Brand A-Z of new releases for 2018 (D-H 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.
Having heavily revised its Sandero family hatch last year, Dacia is similarly updating its Duster SUV this year. Revised versions of that model are due in showrooms shortly. Already there is a new SUV-style ‘Stepway’ version of the brand’s Logan MCV small estate.
ONE TO WATCH: The Duster is Britain’s cheapest SUV and now makes even more sense.
The DS brand is slowly growing. A really important arrival for the marque is the DS7 Crossback SUV, a really Gallic take on the crossover concept. Want something different in the Qashqai-class segment? Well this could be it.
ONE TO WATCH: The DS7 Crossback is an interesting option if you want something bigger and different to models like Audi’s Q3 and BMW’s X1 in the premium-badged mid-sized SUV sector.
Fiat has rejuvenated its 500L small MPV – and added a Crossover-style trim level into the range. There’s also a new SUV-orientated Panda model, the Panda Cross. And special ‘Mirror’ versions of the brand’s iconic 500 citycar, plus the 500L and the 500X SUV, all featuring smarter looks and upgraded infotainment. There’s also a sporty new ‘S-Design’ trim level for the Tipo family hatch.
ONE TO WATCH: The Panda Cross is a fun option for citycar buyers.
The big news for Ford dealers is the launch of a new version of the brand’s EcoSport small SUV, this model now featuring 4WD at the top of the range for the first time, as well as a much improved interior and smarter looks. The company has also thoroughly revised its KA+ five-door citycar. And its Mustang sportscar range, the latter getting improved infotainment and more European-style looks. The brand also continues to introduce extra variants of the all-new seventh generation Fiesta supermini, including ‘ST-Line’ and ‘ST’ hot hatch models, a Vignale luxury version and an ‘Active’ Crossover-style variant.
ONE TO WATCH: The MK7 model Fiesta is arguably the most class-competitive supermini Ford has yet brought us.
Honda has thoroughly revised its Jazz supermini, adding in a new 1.5 i-VTEC sporty model at the top of the range. Even more significant is the introduction of a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine in the all-new tenth generation Civic family hatch that the brand launched last year. At the other end of the line-up sits the second generation NSX supercar. It boasts a petrol V6 and electric motor that combine to give 550bhp.
ONE TO WATCH: New Civic diesel promises to give its European rivals a run for their money.
Hyundai was busy last year launching its all-new third generation i30 family hatchback model range and the Korean brand has now added to the line-up with three new i30 variants: a ‘Tourer’ estate, a smarter ‘Fastback’ five-door bodystyle and a hot hatch i30N variant. The IONIQ model introduced last Autumn can now be ordered in Plug-in hybrid form too. The company also launched its first small Crossover SUV, the Kona, late last this year and this crossover will shortly additionally be available in all-electric form.
ONE TO WATCH: The i30 is a far more competitive family hatch than before and now offers arguably the widest range of model options in the class.