Your one stop shop for all the important new car debuts for the end of 2018 and 2019
We know as much as anyone how hard it can be to keep abreast of every new car going on sale and when it’s coming. So before you head down to a dealer to commit to buying something, check out what we’ll be seeing on sale in the next few months here.
2018 has been another exciting year for new models across all segments, from humble superminis to flagship supercars. Of course the ever-popular SUV segment has grown, too. There’s still a few models due to arrive in the Christmas run up before we see in 2019.
The first half of 2019 looks equally packed, as manufacturers look to gear up for the all-important Geneva motor show.
Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up-to-date with what’s coming when in the car industry.
Audi’s aiming squarely for Mini with the new A1, which moves to MQB for greater refinement, handling and quietness.
Same 444bhp engine and 125lb ft hike, but now available in five-door Sportback form.
Hot hybrid version of Audi’s future flagship SUV.
Mazda goes Juke hunting with its Skyactiv-generation baby SUV, but the rapidly expanding segment has other rivals to keep in mind now too
Audi’s iconic small sports car drops diesel and some powertrains to be solely 2.0-litre petrol-powered. More generous equipment and a subtle styling refresh also feature.
BMW’s i3 is now electric-only, with the range extender version deemed unnecessary with the longer-range updated version in town.
Up to 600bhp in M-badged form, but entirely more conventional down the rest of the range. Gets a more X7-like look – could be divisive.
Citroën’s Nissan Qashqai rival arrives at the end of the year, with the brand’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension. Another with a hybrid version to follow.
Ford’s first UK-bound Raptor model gets a 210bhp four-cylinder diesel with 369lb ft, heaps of on-road presence and fearsome off-road ability.
Honda’s back on the hybrid hype after cutting the Insight some years ago with a petrol-electric CR-V.
Soft launch for Kia’s second EV, with the Niro EV going on sale as a powertrain option, rather than an all new model.
A Ceed Sportswagon-cum-coupé with a smaller boot than the ‘real’ Ceed Sportswagon. Part of Kia’s design-led approach; an SUV is also coming.
A power hike is certain, although it’ll likely not match the E63 S’s 603bhp. Exterior tweaks will be ever so subtle.
Mercedes’ mid-sized SUV will arrive in time for Christmas. The 4.0-litre AMG 63 won’t.
Another brand’s ‘first’ SUV, although you can bet your Phantom that this’ll be bigger and more expensive than any of those.
Seat’s seven-seater is the brand’s flagship, now Cupra is a thing of its own. Similar packaging to the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, but with some Seat hallmark styling.
Another entrant into the fast SUV market, this time it’s Skoda throwing its name into the mix. A diesel engine with lots of torque is under the bonnet.
Rock-solid SUV gets the same treatment as the Outback, with interior tweaks taking precedent over minor exterior changes.
Hardcore version of Volkswagen’s seventh-generation hot hatchback gets 286bhp and 272lb ft, and is inspired by the race-going TCR GTI.
Volkswagen Passat facelift
Venerable Volkswagen estate and saloon will be facelifted at the end of 2018. Expect the usual raft of efficiency, interior and exterior revisions.
Roomier, sportier load-lugger goes up against Audi A4 Avant S-Line and BMW 3 Series Touring M Sport.
Roomier, more rugged load-lugger goes up against Audi A4 Allroad and other off-road-friendly estates.
Volvo’s plug-in hybrid small SUV is coming from the fourth quarter onwards, with the brand’s 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a supplementary electric motor. An EV arrives in 2019.
Alpina sticks two fingers up to the ever-forecast death of diesel with a 323bhp, 516bhp six-cylinder diesel SUV. Europeans get two more chargers, 55 more horses and 52lb ft more than the Brits, though.
Fourth-generation Atom gets Honda Civic Type R power, slingshotting itself (and the driver) to 62mph in 2.8sec. It’s been subject to a ground-up rebuild.
In a thoroughly modern Clash of the Titans, Audi will take on Jaguar in the electric market, with the E-Tron going up against Jag’s I-Pace.
Audi’s Mini Countryman rival gets a 296bhp version of the S3’s turbo four-pot engine, and will do battle with the BMW X2 M35i when sales start early next year.
Bentley’s Continental-GT-with-a-boot arrives early next year. Expect the same engine setup as the Continental – W12 first, then V8, then PHEV.
Renewed 3 Series looks to topple the Mercedes-Benz C-Class from market dominance, with a revitalised take on driving dynamics and more tech.
BMW’s biggest saloon adjusts its business suit to remain competitive with the refreshed Mercedes-Benz S-Class and new Audi A8.
The first four-cylinder M-car is a 302bhp rival to the upcoming Audi SQ2 and Cupra Ateca. Are hot SUVs the new hot hatches?
BMW X3 M
The hot SUV brigade will gain a new entrant hailing from Munich when the X3 M arrives. Beware, Porsche Macan Turbo and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
BMW’s giant, Range Rover-rivalling SUV will be a seven-seat SUV, offered in xDrive30d, xDrive40i and xDrive50i flavours initially. More powertrains will follow.
“We wanted a Z4 with more dynamic capabilities, one that was sporty and precise. A pure roadster, a pure driving machine,” says BMW’s driving dynamics expert. Sounds promising..
Biggest DS SUV will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain shared with the Peugeot 5008 and upcoming plug-in Citroën C5 Aircross. Name derives from DS’s electric supercar concept.
The UK’s first Raptor pickup gets a 210bhp, 369lb ft diesel engine for going extra quickly between building sites.
Facelift aims to improve the hybrid supercar’s handling, as well as comfort and emissions.
1.6-litre diesel and 1.5-litre turbo petrol variants come with revised styling and tweaked interior.
Hyundai’s fast fastback is coming, with all the talents of the hatchback and a little more practicality.
The UK’s first second-generation hydrogen fuel cell car arrives with a fleet of improvements over the ix35 Fuel Cell and a name all of its own.
The first car with a variable compression ratio engine, Infiniti promises all the talents of petrol with all the efficiency of diesel. Eureka.
New Wrangler gets 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines, and the usual boxy styling and off-road prowess.
It’s been spotted under development more times than just about anything else, and arrives early next year with the promise of better comfort, connectivity and a petrol-electric hybrid.
Sister car to the Jaguar F-Pace gets a performance-focused SVR variant. 542bhp and 502lb ft of torque, in case you’re wondering.
Italian car maker is developing a new version of its hardcore V12 supercar; takes aero influence from Huracán Performante.
Lexus’s BMW 5 Series rival, the GS, has been replaced with the ES, borrowed from non-UK markets. It promises a greater driving focus and different design.
Another new small SUV – the UX takes Lexus into competition with the Volvo XC40, Jaguar E-Pace and Audi Q3. Prices start from £29,900, and deliveries begin in March.
Porsche Panamera-baiting AMG-specific model can cover 0-62mph in 3.2sec and hit 196mph in range-topping guise.
A-Class warm hatch will fight the Audi S3 saloon and ever-rumoured full-fat BMW 1 Series M, if the latter ever happens.
A-Class PHEV will face the Volkswagen Golf GTE in a growing class of plug-in hatchbacks.
A-Class saloon will fight the Audi RS3 saloon and ever-rumoured BMW 1 Series saloon, if the latter ever comes to Europe. AMG versions to follow.
Mercedes will persevere with its posh people-carrier as the B-Class enters its third generation in a market where MPV sales are tumbling.
Mercedes’ electrification push continues in 2019 with another plug-in – the top-selling C-Class will get a PHEV powertrain.
MG hasn’t yet confirmed the HS for the UK, but with its introduction in China in recent months, as well as the GS’s replacement due in early 2019, the timings line up eerily well.
MG’s first EV is coming in the form of an electrified ZS, which will rival the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. Given its likely bargain price, don’t expect the same range as the others.
Peugeot’s supermini is getting an electric variant for its next generation, the launch of which has been pushed back until early next year.
The Peugeot saloon has its verve back, so the estate is expected to have the same return to form. Hybrid flagship will be expensive, mind.
Volvo’s sporting offshoot brand will bring its first car – a 600bhp hybrid coupé – to the UK in early 2019, after first appearing at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013 as the Volvo Concept Coupé.
The Renault Alaskan has already been pushed back once, but Renault’s first pick-up is pencilled in for launch in the coming months.
France’s best-selling car enters its fifth generation next year, with a raft of tech upgrades to make it the most advanced on the market.
Renault’s Nissan Qashqai rival gets the subtlest of visual tweaks, although more attention has been paid to the interior. There’s a new 1.3-litre petrol engine, too.
600bhp launch version will eventually sit below a super-hybrid with 805bhp. We smell a ‘Ring record attempt.
Skoda’s killing off the Rapid name as it reinvents its Ford Focus rival as a more credible alternative to the Volkswagen Golf than today’s Fabia-based liftback and hatch.
The new Jimny has charmed the world with its micro-mud-plugger looks and retro charm. Sales are already promising too, before deliveries even begin next year…
Suzuki Vitara facelift
Refreshed ‘other’ Suzuki SUV gets new 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre engines, as well as a slick new look.
It’s back! As the Auris dies, Toyota fills its space with the more visually dramatic Corolla. First arrivals are early next year.
It’s back! As the Avensis dies, Toyota fills its space with the plush Camry. First arrivals are early next year.
It’s back! Need we say more? Ok – the three figures that matter most – it’s got 500bhp, starts at £90,000 and weighs 1250kg.
We know roughly what to expect from it, from looking at the T-Roc. Styling in early shots shows that it may be something of a departure from its slightly larger brother, though.
Volvo’s BMW 3-Series rival will be the first under the brand’s new no-diesel strategy.
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