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18 November 2020

Bentley’s first ever EV will kick off a bold reinvention for the brand, as it will spearhead a line of radical new models.

New market segments beckon, as well as a cutting-edge, Audi-developed luxury car platform, when the vaunted EV arrives in 2025.

The first electric Bentley will take the form of a high-riding saloon - for more details, pick up a copy of this week’s Autocar.

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This week sees the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class unveiled as the pinnacle of the brand’s luxury saloon range, gaining a longer wheelbase, rear-passenger pampering and V12 option to take the fight to Bentley’s Flying Spur.

Mazda is poised to offer a version of the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid supermini in Europe within the next two years, potentially as a replacement for the current Mazda 2. Porsche prepares to make what could be its last stand for naturally aspirated, high-revving sports cars - the 992-based GT3. We go for a passenger ride.

The UK government has also brought forward the deadline for its new ICE car ban, which is now just ten years away. Meanwhile, Volkswagen has spilled details about its fifth ID electric car, a production version of the ID Vizzion concept, and Subaru has unveiled its all-new, second-generation BRZ sports car.

In the Autocar Business section we investigate how China is bouncing back from Covid-19 as a swift recovery opens new doors for its car industry. Finally Jim Holder explores the surprisingly potent world of electric LCVs, which could be spearheading the drive to electrification.

Reviews

The latest Hyundai Tuscon has arrived with a sharp suit to rival the Volvo XC40, but what’s it like when it gets down to business? In the first of this week’s drives we get behind the wheel of Hyundai’s slimmed down Sante Fe to find out.

Elsewhere, the Volkswagen Golf GTD gives a diesel-flavoured slant on the GTI formula to the eighth-generation Golf. Then, we embark on an on-track riot in Lamborghini’s Huracan STO - essentially a road-legal version of the Super Trofeo racer - in prototype guise.

Finally, in this week’s road test, it’s the turn of the MG 5 to face the scrutiny of our experts. Could this segment-first electric estate be all the real-world EV you need?

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For the first time in its 67-year history, the Chevrolet Corvette is mid-engined and will be made in right-hand drive. We find out whether you should now want an American sports car, or would be better to stick with Europe’s finest: the Porsche 911.

Next, Carlos Ghosn’s escape from house arrest in Japan - apparently smuggled out of the country inside a musical instrument case - reads like something from a James Bond novel, but, as he tells us, it was no fiction.

The Lotus Carlton once had a bad boy image but there’s only love for it 30 years on. Matt Prior drives one from Vauxhall’s long-time HQ to Lotus’s. We also reveal the Porsche concept cars that have until now been hidden away on designers’ laptops - and some of them are left-field in the extreme.

Then, Steve Cropley meets McLaren Automotive boss Mike Flewitt to hear about his life in 12 cars, spanning fitting parcel shelves in a Ford factory to being the driving force behind a world-class supercar maker.

Finally, our new Drivers of Change competition, launched with executive search specialist Ennis & Co to promote innovation in the car industry, drew an extraordinary response. Now the results are in, Will Trinkwon interviews the winners and explores their ideas.

Opinions

Yes, it will be shocking to see brand-new automotive descendants of cars we’ve called great for decades outlawed in 2030, says Steve Cropley, but our man is also excited to see what the new electric future will bring. Elsewhere, Matt Prior is also thinking about a zero-emissions future. Specifically, he’s pondering the prospect of inequality - how will low-income drivers afford to charge new EVs?

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You don’t need a lot of folding money for a tidy tin-topped folder, as James Ruppert explains. Take a sensible-miles Merc SLK: yours from just £5000. Then, Max Adams reports on nearly new BMW X3s, which can be enjoyed by keen drivers and comfort seekers alike, while Felix Page shows you how to claim a used Alfa Romeo 166.

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