Call us greedy, but the 2017 models are already old news. We know what they are, what they look like, and how they drive. They may be brand new, but they’re already old news! We want to know what’s next, so we’re looking to 2018 to see what the next big thing could be. And the great part is, there won’t be just one blockbuster in ’18, there could be 10.
The 2018 model year is a big changeover year for the industry. Veteran nameplates will get redesigns, all-new models based on popular concept cars are slated to debut, and a few icons will return to see if they can cut it in the 21st century. If 2017 is the last stand for a number of competitive models, next year represents the next great leap.
The current trend of more power, greater fuel economy, and better technology will continue, and these new models will make some cars from the past five years now feel ancient. Before they first roll into your local dealerships, check out these 10 2018 models (No. 5 has been in the news a lot recently).
1. Ford Bronco
We’re cheating here (it’ll likely be a 2019 model), but we’ll be getting our first glimpse of the all-new Ford Bronco in 2018.
Yes, after a two-decade hiatus, the Bronco is coming back, but a lot is still up in the air. Will it be a true Jeep Wrangler Unlimited fighter, or a cushy SUV that’s more in line with the current Ford lineup? We won’t know until Ford pulls the wraps off the car in the next few months. But we hope that it’s the rock crawler we all want.
Next: This truck goes hand-in-hand with the Bronco.
2. Ford Ranger
The new Bronco is made possible by the return of the midsize Ranger pickup. But don’t think it’s a second coming of the rugged compact truck that Ford sold for 19 years; Ford still makes a Ranger for the global market (seen above), and it’s become something akin to a slightly smaller (though no less capable) Ford F-150. Ford is bound to create some daylight between its two pickups, so expect the all-new truck to be more of a Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon fighter than an old-school, spartan hauler. Like the Bronco, it’ll likely hit dealerships in 2018 as a 2019 model.
Next: This model got a head start over other ’18 crossovers.
3. Chevrolet Equinox
The venerable Equinox is all-new, and Chevy is so excited about it that it debuted in late 2016. The ’18 Equinox is 400 pounds lighter than the last model, can get 40 miles per gallon from either its available 2.8-liter diesel — yes, diesel — engine, or 1.6-liter turbocharged four. It also has a fresh look that brings it closer in line with the rest of the brand’s lineup. If you’re in the market for a midsize SUV, Chevy’s newcomer looks just right.
Next: This car has already redefined American muscle.
4. Dodge Demon
Speaking of long in the tooth, Dodge’s muscle car doesn’t look all that different from when it was introduced back in 2008. With a replacement not coming until at least 2020, Dodge is determined to wring the last of the Challenger’s potential out of it. For 2018, that looks like the Demon, a street-legal supercharged drag car that sends a tire-roasting 840 horsepower to the rear wheels. Who cares how old the car is if it can run the quarter mile in under 10 seconds?
Next: This could be a game-changer or a total flop.
5. Tesla Model 3
Now that it’s been unveiled, the hard work begins for Tesla. We know that the Model 3 starts at $35,000 (but can easily top the $50K mark), can go up to 310 miles on a charge, and should be in regular production by the end of the year. But can Elon Musk and company deliver on their 5,000-car-a-week production goal by New Year’s? Only time will tell.
Next: Is Jeep preparing to take on Range Rover?
6. Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Nearly 30 years after leaving the ultra-luxury SUV segment, Jeep is reviving the Grand Wagoneer name to take on the likes of the Range Rover and Mercedes G-Class. Spy photos of press materials have been spotted, and from here, the big SUV (which is rumored to top out at around $130K) looks like a bigger Grand Cherokee, and that isn’t a bad place to start. We’re anxious to see if it can live up to the Wagoneer name and take on the world’s best.
Next: The Jeep’s Jeep is all-new.
7. Jeep Wrangler
Jeep’s biggest news for 2018 is an all-new Wrangler model. After years of rumors and struggles (aluminum versus steel construction, labor disputes), this is the first new Wrangler since 2007, and from everything we know, it will be fantastic. Available as a two-door, four-door Unlimited, and pickup truck, the Wrangler will have a host of new engine choices, including a new diesel engine. We have a feeling Jeep has found a way to keep its die-hard fans happy.
Next: This South Korean contender is a BMW-killer.
8. Kia Stinger
Kia’s move upmarket continues with the Stinger, a performance-focused luxury sedan with its sights set on the BMW 3-Series. In recent years, Kia has been masterful at building cars that punch well above their weight. And with the Stinger’s rear-wheel drive architecture and available 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6, we’re confident that it can hold its own against the likes of Bimmer, Alfa Romeo, and Mercedes.
Next: This could be Volvo’s final gas-powered model.
9. Volvo XC40
Thanks to the handsome and luxurious S90, V90, and XC90, Volvo is experiencing something of a renaissance, and its next step is revitalizing its entry-level 40-Series. The XC40 has already debuted in concept form, and its boxy, modern styling could go a long way in re-establishing the company as a mainstay on American roads. With Volvo’s ambitious plan to sell all hybrid and electric cars by 2019, this could be the final model to run exclusively on gas.
Next: A joint effort for a world-class sports car
10. Toyota Supra/BMW Roadster
For the past few years, Toyota and BMW have been collaborating on a new sports car. Both companies have been tight-lipped, but it looks like BMW will get a striking new roadster out of the deal, while Toyota may use it to resurrect the iconic Supra name. So far, this teaser from BMW is the best we have to go on. Still, production is on track to begin in 2018.