6. 2014 Cadillac ELR
We first got to see the Cadillac’s new anticipated hybrid model when it was featured as a concept car at the Detroit auto show in 2009. It’s been a long time – hasn’t it? The Converj, as it was known then, actually scooped up the ‘Best Concept Vehicle of 2009’ title during the show’s Eyes on Design Awards. Many are still speculating that next year will be the year Cadillac finally releases that eco-friendly future car – we die-hard fans have looked forward to. It purportedly borrows the Chevy Volt’s propulsion system, whilst maintaining signature Cadillac features such as the trapezoid grille.
7. 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLC
This very hot and widely anticipated car is expected to give the Porsche 911 a speedy run for its money. It probably won’t have the gull-wing doors that the Porsche 911 has, but it will most likely have a light Carbon fibre frame and a V8 engine.
Car enthusiasts who are not well-versed with Mercedes-Benz’s history might not recall the SLC badge. It was used from 1971 to 1981 and can be described as a more personal luxury coupe-oriented version of the popular SL roadster. The SLC had a larger interior than the SL thanks to its significantly longer wheelbase. Although not a huge seller in absolute terms, the car was a moneymaker and image builder for Mercedes-Benz despite its somewhat awkward roofline and, in North America, its large NHTSA-mandated 5 mph bumpers.
The SLC will likely begin at around $120,000, but it will be a more overtly sporty than Mercedes’ similarly priced droptop SL roadsters. A convertible version with a fabric top is also expected.
8. 2014 Fiat 500X
This compact SUV and 4-door hatchback is joining Fiat’s smaller 2-door 500 models on the market today. Their mission? They want to outsell the Mini and other trendy small cars by offering more room, practicality, and variety in the mix. The 500X and the 500L look like timely sales-boosters, but they’ll need to be very good to succeed. So we’ll have to just wait and see what is in store.
Perhaps more significant for U.S. buyers, the 2014 Fiat 500X is the first of its kind to be produced – a new Jeep SUV that will be smaller and less costly than the American brand’s compact Compass and Patriot. The car is anticipated to be exclusively for Italy, but eventually will be sold in the U.S. as well as globally. In addition, it will be offered in a “Trail Rated” version designed to withstand at least semi-serious off-roading. Likely to be offered only as a fixed-roof 4-door wagon, the new junior Jeep starts production in the second quarter of 2014, according to AN, suggesting a 2015-model U.S. intro. The 500X cranks up in December 2013.
9. 2014 Mazda 6
The “Zoom-Zoom” brand name company has slightly redesigned its slow-selling midsize sedan with a smaller footprint, a more muscular look, and green-focused technology that cannot be beat. But the next Mazda 6 will be more pricier, too, as production shifts from Michigan to Japan, where production is very high cost.
Despite the smaller footprint, the 2014 Mazda 6 looks much lower, longer, and more “masculine” than the previous sedans. Among the expected highlights are slim headlamps spreading out like wings from a bolder, more upright five-sided grille; crisper, curved upper-body lines; more-heavily-sculpted lower flanks; a sloping roofline from the Audi A7; and a short tail with BMW overtones. A 4-door sedan remains the sole body style that is still kept by the brand.
The 2014 Mazda 6 will almost guarantee match the Takeri concept’s 4-wheel independent suspension with front struts and rear multilink geometry. Auto enthusiasts can look for components to be optimized for sporty handling per Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom” mantra and developed for minimum weight with maximum strength in mind.
10. Ford B Max
Ford has really got the ball rolling and the Ecosport is not the one the new car models slated for launch. With the demand for hybrid minivans on the way up, Ford has slated an all-new B-Max and revised C-Max for the upcoming 2014 rollout. The line up is expected to be filled mostly by hybrid variants, with the new range of Ecoboost 1.0L, 1.6L and 2.0L versions. The compact B-Max is expected to offer an exceptional utility with optional seating for up to 7 passengers and incredible economical and range. The car is well styled rather conservatively, but take a longer look and you notice the way Ford was able to keep the essential Ford styling cues.