The Top 5 Luxury Sedans Coming in 2018
We’re barely into the second half of 2017, but to car manufacturers, it’s already 2018. Sure, you might find more discounts on 2017 models, and car dealerships are trying to make room for the new shipments, but it looks like many 2018 luxury cars are coming with a load of improved features. Not to mention, many of them are clocking in at less than $40,000.
Looking forward into the new year for the newest, most anticipated cars is exciting, and luckily for you, we’ve taken an early look at some of these rides. Car enthusiasts and new car buyers are always interested to see what the different automakers have in store. From radical changes to which vehicles offer the highest value, the rumors start buzzing as soon as there are inklings of news on new models. Since sedans are always a popular model, most manufacturers will tweak or overhaul a favorite sedan in their lineup each year to keep up with the latest designs and technology available.
You may have heard that SUVs and trucks are all the rage among new automobile buyers recently, and that’s not exactly false. These manufacturers are being savvier about fuel efficiency and style, two of the main variables that made sedans a favorite in years past. While compact car and sedan sales have slipped, car makers are forced to up the ante, which is why so many luxurious improvements are coming in 2018.
Some of the most popular Sedans from 2016 and 2017 include the Cadillac CTS and ATS, Mazda 3, and the Tesla Model 3, which has been dubbed, the Best Electric Sports Sedan. But the favorites one year can be overhauled by a whole new lineup.
So, let’s dig into some of next year’s best:
2018 Lexus CT 200H
This is one of Lexus’s smallest and most affordable luxury models, and it’s getting some significant upgrades for 2018. Technology improvements include a larger infotainment display, upgraded safety systems, and more robust fuel efficiency to keep money in your pockets long-term. Its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, combined with an electric motor of 60 kWh, will provide a total output of about 134 horsepower. And when it comes to design, this 2018 Lexus will offer one of the nicest cabins in its class. The interior color palette will expand to new colors and combinations while the whole exterior design will be much sportier and muscular than previous models. While still unknown, the CT 200H is expected to hit dealership lots at around $35,000.
The Infiniti model that has seen a steady stream of technological updates since its launch in 2014 is getting its first visual updates inside and out for 2018. From new lower air intakes to a more three-dimensional look for the grille and a reshaped bumper, these changes are subtle but impactful. Inside, a new steering wheel is borrowed from the Q60 coupe, and Infiniti says it’s introducing nicer faux-leather materials for the dashboard along with new wood trim options. Four powertrain setups will continue to be on offer: a 208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6s in 300-hp and 400-hp strengths, and a hybrid. The Infiniti Q50 is suspected to be around $36,500, but be sure to check back for more accurate pricing.
BMW 3 Series
While shoppers are showing an ever-increasing demand for SUVS, the 3 Series remains one of BMW’s most important and popular models. That’s probably why it’s seeing so many key upgrades in 2018 before it’s highly-profiled redesign in 2019. The new Shadow Sport Edition is available for 328d, 330e, 330i and 340i models, and it includes 18-inch black wheels, a gloss-black grille surround and air-dam insert, dark headlight and taillight accents, and a grippier, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Traffic reporting has been enhanced using vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and the latest version of iDrive adds a touchscreen as an alternative interface to the knob controller buttons. The new 3-Series is expected to be a little bit more expensive, but will still cost you less than $40,000.
Most people think of the Mercedes CLA when it comes to small luxury sedans, but the Audi A3 might take that title in 2018. While not as powerful, the A3 feels slightly sportier, while offering plenty of refinement and technology. Blind spot warning now comes standard on the Premium Plus trim while the Bang & Olufsen premium audio system is now bundled with navigation and the Virtual Cockpit system. The Audi S3 gets a new S Sport package option that bundles together the magnetic ride system with red brake calipers. Plug-in hybrid models are now available with 18-inch alloy wheels. As far as pricing, the A3 will clock in at around $34,100, still cheaper than many competing Mercedes models.
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of all the luxurious improvements 2018 carmakers have in store. If the auto show season has proven anything, there will be a lot to chew on next year, and it should be a pretty exciting time for those of us looking to get our grips on the best, newest rides on offer. Be sure to check back for more updated information as these cars hit the lots in the coming months.