Jeep is the latest car maker to slim down its diesel model range, with the baby Renegade now consisting of petrol editions, with a diesel Trailhawk model crowning the model range. 4xe Plug-in hybrid variants are scheduled to join the line-up, too, later this year.
Mercedes’ CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA will now be available with EQ Power plug-in hybrid powertrains. The CLA 250 e Coupé and CLA 250 e Shooting Brake are due to go on sale in April, while the GLA 250 e will go on sale in May. First deliveries are expected early in the summer and UK pricing and specification is still to be confirmed.
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.
SEAT has unveiled the all-new Leon, adding connectivity, electrified powertrains, automated safety systems in a car designed, developed and built at its facilities in Martorell, Barcelona.
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 Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid will become the brand’s first electrified car when it goes on sale in the UK in January 2020. Prices for the new car will start at £31,970. The Superb iV combines a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and 85kW electric motor, delivering a total performance of 215 bhp (160kW) and CO2 emissions of less than 40g/km.
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.
A new chapter in the history of Volkswagen’s best-selling car has started with the world premiere of the eighth Golf, which the company describes as “digitalised, connected, and intuitive to operate”. Hybrid versions will be launched at the same time. Speeds of up to 210 km/h (130 mph) are possible with assisted driving.