One of the worst feelings in the world is spending big money on an item, then waking up the next morning to see that a new and improved version will soon be released.
It’s happened to me with computers, cameras and iPods. Just last month, for example, I finally caved and bought an iPhone4, only to read that the iPhone5 could come out next month. Of course it will – that’s just my luck.
Many people buy a new car, then find out later that if they had waited 6 months to a year, a better replacement would arrive. Nailing down exact release dates of future models is no easy task, but for car buyers who aren’t in a hurry, keeping one eye on what’s in the automotive pipeline could really pay off.
In the coming months, some pretty sweet rides will show up at dealers across the country. Start making room in your garage now for one these:
Perhaps the most intriguing new car is one based off the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. That in itself isn’t all that exciting, but consider the new ute will be a Maserati, potentially with a Ferrari engine, and things get interesting. The trident-badged SUV will be built in Detroit (seriously) and could debut later this year. Potential Cayenne buyers should start researching the location of their nearest Maserati dealer…
Shoppers looking for sporty, efficient small cars should wait to pull the trigger until the Hyundai Veloster is released in November 2012. The small hatch should get 40 mpg from a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. It should be more fun to drive than a Honda CR-Z, bigger than a MINI Cooper and better-looking than a Scion tC.
Chevy Camaro ZL1
Muscle-car fanatics are suckers for having the latest and greatest, and if buyers wait until around January 2012, they’ll be able to get their speedy little feet in a 2013 Camaro ZL1. This thing could be the Camaro that finally puts the nail in the Mustang’s coffin. It will be powered by the Cadillac CTS-V’s 6.2-liter V8 and put out around 550 hp. Have we reached the point of ridiculous yet on these cars? Nope!
Ford Focus ST
If you’d rather have your power in a smaller package, consider waiting for the 2013 Ford Focus ST. This hot little number will have the same 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine found in the much larger Edge and Explorer SUVs. It should provide serious competition to the MazdaSpeed3 and Volkswagen GTI.
Some folks would rather wait for the ultimate in basic transportation and will keep an eye out for the Tata Nano. There are no guarantees it will ever arrive in the States, but Tata, owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, could bring its infamous “cheapest car in the world” to these shores someday. If so, it would probably cost between $6,000 and $8,000 and might use a 1.0-liter, 60-hp 3-cylinder engine. I wouldn’t get your heart set on one of these, though. Americans just aren’t into cars that are roughly the size of the Stig’s helmet.
Are there any cars you’re excited to see hit the market in the coming months?
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