Tuesday 23 January 2018

So, what's new for the 132?

Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham trawls through the new and revised models on their way

The Kia Soul
The Kia Soul
BMW 435i Coupe Sport Line
The Renault Twizy

As always, there will be more and more new models revealed as the year goes on, but I hope this synopsis will be helpful in the short term if you are thinking about changing. Stay tuned because we bring you reports on what's new every Wednesday in 'Independent Motors'.

Alfa Romeo

Rear-wheel drive, two-seat 4C (1.8-litre, 237bhp,) supposed to arrive later in the year. Lovely-looking car. The MiTo gets a facelift – and so does the Giulietta.


The A3 saloon is amongst the most important they've unveiled. Here in September; starting from €29,950 on-the-road (OTR). Audi say that's a 'price premium' of €850 over 5dr Sportback. Will be well-specced; looks well in the flesh.

S3 hatchback in July – hottest version of A3. The 2.0TFSI punches 300bhp. Starts at €45,260 OTR. S3 Sportback in October – €1,000 above hatchback. RS6 Avant next month – fastest Avant. 4.0TFSI V8 (560bhp) rockets to 100kmh in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed 300kmh. From €140,300 OTR.

The RS7 arrives in November. Same 4.0TFSI V8 as RS6 Avant, 0-100kmh in 3.9 seconds. Top speed 300kmh. From €148,6700 OTR. February for A3 cabriolet.


On cue for July is 3-series Gran Turismo (from €44,170 for 318d SE on the road). Great back-seat room. Based on 3-series long-wheelbase version. On sale on July 6. Same standard spec as 3-series Touring but adds 18in alloys, adjustable rear seats with folding headrests. 320i xDrive, 325d and M Sport models shortly initial launch.

The 4-series is 3-series Coupe's successor (based on 3-series saloon platform, shares dash, etc). Here October 5, will cost from €47,130 for 420d SE. Smart looking. More emphasis on dynamic driving. Three engines initially – 428i, 435i and 420d; followed in November by 420i, 420i xDrive, 420d xDrive, 430dA and 435dA xDrive.

The Z4 cabrio gets a 1.8-litre petrol, which lowers entry cost.

Tweaked 5-series later in the autumn. New 518d engine means entry-point price dips to €44,230 OTR. New 520d SE saloon's emissions (119g/km) so low, marque dispenses with 520d EfficientDynamics model.

The new X5 arrives on November 16 (from €79,450 OTR for xDrive30d SE). Three engines initially: xDrive30d, xDrive50i, and M50d, followed in December by sDrive25d, xDrive25d and xDrive40d. New 25d is first four-cylinder engine in X5. Comes as sDrive and xDrive and will cut entry-level price.


C4 Picasso people-carrier here in September; seven-seater Grand in January. Prices from around €26,000 mark for 1.6-litre diesel 90bhp version with 110bhp from €27,000.


Good first year with Duster and Sandero. We'll see the seven-seat Logan MCV (1.2-litre petrol, TCe 90 petrol, 1.5 dCi diesel) in September and beefed-up Sandero soft-roader called Stepway at year's end.


Recently tweaked the Mondeo for July sale. Compact EcoSport urban crossover is a December arrival to complement taut-handling larger and revised Kuga. Will have 1-litre EcoBoost petrol (125bhp), 1.5-litre 110bh petrol, 1.5-litre diesel (90bhp). Focus electric vehicle towards year's end.


A Trekking version of 500L in September and 500L+ seven-seater. Also in the pipeline are a TwinAir Panda with automatic gearbox and Panda 4x4.


At last, we'll get a CR-V with excellent new 1.6-litre diesel – and a 2WD version – in October. Surely has to come in under €35,000? What a package that would be. A Civic estate (Tourer) gets here in April – also with that 1.6-litre diesel.


Will battle hard for sales this July to bolster claims to be the country's fastest growing brand. Next generation i10 city car and ix35 early next year.


Heavily revised Grand Cherokee due in a couple of months, as is a facelifted Compass.


Here this month, the F-TYPE is fun and fiery. Costs from around €108,000 for the 3-litre V6 'entry-level' F-TYPE, €125,000 for the more powerful 'S' and €150,000 for the F-Type V8 S.


New Carens just here – fine people-carrier. The pro-cee'd GT will be here shortly. The 1.6 204hp GT will be special order only – and will have a high spec. Expect price to be around €35,000. The offbeat Soul has been facelifted – it's huge in North America – and supply for Europe has been affected as a result, but we could see it here next year.

Land Rover

September arrival for new Range Rover Sport. The 3-litre diesel (292bhp) V6 sounds like it might be fun.


Its brand new IS300h (223bhp) goes on sale on July 9 and will cost from €37,780. The 2.5-litre hybrid system starts with emissions as low as 99g/km (€180 road tax).


New '3' doesn't get here until later in year. Worth keeping in mind if you're buying next year. They've enhanced the excellent CX-5 crossover.


Revised E-Class here as are coupe, cabriolet versions. So is 4dr coupe CLA – have a look at 1.6-litre petrol. Flagship S-Class in September. So posh you can order it to dispense your favourite perfume or take over driving in heavy traffic. Two hybrid versions, one petrol (early next year), one diesel (before that). Road tax from €200. Also lined up: S400 Hybrid, S500, S350 BlueTEC and S500 plug-in hybrid – the first S-Class lower than 4-litres per 100kms. Expect prices close to current model.

Expect much more dynamic looking C-Class next summer. It wil be bigger (127mm longer) and roomier inside (rear especially). It will debut at Detroit in January.


Lots of variants out there now – a bit confusing, to be honest. Still a great core product, especially with a diesel. Next year before we see the brand new one, most likely.


Planning quite a few new models medium-term, most immediately a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander. It will be here in November.


Have just cut entry price of electric LEAF. Now starts at €20,990 (includes Government grant.). Top spec (SVE) costs €26,390. They claim improved battery range of 199km. Lots of changes.

In September, we'll get the heavily revised Micra (1.2-litre manual, CVT and 1.2-litre DIG-S) and all-new NOTE (1.4-litre, 1.6-litre petrol; 1.5-litre diesel). A new Qashqai in January.


We recently brought you details of the revised Insignia. Looks better inside and out. Excellent diesels (2-litre 99g/km) but watch out for a couple of really good petrols. October/November arrival.


New soft-roader 2008 a prime July contender. Keep the Grip version in mind – for a few hundred euro extra it will give you extraordinary traction and mean not needing 4x4 expenditure.

Engines include 1.2 petrol; plus 1.4 HDi, 1.6 HDi diesels. New 208 GTi here (1.6-litre petrol 200bhp, from €27,995). New 308 family hatch looks sharp, but year-end arrival.


Pricing and engines not yet confirmed for their electric Twizy or ZOE, but I do know the Twizy gets here in August.

Not long here is the Captur – a mix of MPV, SUV and family hatchback. See First Irish Drive of Renault XMOD elsewhere. This has a Grip system, too. The Scenic people-carrier itself is also facelifted.


Really cranking up action with new Leon (better priced than VW Golf on which it is based), and Leon SC (from €18,645) generating some decent comment. Now we've got the hot Ibiza Cupra (€22,875) to look forward to within a month or so. Whopping 180bhp from its 1.4-litre TSI engine.


They've been busy this year – celebrating their 20th on the Irish market – with new Octavia and revisions. Octavia RS thumps in before too long, Combi too, as does revamped Superb (mid-July). Starts at €24,995. Is there a better value large car out there? Rapid Spaceback due in November.


New Forester arrived recently. The 2.0D X starts at €34,995 and there's a 2.0i XE CVT for same money.


Come October, they'll have a new SX4 S-Cross, a Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti rival. Can be two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, 1.6 petrol or 1.6 diesel. Two spec grades. Special edition 1.2-litre Swift from next month (cruise control, Bluetooth, privacy glass, front fogs). Newly priced Splash here shortly – they've knocked price to €11,995.


It has been a busy year so far with a new Auris, revised Verso, new Prius + 7-seater and new RAV4. But they don't come much bigger than the Corolla and it is arriving on July 31. Taking their places alongside it over the next six months will be the new Auris Touring Sports and the ProAce van.


Has plenty of fresh stuff such as Golf and up! city car. Sparkling new GTI (from €33,820) next month – and the GTD in August (from €35,740).


Major facelifts for the S60, S80, V70, XC60 – all expected here early next month. New engines in the V40 are the T2 120hp petrol (band B), T4 180hp petrol (Band B), D4 177hp diesel and D2 Auto. Prices unchanged since January. The XC90 successor can't be far off either.

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