14th Dec 2014 by Admin
Compiled from news articles and the various motor shows, here is a quick summary of some of the new entrants being released in European market next year.
The new 4C Spider, an open top version of the coupe, which went on display at the Geneva Motor Show this year will go into production in early 2015.
Giulia – rumours suggest that Alpha’s new Giulia will be available in late 2015. It will be a rear wheel drive car and will be powered by four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel motors. The Giulia’s new platform and engines will also become an integral part of Alfa’s revival plan, which hinges on launching seven other new models by 2018.
A1 and Q3 – Both of these models are due for a face lift in 2015, with minor cosmetic changes but will have a new range of engine choices and technology enhancements. First deliveries of these models should be seen around April 2015.
TT – A new open soft-top coupe is planned for roll-out in March 2015.
The roadster is just one of a number of spin-off models from the new TT. As well as established coupe and convertible models, Audi is also looking into more high-performance variants along the lines of the TT Ultra and TT Quattro Sport concepts, as well as an extended family car.
The RS3 returns as Audi’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Currently going through its development program, which is expected to finish in February, the RS3 retains a 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder engine, but will develop power in excess of the current RS3’s 335bhp. Production roll out is mid-2015.
Q7 – The finishing touches are being done to the new Q7 which should be revealed in January.
The new model is likely to be several hundred kilograms lighter and will carry over the existing petrol and diesel engine range but will offer two plug-in hybrid systems, as part of Audi’s push to the technology, a petrol-electric one and a diesel-electric one.
The new R8 will take much from the Lamborghini Huracan including a greater width and wheelbase. Like all upgrades to the Audi range, weight loss and increased power will be a feature of this car. Technology carried over from the Huracan includes the central tunnel made from a single carbon fibre moulding, which weighs as little as 50kg.
Autocar suggests that the Audi’s existing V8 and V10 engines will power the new R8, with the later unit closely related to the 5.2-litre engine found in the Huracán. That engine puts out 602bhp (450Kw) in the new Lamborghini, giving it a 0-62mph (0-100km) time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of over 200mph (320km).
300 - At the recent LA Auto Show, Chrysler’s 300, new tri-model offering was put on display. The 300S, the sporty one, the 300C the standard offer, and 300C Platinum provides a luxury offering.
The big change is inside, with the latest version of Chrysler’s UConnect system, an infotainment unit with a data connection and built-in apps. But the biggest change is that the conventional gear shift has been replaced by a premium-styled rotary dial.
Australia’s timing for this vehicle is some time in 2015.
Discovery Sport – The new Land Rover Discovery Sport has made its public debut at the Paris motor show. The compact SUV is Land Rover’s replacement for the entry-level Freelander. Following the success of the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover has also decided to revolutionise its stablemate. The Sport – which is available to order in January with deliveries expected during Q2 of next year – has been comprehensively redesigned and lengthened compared with the Freelander, with new rear suspension and a ‘five-plus-two’ seating format. It is packed with technology, including a new infotainment system.
Range Rover Sport SVR will be the most powerful Land Rover ever with a 542bhp (404kW) SVR 5.0 litre V8. Honed at the Nurburgring, the SVR will be available to order in Europe from October and is the work of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations unit.
Juke Nismo RS – will be available in both front-drive and four-wheel-drive guises and is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre DIG-T engine offering 207lb ft (280Nm) of torque. It can be coupled to either a six-speed manual or Xtronic CVT with paddle shifts.
Mechanically, Nissan has also upgraded the Nismo with a new limited-slip differential for improved traction, while also adding larger brakes with ventilated discs at the rear.
370Z facelift - The update mainly focuses on aerodynamic and suspension tweaks, and the power unit will remain a 339bhp (252kW), 3.7-litre six-cylinder engine and can sprint from 0-62mph (100km) in 5.2 seconds.
Murano – The SUV returns to the UK with a plusher cabin and more premium positioning. The new Murano is promoted as the “concept brought to the showroom.” It employs a “social lounge” interior which is said to create a “comfortable and inviting” space.
Pulsar Nismo – A lower ride height, deeper side skirts and 19in alloy wheels shod with 235/35 R19 tyres give the Pulsar Nismo a muscular appearance. Tweaked from the standard Pulsar road car – it has been honed on the racetrack and incorporates revised spring and damper settings, and the steering has been tuned for a more direct response and to give the car more agility.
The new Fabia is a hybrid creation, mixing an updated version if the previous Fabia’s PQ26 platform and ‘elements’ of the new MQB architecture, which is used for the new Golf family. The base structure gets a redesigned engine bay and front sub frame, and updated front and rear axles and suspension – which also give the car a wider track.
Celerio – Suzuki has unveiled the European version of its Celerio budget city car at the Geneva motor show early in 2014. The car, which was launched in Delhi, will go on sale in the UK early in 2015.
Vitara – The new Vitara SUV is aimed at establishing Suzuki as a major player in Europe’s crowded B-segment SUVs market. By 2020, demand for B-segment SUVs is tipped to reach a million a year, and Suzuki believes it deserves a decent share, not least because it has been building small off-roaders since 1970, so this latest model contains more than 40 years of concentrated know-how.
XC90 – Volvo’s successful seven-seater will be replaced with a new car in May. The Swedish car maker says the arrival of the XC90 marks “the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction.”
V60 Cross Country – The V60 Cross Country will be available to order in the first quarter of next year, with production getting under way in May and first customer deliveries expected in June.