Vauxhall will enter the leisure MPV segment with the all-new British-built Vivaro Life. Due to go in to production at Vauxhall’s manufacturing facility in Luton, Bedfordshire, the Vivaro Life is described as “a comfortable MPV” that will be offered in two lengths, tailor-made to customer requirements: the 4.95m “Medium” and the 5.30m “Large” – each of which comes with up to nine seats
Kia has updated the Optima Sportswagon plug-in hybrid for 2019, with a redesigned lower front bumper and the addition of LED daytime running lights that give a more dynamic appearance. The 17-inch alloy wheels have been revised, with a new diamond-cut design
Volkswagen has enhanced the equipment of its popular Golf, with SE and SE Navigation trim levels now replaced by the new, more generously equipped Match specification. In addition to the equipment standard on the outgoing SE and SE Navigation models, new Match specification Golfs now receive a new alloy wheel design, front fog lights, Discover Navigation and tinted rear windows as standard
Two new diesel engines have been added to the GLE range: 350 d 4MATIC (£61,955) and 400 d 4MATIC (£64,230). The GLE 350 d 4MATIC and GLE 400 d 4MATIC are powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder diesel engine, with an output of 268 bhp and 443 ft lb of torque in the GLE 350 d and 325 bhp and 516 ft lb in the GLE 400 d. They are both capable of delivering up to 40.4 mpg on the combined cycle and emit 184 g/km of CO2 (depending on wheel size)
Infiniti will unveil its new QX Inspiration concept at the 2019 North American International Auto Show this month, previewing the brand’s electrified future. Infiniti says the new concept represents the company’s plans for high-performance electrified vehicles, “offering complete range confidence, while signalling a new era for Infiniti design enabled by new technology”
Prices and final specifications for the new Kodiaq vRS – the most powerful diesel production vRS model ever built by Skoda – have been confirmed. The brand’s first ever performance SUV will start from £42,870
Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd will be introducing three distinct trim levels to the Vito van and crew range. Launching in January 2019, all Vito models will benefit from a leather steering wheel (and gear selector on manual models), comfort driver’s seat, automatic headlights, and parking sensors, and will have a choice of PURE, PROGRESSIVE and PREMIUM lines
Mazda is welcoming the New Year with the announcement of the 2019 Mazda CX-5. Available to order now, the revised CX-5 line up sees the introduction of a new GT Sport Nav+ model grade, along with smaller revisions across the whole CX-5 range.
Infiniti is planning to preview a vision of its first fully electric crossover at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January – revealing what it describes as “a new form design language for electrification”
SEAT has now opened the order books for its first large SUV and new flagship model, Tarraco. The seven-seater, which sits above Arona and Ateca to complete the Spanish brand’s SUV line-up, features metallic paint, 17-inch alloys, DAB, alarm and Full Link for just £28,320.