- For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family with Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric SUV, featuring an all-new infotainment system and connected vehicle technology.
When it arrives in late 2020, the Mustang Mach-E will be available with standard and extended-range battery options and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel. Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, the Mustang Mach‑E has a targeted pure-electric driving range of more than 370 miles (WLTP).
Ford will also offer a special performance version further down the line, the Mustang Mach-E GT with an estimated 459hp (342kW) and 830Nm of torque to reach 0-62mph in less than five seconds.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is available to pre-order now with prices starting at £40,270 (before gov grant) for the RWD Standard Range model and up to £58,000 (before gov grant) for the limited First Edition model with AWD and Extended Range.
- The Tesla Cybertruck was revealed this morning, an all-electric stainless steel pickup truck with bulletproof ‘armor glass’ windows and a range of up to 500 miles.
The Cybertruck is designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. Tesla say the vehicle is built to be durable, versatile and capable, with exceptional performance both on-road and off-road. Three variants will be available from launch: Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive, with the latter being able to achieve 0-60 in 2.9 seconds.
UK prices have not yet been announced but prices in the US start at $49,900 and go up to $69,900. UK customers can however still place a £100 deposit on a Cybertruck today and will then be able to complete their configuration as production nears in late 2021. Single, dual and tri motor options are all currently available to choose from, but the only price Tesla is quoting so far is £5,800 for full self-driving capability.
When talking about the reason for building the Cybertruck at the reveal event, CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, announced it was a stepping stone to grow the company to a point where it can create sustainable energy:
"We need sustainable energy now. If we don't have a pickup truck we can't solve it. The top 3 selling vehicles in America are pickup trucks. To solve sustainable energy, we have to have a pickup truck."
- Pricing and specifications for the ŠKODA CITIGOᵉ iV this week, the companies first all-electric production car.
Based on the 5 door variant of the ŠKODA CITIGO and sharing the same platform as the Seat Mii Electric and upcoming refreshed VW e-UP, the city car features a 36.8kWh battery which produces a range of up to 170 miles (WLTP).
The CITIGOᵉ iV will be available in two grades, SE and SE L. SE models start at £20,455 (before gov grant) and are equipped with climate control air conditioning, three spoke leather steering wheel and handbrake lever, plus Swing DAB radio and remote central locking.
The higher-specification SE L model is priced from £22,815 (before gov grant) and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, comfort pack (heated front seats and rear parking sensors) and body coloured door mirrors and handles. The SE L model also comes with CCS charging capability that allows for rapid charging via 40kW charging stations.
Order books open in early December with first deliveries expected in early 2020.
- Toyota has revealed a plug-in hybrid variant of the Toyota RAV4.
Featuring the same 2.5-litre petrol engine as the regular RAV4 Hybrid, the PHEV is expected to have an electric-only range of up to 37 miles (WLTP) and a 0-62 time of 6.2 seconds. This range and performance is achieved by the cars 302HP/225kw output and is set to outperform all of its conventionally powered rivals as well as delivering best-in-class CO2 emissions and fuel economy.
The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid will be introduced in second half of 2020, with an on-sale date to be revealed next year.
- Aston Martin an unveiled their first ever SUV, the Aston Martin DBX.
Powered by a new version of the companies 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in DB11 and Vantage, the DBX features an output of 542hp and 700NM of torque. The engine also features cylinder deactivation to enhance fuel economy, yet can also propel the car from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 181mph.
Set to be built in Aston Martin’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in St Athan, Wales, the foundation of DBX is a new dedicated SUV platform, something rarely seen across the sector. The company this ‘clean sheet of paper’ has allowed all departments within Aston Martin to innovate and push the boundaries of what British design and engineering can create, resulting in a truly remarkable product.
The Aston Martin DBX starts £158,000 and is on sale now, with first deliveries scheduled to being in Q2 2020.