Another year, another draft sheet of car redesigns to contend with. There are a whole host of facelifted models to be released in 2016. Let’s take a look at just 8 of the most high profile redesigns to look forward to.
In 2016, some of the most tried-and-tested mid-range cars in the UK will re-enter the market with a fresh, new improved model. Revamped with a bold new look and more upmarket cabin, the new Renault Megane has what they describe as a ‘family face’ and eye-catching curved LED lights, making a splash when compared with current mainstream hatchback options.
It’s been resized, too, 25mm lower than the previous model, as well as being 47mm wider at the front and 39mm wider at the rear. It’s offerings such as this that make Renault specialist redesigners. (Est cost £16,000 – Released Spring 2016).
That old ‘Daddy Cool’ people carrier design has been thrown out for an altogether cooler, edgier SUV Zafira to be released late this year. It boasts the much-fancied and powerful ‘Whisper’ diesel engine, and is designed in conjunction with PSA Peugeot-Citroen, which will reduce costs through parts sharing. It’ll be spacious, bold and proud. (Est cost £22,000 – Released Early 2016).
Mercedes’ seventh-generation E-Class will adopt the more fluid styling of the latest C-Class saloon and much of the luxury and technology of the S-Class limousine, which promises to be quite the combination.
As always, Mercedes offer up a huge slice of luxury and decadence, and it should hit the salerooms come the Summer. (Est cost £35,000 – Released Summer 2016).
Blessed with all the subtleties of the previous Tipo, Fiat’s succinct redesign draws on all the positives of the previous model whilst bringing in an altogether niftier exterior design. It’ll be marginally smaller, available as a spacious five-door and a more practical estate model.
Fiat will be pitching the redesign at the lower end of the hatchback market, with early predictions pricing it at around £15,000. (Est cost £15,000 – Released September 2016).
VW has allowed its Tiguan compact SUV to grow old gracefully, but with new competition like the Mazda CX-5 and Renault Kadjar hot on its heels, the car had started to look a little dated. About time, then, for an ambitious redesign. It’s marginally bigger, 60mm longer than the outgoing car, but it’s also 33mm lower, giving it a bolder, more purposeful appearance. It’ll come with 1.4 and 2.0 litre petrol engines and a 2.0 litre diesel engine, and even a plug-in hybrid GTE version. (Est cost £23,000 – Released early 2016).
A bolder nose grille, striking LED headlights and freshly-designed rear light signatures give the Sportage redesign a completely new look without throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Size and stature is still very much at the heart of the game, but inside it’s all change, with beautiful soft touch surfaces and a sprawling touchscreen dominating the dashboard. (Est cost £18,000 – Released Spring 2016).
Alfa Romeo Guilia
It’s been a long time since Alfa threw something out there, and the market has been a far less glamorous place for it. Praise be, then, that they’ve redesigned the Guilia, a solid and recognisable market name that has been revamped with a classy new look. There promises to be a range of efficient diesels and turbo petrols to appeal to company buyers, and most Giulias will be rear-wheel drive to compete with rivals for thrills. File this one under ‘exciting’. (Est cost £24,000 – Released September 2016).
Nissan have joined forces with the bods at their official racing outfit Nismo to oversee the redesign of the Pulsar model, to be released around the midway point of 2016. Originally dreamt up as a concept car back in 2014, it’s retained that sense of excitement, with a deep front bumper that more or less snarls at you, and a 1.6 litre, four-cylinder engine that gives it as much bark as bite. (Est cost 23,000 – Released mid 2016).