Sunday 19 November 2017

A-Z of new models for roads or shows in 132 period

Recent Alfa Romeos have struggled to live up to their glorious history, but the 4C is the one to exceed all expectations. A rear-wheel drive two-seater, the 4C is powered by a 1.75-litre four-cylinder turbo that delivers 237bhp and 350Nm.

It is due to make its UK debut at next month's Goodwood Festival of Speed, so we would hope to see it here in the autumn, but this is yet to be confirmed. A facelifted version of the MiTo will be here in September as well as a new version of the Giulietta with a Sports exterior.

Audi's ever-expanding range of models shows no signs of abating. Next month, the hottest version of the A3 family, the S3, arrives along with the RS6 Avant. This super-fast estate is powered by a 4.0TFSI V8 with 560bhp – it fires the RS6 to 100kph in only 3.9 seconds. Pricing begins at an eye-watering €140,300.

In September, the new A3 saloon will be launched, and pricing is expect to be in the region of €1,000 more than the hatchback. The last Audi launch of 2013 will be the RS7. More car than you are ever likely to need, it is powered by the same 4.0TFSI V8 as the RS6 Avant with 560bhp and propels the RS7 to 100kph in just 3.9 seconds. Expect the new arrival to come with a price tag of €148,670.

From revising cars to releasing new ones, BMW has a busy few months ahead. Next month sees the arrival of the 3 Series Gran Turismo, with a starting price of €44,170. An updated 5 Series line-up arrives here in the autumn.

New to the range is a 518d priced at €44,230, but the big news is the launch in November of the new X5.

Lighter, more economical and faster, the new model will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Prices will start at €79,450, and it will be available with a choice of two diesels or a petrol engine. A new 4 Series – or 3 Series Coupe as it was previously known – is likely to make an appearance at Frankfurt. Expect a 4 Series convertible and a more practical 4 Series Gran Coupe in 2014.

An important addition to the Citroen range is the all-new five-seat Citroen C4 Picasso MPV in September. A new seven-seat Grand Picasso will arrive in January 2014. New from the ground up, the C4 Picasso is the first of 20 models that will avail of the new Efficient Modular Platform. Similar to what the VW group is doing with its MQB platform, the new underpinnings will lower costs, reduce emissions and allow for greater flexibility.

The results are impressive, and the C4 Picasso e-HDi 90 Airdream has emissions of 98g/km and a claimed 74mpg. Prices and specifications for Ireland will be available closer to the launch date.

Renault's Romanian brand, Dacia, celebrates its first year in Ireland on July 15, and will be expanding its range later this year with the seven-seat Logan MCV and the Sandero Stepway, a two-wheel-drive soft-roader.

Ford's take on the urban Crossover, the EcoSport, arrives in December. Along with the EcoSport, Ford will also launch the new Focus Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).

Following the recently launched Fiat 500L, a soft off-roader version with revised front and rear bumpers, the Trekking, will join the range in September, along with the 500L+, a seven-seat variant.

Other new models include a Fiat 500S, a sporty version of the 500; a TwinAir Fiat Panda with an automated Dualogic gearbox priced at €14,995; and a new Panda 4x4 with a price tag of €19,995.

The recently launched Honda CR-V gets the new 1.6-litre diesel engine and will be offered as a 2WD version in the autumn. The Civic Tourer powered by the same 1.6 diesel engine will arrive in time for the New Year. A new Jazz is likely, but for now that's unconfirmed.

The next change to the Hyundai range is the launch of the new generation of its excellent city car, the i10, in early 2014.

In keeping with the rest of the line-up, we would expect an impressive blend of economy and practicality.

In September, a facelifted Compass and the all-new Grand Cherokee join the Jeep range.

The Pro_cee'd, Kia's rival to the SEAT Leon SC and the Opel Astra GTC, recently joined the line up. This three-door version of the Cee'd comes with a choice of two engines, a 1.4 diesel and a 1.6 petrol.

As yet, it is unconfirmed if the high-performance Pro_cee'd GT model will be launched in Ireland.

A bigger, lighter and stronger Range Rover Sport will be here in September. The initial line-up will feature four equipment grades – SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic.

Engine options will include a super-charged 5.0-litre 510bhp V8 petrol engine and a 3.0-litre 292bhp SDV6 diesel engine.

Lexus will launch its Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series rival, the IS 300h, in July. Much sharper looking than before, the new IS promises improved dynamics.

Priced from €37,780, the 223bhp IS 300h will be available in five grades – Eco, S-Design, Executive, F SPORT & Premium – and features a new 2.5-litre hybrid system.

CO2 emissions are 99grams, so road tax is €180.

A new Mazda 3, one of the key models in the Mazda range, is to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will be here before the end of the year.

It has already been a busy year for Mercedes Benz – last week alone it launched the 4-door CLA and the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet.

With a starting price of €29,900, the CLA is available as a 1.6-litre CLA 180 BE petrol and a 2.2-litre CLA 220 CDI diesel automatic. A CLA 200 CDI diesel will join the line-up later in the year and a CLA 180CDI in 2014. The new E-Coupe and Cabriolet are €47,360 and €55,940.

The flagship S-class promises to be one of the most technologically advanced cars on the road when it goes on sale in September.

With safety and luxury to the fore, the new model can adapt the suspension depending on the road surface, or in the event of an imminent crash it can adjust the suspension, reducing the potential damage and discomfort.

BMW reinvented the MINI in 2001 and hasn't looked back. New variants such as the Coupe and Paceman have only added to its appeal.

A brand-new MINI will be unveiled this year, but it is unlikely we'll be seeing it on Irish roads until next year.

The Spacestar and ASX are the newest models in the Mitsubishi range.

The ASX has better equipment, revised suspension and improved economy, while the Spacestar is new from the ground up. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is due here in late November.

The Nissan Leaf was the first purpose-designed, mass-production electric car and remains the most successful one to date. An all-new version arrives in July.

The new Nissan Note arrives in September. Powered by two new three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines and a 1.5 diesel unit, the Note will also be equipped with the 'Around View Monitor' system similar to that used on other Nissan models. Before the end of the year, the Micra is due a revamp, and a new Qashqai arrives in 2014.

Opel's new Insignia is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will be here by the end of the year.

New engines include a 2.0CDT1 99g/km Turbo diesel and a new-generation Turbo petrol unit.

Peugeot is expanding its range with a new crossover based on the 208 supermini, the 2008. A new 308 will also be launched here at the end of the year and will be available in both petrol and diesel.

Renault has redesigned the popular Scenic as a crossover, and the new Scenic XMOD will arrive in Irish showrooms this month and is available in two diesel Stop & Start engines, the Energy dCi 110 and dCi 130.

It is the first vehicle in the Renault range to feature the all-new Extended Grip system. This advanced traction control system enables the vehicle to grip the road confidently under difficult driving conditions including mud, sand and snow.

SEAT's hot hatch, the new Ibiza Cupra, will be going on sale herein Ireland next month with a price tag of €22,875. Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine, it has 180bhp and 250 Newton metres of torque and sprints from 0-100km/h in a very impressive 6.9 seconds.

The Skoda Octavia RS arrives this month in both petrol and diesel engines, and a revised Superb will be arriving in July with increased specifications on all models and an entry price from €24,995 for the 1.4 TSI Active model.

Adding more interior space and a modern exterior design, the fourth generation Subaru Forester has just been launched. Available with a choice of manual and CVT transmissions, both are equipped with new X-Mode technology that improves the all-wheel drive capabilities. Prices start at €34,995.

Suzuki's new Skoda Yeti rival, the SX4 S-Cross, is due here in October. While the new model will feature the 4-wheel drive technologies found in the Grand Vitara, we would expect the new model to be offered in a two-wheel drive version as well. It is likely to be powered by a 1.6 diesel and 1.6 petrol engines.

Toyota has been busy of late, and earlier this year it launched a new RAV4, Auris, Verso and Prius+. July 31 sees the arrival of an all-new generation Corolla that promises unrivalled fuel economy, enhanced driving dynamics and upgraded safety features.

The big news for Volkswagen is the arrival next month of the eagerly anticipated Golf GTi and GT.

Over the next few months Volvo will launch several models that have been substantially updated and improved, including the S60/ V60 ranges, XC70 and S80/ V70 ran-ges, as well as a significantly re-vamped XC60.

There are new engines for the V40, a smaller 120bhp petrol engine and two high-performance ones – D4 and T4 versions – with around 180bhp. A long-overdue XC90 replacement is on the way, but Volvo is keeping tight-lipped at present.

Geraldine Herbert

Irish Independent

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