We’re well over the halfway point of the year, but the motoring world is only getting started. Here are some of the best cars to look out for on Oman’s roads.
Eight months and nearly 50 new international car releases; 2019 is quite the time to be alive if you’re an autophile.
Whether it’s the US$8.9mn Bugatti Centodieci hypercar that has your heart ringing, or the all-new Toyota Supra, or even the Range Rover Evoque that’s got you on its hooks, there are plenty of options out there to satisfy even the pickiest of enthusiasts.
This week we round up the best of what’s available here in Oman, and what’s rolling into the showrooms in the coming months ahead.
Perhaps the most anticipated car release of the decade, the Toyota Supra finally takes on the production moniker, following a debated collaboration with the Bavarians (BMW). Whether you like its quirky wide body and short wheel-base styling is up to you, but what we can tell you is that the Supra, despite its controversial styling (which we’ve grown to love), blows away its competition with the Bimmer-sourced 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 335hp and 500Nms of torque.
While the numbers may seem rather inconsequential given how stout modern sports cars have become, several say that the Toyota-mapped engines can crank out anywhere between 350 and 400 horses. This secrecy and manipulated power figures may be to honour the Toyota-BMW contract.
This may be a modern classic in the making.
Engine: 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder
Power: 335hp (estimated power ranges between 350 and 400hp)
Top Speed: 250kph (limited)
Having stolen the limelight back in 2011 for allegedly being designed by former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham (though the claims were rubbished by Land Rover designers soon after), the Range Rover Evoque spouted into the limelight and took over the market quicker than SoundCloud rappers from this era do. Though, there’s one stark similarity between the Evoque and a modern teenager putting out beats on the internet: they’re both hard to ignore.
This 2020 MY crossover aims to do just the same with an even edgier (if a bit smoother) design, peppy engine options with power ranging from 200hp to 300hp and, above all, more tech. The slow-to-respond screen from the previous generation has been replaced by two touch screens – one to operate the navigation and the other to control the A/C functions. The overall package is slick and is definitely one worth looking out for.
Engine: 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder (different turbo tunes)
Power: Between 200 and 300hp
Torque: Between 320Nms and 400Nms
Top Speed: 242kph
Call us crazy, but there’s no SUV worthier than the Suzuki Jimny to take the fight to the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. As silly as the statement sounds – the German costs ten times and has six times more the horsepower (!) – the Jimny possesses a level of street-smart tech and design that’s long been associated with the ‘Gelandewagen’.
The Jimny, aside from looking like a G-Class, is also a focused off-roader, complete with a ladder-frame chassis, a low-range transfer gear, and a light 1.5-litre, 102hp motor. On-road performance, as expected, it’s a bit jaded, but there’s no stopping the Jimny off the tarmac once it gets its All-Grip system all warmed up.
Engine: 1.5-litre in-line four-cylinder
Top Speed: 160kph
The Bavarians are on a roll this year. After collaborating with the Japanese on their Z4 sports car and reviving the long-lost 8-Series coupes/sedans, they’ve also gone on to heavily tinker with their original recipe – the 3-Series. The mid-sizer has grown larger – across all avenues including size – than the model it replaces.
It also gets a re-worked cabin that keeps in line with BMW’s current design ethos. So, you now get the gorgeous 8.8- or (optional) 10.25-inch sweeping landscape iDrive screen from the X5 or X7, the nifty air gestures, and the comfy seats. The 330i that’s currently on sale here comes packing an in-line four-cylinder twin-turbo engine that blends in efficiency and sporty performance.
Engine: 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder
Top Speed: 250kph (limited)
Nissan’s best-selling mid-sizer is back for 2019 after being re-worked from the ground up… this time looking even more so like its premium sibling – the Maxima. Boasting longer, wider, and lower dimensions over the previous gen sedan, the new Altima somehow manages to ditch the curvy exterior for an edgier one complete with sharp lines, muscular arches, and short overhangs.
The interior has been spruced up as well – the car receives an 8-inch touchscreen, soft plastics, and equally plush leatherette surfaces, and a new steering wheel that’s lifted straight from the Nissan Kicks crossover. Taking the tech game to new levels are features such as Apple CarPlay and 360-degree Around View Monitor (AVM). There’s no other way to put it: the Nissan Altima has matured into an all-rounder that gives its fellow siblings from the Western continent a run for their money.
Engine: 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder, or 2.0-litre ‘turbo’ in-line four-cylinder
Power: 188hp and 248hp
Torque: 244Nms and 370Nms
Top Speed: 223kph