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New Hot Hatch Heroes And Another Suv Face


It’s all about new cars this week.

From a throwback to a classic hot hatch to another new motor to hit the SUV market, there are some tantalising cars soon to hit the roads. Here we take a bitesize look at the latest news in motoring.

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New Nissan Micra range is complete

Nissan has completed its new Micra range with a 1.0-litre, 71ps, entry model. The firm expects it to account for 20% of sales and it’s a three-cylinder, naturally aspirated lump, with power through a five-speed manual.

CO2 comes in at 103g/km and economy is at 60mpg. The base engine joins the 0.9-litre, 90ps, three-cylinder turbo petrol, and the 1.5-litre, 90ps, four-cylinder diesel.

First launched in 1983, the Micra is now longer, wider and lower than ever – it’s certainly looking more athletic than ever. New features include a system that helps you stay in your lane, something more commonly seen on more premium models.

There’s a BOSE audio system, with speakers built into the driver’s head rest, while there are many personalisation options inside and out.

VW brings the GTI name to its smallest car

Legendary on Golfs and Polos for years, VW has now given its little up! city car the GTI treatment. When the original Golf GTI was first launched in the 1970s it opened performance up to a whole new market, with low weight combined with power to get it to 62mph in nine seconds.

And that’s the ethos that VW has gone for with the up! GTI. It’s actually similar in size to that original Golf GTI and comes with a turbocharged TSI petrol engine good for a top speed of 122mph.

Classic GTI colours are available – red, white, silver and black – along with a new blue. It’s gets all of the GTI detailing inside and out, including a honeycomb grille with red stripe, double stripes across the wide side sill panels and 17in alloys.

Its 15mm lower than the standard car and on the inside gets the iconic tartan upholstery.

Skoda’s new compact SUV breaks cover

Skoda has unveiled its new compact SUV – the Karoq. Odd name aside, it looks to follow in the footsteps of the Ateca as the Czech manufacturer continues to attack the SUV sector.

It’s promising plenty of space, new driver assistance systems and, for the first time on a Skoda, a digital instrument panel. There will be five engines, with power from 115ps to 190ps, and four of them are new.

The boot will be hands-free and the front passenger seat will fold to allow long items to be carried. With VW DNA underneath, expect it to be very good.

Hot Megane set to be unveiled this weekend at Monaco Grand Prix

The Renault Megane R.S. rightfully deserves its place among hot hatch royalty. Launched in 2004, it is known for cracking performance and also innovation – from independent steering axis front suspension to Recaro bucket seats, Brembo brake callipers and a choice of two chassis.

Renault’s engineers continue to work on suspension and engine performance as well as aerodynamics filtering down from F1. So it seems apt that the new Megane will be revealed at the most glamourous of Grands Prix, Monaco.

Renault Sport Racing F1 Team driver Nico Hulkenberg will do the honours and the car will sport a yellow and black livery to mark 40 years of Renault in F1.

Fiat big 500 gets a revamp

The gift that keeps on giving for Fiat is the 500. Since the retro-inspired relaunch of the model ten years ago, there have been countless versions.

And, now, the big one has just been revamped. In all honesty the 500L bears little relation to the ‘normal’ 500 aside from a passing resemblance looks-wise.

But it’s now been refreshed, with 40 per cent of it being new, the Italians say. Fiat says that it’s got even more tech and there will be three versions – Urban for the city, Cross for the rougher stuff and Wagon, which is the seven-seater version.

As is the way with cars like this, there are many customisation options and Fiat says customers can create as many as 1,500 on the inside alone. The end customer here is those that like the 500, but need the space of an MPV, which kind of makes sense.

Petrol engines are a base 1.4 with 95hp and a turbo 1.4 with 120hp, while diesel power options are the 1.3 with 95hp and the 1.6 with 120hp. It’ll kick off from a shade over £16,000 when it goes on sale in September.

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