New Cars To Look Out For In 2024 – Part 1
New car announcements have been arriving at quite some pace over the past 12 months with some notable vehicles being released during 2023. Perhaps the most interesting part though was that as we continue to be in a period of limbo and transition until the combustion engine ban in 2035, the number of combustion engine only vehicles announced remained a surprising amount. This was in part due to development cycles, perhaps the manufacturers not wanting to upset their loyal fans too quickly, but also a desire to make sure their current models go out with a bang.
Waiting times and delivery schedules are mostly back to normal post-Covid, something that has taken much longer than it should. But also used car prices have finally, and quite dramatically, readjusted over the past few weeks. Something that has taken too long post-lockdown and has seen tens of thousands of pounds come off the value of pre-used cars in some cases within a matter of weeks.
But what about new cars. With so many new cars scheduled to be released in 2024 we thought it would be useful to take a look at some of the more notable vehicles that will be available over the next 12 months:
Aston Martin Valhalla
Aston Martin’s departure from their normal luxurious grand touring line up could not have been more disrupted with the introduction of the Valkyrie. The extreme track focused car offers over 1,100bhp and weighs just 1,200kg with over a tonne of downforce and a £2.5million price tag. Obviously a world away from their usual target market but a showpiece of their (and Red Bull’s) Formula 1 technology knowhow.
In an attempt to offer a (slightly) more usable road car but with 90% of the performance of the Valkyrie, Aston Martin are planning the Valhalla for 2024. Targeting the Ferrari SF90 and to be their first plug-in Hybrid, the Valhalla is expected to be a limited run of 999 and cost around a quarter of the Valkyrie’s price tag. Still offering 1,000bhp yet with a more road friendly usability but at the same time an ‘unrivalled power to weight ratio compared to its rivals’, the Valhalla is set to use their F1 experience to shake up the difficult supercar market.
Also expected from Aston Martin this year will be a revised Vantage sports car. Following the overhaul of the DB11 to create the DB12, the new Vantage is expected to evolve the current recipe in the same way. Utilising the same 4.0-litre AMG V8 yet with a refreshed exterior and a complete overhaul of the interior and its technology and software, the new Vantage has been described as a ‘complete hooligan’ by their Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.
Audi A6 and A6 E-Tron
With the E-Tron GT due for a facelift this year along with its sister car, the Porsche Taycan, it is expected that their mid-size executive saloon, the A6, will also receive an overhaul. With BMW recently releasing the 5-series and i5, Audi are looking to counter with a combustion engine and an all-electric version of the A6 in both saloon and estate form.
By making use of the updated E-Tron GT powerplant, the A6 E-Tron should offer quattro all-wheel drive and somewhere in the region of 435 miles of range as well as mild or full Hybrid technology for the combustion engine versions. In order to satisfy their Audi Sport customers it is also expected that the firm may offer a performance E-Tron version as well as a final swansong V8 with even more power and aggression than the current car.
BMW M5 Touring
After letting Audi and Mercedes Benz have the performance estate car market all to themselves for so many years, the introduction of the M3 Touring was heralded by performance car fans and motoring journalists the world over. Not content with giving the people what they want with the M3 Touring, BMW are expected to reintroduce an M5 Touring.
Already seen testing at the Nürburgring, sources close to BMW have claimed that the combination of their twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 and electric motor assistance may produce in excess of 700bhp, in fact closer to 800bhp. That combined with their xDrive four-wheel drive system should ensure that the M5 Touring will be able to carry you, your family and all your luggage at speeds that would match and beat many supercars.
Something that will be hard to miss during 2024 will be the abundance of Chinese manufacturers coming to market with new products. Just last week BYD overtook Tesla as the biggest producers of electric cars in the world, and they’re definitely not stopping there. Already available to UK customers are the compact hatchback BYD Dolphin, the mid-sized saloon BYD Seal and the mid-size SUV Atto 3, 2024 will see the addition of the Seal U large SUV.
Also arriving from Chinese manufacturers Nio during this year are the compact SUV EL6 and the premium saloon ET5, already joining the flagship executive saloon ET9, the Coupe SUV EC6, all-round SUV ES6, the flagship Coupe SUV EC7, flagship SUV ES8, flagship Saloon ET7, mid-large SUV ES7 and large estate ET5T. An abundance of models for whatever type of car you require, and a departure from what most car fans would know the name Nio for, their very impressive record breaking EP9 all-electric hypercar.
If that wasn’t enough, 2024 will see the introduction of Aiways and their U5 family SUV that has been on sale in Europe for a few years now yet is new to the UK. Much like Chinese giant Xpeng, who are also being sold on our shores for the first time in the shape of the mid-size G6 SUV. A rival to both of those cars is the Chery Omoda C5, a Chinese car giant who are also expanding into the UK.
The Ford Mustang is a staple of the muscle car scene and is never too far away from an update or refresh to keep it appealing for its loyalty following. For 2024 the S650 model is more of an evolution than a revolution for its Seventh iteration, but the recipe has changed little. Completely ignoring any kind of temptation to add Hybrid assistance in any way, the latest Mustang retains a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine, just the way it should be.
With a refresh of the interior and a sharpening of the exterior, the Mustang retains old school charm with the latest technology and creature comforts to keep the model as a viable option in today’s market. What better way to be reminded of how great the combustion engine is than with one of the all-time greats under your right foot. Is it time to consider a Mustang?
Lamborghini Huracan Replacement
Talking of celebrating the last hurrah of the combustion engine, Lamborghini are one of those keen to hold on as long as they can. Their current Huracan is one of the most successful and well-honed supercars ever made and takes full advantage of its naturally aspirated V10 engine. Its replacement is due to be unveiled this year and is expected to follow in its bigger brother’s footsteps with a Hybrid powertrain mated to a new V8 engine.
Expect the styling to look heavily influenced by the Revuelto yet unmistakably a different model and even more dramatic than the Huracan it replaces. To combat the weight of the electric motor and batteries, it is likely to try save weight in other areas with a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and a blend of composite materials. There are even thoughts that it may be developed to allow fully electric power in the future, however whether Lamborghini would be that bold so soon is unlikely.
Lamborghini announced the successor to their Aventador last year and is their first plug-in Hybrid supercar. With 3 electric motors assisting a familiar 6.5-litre V12, the Revuelto produces just over 1,000bhp and will sprint from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds. A lean towards electrification yet not prepared to get rid of the roaring V12 engine that symbolises the flagship raging bull.
With futuristic and aggressive styling as you would expect from Lamborghini, the shape might be familiar in silhouette but the angles and vents are all new in appearance. Inside the latest technology and customisable screens mean you can set up your supercar the way you want it, complete with jet-fighter style switches to keep the pantomime going. The appetite for the most extreme of Lamborghini’s is still as strong as ever, the Revuelto order books are full until at least 2026.
Lamborghini Urus Hybrid
The Lamborghini Urus has been a sales phenomenon for the brand, becoming its biggest selling model and in the shortest amount of time too. Despite entering its 7th year of production, the replacement isn’t due until 2029 and the lineup refresh from 2022 saw the ‘S’ and Performante added to the lineup.
To keep sales figures high and the interest and in an attempt to keep the interest as keen as it has been, Lamborghini are set to introduce Hybrid assistance to the Urus. No figures have been released as yet but expect performance to be the main focus for the Hybrid technology rather than electric only driving or improvements to efficiency. With the Revuelto showing what Lamborghini can do with Hybrid power, you can bet that the Urus experience will only be enhanced even further.
Land Rover Defender SVX
Keen to iterate the capability of the current Defender, Land Rover are expected to resurrect their ‘SVX’ sub-brand in order to offer a rival to the Mercedes AMG G-Class 4×42. Handing over their existing Defender V8 to their in-house Special Vehicle Operations division, the Defender SVX is said to signify the beginning of an extreme variant of Land Rover and Range Rover products, much like the SVR and SV badges for performance and luxury.
Secretive test vehicles have been spotted sporting chunkier tyres and bigger bumpers and appear to offer the ultimate performance vehicle for any terrain. The introduction of the SVX Defender will not only appeal to those who intend to show what the car is actually capable of, but also those looking for the ultimate in urban yet rugged styling. The latest Defender’s instantly cool appeal might just be about to get even cooler.
The future for Lotus certainly looks impressive right now. A completely new direction yet retaining the ethos for handling and performance has brought the Evija hypercar and the impressive Eletre in the all-electric range, as well as the Emira for traditional Lotus fans. Set to add to their reinvention as a range topping electric car manufacturer is the forthcoming Emeya. A sleek and stylish luxury performance saloon targeted directly at Porsche’s Taycan.
With a powerplant and battery taken from its Eletre sibling, the Emeya is expected to offer up to 900bhp from its electric motors whilst offering a range of around 370 miles. It may be their first saloon since the Lotus Carlton, but that was groundbreaking at the time too and the are certainly signs that the Emeya could stand above the crowded marketplace just as much. There are even rumours that it may also feature a shooting brake ‘Sport Turismo’ style estate variant, in the process creating the fastest and most powerful estate car ever.
Mercedes Benz AMG GT 63
Mercedes Benz introduced a revised version of their AMG GT towards the end of last year with deliveries during 2024, with an evolution of the familiar looks rather than a complete overhaul. However, it may look very similar from the outside, but the whole car was given a thorough re-engineering to ensure it is completely different to the old car. Larger and heavier, yet with much more space and practicality, the AMG GT is now even offered as a 2+2 to rival the 911 even more so.
A reworked 4.0-litre V8 remains under the bonnet, yet there are plans to accompany it with Hybrid power to offer up to 800bhp, as seen in the latest SL 63 E Performance. It now also comes with variable four-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive only, four-wheel steering as standard, updated active aerodynamics and newly developed active suspension, to ensure everything from handling to comfort to stability is greatly improved from the previous version.
Financing Your Car In 2024
With the transition period from combustion engine cars to electric only cars firmly on the back of everyone’s minds, the variety and choice of brands and models to choose from has never been greater. 2024 looks set to be busier than ever with not only new cars being delivered to waiting customers but also new car launches and more completely new models than ever before. Part 2 of our 2024 New Car Roundup can be found HERE.
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