From EVs to sports cars... the A-to-Z of cars heading our way
Alfa Romeo will finally embrace electrification with their next small SUV. Named after a mountain road in the Italian Alps, the Tonale will sit below the Stelvio crossover in Alfa Romeo's line-up when it goes on sale in 2020 and will be available in a plug-in hybrid electric.
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Facing stiff competition from the all-new BMW 3 series, the facelifted Jaguar XE and the recently refreshed Mercedes C Class, news that Audi has revamped their A4 for 2019 should come as no surprise. The styling has been tweaked inside and out but the look is very familiar. Under the bonnet, six turbocharged engines will be available and all include an 8-volt mild-hybrid system. Available to order from autumn 2019, pricing will be confirmed in the coming weeks. A new Audi A6 allroad quattro, with standard all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and increased ground clearance will go on sale here later this year.
While looking remarkably similar to the model it replaces, a new 1 series promises a roomier interior and a raft of new technology. Rear-wheel drive purists will not welcome the news that the 1 series is now front wheel drive. Due in September, prices are expected to start at €33,205 OTR. BMW's cheapest crossover, the X1 gets a new look, new transmission and new colours and prices start from €38,100 when it arrives in September. A new BMW M8 Coupé and Convertible are here at the end of the year but no prices are available.
Following the launch of the C5 Aircross, one of their most important models to date, a Phev version with a 50km all-electric range is due before summer 2020.
Dacia is expected to launch a small EV in 2020. No details are available yet.
Showing other car makers how it's done in terms of styling, the end of year will see the arrival of the all-new funky DS 3 Crossback. An E-Tense Phev model will join the DS7 lineup at the end of 2019. A full electric E-Tense version will arrive in time for January sales.
Fiat is celebrating its 120th birthday in style with the launch of special anniversary versions of the 500 family. The 500L 120th Edition is available now from €20,995 while the 500 and 500X are expected in August. Next year will see the launch of a fully electric version of the 500.
Aimed at hardcore off-roaders, August sees the arrival of the Ranger Raptor, a high-performance 4X4 pick up truck priced from €63,950. Fans of hot hatches will be eagerly awaiting the arrival in September of the Focus ST. A new ST can only mean one thing - an RS follows very soon. Ford ends the year with the launch of the Fiesta EcoBoost HEV and Focus EcoBoost HEV and the Ford Puma, a mild hybrid SUV-inspired crossover. Next year an all-new Kuga petrol plug-in hybrid will join the range along with a Mustang-inspired all-electric performance SUV.
Following the launch of the CR-V Hybrid earlier this year next year is set to be a busy one for Honda. A Hybrid Jazz is expected before summer and Honda will launch a small electric car, the Honda e that will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The Kona was the outstanding success for Hyundai this year and a new Hybrid automatic version is due in dealerships from July priced from €27,495. For 2020 an updated Ioniq with an increased driving range of 294km, new technology and a refreshed look will launch. Pricing is yet to be announced.
No new models have been confirmed for Jaguar.
The all new JL version of the iconic Jeep Wrangler is available to order while a new Renegade is due at the end of this year. A Phev version is expected in the middle of next year.
Electric car sales are up 300pc so far this year so Kia chose a good time to launch their all-new e-Niro and e-Soul. The e-Niro will be offered with a choice of two batteries with a range of 289km or a range of 455km. Prices start from €33,495. The e-Soul will be offered with a 65 kWh unit with a range of 455km and will be priced from €35,995. Kia will also expand their SUV line-up with a Ceed inspired crossover. The Xceed will launch in October, powered by a 1.0 and 1.4 petrol engine and a 1.6 diesel and a Phev variant will launch in January 2020.
Though not expected to go on sale until March 2020, we expect the all new Defender will be revealed in September. It is likely to closely resemble the Range Rover family models but retain it's iconic all-conquering off-road ability. A new Discovery Sport will arrive in September and next year a Range Rover Evoque Phev will launch.
Following a busy start to 2019 with the launch of the Lexus ES, the UX and a facelifted RC the rest of the year is a quiet one for the Japanese car maker.
Blending automotive technology and distinct design aesthetic, the seventh-generation Mazda3 has arrived in showrooms. Available as a saloon or hatchback, pricing starts from €26,295. Due at the end of the year is Mazda's third SUV the CX-30. Larger than the CX-3 but smaller than the CX-5, it will be based off the same platform as the new Mazda3. Elsewhere an updated version of the CX-5 has just been launched and for MX-5 fans a 30th birthday special edition model with a very limited production - just 3000 produced worldwide - has been released.
A host of new Phev variants from Mercedes are due in the coming months and first up is the plug-in hybrid versions of the A-Class and B-Class. A new CLA Shooting brake is due at the end of the summer. Bound for showrooms in the third quarter of the year is the facelifted GLC SUV and coupe and a refreshed GLS. The eagerly-awaited all-Electric EQC Edition 1886 is set to hit showrooms in summer. Based on the latest GLC model, the EQC is the start of a new sub-brand of Evs from Mercedes. The last launch of 2019 will be the arrival of the EQC 400 4MATIC and the GLB. Seven cars will launch in the first-half of 2020, including a refreshed E-Class, GLA and GLE Coupé and four AMG variants the GLB 53, GLE 63, GLE 53 Coup and GLS 63.
2019 is the year Mini goes electric with the first electric Mini launching to coincide with the 60th-anniversary celebrations. Based on the current Mini Hatchback, the new EV is likely to share its motor and battery with the BMW i3. No pricing has yet been confirmed for the MINI which is due to arrive in showrooms next year. Elsewhere in the range, the Clubman has been refreshed and prices start at €30,740.
A new Mitsubishi L200 has just launched, priced from €37,850 and with a new high-spec trim level, Instyle, which starts at €41,935. A facelifted Space Star will be in showrooms from January 2020. Mitsubishi will take the next step towards electrification with the Eclipse Cross family SUV arriving with Phev technology during 2020 and an all-new Outlander Phev in late 2020. An EV compact SUV is likely to replace the popular ASX in 2021.
Big news for Nissan is the arrival of their new 62kw Leaf that promises a longer range of 385km on a single charge. Pricing is expected to be announced in the coming few weeks. Elsewhere, the Micra line up has been expanded and now features an all-new upgraded and more efficient turbocharged 1.0-litre IG-T 100 PS petrol engine. The Qashqai is available with a new 1.3-litre petrol engine to replace 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrol engines while a new 1.7-litre diesel engine replaces the 1.5-litre diesel engine. Nissan ends the year with a new Juke but few details are known about it at this time.
Opel's new Generation Corsa will arrive in showrooms nationwide at the end of 2019. Some 108kg lighter than it's predecessor, it is likely to be powered by three petrol engines and one diesel. The Astra will receive a mid-cycle 'facelift' with the updated model arriving at dealerships in November 2019 and a new large family MPV, Zafira Life which will launch in September 2019. Two diesel engines: 2.0 150PS and 2.0 180PS, with manual and automatic variations of both will be available and an EV version is scheduled for launch in 2021. 2020 is the year Opel will go electric with a new Corsa-e and Grandland X Hybrid 4 launching. Read our full report on page 6.
With a radical new exterior and modern interior full of clever technology, the 508 is one of the most stylish saloons on the market. Joining the 508 range this summer is an SW or estate version. Prices are not confirmed but we expect starting prices from €34,000. A new 208 range will arrive in showrooms before 2020 along with all-electric version of the hatchback. The 508 fastback and SW will be available with Peugeot's new hybrid engines at the end of 2019. Spring 2020 sees the launch of the 3008 SUV hybrid with 4-wheel drive.
There's a dazzling line-up of new cars for 2019, but the Porsche Taycan has to be one of the most hotly anticipated of them all. The Taycan is Porsche's first all-electric car and the brand's first serious challenge to Tesla. With a claimed range of 400km and more than 600 bhp, Porsche's Taycan is more than a match for the Model S. A showroom-ready version of the electric car is likely to debut at September's Frankfurt Motor Show. Hot on the heels of the Taycan is an all-electric Macan SUV.
The biggest launch for Renault this year will be the all-new 5th generation Clio that arrives here towards the end of 2019. The new model features one of the classiest interiors in the segment, while introducing an array of active safety and tech features as standard across the range. In time for '201' sales, an all-new Captur will launch while the Mégane IV is due a nip and tuck in mid-2020. Renault's ZOE will also benefit from a substantial restyle, a completely revised interior, increased range and more charging options. 2020 will bring a new hybrid powertrain to the Clio range and the all-new Captur and new Mégane will become available in plug-in hybrid form in the second half of 2020.
A new version of the Leon will launch in April 2020. Information on pricing and specification will be available closer to the launch date. SEAT's first electric vehicle El Born will launch at the end of 2020 and will be the first 100pc electric vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform. The Cupra range will add the Formentor in Q3 of 2020. Powering the car is a high-performance plug-in hybrid engine.
Setting their sights on the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus market, Skoda's replacement for the Rapid, their Scala, arrives this month. Generously-sized, with a 467-litre luggage capacity and a choice of two 1.0-litre petrol engines with 95- and 115hp, a 1.5-litre putting out 150hp and a 1.6-litre diesel putting out 115hp. Pricing will be revealed this week and we expect it to be competitive. We won't see a new version of the Octavia until mid-2020, so in the meantime, there is a special edition Soleil version, which comes loaded with kit from €24,700. October sees a revised version of the Superb. While styling changes are small, the addition of a plug-in hybrid is a welcome one. In November Skoda will add a third model to its SUV range, the Kamiq.
A new Korando featuring a much-improved interior and a new range of engines will go on sale this summer.
October 2019 sees Subaru's first foray into plug-in hybrids with the arrival of Phev models, including the new Forester e-Boxer and XV Crossover e-Boxer. The all-new Forester e-Boxer features a new platform, facial recognition technology, new X-Mode and reverse automatic braking. The XV Crossover e-Boxer is priced from €38,945 and the Forester e-Boxer from €44,495 for SE models.
No new additions have been confirmed for the Suzuki line-up in 2019.
Tesla's smaller, simpler, more affordable car, the Model 3 is available to order in Ireland with prices starting at €48,900. Check out our 10 things to know about the Model 3 on page 6. A new compact SUV, Model Y is due out in 2020.
It has been a busy 2019 for Toyota who launched no fewer than 5 new models since January and there are more new models on the way. July sees the arrival of the Corolla TREK, a Crossover-type, rugged vehicle powered by a 2.0-litre hybrid only. The stunning Supra will arrive in July. Developed in partnership with BMW, it delivers 340hp from its 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine with 500 Nm of torque and rear-wheel drive. Prices start from €81,260.
The big news from Volkswagen will be the ID.3, which is due this time next year. Pre-order books remain open but we know that this car won't be in huge supply at first. There are three range potentials of 350km, 450km or 550km depending on which version you opt for. No word on exact pricing as yet but we'd expect it to start around €30,000 after grants. A revised version of the Passat is due at the end of the year in time for the '201' plate and, while the styling isn't radically different, it does come with a lot of new technology, with "Travel Assist" making its debut. That makes the Passat the first car that is capable of partially automated driving at any speed. The Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will have 55km electric range under WLTP. Before the end of 2019, we should see the T-Roc R land, with 300+ horsepower. The T-Roc Cabriolet isn't expected to be sold here. There will be a Golf Mark 8 in Q1 of next year and that will feature hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology, faster GTI and R models, but no new e-Golf, which makes way for the ID.3. We'd expect the see mid-life facelifts of Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace too at some point in early 2020.
Arriving in showrooms nationwide this month, Volvo's S60 is the Swedish car-makers first car produced with no diesel engine variant. Customers can currently order R Design and Inscription trim levels and entry price is €46,495 on the T4 R Design. However, the Momentum trim will be available to order from November this year. Unveiled earlier this year a refreshed version of the bestselling XC90 large SUV is available to order now. From early 2020 Volvo's XC40 SUV will also receive a new electrified option, in the form of a T5 Twin Engine petrol-plug-in hybrid. Pricing is still to be confirmed.