Wednesday 7 December 2016

171-reg incoming: The new car models expected to land in Ireland in the New Year

Thinking of buying? Read this first. Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham has the details on what models are coming here over the year - and beyond

Published 23/11/2016 | 02:30

Off road: Jeep Compass
Off road: Jeep Compass
Coming soon: Peugeot 3008 SUV
New Micra
The new Renault Megane Grand Coupe
The Audi A5 Coupé
Bentley Bentayga
Land Rover's brand new Discovery SUV
The new Fiat Tipo comes in three trim levels
First SUV: Alfa Stelvio
A Ferrari GTC4Lusso car is pictured at the 86th International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
The new C-HR from Toyota
Coupe style: BMW 5Series
Largest yet: the Mini Countryman crossover
Stunning look: Lexus LC 500h
January arrival: Volvo V90 Cross Country location

It's looking like an even busier year ahead on the new-car front. Here's a rapid-fire snapshot of what's just in, or due, over the next 12 months or so.

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I hope it helps you make a decision on whether to buy early or late.

ALFA

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The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo's first SUV; the emphasis is on driving dynamics. Due in dealerships in the summer/autumn - watch out for the high-performance Quadrifoglio version. Stelvio kick-starts a revival plan for the Italian marque. MiTo supermini refreshed for 2017; standard equipment expanded. The 5dr Giulietta also refreshed.

The first of the much-anticipated Giulia models are due this month. Prices from €39,995; there will be two petrols, two diesels; 8spd auto standard.

AUDI

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New Q5 SUV arrives early 2017. Four TDI, one TFSI; 2.0 TDI engines 27bhp more powerful (range from 150hp to 190hp). Q2 compact SUV here for January sales. Diesels start from €32,490. Five engines: three diesel/ two petrol; 1.6 TDI SE 110bhp likely to be biggest seller (from €32,490). The A5 Coupé on sale; five engine variants: three TFSIs/ two TDIs. Pricing from €47,510 OTR.

A5 Sportback here in January. Again, two TFSI/ three TDI engines ((190bhp to 286bhp). RS3 saloon due late summer; based on A3 but with 2.5-litre (from TT RS) pumping 394bhp. RS1 280bhp supermini (Spring arrival) has four-wheel drive. A1 due to be replaced in 2018.

BENTLEY

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The Bentayga diesel - a first - has a triple-charged 4-litre V8 (429bhp) and is a January starter.

BMW

The new 5-series gets here in February. More coupé looking; interior improved. Prices (for 520d SE) from €52,800 on the road (OTR) - up on €45,200 for current one but BMW claim a lot more to the new model; 8spd auto transmission standard. M5 saloon version to follow with twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol.

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M4 hot coupé, above, will be adorned with M4 GTS-inspired front splitter and bonnet intakes. Expect in the Spring. Also talk of the next X3 later on.

CITROEN

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New C3 supermini on sale. Prices from €15,490 ex-works. Powering C3 3cyl petrols (68bhp, 75bhp, 82bhp) and 4cyl diesels (75bhp, 82bhp, 100bhp); new auto box. Picasso mini-MPV version for late 2017. Recently here from the marque: revised C4 Picasso/Grand Picasso, new SpaceTourer large people carrier, Cactus Rip Curl special edition and Despatch van.

DACIA

Sandero and Sandero Stepway get facelifts and 1.0 SCe engine for January sale. Logan MCV facelifted too (1.0 SCe engine also). January sale too.

FIAT

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New Tipo hatchback/station wagon has just gone on sale. Hatch from €17,995; SW from €19,245. Expect saloon next month - price will be lower. Three petrols/three diesels. New 124 Spider also here. Costs from €31,495. It has a 1.4 MultiAir Turbo 140hp 6spd manual. (SEE FIRST DRIVES of Tipo and 124 spider: P11). They've added a range-topping 500 special edition Riva. Panda due a Spring refresh.

FERRARI

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GTC4 Lusso T (so-called 'new entry-level version' of V12 GT) has a modified version of the 3.8-litre V8 engine from the California T. Spring arrival. LaFerrari Aperta hybrid hypercar loses its roof. The Aperta combines 6.3-litre V12 with electric motor and battery pack for 950bhp. Sold out.

FORD

New Ka + in showrooms this month; 1.2 litre petrol (85PS). Larger than outgoing Ka; Prices from €11,050. New ST Line versions of Fiesta, Focus, Kuga and Mondeo. More powerful engines for each (ST Line Focus 1.5 pumps 120PS instead of previous 95PS). Here shortly. Kuga here next month; gets 1.5 litre diesel (120PS same as current 2-litre). New Fiesta to arrive in July.

HONDA

Civic will be here by the end of February. Deceptively room inside. Among the engines will be 3cyl 1-litre (127bhp) and 4cyl 1.5-litre (180bhp) petrols. Full pricing expected soon. It's 30mm wider, 130mm longer than current 5dr. Type R at some stage. Reports of bigger CR-V by end of 2017/early 2018.

HYUNDAI

New i30 expected to be more dynamic. Spring arrival. Also i30 N hot-hatch. The i10 city car gets a facelift early in 2017. IONIQ hatchback with electric and hybrid powertrains unveiled here recently. Hybrid has 1.6-litre petrol engine. Prices from €28,495 for electric; €31,995 for hybrid. Plug-in hybrid due by March.

ISUZU

D-Max pick-up to get a 1.9-litre diesel engine to replace 2.5-litre; 3.5-tonne towing capacity remains (Spring).

JAGUAR

First electric car, the I-Pace, expected here early 2018. The Tesla Model X rival is a high-performance SUV with an electric motor on each axle and a claimed range of more than 500km on one charge. Total output 395bhp; 0-100kmh around four seconds.

New XF Sportbrake set to revealed by early summer and will get here in the autumn. Same engine/ spec line-up as current XF.

Minor update for F-Type R convertible.

JEEP

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New Compass, above, due in second half of 2017. Based on stretched version Renegade, Fiat 500X platform. Slots between Renegade and Cherokee.

KIA

New Rio 5dr hatch here in March; 1-litre turbo petrol in addition to current 1.25 petrol, and 1.4 diesel. End of May we'll see the new Picanto.

It will have a 1-litre petrol engine. By the end of 2017 we should see Rio-size CUV and GT performance car. The Niro hybrid and Optima SW are in showrooms for January sale.

LAMBORGHINI

Aventador super coupé and roadster get a minor facelift for early spring. Huracán Spyder soft-top in spring.

LAND ROVER

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It is all about the new Discovery with cars arriving in showrooms next March. Starting prices expected around €60,000 mark. Bigger and roomier but they promise it will be faster, lighter and more economical. Main engines for here: 2-litre, 3-litre diesels.

LEXUS

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Stunning looking LC 500h 2+2 coupe hybrid, above, due in Spring; also 5-litre V8 467bhp version. Hybrid has 3.5-litre V6 with electric motor and lithium ion battery pack. IS saloon gets a facelift. Early 2017.

MAZDA

Their new MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) in showrooms for start of January. People placing orders already. Comes with 1.5-litre (131PS) engine currently in MX-5 roadster; will have a 2.0 (160PS) as well. Prices from €31,495; two spec levels: standard and GT.

New CX-5, shown at Los Angeles last week, arrives later in 2017 - expect it to be a 172-reg. CX-3 and Mazda2 get small facelifts.

MERCEDES

New S-Class Cabriolet due here early 2017 as is E-Class Coupé (cabriolet version by mid-year) to rival BMW 6 series. All-Terrain version of E-Class due for second quarter. GLA entry-level SUV to arrive around then too. Two AMG models likely later in 2017 - a GTR and GTC. The AMG E63 performance saloon will be 4MATIC (4WD) only; powered by twin-turbo 4-litre V8 (563bhp/603bhp).

MINI

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Their new Countryman crossover goes on sale in February (€33,580 OTR) and there will be a hybrid - a first from the marque - later in the year. It will have a 40km range on electric charge. Based on same platform as BMW 2-series and X1 crossover. Largest MINI so far (20cm longer to 4.3m), 3cm wider, 7.5cm more wheelbase. Engines include 1.5-litre 3cyl petrol Cooper (136bhp); Cooper S has 2-litre 192bhp 4cyl. Diesels include 2-litre (150bhp, 190bhp).

MITSUBISHI

Updates coming to the Outlander diesel, Outlander PHEV range and Business models.

NISSAN

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The new Micra - much changed and looking smart - is due in April. Shares mechanicals with next-gen Renault Clio. New infotainment tech and high-end safety systems.

New NV300 here now.

OPEL

Promising seven new or replacement models in a year. Among them is new Insignia hatchback (also station wagon and Country Tourer all-wheel-drive versions coming). Second half of 2017.

Meriva replacement, called the Crossland X crossover, due mid-summer. Larger Grandland X SUV expected in the second half of the year. New variant of Vivaro large van also on the way.

PEUGEOT

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Their new 3008 SUV arrives at end of January: 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp (manual, auto), 1.6-litre diesel 100bhp/120bhp (ditto), 2-litre diesel 150bhp and automatic 180bhp version. 
New 5008 seven-seater SUV likely by May. Engine range mirrors that of 3008 SUV. New Expert van has just arrived.

PORSCHE

New Panamera is the big news. A number of versions on sale from January. Prices here start at €111,321 for Panamera 4 PDK, €151,573 for e-hybrid 4S PDK, €156,815 for 4S PDK and €204,502 for diesel turbo PDK.

Watch out for the hybrid (almost €40,000 less expensive than 4.0 TDI) when it gets here in May. It has air suspension as standard (0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds, 172mph and a claimed 113mpg). The Cayenne is likely to be replaced early 2018.

RENAULT

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Megane Sport Tourer estate (1.5 dCi 110, 1.6 dCi 130 diesels and 1.2 TCe 130, 1.6 TCe 205 petrols) is in showrooms shortly (from €20,490).

Grand Coupe Megane saloon (1.5 dCi 110, 1.6 dCi 130 diesels) gets here early next month. The Grand Coupe will be €500 more expensive than equivalent hatchback (€21,990 for Expression dCi 110). The Sport Tourer costs €1,000 more than equivalent hatchback (€20,490 for Expression TCe 130). Also due in December are new Scenic/Grand Scenic (1.5 dCi 110, 1.6 dCi 130 and 1.6 dCi 160 diesels; 1.2 TCe 115 and 1.2 TCe 130 petrols).

Extended-range Zoe in the new year. Facelifted Clio (with new 1.5 dCi 110 diesel) is a November arrival; 1.2 Dynamique Nav model will cost from €16,990. Captur due mid-life refresh. And Koleos SUV, which shares platform with Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai, expected by the summer.

SEAT

They'll have a fresh Leon in early March (including rollout of Xcellence model). By June we should see new Ibiza. New engines will include 4cyl turbo petrol and diesels. By this time next year we should see the new Arona small SUV. It will join current, and larger, Ateca which got here recently.

There will be an FR version of the Ateca in May. Special edition Mii city car, COSMOPOLITAN, goes on sale in January.

SKODA

Expect to see the new KODIAQ 7-seater SUV by February/March; engines include two 2-litre diesels and two 1.4-litre petrols.

Also facelifted Octavia but little change to current engine line-up. May only be a small price increase. It will be this time next year before we see the new Yeti. The Superb is also supposed to get a lift to bring styling into line with Octavia and KODIAQ.

SSANGYONG

They will have a completely new Rexton but it will be by the end of 2017, for 2018 sale.

SUBARU

Only the hatchback version of the new Impreza is likely to come to here. It's longer and taller. The BRZ sports car gets a minor facelift. So does the Levorg estate.

SUZUKI

New Ignis due for January and will have a 1.2 Dualjet engine; a hybrid version could come later. S-Cross facelift with 1-litre Boosterjet engines and 1.6 diesels on sale for a while now.

New Swift, 5dr only, pencilled in for an April arrival. Will be powered by a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. Expect a hot hatch version later.

TESLA

Their Model S saloon and Model X SUV are due early next year. They claim a range of up to 613km for the S and 542km for the all-wheel-drive X (0-100kmh in 3.1 secs on some versions).

The Model S has 60, 75, 90,100kWH batteries with both single and dual motor options. Model X has 75, 90,100kWH batteries (all dual motor). Model S prices start at €81,086; X kicks off at €110,042. The brand will open a Irish store next year and extend the Supercharger and Destination Charger network to Ireland.

TOYOTA

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C-HR compact crossover here imminently. Prices from €26,895 for 1.2-litre petrol and €29,350 for hybrid. No diesel. Plug-in Prius by February. They are claiming 202mpg (1.4-litres/100km, 32g/km) and predict it will be the most frugal PHEV on the market. It will have a 50km electric-only range. Price 'very competitive'.

VOLKSWAGEN

Latest version of the Golf due here by late Spring. Major infotainment update and addition of 1.5 TSI Evo (150bhp) with Active Cylinder Management. Tiguan gets a badly-needed entry-level 2-litre diesel. Now a lower 'price point' (€30,985) in price-sensitive segment (knock off another €1,000 if you go PCP route). Big push to compete with Hyundai Tucson, the runaway leader. We await LWB version.

Beetle has been refreshed; it's in the showrooms. City car up! got a bit of an overhaul. Prices start at €11,875.

New versions of the Polo are on the way too. The 5dr will be powered by small turbocharged engines in the main but a naturally aspirated 3cyl will be included. A GTI will follow. Also expected next year are Touareg and CC models. Look out for a smaller-than-Tiguan SUV while eGolf's range will extend to 300km. Golf R expected to be updated in 2017.

VOLVO

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They will introduce the new XC60 next year. Revealed in the spring, first cars due here from September. BMW X3 and Audi Q5 rival will have similar standard of equipment to that of XC90 and S90 (built on same SPA platform).

Expect prices to start in mid €40s. D4 diesel from the off. V90 and V90 Cross Country, above, in dealerships from January. V90 from €46,650; Cross Country D4 from €54,650. Expect to hear a lot about S90 D3 (150hp) Momentum from €43,900.

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