Brand A-Z of new releases (M-N edition)
Here’s our brand-by-brand update of the newest releases for 2018.
The company’s just about to launch an all-new version of its important Mazda6 mid-sized Mondeo-segment contender. This follows a busy 2017 which saw the marque introduce the all-new second generation CX-5 crossover and a folding metal-roof version of its MX-5 sportscar.
ONE TO WATCH: The Mazda6 is a good looker and should drive very well too.
Rivals Mercedes have also been busy of late, following a flurry of new model activity last year with the announcement of the new E-Class Cabriolet. There’s a new version of the CLS executive four-door coupe and a heavily revised version of the S-Class full-Luxury saloon. The E-Class range is boosted by the arrival of top V8 E53 AMG models and a 4x4 ‘ALL-TERRAIN’ version of the E-Class Estate. In addition, the brand’s most capable SUV, the G-Class, has been launched in new generation form. And there’s a new pick-up model, the X-Class. The company’s most significant 2018 introduction though, is the third generation A-Class compact executive hatch, which should reach the showrooms in early Summer.
ONE TO WATCH: New E-Class Cabriolet offers a six-figure feel for sensible money.
The MG ZS Crossover, launched late last year, offers just about everything you get from a Nissan Juke but for a lot less cash. It’s also well equipped and quite decent to drive.
ONE TO WATCH: MG ZS is a low-price alternative to supermini-sized Crossover rivals.
Mini has just thoroughly revised its 3-door hatch, 5-door hatch and Convertible models. Changes include full-LED headlamps, a new 7-speed Steptronic auto gearbox and some smart new personalisation options. Plus here’s a new powerplant for the entry-level MINI One hatch variants.
ONE TO WATCH: New MINI Hatch variants offer distinctive looks and style with reasonable practicality.
The next big news for the brand is the introduction of its new Eclipse Cross family mid-sized SUV. This introduction will be followed shortly after by the debut of the new Shogun Sport, a tough family SUV based on the underpinnings of the company’s sturdy L200 pick-up.
ONE TO WATCH: The ASX remains a popular Crossover segment choice.
Nissan’s big news is the introduction of a new generation version of its all-electric car, the LEAF. This time round, clever technology means you can drive without regularly needing to use the brake, engine braking from the battery powerplant being so effective. Operating range from each charge is also substantially increased. This introduction follows on from the launch last Autumn of heavily revised versions of the company’s Qashqai and X-Trail family SUVs.
ONE TO WATCH: If you've dismissed all-electric cars in the past, the new LEAF is worth a second look.