New models from the big car manufacturers
by Helen Jackson |
posted 04 April 2019
So, what are some of the latest offers and good news stories from the new range of 19-registration plated vehicles that became available at the start of March? Here are some to consider.
The key news here is the launch of a new generation version of the brand’s CR-V mid-sized SUV. Plus, there’s a diesel version of the Civic, which is also now available in four-door form. Honda has thoroughly revised its Jazz supermini, adding in a new 1.5 i-VTEC sporty model at the top of the range. At the other end of the line-up sits the second generation NSX supercar. It boasts a petrol V6 and electric motor that combine to give 550bhp.
Hyundai has an all-new version of its Santa Fe ‘D’-segment mid-sized 7-seat SUV to look at. The company also launched its first small Crossover SUV, the Kona, late last this year and this crossover is now available in all-electric form. There’s a facelifted version of the company’s i20 supermini now on sale too.
It has a revised version of the Tucson mid-sized ‘C’-segment Qashqai-class SUV available featuring the option of mild hybrid diesel technology. And the brand has launched a sleeker ‘Fastback’ five-door version of its i30 family hatch, which will shortly be available in powerful i30N form, to join the existing i30N performance hatch.
Kia has introduced a new generation version of its Ceed family hatch as well as a substantially improved Sportage mid-sized SUV model, which now features the option of mild hybrid diesel technology. Another recent Kia showroom arrival is the electric version of the company’s Niro small crossover the e-niro. A revised version of the Sorento 7-seat large SUV has recently hit showrooms too.
Mazda & Mitsubishi
There is an all-new version of the Mazda6 aimed at the mid-sized Mondeo-segment alongside an updated CX-5 SUV, with a more powerful diesel engine. Mitsubishi has introduced its new Shogun Sport, a tough family SUV based on the underpinnings of the company’s sturdy L200 pick-up. And, there’s also a new version of its Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover, now powered by a more efficient 2.4-litre petrol engine.
Nissan’s big news is the introduction of a new generation version of its Qashqai which is sleeker, feels more expensive inside and offers some of the most sophisticated electronic safety technology in the mid-sized SUV Crossover sector. There are improvements too for the 1.5-litre dCi diesel and a more powerful 1.3-litre DIG-T petrol engine. Options include DCT automatic transmission in the front-driven-only range.