Skoda is continuing the tradition of its performance vRS models in the fourth-generation Octavia. This model is the first from Skoda offered in three different drive systems. In addition to the Octavia vRS versions with either a petrol or a diesel engine, the Octavia vRS iV – the brand’s first vRS plug-in hybrid – is now being launched. Both the 2.0 TSI Octavia vRS and the Octavia vRS iV have an output of 180 kW (242 bhp). The 2.0 TDI produces 147 kW (197 bhp) and is the only model in the vRS range to be available with all-wheel drive on request. All three variants feature sporty bodywork detailing including vRS-typical black touches.
Hyundai Motor has revealed details of the new Santa Fe’s powertrain line-up, new platform and range of features. “The new Santa Fe represents a significant milestone in the history of Hyundai. With a new platform, new transmissions and new technology, it is cleaner, more agile, and more efficient than ever before,” says Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “With the introduction of our new Santa Fe, our whole SUV line-up will be available with electrified versions, ranging from 48V mild hybrid solutions to fuel cell.”
Volkswagen is showcasing a comprehensive update of the best-selling Tiguan. Ralf Brandstätter who has been appointed the new CEO of the Volkswagen brand: “We launched our global SUV strategy with the second-generation Tiguan in 2016. It served as the basis for many successful models worldwide. Volkswagen is now taking the next step by electrifying, digitalising and networking the new Tiguan. This will equip the compact SUV to handle the challenges of the modern era.”
Skoda is targeting fleet customers and company car drivers with the launch of all-new Octavia SE Technology models. The brand has developed a significant presence in the fleet sector, largely thanks to these SE Technology variants that have been created specifically to meet the demands of company car drivers.
Suzuki has launched the new Across, which it describes as “a robust and sporty SUV equipped with a sophisticated Plug-in Hybrid system and E-Four electronic 4×4, delivering uncompromising performance and efficiency with the capability and styling of a full-fledged modern SUV”.ation under the collaborative business agreement between Toyota and Suzuki. Sales are set to start in Autumn of 2020 in Europe.
Two new models in the 2020 AC Cobra range have been launched with new engine options – a purpose-designed full electric powertrain and a high performance four-cylinder petrol engine sourced from the latest Ford Mustang. The engines are packaged in the…
INEOS Automotive has revealed the exterior design of the Grenadier, its forthcoming, “no-nonsense” 4×4 vehicle, another step on the road towards start of production. Built from the ground up on an all-new platform, the company says the INEOS Grenadier has been “designed on purpose”: namely to meet the demands of its future owners for a rugged, capable and comfortable go-anywhere working vehicle.
Citroën has unveiled the new ë-C4 and C4 new-generation compact hatchbacks. The new cars are offered with 100 per cent electric, petrol or diesel powertrains. Pure electric models are badged ë-C4, while the petrols and diesels are C4s.
Up until now, the Kia e-Niro has been available in a single, high specification model, but that now changes with an expansion of the line-up to include three versions named ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4+’. For the first time the 39kWh battery pack will be available to UK buyers.
Land Rover has confirmed the new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models will restore the Hard Top name to its 4×4 family. The Defender Hard Top will be launched later this year. According to the company, it will combine “unstoppable all-terrain capability with 21st-century connectivity to give professionals a unique combination of cargo space, practicality and premium comfort”.