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New Cars 2019: What’s coming and when?
V60 Cross Country will fill the gap between Volvo’s estate and SUV models
Skoda Scala arrives in April to replace the Rapid
Honda’s HR-V hasn’t matched the Nissan Juke for sales appeal. yet. Will a 180bhp turbocharged variant help its chances?
Toyota’s Corolla will be available as a hatchback or Touring Sports estate in the UK
The GT-R Pro heads up the latest iteration of Mercedes-AMG’s flagship sports car
Jaguar’s F-Pace SVR is nearly a year late, but development is expected to be the only slow part of this 5.0-litre V8-powered SUV
New Range Rover Evoque has been designed to allow for future electrification
Seat’s new performance arm, Cupra, has made its debut with a performance-inspired variant of the Ateca SUV
Honda CR-V will get an innovative multi-mode hybrid powertrain in February
Seemingly niche, the Mercedes CLA has cultivated such a following that BMW and Audi are racing to provide rivals
The Porsche Cayman and Boxster will be available in lower, stiffer ‘T’ form
Audi S6 loses another two cylinders as it receives the 2.9-litre V6 from the RS4 Avant
2019 marks the Audi TT’s 20th birthday
BMW 8 Series convertible joins coupé and saloon variants
Think the new car market is slowing down? Think again. Buyers are returning to dealers as they launch ever more tempting offers, and there’s a huge amount of new models on the way.
Before 2019 draws to a close we’ll see important releases due from Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and many, many other manufacturers. Before you head to a showroom to commit to buying something, check out what we’ll be seeing on sale in the next few months here in the UK.
The first half of the year looks packed, as manufacturers gear up their displays for the all-important Geneva motor show.
Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up to date with what’s coming when in the car industry.
Part 1: February – April | Part 2: May – August | Part 3: September – December
Aston Martin Vantage Manual
Since it was launched in 2018, Aston Martin’s Porsche 911 rival has only been available with an automatic box, but in 2019 it will be offered with a manual gearbox. It will be the first time that the AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine has been mated to a manual gearbox.
The new car promises a more involved driving experience, although replacing the ZF eight-speed auto with a manual unit is likely to add a couple of tenths to the Vantage’s 3.5sec 0-62mph time.
Audi A6 Allroad
Need space and off-roading ability but detest the idea of a hulking great SUV? Audi’s much-loved A6 Allroad will make a comeback early this year. The formula stays largely the same as before: take the standard A6, raise it off the ground by a few centimetres with beefed-up suspension, and protect the lower body from bumps and scrapes with plastic body cladding and front and rear skidplates.
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Much of the rest of the Allroad will remain similar to the rest of the A6 range, but less engines are expected to be offered. We’ll see a new off-road mode combining with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system for enough potential in the rough stuff to make it a realistic alternative to an SUV.
BMW i3 120kWh
It’s amazing to think the BMW i3 is nearly six years old. The game-changing small EV looks futuristic even today, while updates to the car’s powertrain and battery have kept it feeling current in the face of premium car makers catching up. But EVs are getting more useable by the month, so BMW has updated the i3 with a new 120Ah battery pack.
The new lithium-ion unit is claimed to offer a range that’s nearly 30% better under everyday driving conditions, at 193 miles for the standard car and 177 miles for the faster i3s.
The Cupra name has been around for decades and appeared on a number of hot Seats, giving it the necessary badge kudos for Seat to branch it off as a dedicated brand. Along with a quirky new logo, the brand’s first model – the Ateca – gets a 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and four-wheel drive to help it stand out from the more humdrum Seat-badged version of the SUV.
The Spanish car maker also plans a bespoke Cupra model, a compact crossover that will be revealed in the spring. Confusingly, the Leon Cupra hot hatch is still on sale with Seat badges, but building a stand-alone brand takes time, and in the next few years, Cupra will expand to include more models.
Whether or not the separation will make sense to buyers remains to be seen, but for the time being, the Seat and Cupra brands still feel very closely aligned.
Ford Focus Active
Ford wants to ‘focus’ on profit-making SUVs and commercial vehicles in Europe in future, but it’s also introducing some rugged inspiration to its traditional models. The Focus Active will sit part-way between the standard Focus and a Kuga, offering a 30mm increase in ride height, some rugged body cladding and tougher interior materials.
Honda CR-V Hybrid
Honda launched its all-new CR-V in the UK late last year, with a conventional 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. February will see the addition of a clever new multi-mode hybrid powertrain, promising more than 50mpg in the real-world without a performance compromise.
Honda’s long-awaited NSX is already in danger of being left behind, what with an all-new 911 and competitors such as the Audi R8 receiving updates. So for 2019, the Japanese supercar gets an upgrade package. Styling changes are few and far between; Honda has instead focused on improvements to the car’s suspension and chassis control systems. The revisions are said to contribute to a two-second lap time improvement around Japan’s famed Suzuka circuit.
Reinventing an established model as something else doesn’t happen often, which is why Kia’s change of the ProCeed from a three-door hatchback to a five-door ‘shooting brake’ estate is significant. Less people than ever are buying three-door models, and the Korean brand is hoping that entering a niche occupied by cars such as the popular Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the way forward. Our drive of the new model, due in UK showrooms soon, showed a car with a few foibles but real dynamic promise.
Mercedes’ old A-Class had a substantial gap in its trim range from the more humble engines to the hard-charging, four-wheel drive A45. Step forward the A35.
Still AMG-tuned, and designed to compete with the VW Golf R at a more reasonable price point, it compares well with 302bhp, four-wheel drive retained and plenty of racy styling add-ons.
Another example of Mercedes entering niches that nobody else bothers with, the CLA four-door small coupe has actually proven so popular that rivals, such as BMW, are racing models to market to keep up. A swoopy new version of the model will sit alongside the more straight-laced and practical A-Class saloon platform-sharer, benefitting from that car’s dazzling array of new tech. There’s going to be another version of the Shooting Brake estate, too.
Renault Mégane RS Trophy
The Renault Mégane RS Trophy, traditionally the range-topping version of the hot hatch, follows soon after the ‘regular’ Mégane RS. It gets more power, with the 1.8 turbo engine now tuned for 296bhp (up 20bhp), with torque increased from 288lb ft to 310lb ft, if you choose the dual-clutch gearbox.
There are a host of other tweaks to improve the throttle response, stiffen the suspension and reduce weight, and new Recaro seats inside along with other design tweaks. At £32,000, our testers found the Mégane RS Trophy good value compared to adding kit to a standard RS, but while enjoyable to drive felt it no longer stood apart from rivals such as the Hyundai i30 N and Honda Civic Type R.
The fifth generation of the rugged Subaru Forester crossover was revealed at the 2018 New York motor show, and is due to reach the UK early this year. Built on Subaru’s Global Platform, the capable off-roader has received only minimal styling changes, and is offered in the US with a 2.5-litre flat four engine and all-wheel drive.
UK specifications and pricing have yet to be confirmed, but expect the estate-cum-SUV styling to continue to appeal to a rural audience.
It was only a matter of time before Audi’s latest A6 was given the S treatment by Audi’s performance engineers. This generation of S6 may put off purists, as the hot saloon and estate has gone from a V10 in the mid-2000s model, to a V8 in the outgoing car, to a newly downsized 2.9-litre V6.
It’s the engine shared with the RS4 Avant, however, so expect more firepower and, crucially, greater efficiency. It’ll still be four-wheel drive, too, while Audi is likely to draft in its new all-wheel steering system to improve low-speed stability and high-speed agility.
The result of a shared development programme between BMW and Toyota, the third-generation Z4 roadster arrives before its platform-sharing counterpart, the reborn Supra. Whereas the Toyota is only available as a coupe, the Z4 is drop-top only, and early impressions suggest it’ll trade a touch of the Supra’s driver appeal for a more comfort-focused driving experience. That’s not to say it’s slow, however – the range-topping M40i puts out 335bhp from a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six. More humble variants are also available, unlike the Toyota.
BMW 3 Series
A premium, compact executive saloon honed as a real driver’s car, the 3 Series has essentially defined BMW since the mid-seventies. Now there’s a new one, and rather than claim everything is bigger and better, BMW is shouting about how it’s returned to having the most driver appeal in its class. Initial impressions certainly reflect that, but the rest of the package hasn’t been forgotten about.
There’s more space for passengers, greater quality throughout and an interior that borrows some of the dazzling array of tech from the bigger 5 Series. It could regain the crown as Britain’s best-selling compact executive from the Mercedes C-Class when it arrives in the spring.
Honda HR-V 1.5 T
Honda’s revival of the HR-V name hasn’t been a dramatic sales success in the vein of the Nissan Juke. Indeed, when it was facelifted last year, we didn’t really notice. However, the addition of a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, making a stout 180bhp, brings a little more appeal to Autocar readers this Spring.
Hyundai i30 Fastback N and N-Line
Hyundai hit the sweet spot with its first hot hatch in the i30 N, using European engineering influence to give the established makers a seriously hard time. Soon, those who want something a bit more style-led will be catered for by the i30 Fastback N – using the same running gear imported into a swoopy compact saloon body.
The Audi S3 saloon rival will also come as an N-Line version, using more humdrum petrol and diesel engine choices but offering the desired sporty styling and plenty of equipment upgrades.
With a 279-mile range and sub-£30k price, the Kona Electric furthers the cause of EVs as viable, affordable cars. Now Hyundai aims to do the same for hydrogen cars. The Nexo is a large SUV that feature a bespoke look inside and out to go with the car’s fuel cell powertrain. It offers up a range of more than 400 miles and, while its circa-£65k price is steep, it could show that battery-electric isn’t the only path to a zero-emissions future.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR
Production delays have seen Jaguar’s hottest car that isn’t an F-Type, the scorching F-Pace SVR SUV, pushed from last July to this Spring. It’s nearly here, however, aiming to give the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 a proper fight with Jaguar’s snarling 5.0-litre supercharged V8 propelling it from zero to 62mph in just 4.3sec. The brand claims it’ll handle, too, and given it’s one of the best premium SUVs to drive in standard form, we’re inclined to believe them.
Lamborghini Hurácan and Hurácan Spyder
It was inevitable that after Audi facelifted the R8 late last year, Lamborghini would follow with a similar upgrade package for its Hurácan sibling. The Italian supercar has been on sale since 2014 with only minor upgrades, with rivals from McLaren and Ferrari moving the game on since. As well as some visual, aero-enhancing tweaks, we’ll see upgrades to the interior. Mechanically, expect more power from the Hurácan’s 5.2-litre V10 (like the R8) as well as some chassis and software upgrades to help you make the most of the extra grunt. Following soon after the hard-top’s Spring launch will be the debut of the updated Spyder drop-top, too.
Lexus’s market share pales in comparison to the Germans’, but the new UX is set to lead the brand’s sales charge. Entering the fiercly competitive compact SUV sector, the UX has the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3 in its sights and the design should offer the unique, contemporary appeal that buyers in this segment crave. It’s also ahead of many of its rivals by launching with a hybrid from the off – though not a plug-in, instead Lexus’ tried-and-tested self-charging powertrain. Typical quality and reliability from the Japanese firm should feature, too.
Mercedes-AMG’s flagship model was conceived to go toe-to-toe with the Porsche 911. So naturally, not long after Porsche’s new generation sports car launches, the AMG GT will also receive a range of updates to keep it in contention. Minor styling revisions and an interior redesign are joined by changes to the chassis, new driver assist technology and a track-focused GT R Pro model aimed at the 911 GT3 RS.