It seems rather crazy to think that 2024 is now upon us, doesn’t it? Anyway, a new year means a whole brace of new cars ahead, and these are some of the upcoming models we at Dyler.com are the most excited about over the next 12 months.
Whilst many manufacturers are still following the full electric car route - and we’ll be honest, most of the cars on this list are EVs! - others such as BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, and Toyota are keeping the internal combustion engine well and truly alive, albeit with some hybrid witchcraft involved.
Without further ado, let’s get stuck into 12 of the fastest, most luxurious, best value for money, and possibly game changing cars of 2024!
BMW M5 Touring (mention e-A6 and i5 and Touring)
We’re big fans of wagons, and we’re fans of BMW. Imagine our excitement, then, when it came to our attention that BMW will be launching a wagon - or “Touring” - version of its latest M5 in 2024. This all-new car will be the first M5 Touring since the rather lovely Chris Bangle-designed E61, which - if you remember - was powered by a high-revving V10 derived from BMW’s then-Formula 1 programme. We’re no longer living in the 2000s, so doing things like shoehorning a V10 into a family car for a laugh doesn’t really get done anymore. However, the latest M5 is touted to be driven by the plug-in hybrid, 748 bhp, 4.4-litre V8, which is found in the flagship BMW XM. As it’s the 2020s, none of this cupboard-shifting, M-powered goodness will come cheap - the most powerful BMW 5 Series, the all-electric i5 M60 xDrive, costs around just shy of £98,000, and estimates predict prices for the M5 to be anything from £100,000 to £150,000. Should a Competition or CS model come to fruition in the coming years, the costs are expensive to go north of BMW’s most expensive model at present, the £170,000 XM Label Red.
Cadillac has been riding a wave during the last few years. The General Motors-owned US-carmaker’s bloated, unimaginative offerings of the 1990s have been banished to the parts bin of history. In their place is a range of good looking, well-made machines, and a highly-regarded Blackwing performance car division. On the race track, Cadillac has also developed an IMSA championship winner with its biblical sounding V-Series.R. Back in the world of road cars, in 2024, Cadillac will be launching this, the Celestiq. Designed firmly with the likes of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Mercedes-Benz in its sights, the all-electric Cadillac Celestiq draws on big, wafty, luxurious Caddys of the 1950s with its sweeping dimensions, and four sets of angular brake lights trailing up its C-pillar. Each Celestiq will be hand-built at GM’s Technical Centre in Michigan, and just 500 of these slices of post-modernist Americana will be produced each year with a price tag of - wait for it! - $340,000. Get liberal with the astronomically-long options list, and the price soars easily to $400,000. The Celestiq offers its presumably well-heeled buyers 300 miles of range and 600bhp courtesy of an electric motor placed on each axle.
Good news! The Dacia Spring is coming to Britain in 2024. The Spring has been on sale in Europe since 2022, and was the third most-purchased EV on the continent amongst private buyers last year. When the Spring arrives in the United Kingdom next year, expect a price tag of just £18,000. To put that into perspective, that’s less than a week’s worth of shopping in the UK’s current economic climate. The Spring has the charmingly rugged, no-nonsense dimensions of a shrunken Duster and a real world range of 110 miles. As for performance? Well, Dacia’s single electric motor is available with either 45bhp or 65bhp, and 0-60mph times are 19.1 seconds and 13.7 seconds respectively. Whilst progress is too leisurely to be death-defying, it’s not supposed to be - the littlest Dacia is designed for darting out of junctions quickly, and swinging into tight inner-city parking spaces; not Nordschleife-beating lap times. In-line with Dacia’s core principle underpinning of bringing affordable, unpretentious motoring to the masses, the Spring comes equipped with an infotainment system with in-built navigation and the capability to run Apple CarPlay. Boot space is also generous thanks to a 290-litre capacity.
The seventh and current generation Ford Mustang is set to be the last all-ICE version of Ford’s legendary pony car, and the Blue Oval is looking to send it out with a bang. This latest Mustang is what happens when a car’s maker has spent almost six decades perfecting the recipe of an icon, and courtesy of an all-new steering rack and suspension, the Mk.7 is the best-handling Mustang to-date. Step inside, and things get a reboot, too. The ageing interior of its predecessor has been replaced with a slick 12.4-inch digital display cluster for the driver. Meanwhile, a 13.2-inch central touchscreen controls everything from the air-conditioning system to the infotainment and the car’s basic functions. The Mk.7 is powered by a series of engines starting with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost, and topping out with the 5.2L V8 in the Mustang GTD; a track-going 800bhp, £230,000 rival to the Porsche 911 GT2 and Mercedes-Benz Black Series. An all-electric Mustang is set to replace the current ICE version in 2028, and will undoubtedly rival the EV Dodge muscle car touted for launch the same year.
Ferrari Roma Spider
The spiritual successor to the achingly-beautiful Ferrari Daytona of 1969, Maranello has lopped the roof of its Roma to make it even prettier. Hard to believe, really, given that the hardtop version of the car wasn’t exactly John Merrick in the first place. This converti… sorry, “Spider” version of Ferrari’s GT is fitted with a five-layer canvas room to make the Roma even more enjoyable on the French Riviera during summer, and in St. Moritz during winter. After all, that’s where one holidays as a Ferrari Roma owner, right? In the absence of a roof, the Roma Spider has gained just 84kg for chassis rigidity, and up front, it retains the very lovely, 198 mph-capable 3.9L twin-turbo V8 used in the Roma coupé. The price tag for all of this Dolce Vita loveliness? That’ll be £210,000, grazie mille.
Arabian princelings and Premier League footballers rejoice, for it’s a new Lamborghini supercar! Despite its rather silly name - after all, ‘Revuelto’ means ‘scrambled egg’ in Spanish - this latest Lambo is a landmark vehicle for the world’s most theatrical car maker. The Revuelto is Lamborghini’s first plug-in hybrid model and the most powerful car it has ever produced to-date. To make this 217 mph cacophony of noise and fury a reality, Lamborghini has given a huge middle finger to the era of downsizing, and fitted the Revuelto with an 814bhp 6.5L V12. This veritable figure is enhanced by two electric motors on the front axle and one in the gearbox resulting in a total power output of 1,001bhp. Unsurprisingly, the Revuelto does 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds, 0-124 mph in 7 seconds, and has a top speed of over 217 mph. The cost for all of this warp speed performance and Lamborghini stagecraft? That’ll be £433,000 and a two-year waiting list.
No longer a synonym for “Loads Of Trouble, Usually Serious,” Lotus has embraced a largely all-electric future to critical acclaim from the motoring press. Set to arrive in 2024, then, is this, the Lotus Emeya; Lotus’ self-described “hyper-GT” rival to Porsche’s Taycan EV, and the British carmaker’s first flagship sedan since the iconic bruiser that was the Lotus Carlton of the early 1990s. Since its foundation in 1948, Lotus has always been intelligent when it comes to engineering - don’t forget that this was the brand that pioneered Ground Effect aerodynamics in Formula 1 in 1977. The Emeya continues this legacy of avant-garde engineering, and features active aerodynamics on its grille, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. In terms of numbers, the entry-level Emeya ‘S’ will return an estimated 373 miles and 603 bhp. The more powerful flagship ‘R’ has a range of 304 miles, and boasts a power output of up to 905 bhp. Inside, it’s everything you’d expect from a high-end modern EV thanks to plenty of carbon fibre, individual rear seats, rear-view screens, and the ubiquitous-for-the-2020s centrally-mounted cabin screen. Finally, if for some reason you’re getting funny about the Emeya being made in China, take a look at where your iPhone was made. Grow up.
The feel good hit of summer 2024? Very possibly! MG is another Chinese-owned British carmaker that has reinvented itself as a predominantly EV brand. Like Lotus, MG also seems to be doing alright for itself in its new guise thanks to its range of largely sharp-handling family cars. However, the Cyberster represents a break from the family car segment, and is a two-seater roadster evoking MGs of yore. Most importantly for the brand, it is the first MG sports car since it stopped production of the TF in 2011. Roughly the same size as* the Jaguar F-Type, MG has lofty ambitions for the Cyberster with the Porsche 718 firmly in its sights as a rival. A lofty goal indeed, but MG has managed to hire Marco Firello to sort the Cyberster’s chassis, and the Italian engineer knows a thing or two about vehicle dynamics - after all, he was Scuderia Ferrari’s Chief of Vehicle Dynamics during Michael Schumacher’s era of F1 dominance. With a price tag of around £50,000 and 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds. MG’s ambitions don’t seem so outlandish now, do they?
*Author’s note: same size as, and better looking than!
If you are of a certain vintage, you’ll remember that once upon a time the Renault 5 was everywhere. Then suddenly they all sort of… disappeared. Anyway, it’s more GOOD NEWS, because the Cinq is back for 2024! Like most of the other cars on this list it’s an EV. Yet with a starting price of £25,000, the all-new Renault 5 slots into the price gap somewhere between the Dacia Spring and the likes of the Peugeot e-208 and the not-so-mini Mini Electric. The classic Renault 5, which was produced from 1972 - 1996, was an angular, boxy little thing, and this new interpretation is largely faithful to the form of the original. Expect further nods to the car’s Frenchness and all-electric underpinnings such as tiny French flag motifs in the corner of the headlights, and a ‘5’-shaped battery indicator on the bonnet. Renault hasn’t released any official figures yet, but the flagship R5 is said to return up to 249 miles from its 52kWh battery, whilst lower-spec cars will inevitably have a lesser range. The next-gen 5 is also the first car to be built on the Renault-Nissan CHF-B platform, which will underpin the upcoming Renault 4, the recently announced Renault Twingo, and the next-gen Nissan Micra.
Toyota Land Cruiser
It’s a scientific fact that there are three things that will survive the nuclear apocalypse: the cockroach, Keith Richards, and the Toyota Land Cruiser. The 2024 version of the iconic go anywhere, do anything Toyota off roader goes “back to its origins”, and is presented in a retro body inspired by Land Cruiser models of yore. The look of the new Land Cruiser is - refreshingly - very much the opposite of the modern SUV: it’s no-nonsense, it’s purposefully proportioned, and there is a pleasing absence of jewellery and gimmicks inside and out. The 2024 Land Cruiser is built on an entirely new body-on frame platform, which ensures that it retains its traditional strengths of quality, durability, and highly-regarded off-road capabilities. The interior is all rather logical with actual buttons, and can be configured with either five or seven seats. Western European-spec Land Cruisers will be powered by the 201bhp 2.8L diesel Toyota uses in its Hilux truck. In early 2025, a 48-volt mild hybrid version of the same engine is set to join the fold, making it the first ever electrified Land Cruiser. In addition to this latest tech, the 2024 Land Cruiser will also be the first Land Cruiser to adopt electric power steering and a newly-developed disconnecting anti-roll bar system.
Last but not least here is the all-electric Volvo EX30. Now, we know this list has been EV-heavy, but this entry level Volvo has serious potential to be a game changer for the world of electric cars. Buying a brand new premium EV is not cheap: the entry-level Polestar 2 starts at £45,000, a comparable BMW i4 starts at £50,000, and a similar spec Mercedes EQA will set you back £48,000. The EX30 starts at £34,000 and the most expensive model will top out at just over £45,000. It’s also a Volvo, which means the EX30 will do that effortlessly cool, good looking thing that Swedish cars tend to do so well. It too will be comfortable, sensible, and well-thought out… because it’s a Volvo. In terms of power, the EX30 will certainly shift courtesy of the entry-level Single Motor’s power output of 272bhp, and the range-topping Twin Motor Performance’s 428bhp. The Volvo EX30 has already won CarWow’s 2024 Car Of The Year award, and there is no reason why it cannot continue to be a success going forward. Expect the range, attractive price point, and eye-catching design of Volvo’s entry-level EV to prove more than a headache for carmakers sooner than later.