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.
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.”
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.
Volkswagen is presenting the new Arteon in a world premiere and is unveiling a second version – the new Arteon Shooting Brake – at the same time. “Volkswagen will launch 34 new models this year. There has never been such an extensive model initiative in the history of the brand,“ says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer und designated CEO of the Volkswagen Pkw brand. “The Arteon Shooting Brake extends our model range in the important midsize-segment. It will set standards in its class with its dynamic design, high functionality and modern technologies.“
The DS Automobiles electric range is being extended to include a new plug-in hybrid DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 225 model. It features the pairing of a 178 bhp (221 ft lb) petrol engine and 108 bhp (236 ft lb) electric motor combined with front-wheel drive transmission and a 13.2kWh rechargeable battery. The DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 225 comes with DS Active Scan suspension (intelligent camera-controlled suspension) as standard, as well as front and rear laminated glass for comfort and sound-proofing.
The Mercedes-Benz B 250 e plug-in hybrid is now on sale, with prices starting from £35,280, for the B 250 e AMG Line Executive. The AMG Line Premium equipment line costs £36,780, while the AMG Line Premium Plus is £38,280. The B 250 e features a 1.3-litre petrol engine, which generates 156 bhp and 170 ft lb, with an additional 100 bhp and 243 ft lb available from the electric motor. The on-board battery has a total useable capacity of 10.6 kWh, meaning the B 250 e has an all-electric range of up to 42 miles.
Renault is offering new car buyers money off its range of electrified models, with up to £1,000 to switch to an all-electric new Zoe, or £500 towards the deposit on the Clio Hybrid and Captur Plug-in models. The latest deals are part of Renault’s Switch incentive and available in conjunction with existing offers available to new cash buyers as well as those purchasing via one of Renault’s attractive PCP and HP finance schemes.
Audi has a new solution for executive class drivers who have financial and environmental considerations increasingly at front of mind. The new Audi A6 50 TFSI e plug-in hybrid supplies 295 bhp via quattro drive from a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and 105kW electric motor. The new variant is available to order in the UK now in Saloon form, with an Avant version to follow later.
BMW has introduced several changes in an updated 5 Series range. Most models now feature mild-hybrid technology. Like the new BMW 5 Series Saloon, the new BMW 5 Series Touring will also be available with a plug-in hybrid drive system from November 2020. The use of mild hybrid technology with a 48V starter-generator will be rolled out to all models with a four- or six-cylinder engine, except PHEV and M550i xDrive models.
Renault UK has confirmed full specifications of new E-TECH versions of its two most popular model line-ups: the Captur Plug-in Hybrid and the Clio Hybrid. The new Captur Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) benefits from a new petrol-electric powertrain, while the Clio Hybrid gets a petrol hybrid setup that is also capable of completing most urban journeys in zero-emissions electric mode.