If you’re considering a new car to lease in 2018, then you are in the right place. There’s a fantastic range of new cars, updates, and new power trains on their way in 2018 that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Here’s a run down of just some of the important models you can expect to arrive during 2018.
Audi range revamp
Audi is currently remodelling most of its range with the second generation A1 due at the end of the year. The new A6 executive saloon is expected in the summer and will feature a suite of electronic driving aids shared with the recently launched A8 limo.
And plenty of new Audi SUVs…
The headline arrival of 2018 will be the Audi e-tron Quattro SUV, a fully electric car with a range of more than 300 miles as it takes on Tesla’s Model X and the new Jaguar I-Pace.
Around £30k will be the new generation Audi Q3, now the oldest in the line-up, which will be longer and wider but lighter and with the latest technology including a PHEV.
Range-topping Q8 flagship is expected to have a coupe cut, but more practical than BMW and Mercedes rivals.
Bentley Continental GT
Bentley’s captivating new Continental GT is due this spring with a price tag over £155,000.
There will be the flagship 626bhp twin-turbo W12 petrol engine with 900Nm of torque for 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and 207mph top speed. But this will be followed by a more affordable V8 and a plug-in hybrid V6.
BMW 3 Series
Three years after the last facelift, the new BMW 3 Series expected late in the year is due to follow last year’s new 5 Series with technology filtering down from the 7 Series that preceded it.
BMW 8 Series
Moving up in scale, BMW is reviving the 8 Series after a 20-year gap, with a Coupe followed by a Gran Coupe and a Convertible and prices starting over £65,000. Again this will be later in the year.
BMW i8 Coupe & Roadster
There’s not such a wait for the latest sporting plug-in hybrids, the new BMW i8 Roadster and refreshed i8 Coupe arriving this month – Coupé prices start at £112,730, the open-top Roadster with all-electric fabric roof is priced from £124,730. And the new models have a longer range.
While the X5 has been a star for BMW in the burgeoning SUV sector, rivals have served up bigger versions like the Audi Q7 and Skoda Kodiaq so it’s only natural that the X7 is on its way although pre-production testing has only just started in the USA.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Citroen suspension systems have been legendary for comfort and the new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV should maintain the reputation with its Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system and double-glazed front windows to reduce wind and road noise to impress in this £20,000+ bracket.
If you have around £160,000 burning a hole in your pocket, look for Ferrari’s sharp new entry model the Portofino, named after the fabulous Riviera resort, arriving this spring.
Ford Fiesta ST
It’s got a reputation to maintain but the sharp new Fiesta ST expected to be priced around £19,000 is sure not to disappoint this spring with a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol turbo replacing the old four-cylinder 1.6.
Also arriving this spring is the new Fiesta Active which takes on a more rugged SUV-style with raised suspension and black plastic protection trim.
The Focus gets a major makeover this spring with sharper looks and longer wheelbase for more space. With prices from around £18,000, the engine line-up will also be similar to the smaller hatchback’s, with the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost at the core plus 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels.
Ford’s Mustang muscle car gets a new look and engine changes this spring, just two years arriving here – but prices rise too, starting from £35,995 for the 2.3 ecoboost Fastback version and with the new V8 Fastback topping £40,000.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
Diesel is off the menu for the next CR-V, to be offered in the autumn priced from around £28,000 with a 1.5-litre petrol or Honda’s new hybrid powertrain with 2.0-litre petrol engine and two electric motors, one for driving the wheels and the other acting as a generator.
Hyundai i30 Fastback
Hyundai’s range expansion continues apace with the introduction of a third bodystyle for the i30 range with the inch lower roofline of the Fastback priced from under £20,000.
Stinger is proof that Kia has come a long way from its humble hatch days with the four-door sports saloon arriving this month priced from £32,000 topped by the 3.3-litre V6 Stinger GTS.
Kia is growing up fast, as shown by the new Stinger, but the more modest Cee’d family hatch isn’t left behind with the third generation priced from around £16,000.
This is a petrol-electric hybrid only featuring the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System that made its debut in the LC coupe, the new LS flagship saloon will be available in four equipment grades: LS 500h, LS 500h Luxury, LS 500h F Sport and LS 500h Premier. Prices from £72,595.
Mercedes is romping up the sales charts and that’s sure to continue with the new A-Class due in the autumn for around £20,000 with roomier cabin and spacious boot.
The new facelifted C-Class is due middle of the year priced from just under £30,000, like the A-Class powered by the smoother 2.0-litre diesel and more technology from the E-Class.
A new edition of the GLE Class is due this summer, with a curvier styling, E-Class technology and luxury features and prices from about £53,000.
The second version of Qashqai’s little brother is due this year priced from around £15,000, with more space and small petrol engines plus styling cues from the new Micra.
The new Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric car, arrives this spring priced from £26,490 with greatly improved range of up to 235 miles.
The third generation of Porsche’s SUV that outsells the 911 sports car arrives this summer with pricing from £55,965.
Porsche’s small SUV the Macan gets an update in line with the Cayenne while power is likely to get a boost to take on its cousin in the form of the Audi RS Q5.
SEAT large SUV
SEAT is introducing a large SUV this year, to follow Ateca and keep up with sister brand Skoda’s Kodiaq. Expect a price around £23,000.
SEAT Ateca Cupra
Ateca has been a winner in the SUV stakes for SEAT, and the fun brand maintains its sporty reputation with a Cupra version coming this summer priced from £32,000.
Suzuki Swift Sport
On sale in June is the new Swift Sport with a 138bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine for the hot hatch priced around £16,000.
Vauxhall Insignia GSi
Vauxhall’s Insignia gets sporty this summer with the £29,000 GSi hatch powered by a 257bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo petrol and sister Sports Tourer also available with 198bhp BiTurbo diesel and four-wheel drive.
Volkswagen up! GTI
The tiny up! looks up to the legendary Golf GTI with its badging and nimble sporty package for around £17,000 early this year. Power comes from a 114bhp 3-cylinder TSI for 8.8sec 0-62mph.