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3 Hot New Cars We'll See Next Year

The global auto business is more competitive than ever, and the fight for new buyers has never been fiercer. Every automaker is pushing hard to be at the top of its game -- and that means that new-car buyers have more great choices every year.

2015's models -- yes, it's that time already -- should be no exception. Here are 3 of the hottest new models that we expect the automakers to unveil in coming months. 

2015 Ford F-150
For years, America's best-selling vehicle has been Ford's (NYSE: F  ) F-Series line of full-sized pickups. It's no secret that these trucks are Ford's most important products: With sales as high as 70,000 in some months, the Ford F-150 and its Super Duty siblings are the company's biggest moneymakers, hands down.

Ford will reveal its all-new 2015 F-150 soon. The new truck is expected to be lighter than the current truck, thanks to some strategic use of aluminum. And it may look similar to the Atlas concept truck that Ford showed off in January. 

The Ford Atlas concept was said to be a preview of the 2015 F-150's styling. Photo credit: Ford Motor Company.

But one thing is certain: Ford's marketing wizards will pull out all the stops for the new F-150. Expect a big ad blitz from the Blue Oval once these new trucks start to arrive at dealers.

2015 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Another fine old Jeep model name is set for a revival: Chrysler has hinted that it will soon release an all-new top-of-the-line SUV to rival General Motors' (NYSE: GM  ) all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade, Toyota's (NYSE: TM  ) Land Cruiser-based Lexus LX, and the plush Range Rovers from Britain. A 5.7 liter V8 and a very plush interior, along with off-road ability worthy of the Jeep name, should ensure a top-shelf Jeep experience for well-heeled buyers.

The last Jeep Grand Wagoneer was built in 1991, but they remain popular with enthusiasts. Good examples like this 1989 model can sell for over $40,000. The new version will have big shoes to fill. Photo credit: Chrysler

The new Grand Wagoneer should be a big step up from Jeep's popular Grand Cherokee in size, in luxury, and definitely in price. That's a formula that Jeep has tried before, with the now-discontinued Jeep Commander. But the Commander suffered from undistinguished looks and a cramped interior, and sales were slow.

Expect Jeep's new top-shelf entry to do much better on both counts.

2015 Ford Mustang
It's not Ford's best-selling car — that would be the Fusion (in the U.S.) or the Focus (worldwide). And it's not Ford's most profitable vehicle — that would be the F-series pickups. 

But the Mustang is important to Ford in its own way. It's the company's halo car, the one that gets kids and adults alike all excited when they see one. More to the point, the Mustang is still a car that draws enthusiasts into Ford showrooms around the country.

That makes it a big deal for Ford. Ford has been very tight-lipped about the upcoming all-new Mustang, recently refusing to even confirm that a new version was in the works. But it's a safe bet that the new Mustang will retain its rear-wheel drive configuration, and you'll still be able to get one with a powerful V8 engine and an old-school manual transmission. 

Ford's Evos concept car previewed styling themes that are expected to show up in the new Mustang. Photo credit: Ford Motor Co.

Given what we've seen with Ford's other recent products, we can also guess that the new Mustang will be lighter and more fuel-efficent than the outgoing car, that it'll be lower and sleeker and have a Mustang-ized version of the company's new corporate grill, and that its interior will be top-notch. 

There's one other safe bet to be made with the Mustang: Some diehard Mustang enthusiasts will hate the new car when they see it, but they'll come to love it over time. Somehow, it always seems to work out that way.

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  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2013, at 4:36 PM, dave24 wrote:

    That ford truck actually looks great! I hope the new grand wagoneer looks very much like the old one, i think its beautiful. I also really hope that mustang is not a concept of the new one because it looks like a two door fusion. The fusion is a good looking sedan, but the mustang is in a league of its own and it should look like such. If it ends up looking like that, visually it cannot compete with the new corvette... I hope it retains the old school retro look they've been aiming for the last decade, maybe better executed this next time around

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2013, at 4:58 PM, imDanielle2 wrote:

    Yeah.. I will be talking about the new Ford products alright.. Why the hell are the Ford trucks being built in Mexico and WTF happened to the Mustang?

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2013, at 5:39 PM, Cody700 wrote:

    I can tell you that GM will have to pair its 6.0 liter or better in it's Camaro to outperform the new Mustang. And if not for the EPA, Ford would be running the new 5.8 liter Coyote engine and GM has nothing for it.

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2013, at 5:50 PM, stevewit34 wrote:

    lol seriously mustang will sink with that talk about ugly... and f150 had to lighten up there trucks to compete with the gas mileage of the Silverado. lighter isn't better when it comes to a truck would hate to drive it in the snow. lighter =less traction.

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2013, at 8:50 PM, BigChief61 wrote:

    I like the new F150, very stylish. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be interesting to see and hope they offer a turbo 6 cyl diesel. The Mustang to me is a good looking car, but please introduce this 2015 Mustang as the reborn Ford Falcon, while continuing to keep the more traditional look for the Mustang as it is now. No need to change the Mustang that much. Offer two engines for the Falcon, Ecoboost 4 and a V6. Offer the ecoboost 4 in the base Mustang and the rest all get V8s. Now wasn't Ford the company that claimed they listen to the consumers. Most Mustang buyers would still prefer the current look, while the younger techie generation would like the new look with fwd and called a Falcon. Just my opinion.

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2013, at 9:50 PM, DATSUN1967 wrote:

    I hope the Grand Wagoneer is a lot like they was in the 80's and 91 their last year and they keep the V-8 in it and the same wheel base. And don't do the independent front suspension, please keep the straight axle. They used to ride real nice with that set up. They was the mine owners Cady in the coal fields of Kentucky.

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2013, at 10:30 PM, LungsOfSteel wrote:

    I think most show cars foreshadow the production version, so it goes without saying. Still, that ain't no production Ford truck and that ain't no prototype Mustang.

  • Report this Comment On October 28, 2013, at 2:36 PM, drax7 wrote:

    Just do yourself a favor and buy a tesla.

  • Report this Comment On October 30, 2013, at 10:56 PM, MDmadman wrote:

    Dear imDanielle2 , the Ford F series is currently built at the modern and environmentally friendly Dearborn Assembly Plant in MI. The new truck is being launched there too. This is an easy fact to verify on the web. Buy American: 1. save the enviroment, 2.suppport the middle class, and 3.give our returning vets a chance at getting a good job!

  • Report this Comment On October 30, 2013, at 10:59 PM, MDmadman wrote:

    FYI before more nonsense is spread the Mustang is built at the Flatrock Assembly Plant in MI.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 10:55 PM, SilasLynch wrote:

    We can't expect that Mustangs forever should look like the 1965 model. There has to be some evolution, as well as recognition that consumer preferences continue to evolve.

  • Report this Comment On October 04, 2014, at 5:25 PM, Mentallect wrote:

    Ford adopted the old Ram big grille concept. I hope GM start making aluminum bodied trucks.

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