Happy New Year, and welcome to 2009! Now that we’ve had a day to soak in and revel, it’s time to look ahead to 2010. Because seriously, how can we enjoy the current year without knowing what’s coming in the next one? And holy smokes, friends, 2010 will be a banner year for new cars! Below are just a sampling of what’s on the way to driveways and garages near you:
2010 Honda Insight
Honda’s Prius-fighter will likely ring the bell below $20K. Unlike the first-generation Insight, this one will be a 5-passenger vehicle. Interesting, though, that Honda, who has never made an imitation car, has designed the Insight to look nearly identical to the Prius. Regardless, I know it’ll sell like snow shovels during a blizzard.
2010 Chevy Camaro
The Camaro, Mustang and Challenger are cars that could be chasing a fading market. Still, though, compare the guy who buys this Camaro against the guy who buys the Insight, and you’ll understand why Chevy is bringing back this icon and making it look more bad-ass than ever.
2010 BMW V-Series
At first I was really excited about the prospect of a new BMW model. But now I think this one falls into the “Why build it?” category. View photos here. Slotted somewhere between the 4-passenger X6 SUV and the 5-Series sedan, the V-Series will be a 4-passenger hatchback, likely powered by a V8. Anything BMW does seems to get the attention of the automotive world, and the V-Series won’t be any different. I just hope BMW doesn’t pull a Mercedes R-Class on us. Surely they wouldn’t make that mistake. Right?
Even as demand for SUVs seems to be tapering off, there’s an assortment of new offerings coming in the next year. The 2010 Hyundai Portico is expected to fit in above the Sante Fe and below the Veracruz. The 2010 BMW X1 will become BMW’s least expensive and smallest SUV, though it’ll have the same proportions as and look very similar to the current X3.
The 2010 Lincoln MKT is the new luxury edition of the Ford Flex, powered by a turbocharged 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6.
Undoubtedly there are some cool new models coming our way. Now it’s just a question of whether people will be able to buy them!
What 2010 vehicle are you most excited about? Does eco-friendly technology or horsepower and speed excite you more?