• Kia has this week revealed the dedicated European-specific version of the New Kia Sportage.

    Developed on a new architecture, the New Sportage benefits from a high-tech engineering program that has realised an optimal wheelbase and ideal dimensions and proportions for European roads. Luggage capacity, headroom and legroom have all being substantially increased over the outgoing Sportage model, with best-in-class legroom for the second-row passengers.

    The New Sportage is available with both hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains.

    The PHEV Sportage features Kia’s award-winning 1.6-litre T-GDI engine, a 66.9kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The powertrain combination delivers a total system power output of 265PS, with 180PS originating from the internal combustion engine.

    The HEV Sportage model also benefits from Kia’s acclaimed 1.6 T-GDI 180PS engine. It features a 44.2kW permanent magnet traction electric motor and a 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Total system power of the HEV Sportage is 230PS.

    The New Kia Sportage will go on sale later this year ahead of deliveries in early 2022.


  • Vauxhall has announced additional details of the eighth-generation Astra this week, including a full electric version, the Astra-e.

    Versions with petrol and diesel engines in combination with friction-optimised six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions will also be coming to the All-New Astra lineup, with a power range extending from 110PS to 225PS.

    Alternatively, a Plug-in Hybrid version with 180PS system output will also be available. The maximum torque here is 360Nm (fuel consumption WLTP: 201.8mpg-256.8mpg, 31-24 g/km CO2; both combined). With its 12.4kWh battery, the new Astra Hybrid can also drive up to 35 miles (WLTP) in the electric mode.

    The All-New Vauxhall Astra will be available to order next month, with the Astra-e following in 2023. A Sport Tourer version of All-New Astra will follow the hatchback in late 2022. 


  • Dacia has revealed the All-New Dacia Jogger, a 7-seat family car a blend of estate car practicality, MPV spaciousness and SUV styling.

    At launch, the All-New Dacia Jogger will be available with two engines, including the brand new TCe 110 turbocharged petrol engine. Dacia remains the only manufacturer to offer a full range of bi-fuel models, a commitment the All-New Jogger continues with the availability of the LPG TCe 100 Bi-Fuel engine. Joining the range in 2023 will be Dacia’s first hybrid powertrain option, making the All-New Jogger the most accessible 7-seat hybrid on the market.

    The All-New Dacia Jogger will be available to pre-order in the UK in November 2021, with first deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2022.