Brand A-Z of new releases for 2018 (A-C Edition)
Looking for a new car in 2018 and wondering what’s new? Here’s our brand-by-brand guide, of what’s new in the world of motors.
A brand aiming to try and offer something different to the usual German premium options is Alfa Romeo. This marque has just introduced its new Stelvio SUV, also now available in top Quadrifoglio form. Plus, there’s also a tempting new ‘Sport’ version of the company’s Giulietta sports hatch.
ONE TO WATCH: The Stelvio is an interesting alternative if you’re bored with mid-sized SUVs from the usual premium German brands.
Aston Martin has just introduced its new luxury sportscar, the V8 Vantage, which uses a V8 engine borrowed from Mercedes. It slots into the range just below last year’s new DB11, which was the first truly all-new Aston production car since the Vanquish in 2012. Aston Martin has also revived the Lagonda name for a new, limited numbers saloon. Improved versions of the Vanquish and Rapide S now use an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
ONE TO WATCH: The V8 Vantage is the most agile Aston yet made, a proper Porsche-battler.
Audi’s range continues to expand. New in the showrooms is the latest fourth generation A8 saloon, which claims to take autonomous driving to the next level. If you want the ultimate sports estate, then talk to your local Audi Centre about the new RS4. Executives looking for an extra dash of style meanwhile, are being targeted by the new second generation A7 Sportback.
ONE TO WATCH: The A8 sets new standards for driver-less technology in the luxury saloon segment.
Bentley’s big news is its new Continental GT coupe. The brand has also added a new V8 petrol engine option to its Bentayga SUV. The Bentayga may split opinion about its looks, but there’s no doubting its ability on and off-road. There’s also a facelifted version of the company’s top Mulsanne saloon. A more traditional addition to the range is the new Grand Convertible that shares much of its style and underpinnings with the Mulsanne saloon.
ONE TO WATCH: The Continental GT is the most sophisticated Bentley yet..
The key news for BMW dealers in recent months has been the launch of a third generation version of the company’s mid-sized X3 SUV. There’s also a fresh lifestyle-orientated option for Executive segment buyers in the form of the new 6 Series Gran Turismo model. In other news, the company has revised its i3 electric range and added a sporty i3s variant. There’s also a new M5 high performance sports saloon and a roadster version of the top i8 sportscar.
ONE TO WATCH: The X3 is a far more competitive mid-sized premium-badged SUV than its predecessor.
Citroen is gradually re-inventing itself as a maker of interesting cars. The C4 Cactus crossover model began that trend – and is now offered in a heavily revised form that the brand hopes will also appeal to customers in the more conventional family hatchback segment. Sales are picking up of the third generation version of the company’s C3 supermini that launched last year. That C3 formed the basis of the brand’s latest SUV Crossover model, the C3 AIRCROSS.
ONE TO WATCH: The C3 AIRCROSS is an interesting alternative to the Juke and Captur market leaders in the small SUV segment.