Brand A-Z of new releases (J-L edition)
Here’s our brand-by-brand update of the newest releases for 2018.
Jaguar’s big news is the introduction of its new compact SUV, the E-PACE. As the name suggests, this model slots into the company’s range just below the existing – and very successful – F-PACE SUV, but it’s a very different car, based on the underpinnings of a Range Rover Evoque and built not in the Midlands but in Graz, Austria. In other news, Jaguar has introduced a wider range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Ingenium engines to its XE and XF ranges – and launched an XF Sportbrake estate too. There’s also a revised version of the company’s XJ top luxury saloon, including a potent XJR575 flagship version. And the F-TYPE sportscar has been upgraded and can now be ordered in a more affordable 2.0-litre four cylinder form.
ONE TO WATCH: The E-PACE s likely to become Jaguar’s biggest seller.
Jeep dealers are getting ready to launch their new mid-sized SUV, the Compass. It’s aimed at the Nissan Qashqai / Volkswagen Tiguan segment of the market. Most versions will be sold with AWD, a 9-speed auto gearbox and a 138bhp diesel engine. In other Jeep news, there are revised facelifted versions of the Cherokee and Wrangler models, the Cherokee now available with an all-new 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine.
ONE TO WATCH: The Compass should build on the Renegade model’s success for Jeep.
Kia has introduced an ‘X-Line’ SUV-style version of the generation Picanto citycar launched last year. Another fairly recent Kia showroom arrival is the PHEV plug-in hybrid version of the company’s Niro small crossover. Also pretty new is the company’s new compact SUV, the Stonic, and its classy Stinger executive saloon. Shortly, a revised version of the Sorento 7-seat large SUV will hit showrooms too.
ONE TO WATCH: The Stinger is a great alternative to the usual premium-badged executive segment models.
There are also significantly revised versions of the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in the showrooms, with P400e Plug-in hybrid variants added into both line-ups. Last year’s new Discovery is no available in ultimate SVX form too.
ONE TO WATCH: PHEV technology makes the Range Rover eco-friendly at last.
There’s plenty that’s new with Lexus. The brand has an all-new LC coupe, plus an all-new version of its LS luxury saloon. Substantial revisions have been made to the company CT200h compact executive hatch too. Plus there have been key revisions made to the brand’s NX mid-sized crossover and the company’s RC coupe.
ONE TO WATCH: Sleek LC could be a surprise contender for upscale coupe buyers’ custom.