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What petrolheads can look forward to in 2017

The road ahead

By Nick Francis Published

THIS coming year has a lot in store.

Donald Trump will start ruining the world, I’ll try (and fail) to lose half a stone and a load of famous folk will cark it, if 2016 is anything to go by.

2017 is going to be a stellar 12 months for motors

But forget all that for now, because 2017 is going to be a stellar 12 months for motors.

Let’s celebrate still living in an age where we are the boss of our cars – and not the other way around – by taking a look at some of the motoring highlights due to come in the year ahead.

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LEXUS LC

People love or loathe Lexus. I’m in the former camp. And if the LC doesn’t persuade you the Japanese can knock out a sexy motor, you’ll never be converted.

A hybrid version will be available, but I’m more excited by the 5.0-litre V8.

It should be landing in the UK in the spring, but will cost a hefty 90 grand.

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ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE

Aston’s revival under Andy Palmer continues. The DB11 is selling like £150,000 hotcakes, and next year we’ll get the DBX – its first SUV.

A new V8 Vantage will drop at the tail end of the year, sharing a lot of hardware with Mercedes cars. The engine will be the 4-litre twin-turbo lump now in the AMG GT.

It’ll cost around £90K though, so start saving.

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FORD FOCUS RS500

It’s hard to see how Ford can improve on the Focus RS but they aim to have a go in the form of the RS500.

It will keep the same 2.3-litre turbo engine found in the standard version, and it’s likely to be tuned up to around 380bhp.

Closer to 40 grand than 30. But probably worth every penny.

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VW CC

If you like how the Passat drives but not the way it looks, then you’ll be excited by the return of the VW CC.

The four-door coupe will share the same platform and running gear as the Passat, but looks absolutely stunning. A hybrid version is also expected.

Prices somewhere south of £30k.

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NISSAN JUKE

This mega-seller is due its first update this year. The wheelbase will be extend­ed a bit, which will improve handling, and it will be stuffed to the gills with cool tech, including Apple CarPlay.

Expect it to cost around £16k.

The Juke is Richard Hammond’s most hated car – if that’s not a reason to buy one, I don’t know what is.

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PEUGEOT 5008

If the new Peugeot 2008 is anything to go by, the 5008 is going to be a very fine car indeed.

The old 5008 came in MPV form but Peugeot has started again and made the latest version an out-and-out SUV.

It will have a similarly classy interior as the 2008, bulging with top tech.

Expect to pay around £25k, which is staggeringly good value.

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LAND ROVER DISCOVERY

The latest generation “Disco” aims to take the luxury levels up a notch or two.

When it arrives this spring, customers will be offered a highly capable off-roader with built-in wifi and nine – count ’em, nine – USB ports.

It will be around 500kg lighter, making it a peach to drive both off-road and on Tarmac. And it looks beautiful.

Expect to pay 40 grand and above.

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AUDI A6

Arriving in the middle of the year, the new A6 won’t look vastly different to the old model but is all-new under the skin.

At 100kg lighter and with a new range of engines, it will be nippier – and more efficient – than ever.

Audi says it will be a showcase for its autonomous driving tech, so expect city-crawl systems and other wizardry to save wear and tear on your limbs.

Prices will probably be just shy of 40k for the entry model.

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