Going new car shopping this year? Before you do, check out our comprehensive list of the most important cars landing in showrooms in 2019
3 May 2019

2019 is set to be a bumper year for new cars, with important releases due from Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and many other manufacturers. 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. 

Contents

Part 1: May - August | 

May

Audi R8

The Audi R8 supercar will receive a series of mid-life updates this year, including a number of subtle visual stylings and extra power.

The 5.2-litre V10 in the McLaren 570S rival has been given a number of updates, increasing the power of the standard model from 533bhp to 562bhp, with torque increasing by 10lb ft to 406lb ft. That gives a 0-62mph time of 3.4sec.

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The Performance model gains a new titanium valve train, which increases power from the V10 Plus model it replaces from 603bhp to 611bhp, with torque up to 417lb ft. As a result, the 0-62mph time has been trimmed to 3.1sec.

Audi has also revised the R8’s suspension and made a number of visual changes, including a redesigned grille, darker headlight surrounds, revamped air intakes and a new spoiler. 

2019 Audi R8 revealed with tweaked design and more power

Audi A4

With Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar all releasing new or recently updated rivals in 2019,  Audi has felt the need to bring in a more extensive facelift package for the A4, following on from a recent update. Set to be revealed in late spring, the revised compact executive will feature tweaked styling to bring it into line with the recently launched A6, A7 and A8 saloons. 

Expect interior updates, too - it could receive the dual-screen infotainment system of bigger Audis. It’s likely Audi will also draft in the 48V mild hybrid system to the A4’s more powerful engines to boost efficiency, with a simpler 12V set-up for lesser engines. 

Audi preparing bigger A4 and A4 Avant update for 2020

Bentley Continental GTC

Bentley’s recently launched Continental GT coupé will once again be joined by a drop-top GTC version, due to arrive by the end of the Spring. It was revealed back in November and features a folding fabric roof system that’s more insulating and yet faster to close than the old car. 

Despite a hefty 2414kg kerbweight, it’s only 0.1sec of a second slower from 0-62mph than the coupé and manages an identical top speed of 207mph. It’s also stiffer and lighter than its predecessor, which is expected to improve both handling and ride comfort. 

Drop-top Bentley Continental GTC revealed

DS 3 Crossback 

DS went some way to shake off its reputation as a maker of outmoded rebadged Citroëns with the 7 Crossback SUV, and now the smaller 3 Crossback shows the brand is back at the cutting edge. An indirect replacement for the 3 hatchback, the 3 Crossback has a bold exterior look and an interior that mixes comfort and high-end individuality. Sharing the CMP platform with the new Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208, it will beat both those superminis to market and become the first PSA model to be on sale with petrol, diesel and fully electric variants. 

New DS 3 Crossback revealed with petrol, diesel and electric power

Porsche Cayenne Coupe 

Porsche has finally succumbed to the coupe-SUV craze kicked off by its German competitors. Aimed at the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe, the Cayenne Coupe is, as it says on the tin, a swoopier and more style-focused version of the family SUV. Those in the rear will have to settle for less headroom, while a four-seat layout with centre console divider features. A five-seat version is also available however. 

 

June

Audi SQ2

A number of manufacturers intend to move into the blossoming hot small SUV sector in 2019, and Audi is one of them. The Q2 range will be crowned by an SQ2, using the engine from the Volkswagen Golf R and upcoming T-Roc R to produce 296bhp. It’s mated to a four-wheel drive system and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, promising 0-62mph in 4.8sec. Unveiled at the Paris motor show last year, it also receives subtle styling upgrades. 

Audi SQ2: hot 296bhp SUV revealed

 

Audi Q7

Audi will bring its Q7 into line with the rest of its model range with an update this year. It will borrow some design elements from the recently launched Q8 and could adopt that car’s dual-screen infotainment system and newer interior look. 

Expect mild hybrid technology to be brought in across the line-up to improve efficiency, although a question mark remains over whether or not models such as the frugal Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid will return after going off sale due to WLTP testing issues. 

Audi Q7 2019 facelift to bring new tech and greater efficiency

Bentley Continental GT V8 and GTC V8

In typical Bentley tradition, the current W12-powered Continental GT and GT C models will be joined by a V8 version. Expected to be a bigger seller as it was on the last Continental, it will use the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 shared across the PorscheLamborghini and Audi brands. Expect a slight reduction in power from the W12 but a significant increase in official fuel economy. 

Drop-top Bentley Continental GTC revealed

Lexus RC and RC F facelifts

Lexus’s striking four-seat coupé was never likely to usurp the BMW 4 Series in the showrooms, but its quality and design have won fans. Now, a mid-life facelift aims to address any issues in the face of newer rivals coming around the corner. Subtle exterior revisions feature alongside a few minor interior tweaks, while the suspension has been revised for a better ride and the steering for more road feel. 

Details haven’t been confirmed yet, but at the same time the Japanese brand will update its hot RC F. It remains to be seen if power will go beyond the current units 470bhp mark, but it’s likely. 

Facelifted Lexus RC: prices and specs announced

Peugeot 508 SW

The Peugeot 508 has proved a credible alternative to a German executive saloon, and this rakish SW estate version is designed to add extra practicality without compromising on style. Offered with 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines, both driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the 508 SW has 530 litres of boot space, rising to 1780 litres with the rear seats folded.

Peugeot 508 SW First Edition makes its debut at Paris

July

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera scored an ultra-rare five-star verdict from Autocar’s road test team last year, with our expert testers saying that it “represents a rejuvenated car maker at its very best”. Understandably, then, the British firm hasn't changed much for the new Volante convertible version.

The drop-top super-grand tourer will feature the same 715bhp turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 as the coupé, with the rear wheels driven through an eight-speed ZF gearbox mounted in a transaxle layout.

The addition of the folding roof mechanism and structural bracing to maintain chassis rigidity is likely to mean a slight increase in the standard Superleggera’s 0-62mph time of 3.4sec, along with a potential reduction in the 211mph top speed.

Given Aston Martin’s usual pricing trends, the Volante version is likely to be offered at around £250,000. 

New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante seen in production guise

Audi RS6 Avant

The S6 is only the start of Audi’s performance plans with the A6, as the RS6 Avant is set to make a storming return. Unlike the S6, it will retain a twin-turbocharged V8 shared with the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Power is expected to push beyond the 600bhp mark, putting it as close as possible to its rivals, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and BMW M5. Four-wheel drive is a certainty, too, ensuring a 0-62mph time well under 4.0sec. Expect typically pumped-up bodywork, too. 

New 2019 Audi RS6 to top 600bhp

Audi RS7

The S7 won’t be the A7 range flagship for long, with a full-fat RS model due only a few months after. Arriving at the same time as the RS6, the RS7 also shares that car’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 making over 600bhp. Four-wheel drive, of course, features, and four-wheel steering could be standard, too. 

New 2019 Audi RS7 Sportback to break 600bhp barrier

 

Audi SQ8

The range-topping Audi Q8 hasn’t long been on sale, but the range is set to be crowned by a faster and more sporting S version. Autocar understands it won’t use the hybrid V6 powertrain of the 2017 Q8 Sport Concept, instead adopting the 429bhp 4.0-litre diesel V8 from the mechanically similar SQ7. That means 429bhp and a chunky 664bhp of torque, translating to a sub-5.0sec 0-62mph time. Tech such as the 48V electric anti-roll system should ensure it’s agile enough to give the Range Rover Sport a tough time.

Audi SQ8 seen testing undisguised ahead of December arrival

 

BMW 330e and BMW M340i

With the conventional array of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines offered at launch in the new 3 Series, a company car favourite will return in the summer: the tax-busting 330e plug-in hybrid. It promises an electric range nearly double that of its predecessor, along with more performance. 

At the same time, the flagship of the 3 Series range (well, until the M3 arrives) will be released. The M340i features a 369bhp six-cylinder engine and four-wheel drive for the first time, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec. 

New BMW 330e PHEV revealed with extra power and range 

BMW M340i xDrive officially unveiled at LA with 369bhp

 

BMW X3M and X4M

The X2 M will be just the start of BMW’s hot SUV blitz. The X3 and coupé-like X4 will also benefit from an M-tuned variant, and they will retain the familiar M Performance 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six. Expect around 425bhp for that car, which is significantly more than the Audi SQ5 and puts both within shouting distance of the Porsche Macan Turbo. As usual, it’s not just about power: we’ll see chassis tweaks, exterior styling upgrades and the familiar array of M Performance interior upgrades on the two hot SUVs, which are set to be revealed in February.

BMW X3 M confirmed with high-revving six-cylinder turbo

Ford Ranger Raptor

Not an SUV, but another kind of practical performance car. Posh pick-up trucks are all the rage right now, but Ford wants to explore a niche with a performance-oriented version of its Ranger, giving it the Raptor treatment. Unlike America's F-150 Raptor, though, it won't have a 450bhp petrol V6 – instead, a 210bhp twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel. At least it does get an off-road suspension upgrade, unique body styling and underbody protection.

Ford Ranger Raptor 2018 review

Mercedes GLC and GLC Coupé

Following on from the platform-sharing C-Class, which gained a smorgasbord of range updates last year, the two GLC models will be facelifted in the middle of this year. Expect a renewed focus on tech improvements inside, extra equipment and subtle styling revisions. We’re expecting to see a new range of mild hybrid engines, too.

Mercedes-Benz GLC to get C-Class assistance tech and new diesel engine

Mercedes GLS

Mercedes has a diverse range, and some models have been prioritised over others when it comes to keeping them fresh. The brand’s largest model, the seven-seat GLS SUV, has been on sale since 2013 and is starting to fall behind, so an all-new model is due later this year. Styling will take a leap forward to be more in line with the rest of Mercedes' range, while the interior will be overhauled with greater technology. There’s also set to be a super-luxury Maybach version, plus a return for the hot AMG model. 

New Mercedes-Maybach GLS spotted before LA show debut

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry will be reintroduced to the British market after a break of 14 years, with a new model that replaces the Avensis as the firm’s Ford Mondeo-rivalling saloon.

The Camry will be offered in this country exclusively with a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that makes 215bhp and 163lb ft of torque. The new car is larger than the Avensis, now a similar size to the BMW 5 Series. Inside, it features a new 8.0in infotainment screen and 10.0in head-up display.

Toyota has yet to reveal final UK specifications or pricing, but expect a starting price of around £30,000. 

Toyota Camry shown in Paris ahead of return to Europe

August

Vauxhall Corsa

The importance of the Corsa to Vauxhall is difficult to overstate, as it has consistently been one of the UK’s most popular cars over the past five generations. The sixth-generation car will go on sale this year as the first all-new model under PSA Group ownership, and an electric eCorsa is due not long after launch. The new car makes use of PSA’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), an architecture that’s also set to underpin its mechanically similar Peugeot 208 sibling, which will arrive first. 

That platform is designed to house both conventional combustion engines and electrified variants, including the eCorsa’s fully electric drivetrain. That car’s range is likely to be around 250 miles, making it a true rival for dedicated EVs such as the Nissan Leaf. 

The Corsa will appear first as a petrol model and is expected to make use of PSA’s three-cylinder Puretech units. Despite striking similarities under the skin, Vauxhall’s supermini will carry a different exterior design from the next 208. The Corsa was due to be an evolutionary step until PSA took over, but it will now be a radical departure, with Vauxhall’s new grille and an all-glass facia panel mooted.

There will also be no three-door version, reflecting a wider industry trend. What may be a concern for buyers is the Corsa’s unusually quick development time. PSA effectively ripped up the work Vauxhall had done when the buyout occurred, so the supermini was rushed through from drawing board to unveiling in just two years. But PSA is more experienced than most when it comes to small cars, and Opel-Vauxhall boss Michael Lohscheller insists the new car “will not be compromised in any way”. We’ll find out if that’s the case towards the end of the year.

Vauxhall Corsa to get radical overhaul for 2019

Bentley Bentayga Speed

The Bentley Bentayga Speed will serve as the new flagship model of the large SUV’s range, with the firm aiming to offer the "ultimate balance" of performance and luxury.

The Bentayga Speed will use the firm’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine, with hardware and software boosts to increase power from 600bhp to 650bhp, alongside revisions to the eight-speed automatic gearbox that's likely to result in a top speed of 190mph and a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0sec.

Producing 650bhp will make the Bentayga Speed more powerful than the 631bhp Lamborghini Urus, with which it shares many of its underpinnings. There will also be a number of interior and exterior styling changes and a likely starting price of around £185,000. 

Bentley working on quicker, hotter Bentayga Speed SUV

McLaren 600LT Spider

For anyone that finds McLaren’s model range a little confusing, the 600LT is essentially a faster, lighter and more agile 570S. So it stands to reason that the 600LT Spider, due later this year, will follow on from the 570S Spider. It will make use of a folding hard-top roof made of lightweight material, and as such should post near-identical performance and a similarly visceral driving experience as the coupé.

McLaren 600LT review

Mercedes EQC

This is Mercedes' rival to the electric Tesla Model X and the first car in its crucial EQ range, which is set to expand greatly over the coming years. Built on a heavily modified GLC platform, the EQC SUV features twin electric motors for 402bhp and 0-62mph in 5.1sec. An 80kWh battery offers 249 miles of certified WLTP range – not class-leading but not bad given its size and performance. 

New Mercedes-Benz EQC: all-electric SUV revealed

Renault Zoe

The second-generation Renault Zoe is set to use a new bespoke electric car platform that will be used across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, rather than sharing with the Nissan Leaf. That new platform will allow a greater battery capacity, and Renault is targeting a 250-mile WLTP range for the new Zoe, likely translating to a real-world range of around 200 miles.

Spy shots show that the design of the Zoe won’t change too dramatically, although it looks set to gain a front-end closer in style to the upcoming new Clio. Renault is aiming to keep a starting price of around £14,250. 

Next-gen Renault Zoe targeting 250-mile range for 2019

Skoda’s small SUV

Skoda will complete its SUV line-up with a new small crossover based on the Vision X concept that will sit beneath the Karoq and Kodiaq. Potentially called the Anuq, the new Nissan Juke rival will be built on the same Volkswagen Group MQB platform as the similarly sized Seat Arona, but it's expected to be slightly bigger than that model.

While it was previewed in the Vision X with a compressed natural gas powertrain, the SUV will be offered with more conventional units when launched as a production car. However, it's likely to have a similar design to the Vision X, which includes a wide dashboard with a large, centrally located touchscreen. 

Skoda Vision X concept previews 2019 crossover

Ford Focus ST

The driver appeal of the new Ford Focus is as great as it’s ever been, which bodes well for the first performance version, the ST. The ST range will spawn hatchback and estate bodystyles and petrol and diesel engine options. Ford has turned to the previous-generation Focus RS for the new ST’s petrol engine, so expect around 275bhp from a detuned version of that car’s 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit. It should make the ST a racier companion than its more laidback predecessor. Still not enough for you? This time next year, we expect to be telling you about the Mk4 Focus RS, which is tipped to get mild hybrid power and some 400bhp. 

New Ford Focus ST primed for early 2019 reveal

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

The hot Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will serve as a swansong model for the outgoing seventh-generation version of the venerable hatchback. It will adopt the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine used in the Golf GTI Clubsport, tuned to deliver 286bhp at 5000rpm in overboost mode, with 272lb ft of torque. That’s a 44bhp increase over the standard Golf GTI. 

The Golf GTI TCR is named to celebrate Volkswagen’s participation in the TCR racing category. It will offer a limited top speed of 155mph, which can be increased to 168mph with an optional Performance Pack.

Volkswagen reveals 286bhp Golf GTI TCR

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

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