Friday 24 November 2017

The new and revised cars on their way to your dealer for 172-reg - and beyond


BMW 4-Series
BMW 4-Series
Renault Koleos
Lexus LS
Dacia Logan Stepway
Ford Fiesta
Citroen Aircross
Kia Stinger
SEAT Ibiza
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Our motoring editor tells you what models are coming and when - to help you decide whether to buy now or hold out for another six months.


Irish pricing and spec for the marque's first SUV, the Stelvio, will be disclosed in autumn. First models due October/November. Rivals include BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, Volvo XC60, Jaguar F-Pace). There will be petrol and diesel versions, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive systems. An 8spd ZF auto transmission will be standard. There'll also be a powerful Quadrifoglio version.


The V8 Vantage will replace the current model later in the year. Its design is influenced by the DB10 from the 'Spectre' movie.


The A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 version arrives later in the year but order books are open. From €46,500. The A5 Cabriolet gets a stiffer body, which should mean much better handling.

The RS5 Coupé Gran Turismo has a V6 biturbo (450hp, 600Nm) and goes on order from August. From €109,950 or so.

The RS3 Sportback is due a facelift: the 2.5-litre 5-cyl petrol is to increase to 394bhp. Later in the year, a 394bhp TT RS is promising "R8 levels of performance".

We should see the flagship A8 by year's end, with the most advanced autonomous technology to date, being promised.


The Continental GT is replaced late in the year with sportier looks and 600bhp W12, which we'll see first in the Bentayga.


The M4 CS (Club Sport) is coming back as it slots in between the M4 and M4 GTS. The 4 Series gets an update; it may look minor but there has been a big improvement to how it drives.

Elsewhere there is a new Shadow Edition for the 1 Series and 3 Series models, both of which have been given facelifts. The 2 Series has been updated too: changes on the outside, dashboard and instrument cluster as well as upgraded spec on the Coupe and convertible. The 5 Series now has new 520i and 525d engines.


The C3 Aircross compact SUV will be unveiled next week (June 12 in Paris). It is expected here for 181-reg sales. This new addition succeeds the C3 Picasso. There will be an all-electric version of the E-Berlingo Multispace but it may not get here.


The DS 7 is expected by mid-2018.


Dacia Logan Stepway

Here this month will be SE Summit versions of the Sandero Stepway and Duster. These versions have special wheel designs and interior trim, chunky body side and wheel arch mouldings. There is also a new Logan MCV Stepway.


The 500C 60th Edition is being introduced to celebrate 60 years of the 500. Only 560 are being produced; five are coming here. There will be three engines: 1.1-litre petrol; 1.0 litre; and 1.5-litre TDCi diesel. Expect a small increase in price on the current entry-level €16,500. A coupé version of the 124 Spider is expected later in the year/early 2018.


Ford Fiesta

It's all about the new Fiesta. It gets here in July, so potential buyers can order it for 172-reg. There will be a 1.1 litre petrol 60PS, 1-litre 70/85PS petrol/ EcoBoost 100PS and an 85PS 1.5-litre diesel. I understand there will be a small-ish hike on the starting price of €16,500.

The 1.1 litre petrol 70PS is expected to be the top seller. It replaces the 60PS 1.25 litre petrol and claims 17pc better fuel economy. A number of commercial vehicles are due too.


The Civic TYPE R is due here next spring. The 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo pumps 320PS. It will automatically blip the throttle for you when downshifting. Nothing on pricing yet. The next-gen CRV is expected later this/early next year. We're told it will be larger and more upmarket.


The new Kona small SUV is due late October, in time for 181-reg. Based on the new i30 family hatch, it will expand Hyundai's considerable SUV reach.

Late in the year the i30N hot hatch (developed on the Nürburgring) goes on sale in right-hand drive. It will have a 2-litre turbo with over 260bhp. Before then we should hear about the i30 Tourer estate. A spacious cargo area is promised.


The new Compass replaces current Compass and Patriot, and arrives later this year.


Kia Stinger

The Stinger saloon will arrive in October but the 2.2D diesel version won't get here until January. The flagship motor will have a 315bhp turbocharged 4cyl engine. And the Stonic small SUV, based on the new Rio hatch, will debut at Frankfurt. It will have two or four-wheel drive. A more frugal Niro PHEV is reported. The seven-seat Sorento SUV will get a facelift later in the year.


The Range Rover Velar arrives in August. The mid-sized SUV-coupé slots between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport and competes with the Porsche Macan. It has three large touchscreens in the cabin.

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be revealed next week and gets here towards the end of the year. Jaguar's E-PACE, a rival for the Audi Q3, will arrive at the end of the year after being unveiled officially in mid-July. It will have 2-litre petrol and diesel Ingenium engines.

The F-TYPE sports car gets a 2-litre turbo petrol flat-four (296bhp). Should be much more affordable.


Lexus LS

The LC Coupe, powered by a new-gen Multistage Hybrid powertrain or 5-litre V8 petrol, arrives in August. Not sure of pricing but it will be under €120,00 for the hybrid. While numbers are limited, there has been a lot of interest here.

The new LS 500h flagship saloon is a November arrival. It too will have the new 3.5 litre Multistage Hybrid powertrain. It will target the luxury liners from Germany. Lexus tells me the current LS 600h (a picture of which we inadvertently used instead of the new one at the Geneva Show) has been priced out of the market for years - it costs €189,000. However, all is about to change and I would not be surprised if we see a mega price reduction. Maybe as much as €60,000? You'd never know.

The NX SUV is scheduled for suspension updates, new technology and design tweaks. It's really going to be a 181-reg car.


The Ghibli gets a new infotainment and Sport pack as part of a timid enough facelift in July. The petrol version of the marque's first SUV, the Levante, will pump 424bhp from the 3-litre twin-turbo V6. Due in September


The New CX-5 - reviewed here recently - gets here this month. Prices are up around €1,000. Lots of small changes and excellent 2.2-litre diesel. There is a special LUX edition CX-3 GT based on a SKYACTIV-G 2-litre engine 120PS (from €28,595).


The CLS Shooting Brake (estate) arrives in the third quarter, as does the new E-Class Cabriolet. The much-vaunted S-Class facelift version (quite extensive) is scheduled to arrive in the last quarter of the year.

There will be a new CLS in the first quarter of 2018, and the C-Class will get a facelift before next summer.

Watch out for the new AMG GT4, which looks like being a spring 2018 arrival. Should be something. Also before next summer we should see a booted A-Class. And the GLC SUV gets a 200d diesel late summer next year. There are also reports of the AMG E 63 estate being rolled out in July (603bhp). The E-Class All-Terrain high rider estate is another to watch for, while the AMG GT R has got even faster. And the X-Class posh version of the Nissan Navara is expected.


The Mini Countryman SE Cooper All4 is a June debutant. The petrol-electric hybrid develops 221bhp and can cover 40km on electric power alone. At the same time, the new John Cooper Works Countryman arrives. It develops 231hp and has all-wheel drive (0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds).


The Eclipse Cross is their big news. It will arrive in time for sale in January. The compact SUV Coupe will initially have a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine but it will be followed by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel later in the 181-reg period - that obviously will be the seller. There will be a choice of 6spd manual, 7spd CVT and 8spd automatic transmissions.


They're busy. There is the new Micra, here now, an upgraded Qashqai and X-Trail later, and new Leaf coming in the next 12 months. The Micra has three engines - 0.9-litre petrol turbo, 1-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. Prices start from €16,650. The Qashqai's facelift involves freshening the looks, improving interior quality and driving. It will be in dealerships by mid-July.

The new Leaf is coming next year, but there are few details despite a recent teaser pic. The seven-seater X-Trail gets refreshed looks too.


They have had key arrivals for 172. The Insignia Grand Sport and Insignia Tourer went on sale from the end of May. The new small SUV, the Crossland X, debuted last Saturday. The larger Grandland X is scheduled for the fourth quarter.


The new large 5008 SUV is due in July. It has similar spec and engines to the 3008SUV. Watch for the 1.2 PureTech petrol 130bhp, as well as the BlueHDi diesel 1.6 100bhp/120bhp. There is also a BlueHDi 2.0 150bhp and an automatic 180bhp version. A 'subtly revised' 308 gets a new engine range and is due towards the end of the year.

There will be a new Combi passenger car version of the Expert (up to 9 seats) with Compact and Standard lengths. You can also order it for 5 or 6 seats.


The 911 GT3 welcomes back a manual gearbox and the engine goes from 3.8-litre to 4-litre straight-six. The Panamera Sport Turismo, a first production Porsche estate, is winning rave reviews. It also has five seats and 20 litres more boot space than its liftback sibling. In July, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will begin to hit showrooms. This more powerful plug-in hybrid develops 671bhp.


Renault Koleos

Their big news for 172 is the large Koleos SUV. The five-seater (there will not be seven seats) will have the option of 4WD to go with its ground clearance of 210mm. The Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav trims prevail with high levels of spec. Their dCi 130 engine powers both with a 6spd manual transmission in two-wheel drive.

The more powerful dCi 175 comes with either a 6spd manual or 7spd Auto X-Tronic transmission - both with 4WD. Price will be announced in early July.

Meantime the Captur has got a bit of an overhaul and two new engines to the range. It will be an August arrival.

The new electric ZOE Z.E. 40 has just gone on sale with a much longer real-world range of 300km (in summer, 200km in winter). They've kept the old one - some people seem to be happy with the shorter range. It starts from €23,490 but the one I'd suggest is the new model, although it costs from €27,490. All ZOE prices now include the battery.


SEAT Ibiza

They will soon (July) have an FR trim line for the Ateca SUV with pricing similar to XCELLENCE trim. There are also new engines for the Ateca line-up: 1.0TSI 115hp Eco; 1.6TDI 115hp Eco; 1.4TSI 150hp DSG; and 2.0TSI 190hp DSG 4Drive.

The new Ibiza arrives later this month; diesels are due for 181-reg. Prices from €14,995. By November we should see their new small SUV, the Arona (a rival for the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel Mokka, Peugeot 2008 etc). Expect engines to mirror the Ibiza.


The Rapid gets a facelift for July; there are minor changes to exterior lighting clusters and interior instruments. Big spread of connectivity and driver assistance options now. The 1.0TSI engine that I've driven in the Octavia will debut in the Rapid.

The Citigo small car gets a facelift for July too. The outside is tweaked to accommodate the SKODA power dome on the front bonnet on the Citigo for the first time.

The Octavia RS 245 (up 15hp to 245hp) lands here next month, so the RS 230 will not be around. The new 2-litre petrol RS245 costs from €39,865 (€390 road tax); DGS 7spd auto €42,165. Combi versions are from €40,885 and €43,155 respectively.

Their new KAROQ compact SUV is a December arrival, so it's purely for 181. They expect 2,000 people to buy one next year. The Yeti replacement is built on Volkswagen's MQB platform and shares technology and parts with the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan.

It will be the first Skoda to have a digital instrument panel - the brand's version of Audi's virtual cockpit.

The engine line-up is likely to include a 1.0-litre TSI 3cyl petrol (113bhp), possibly a 1.5-litre TSI (148bhp) but expect the diesels to do best. They include a 1.6-litre TDI (113bhp), a 2-litre TDI (148bhp and 186bhp). There will be two and four-wheel-drive versions.


They have two 'new' cars: the facelifted Korando and the new Rexton. The Rexton five-seat SUV will have a 2.2-litre diesel and 2-litre turbo petrol from launch. We're promised high spec and lots of safety equipment.

Meanwhile the Korando ES model gets rear parking sensors roof rails and rear spoiler. El spec gets new leather seats as well as front parking sensors.

Both of these models now have new fog lights and daytime running lights.


They have a number of new/revised models arriving towards the end of the year. These will be a new XV, a new Impreza and a revised Forester.


Their only new car as such - after a flurry of model activity - is the new Swift, which has just gone on sale.


The 2017 Yaris has been revised. There is a new grading system and a fair bit of spec has been added. The plug-in Prius has just gone on sale and costs from €37,000, which includes SEAI grant and VRT rebate.

There is a new grade for Auris similar to Yaris, which is called Luna Sport. It gets a black roof, alloys, privacy glass and Alcantara trim from €24,950.

Elsewhere a high-performance hot hatch version of the facelifted Yaris will get a 1.8-litre supercharged petrol engine (205bhp+).


The CC replacement, Arteon, arrives in July. Smart styling, more boot space and better rear leg room.

The new Polo will be making the headlines in the lead-up to its November arrival. And the baby SUV T-Roc is expected around then too. It will mirror some engines from the Polo and Golf hatchbacks.

The Tiguan AllSpace seven-seat version gets here in November too.

And we'll see the third-generation large Touareg SUV with a more luxurious cabin. Expect a plug-in hybrid version as well.


Their major events are the new XC60 (reviewed here last week) and the XC40.

The XC60 got off to a great start with a pop-up shop in Dundrum last week.

Cars arrive in dealerships in July but you won't be able to drive one away until October.

Starting price for the XC60 is €53,950 for the D4 AWD. There will also be D5 and T8 hybrid engines.

The new XC40 will be ready in time for January sales.

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