The 2018 model-year for auto brands sure is shaping up isn’t it? Although some automakers released their 2018 models early, *cough* Kia, Dodge, and Ram *cough*, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many more to look forward to. In fact, there’s a whole handful of vehicles that are fresh and new for 2018. And boy, you can bet there’s a few we wouldn’t mind giving a test drive. 2018 for the rest of us is right around the corner, and so far it’s looking good.
Can anyone forget the 2018 Kia Niro? This hybrid crossover by Kia came out several months ago and immediately shook the auto industry. Compact, stylish, and a 500+ mile driving range is one thing. A starting MSRP of $22,000 (plus destination fee) is just too much to handle. We don’t mind though - Kia Motors is already off to a good start.
There’s also the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid coming sometime in 2018, but there aren’t many specs on that just yet. The other 2018 Kia model we’ve been itching over is the 2018 Kia Stinger. Said to be a car that drives as good as it looks, and having a GT trim tag, this, let’s call it a “sports car,” has been one long tease. Supposed to be available back in May 2017, some of us are wondering what’s taking so long, but you can’t rush perfection.
There are three new models being introduced by Dodge for the 2018 model year, and they’re all packed with power. If the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, capable of 840 horsepower and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 2.3 seconds, wasn’t enough, Dodge didn’t stop there. The number of Challenger SRT Demon orders is limited, however, Dodge added the Demon’s widebody design to another Challenger model, the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody.
Like the Challenger SRT Demon, the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody model is designed with fender flares that are 3.5 inches wider than other Challenger models. The wider design allows for 20-inch five-spoke “Devil’s Rim” wheels wrapped in performance tires that provide more grip with the road. Together, the design and wheels help the Challenger Hellcat Widebody to more efficiently utilize all of its power. The new widebody Hellcat model also has a few engine parts similar to those found in the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
The third Dodge/SRT vehicle to look forward to for the 2018 model year is the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT. The new Durango SRT is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that generates 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the 470 lb-ft of torque the vehicle produces, the Durango SRT has a maximum towing capacity of 8,600 pounds, which makes it faster and more powerful than any other Durango model.
Just in time for the autumn harvest, the Ram 1500 Harvest Edition, is made for the hard working farmers of America. Designed to work in the agricultural industry, the Ram Harvest Edition has a ride-height increase of one inch (that’s a total of 9 inches of ground clearance standard), farm-life essentials such as black tubular side steps, a durable spray-in bedliner, fold-out bumper step, mud flaps, and rubber floor mats, as well as skid plates and tow hooks if driving around in a 4x4 powertrain. Not only this, but the Harvest Edition is also available for the Ram 2500 and 3500 in all four-door Quad, Crew, and Mega Cab configurations, all box lengths, and all powertrains, including 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, and 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel. How perfect.
For those who don’t like to get their hands dirty and would rather live a life of luxury, Ram has you covered there too. Coming out in 2018 is the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition. Available on the 2018 Ram 1500 Limited, 2018 Ram 2500 Limited, and 2018 Ram 3500 Limited is a special edition that comes loaded with luxurious goods. The inside is all about comfort. Starting with segment-first Light Greystone suede headliner and ultra-premium “Natura Plus” Frost and Indigo-colored premium leather throughout the cabin, and finished with a heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats, and heated rear seats. Plus, there’s an 8.4-inch Uconnect system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM Guardian to look forward too. Also available in single- and dual-rear-wheel; crew cab and mega cab (Heavy Duty); four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive; and short- and long-wheelbase models.
Still on the horizon but already in production is the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. A blast from the past, Mitsubishi took their sports car, the Eclipse, and turned it into a crossover. True to their new venture of dedicated SUVs and crossovers for the auto market, many vehicles will be coming from Mitsubishi in the next few years that are not only made for what the consumer wants, but will also change the standards for entertainment technology and convenience. Be sure to look for the remodeled 2018 Mitsubishi Re-Model A, a complete modification of their very first automobile produced. Catch it on TV on November 6 at 10 p.m EST during Inside West Coast Customs, or wait for us to cover it during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Last but certainly not least is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT V8 engine that generates 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. This beast is equipped with all-wheel drive, accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and is said to be able to cover a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. If you see this SUV in your rear view, it won’t be there long. Please move to the right.
Yes, 2018 is looking pretty great so far. See anything you like? Let us know on NowCar social media.