What Car Reader Award 2015 – Most Anticipated New Car

23rd October 2014

What Car announced this week the shortlist for their 2015 Readers Award, with readers being asked to vote for the car they are most looking forward to seeing next year.

The winner will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on Wednesday 7th January 2015. Last year saw the popular Nissan X-Trail take home the award just ahead of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe which came in second place.

The annual What Car Awards are much sought after prizes by both manufacturers and the public and the Reader Award is a good indication of what cars are likely to be bought in the next 12 months. Last year the Nissan Qashqai won the prestigious 'Car of the Year Award' and has gone on to become one the most popular SUV's in the UK. The final shortlist for all car awards will be announced in December.

What car editor Jim Holder said of the award: "Once again, next year will see Britain's motoring public spoiled for choice when it comes to new and exciting cars hitting the market. "The Reader Award has a special prestige for manufacturers purely because it is voted for by their paying public. To get this particular prize is a very good indication that the car you're toiling over is getting the right reaction from consumers."

Take a look below at some of the shortlisted candidates, to view the full list and to vote for your favourite visit www.wcreaderaward.com

Range Rover Evoque Cabrio

Production of this concept car has yet to be confirmed but Land Rover are said to be very keen on the idea of having an Evoque Cabriolet on the road. If production does go ahead we could see the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio hitting showrooms as early as 2015.

Bentley SUV

Bentley have only recently released the first pictures of the concept SUV which is expected to begin production shortly with first sales set for 2016

Honda HR-V

The stunning Honda HR-V was revealed at the Paris Motor Show this month and is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2015. The HR-V has beautiful coupe style looks and is said to have class leading cabin space.

Jaguar XF

After the successful launch this year of the ground breaking Jaguar XE, the British manufacturers have announced they will unveil the all new Jaguar XF at the New York Motor Show in April next year. The new XF is said to look sleeker and sportier and will have a range of new innovative technology.

Mercedes MLC

We saw the first glimpse of the new Mercedes coupe SUV in April when pictures were relased following a sharholders meeting at Dailmer AG. This stunning looking car is said to be around the same size as the BMW X6, and will be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show next year.

Fiat 500X

After the success of the Fiat 500, the Italian manufacturers have now branched into the ever increasing SUV market with the Fiat 500X which was launched at the Paris Motor Show earlier this month. The Fiat 500X has the same styling as the popular 500 and is 70cm longer and 17cm wider than its little brother.

By Jenna Niblock