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Introducing the models geared up to turn heads

Published 11/11/2012 | 05:00

From supermini to supercar, they're all here in our A-to-Z of what's heading your way in 2013, writes Geraldine Herbert

ALFA ROMEO The big news for petrolheads is the Alfa Romeo 4C, due mid-year.

Final technical specifications have yet to be announced -- indeed, the production version hasn't been unveiled yet. But thanks to its carbon-fibre chassis, it will mate an exceptionally low kerb weight, with 250bhp performance provided by a new, all-aluminium, four-cylinder turbo engine and paddle-shift TCT transmission.

Low emissions will help keep Irish prices and running costs surprisingly low.

Other news for the Alfa Romeo range includes the introduction of the TwinAir engine to the Mito, and a new Superbike Limited Edition version will also be launched early in 2013. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta range will be rationalised to include only VRT Band A models.

Excluding the special-order-only Cloverleaf, the new range flagship will be the Alfa Giulietta 2.0 JTDm 170hp with TCT (Twin-Clutch Transmission) which and is available to order now.

A new trim specification is also being added: Sportiva. This adds a body kit, Cloverleaf-style wheels, a sports interior and a distinctive badge, in addition to a high level of standard equipment.

AUDI There's no stopping them after another sales record in 2012, and this year looks set to be even busier.

New to the line-up this spring is the five-door Sportback Audi A3. It will be equipped similarly to the A3 hatchback model which launched here in September, and pricing will start at €1,000 over the equivalent A3 three-door hatchback models.

This will be joined by the S3, a high-performance variant, in April 2013. Powered by a 2.0TFSI engine, the 300 bhp S3 sprints from rest to 100kmh in just 5.4 seconds. Pricing is likely to begin in the mid 40s.

The Audi RS5 Cabriolet will become the fourth member of the RS family -- joining the RS4, RS5 and TT RS -- when it arrives in Ireland in early summer. Powered by the 4.2FSI unit producing 450bhp, prices are likely to be above that of the RS5 Coupe.

Other additions to the model range include the first diesel-powered S model, the SQ5 TDI model, which will launch in Ireland in mid-2013. A RS6 Avant will be launched also arrive in summer 2013.

Towards the end of the year, Audi plans to launch an all-new A3 saloon, with a likely price tag of under €30,000. Engines and equipment are expected to be similar to new A3 offerings. Finally, an Audi RS Q3 is expected to hit showrooms at the end of 2013.

BMW A new entry point to the 1 Series range, the 114d, will be introduced in 2013. This is the first petrol Efficient Dynamics model and will be followed later in the year by the 3 Series GT.

For the rest of 2013, BMW is staying tight-lipped on future models and updates, but it seems likely that we can expect a new X5. The Concept Active Tourer shown at Paris, showcasing BMW's first ever front-wheel-drive platform, is also likely to go into production, but the timing is unconfirmed.

CITROEN This is the first January that Irish buyers will have the option of the DS5, so if you're looking for something different, consider the bold design and beautiful styling of this executive offering.

A stylish new C3 Picasso joins the line-up in January, followed by the DS3 Cabrio in March. Changes to the current range include a new Platinum grade to the C4 Picasso that promises to offer greater value. We would expect to see the new five-seater C4 Picasso by September, and a seven- seater Grand C4 Picasso by early 2014, but this is as yet unconfirmed by Citroen.

CHEVROLET Chevvy's version of the Opel Mokka -- the Trax -- will be launched in the UK with a choice of two trim levels and three engines: 1.4 turbo, 1.6 petrol engine and 1.7 diesel. We would expect a similar line-up here, but, as yet, details are unconfirmed.

CHRYSLER 2013 will be the Chrysler 300C's first full year on sale, so it's effectively new to the Irish market.

Powered by VM Motori's new 3.0-litre V6 diesel, with an automatic transmission as standard, the 300C offers incredible value for money compared to its rivals. The Chrysler Ypsilon, will be available with a five-speed automatic transmission in 2013, mated to the award-winning TwinAir engine, reducing emissions and improving economy even further.

The rest of the range is simplified to match demand and take advantage of its increased competitiveness, thanks to its low Co2 engine options.

DACIA Brand new to Ireland, the Dacia Duster will be available to buy in January in both 4x2 and 4x4 guises, with one diesel engine size: a punchy 1.5 dCi 110Bhp.

With a starting price of €14,990, two trims are on offer: the Alternative 4x2 and Signature 4x2, 4x4. The Duster also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

A five-door Sandero will also join the range, promising a supermini price tag. It comes with a three-year or 100,000km warranty.

The Sandero Stepway Crossover and Logan Estate are also due in 2013.

ELECTRIC CARS New electric car additions to the Irish market for 2013 include the Mitsubishi Outlander PLUG-IN EV, Focus Electric, Renault Zoe and Toyota Prius +.

FIAT The Italians are introducing the normally aspirated TwinAir engine to the Panda range early in 2013 which will gradually take over from the current 1.2-litre engine.

With 99g/km, the Panda slips into the new A2 band, resulting in low road tax, while offering improved economy, available in early 2013 will be the new FIAT Panda 4x4.

The Punto is revised with new bumpers, revised cabin trim and new engines, specifically the TwinAir Turbo and new 85hp 1.3-litre JTDm. Both these engines offer considerable improvements in emissions and fuel.

FIAT's big vehicle launch in 2013 is the 500L (five-seat) and 500XL (seven-seat, name to confirmed) people-carriers, which will replace both the Idea and Multipla and kick off a new model offensive built around the style and success of the chic FIAT 500.

It's powered by two of FIAT's newest engines, the 85hp 1.3 JTDm diesel and the 105hp version of the award-winning TwinAir engine, with the 1.6-litre JTDm available later.

FORD It's been a busy year for Ford and next month it reveals its new Fiesta in time for the January sales.

Early 2013 sees the arrival of an all-new Kuga and the baby hot-hatch, the Fiesta ST. Longer and higher than the outgoing model, the new Kuga unveils hands-free automatic tailgate technology, allowing customers to open or close the boot by simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper.

The Fiesta ST promises significant ride-and-handling improvements and is powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine that delivers 177bhp.

Later in the year comes the Focus Electric, and a new Mondeo arrives at the end of next year. The Mondeo will be available as a petrol hybrid electric vehicle, combining a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery to provide optimised fuel economy and low Co2 emissions.

GREAT Great news for hot-hatch fans because 2013 sees the arrival of Peugeot's 208 GTi, the Volkswagen Golf GTi and RenaultSport Clio 200.

HYUNDAI The Korean firm has just launched the all-new Santa Fe. With sharper styling and excellent equipment, it packs in a lot for the money. Only one engine is available, a 2.2.litre diesel, with the option of two or four-wheel drive. Prices start at €36,995 for the two-wheel drive version.

Other changes across the range include a new 1.6 diesel engine for the i30, a 1.4 diesel for the i20 and new entry level point for the i10 Classic at a starting price of €10,995. Three new specs -- Comfort, Executive and Premium -- will replace the current trims for IX35 range.

HONDA An all-new fourth generation CR-V has just been unveiled with a starting price of €37,785. A fraction smaller than the model it replaces, it is also crucially less thirsty.

The big news for Honda in 2013 is the arrival finally of the 1.6 diesel engine to the Civic range. The 1.6 i-DTEC will produce 120bhp but just 94g/km of Co2. Prices will start at €23,695 for a high-spec SE entry-level grade.

The 1.6 i-DTEC will also be available in the CR-V towards the end of 2013 and, for the first time, a "two-wheel option" will be added to the CR-V range.

A Civic Estate is expected next year, but for those waiting for the Civic Type R, it could be a long one, as it is not expected until 2015.

JAGUAR Jaguar's gorgeous XF Sportbrake, a derivative of the XF, is an estate designed for people who don't like estates. Due here in January, prices are likely to start at €47,500.

Longer than the saloon by just 5mm, it weighs 70kg less and features a 550-litre boot. It will be powered by the same engine line-up as the Saloon.

On sale in May is the eagerly-awaited F-type. Its lightweight, all-aluminium construction and powerful new engine line-up promises to deliver stunning performance.

JEEP While other markets get the storming, 465hp Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 in 2013, Jeep Ireland will instead offer its customers a more sensible vehicle with the looks of the SRT8, but powered by the company's new 241hp 3.0-litre, V6, turbo-diesel engine.

Called the S-Limited, it features a new body kit, 20-inch wheels and unique black detailing, as well as leather-and-suede SRT8-style seats amongst numerous other cabin enhancements. Pricing has yet to be announced but it is expected to be more affordable the range-topping Overland on which it is based.

Details of the new Jeep Liberty/Cherokee are scant at this stage, so much so that the name hasn't even been finalised yet, and might end up being called something completely different.

While the Liberty/Cherokee has remained on sale in the US, it was dropped from Europe in 2011. An all-new replacement is now in the works and is due to arrive in the second half of 2013, slotting in between the Compass and the Grand Cherokee and boasting a sophisticated new platform, advanced low-Co2 petrol and diesel engines with ultra-efficient transmissions as well as surprising, head-turning looks.

KIA The very sleek second generation Pro-Cee'd hatchback arrives here in March and will be powered by the same choice of 1.4 and 1.6 diesel engines currently in the Cee'd five-door and Sportswagon.

Kia's Ford C-Max rival, the new Carens, promises space, style and practicality. Featuring a lower roofline and longer wheelbase, it will come as a seven-seater only and will be available with the same 1.7D engine that's in the Sportage.

LAND ROVER The big news for Land Rover is the arrival of the all-new Range Rover.

Lighter, more efficient and the world's first all-aluminium SUV, the first all-new Range Rover in almost a decade promises to be a major step forward. Available with 3.0-litre TDV6 engine, this smaller engine delivers the same performance as the previous 4.4-litre TDV8 Range Rover but the reduced weight achieves a 22 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and Co2 emissions. Available from showrooms in January, prices start from €119,300 for 3.0 TDV6.

The Freelander benefits from some slight modifications to the exterior and interior styling for 2013.

LEXUS The luxury label kicks off the year with the launch of the LS 600h in January.

The LS range will start from €122,480 and will feature the latest interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille design. We would also expect to see a new IS in the summer.

MAZDA The new model for 2013 is the third-generation Mazda 6. With stylish looks, first impressions from the international launch are good (full report page 4).

Due here in February, prices are expected to be in the region of €30,000. Available as a Saloon or Estate version, it will be powered by a 148bhp 2.2 diesel, giving 68.9mpg and with emissions of 108g

MERCEDES Another busy year for Mercedes, which has added both a new B-Class and M-Class to the range in 2012. It ends the year with the addition of three new models: a diesel-powered E 300 BlueTec Hybrid, the very glamorous and elegant CLS Shooting Brake and a new A-Class.

As different from its predecessor as it is possible to be, the new A-Class range includes an A180 petrol version at €26,435 and A180 CDI diesel version at €28,550.

The mid-life revised E-Class range comes to the market at the beginning of the year, followed by a new S-Class and an all-new, eye-watering Compact Style Coupé, whose design cues will be distinctly A-Class.

MINI March sees the arrival of the Mini Paceman. Based on the five-door Countryman crossover, the Paceman has two fewer doors and starts at €27,060.

Two petrol and two diesel engines will be offered initially, with a high-performance John Cooper Works version due later. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional six-speed automatic with Steptronic function for manual control.

In addition, a John Cooper Works Countryman is on the way and will be the first to come with Mini ALL4 all-wheel drive. Mini John Cooper Works GP, the quickest Mini sprints from 0-100km in 6.3 seconds, also joins the range.

MITSUBISHI The new Outlander, is due here next week with a starting price of €34,995 for the 2WD five-seater. Emissions are lowest in class at just 126g/km with fuel consumption of 58.9MPG and Band B road tax.

February sees the arrival of the replacement for the Colt -- the Mirage -- that will be powered by a 1.2L, 79BHP, petrol engine which delivers emissions of under 100g/km and excellent fuel economy. Mitsubishi is also offering an eight-year/150,000km warranty on all passenger cars.

NISSAN The replacement for the Nissan Note hits Irish shores at the end of 2013. Based on the Invitation concept, the new Note is likely to be similar in length to small hatchbacks such as the Ford Fiesta but offers the interior space of a supermini MPV. The engine range would be most likely a small diesel.

OPEL A new five-door Astra hatchback and saloon are due towards the end of the year.

Opel will also enter the compact SUV sector for the first time with the Mokka next month. Available in front and all-wheel drive, the engine range comprises a 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.7-litre diesel. Prices start at €19,995 for the 1.6 five-speed, rising to €27,995 for the 1.7 CDTi six-speed AWD.

Opel Adam will arrive in spring. Taking design cues from the Fiat 500, Citroen's DS5 and the Mini, this is its first urban car engineered and produced in Germany.

Three petrol engines will be offered: a 1.2-litre with 69bhp and two 1.4 litres -- one with 86bhp and one with 99bhp.

PEUGEOT For 2013, Peugeot has added a 1.0 petrol option to the 208. On sale in spring is the new 2008 compact crossover followed by the GTi variant of the 208.

This hot-hatch features a six-speed manual gearbox and a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 200bhp and 275Nms of torque. Based on the 208, the 2008 is a small SUV-styled crossover that is powered by a new turbocharged 1.2 petrol 110bhp engine boasting low fuel consumption and Co2 emissions. Prices and equipment levels will be announced closer to launch.

RENAULT One can't underestimate the importance of the new Clio to Renault -- one of their bestselling models since launching in 1991. Available only in five-door version, prices start from €14,990. Let the supermini war commence.

Elsewhere in the range, the Megane has had a facelift for 2013, and joining the Renault range in 2013 will be the ZOE and Captur. ZOE is Renault's 100 per cent electric supermini while Captur is a sporty crossover. Prices for both will be announced in 2013.

SEAT There has been a €20m nationwide investment in the Spanish car brand by the parent company, so we can expect to see a lot more from Seat.

Its version of Skoda's Rapid, the Toledo, goes on sale here this month and is the third new model launched by SEAT this year along with the Ibiza and Mii. A new Leon will hit showrooms by spring.

SKODA Big news for Skoda this year was the launch of the Rapid, which arrived here last month. Positioned between Fabia and Octavia, with a starting price of just €15,995 for the entry 1.2 MPI 75bhp, it offers a lot of car for the money.

For 2013, a new specification, Octavia Exclusive, will be offered in the range. Standard kit includes half-leather seats, satellite navigation, rear-parking sensors, 16" alloys, BlueTooth and climate control -- all for €19,995 for the 1.2TSI 105bhp and €22,995 for the 1.6TDI 105bhp.

Also new will be an optional Automatic Transmission (ASG) offered on the Citigo.

SUZUKI The S-CROSS concept shown in Paris is likely to preview the SX4 replacement due next year.

SUBARU Having launched the XV (a Compact SUV) and the BRZ (a performance coupe) this year, 2013 seems to be a quiet year for Subaru with no new cars on the horizon.

TOYOTA Big news here is the arrival of the Auris at the end of this month. It will be offered with 1.33 petrol, 1.4 D-4D and Hybrid. Next year sees the launch of the Prius +, a seven-seater version of the Prius.

It has a lithium battery which delivers 96gCo2 and 67mpg. A hybrid version of the Yaris, the first full hybrid in the b-segment, is due, with emissions of just 79g/km and fuel consumption of an incredible 80mpg.

Later in the year, an estate version of the Auris arrives and will be offered with a full hybrid engine.

VOLKSWAGEN The latest version of VW's best-selling Golf arrives in dealerships next month. It may not look very different, but it's 15 per cent lighter and boasts impressive fuel economy and emissions. Prices from €19,995.

Also arriving in time for the new year is a 1.6 Diesel Beetle and the Scirocco GTS. Early in 2013, special edition R versions of the Passat and CC will join the range along with a new entry price-point for the Polo. The hottest hatch on the planet, the Golf GTi, arrives in 2013 with a 227bhp two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

VOLVO Based on the V40 hatch but with larger wheels and chunkier bumpers, the V40 Cross Country sits somewhere between a hatchback and a compact SUV.

Targeting BMW X1 and Audi Q3, it will be available in front and all-wheel drive with a higher ground clearance of 4cm. Starting price for the new model is €28,645. There is also a sportier V40 R-Design joining the V40 range.

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