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New Car Releases for 2019

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ALFA ROMEO: They’ve just introduced the Stelvio 2.9 V6 bi-turbo 510hp AWD Quadrifoglio (€118,795). The Giulietta line-up has been refreshed with a new special series called B-Tech. They are absorbing the diesel VRT increase on Giulia and Stelvio.

ASTON MARTIN: New luxury SUV, the DBX, is expected by the end of 2019.

AUDI: The new A6 saloon is just on the market (from €51,650 on-the-road). SE and S Line specs prompt Audi claims it’s the best-equipped car in the segment.

The revised Q3 is poised for 191-reg (petrol, diesel engines, front-wheel/quattro options, outputs from 150hp to 230hp).

The second-gen compact A1 is due next month.

The new electric e-tron SUV is available to order from January. Cars arrive in the spring. Price, including a four-year service plan, starts from €101,750 on-the-road They claim the 95kWh high voltage battery provides power and range (400kms) and boasts a 0-100kmh time of under six seconds.

BMW: New models for 2019 include the X5, 8 Series Coupe (convertible arriving Q2), 3 Series and Z4.

The 3-series has a newly developed lift-related damper control system. Away from the mechanics is the Intelligent Personal Assistant, which responds to the prompt ‘Hey BMW’ , just like keen rival’s ‘Hey Mercedes’. Occupants can speak with ‘him’ – he learns all the time. Prices from €43,770 for the 318d SE. Expected here in March.

The new X5 starts at €87,390 and debuts here on December 1.

There are two 8 Series models initially. The 840d xDrive 6cyl diesel coupe (320hp) costs €116,740, with the M850i xDrive V8 petrol (530hp) from €164,710.

The new Z4 open-top costs from €50,420 for the sDrive 20i Sport, which is expected next March.

The ranges of the i3 and i3s have increased by almost 30pc thanks to higher-intensity batteries. The i3 (120Ah) starts at €45,760.

CITROEN: They have the new Berlingo van coming in January, the Berlingo itself in February, and the C5 Aircross SUV in March.

DS: The new DS7 Crossback and a new small SUV, the DS 3 Crossback, are on course for next year.

DACIA: They expect a lot of interest in the new Duster, with prices starting at €17,390. The Sandero and Logan MCV have been updated with new WLTP engines.

FIAT: The new 500X has been updated inside and out and is ready for January. It is the first Fiat model to have the latest family of turbo engines.

FORD: The Mustang Bullitt, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary Warner Bros film starring Steve McQueen, arrives at the end of the month. It has a 5-litre V8 (464PS) and new rev-matching technology for seamless gear changes. Priced from €73,000.

The Mondeo hybrid estate arrives in February.

The Focus Active is due the first quarter – with the same engines as the Focus hatch: a 1.5 litre diesel and a 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol.

The Ford Ranger Raptor is due in March. The high-performance version of the current Ranger is based on the US take of the F-150 Raptor, but it is not as extreme. It will have a bi-turbo version of Ford’s diesel with 213hp and 500Nm of torque.

HONDA: The new CR-V hybrid arrives in February and will cost from €38,000. It has a 2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, electric motor and lithium ion battery pack to pump 184PS.

The front-wheel drive model has emissions of 120g/km and official average (combined) fuel economy of 5.3l/100km (53.3mpg). The all-wheel drive version’s figures are 126g/km and 5.5 l/100km (51.4 mpg).

HYUNDAI: The much-acclaimed new Kona electric is here, as is the new Santa Fé. The Kona electric is an important car, with its 64Kwh battery is capable of covering 482km, they say. That’s a lot of range. It costs from €35,995, excluding delivery and related charges.

The Santa Fe has both 2-litre and 2.2-litre diesels – not many in the segment have that sort of choice.

Hyundai also have a lot of up-specced cars for January, including the evergreen, sales-topping Tucson.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER: A facelifted XE is scheduled for next year, with hybrid technology featuring, we hear.

The new Range Rover Evoque will arrive for 192-plate in late Q2.

There is now a new Discovery Commercial as a two-seater model from €43,367 (ex-delivery and excluding VAT at €9,974).

JEEP: The Renegade gets a new look and engine line-up, with pricing to be confirmed in the next few weeks. Will be the first model in the range to use the new GSE petrol engine in both 1-litre 120hp and 1.3-litre 150hp DCT guises.

The new Wrangler – orders in December – will come as a two-door or four-door.

KIA: The new Proceed, a shooting brake version of the new Ceed, goes on sale in January. Initially there will be the new 1.4-litre direct injection 140bhp petrol.

The eNiro electric car is due for 192-reg, but with some advance models for March road testing. There’s a choice of two batteries – 485km (64kw) or 312 km (39.2Kw).

Also coming is the new Soul EV, maybe a little before eNiro.

LEXUS: The new ES 300h mid-size executive goes on sale from January, from €49,450. It has the new 2.5-litre self-charging hybrid (106g/CO2, €190 tax). The Lexus Safety System Plus is standard.

The RC 300h is updated and on sale from January (€56,950). It’s now designed to look like a baby LC 500, but there is no change to the hybrid engine. Safety system and Premium navigation standard.

Their first compact crossover, the UX 200h, gets here in March (€39,500).

MAZDA: They have an exciting year, ahead with the launch of the seventh-generation Mazda3. First cars expected from April. There will be a four-door and five-door, 2-litre petrol, 1.8 diesel and the new Skyactiv-X engine. They claim the latter has the fuel efficiency and torque of a diesel and reduced Co2 emissions.

The CX-5 gets a few changes early in 2019 with a new PlatinumPlus grade.

They also have a “surprise” for the 30th anniversary of the MX-5 – a limited-edition 184PS model.

MERCEDES: They will have eight new, and seven face-lifted, models next year, including petrol mild hybrids, petrol and diesel plug-in hybrids and EQC, a full electric mid-size SUV with a one-charge 420km range.

For January expect the facelifted C-Class in saloon, coupé, estate and cabriolet guise. Arriving February/March are the new A-Class saloon and B-Class.

April/May/June will see New CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLE with a seven-seat option. V-Class due a facelift. They’re saying the electric EQC, styled on the new GLC, will make it here in this timeframe, earlier than indicated.

July/September will see the new GLS. In July come the facelifted GLC Coupé and SUV models.

The new GLB mid-size SUV arrives October/ December. It will slot below the GLC. There will be a seven-seat option.

AMG: The A 45 and A 45 S are expected to arrive Q1 next. GLC 43 and 63 SUV expected Q1. GLE 53 SUV in Q1. GT facelift Q1. GLC 43 Coupe and GLC 63 Coupe are due Q2. The AMG CLA 35 and 45 Coupe are Q2 debutants, as is the AMG A 35 saloon.

MITSUBISHI: The updated Outlander PHEV has just arrived, with prices starting at €39,900. They claim that’s a 20pc price reduction on the previous model. They also claim it has an EV-only range of 45km (combined 600km). With a confirmed WLTP rating of 46g/km, road tax is just €170.

The new L200 will arrive in September. Specs, engines and pricing will be announced mid-year. A new ASX is due in September.

MINI: The MINI Electric and Countryman Hybrid are expected next year.

OPEL: The big news is the new Corsa, which is due later next year. By the way, it will only come as a five-door. I think that we are seeing the demise of three-door hatches, except in some hot-hatch forms. I’m told there will be an electric version of the popular hatchback by 2020 – in other words, the year after next (isn’t time really flying?).

Also later in 2019 will be the Grandland X PHEV plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the next generation Vivaro.

The Grandland X PHEV will launch mid-2019. The new Vivaro, produced in Luton in both commercial and passenger guises, is due next summer.

Right now there is the current Corsa GSi 1.4-litre 150HP petrol (from €24,895) – it’s a bit of fun without being a mad hot-hatch. The new Combo Cargo is also on the market.

NISSAN: The new extended range (330km-350km) 60kw LEAF comes in the second quarter of next year. Also on its way is the 1.3-litre and 1.7 PET-powered models for the Qashqai, as well as a new 1-litre petrol in the Micra. Also expect a new Juke.

PEUGEOT: Their new 508 large-family fastback will arrive here in late spring, costing from €32,400 ex-works. That is for the Active 1.5 BlueHDi 130bhp model. Standard is a five-year extended warranty.

The new Rifter, a replacement for the Partner Tepee MPV, arrives late this year for 191-reg. There’s a choice of two lengths (4.4m or 4.75m), and you can have five or seven seats.

There’s a spread of new petrols and diesels on the new Partner, as well as manual and automatic options. It arrives late 2018.

RENAULT: The Clio has been updated with an all-turbo engine range. The 0.9 TCe comes with 75hp or 90hp. They’re claiming big improvements in performance, consumption and road tax. Prices start from €16,390.

The Captur crossover gets a facelift and more spec (alloys, air con standard). It starts from €20,290.

The Mégane’s 1.5 dCi diesel is uprated to 115hp and there’s a new 1.3 TCe petrol producing 140hp in most versions.

Both the Kadjar and Scénic get the new 1.3 TCe petrol. Diesel versions of the former will have the upgraded 1.5 dCi 115 engine, while the Scénic will get a new 1.7 dCi engine. There will be updated versions of the Koleos SUV announced in early 2019.

SEAT: The Tarraco large SUV will arrive in February as a five or seven-seater, with pricing to be confirmed soon. Trim levels will be SE and Xcellence – no entry-level spec. There will be petrol and diesel models, as well as DSG and 4Drive transmissions in some combinations.

The sub-brand CUPRA is also being rolled out in January. Pricing will be confirmed soon for the Ateca model. It will have a 2.0TSI 300hp engine, DSG and 4Drive drivetrain (0-100kmh in 5.2 seconds).

SKODA: The KODIAQ RS is due in January for 191-registration. It’s a powerhouse combination of a 2.0TDI 240hp engine, 4×4 and DSG gearbox.

The SCALA (the Rapid successor), with design based on the VISION RS concept, will be unveiled next month and is due by June. Petrol TSi engines will range from 95hp to 150hp and there will be a 1.6TDI 115hp diesel.

SUZUKI: There will be a facelifted Vitara with 1.0 and 1.4 Boosterjet engines in Q1. And the new baby 4×4 Jimny, powered by a 1.5-litre petrol (101bhp) is due.

TESLA: Model 3 cars in right-hand drive should – stress should – start arriving late next year.

TOYOTA: Early 2019 arrivals include the RAV4 hybrid (2.5) – first week of January. Prices from €35,900.

The Corolla hatchback is due the second week of January, Toyota tell me, with 1.8 hybrid and 2.0 hybrid powertrains. There will also be a 1.2T petrol. Prices from €26,370.

The new Corolla Touring Sport Hybrid (estate) arrives the third week of February – with 1.8 and 2.0 hybrid set-ups. Prices start from €28,420.

The Corolla saloon hybrid also arrives the third week of February, Toyota are saying. It will major on the 1.8 hybrid powertrain (122hp, WLTP 98 g/km). Hybrid prices start from €26,820 and while there will be a 1.6-litre petrol, they expect 90pc of purchases next year to be hybrid. Standard is the marque’s Safety Sense package.

The Camry 2.5 hybrid is due by April, prices start from €39,750. There will be some minor changes to the Prius.

VOLKSWAGEN: Their smallest crossover, the T-Cross, arrives in April. They are describing it as a mini Tiguan. There will be two petrol engines initially, both 1.0-litre TSI (95hp, 115hp). Expect a 95bhp 1.6-litre diesel too. The concept version of the GTi TCR (Touring Car Racing) is going into production, we’re told. Only a few are coming here in early 2019. The TCR pumps “around 290hp”. Expect it to cost around €48,000.

The Passat gets a facelift for the 192-plate, with the main focus on digital innovation. They could throw the digital kitchen sink at this car to give it advantage in a fading segment. A revised version of the GTE is also on the cards.

VOLVO: They will have their new S60 from April with a T5 petrol. The T4 petrol, T8 Twin Engine Hybrid and T6 Twin Engine hybrid will follow for 192-plate. A refreshed XC90 is due for the 192-plate and will come with D5 and T8 Twin power.


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