The new fourth-generation Skoda Octavia range is set to expand with the addition of a new, efficient 1.0 e-TEC engine. The new unit, which is equipped with a seven speed DSG gearbox as standard is the brand’s first mHEV or mild hybrid powertrain and is available in two trim variants from £23,005.
The Land Rover Defender now has advanced new powertrains, new model specifications and more options. For the 2021 model year a new Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model – the P400e – combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 105kW electric motor, to deliver 398 bhp, CO2 emissions of just 74g/km and combined economy of 85.3mpg. It will run in all-electric mode with zero tailpipe emissions for up to 27 miles, including off-road where, Land Rover says, the immediate torque from the electric motor makes Defender even more capable.
The Range Rover family is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new Range Rover Evoque Autobiography at the pinnacle of the compact SUV’s line-up. The flagship Evoque Autobiography edition features additional design accents and a luxurious interior. A plug-in-hybrid version is also available, for customers looking for a more sustainable, efficient luxury compact SUV.
The new Land Rover Discovery Sport has been enhanced with mild-hybrid Ingenium diesel engines and the latest Pivi and Pivi Pro infotainment system. Following the launch of the P300e plug-in hybrid earlier in 2020, a number of additional new engine options are now available for the Discovery Sport, including Land Rover’s next generation of four-cylinder diesel engines.
Volvo’s electrification programme has now delivered a second plug-in petrol-electric hybrid powertrain for the XC40 compact SUV. The introduction of the new XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4 increases customer choice and opens the plug-in hybrid technology to a wider market. At the same time, two new mild-hybrid petrol options have been added to the range, in the form of the new XC40 B4 and B5.
Kia Motors has introduced significant upgrades to the Kia Stonic compact SUV. The updated Stonic offers drivers a range of new ‘Smartstream’ powertrains, with innovations that enhance efficiency. Among these, the Stonic is now available with Kia’s new petrol 48V mild-hybrid…
A new family of 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium diesel engines and a range of special editions including the Westminster, Westminster Black Edition and an SVAutobiography Dynamic Black have joined the recently announced Range Rover Fifty celebratory model.
The Focus range has been updated for the summer, with all versions except the ST gaining an ‘Edition’ moniker at the end of its model name. For instance, the Zetec becomes Zetec Edition, the ST-Line is now named ST-Line Edition and the Active X Vignale becomes Active X Vignale Edition.
The Ford Fiesta is now available to order with an electrified powertrain for the first time. Ford EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains, available from £19,860 with Fiesta Titanium, will deliver enhanced fuel efficiency for Fiesta drivers while, Ford says, complementing the company’s “fun to drive” experience. The 48-volt mild hybrid technology is introduced alongside new driver assistance technologies including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Speed Sign Recognition, designed to deliver less stressful driving experiences on highways and around town.
Skoda is set to welcome the fourth-generation Octavia to the UK this summer and has opened the order books for its newcomer from today. The company says the new model is the most advanced and sophisticated model ever to wear the Octavia badge, with the all-new model building on 60 years of Octavia tradition.