As we quickly progress into 2018, TheChauffeur.com highlights the Top Five chauffeur vehicles you need to look out for this year.
All-New Audi A6 Saloon and Avant: Due to be unveiled at the forthcoming Geneva Motorshow in March, the new Audi A6 promises to inherit many attributes seen A6’s bigger brother, the all-new A8. Twin touch-screen infotainment, a new range of economical engines and autonomous features are all expected in the new model.
A plug-in Hybrid is whispered to be available much later after launch, but from the outset will be a choice of four-cylinder diesel and petrol derivatives, and a V6 model again following later.
Audi Q8: If you’ve ever wanted an SUV version of the A8, then you’ll dreams will be coming true in 2018.
At over five metres long and a three metre wheelbase, the Audi Q8 will be revealed soon and promises to be just as luxurious as the chauffeurs favourite saloon and will be noticeably larger than the current Q7 range.
Interior technology is expected to be as ground-breaking as you can ever imagine from a new Audi – autonomous driving and electric/ hybrid drivetrains should be all on the cards, whilst an Android operating system is rumoured to be at the heart of the Q8.
Bentley Flying Spur: The last major overhaul we had of the Bentley Flying Spur was in 2013, so now, we’re certainly almost due an all-new version of the prestige limousine.
The next generation of the Flying Spur is said to use the chassis from the latest Porsche Panamera range and will share many design and interior components according to some online blog sites.
Also, as its part of the VW Group, it could also take technology from the A8, such as the 48V electrical system and autonomous driving features.
BMW X7: Range Rover fans should watch out for the next flagship model from BMW – the X7.
Based on the current 7-Series range, the X7 should be a seven-seater, priced from £70,000 and is expected to be on sale from later this year, with deliveries expected in 2019.
Due to the SUV style of the X7, cabin space should be plentiful and when the third row of seats are collapsed there should be acres of boot space. A hybrid derivative is expect, therefore the motor that currently sits in the 740Le would make perfect sense.
Lexus LS: The fifth-generation Lexus LS has well and truly got the Mercedes S-Class in its sights – but is it a car we could see within the UK’s chauffeur sector?
Undoubtedly, the new LS will be dripping with new technology and second to none interior quality. 35mm longer than its LWB predecessor, it will be priced from just under £73,000 when it comes to the UK in 2018.
The LS is produced in very small numbers, so although it’s certainly an S-Class competitor, its unlikely to be a popular choice amongst chauffeurs due to the discounts compared to 7-Series, A8 and of course its S-Class nemesis.