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Top 10 cars to look forward to in 2016

2016 is shaping up to be quite a year for the automotive industry with a bunch of brand-new models and refreshes coming to an AutoNation store near you. There are some models that are going to go under the knife for a minor facelift and some technical upgrades and some models will be completely brand-new vehicles an automaker has never sold before.

Either way, we decided to put together a list of the Top 10 of the most significant models you’ll see in 2016 so without further ado, let’s get started!

1. Bentley Bentayga

2017 Bentley Bentayga

The Bentley Bentayga is one of the many all-new models we’ll see in 2016 and is a first for Bentley Motors. The Bentayga will give Bentley the ability to compete in the crossover/SUV segment – a segment it has never before competed in. The new Bentley Bentayga is expected to hit markets early 2016 with the only 608 units to be made for the first edition, 75 of them to be sold in the US market. Power for the Bentley Bentayga comes from a 6.0 liter twin-turbo W12 engine producing 600 horsepower with a maximum torque of 663 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph comes in just four seconds with a top speed of an eye-watering 187 mph.

2. Honda Civic Coupe

2015 LA: 2016 Honda Civic Coupe

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe just made its world debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show and will hit markets around spring 2016. The Honda Civic sedan is already on sale, but the reason the Honda Civic Coupe is so important to look forward to in 2016 is because it will be followed by other models in the series that we’ve never seen before. Over the next 18 months, the Civic Coupe will make way for the first-ever Civic 5-door hatchback for the U.S. market, Civic Si performance variants and for the first time in the U.S., the high-performance new Civic Type-R.

3. Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX

Ah, the beloved Acura NSX. After years and years of waiting for the successor (and a couple of minor production delays), the new Acura NSX will finally hit markets in early 2016. Acura is currently taking orders as we speak and the first NSX models should be on their way to owners who have pre-ordered the car earlier this year. Either way, you’ll see more of the Acura NSX in 2016 as the luxury brand ramps up production and sales.

4. Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro will also be making its way to roads in 2016 following the massive success of the fifth-generation model. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, which will be available as a coupe or convertible, comes in two models including LT and SS and four trim levels including 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS. Power for the LT models comes from a 275 horsepower 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo or a 335 horsepower 3.6 liter V6. The SS models carry a 455 horsepower 6.2 liter V8. Chevrolet is currently taking orders for the 2016 Camaro.

5. Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

One of the most anticipated vehicles for 2016 is the new Ford Focus RS. For years, the European market has enjoyed an extremely high-performance version of the all-American Focus but Ford has now decided to offer it to U.S. car shoppers as well. The 2016 Ford Focus RS is going to be the fastest Focus model ever and is powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost making 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. That should allow for a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.7 seconds!

6. Jaguar F-Pace

2017 Jaguar F-PACE

It seems like crossovers and SUVs will continue to be the thing of 2016. Another luxury crossover joining the automotive industry in 2016 will be the Jaguar F-Pace – another new for a brand that has previously never competed in the segment. Ready to hit the U.S. market in Spring of 2016, the Jaguar F-Pace will be available with a choice of two 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engines that produce 340 horsepower and 380 horsepower. The engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

7. Range Rover Evoque Convertible

2015 LA: 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible dropped its top at the 2015 LA Auto Show and will be going on sale in mid-2016. Power for the drop-top version of the Range Rover Evoque comes from the same 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder it has had since the hardtop made its debut in 2012. The engine is mated to the same ZF nine-speed automatic transmission it got for 2014, running through an all-wheel-drive system.

8. Lincoln MKZ

2015 LA: 2017 Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln is currently going through a major brand overhaul following the debut of the impressive Lincoln Continental Concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. At the 2015 LA Auto Show, we saw the first version of the new Lincolns with the MKZ. Featuring much of the same design attributes we saw on the Lincoln Continental Concept, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ also gets a 3.0 liter GTDI twin-turbo V6 engine making 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Sales of the 2017 MKZ are scheduled to start in the summer of 2016.

9. Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius AutoNation 01

The 2016 Toyota Prius is also one of the most anticipated vehicles for the year for hybrid car shoppers. The legendary hybrid vehicle receives a brand new design overhaul inside/out and also gets a brand new 1.8-liter VVT-i engine along with smaller and lighter hybrid system components. While we are still waiting on official EPA-estimates, Toyota says its estimates for the 2016 Prius come in at 54/50 mpg (city/highway) and 52 mpg combined. A new Eco grade model is expected to achieve 58/53 mpg or 56 mpg combined.

10. Cadillac CT6

New York Auto Show, 2015, nyias

The Cadillac CT6 is another all-new vehicle for 2016 and is a vehicle that helps Cadillac compete in the luxury full-size sedan segment – a segment where Cadillac hasn’t competed in before. The Cadillac CT6 will take on the likes of the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Three engine choices are offered including a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo making 265 horsepower, a 3.6 liter V6 engine making 335 horsepower, and a powerful 3.6 liter twin-turbo making 400 horsepower. Sales will start in early 2016.

To learn more about these exciting vehicles or to schedule a test drive, visit a AutoNation dealership location near you today!

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