- Kia and Hyundai have announced reduced ranges for their electric SUVs following an error in the WLTP test procedure. Both manufacturers have advised the independent organisation overseeing the process accidentally provided an incorrect testing method and later approved the generated results.
The Kia e-Niro 64kWh now has a combined range of 282 miles (down from 301 miles) and 179 miles (down from 193 miles) for the 39.2kWh model. The Hyundai Kona Electric now has a combined range of 180 miles (down from 193 miles) and 279 miles (down from 300 miles) for the 64kWh model.
- Skoda has revealed their new family hatchback to compete with the Ford Focus and VW Golf. Based, on the VISION RS concept and replacing the Skoda Rapid, the New Skoda Scala will go on sale during the first half of 2019.
- Euro NCAP have released their latest batch of safety ratings:
- 2018 Audi Q3 – 5 Stars
- 2018 BMW X5 – 5 Stars
- 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe – 5 Stars
- 2018 Jaguar I-PACE – 5 Stars
- 2018 Peugeot 508 – 5 Stars
- 2018 Volvo V60 – 5 Stars
- 2018 Volvo S60 – 5 Stars
- 2018 Jeep Wrangler – 1 Star
- 2018 FIAT Panda – 0 Stars
- The JEEP Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is now available to order. Only 20 will be making their way to the UK this year and prices start at £89,999. The Trackhawk has a supercharged 710hp V8 engine, which is capable of reaching 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 180mph. The cost per horsepower (£/hp) for this JEEP is around £127. Compared to its rivals, this works out at £296 for Bentley Bentayga, and £257 for the Lamborghini Urus.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
- Porsche bosses have advised that although the new Porsche 911 (992) has been developed to adopt hybrid and electric technology, we won’t be seeing any new powertrains in a 911 until the next evolution of that car, which will be up to 4 years away from now.
- Kia are expected to expand their Ceed family at the upcoming 2019 Geneva Motor Show, with the Kia XCeed crossover. This compact SUV will take on the Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen TRoc and MINI Countryman, and will sit underneath the Sportage in their line-up.
- The next generation of the Vauxhall Mokka X is going to be available as a fully electric model and due to come out in 2020. Under its new PSA owners, the Mokka X will go onto share the same platform as the DS 3 Crossback and in doing so, will likely share the same powertrain found in the DS3 Crossback E-Tense. This offers a 138bhp electric with a 50kWh battery, offering a range of around 190 miles.
- Tesco are going to roll out more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 of their stores within the next three years. Electric car users will have the option to use a standard 7kW fast charger for free or pay the market rate for the use of a rapid 50 kW charger.