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Continuing our "Most Anticipated" series, which spotlights vehicles ready for release in the 2016 model year, this week's post features the upcoming luxury cars we are most excited to drive.
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This week's spotlight shines brightly on the 2016 Lexus ES, 2016 Jaguar XF, 2016 Cadillac CT6, the 2016 Tesla Model S, the 2016 BMW 7 Series, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2016 Infiniti Q30, and finally the return of the Lincoln Continental.
The brand known for luxury and reliability, Lexus is poised to release its new Lexus ES this fall. When we say new, we mean it. Although Lexus is generally cautious when it comes to releasing innovation ahead of schedule, the brand has always kept its eye on cutting-edge style and the 2016 Lexus ES is no exception.
The outside of the Lexus ES sports a total makeover. While some features, like the brand's signature spindle grille, remain, familiarity has been given an edge.
Take, for example, the LED headlights that now bookend the grille, not to mention the new 17-inch wheels, complemented by four new hues found in the exterior color palette, including Amber, Caviar, Eminent White Pearl, and Nightfall Mica.
High-end details like the available bamboo trim is matte finished, and sets off any of the four new interior colors - Flaxen Brown, Parchment, Gray, and Black - beautifully. Rife with enhanced inner materials, and operated by an athletic three-spoke steering wheel, the 2016 Lexus ES is now even quieter, thanks to the addition of soundproofing materials.
The stiffer unibody design of the new Lexus ES allows for greater passenger comfort. Couple that with the quieter cabin and you've got a luxury ride certainly worth waiting for.
While the powertrains in the 2016 Lexus ES remain the same, consumers will enjoy having engine options available from the 3.5-liter V6, rated at 268 horsepower, along with the hybrid version's 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, generating 156 horsepower, and paired with an electric motor, able to get 141 horsepower.
Priced to start around $39,000, the 2016 Lexus ES will be available to buy online in the coming months.
Hopefully just in time for the holiday season, Jaguar will release its new 2016 XF, revised on both the inside and outside, and more aerodynamic than ever before.
Although the vehicle is longer by two inches, the XF actually weights 265 pounds less than its predecessors, thanks to its updated structure, which is based almost entirely in lightweight aluminum.
The enhanced all-wheel drive system is also lighter, allowing for improved efficiency.
Speaking of efficiency, consumers can expect a diesel model of the XF to follow this release. But for now, the 2016 Jaguar XF will be launched with some familiar drivetrains, like the supercharged V6, and eventually, a turbocharged inline four-cylinder.
Pricing for the new Jag XF is estimated to range between $50,000 - $100,000.
Practically one-hundred percent new, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is ready to up the competitive ante against the luxury sedan segment, currently dominated by the likes of Audi, Jaguar, and Lexus.
Thanks to its chassis structure, composed of thirteen various alloys and metals, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is estimated to weigh approximately 300 pounds less than the rest.
In fact, automotive authority, Car and Driver, already projects that our anticipated Cadillac CT6 will outrank its rivals, specifically the Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-class, and BMW 7-series.
New features in the 2016 CT6 include two new drivetrains, as well as a plug-in hybrid with 432 lb.-ft. of torque, all-wheel steering, and AWD.
In addition to the 2.0-liter inline four engine, which will carry over from earlier models, the new CT6 can also be outfitted with a turbo four-cylinder engine, rated at 265 horsepower, a V6 engine, able to get 335 horsepower, or a twin-turbo V6 engine, backed by 400 horsepower, all operated by an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
Expect to see the 2016 Cadillac CT6 late this year, at the base price of about $75,000.
Already available to buy online - lucky us! - the 2016 Tesla Model S comes equipped with a dual-motor 70D, in place of the former single-motor 60-kW-hr as the base drivetrain.
Installed with a 70-kW-hr battery pack and dual-motor AWD, the new Tesla boasts a 240-mile range, and is expected to reach maximum horsepower of 329.
According to Tesla insiders, the new Model S can reach top speeds of 140 miles per hour and crush the zero-to-sixty mph challenge in 5.2 seconds.
Although the sedan sports the same general design as previous Tesla models, the 2016 model does offer more standard features than ever before equipped on a base model.
The priciest of the bunch thus far, expect the 2016 Tesla Model S 70D to start at $76,200.
Set for a November release and lighter by about eight-hundred pounds, thanks to its blend of materials comprising its unibody structure, the 2016 BMW7 Series will be operated by a base level TwinPower inline-six-cylinder engine, along with a plug-in hybrid option.
Standard features include four-corner air suspension, and an "adaptive" driving selection, which enhances comfort and athleticism, based on driver preferences.
Infotainment accessibility is a cinch with the BMW's iDrive system, complete with a tablet-style touchscreen, simplified voice operations, and basic gesture commands.
As you might expect from a BMW, the price range spans between $75,000 - $145,000.
Sharing the same platform as Mercedes' own MFA, the new hatchback from Infiniti is likely going to come equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine - all new, but very much in line with the Q30 concept unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show back in 2013.
The actual 2016 Infiniti Q30 is scheduled to arrive in showrooms next spring to the tune of about $30,000.
Though we haven't seen the name "Continental" branding a Lincoln since 2002, the moniker is back and better than ever.
The current Continental concept features a new grille, a 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, and dazzling chrome details just about everywhere.
Speculation suggests that the new Lincoln Continental will be based on the revised Taurus, which operates in all-wheel drive, but we won't know for sure until it's formally introduced at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January.
The expected sticker price of the 2016 Lincoln Continental is estimated between $40,000 - $45,000.
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