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Main models coming your way for 192

A steady stream of diesel and petrol cars are making their way for 192-reg and beyond. Eddie Cunningham has the details.ALFA ROMEO: Giulietta – bringing back the Veloce badge with the addition of the 2.0JTD 170bhp TCT to the range. Giulia and Stelvio update Q4.AUDI: A4 gets major makeover; autumn arrival with mild-hybrid technology on some models. The TFSI petrol will have a 12-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) from launch; two others will follow. Expect six turbo engines (from 136hp to 354hp). New A6 allroad quattro with adaptive air suspension and increased ground clearance due later this year.BMW: The new 1 Series with front-wheel drive is due in September; prices from €33,205 OTR. The X1 SUV gets new look and transmission in mid-cycle refresh. Prices from €38,100, September arrival. New M8 Coupé, Convertible by end of the year; 3-series Touring in September.Citroen C5 AircrossCITROEN: C5 Aircross is here in volume now (from €26,495).DS: New DS 3 Crossback arrives late in the year.FIAT: Special 120th birthday versions of the 500 family.FORD: Ranger Raptor arrives from August; 2‑litre diesel pumps 213 PS, 500 Nm of torque and has a new 10spd automatic gearbox. From €63,950.Focus ST here in September; most powerful ST yet (12pc up – 280PS). The 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol is a variant of the one in the most recent Focus RS. There will be an estate version. Price: around €39,100.HONDA: See electrified model details on P2/3.HYUNDAI: See P2/3.JAGUAR/LAND ROVER: New Range Rover Evoque now here. New Discovery Sport will arrive in September – no price yet. New Defender revealed in September; in Ireland for March.JEEP: New JL version of the Wrangler is on sale, while a revised Renegade is due at year’s end.Kia XCEEDKIA: The big news is the arrival of the Ceed CUV in late October. Initial engines will be 1.0, 1.4 petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel.LEXUS: After a flurry of new models, the Lexus crew are taking a breather.MAZDA: Arrival of the Skyactiv-X engine for Mazda3 later this summer is important. Also a limited edition 30th anniversary MX-5 mid-July – some already pre-sold. Mid-size CX-30 SUV due end of October; it’s larger than the CX-3, smaller than the CX-5.MERCEDES: A plethora of new and upgraded cars on the way. Expected Q3 arrivals, many with mild-hybrid technology, include the new CLA Shooting brake, GLC SUV facelift, GLC Coupé facelift, GLS facelift, AMG A35 4MATIC, AMG A45 4MATIC, AMG CLA 45 4Matic, AMG GLC 43 SUV, AMG GLC63 SUV, AMG GT facelift, AMG GLC 43 Coupé, AMG GLC 63 Coupé.Most likely to arrive in Q4 is the smaller SUV, the GLB. ‘Early’ next year arrivals include the E-Class facelift, GLA facelift, GLE Coupé, AMG GLB 53, AMG GLE 63, AMG GLE 53 Coupe, AMG GLS 63.MINI: The Clubman has been refreshed; prices start from €30,740.MITSUBISHI: New L200 Double Cab due in August; from €35,000. That’s the Business model. Best seller L200 Intense from €37,850 for 6spd manual; €39,350 for 6spd A/T. Space Star facelifted for January.NISSAN: Just arrived is the expanded Micra range with upgrades and addition of the 1.0-litre IG-T 100 PS petrol; manual and auto transmissions.The Qashqai gets a new 1.3-litre petrol (140PS, 160 PS) to replace existing 1.2 and 1.6-litres. Manual price range: €27,570 to €35,820.The X-Trail gets a petrol automatic for the first time. Same 1.3-litre petrol DCT engine as Qashqai. There are 5/7 seat options: €35,950 – €42,650; 1.7-litre diesel comes with manual, 4×4 and CVT transmissions; €34,200 – €46,750. And we can look forward to the new Juke in November.OPEL: The new Corsa – it’s only coming as a 5dr – is due in November. It is 108kg lighter and lots ‘greener’. Five trim levels: SE, SRI, SE Premium, SRI Premium and Elite NAV Premium (subject to change).Expect four engines (not including electric powertrain, which is detailed on the pages 2 & 3). Petrols include: 1.2 75PS, 100PS, 1.2 100PS auto and diesel 1.5 100PS. The Astra gets a mid-cycle facelift and it’s due by November .The new Zafira Life family MPV arrives in September. There will be two wheelbases, each with space for up to eight seats. Just the one trim level: Elite. Six child seats can be fitted. Two diesels: a 2.0 150PS and 2.0 180PS manual or auto. New Peugeot 208PEUGEOT: Stunning new 508 SW estate arrives next month. Expect a €34,000 starting price.PORSCHE: Nothing definite as yet on the Taycan price – or time of arrival.ClioRENAULT: All-new Clio arrives in Q4. There will be SCe and TCe petrol engines as well as an ultra-lean dCi diesel. Brand-new Captur due in Q1 of 2020. Big range of TCe petrol and dCi diesel engines. The Mégane gets a mid-2020 facelift.SEAT: Brand-new Leon to launch in April next year.SKODA: The Scala model has just arrived and replaces the Rapid. Prices for the compact hatchback (no saloon) start from €23,650. Initially the car is decked in two trims: Ambition and Style.An entry-level Active spec is due by the end of the year.Here in November is the Kamiq crossover version of the Scala. Same engine line-up (1.0-litre TSI petrol engines: 95hp, 115hp and 150hp; 1.5-litre petrol and 115hp 1.6-litre diesel).A new Octavia is likely this time next year; will add hybrid and plug-in hybrids to its portfolio. The Superb arrives in the autumn with some minor tweaks.SSANGYONG: A new Korando and range of engines go on sale this summer.TOYOTA: A demo model of the high-performance Supra sports car arrives next month but there is a nine-month lead-in to sales; you can register your interest on Toyota.ie.Developing 340hp is the 3-litre turbocharged straight-six engine (500 Nm); rear-wheel drive, adaptive variable suspension and active differential are just some highlights. Prices from €81,260 for the GR Supra with the Supra Premium from €84,335.VOLKSWAGEN: Updated Passat in October. They say it will be a technological tour-de-force, with ‘Travel Assist’ making its debut. This means the Passat will be VW’s first car capable of partially automated driving at any speed (0 to 210kmh with the new IQ.DRIVE system). MIB3 (latest VW infotainment system) debuts too – Apple CarPlay without needing a cable.Before year’s end we’ll likely see the T-Roc R (300hp+). T-Roc cabrio at some point too this year. The new Golf Mark 8 is coming this year. A new GTI and R model later. We’d expect mid-life facelifts of Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace too at some point in early 2020.VOLVO: The S60 is arriving as you read. It is the first car Volvo is making without a diesel option. From €46,495 (T4 R Design). Momentum trim from November.

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