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Ten Game-Changing Vehicles Launching in 2018

Ten Game-Changing Vehicles Launching in 2018

2019 BMW 8-Series 

At the turn of the 1990’s, BMW launched the 8-Series as the company’s ultimate Grand Tourer. Powered exclusively by V-8’s and V-12’s, the 8-Series remained part of the BMW portfolio until 1999. From then on, the BMW has relied on the 6-Series Coupe as the brand’s GT entry. In typical German fashion the house is getting shuffled around to relaunch the 8-Series.

The formula for the new 8-Series is much the same as the old one. The car will serve as the pinnacle of coupes in the Bavarian world, with powertrains shared with the latest 7-Series sedan.

Why it matters: A once iconic nameplate is returning as BMW works to bolster the high-end side of its product portfolio.

2018 BMW M5

The BMW M5 serves as a stalwart of the German car world, so naturally a new one is a big deal. Launching in early 2018 will be the fastest M5 ever with a 600 horsepower version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8. All of that power will flow through a new M-tuned all-wheel drive system with a central transfer case and multi-plate clutch system to funnel up to 100 percent of the car’s 553 pound-feet of torque to the necessary axle.

Like the M5’s donor car, the G30 5-Series, the new M5 is actually lighter than its predecessor.

Why it matters: This is the first M5 with 600 horsepower, M’s trick new AWD system and no manual gearbox option. Basically, this is the German super sedan of the future.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Some nameplates are so coveted they can’t be in continuous production. Corvette ZR1 is one such nameplate and this one only returns when it is affixed to the best of ‘Vettes. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will arrive in mid-2018 with a staggering 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque from its blown 6.2-liter V-8. This kind of power and dramatic aero changes over the base car are generating a ZR1 that will start at $119,995.

Why it matters: It’s a ZR1, that’s why. Plus, if the lesser C7 Corvettes are any indicator, this ZR1 is going to give a few exotics some hell.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra 

Between the ever-improving Ford F-150 and redesigned 2019 Ram 1500, the half-ton pickup market is getting hot in 2018. General Motors won’t be left out of the big dog fight; investing over $3 billion just on the manufacturing side of its new T1XX trucks. Both the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra will launch in late 2018 sporting everything new; from the frame up.

Expect significant light-weighting on both trucks, with the lighter materials molding designs that are more unique to each respective brand. A new composite bed is also expected later on.

Why it matters: Half-ton truck prices keep climbing and customers keep paying it. Ever-increasing MSRP’s and so many new or redesigned competitors means that consumers are going to have some remarkably pickups to pick from in 2018.

2019 Ford Ranger

The returned Ford Ranger is probably setup to be a blockbuster product of 2018. Ford last produced the Ranger back in 2011 and has since avoided the midsize truck segment, which is now starting to blossom again thanks to General Motors reentering it.

Expect the Ranger revival to yield a class-leading midsize truck featuring at least three engine options, including two EcoBoost gas engines and possibly a diesel option. Full details of the 2019 Ranger will be revealed shortly at the Detroit Auto Show.

Why it matters: So far the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have had the luxury of very weak competitors. This revived Ranger is going to spur some healthy competition in an expanding market segment, making consumers the ultimate winners.

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar has been slow to join the electrification revolution, but they’re coming in strong with the all-new I-Pace crossover. With trademark Jaguar good-looks the I-Pace will slow slightly below the all-new E-Pace in terms of size, but offer its 400 horsepower battery-electric powertrain as the sole option.

So far Jaguar has not confirmed the exact range of the I-Pace, but has promised it will carry buyers more than 220 miles.

Why it matters: Jaguar is coming out of nowhere with what appears to be a highly competitive pure electric luxury crossover. The Tesla Model X may want to be concerned.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL 

It’s been since 2006 since we’ve had a new Jeep Wrangler, so naturally this one is a big deal. It’s all-new from the ground up, despite retaining its iconic shape and design theme. It’s as if FCA painted the JL with a a brush of modernization; from LED headlights, to a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, to modern features inside. The 2018 Wrangler will be crawling into Jeep dealerships in early 2018.

Why it matters: It’s a new Wrangler. Enough said.

2019 Lamborghini Urus 

Although not Lamborghini’s first foray into the SUV world, the Urus does mark their first serious attempt to capture consumer love affair with body style. Loosely based on the Porsche Cayenne, the Urus is packing a staggering 641 horsepower into a “super SUV” format.

Why it matters: Even Lamborghini can’t avoid the SUV craze capturing the automotive world by storm these days.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT Sedan

The Mercedes-AMG lineup is literally carrying Mercedes-Benz in terms of sales increases these days. So perhaps it comes as no surprise the bosses at Daimler AG have decided AMG deserves a sedan of its very own. The AMG GT Sedan will serve as the indirect replacement for the current CLS63 as the top-tier performance sedan to wear the three-pointed star.

Expect the new AMG sedan to launch with over 600 horsepower with a traditional turbocharged V-8, but a hybrid variant should quickly follow.

Why it matters: If the AMG GT R Coupe is any example, this is probably a performance sedan worth waiting for.

2019 Toyota Supra 

Fanboys rejoice, the Toyota Supra will grace our streets again in 2018. The new Supra will come to us by way of a joint-venture with BMW, of all companies. Toyota and BMW are jointly developing the platform that will underpin both the Supra and the next BMW Z4, meaning this car will be a pure rear-wheel drive coupe and allegedly powered by BMW turbo four’s and six’s. Expect the new Supra to arrive in late 2018.

Why it matters: Under the leadership of Akio Toyoda, the Japanese automaker is under a mandate to make more exciting vehicles. The fruits of this mandate have began taking hold on mainstream products like the new Camry, but the real test will be the company’s ability to churn out a legitimate performance car.




About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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