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
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
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.