2017 Will Be a Huge Year for New Cars
It used to be that cars got a big refresh every year. Looking over the cars of the past, there were worlds of difference between a ’55 and ’56 Chevy, or a ’65 and ’66 GTO. But somewhere along the line, automakers began to favor evolution over revolution from year to year. For the past 40 years or so, models would be subtly updated, and enjoy a longish five-to-seven year production run with a mid-cycle refresh thrown in to keep things fresh. Today, with new technology, evolving safety features, fuel economy, and better construction, cars are evolving faster than ever before, and it might not be long before we return to yearly updates.
There is, of course, a pretty big difference between a mid-cycle refresh and a ground-up design. A refresh usually works off on an existing platform and architecture, allowing for styling and interior upgrades without radically redoing the mechanicals underneath. For the first time in decades, companies are getting surprisingly quick with them, so much so that they can be used to right a sinking ship. In 2012, Honda’s all-new Civic was such a dud, that the company gave the car an “emergency refresh,” warning dealers that “The changes made to the 2013 model will make the outgoing 2012 Civic a difficult model [to] sell when they are side to side.” Chevy followed suit in 2013 to make its Malibu sedan a little more palatable.
New cars take time to develop, can cost upwards of $6 billion, and usually take about five years from inception to production. As a result, it’s rare to see a new car arrive in anything less than half a decade. But even that seems like it could be changing. The 2016 Ford GT supercar took less than two years to develop, and the recently-announced Alfa Romeo Giulia took just a little longer. With the advent of the modular platforms favored by Volkswagen and Volvo, we might be seeing a lot more “all-new” models a lot sooner. But as the are now, the chips are mostly down for 2016 models. To take a look at what’s really in store, we’ll need to skip ahead a year, to 2017.
The world will be a very different place in just a year and a half. While a new president settles into the White House, The Fast and the Furious 8 hits theaters, and the Houston Astros are on the way to winning their first World Series, we’ll be getting an important new crop of cars that should see us well into the next decade.
The most noticeable change will probably be in tech and safety features. For 2016, Hyundai and Chevy will sell cars equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems. By ’17, expect the universal infotainment software to see widespread availability from even more automakers. Along with infotainment will come more standard features. By May 2018, the NHTSA is requiring all new vehicles to have back-up cameras as standard equipment. With the mandate set to go into effect mid-way through the 2018 model year, expect the equipment to pop up as standard on a number of ’17 models.
And while we haven’t seen more than a few spy photos from most models, there are already a number of new cars that people are lining up for. At this year’s New York International Auto Show, Ford stunned the automotive world by rebooting its flagship Lincoln Continental to take on Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Cadillac. In the truck world, an all-new Chevy Silverado will arrive to see if it can unseat the best-selling Ford F-150. Like the current Ford, it’s rumored that this Chevy will be lighter and leaner, thanks to an aluminum-intensive construction. From Europe, we’ll see the BMW M2, an all-new Audi R8, and Jaguar F-Pace SUV.
Posted Date:- November 16, 2016
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