McLaren will spearhead its transition to electric power with an all-new series-production car.
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We reveal that Skoda will finally bring its ever-popular Fabia supermini back into line with its Volkswagen Group siblings with an all-new version next year, but unlike McLaren there’ll be no electrification just yet.
Volkswagen has detailed its full range of ID 3 trims and prices, Porsche has unveiled the updated Panamera as a 700bhp flagship with extended EV range, and Ford has confirmed that the new Mustang Mach 1 will be sold in Europe and the UK, complete with uprated V8 powertrain.
Meanwhile, Renault has revealed the Mégane eVision, a bold electric concept that it claims “reinvents the classical hatchback”. The Dacia Spring is revealed as the brand’s first production EV. We also reveal Cupra’s plans to put an Audi’s five-pot inside the Formentor for a range-topping super-performance version of its new SUV.
In sadder news, Volkswagen has confirmed that it won’t launch a new Golf GTI Clubsport S to renew its assault on the front-wheel-drive Nürburgring lap record and BMW is recalling its latest PHEV models due to risks of battery fire. There’s a sunnier outlook for Hyundai, however, as it finally unveils its long-awaited challenger to the Fiesta ST, the i20 N.
In this week’s business section, we ask if bigger batteries offset the environmental benefits of long-range EVs. Jim Holder ponders the horrible truth that the car industry may have too many factories for the number of customers.
Much has been written about the new BMW 4 Series’ divisive looks and especially its bulbous grille. Less has been written about what it’s like to drive. In the first of this week’s drives, we test the 369bhp coupé on what matters most.
The Range Rover D350 gains 48V mild-hybrid tech for its final year, and with it, unprecedented quietness and economy benefits. Then, we return to our favourite executive estate, the BMW 520d Touring, to see if it remains as wonderful as we remember it (spoiler: it does).
Next, we see if minor updates can help keep Seat’s Ateca crossover maintain an edge over its rivals. The new Land Rover Discovery Sport looks like being a real sales hit, but is its popularity justified? Volvo’s V90 B5P remains a compelling executive car and the Audi S8 and Ford Fiesta also impress our testers.