• Ford has revealed pricing and specs for the upcoming All-New Ford Kuga this week.

    The refreshed Kuga will debut next year with ‘First Edition’ versions of Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X grades – all available with petrol, diesel, mild hybrid diesel (mHEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains. Non-First Edition models are also available with a later delivery time, in which the entry level Zetec and range-topping Vignale grades also join the lineup.

    First Edition models will have priority deliveries expected early next year, with the Titanium First Edition starting from £28,145 and going up to the ST-Line X First Edition, starting at £31,845.

    Prices then start at £23,995 for the Zetec, with the Vignale starting at £37,795.

    The plug-in hybrid variant of the Kuga will be the first passenger car from Ford to use such technology and cost an approximate £6000 premium over each grade’s petrol variant. The PHEV utilizes a 2.5l petrol engine that enables it to deliver a weighted fuel economy of 201mpg (WLTP) and CO2 emissions of 26g/km (NEDC). The models can also operate on electric power alone, enabling electric-only driving for approximately 35 miles (WLTP) powered by the 14.4kWh battery pack.



  • The latest batch of Euro NCAP results were also released this week, with the aforementioned Ford Kuga sitting amongst the cars which achieved a full 5-Star rating. Other cars attaining the same coveted rating include: the Tesla Model X, Porsche Taycan, Audi Q7, Renault Captur, Subaru Forester and latest iterations of the ŠKODA Octavia and Ford Mondeo.

    Tesla’s Model X is one of this year’s best overall performers, scoring 98% in the ‘Adult Occupant’ category and 94% in the ‘Safety Assist’ category, the latter equaling the score of the Model 3 earlier this year.

    The Peugeot 2008 was also tested, both with and without the optional safety pack and achieving 5 and 4-Stars, respectively. The updated VW Sharan and sibling SEAT Alhambra each received 4-Stars, whereas the facelifted Jeep Renegade only claimed 3-Stars.

    When comparing the Renegade’s performance with the latest results, Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General expressed“… It’s a pity that not everyone follows this example, and by prioritising looks over substance Jeep ended up at the bottom of the list of this year’s rated cars. The good news is that consumers have more choice than ever to find a safer alternative.”

 

  • Jaguar has given the F-Type a makeover, with a new redesigned front end for both coupé and convertible sports cars.

    The F-Type’s award-winning design has evolved with updated signature ‘Calligraphy’ J daytime running lights, and sweeping direction indicators, which blend into the ‘liquid metal’ surfacing of the new clamshell bonnet, which Jaguar say ‘exaggerates the car’s visual width’ and ‘accentuates its assertive stance’. The new front bumper and enlarged grille also deliver more visual impact and presence over the previous model.

    Available next year, the New F-Type will be available with a choice of either two 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engines (a new unit with 444bhp and the same 567bhp from the previous car) or a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 296bhp, again from the previous car. Surprisingly, Jaguar has decided to drop the V6 engine variants from the range, as well the availability the six-speed manual transmission, meaning the New F-Type will now only come with an eight-speed automatic.

    Available to order now, the New Jaguar F-Type starts at £54,060 (OTR) for the coupé and £59,450 (OTR) for the convertible.



  • Another car revealed this week with a new design, albeit a subtle one, is the upcoming New Vauxhall Insignia.

    The new design of the firm’s flagship saloon reimagines the Insignia’s front and rear styling, reshaping the exterior appearance of the car to accommodate new technology and equipment. The front of the car has a new look to house next-generation LED headlights, with the rear of the Insignia is also revised to include new features extending to a rear-view camera and a rear cross traffic alert system.

    The New Insignia will only be available as a saloon this time around, with Vauxhall previously announcing they will be discontinuing the estate version of the car, the Insignia Sports Tourer. This decision comes as a result of growing customer interest in SUVs, as well as a trend of Vauxhall customers choosing to downsize to the Astra Sports Tourer over the Insignia when opting for an estate.

    The New Vauxhall Insignia will be available to order from early 2020.

     
  • Volkswagen and Tesco have partnered with Pod Point, one of the UK’s leaders in electric vehicle charging, to deliver the nation’s largest retail EV charging network.

    The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks throughout the United Kingdom and made up of:

           -    7KW fast chargers - which will be free to use.
           -    50kW rapid chargers - which will be priced in line with market rates.
           -    22kW chargers - where 50kW rapids are placed.

The goal is to install more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores, in which car owners who plug in their vehicles could get around 22.5 miles of free charging from renewable sources via the free 7kW points during a 50-minute period.

The service will not just be restricted to Volkswagens either, with the chargers designed for any electric car owner to take advantage of as they go about their daily business.