- After 4 years of development, Audi has announced the new A4 range.
The exterior integrates Audi’s latest design language and the inside of the cars now boast the latest efficiency aids and a new infotainment system, which includes an MMI touch display.
Four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines will be available for launch models, with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 347PS – from the Audi A4 35 TFSI up to the Audi S4 TDI. Shortly afterwards, a further two turbocharged engines will be added to the range: the 30 TDI with a power output of 136PS and the 35 TDI with 163PS. Quattro all-wheel-drive will be offered as standard for the most powerful TDI and TFSI engines. This includes the new high performance S4 variants, which for the first time in the model’s history, will be available with a diesel engine and benefit of the same independent electric compressor technology used in the SQ7.
The new Audi A4 range is available to order from June, with first deliveries expected in September.
- Vauxhall has revealed its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model, the Grandland X Hybrid4.
Featuring a 296bhp petrol-electric powertrain and 13.2kWh battery, the car will have an electric range up to 30 miles and can be charged up at home in under two hours using a 7.4kW wallbox.
The new PHEV system has been developed by PSA group and can be expected to roll out to other models in the Citroen, DS and Peugeot range.
Later this year, the fully battery electric version of the next-generation Corsa will go on sale. This will be followed by the new Vivaro Life MPV, new Vivaro LCV and the successor to the Mokka X – all of which will feature a fully electric version.
Pricing and availability for Grandland X Hybrid4 are yet to be confirmed.
- Vauxhall also revealed the first images of its new Movano large van. Available with a rear vision camera system for the first time, a live feed to a seven-inch touchscreen will also be available in the new Movano range and help increased visibility, as well help to detect cyclists and pedestrians. A blind spot monitoring system is also new to the Movano, which uses ultrasonic sensors to detect objects in the blind spot and alerting the driver with LED indicators in the corresponding mirror. A lane departure warning system, which sounds an audible alarm if the driver strays from their lane, is also available.
The new Movano will be available to order this Summer.
- The all-new Ford Focus lineup has expanded with the addition of the Focus ST Estate. Powered by a 280PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine or 190PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, the new ‘wagon-style’ Focus ST offers a 608-litre boot, as well as similar performance to the recently revealed hatchback version.
The Focus ST Estate is available this Summer and prices start at £30,595 for the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel variant, and from £33,095 for the 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol.
- MG have unveiled their first-ever fully electric car, the ZS EV, which will be shown for the first time at the London Motor Show this week, between 16-19 May at London’s ExCel.
Pricing and full specification will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date of 1st September.