Got your eye on a new car? Before you go shopping, check here for what's about to be released into showrooms for the rest of this year
11 November 2019

It's been a bumper year for new cars so far, with important releases in every model category from the Toyota Supra to the Vauxhall Corsa and the Mercedes-AMG A45 - to name but a few.

Most of 2019's biggest debuts have had the covers pulled off them, but there's still a few yet to be seen cars in the final few weeks of 2019.

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 in the UK.

Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up to date with what's coming when in the car industry. 

 

November

Alpine A110 S

It was inevitable that Alpine would follow up the widely celebrated A110 with slightly faster, slightly more focused version, and the A110 S is just about to land in showrooms. 

With power boosted by 49bhp to 288bhp, a slight weight decrease and modifications to the chassis setup, it's a refinement of the formula that's seen the standard car lauded by almost everyone that's driven it. It'll go on sale in November priced from £57,590, although you can spend far more than that if you get busy with the optiions list. 

Aston Martin Rapide E

Aston’s first electric car is a limited-run version of the Rapide designed as a testbed for future EV models. Just 155 examples of the luxury saloon will be made, and it's available to order now at an undisclosed price.

The firm says the Rapide E will produce more than 602bhp from two electric motors, both mounted over the back axle. That’s different to the set-up used by the rival Tesla Model S in Dual Motor form: a power unit over each axle to give four-wheel drive.

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The Rapide E's two motors will produce just over 701lb ft of torque, with a claimed 0-60mph time of under 4.0sec, similar to the standard Rapide S. Aston says it has put a development focus on “repeatable performance”, which means the quoted acceleration targets can be achieved multiple times without the batteries or motors overheating. The top speed of 155mph can be maintained for around 10 minutes.

Sources suggest the weight of the EV is nearly identical to the combustion-engined version.

Aston Martin Rapide E makes UK dynamic debut at Goodwood

Audi Q3 Sportback

Audi will bring a more coupe-like variant of the Q3 to the UK towards end of the year, satisfying a growing niche of SUVs that sacrifice practicality in the name of style. The Sportback, for all intents and purposes, is a Q3 underneath, with the same engines, chassis, hardware and technology. It'll be slightly more expensive than the standard car, and has slightly less rear seat and boot space - but that's the price you pay for added desirability.

Audi targets BMW X4 with new Q3 Sportback

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley has reinvented its four-door Flying Spur as a more distinctive luxury saloon in 2019, making it the last Bentley to be launched before the company completely reinvents its cars for the era of electrification. It shifts away from simply being a four-door Continental GT, despite close relations, to become a luxury Mercedes-Maybach rival in its own right. It launches with a 626bhp W12 engine -  with an even faster Speed variant added in due course. A V8 and a V6-powered plug-in hybrid model will be added in due course. 

New Bentley Flying Spur: 207mph luxury saloon on display at Goodwood

BMW M8

The crowning glory in the new 8 Series range arrives in dealers this month: the hot M8. Available in coupé, cabriolet and (eventually) four-door Gran Coupé forms, the M8 will take on everything from the Audi RS7 Sportback to the Porsche 911. It uses a modified version of BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 - revealed initially in flagship Competition form, that means 616bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 3.2 seconds for the hard-top two-door. A cheaper and subtler regular variant will be added soon, bringing power back below the 600bhp mark.

BMW M8 Competition: 616bhp super-coupe nears production

BMW X6

Effectively a BMW X5 that trades passenger space for a more style-led look, the new X6 is based on the fourth-generation X5, which was introduced late in 2018. It shares its underpinnings, engines and technology with that car but drops the option of seven seats, due to that coupé-like rear. The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé rival's range begins with the xDrive 30d diesel and xDrive 40i petrol, topping out with a quad-turbocharged M50d diesel and 523bhp M50i petrol.

A 45e plug-in hybrid will soon be offered, bringing a small zero emission range and company car-friendly tax rates. The range-topping X6 M will arrive very soon after, with a thumping 600bhp V8 promising storming acceleration from this two-tonne SUV.

New BMW X6 arrives with revamped styling and engines

Ford Kuga

Ford's European business is changing dramatically. That means less traditional bodystyles like that of the Mondeo, and more SUVs. The latest, third-generation Kuga will play an integral role in that, with underpinnings adapted from the well-received 2019 Focus, and significant gains in terms of internal space, standard equipment, technology and perceived quality.

Kia Ceed GT

Kia is returning to the warm hatchback market with a new GT variant of the five-door Ceed, sitting alongside the Proceed GT shooting brake. Enthusiasts might be disappointed to learn that the Ceed GT's 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine puts out the same 201bhp as the old car's, but Kia is promising that while the model won’t be a true hot hatch in a straight line, it will offer the agility and handling of one. Extensive suspension revisions, bigger brakes, an active exhaust and the option of a dual-clutch automatic gearbox is Kia’s attempt to offer a more rounded package. Kia Ceed GT unveiled with 201bhp turbo petrol engine

 

Mercedes-AMG A45

A contender for the ultimate hot hatchback? Mercedes-AMG's new A45 has the spec sheet to firmly stake its claim. 

The new Mercedes-AMG A45 will blow even the most powerful rival into the middle of next week, with a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine putting out up to 416bhp (in S form). That makes it the punchiest 2.0-litre engine in production. With a 0-62mph time below four seconds, a new, higher-tech interior and a clever four-wheel drive system allowing a Focus RS-style 'drift mode' function, it's far more than just an A-Class with a bit more grunt. 

New Mercedes-AMG A45 2019 review

 

Peugeot 208 and e-208 

Aside from the captivating 208 GTi, we never rated the current 208 hatchback above average. The public bought it anyway, though, and it has remained a popular choice for several years. So imagine how successful the new version could be if it challenges for class honours. Peugeot will hope it can do just that; a more striking design mixed with a roomier and better-quality interior are expected. The PSA Group's CMP platform strikes again, allowing petrol, diesel and electric variants. The latter offers up to 211 miles of range - highly competitive for a small EV. It's available to order now:

Peugeot 208 and e-208: UK pricing and specs revealed

Polestar 1

Polestar’s first standalone model, the 1, is hitting the market in the coming days after a long gestation period. It may share a family resemblance with Volvo’s range of sensible saloons, SUVs and estates, but this is no badge engineering exercise, with a 592bhp hybrid powertrain propelling it and a unique coupé body that makes extensive use of carbonfibre. Alongside this, a smaller saloon, the 2, will make its debut at this year’s Geneva motor show, and a coupé-SUV, the 3, has also been confirmed. 

The 2 and the 3 will be fully electric and aim to cut a piece of Tesla’s pie for the brand. Polestar will also offer Volvo’s innovative subscription service. There are just two main hurdles that UK buyers may struggle to get over: the first is that the 1 is left-hand-drive-only, for now, and the second is that it will cost £135,000, putting it in the realms of some serious luxury models and supercars. 

There’s ambition by the bucketful here, but it remains to be seen if the Geely-owned Swedish brand can establish itself with the technical might and long-standing heritage of brands such as Porsche and Bentley.

Polestar 1 prototypes enter production

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall’s perennially popular Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf rival has received a mid-life facelift. Don't get too excited: styling changes are mild inside and out, but there is an overhauled engine range and new equipment features. 

Unlike the recently launched Corsa, the Astra will remain on the same GM-developed platform that first debuted in 2015. The next generation car, not due for another couple of years, will move to a new platform developed under new owners, PSA.

New Vauxhall Astra - UK prices and specifications revealed

December

Aston Martin DBX

There are many firsts about the Aston Martin DBX. It’s the firm’s first SUV, the first model to be produced in its new factory, the first built to target female buyers and, in time, the first to get hybrid technology. 

That it’s also set to become the company’s best-selling model shows just how crucial the DBX is to Aston’s ‘Second Century’ plan, devised (and so far being near-faultlessly implemented at double speed) by boss Andy Palmer. It's role in boosting sales is even more pivotal given Aston's financial targets are being missed. 

The DBX was first shown as a concept in 2015. Little has carried over to the production car in tangible terms, but the ethos is the same, with Aston trying to keep the model as sleek as it can while also giving it the practicality of a five-door layout. Aston has shown off some development pictures of the DBX snaking sideways on the gravel forest stages of Wales Rally GB to prove that it’s serious about giving the car off-road performance credibility, too. 

The DBX has a new aluminium and composite architecture inspired by that used on Aston’s front-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports and grand tourer models. It’s of Aston’s own design and not related to any Mercedes, as reported elsewhere. Mercedes will, however, supply the DBX’s electrical architecture. A 542bhp Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8 engine will be offered, with a V12 also due, a couple of years before the hybrid technology arrives. That’s also set to be sourced from AMG. 

A close-up look at the Aston Martin DBX

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé

 

Joining the latest generation 1 Series is a new 2 Series, but BMW is doing things a little bit differently this time. The first 2 Series bodystyle to arrive is the new Gran Coupé: a front or four-wheel drive, four-door coupe version of its hatchback to rival Mercedes’ new CLA and the Audi A3 Saloon. This will then be followed by the usual Coupe and Convertible, but these will instead make use of a rear-driven platform like today's variants.

A longer wheelbase for the Gran Coupé brings extra passenger room, but the distinctive design approach retains the characteristic sloping roofline. There is a familiar range of three and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, currently running up to the 302bhp M135i. Topping out the range will be a new version of the M2.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe squares up to Mercedes CLA

Honda e

When Honda’s Urban EV - now called the Honda e for production - was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017, it was one of our most-read online stories. Everyone loved its retro, compact styling – so much so that apparently the designers went back to the drawing board to make sure the production car was as close to the concept as possible.

The final car, which adopts a conventional five-door layout rather than the concept’s three-door format, will start to arrive in UK dealers right at the end of the year. Honda’s first electric car in Europe (it already sells an electric Clarity hatchback in Japan and the US) is built on a new dedicated electric vehicle platform and “sets the direction for the technology and design” of the brand's future EVs. The high-tech interior is a radical departure from Honda's more mainstream car lineup, too. 

The model is 100mm shorter than the Jazz, at 3895mm long, and has the Honda emblem backlit in blue, previewing a new styling feature for forthcoming EVs from the brand. It's range shows it's clearly a city-focused model, promising around 124 miles from a full charge. The Honda Sports EV concept, a sports car sibling to the e that was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in 2017 and has similar design cues, hasn't been signed off for production but is under consideration.

Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul is a firm youth favourite in the US, but things aren’t the same over here. That’s why Kia has taken the bold step of selling the new, third-generation model as purely an electric car in the UK, while Americans get a petrol engine choice too. 

The styling of the new model may be evolutionary, but there are big developments under skin, particularly in the new EV powertrain, which is not only considerably more powerful but offers more than double the range of the old Soul EV, at 280 miles. A greater emphasis on in-car tech is aimed at attracting a younger audience, while there’s more space inside, too.

New Kia Soul EV revealed at LA show with more power and range

Mercedes-Benz GLB

Just when you thought we had more than enough compact SUVs to choose from, Mercedes comes along with another. The GLB is meant to combine the modernity and small size of the A-Class with the rugged, macho styling of the G-Class off-roader. It effectively sits between the GLA, which is little more than a raised-up A-Class, and the full-size GLC. Alongside a familiar batch of petrol and diesel engine options, Mercedes-AMG is developing the same 35 and 45 AMG-tuned performance variants as the A-Class, too.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 caught in first spyshots

Mini Electric

If Alec Issigonis could invent the Mini today, it would definitely be an electric car. It is the answer to current challenges, as the original Mini was in 1959.” That’s the view of Mini boss Sebastian Mackensen, and while there’s an element of ‘he would say that, wouldn’t he?’, an affordable small electric car certainly fits the ethos of the diminutive original more than some of the recent supersize SUV offshoots. The first proper electric Mini is fresh from its reveal, built on an adapted version of the UKL platform used for the current hatchback, and is three-door only. 

Don't be put off by the meagre sounding 124-144 mile range (about the same as the Honda e). Mini is keen to point out that it's enough to take care of the average driver's weekly mileage, while the modest battery pack means it offers the same interior space as the standard Mini. It also means it's affordable, too - at £24,400, it's comparable to a high-end petrol supermini.

Another benefit of avoiding a large battery is performance: The target to make it as quick as a regular Cooper S has been achieved. Mackensen says the EV’s layout will result in handling far closer to the original Mini’s, too. 

If Mini can truly produce the first proper electric hot hatch, it could be a game-changing moment for both the brand and electric cars. The future of Mini is currently being debated at high levels within the BMW Group, and the success of the Electric is likely to inform those discussions. So it’s fitting that the car will arrive in the year the brand celebrates its 60th birthday, because it could define its direction for the next 60 years.

New Mini Electric revealed as affordable Brit-built EV

Porsche Taycan 

The Taycan is the most important car Porsche has ever made. Yes, more important than the first 911. Why? Because it’s Porsche’s first electric car, and the most radical addition to its line-up since the Cayenne SUV.

It’s Porsche’s attempt to prove it can make a sporting four-door EV to rival anything Tesla makes. And, with the firm investing £5.3 billion in an electrification programme, it’s our first taste of whether Porsche’s biggest ever bet will pay off. 

Stats? Well, while the 'lesser' Turbo is no slouch, the Turbo S has some serious supercars sewn up. With 750bhp, 774lb ft of torque, a 0-62mph time of 2.8sec and a 7 min 42 Nurburgring lap time, it's certainly fast, and a super-low centre of gravity and 49:51 weight distribution means it's impressive in the bends. It's useable, too, with 350kW charging capability and a range of about 260 miles. 

New Porsche Taycan: Prices, specs, on-sale date and performance

Skoda Kamiq

Skoda is aiming to recreate the success of the Kodiaq and Karoq in the new Kamiq, the smallest SUV in its range joining an ever-growing high-riding compact sector. It's competively priced, as you'd expect from the Czech brand, starting from just over £17,000, while it continues the focus of usability and practicality over glitz and glamour. A range of petrol and diesel engines are on offer - but there's no hybrid or EV version yet - while Skoda's raft of 'simply clever' features give it a unique selling point alongside the new Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. 

Skoda Kamiq 2019 review

Tesla Model Y

Tesla has been increasing the appeal and affordability of its models with each new launch, and it now arrives at something of a sweet spot: the compact SUV. The Model Y will be a sister car to the Model 3 and share its underpinnings and running gear, while being priced marginally higher.  revealed back in March, its UK launch isn't likely until 2020, we should get to drive it before the year is out.

Critiqued by some as being a conservative Tesla launch on paper, the Model Y is a high-riding Model 3 in every sense. With a similar design inside and out, it does at least have a USP in being one of very few midsize crossovers with the option of seven seats. It promises a range of up to 300 miles in top-spec variants. 

Seven-seat Tesla Model Y revealed with 300-mile range 

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV

The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV will add a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the British firm’s Nissan Qashqai rival as part of a massive electrification strategy by the PSA Group.

The SUV is Vauxhall’s second best-selling car behind the Corsa hatchback, despite its current engine range comprising just 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel units. The new PHEV unit will feature PSA’s 1.6-litre Puretech petrol engine mounted transversely in the nose, mated to two electric motors, one at each end of the car and capable of producing around 300bhp of performance, delivered to all four wheels. There will also be a front-wheel-drive single motor version that produces 180bhp.

2020 Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV to lead fast-paced electric growth plans

Volkswagen Golf

The hype surrounding Volkswagen’s upcoming range of electric vehicles is huge, but there’s one car that will still reign supreme long after its arrival: the Golf.  The eighth-generation model moves upmarket to carve out a distinctive new niche in the family hatchback market. While the design is evolutionary, it has levels of fuel-saving technology, connectivity, autonomous driving capability and refinement that are intended to render the mainstream competition second-best. 

There won’t be a new electric model, but the Golf gets 48V mild hybrid powertrains and a new range of micro-hybrids. Contrary to initial beliefs, though, the GTI will retain a non-hybrid turbocharged petrol engine in the quest for simplicity. The same can't be said for the R, which is expected to push the boundaries of affordable performance to another level.

The Golf has a noticeably wider track and a marginally longer wheelbase, resulting in more interior and boot space. But the most dramatic change is the high-tech interior and related connectivity.

Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff has been quoted as saying that the Mk8 Golf’s interior is a “total digital environment", with the steering wheel the only conventional component. Touchscreens replace the traditional instrument binnacle and the climate controls. The Golf is permanently connected to the internet and features advanced autonomous technology. 

All of this intends not only to retain loyal customers but also lure those downsizing from bigger cars. Volkswagen knows the Golf, as its biggest-selling car, is crucial to its medium-term success and must deliver significant returns to help the firm’s broader product plans. 

 

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf gains mild-hybrid engines, new technology

 

 

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14 April 2017
The Jaguar I-Pace is probably the most interesting car in the UK this year. The first evidence of the seismic shift that Tesla is creating in the market, but also a great symbol of the energy and foresight of the Jaguar team. Maybe it will be better than the Model X?

Globally the Tesla Model 3 will be the big news IMHO.

Looking forward, it will be fascinating to see how Porsche transitions the 911, one of the most iconic vehicles ever, to hybrid power.

7 December 2017

Will it look like all the others - or like the concept which screams 'Ferrari' - and is there anyone still left who hasn't yet jumped on to the SUV bandwagon with something big and ugly?

2 August 2019

Nice cars.

24 June 2017
Don't forget.. the All-New Rolls Royce Phantom 8 should be added. It is being revealed at a special event in Mayfair, London. Date: 27 7 2017. Regards Stuart Burden

18 December 2017

Where is Alfa? And I mean Alfa Alfa not FIAT Alfa. Dear Mr Sergio, I assume you have heard of the expression "running to stand still"? The others are moving on, while Alfa stays put? Fix the (real/perceived) criticisms of the Giulia/Stelvio in a refresh. Add awesome sound system (it does not have to be a known brand) as standard, as I bet few spec it anyway but many will appreciate. Smaller Giulia/SUV? Sort of Giulietta/156? What about slightly raised ground clearance, I mean slight, and give it a 5 door (gran?) coupe body? I am in on this. 

Oh wait, you liked the Steve Jobs approach- Say nothing until it is actually ready to ship? Well, if anyone had a plan, he did. And the rumour sites were predicting very close to the actual outcome, so we knew what to expect and some of us waited for the leaked "surprise".

If Jaguar can be turned around, and I think their cars are also half a point below the Germans in the things that don't really matter but sound good in the reviews (touch screens? Really?), and some South Asia countries can rattle the same Germans, why can't the huge FCA do it right with the world's most loved but undersold brand? 

18 December 2017

Spare us the picture of the bentayga. It's nearly Christmas after all, and if you don't remove it, Santa might put you on the naughty list. Please.

22 December 2017

I assume you have never driven a Bentayga - well i have many times and it is a true brilliant car in all ways...... dont trash it until you have tried it.

16 February 2018
jonboy4969 wrote:

I assume you have never driven a Bentayga - well i have many times and it is a true brilliant car in all ways...... dont trash it until you have tried it.

Only if you're on the inside looking out and you've never driven a real Bentley.  The VW clones have no lambswool rugs, no Wilton carpet, no mirrored burr walnut reflecting its pattern across the dash and fore-aft down the door cappings.  When you're on the outside of a Bentayga looking in, you struggle to keep your lunch down.

Chop-chop, cost-cut.  Truly ghastly.

22 June 2018
pauld101 wrote:

jonboy4969 wrote:

I assume you have never driven a Bentayga - well i have many times and it is a true brilliant car in all ways...... dont trash it until you have tried it.

Only if you're on the inside looking out and you've never driven a real Bentley.  The VW clones have no lambswool rugs, no Wilton carpet, no mirrored burr walnut reflecting its pattern across the dash and fore-aft down the door cappings.  When you're on the outside of a Bentayga looking in, you struggle to keep your lunch down.

Chop-chop, cost-cut.  Truly ghastly.

Umm, Yes i have, i have drived the supercharged Blower, and thats about as real as you can get, as well, as many bentleys and Rolls from the 40's-70's, in fact i will be at the Burleigh RR and Bentley event where i will be driving six cars - including the new Phantom 8.. and new Bentley Conti GT....

21 May 2018
jonboy4969 wrote:

I assume you have never driven a Bentayga - well i have many times and it is a true brilliant car in all ways...... dont trash it until you have tried it.

I assume you didnt realise its just a Q7 in a party dress with an inflated price tag, oh and its bloody ugly. 

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