With 2015 models slated to start hitting dealer’s lots in the immediate future, there’s plenty of reasons to get to your local vehicle sales center, or just jump online, and check out what’s new. Of course, that shouldn’t stop us from taking a look forward into next year, when 2016 is sure to bring an entire new slate of redesigns, and perhaps most exciting, reintroductions to the market.
Some vehicles take a short break from the market– maybe a year or two. Others disappear for decades, and only see what resurrection when the timing is right. That might mean that thousands of customers have asked for auto makers to return a car to production, or perhaps industry trends warrant a return. For example, a resurgence in interest in muscle cars saw Chevy return the Camaro after a short retirement, and Dodge bring back the Challenger and Charger. Hell, even the Dodge Dart was brought back from extinction.
While many companies are simply looking to cash in on certain consumers’ nostalgia, others are simply taking advantage of market opportunities to return retired lineup members to their former posts.
So, what do consumers have to look forward to in 2016? What cars will be making a comeback, not simply getting a redesign? Here are six models that should have customers looking forward to 2016 for something other than the presidential election.
1. Ford Focus RS
Ford hasn’t officially confirmed the rumors yet, but all signs are pointing towards the reintroduction of the sporty and fast Ford Focus RS — and its debut to the American auto market. Of course, it will likely be a very limited performance variant of Ford’s popular commuter car, but if it comes out anything like the 2009 model did, consumers have plenty of reason to be excited. Road & Track reports that the 2016 RS will actually improve on its predecessor, by offering an all-wheel drive drivetrain. Not only that, but the potential is there for a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine to be included, which is the same engine that will be available in the 2015 Mustang.
2. Acura NSX
In its heyday, the NSX was Honda’s fastest vehicle. Then, it became Acura’s fastest vehicle. Now, it’s set to make a return to production, and likely put up performance numbers that will improve upon its old records. The new NSX has been kept under tight lock and key thus far, but details are starting to leak out. Autoblog reports that Acura’s engineers are taking aim at competitors as exotic as Ferrari, which means the NSX will likely have a top speed of around 200 miles per hour, and be able to sprint from 0-60 in the 3 to 4 second range. Also, it appears that it will be priced relative to Audi’s R8, meaning $130,000 is right in the ballpark. When this thing actually hits the market, buckle up.
3. Ford GT
Admittedly a bit of a pipe dream, hope holds out that Ford will bring its classic GT sports car back after a long, long absence. Again, nothing official has been announced, but there is some chatter that it’s actually slated to happen, and as soon as 2016. Road & Track cites some sources close to Ford who say Ford’s GT program is well-underway, and that a debut is possible for a celebration of the GT’s 50th anniversary of its win at Le Mans in the GT40. If Ford is planning on bringing back the GT — which is the brand’s top-performing car of all time, with the exception of some suped-up Mustang models — an announcement is likely due soon. Stay tuned, and keep your fingers crossed.
4. Lotus Evora
Lotus is a brand that really hasn’t had incredible success in the American market, but that doesn’t mean the British luxury auto maker is set to give in. One of its most popular models, the Evora, is leaving production for a year in 2015, and then making a loud re-entrance in 2016. Not only that, but the company is planning on expanding its dealerships in the U.S. as well, so that more people may become familiar with the company and its cars. The Evora is actually the company’s last street-legal car, according to Jalopnik, and many were worried that the Evora’s exit from production meant an end to the company’s operations in America. Well, it looks like that’s not the case, and a brand new Evora — and new Lotus locations — will be open in a year or two.
5. Ford Ranger
Did you miss the Ford Ranger? You know, Ford’s smaller pickup truck that gave companies like Nissan and Toyota a run for their money? Well, it’s coming back, and has new suit that’s already familiar to some international markets. It may be in response to GM’s reintroduction of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, or perhaps customers just missed it. Either way, the Ranger is ready to take on the 21st century with a redesign and expanded capabilities. America loves trucks, and it also loves fuel efficiency. Just imagine what the combination of a smaller, more nimble pickup combined with Ford’s EcoBoost technology could bring the market.
6. Honda Ridgeline
Another truck that is slated to re-hit the market after a brief hiatus is Honda’s Ridgeline. The Ridgeline never really caught on like Honda brass hoped, but it appears they’re not willing to give up on it yet. A teaser image, seen above, is all we have seen of the truck so far, and it appears that the design will take a radical new direction, possibly to appease North American consumers. Current production of the truck ended this year, and it is currently extinct for all intents and purposes. But that’s due to be short-lived, as Honda says 2013 saw a 29% increase in sales, giving them confidence that the Ridgeline can still win over truck buffs in the U.S.
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