Cars coming in 2016

Here are the models driving into Singapore over the next 12 months

The Lion City is one of the world's tiniest and toughest markets for new cars, yet they keep coming and carmakers introduce them here like clockwork.

This year will be no exception, with enough local debuts in the pipeline for at least one car launch every 10 days till the end of December.

Some of the debutantes-on- wheels are so new that Singaporeans and permanent residents will be among the first in Asia to see them in the metal, or even take delivery if they order in time. Provided the homologation has been done and the models are available with right-hand-drive for our market.

A few of the newcomers will be unveiled at the Singapore Motorshow, to be held from Jan 14 to 17 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Here is our list of new cars accelerating into Singapore this year, arranged in alphabetical order.


ALFA ROMEO

Giulia

In top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio specification, Italy's racy rear-drive saloon boasts a turbocharged 510bhp 3-litre V6 and a scorching 0-100kmh sprint time of 3.9 seconds. When the Giulia arrives, tentatively by October, it is likely to sport a new turbo 2-litre engine.


ASTON MARTIN

DB11

James Bond drove a DB10 (above) in Spectre, but that is a bespoke movie car unrelated to the DB9, whose replacement will actually be called DB11. The coupe is expected to get its Singapore Class 3 "licence to thrill" in December.


AUDI

A4

Audi's rival to the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class is a sophisticated saloon with premium gadgets, top-notch materials, amazing attention to detail and more interior space than before. The car is believed to be here already, undergoing homologation.

R8

This second-generation performance flagship is a predictable but worthy sequel to its seminal predecessor. The 5.2-litre V10 coupe showcases the ultimate in Audi's artistry, technology and quality. It will be the rock star of the carmaker's motorshow stand in Suntec.


BENTLEY

Bentayga

Massive, expensive and extremely powerful, the marque's first SUV is a 6-litre, 600bhp, 12-cylinder upgrade for tycoons and those who crave something even mightier or pricier than the best Range Rover today. The Bentayga is scheduled to make its local appearance in April.


BMW

M2

Storming into town in the second quarter is the successor to the 1 Series M Coupe. The turbo 370bhp 3-litre M2 is even faster. And it makes going fast easier with its optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (the old model came with only a six-speed manual gearbox).

M4 GTS

Two units of BMW's fastest-ever road car have been allocated to Singapore and will arrive in the second half of the year. The hardcore 3-litre limited- production coupe packs 500bhp, 600Nm, acceleration from zero to 100kmh in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of more than 300kmh.


CHEVROLET

Cruze

This groovy new Chevy gives budget saloon driving a quasi-American flavour. Its upgrades include a lighter yet stiffer body and a higher-quality cabin with 10 airbags and snazzy infotainment with convenient smartphone connectivity. It may arrive here by June.


CITROEN

DS5

One of the most avant-garde European hatchbacks has been rejuvenated, with more emphasis on the upscale aspects of Citroen's sub-brand. The changes include a redesigned front end (it now wears the DS logo), a louder hi-fi system and slicker running gear.


FERRARI

488 Spider

Prancing into Singapore in the first half of the year is the convertible version of the 488, with a retractable hard-top that takes 14 seconds to deploy/stow. With 670bhp and 760Nm from a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8, the supercar's performance is way faster. It goes from standstill to 100kmh in 3 seconds flat.


FORD

Focus RS

Turbo pocket rockets do not come punchier than this ultra-fast Focus, powered by a 2.3-litre four-cylinder with 350bhp and 440Nm. It dashes to 100kmh in just 4.7 seconds, reaches 265kmh and is jam-packed with all the fast-and-furious stuff that boyracers love.


HONDA

Civic

The 10th-generation saloon looks like a return to form for Honda, with its dramatic design, roomier and better-specified interior, and technical highlights that include a newly developed 1.5-litre turbocharged engine. This all-new Civic will be here in the third quarter.

Jade

This sleek six-seater station wagon will introduce Honda's newest technologies to Singapore, including a 1.5-litre 150bhp turbo powertrain and a variety of helpful driving aids. Due here in the first half of the year, it will serve as a classier and costlier alternative to the Mobilio MPV.


HYUNDAI

Elantra

The Korean notchback will make its debut here in March. Likely to raise the standard of "cheap and good" in COE Category A, the new Elantra comes with a 1.4-litre turbo seven-speed dual-clutch drivetrain, plus a nicer interior and a more pleasant ride than the old one.


INFINITI

Q30

Infiniti's smallest model is a hatchback that has repurposed major parts and minor components from the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Set to debut here in August, the 2-litre Q30 boasts distinctive styling, ample boot space, capable handling and a comfortable ride.

QX80

Infiniti's biggest model is a gigantic SUV that could justify its own postal code on the road. The car has a 5.6-litre V8 with 400bhp, 560Nm, multi-mode four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The cabin is spacious and luxurious, with leathered seating for seven adults.


JAGUAR

F-Pace

The classy British cat will show its claws in the crossover segment in the third quarter. The partially aluminium, fully equipped Jag provides room for five, a generous 650 litres of cargo space and state-of-the-art amenities. The base engine for the F-Pace is a 2-litre turbo-diesel.


JEEP

Renegade

Ready to rebel against other compact SUVs from August, the junior Jeep is for suburbanites who want something ruggedly cute and do not need four-wheel-drive. The cabin is funky yet functional, while under the hood is a turbocharged 1.4-litre with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.


KIA

Optima

The optimal Korean saloon for the cost-conscious businessman has undergone a full model change and will be launched at the Singapore Motorshow. Significant enhancements have been made to the styling, cabin, engine, ride, handling and overall quality.

Sportage

To be sold here from April, Kia's compact SUV is said to offer better driveability and greater practicality than before. The boot, for instance, has grown from 465 to 503 litres and includes underfloor storage. The new Sportage is a cousin of the current Hyundai Tucson.


LAND ROVER

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

This niche model, coming here in the third quarter, is a far cry from the canvas-canopy Land Rover that SAF army boys know. The "chop-top" Evoque looks handsome, whether its fully automated Z-fold roof is up or down, and it has been positioned as an all-season luxury compact vehicle.


LAMBORGHINI

Huracan Spyder

Supercars look even more spectacular when they go topless and the latest Lambo Spyder is one of them. Its electro-hydraulic soft-top is available with a choice of three colours (black, brown or red). The engine is the same 610bhp 5.2-litre V10 that powers the Huracan coupe.


LEXUS

GS F

The Japanese have created an everyday sports saloon par excellence aimed at the BMW M5, Audi RS6 and Mercedes-Benz E63. Lexus' third "go-faster" special model after the IS F and RC F officially debuts at Suntec on Jan 14.

IS200t

Lexus has revitalised its IS saloon with a 2-litre turbo motor, hooked up to a dynamic eight-speed automatic. Compared to the 2.5-litre IS250, the IS200t is faster (0-100kmh in 7 seconds) and more economical (7 litres per 100km on average).


LOTUS

3-Eleven

One of the world's quickest roadsters is headed here. The 3-Eleven is a track-attack weapon with a supercharged 450bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine, a supercar- slaying power-to-weight ratio and incredible acceleration. Lotus intends to build just 311 units.


MASERATI

Levante

Previewed in the form of the Kubang concept car (pictured) since 2011, the closest thing to a Ferrari SUV will reach our island in time for Christmas. According to Maserati, the Levante will maintain its core values of sportiness, style, elegance and craftsmanship.


MAZDA

2 Sedan

The notchback offshoot of the cheery 2 supermini is like a shrunken 3 saloon in both size and price. Imported from Thailand, the Mazda "2.5" will start its battle against the Toyota Vios, Honda City, Mitsubishi Attrage and Suzuki Ciaz at the Singapore Motorshow.

CX-3

Mazda's answer to the popular Honda HR-V/Vezel is designed and packaged for modern urban motoring. Features include tasteful red cabin accents, well-shaped seats, a 350-litre boot, a user-friendly multimedia system and plenty of safety devices.


MCLAREN

675LT Spider

The alfresco edition of the "Longtail" (LT) coupe is said to be the fastest and most focused open-top McLaren ever - apart from the company's Formula One race cars, of course. The retractable-roof 675LT makes 666bhp and 700Nm, and zips to 100kmh in a blistering 2.9 seconds.


MERCEDES-BENZ

GLC-class

The GLC uses the C-class saloon's dashboard and platform, neatly wrapped in sport-utility bodywork. Permanent all-wheel-drive, adequate ground clearance and optional air suspension allow the car to go off-road. Arriving before June, the GLC targets the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

S-class Cabriolet

Towkays who wish to feel the breeze in a limousine can do more than lower the windows when this wind-swept flagship debuts in the second half. The topless S-class has a grand design, cutting-edge technology and intelligent air-conditioning customised for wind-in-the-hair cruising.


MINI

Clubman

This is Mini's idea of a deluxe wagon, which will be seen regularly at hipster hangouts from this month. Split rear doors are still the Clubman's design highlight, but the car has been upgraded from middle class to upper class in terms of refinement, equipment and materials.

Convertible

The new drop-top Mini arrives tentatively in the second half of this year. It is bigger, prettier and less cramped than the old model. The fabric roof operates more smoothly and it can be ordered with a woven Union Jack to complete the look.


MITSUBISHI

Mirage

This humble Thai-made hatchback is out to shatter the illusion that a basic runabout has to be crappy. It is decently equipped, delightfully fuel-efficient, practical and very easy to drive. The no-nonsense Mirage will go on sale here within the next few months, joining its Attrage sibling.

Outlander PHEV

The most high-tech Mitsubishi is a 2-litre plug-in petrol-electric hybrid with ultra-low emissions, remarkable fuel efficiency and a unique driving experience that includes electric-vehicle mode with a range of 50km. This is eco-friendly performance that is also versatile and cost-effective.


NISSAN

Pulsar

An old Nissan nameplate has a new role with this hatchback, which combines European qualities and Japanese usability. The reborn Pulsar has a punchy yet frugal 1.2-litre turbo engine, a long 2700mm wheelbase (same as the roomy Sylphy) and various systems for safety and comfort.


OPEL

Adam

More than three years after its international premiere, the chic city car has finally been pencilled in for Singapore. It will not be hard to appreciate the little Opel's colourful personality, scope for customisation and fantastic value for money (at least in Europe).

Astra

This is Opel's best attempt to beat the VW Golf at its own game, thanks to obvious improvements in aesthetics, ergonomics, connectivity, active safety and mechanical efficiency. The new-age Astra will spearhead the German firm's assault on the Euro-hatch sector.


PEUGEOT

208

The entry-level French five-door will return to the showroom with a facelift, fresh colours, improved infotainment and a three-cylinder engine. The 1.2-litre turbo unit puts 110bhp through a six-speed automatic. The 208 will be reintroduced together with the 2008.


PORSCHE

911 Carrera

Porsche's iconic number has undergone a major makeover, centred around a turbocharged 3-litre flat-six powerplant. It produces 370bhp/450Nm in the Carrera and 420bhp/500Nm in the Carrera S. The coupe's exterior and interior have also been updated successfully.

911 Turbo

Launching here around the same time (second quarter) as the renewed Carreras are the latest 3.8-litre Turbos. Their power has been boosted by 20bhp to 540bhp (Turbo) and 580bhp (Turbo S), and their performance is even more potent now, yet they remain usable on a day-to-day basis.


RENAULT

Megane

The replacement for Renault's core model may be here before the end of the year. The new Megane is described as a high-quality hatchback loaded with higher-segment features, such as an 8.7-inch tablet touchscreen, a colour head-up display and advanced driving gizmos.

Kadjar

This is essentially the value-driven French version of the Nissan Qashqai, with which it shares underpinnings. The Kadjar is larger than Renault's own Captur and has more goodies on board, so it is a more useful crossover in Singapore's suburban context.


ROLLS-ROYCE

Dawn

Superlatives tend to accompany any Rolls-Royce revealed for the first time, and the Dawn continues the tradition - "the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world", "the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars". It will see the light of day in May.


SUBARU

Levorg

Sportier than the Forester, more impressive than the Impreza and almost as spacious as the last Legacy wagon, the 1.6-litre 170bhp Levorg is one of the most complete Japanese cars in recent years. It will be Subaru's first 2016 model to hit the streets of Singapore.


SUZUKI

Vitara

Smaller than the S-Cross but with similar lifestyle aspirations, this soft-roader is a concrete-jungle animal that can be personalised with complementary accessories and a mix of colour schemes. It will take centre stage at Suzuki's booth in Suntec this month.


TOYOTA

Prius

The star of Toyota's Singapore Motorshow stand is less geeky and more funky than the previous Prius. The 1.8-litre hybrid drivetrain has also been made cleaner and even more efficient, but its performance is uninteresting. Incidentally, lime green is one of the bold new colours.


VOLKSWAGEN

Touran

The VW dad's-cab is making a comeback soon. The Touran's "Golf for seven folks" formula is familiar, but it is more comfortable, smoother and even more family-friendly now. Household duties are happily handled by the multi-purpose cabin, which is claimed to have a whopping 47 storage points.

Passat Variant

The estate variation of Europe's Car of the Year 2015 has the same clever gadgetry, subtle luxury and businesslike conduct, but with much more boot space - 650 litres versus the saloon's 586. It is just the ticket for senior executives whose daily life requires a professional station wagon.

VOLVO

S90

The Swedes did a great job with the XC90 and seem to have done it again with the S90, which will sail to Singapore with the V90 estate version in the last quarter of the year. The S90's technical aspects and key features are shared with Volvo's superb SUV, including its T8 Twin Engine option.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2016, with the headline 'Cars coming in 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe