Brand A-Z of new releases (S edition)
SEAT releases its first SUV supermini crossover and the Suzuki Swift gets a revamp.
SEAT’s most important arrival this year is the brand’s first SUV supermini-segment Crossover model, the Arona. Which is based on the new generation Ibiza supermini launched last summer. In other news, the company’s introduced a super hot hatch model, the Leon Cupra R – now sold out. And plans in the future to launch ‘Cupra’ as a separate sub-brand for its high performance models.
ONE TO WATCH: The Arona will further boost SEAT sales in the SUV sector.
Having last year launched one SUV, the 7-seat Kodiaq, Skoda dealers have now launched another. The Karoq replaces the strong-selling Yeti model and offers more interior space than you’d expect from similar models. The other big news is the introduction of a heavily revised version of the company’s Fabia supermini. The rest of Skoda’s line-up has been significantly revised in recent times. The Citigo citycar has undergone a minor update, plus the Rapid models have also been facelifted and gain a new 1.0 TSI engine. That unit also features in the lightly revised version of the company’s Octavia family hatch, which features a potent vRS 245 flagship variant.
ONE TO WATCH: The Karoq SUV is a temptingly capable 5-seat family all-rounder.
The Fortwo and Forfour citycar models are both now available in full-battery-powered ‘electric drive’ form. Power comes from a 60kW (81bhp) electric motor connected to a one-speed auto transmission. In other smart news, the brand has just launched new BRABUS sport fortwo coupe and forfour Disturbing London editions. And the standard fortwo and forfour ranges have a new, more affordable ‘pure’ entry trim level.
ONE TO WATCH: smart fortwo electric drive is a good bet for city driving in eco style.
SsangYong’s big news has centred around the introduction of its large Rexton SUV, which has been very well received. The Korean brand’s next launch will be the all-new version of its Tough Musso pick-up.
ONE TO WATCH: The new Rexton is a good bet for those who want luxury SUV capability at a competitive price.
Subaru have been quiet in recent years – but that’s about to change. A new generation version of the company’s XV mid-sized Crossover has just hit the showrooms, running on the brand’s completely new hi-tech global platform. This sophisticated chassis also underpins the next fresh model to shortly hit the company’s showrooms, the all-new Impreza family hatch, which offers Focus-class customers the security of 4WD, but at a competitive price.
ONE TO WATCH: The XV’s Symmetrical 4WD will keep you going when rivals would falter.
Suzuki’s big news is the launch of the new fourth generation version of its Swift Sport hot hatch. This follows a busy 2017 for the brand which saw it facelift its S-Cross small SUV, introduce the even smaller Ignis crossover and launch an all-new version of its Swift supermini.
ONE TO WATCH: The Swift Sport will frighten far more powerful hot hatches on a twisty road.