The new Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, the latest addition to the brand’s flagship range, has officially opened for orders in the UK. Available in the two most popular trims ‘Flair’ and ‘Flair Plus’, this is Citroën’s first plug-in hybrid and the first model in the brand’s electrification offensive. To coincide with the opening of orders, pricing and specification details have also been announced.
Hot on the heels of the electrified versions of the Niro, Soul and Sportage, Kia is expanding the line-up even further with the launch of Plug-in Hybrid versions of the recently introduced all-new Kia XCeed and the Ceed Sportswagon. Each is powered by a 1.6-litre GDi engine combined with an electric motor and 8.9kWh battery pack to produce 139bhp and 195 ft lb of torque.
Customers can now order Skoda’s first electrified car, the new Superb iV. The recently facelifted Superb now offers a low emission hybrid engine, and will be in UK showrooms later this month. Skoda’s first electrified car will be available in four trim levels with the plug-in hybrid powertrain: SE Technology for fleet customers, SE L, SportLine Plus, as well as the range topping L&K.
Ford has revealed the new Ford Kuga, including high-specification First Edition models arriving early next year. The Ford Kuga Zetec features FordPass Connect embedded mode, wireless charging and advanced driver assistance and safety features as standard.
The opportunities to drive an electrified Audi are becoming ever more plentiful, with five plug-in hybrid models scheduled for introduction in the second half of 2019 alone.
Skoda has announced prices and final specifications for its revised flagship Superb model – and the company says it is set to raise standards in the sector once more. Featuring an updated interior and a host of new technologies, the facelifted Superb is available to order now with prices ranging from £24,655.
The new updated BMW X1 will be offered with three- and four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engines, BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, extensive infotainment options and an updated range of BMW ConnectedDrive Services. Next year the petrol and diesel models will be joined for the first time by the xDrive25e plug-in hybrid model.
The new Q5 55 TFSI e will offer a range of over 26 miles and a top speed of 84mph in electric-only mode, which Audi says should enable the new hybrid Q5 to cover most everyday driving distances – including motorway journeys – without backup from the petrol engine. Available to order in the UK from the beginning of June, with first deliveries scheduled during quarter four of this year, the Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro will be priced at around £55,000
The BMW Group sold more than 140,000 electrified (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) vehicles in 2018. In total, 142,617 (+38.4 per cent) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year
Ford is already investigating how plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can operate in London, and has now announced it will also begin testing of similar vehicles in Valencia in Spain. The collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia and the Valencia City leadership, is designed to see how Transit Custom PHEV fleets could contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity.