- 24 years after its first debut, Audi has revealed the New Audi A3 Sportback. Now in its fourth generation, the New A3 has a completely redesigned body and incorporates an all-new digitalised interior, complete with an updated infotainment system, unique new light signatures, new engines and a suite of innovative assistance systems.
The New Audi A3 will be launched with two engine versions in the UK, both with front-wheel drive: a 1.5 TFSI manual with 150 PS and a 2.0 TDI that outputs 150 PS as an automatic S tronic. In connection with this dual-clutch transmission, the A3 Sportback is fitted as standard with steering wheel paddles.
Shortly after launch, a second version of the 1.5 TFSI with a mild hybrid system (MHEV) will follow. Audi will also gradually expand the offer by adding further TDI and TFSI engine versions, including some with four-wheel ‘quattro’ drive, as well as a plug-in hybrid in two power levels.
The new Audi A3 Sportback is available to order now, with prices starting at £24,900. First deliveries are expected in May this year.
- BMW has unveiled a first look at its upcoming pure-electric car, the BMW Concept i4. Similar in size and style to the current BMW 4 Series, the Gran Coupé concept is allegedly very similar to how the final production version BMW i4 will look when it launches next year.
“The BMW Concept i4 brings electrification to the core of the BMW brand,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short: a perfect BMW that happens to be zero emission.”
Set to rival the Tesla Model 3, the BMW i4 will have a range of up to 373 miles, a power output of up to 530 hp, 0-62 mph acceleration of 4.0 s and a top speed in excess of 124 mph.
The i4 Concept also features a new logo from BMW, featuring a two-dimensional and transparent design. The same goes for the BMW i and BMW M logos, which have also been pared-down and updated. The production of the version of the BMW i4 is set to be revealed this year and expected to go on sale in 2021.
- The New Fiat 500e, the first fully electric car from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), was announced this week. The new generation of the iconic city car has a range of up to 199 miles (WLTP) and receives 85kW fast charging as standard, allowing it to receive enough energy for 30 miles of range in just five minutes.
The New 500 has three driving modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa, which can be selected to suit your driving style or requirements. Sherpa mode optimises the available resources to reduce fuel consumption to a minimum, enabling it to reach the destination set on the navigation system or the nearest charging station. Just like a “Himalayan Sherpa”, who is in charge of the whole expedition and is a guide to the destination, this driving mode adjusts various parameters: maximum speed is limited to 50mph; accelerator response is managed in order to reduce energy consumption; and deactivation of both the climate control system and heated seats.
Production of the New 500 returns to its birthplace of Turin, Italy where the first model was first created 63 years ago. Pre-orders are open now for the very limited ‘La Prima’ launch edition, priced at £32,500 (excluding gov grant), only 500 of which have been assigned for the UK. Pricing for the rest of the range is expected to be more competitive, with more details to be announced at a full launch event in July.
- Dacia has previewed its first electric vehicle, the Dacia Spring Electric concept and claims the production version will be “Europe’s most affordable all-electric vehicle”.
The Dacia Spring Electric will be available in the first half of 2021, with a range of more than 124 miles (WLTP) which is perfect for urban and suburban use.
The Dacia Spring will go on sale from early 2021.
- Volkswagen has provided first insights into its new all-electric compact SUV, the Volkswagen ID.4.
Based on the ID. CROZZ concept car and sharing the same modular electric drive matrix (MEB) as the upcoming VW ID.3, the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle and have an electric range of up to 310 miles.
The Volkswagen ID.4 goes on sale later this year and will be produced and sold in Europe, China and the U.S.