the extra torque and space you get out of it.

Ford Expedition MAX/Lincoln Navigator

It was high time for the biggest of Ford’s crossover SUV siblings to receive a full makeover. As of 2018 model year, both Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator will be more stylish while also losing a few hundred extra pounds due to new aluminum body construction. F-150 adopted aluminum a while back and it lightened it up by up to 700 pounds. Expedition and Navigator won’t lose as much, but every extra pound counts. Especially today when fuel economy ponce again plays an important role.

In order to further increase the economy, both vehicles will be limited to EcoBoost V6 engines. Ford’s 3.5L mill should be good for up to 450 horsepower, though, thanks to the new 10-speed auto. Furthermore, new Expedition MAX will now be nearly a foot longer than the outgoing model. Navigator too, should become more spacious and luxurious, but will come in standard and extended lengths as before. Lower end price limit of $47,000 for entry-level Expedition should remain mostly intact, but Lincoln Navigator gets the new top tier model; Black Label. It’s only safe to assume that one’ll cost more than $80,000 which was outgoing model’s top range.

2018 Ford Expedition

2018 Lincoln Navigator

Jaguar XE SVR

Why is Jaguar XE SVR one of the most anticipated cars of 2018? Because it’ll stick it to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63. Brits haven’t produced a good genuine compact sports luxury sedan in a while and Jaguar XE SVR is here to fix that up. JLR’s newly formed SVO division will stuff it with 5.0L supercharged V8 which should be good enough for around 500 horsepower. After all, that same engine delivers 567 ponies in Jag F-Type.

Comparatively, Mercedes delivers either 469 hp or 503 hp, depending on chosen tune, while BMW makes “only” 444 hp. They do it with 4.0L twin turbo V8 and 3.0L twin turbo inline-six respectively, however. Add to that XE SVR’s all-wheel drive (whereas Germans are both rear-wheel drive), and Jag will be a hundred pounds or so heavier than the German duo. How will that translate to specs and performance, remains to be seen. Until then, Jaguar XE SVR will remain one of the best cars 2018 is about to bring, in our book.

Kia Stinger

Derived from 2011 Kia GT concept car, Stinger doesn’t only feature creative name. It brings performance to match as well. What’s surprising, though, is the fact that one of the most anticipated cars of 2018 is, well, a Kia. But Stinger is well deserving of that title. Sporting 3.3L twin turbocharged V6 mill with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, Stinger should be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 5.1 seconds. This is groundbreaking for Kia on many levels. For one, these figures are good enough for any sports sedan. And then, Kia always emphasized its sporty nature, yet failed to deliver a true sport-worthy performance.

What’s more, entry-level Stinger will likely feature company’s 2.0L 4-cylinder engine often found across Kia’s range. Although it won’t be able to compete with the aforementioned performance line of Jaguars, BMW’s and Mercedes-Benz’s, it should be able to sway some of conventional BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C Class buyers to its side. Plus, it should be a lot cheaper than its German counterparts.

BMW X7

BMW already offers a three row, 7-seat crossover SUV, but X5’s optional bench isn’t exactly spacious. After all, X5 is still just a mid-size car and things tend to get cramped quickly when you stuff more than 5 people in it. This is where the upcoming X7 comes in. One of the best cars 2018 has to offer, at least when it comes to new arrivals, should be much more spacious than its sibling. After all, it’s a full-size luxury crossover SUV, so anything less would be a disappointment.

What engines exactly will make it to the US, is probably easy to guess. 3.0L turbocharged inline-six and 4.4L twin turbo V8 petrol engines from BMW 7 Series quickly come to mind. Diesels are another thing, though, as they’ll likely remain Euro-bound. Larger powerplants like the possible V12 shouldn’t be excluded as well, and hybrids make a good case for themselves too.

Jeep Pickup

It’s been a while, but FCA finally decided to listen to their customer base for once. What came out of such turn of events, is the long-awaited Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck. Jeep hasn’t had a pickup in their lineup since Comanche was axed quarter of a century ago. As of 2018, however, that won’t be the case anymore.

Actually, Jeep is updating the complete Wrangler lineup. New, aluminum structure should help with weight savings, and ultimately increase the fuel mileage. Powertrain lineup should consist of 4-cylinder and V6 engines with possible diesel option as well. Steel frame will remain, and so will body-on-frame architecture. Although changes are numerous, the end product shouldn’t visually differ too much from the current models. Pickup, of course, won’t have any real competition, being the only such visually rugged option in the market. However, it’ll still compete with other mid-size options currently available, and their numbers are slowly but steadily growing.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Although driving a piece of junk, Nikola is a true car enthusiast. Very few things move him as muscle cars do - especially those from the golden era. Which makes him wonder: why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been able to enjoy the likes of Pontiak Aztek, Fiat Multipla, and the likes this way - right?