From Sports Cars in Disguise to Daily Runabouts
Although SUVs are increasingly more popular with North American consumers, plenty of drivers still prefer sedans. And there’s a sedan out there for every buyer from the eco-minded to the crazy car enthusiast. Here’s a list of notable sedans that will hit the market in 2016 or 2017.
2017 Jaguar XE
Built specifically to dethrone the BMW 3 Series, the Jaguar XE marks the British marque’s return to the compact luxury segment. It offers three engines â a diesel, a 2.0-liter turbo-four, and a 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 â and comes packed with the punch necessary to compete in the compact luxury sports sedan segment.
A sophisticated suspension with a double wishbone setup up front and integral link out back make sure the car is agile but not harsh. For those living in parts of the North America with four seasons, AWD is optional.
2016 Lexus GS F
The GS F, a rear-drive Japanese bruiser with a screaming 467-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 sitting under the hood, rounds off the Lexus GS range. The sedan is down on power compared to its German competitors, but the GS F makes up for it with plenty of aural drama from its screamer of an engine and a chassis that promises to be plenty capable on and off the track.
All that performance and handling don’t come at the cost of refinement. When all you want to do is cruise around, the GS F is happy to oblige and will coddle you in comfort on your daily commute. But when your mood changes and you want to make your pulse quicker, it’s happy to do that as well.
2016 Audi S8 Plus
Need a bruiser that you can take to the canyons that will also be at home at a fancy party in Beverly Hills? Consider the Audi S8 Plus, the most potent version of the full-size luxury sedan from the four-ringed brand, and a car that can shame some sports cars in a straight line thanks to an uprated 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that now pumps out a whopping 605 hp and 517 lb-ft of torque (553 lb-ft with overboost).
The S8 Plus’ standard Quattro AWD also means you’ll have all-weather traction, meaning it’s a luxury cruise missile for all seasons.
2017 Hyundai Elantra
One of the first compact sedans to bring sexy back to its segment, the previous generation Hyundai Elantra was an immediate hit, and its successor seeks to continue that momentum. Featuring an evolutionary styling that keeps it recognizable, the new Hyundai Elantra brings sophistication and new tech such as automatic emergency braking. An Eco variant has been added for the environmentally conscious, while a revised Sport model will follow after the base and Eco variants go on sale in January 2016.
2017 Lincoln MKZ
The facelifted 2017 Lincoln MKZ could be a sleeper hit. In addition to a new front end inspired by the Continental Concept that debuted at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the refreshed MKZ packs a punch thanks to a 3.0-liter, EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 making 400 hp and 400 lb-ft, an engine that’s exclusive to Lincoln. For those wanting something more environmentally friendly, the MKZ Hybrid should give you plenty of eco credibility without sacrificing the finer things in life such as a gigantic retractable glass roof.
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and PHEV
Like its cousin, the Hyundai Sonata, the Kia Optima will also be available as a hybrid in two flavors: one that plugs in and one that doesn’t. The same powertrain found in the Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV—a direct injected 2.0-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor—will likely be found in the Optima Hybrid, producing a combined output of 193 hp.
The Optima PHEV will likely use the same powertrain as the conventional hybrid but paired to a more powerful electric motor for a maximum output of 202 hp. On electric power alone, the Optima PHEV should be able to travel up to 27 miles before the gas engine turns on, and it can be fully charged in under three hours using a Level 2 charger.
2017 Audi A4/S4
While you might have a hard time figuring out what’s changed just by looking at it, there’s plenty that’s new in the 2017 Audi A4, including a 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four, a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox, and a revised version of the MMI infotainment system featuring the slick Virtual Cockpit.
For those wanting more performance, the S4 should be just the ticket to add all kinds of thrills wrapped in a package that’ll fly right under the eyes of big brother. Powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 making 354 hp and 368 lb-ft that puts its power down via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the S4 is a canyon road devourer and autobahn cruise missile wrapped in a classy package.
2016 Jaguar XF
The 2016 Jaguar XF is between 165 to 265 pounds lighter than the outgoing model thanks to an aluminum-intensive body, and it’s now available with a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 on the S trim. Beneath that sexy exterior is a suspension setup comprised of double wishbone up front and integral link in the back for a nice balance of handling and comfort. While the XF S is currently the most powerful variant, a more potent XFR should follow after the more pedestrian variants of the XF have gone on sale.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia
As part of its rebirth Alfa Romeo created a compact luxury sports sedan known as the Giulia that aims to give its segment a dose of pulse-quickening Italian performance and style. At the top of the range is the insanely potent (and sexy) Giulia Quadrifoglio, a 505-hp rear-drive beast with a twin-turbo V-6 under the hood and a standard short-shift six-speed manual gearbox. Lesser variants of the Giulia are mighty potent as well, featuring a 276-hp, 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with FCA’s Multiair2 system as standard.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
One of the most important vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the next-generation E-Class is supposed to debut sometime next year featuring an exterior design similar to the C- and S-Class. Expect an extensive array of powertrain choices including a miserly diesel, a twin-turbo V-6, and a hand-built twin-turbo V-8 producing insane amounts of power on the AMG variant. Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic should find its way into more pedestrian models, while the autobahn cruise missiles from Affalterbach will most likely carry on with the seven-speed MCT gearbox.
2016 Cadillac CT6
Cadillac‘s newest rear-drive sedan is also one of the lightest full-size luxury offerings available, thanks to a new chassis and architecture made of extensively of high-strength steel and aluminum. A new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 400 hp and 400 lb-ft featuring cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy is available, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A plug-in hybrid variant of the CT6 will follow after the gas-only models go on sale and will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to two electric motors for a combined output of 335 hp and an estimated electric-only range of 37 miles.
2017 Subaru Impreza
The fifth-generation Subaru Impreza will be an extra-important vehicle for the brand because it will also mark the debut of Subaru‘s Global platform, which will underpin everything from compact cars to the upcoming three-row SUV. Expect the Impreza to remain the only entry in the compact segment to feature AWD as standard, and it will achieve better fuel economy thanks to a new family of boxer engines that will feature direct injection.
2017 Buick LaCrosse
Not only did the 2017 Buick LaCrosse lose 300 pounds and mark the return of the colored tri-shield badge, but it also showed that Buick knows how to do sexy. Featuring a swoopy exterior with cues from the stunning Avenir Concept that debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the new LaCrosse is eye-catching and looks upscale. Underneath the hood is a new 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 putting power down via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. For improved handling, the LaCrosse now comes with GM’s trick Hi-Per Strut front suspension to help limit torque steer on front-drive models, while Continuous Damping Control helps ensure that ride comfort doesn’t get sacrificed in favor of agility.
2017 Volvo S90
Hot on the heels of the 2016 SUV of the Year, the Volvo XC90, comes its sedan sibling, the S90, which will be revealed at the 2016 Detroit auto show. Like the XC90, the S90 will ride on the SPA platform and feature the same powertrains, which means it’ll come with a 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged I-4, and a hybrid variant that pairs that engine to an electric motor. As with all Volvos, expect the S90 to come with all kinds of safety features.
2017 Kia Cadenza
A new generation of the Kia Cadenza arrives next year, and judging by the sketches that were recently shown, it’ll be more angular and more upscale looking than the car it replaces. Expect the new Cadenza to remain front-wheel drive, and the 3.3-liter V-6 in the current car to carry over along with the six-speed automatic transmission. Inside, the Cadenza could arrive with the newest version of the Uvo3 infotainment system that debuted with the 2017 Sportage.