Coming soon: new cars for 2018

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2018 and beyond...

Coming soon: new cars for 2018

Coming soon

Planning to buy a new car? Think you know what you want? Well, before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you read our round-up of the models coming soon; there are lots that could be worth waiting for, whether you're after something small, something spacious or something stylish.

In this guide we look at every class of car. And we not only reveal what's coming when, but what's special about each of the newcomers.

Family cars: Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Sports Tourer 2019

On sale Spring 2019

Toyota recently revealed its third-generation Auris family car, but has since announced that it will instead be called the Corolla, a name that hasn't been used since 2006. The new Ford Focus rival will be offered as a hatchback, a saloon and an estate (pictured), the latter having a Seat Leon ST-comparable boot space of 598 litres. The Corolla is based on a new platform, which Toyota claims benefits both ride and handling. A 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 114bhp is on offer, along with 121bhp 1.8-litre and 178bhp 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrains. Expect a price of around £20,000.

Family cars: Mazda 3

2019 Mazda 3

On sale: Spring

The styling of Mazda’s new Ford Focus fighter is out to win your heart, while its new engine will please your head; it’s the first petrol unit to use compression ignition, which ought to improve efficiency (and response). Furthermore, like the other engines in the line-up, it’s a mild hybrid. Elsewhere, the 3 promises better seats and a new infotainment system with an 8.8in screen.

Family cars: Volkswagen Golf

2019 Volkswagen Golf

On sale Summer 2019

The eight-generation Golf will arrive next year. It will have more space for passengers and luggage, a huge infotainment touchscreen supplanting yet more physical controls, and plenty of new safety and connectivity tech. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol will be carried over, while many of the petrols will feature mild hybrid technology. Other engines include a new 1.0-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre diesel. Expect a base price of around £20,000 for the five-door hatchback.

Family cars: Kia Proceed

2019 Kia Proceed

On sale March 2019

Acting as a kind of halfway house between the Ceed hatchback and Sportswagon estate, the Proceed rivals the sleek Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake. It’s intended as a sporty model, so a 1.6-litre petrol engine will be the core of the range, but two diesels are also on offer; power ranges from 99bhp to 201bhp. Our early drive in a prototype was very promising.

Family cars: BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series 2019 rendering

On sale September 2019

The next 1 Series will switch from rear to front-wheel drive, which is said to make the car lighter as well as improving space inside for passengers and luggage. Elsewhere inside, the new 1 Series is likely to feature a digital instrument display and the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system.

The new 1 Series sits on a new platform that is able to support hybrid and fully electric power sources as well as conventional engines. At launch, options will include 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol and diesel units, with the most powerful making around 240bhp. Plus, the 2.0-litre petrol is expected to come with 48V mild hybrid technology to increase efficiency.

Following in 2020 will be an M130iX hot hatch, which will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with around 300bhp and send drive to all four wheels. Further off still are petrol-electric plug-in hybrid variants, which should be capable of travelling for at least 31 miles on electric power alone.

Family cars: Audi A3

2019 Audi A3 spy shot

On sale Early 2019

There will be no three-door A3 in the model’s next generation, but the five-door hatchback and four-door A3 saloon survive, and they will be joined by a five-door coupé. There will be new versions of the S3 and RS3 hot hatches, too. Expect a more geometric front end design in keeping with Audi’s latest models, the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster inside.

Family cars: Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala front three quarter

On sale Summer 2019

Skoda is replacing its unloved Rapid with a new budget-focused rival to the Volkswagen Golf, called the Scala. The Scala sits on the same platform as the next Golf (also due next year), has “completely new” styling and offers a raft of new tech. Its interior design is also set to be overhauled. The engines are frugal turbocharged petrol units, including a 1.0-litre and a 1.5-litre, a 1.6-litre diesel.

Small cars: Audi A1

Audi A1

On sale January 2019

Audi is ramping up its fight against the Mini hatchback with the second-generation A1. It's longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, as well as more aggressive-looking. Numerous petrol engines will be available from launch, ranging from a 94bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre to a 197bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre. There won’t be any diesels. Inside, the car has a new layout, including an 8.8in infotainment touchscreen and a digital instrument display as standard.

Small cars: Vauxhall Corsa

2019 Vauxhall Corsa – what we know so far

On sale Summer 2019

The Mk6 Corsa will sit on the same underpinnings as the decent, if not startling, Citroën C3 and be offered primarily with the 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine we recommend in a variety of Peugeot models in a range of outputs. Vauxhall insiders promise striking good looks an interior with more pizzazz and better quality than the C3’s and all the signifiers of German precision and engineering that sibling brand Opel can deliver. As such, they say that while the new Corsa will be no larger than the old one, albeit packaged better to provide more rear seat and boot space, it will be dramatically different in every other way. What’s more, there will be an electric version of the car, called the eCorsa, with a 250-mile range.

Small cars: Fiat 500

Fiat 500 Giardiniera

On sale Late 2019

Fiat is set to reveal an all-new version of its evergreen 500 city car next year. It will launch with a mild hybrid powertrain (a petrol engine assisted by a 12V starter-generator), followed by regular petrol engines and an electric model, called the 500e. Plus, a new estate bodystyle, the Giardiniera (artist's impression above), will be introduced. Fiat claims this will have class-leading space. And don’t worry: the 500 will apparently retain its “unmistakable design”.

Small cars: Peugeot 208

2019 Peugeot 208 spy shot

On sale Summer 2019

A firm’s larger cars usually give clues as to how the smaller ones will look, and so it is that the new 208, based on a new platform, is likely to take on some of the sophistication of the new 508. It will be sold with a range of tweaked turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engines, with a mild hybrid variant likely and an electric version following later in the year.

Small cars: Renault Clio

2019 Renault Clio rendering

On sale Early 2019

How do you reinvent one of the most successfully styled small cars on the road? By mildly evolving those stand-out looks and ramping up the change in other areas that can really make a difference, such as interior quality and cutting-edge technology. If these promises come true, the breadth of the Clio’s appeal will substantially grow again.

Small SUVs: Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Jimny

On sale January 2019

Suzuki's venerable miniature 4x4 is finally being replaced after two decades. It retains its boxy design and focus on off-road capability and robustness over on-road performance. The sole engine is a 1.5-litre petrol that produces 101bhp, emits 154g/km of CO2 and returns official (NEDC) average fuel economy of 41.5mpg. Selectable four-wheel drive is standard, while gearbox options are a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. The most noticeable addition inside the new Jimny is a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system (on more expensive models). An entry-level price of around £17,000 is expected.

Small SUVs: Renault Captur

2019 Renault Captur spy shot

On sale Summer 2019

The second-generation Captur will arrive shortly after the new Clio hatchback, with which it shares its underpinnings. It will feature the same family look as the larger Kadjar, and it will offer new 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engines, a 1.5-litre diesel. The same tablet-style infotainment system as in the Mégane will be standard.

Small SUVs: Nissan Juke

2019 Nissan Juke render

On sale: Summer 2019

Our main criticisms of the current Juke are its poor practicality, sub-par interior quality and the fact that it’s not very good to drive. So, Nissan has been working hard to allay these shortcomings with its second-generation car, in order to better challenge rivals such as the Renault Captur and Seat Arona. Underneath, the Juke will use a stretched version of the platform that underpins
the Nissan Micra. It’s expected to be larger in almost every respect than today’s car, and that should mean more head and leg room inside, especially for rear passengers, as well as a larger boot. Arguably, one of the main things that made the original Juke so appealing to many was its radical looks, which really made it stand out from the crowd, and so Nissan is hoping to pull off the same trick with the new model. As for engines, the new Juke will borrow from the Micra and Qashqai; that means a range of 0.9-litre three-cylinder and 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol units with power outputs of between 89bhp and 114bhp. There will also be a 109bhp 1.5-litre diesel for high-mileage drivers. The new Juke is expected to be a bit more expensive than today’s model, with an entry point of around £16,000. 

Small SUVs: Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross front

On sale: April 2019

The new T-Cross is Volkswagen’s smallest and funkiest SUV. It’s based on the Polo but also shares hardware and engines with the class-leading Seat Arona. Inside, it features a 6.5in or 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, sliding rear seats and a decent boot. Expect to pay at least £17,000, making it pricier than most rivals.

Small SUVs: Peugeot 2008

2019 Peugeot 2008 rendering

On sale: Late 2019

Having found plenty of success with the latest versions of its 3008 and 5008 SUVs, Peugeot’s attention now turns to its smallest such model. The new 2008 is expected to be longer than the current one, boosting space inside for both people and cargo, while the engine range will include our current favourite 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol, bigger petrols and diesels.

Small SUVs: Audi SQ2

Audi SQ2

On sale Summer 2019

Audi has taken the 296bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, four-wheel drive system and automatic gearbox from its S3 hot hatch to create a hot Q2. A 0-62mph time of just 4.8sec is stated. Design changes include a more aggressive bodykit, a 20mm lower ride height, a spoiler and quad tailpipes, sports seats inside. Expect to pay £35,000.

Small SUVs: Skoda Anuq

Skoda Vision X

On sale Summer 2019

Being almost identical to the class-leading Seat Arona underneath, it’s no surprise that the Skoda Anuq will also use the same engines: 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol units, accompanied by a 1.6-litre diesel. The Anuq’s looks will echo those of Skoda’s larger Karoq and Kodiaq, both of which are among our favourite SUVs in their respective classes. An interior similar to the Arona’s is likely, with a large infotainment touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard and digital dials available on pricier trims. Customers will be able to personalise the Anuq’s interior with coloured trim pieces.

Small SUVs: DS 3 Crossback

DS 3 Crossback

On sale Spring 2019

DS is taking aim at the likes of the Audi Q2 with its new small SUV, which sits on a new platform and shares cues with the larger 7 Crossback. There’s a 10.3in touchscreen inside, and buyers can choose from multiple design themes. As well as offering petrol and diesel engines, the 3 Crossback will be available as an electric car with a range of around 200 miles.

Family SUVs: Mercedes-Benz GLA

2018 Mercedes A-Class – price, specs and release date

On sale Late 2019

The second-generation GLA will be based on the excellent new A-Class hatchback (pictured). It will face up to the new Audi Q3 with a stunning interior, complete with the dual 7.0in display (or 10.3in, optionally) layout of the A-Class, along with swathes of luxurious materials and all the latest tech, including Siri-style voice control. Engines will be petrol and diesels with up to 221bhp – although you can expect AMG performance versions to arrive a year or so after launch.

Family SUVs: Lynk&Co 01

Lynk&Co 01

On sale 2020

Lynk&Co is a new Chinese brand that will enter the UK in 2020. And it has a solid foundation, being owned by the same company that presides over Volvo and Lotus. This means that its first two SUV models, the 01 and the smaller 02, are based on the same platform that underpins our 2018 Car of the Year, the Volvo XC40. The 01 will be priced from around £20,000 and is claimed to be "the most connected car to date", with a focus on technology and ease of ownership. Its powertrains are also sourced from Volvo, with the car available only as a plug-in hybrid.

Small SUVs: Lynk&Co 02

Lynk&Co 02

On sale 2020

Lynk&Co's smaller 02 will also launch as a plug-in hybrid, using Volvo powertrains, and is said to have a more sporty driving set-up than the 01. A rival to the Seat Ateca, it will be priced from around £20,000.

Family SUVs: Lexus UX

Lexus UX

On sale Early 2019

Lexus’s new family SUV is a £30,000 rival to the Jaguar E-Pace that uses the same platform as the Toyota C-HR. A hybrid, it gets its 176bhp from a 2.0-litre petrol engine and one or two electric motors, depending on whether you specify front or four-wheel drive. Inside, you’ll find h materials and Lexus’s fiddly trackpad-controlled infotainment system.

Family SUVs: Cupra Ateca

Seat Cupra Ateca

On sale Early 2019

The Seat Ateca is one of our favourite family SUVs, and it will be the first model to be sold as a Cupra. The name Cupra has been used on Seat hot hatches since 1999, but it was recently announced that it will become a brand in its own right. The Cupra Ateca gets larger brakes, quad-exit exhausts, more aggressive bodywork and lower, firmer suspension to go with its 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which has been borrowed from the Seat Leon Cupra R hot hatch. A 0-62mph time of 5.4 sec is claimed. A price of about £35,000 is expected for the Cupra Ateca.

Family SUVs: Borgward BX5

Borgward BX5

On sale Late 2019

Borgwhat? Borgward. A German brand that in many moons ago rivalled Mercedes-Benz before going bankrupt in 1961. A few years ago, it was restarted by its original founder's grandson and heavily invested in by Chinese manufacturer Foton, and next year it will return to the UK, with its two SUVs. This, the smaller BX5, is Audi Q3-sized; it will offer petrol engines, while an electric version is in development. 

Family SUVs: Audi Q4

Audi Q4

On sale: Summer 2019

The Q4 is essentially a coupé version of the Q3, and it will borrow that car’s range of petrol and diesel engines. Both plug-in hybrid and electric versions are planned, too, with the former offering at least 31 miles of driving on electric power alone. Inside, you’ll find h materials, digital instruments and a large central infotainment screen. The Q3 is among the best family SUVs for rear seat space and boot space, both of which mean the Q4 has a strong starting point. Prices are likely to start at around £32,000.

Family SUVs: Ssangyong Korando

Ssangyong e-SIV concept

On sale: August 2019

The next Korando, Ssangyong's cheaper alternative to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, will launch with updated petrol and diesel engines, before gaining the brand's first electric powetrain in 2020. A diesel-electric hybrid model is also under consideration.

Family SUVs: Range Rover Evoque

2019 Range Rover Evoque front

On sale April 2019

The Evoque sells in huge numbers, but for its second generation, Land Rover has improved interior quality and is aiming to make it quieter at speed. A new range of cleaner petrol and diesel engines will be offered, as well as a plug-in hybrid model. Inside, it has the same dual-touchscreen layout as the Velar.

Family SUVs: Mercedes-Benz GLB

Mercedes-Benz GLB

On sale Late 2019

While the GLB will be roughly the same size as the A-Class-derived GLA, it will be very different in nature. Styled as a rufty-tufty off-roader with styling influenced by the G-Class, its rivals will include the Evoque. Its engine line-up will mirror the A-Class’s at first, while two hot AMG models and a plug-in hybrid are planned.

Family SUVs: MG HS

MG HS

On sale Summer 2019

The HS has just gone on sale in its home market of China and is likely to replace
the Dacia Duster-rivalling GS here in 2019. The HS features a 10.1in infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3in digital instrument display, as well as advanced driver assistance systems. Only petrol engines are expected, and four-wheel drive will be available.

Family SUVs: Citroën C5 Aircross

Citroën C5 Aircross

On sale February 2019

Many SUVs these days prioritise sportiness, but if you don’t like that, solace may be found in the soft seats and suspension of Citroën’s new model. The C5 Aircross offers the choice of 121bhp and 181bhp petrol and diesel engines. Inside, there’s space for five, a 720-litre boot, an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen
and a 12.3in digital instrument panel.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: BMW Z4

BMW Z4

On sale: Early 2019

BMW's third-generation Z4 roadster has a renewed focus on sportiness in order to challenge the Porsche 718 Boxster. It sits on a new, 30% stiffer chassis, shared with the upcoming Toyota Supra sports coupé. Despite this, and being wider, the Z4 is 50kg lighter than before. That’s because it reverts to a fabric roof, which is significantly lighter than the previous model’s hard-top. The first version of the Z4 to go on sale will be the flagship M40i, which has a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 335bhp. Following this will be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo with around 180bhp in the sDrive20i and 260bhp in the sDrive30i. The sDrive20i is set to offer a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional eight-speed automatic, while the others will get the latter as standard. All variants are rear-wheel drive. A price of around £35,000 is expected for the Z4.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: Ford Focus ST

2019 Ford Focus ST rendering

On sale: Early 2019

Ford’s latest hot hatch will use an updated version of the turbocharged 2.3-litre petrol engine from the old Focus RS, albeit detuned to around 275bhp and sending its power to only the front wheels. This puts the Focus ST in competition with the Hyundai i30 N and Renault Mégane RS, with a likely price of about £26,000 undercutting the latter by some £5000.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: Toyota Supra

2019 Toyota Supra prototype

On sale: September 2019

After a 17-year hiatus, the Supra will return as a two-seat sports coupé costing around £50,000, making it a rival to the Alpine A110. Toyota is promising a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, which bodes well for handling, while the engine is a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder BMW unit producing in the region of 340bhp. That should be good for 0-62mph in 4.5sec.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: Hyundai i30 Fastback N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N front

On sale Early 2019

Following the success of its i30 N hot hatch, Hyundai is extending the 247bhp (or 271bhp in Performance guise) formula to the i30's Fastback bodystyle. Despite the change in the car's shape, performance is near identical to the hatchback’s.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: Polestar 1

Polestar 1

On sale Summer 2019

Racing outfit Polestar was bought by Volvo back in 2009 to produce performance variants of its cars. From 2019, it will begin to produce cars of its own. If its first model, the 1, looks familiar, that's because it's essentially a performance coupé version of the Volvo S90 saloon. It has a 592bhp hybrid drivetrain featuring a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that drives the rear wheels through an automatic gearbox. Unusually, the 1 will be available only through a subscription service – for the equivalent of £140,000. Following the 1, Polestar will only produce electric performance models, with a saloon, the 2, and a family SUV, the 3, next in the plan.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: Porsche 911

2019 Porsche 911 (992) front

On sale March 2019

The eighth-generation 911 will be the first to have every engine in the expansive line-up turbocharged. What’s more, Porsche will offer two four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid variants, including a flagship model with more than 600bhp and a top speed of almost 200mph. The batteries for the hybrids will be positioned up front, counter-balancing the 911’s rear-mounted engine and giving the car almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution for the first time. They will join the line-up in 2020. But before then, buyers will be offered conventional Carrera and Carrera S models, with each available in rear or four-wheel drive form, much as they are in the outgoing 911. Where they differ is in being more powerful than ever before; for example, the Carrera S produces an extra 30bhp, taking its total up to 444bhp and cutting its 0-62mph sprint time from 4.1sec to 3.7sec in the rear-wheel-drive model and from 4.3sec to 3.6sec in the 4 S. Other new features include an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox, while inside there’s a new 10.9in touchscreen infotainment system.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: TVR Griffith

2019 TVR Griffith

On sale Late 2019

The first model from reborn British brand TVR is envisioned as a rival for the Porsche 911. At its heart is a V8 petrol engine developing 500bhp, meaning huge performance in a car weighing just 1250kg. A top speed of more than 200mph is promised, a 0-62mph sprint time of less than 4.0sec. Prices will start at around £90,000.

Large and luxury SUVs: Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport spy shot

On sale October 2019

Land Rover has updated the Discovery Sport’s platform in an effort to improve ride comfort, increase boot space and create room for batteries in a new plug-in hybrid model. The diesel engines will get mild hybrid technology, while quality will be improved in a redesigned interior. 

Large and luxury SUVs: Seat Tarraco

2019 Seat Tarraco

On sale Early 2019

Skoda’s Kodiaq is one of the best large SUVs, with a roomy interior, good driving manners and keen pricing; this is Seat’s version of that car. The seven-seater will offer 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol and two 2.0-litre diesel engines, to be joined later by a plug-in hybrid. Inside, the Tarraco features an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3in digital dial display.

 

 

Large and luxury SUVs: Porsche Cayenne Coupé

2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupé spy shot

On sale Summer 2019

A lucrative niche of sloped-roof luxury SUVs has opened – think BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupé – and Porsche is jumping in with this coupé-like version of the regular Cayenne. Engine options are a 440bhp twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 and a 550bhp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.

Large and luxury SUVs: Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

On sale: Early 2019

Despite appearances, this is no facelift; it’s actually a new-generation car, based on a fresh platform that promises to improve the seven-seater’s ride, handling, steering and boot space while providing class-leading safety. Permanent four-wheel drive remains, as does a CVT automatic gearbox, while the sole engine is expected to be a 2.0-litre petrol.

Large and luxury SUVs: Ford Edge

Ford Edge

On sale: Early 2019

Ford has facelifted its largest SUV, the Edge, for 2019, with a more aggressive grille and newly designed headlights. Engines remain the same, but upgrades include a new evasive steering system that helps the car to steer around potential obstacles in an emergency. There's also adaptive cruise control and post-collision braking available for the first time.

Large and luxury SUVs: Aston Martin DBX

2019 Aston Martin DBX

On sale Late 2019

Another premium manufacturer jumping in on the SUV craze with its first such model is Aston Martin. Its new DBX will go up against rivals such as the Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante and Lamborghini Urus. It will be built on a new platform, similar to that of the DB11 coupé. Two engines will be available: a 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and a 600bhp 5.2-litre V12. Plus, a hybrid is due later.

Toyota RAV4

Large and luxury SUVs: Toyota RAV4

On sale Early 2019

The radically styled fifth-generation RAV4 is based on Toyota’s latest platform, which also underpins the new Auris family hatchback. When sales begin, it will offer only a hybrid powertrain featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine. This is predicted to produce around 200bhp yet emit less than 100g/km of CO2. A second hybrid option, featuring either a 1.8 or 2.0 engine, will arrive shortly after. There's also the possibility of a 2.0-litre petrol engine on its own, but there won't be any diesel models. Compared with the current car, the upcoming RAV4 is roomier and has a bigger boot, despite being wider but shorter and lower. The interior, meanwhile, is said to have a far more luxurious feel, a raft of additional active safety systems.

Large and luxury SUVs: BMW X7

BMW X7 front

On sale February 2019

This aggressive-looking new luxury SUV is intended to combine the opulence of the 7 Series limousine with the versatility and off-road capability of the X5 SUV, and thus will rival the Range Rover and upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLS. At 5.1 metres long, the X7 is exceptionally roomy inside, to the extent that six adults can apparently travel in comfort. The h dashboard houses a pair of 12.3in digital displays: one for instruments and the other for BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which can be controlled by touch, gesture, buttons on the steering wheel or a rotary dial. You can choose from three engines: a 335bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol (in the xDrive40i), a 261bhp six-cylinder diesel (xDrive30d) and a 394bhp six-cylinder quad-turbo diesel (M50d). All hook up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

Large and luxury SUVs: Mercedes-Benz GLE

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE

On sale Late 2018

Mercedes' rival to the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 will be offered as a seven-seater for the first time in its second generation. The new GLE also introduces a high-tech new suspension system (superior to that even of the S-Class limo) and a plug-in hybrid variant capable of driving some 50 miles on electricity alone. At launch, the engine line-up will consist of a 2.0-litre diesel and a 362bhp 3.0-litre petrol mild hybrid. Expect an entry-level price of around £54,000.

Large and luxury SUVs: Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

On sale Late 2019

Infiniti says its new five-seat SUV has class-leading interior space; indeed, its boot is larger than the Audi Q5’s, at 565 litres. Inside, the QX50 has a dual-screen infotainment set-up, with a 7.0in unit and an 8.0in unit stacked vertically on the centre console. Notably, the QX50 will be the first car with a variable-compression engine; this means the 268bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit can alter the volume in its cylinders to get petrol performance or diesel-like economy. The QX50 will take on cars such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 and will be priced from around £35,000.

Large and luxury SUVs: Maserati

Maserati large SUV

On sale: 2020

Maserati will produce a smaller SUV to sit below its 5m-long Levante (artist's impression pictured). It will be built on the same platform as the sporty Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which we award three stars. The new Maserati will take on cars such as the Porsche Macan, and could be offered as a plug-in hybrid. Expect a price of around £45,000.

Large and luxury SUVs: Borgward BX7

Borgward BX7

On sale Late 2019

Here's that larger Borgward we mentioned earlier, the Audi Q5-sized BX7. Like its smaller sibling, it currently offers petrol engines but will soon be available as an electric car, too, with a range of 300 miles claimed.

Large and luxury SUVs: Skoda Kodiaq vRS

2019 Skoda Kodiaq vRS

On sale January 2019

Skoda has produced a hot vRS version of its excellent Kodiaq seven-seat SUV, powered by a 2.0-litre diesel twin-turbo engine delivering 237bhp and 369lb ft of torque. This is expected to give it a 0-62mph time of less than 7.0sec.

Executive and luxury cars: Lexus ES

Lexus ES

On sale: January 2019

Lexus is replacing its slow-selling GS with this new ES. Based on a new platform, the ES is lower, longer and wider yet lighter than the GS. It's claimed to be more driver-focused than its predecessor, with more precise handling, and will be available in Sport guise with adjustable suspension. One powertrain will be offered, a 215bhp hybrid system featuring a new turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. This sends drive to the front wheels through an automatic gearbox. Lexus claims average fuel economy of 60.1mpg. Inside, the ES has a 12.3in infotainment screen controlled by a touchpad between the front seats. A host of the latest active safety systems are also fitted as standard. Lexus's challenger to the BMW 5 Series is expected to remain around the £35,000 mark.

Executive and luxury cars: Volvo S60

Executive and luxury cars: Volvo S60

On sale: Early 2019

The new S60 saloon, which shares much with the four-star V60 estate, is larger in almost every dimension than its predecessor in order to be more spacious. In a bold move, no diesel engines will be offered. There will be two 2.0-litre petrol units, with 247bhp and 306bhp, two plug-in hybrid powetrains, with 299bhp and 312bhp. Volvo says the new S60 will be more of a driver's car than its forebears.

Executive and luxury cars: Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

On sale January 2019

Toyota will replace the Avensis with the world's best-selling saloon, the Camry, which has been absent from the UK for 14 years. It will be sold with only a 215bhp hybrid powertrain featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine and a single-speed gearbox. Having driven a prototype of the UK-spec Camry, we've found it to ride very comfortably and be capable of more than 45mpg. Expect a price of around £30,000.

Executive and luxury cars: Alfa Romeo GTV

Alfa Romeo GTV

On sale 2020

Alfa Romeo is using its excellent Giulia saloon as the basis for a rival to Audi’s S5 and RS5 (artist's impression above). The two-door, four-seat GTV coupé will have four-wheel drive and a 50/50 weight balance, front to rear. Two petrol-electric hybrid powertrains are set to be offered. One has a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and gets 345bhp, while the other features a 2.9-litre turbo V6 and makes 641bhp. It will be priced from around £50,000.

Executive and luxury cars: BMW 3 Series

2019 BMW 3 Series

On sale March 2019

The seventh-generation 3 Series is based on the same platform as the latest 5 Series, it’s larger, lighter and safer than its predecessor. With the aim of making the 3 Series the best-handling car in its class, BMW has overhauled its steering and given it a new suspension set-up that it claims improves the handling as well as ride over poor surfaces. M Sport models get a lower and firmer set-up. Two engines will be available at first: a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel (badged 320d) and a 254bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol (330i). Next to arrive will be a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid (330e). BMW has also used new materials to up interior quality and added more soundproofing to boost refinement. An 8.8in infotainment screen and a digital dials display are standard.

Executive and luxury cars: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

Mercedes A-Class Saloon

On sale: Spring

This is a new bodystyle for the A-Class, with longer rear doors than the hatchback on which it’s based and a short, separate boot. The four-door will be pricier than the hatch, starting at around £25,000, but expect the interior to have the same wow factor. 

Executive and luxury cars: BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé

BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept

On sale: October 2019

BMW’s new Porsche Panamera-rivalling four-door will sit at the top of the 8 Series range, above the two-door coupé and convertible models, with its stretched body providing more space for rear passengers while being just as fast, luxurious and driver-focused.

MPVs: Mercedes-Benz B-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

On sale Early 2019

Fancy a h people-mover with a premium badge? The B-Class has space for five and features rear seats that can not only split and fold but also slide back and forth to prioritise either leg room or boot space. Inside, there’s the same high-tech infotainment system as in the A-Class hatchback, while engines include 1.3-litre petrols and 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesels.

Pick-up trucks: Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor

On sale Early 2019

Ford has produced a 'performance' version of its Ranger pick-up truck, called the Ranger Raptor. It gets 210bhp and 369lb ft from a 2.0-litre diesel engine – up from 197bhp and 347lb ft from the regular Ranger's 3.2-litre diesel – along with a bold new grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers for better ground clearance, a wider distance between its right and left wheels, magnesium side steps, racing-derived suspension parts and gnarly off-road tyres.

Electric and hybrid cars: Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

On sale Summer 2019

The launch version of the Model 3 will cost around £50,000 and have an official range of 338 miles. As with other Teslas, a 50% charge should be attainable in 20 or so minutes from the firm’s network of Superchargers, with a complete charge at home taking about nine hours. We’ve driven a Model 3 in the US and deemed it worthy of four stars. That review can be read here.

Electric and hybrid cars: Hyundai Nexo

Hyundai Nexo

On sale: March 2019

Hyundai was one of the first brands to sell a hydrogen fuel cell car in the UK. But while its current model is based on the conventional ix35 SUV, this new Nexo has its own, distinct design. It has a range of 500 miles – 130 more than its predecessor – and 20% more power. Hyundai claims that the powertrain is as durable as internal combustion engine-powered cars, and can be refuelled in as little as five minutes, compared with the several hours of electric cars. As with all fuel cell cars, the only emission is water. A price of around £50,000 is expected for the Nexo.

Electric and hybrid cars: Audi E-tron

2019 Audi E-tron

On sale March 2019

Audi’s first electric model, the E-tron SUV, sits between its Q5 and Q7 in terms of size, although it’s much squatter than either. Its twin electric motors enable it to sprint from 0-62mph in less than six seconds, and it has an official range of 249 miles, like the Mercedes EQC. Starting at around £71,000, the E-tron is pricier than both that car and the Jaguar I-Pace. 

Electric and hybrid cars: Kia e-Niro

Kia Niro EV

On sale Late 2018

The Niro family SUV is today available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, but this pricier electric version is soon to arrive, marked out by its filled-in grille. With its 64kWh battery, it has a Real Range of 253 miles. Expect to pay around £30,000.

Electric and hybrid cars: Polestar 2

Polestar 2

On sale Summer 2019

Polestar will follow up the hybrid 1 coupé with a mid-sized electric saloon called, unsurprisingly, the 2. Indeed, henceforth the brand will produce only electric cars. Polestar ambitiously claims that the 2 will have a range of around 350 miles and as much as 400bhp. A price range of £30,000 to £50,000 has been mooted. The 2 follows the 40.2 concept (pictured) and will rival the forthcoming Tesla Model 3.

Electric and hybrid cars: Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

On sale Early 2020

Porsche's first electric car, the Taycan, is a Panamera-like four-seater with around 600bhp. It's powered by two electric motors, and will have a 0-60mph time of just 3.5sec. Porsche claims the Taycan will have a range of around 300 miles and the ability to charge to 80% in just 15 minutes from a public fast charger. It will be capable of 800V charging, too, futureproofing it for future charging infrastructure progress.

Electric and hybrid cars: Maserati Alfieri

Maserati Alfieri

On sale 2020

Maserati will challenge the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S with its all-new Alfieri. It will be available as a coupé and cabriolet and with electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The electric Alfieri will have three motors and four wheel drive, 800V charging capability, futureproofing it against updates to charging infrastructure. It will be able to get from 0-62mph in a scarcely believable 2.0sec. The hybrid model is expected to employ a Ferrari 3.0-litre petrol V6.

Electric and hybrid cars: Honda Urban EV

Honda Urban EV

On sale Late 2019

The rapturously received, retro-styled Urban EV concept will be changed little for production. The electric hatchback is some 200mm shorter than its Renault Zoe rival and is based on Honda’s new bespoke EV platform. A range of about 155 miles is likely. Inside, it will have five seats and a wide, dash-top infotainment touchscreen. Expect a price of around £28,000.

Electric and hybrid cars: Mini Electric

2019 Mini Electric – pricing, specs and release date

On sale Summer 2019

The electric version of the Mini hatchback will initially only be offered in three-door form. With its power supplied by the same battery and driving the same motor as used by the BMW i3, drivers can realistically expect to manage around 120 miles between charges. The Mini Electric should be cheaper than the i3, though, putting it in the region of £26,000.  

Electric and hybrid cars: Mercedes-Benz EQC

2019 Mercedes EQC – price, specs and release date

On sale Autumn 2019

Mercedes-Benz will challenge the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi E-tron with its EQC electric car. It's based loosely on the GLC family SUV, but is longer and lower. Inside, it has space for five adults, a 500-litre boot (bigger than the GLC's) and a new dashboard featuring a digital instrument display and a large infotainment screen. With an electric motor on each axle, the EQC makes 402bhp (compared with 395bhp from the significantly lighter I-Pace) and can reach 62mph in 5.1sec. The EQC's 80kWh battery gives it a range of 249 miles on the new WLTP cycle; the I-Pace manages 292 and the E-tron 248. An 80% charge can be achieved in as little as 40 minutes. Expect a starting price of around £67,500.

Electric and hybrid cars: Ford Mach 1

Ford Mach 1

On sale 2020

Ford will set out its electric stall with the Mach 1, which it describes as a "performance utility vehicle" – so likely a sporting SUV – that it says is "inspired" by its Mustang coupé. Few other details of the car have been released at this stage. Ford is also working on another electric SUV, similar in size to the Kuga, based on the platform of the new Focus.
 

Electric and hybrid cars: BMW iX3

BMW iX3

On sale: Late 2019

Like the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, the BMW iX3 has a motor on each axle, giving it four-wheel drive. Aesthetically, it stands out from other X3 models by dint of its closed-off grille and smoother bodywork with blue accents. Its anticipated official range of 249 miles matches exactly that of the E-tron, while prices are predicted to start at £56,000.

Electric and hybrid cars: Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul

On sale: Late 2019

The third-generation version of Kia’s boxy small SUV will be sold here only as an electric car, using the same 64kWh battery as the e-Niro, which has an official range of 301 miles. The new Soul also has upgraded suspension in an attempt to give it better ride and handling, while its interior is larger and has been redesigned, gaining a 10.3in touchscreen.

Coupés, convertibles and sports cars: Mercedes-AMG A35

A35

On sale: Spring

With a price of £35,580, the A35 will be around £6000 cheaper than the old A45 (a successor to which is also coming), yet it still features four-wheel drive, a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that makes more than 300bhp. A 0-62mph time of 4.7sec is in line with that of its main rival, the Audi S3, and both cars are limited to 155mph.

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