In recent years, Russians are buying fewer cars than before. This reduced the selection of models and their modifications, proposed on the market, because the import of new items on a falling market is unprofitable. Although in the global market automakers develop new vehicles, introduce new technologies and update their product lines, not everyone decided to bring to us in 2017 the global premieres, which are sold in the growing world markets. But those buyers who have the opportunity not to save money on new steed in 2017, will be able to please their selective taste. Without promising the complete line of new products, we offer our readers a review of the list of cars, which start of sales we were able to learn from the first hand.
The technological emphasis in the new products is placed on the individual wishes of the customers. But generalizing them as a whole, we can say that new items are always more powerful than its predecessors (commonly 300-500 HP and up to 700 HP), their gearbox has 7, 8 or even 9 gears and smoother than predecessors, there is fuel economy, features of autonomous driving and electronic information capabilities. The silhouette of the aristocrats of the automarket becomes sharper and more certain.
New cars of business class and executive cars
A lot of interesting things will appear in the classes E (Executive cars) and F (Luxury cars). Traditionally, these classes are considered as vehicles for representational purposes, where a distinguished appearance is combined with the comfort of the owner.
Among the bright business opportunities, innovative and secure sedan Volvo S90 is already available for order. It is expected that the first cars will arrive in showrooms in February-March 2017. Prices start from 2’641’000 RUB. Cars are equipped with security system City Safety and Volvo on Call, as well as Drive-E engines petrol (249, 320 HP) and diesel (235 HP) motors paired with 8AT. The press service of Volvo confirmed “E-Vesti” information that the first vehicles will arrive in early 2017, in February or March.
Presentation of the new Volvo V90 Cross Country, same as previous the car built on an innovative Architecture scalable platform (SPA), has already taken place. The opening sales is started in December 2016. Price starts from 2’999’000. It is equipped with a petrol (249, 320 HP) and diesel (190, 235 HP) motors paired with 8AT and all-wheel drive. The press service of the Volvo also confirmed “E-Vesti” information that the first cars will arrive in dealerships in early 2017.
Although the dealers of the Bavarian brand are not yet taking orders for the revolutionary new BMW 5 series before the official presentation 11 February 2017, cars are already waiting. According to information from dealers, the price will be known closer to the premiere, before they start in the area of 3’000’000 RUB.
Updated Mercedes-Benz S-class (W222), according to the head of corporate communications Department of Mercedes-Benz Andrey Rodionov, will appear in the summer of 2017. The foreign press reported, the car traditionally carries a new technology, there will be new six-cylinder engines, but the main changes will affect the exterior and interior trim.
Earlier it was expected that at the end of January 2017 in Russia will be launched American luxury sedan Cadillac CT6, which was first presented in 2015 in new York city and is already sold in the U.S. and other countries. It is designed for those buyers who love big luxury cars such as BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-class. However, dealers of Cadillac (in particular, the Favorit motors) don’t take orders and can’t give a timeframe for the decision on the beginning of sales of cars in Russia. Representative office of General Motors, which is in charge of the brand, still haven’t decided yet, is it profitable to bring it to us.
Another novelty is a mid – size luxury sedan Genesis G80 2017, it has the same situation. According to dealers, it is unclear whether it will be in Russia and at what price. Dealers still sell the cars of 2016 at prices ranging from 2’300’000.
New Lexus is delayed… New Lexus LC with a radical new design will be available for order in late February – mid March (February is expected to be produced and the arrival of cars in the middle of the year). As we found in the Lexus-Kuntsevo, the dealership will be allocated a quota of 3 cars for a year. Prices and specifications are unknown, it is estimated the car would cost more than 8’000’000 RUB.
But sales of the new flagship – a dynamic luxury coupé Lexus LS are expected in late 2017.
Then we will be visited by the new flagship luxury Audi A8, embodying the features of the concept of Prologue. According to foreign media reports, this will be the first in the world vehicle with automated driving, and one of the most high-tech auto Premiere. It is expected that the car will be equipped with Audi’s 48v electrical system. A photo of the vehicle will be available after the world premiere, price and specifications will be unveiled closer to start of sales.
Offer for coupes and convertibles of premium and lux will be updated
Fans of fast, but comfortable ride will be pleased by the arrival on the market of premium and luxury coupe-cabriolet.
Dealers are already taking orders for the new coupe Infiniti Q60, the successor to the Infiniti Q50. It is based on the Z-platform and available in 2 liter (208 HP) 3.0 l (300) turbo and 3.0 l (400 HP) engines paired with a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Although on the official website of the brand the information on the price of new items is not yet published, preliminary two-liter version of the car will cost more than 2’700’000. Arrival of the first Q60 in Russia is expected in March 2017.
The new Porsche Panamera, which was made available to Russians at the price of 6’099’000 RUB with engines V8 (422 HP, 440 HP, 550 HP) and the new 8-speed gearbox Porsche Doppelkupplung, have already appeared companions on the roads of Russia.
According to the data provided for “E-Vesti” by the press-service of the Bentley brand, it has started sales of ten (this is the quota for the whole our great country) new super and luxurious Bentley Continental GT, which cost starts from 17’500’000. Exclusive units will appear on Russian roads in spring 2017. On assurances of the manufacturer, the new product is designed to bring a new level of handling and speed of the first generation. The car became the most powerful vehicle of great British automaker(700 HP).
According to Olga Hauer-Tjukarkina (press service of Bentley), in the early spring of 2017 Bentley will also bring to Russia its most powerful four-door sedan Flying Spur with a 6-liter engine twin-turbo W12’s and smooth 8-speed gearbox.
In addition to brilliant innovations in the spring of 2017 on the Russian market will arrive a 400-horsepower all-wheel drive coupe Audi TT RS (2.5 TFSI quattro) with a 7-speed automatic S Tronic. And in the segment of large coupés-convertibles in the spring is expected to be slightly enlarged, more powerful Audi A5 Sportback.
In the second quarter of 2017, as part of a world premiere, in our country there will come an updated Jaguar F-TYPE 2018 MY. As told the press the chief designer of the brand Jaguar Ian Callum: “We worked hard to ensure that it might be better to upgrade key parts of the image and thereby to create even more clarity for the perception of the overall design of the driver, passengers and onlookers”. As a result, according to reports in the Western press, the novelty comes with a new technology (ReRun – video recording real-time integrated vehicle data – speed, gear, throttle position, braking effort and the values of overloads, which you can publish in social networks), new version (R-Dynamic, Limited Edition 400 Sport) and a lightweight design.
In the fall, Audi will launch in this segment its Paris premiere of 2016 RS3 Sportback / Sedan RS3 2018. Vehicle of built on a VW modular platform MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten). Like all the updated A3 range, they will be equipped with 2.5 liter TFSI turbocharged five-cylinder engine connected to a 7-speed automatic transmission. NetCarShow.com writes that it will be the first compact sedan of the brand, marked with the RS (RennSport, or Motorsport).
Powerful version of track Mercedes-Benz AMG GT called the AMG GT R 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing 577 HP, probably, also will be available to Russian drivers. The price of the car is unknown (so we were told at Panavto, when we asked about the possibility of ordering cars), there is no vehicles yet, but the sellers heard nothing about any limitations of the order of any version. So, you can rely on the availability of the car.
Updated premium SUVs already go to Russia
The most promising segment of the Russian car market is the off-road vehicles, will not stay away from the updates.
In January will go on sale compact luxury Range Rover Evoque of 2017 model year, in January and February we will receive Range Rover and Range Rover Sport 2017 model year. The new version of Range Rover Evoque Ember Edition is offered in two-tone, black-and-red design. According to the Western press, the Evoque will be equipped with multimedia interface and a 2.0 l turbocharged engine (240 HP), elements of driver assistance All Terrain Progress Control.Range Rover Sport will get a new mode Terrain Response-slip and petrol 3.0 l (340 HP), superterrane 3.0 Supercharged V6 (380 HP) and V8 5.0 Supercharged (510 HP 550 HP) and diesel 3.0 l (254 HP) engines.
In the segment of medium-sized SUVs, the main novelties are: a new generation Audi Q5 / SQ5 (will be available in the spring), Land Rover Discovery 5 (may 2017), Volvo XC60 (2017, the deadline will be announced later). Such data provided the “E-Vesti” by the press-services of the manufacturers.
The new Audi is based on the latest platform MLB Evo, which was used for the latest Q7 / SQ7. Important platform for the Volkswagen Group, it will be used for future models of Audi, VW, Bentley and Porsche. Exterior of Q5 has a length of 4.66 m, width 1.89 m, it is wider than the previous version of Audi Q5. At the rear of the cabin there was more space for passengers. In Europe the car will get 2.0 l turbo (220 HP) and 3.0 liter (272 HP) engines, and a Supercharged V6 (354 HP) for the Audi SQ5 paired with 8-speed automatic transmission.
In autumn will come SQ7 built on the same platform. In the US the car is offered with a 3.0 l diesel TDI (272 HP) and 3.0 l Supercharged V6 (333 HP) gasoline engine and 8-speed automatic transmission.
Mid-size Volvo XC60 will also appear in 2017, but the press service of the Volvo will announce the precise period of the launch later. The car will feature a 2.0 l turbocharged and charged Drive-E diesel and petrol engines. The car is offered with the Volvo On Call app and it will connect to many electronic digital systems: Apple Watch, Android Wear, Windows and smartphone. In addition, the system City Safety will provide security, it will prevent or mitigate collisions by detection of pedestrians and cyclists.