If by some reason you’ve managed to remain immune to the siren song of what is fast becoming the ride of choice among new-vehicle buyers in the U.S. – namely the crossover sport-utility vehicle – you’ve come to the right place.
By our count, of the more than 60 new, redesigned or refreshed vehicles coming for 2017, about two thirds are conventional autos. We’ll skip the updates to give you a sneak peek at a baker’s dozen of the highest-profile all-new passenger cars in the accompanying slideshow that are expected to reach dealers’ showrooms in the months ahead. These include an impressive assortment of stately sedans, hot-blooded sport coupes, and even the odd station wagon.
Lincoln is hopefully getting back to naming its vehicles with bona fide car names. The 2017 Continental replaces the MKZ as the company’s flagship model.
Alfa Romeo continues to expand its U.S. lineup with the midsize Giulia. Standard equipped with a 2-liter, 276 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Giulia can reach 0-60 in 5.5 seconds. Want to spice it up? The top Quadrifoglio gives 505 hp turbo V6, that gets 0-60 in 3.8.
Chevy ups the ante in the muscle car competition with Ford’s Mustang and Dodge’s Challenger. The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is equipped to run with a Corvette Z06 6.2 liter, 640-horsepower V8 under the hood. The coupe and convertible versions will be available for 2017.
The first entry from the Lexus 2012 concept series, the LC 500 is a sleek and powerful sports car. A 467 hp V8 engine on a car about the size of the BMW 6-series is flat out boasting.
This is the best premium-compact car for you if you’re looking for a solid balance of performance, luxury, technology, and safety features. Offered with front- or all-wheel drive, this fifth-generation A4 debuts with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The high-performance S4 with a turbo V-6 will return midyear 2017.
Hyundai continues the expansion of he high-end Genesis line, with the G90 sedan. The flagship of the Genesis line, the G90 is essentially redesigned version of the 2016 Hyundai Equus. The G90 will be available in a 365 hp V6 or the 420 hp V8.
Volvo’s full-size sedan re-emerges as the S90, formerly the S80. Highly attractive and featuring Volvo’s signature “Thor’s Hammer” headlight design, the S90 is quite the head-turner. Offering a 2.0 liter supercharged with up to 316 hp and four-wheel drive available, the S90 is a must see for 2017.
The latest in a line of supercars from James Bond’s favorite automaker. The new DB11 features a slick bonded aluminum exterior with a front-hinged hood. Under that hood…a twin-turbocharged V12 that offers 660 horses.
Auto enthusiasts will no doubt be enthralled with what looks to be bounty of brand-new sports cars coming down the road for 2017. At the high end of the market, Aston-Martin debuts its new DB11, the latest in a line of decidedly British supercars that includes the famed DB5 Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger, though the production version didn’t include its machine guns, smoke screens, rocket launchers, oil slicks, tire shredders, and iconic ejection seat.
Likely quicker and far more affordable than the $200,000-plus DB11 is the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1; it borrows the indefatigable 640-horsepower supercharged V8 from the Corvette Z06 and will be offered in both track-ready coupe and convertible versions. Other new sporty cars coming for 2017 include the molto bella Fiat 124 Spider, the sleekly upscale Lexus LC, and the low-slung and affordable Toyota 86.