Here are a few of the new models due out this year
Here we take a look at some of the new cars on the starting blocks for 2018 from a range of manufacturers.
Due out in Summer, the updated Ford KA+ will benefit from some nice new styling giving it a more rugged look and feel. But that’s not all – it will also get new efficient engines and some neat technology in the form of a new infotainment system. This latest design also sees more space in the cabin. Choose from an updated range of petrol and diesel engines including a two 1.2-litre, three cylinder Ti-VCT petrol engine petrol engine which replaces the old four cylinder – or a 1.5-litre diesel.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe was Hyundai first’s foray into the SUV arena back in 2001. This fourth generation model was launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month and it’s one of the most spacious 7-seater SUVs on the market. The 2.2-litre diesel engine now offers an increased 197bhp. Options include a six-speed manual or an eight speed automatic. In addition to improved looks, the Santa Fe offers plenty of on-board storage and they say it’s quiet and easy to drive.
Mercedes A Class
Designed to give the BMW 1 Series. Audi A3 and VW Golf a run for their money, the all-new Mercedes A-class will be on the roads here next month. You have a choice between a 1.5-litre diesel engine and two petrol engines – a 1.4-litre turbo or a 2.0-litre turbo. Reviewers are making a lot of the infotainment system which can be highly personalised. An interesting feature is the “augmented reality” navigation which superimposes navigation information on top of live video taken by the front camera.
Despite the current Juke model being recently updated, an all-new version is due out here by the end of 2018. This latest version is not simply an update but a true redesign. The main news is the new Juke will switch to the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s platform that the new Nissan Micra is based on. Although still recognisable as a Juke. Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura has revealed that the next generation will remain “edgy and less mainstream”.
From this summer you’ll be able to get your hands on the latest Mazda 6. The saloon was launched at the LA Motor Show at the end of last year, whilst the Tourer was presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Whilst both models have had a facelift the major work has been going on inside with a new look dashboard featuring more simple, plain surfaces. Technology updates include a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.