- Ford’s upcoming performance focused Ranger, the Ranger Raptor, is due to go on sale at the end of February with prices starting at £40,696 before VAT.
The Raptor will be powered by Ford’s 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine that delivers 213PS and 500Nm of torque; as we well as Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox, which is also used in the US-spec F-150 Raptor.
- The New Volkswagen Passat will be the first VW to offer a new function known as “Travel Assist”, which will permit partially automated driving at cruising speed (0-130mph) via the cars new IQ.DRIVE system. The plug-in hybrid model, the Passat GTE, will have an extended electric range and will be the first brand model worldwide with a capacitive steering wheel.
- The 2019 Ford Mondeo has been given a minor facelift and the hybrid version of the car is now available as an estate. Previously only available as a saloon, the Mondeo hybrid estate continues to use a 2.0-litre petrol engine in conjunction with an electric motor to drive the front wheels. There are no plans for Ford to introduce all-electric or plug-in hybrid versions to this current generation of Mondeo.
- Bentley Motors has announced the Bentayga Speed, the world’s fastest production SUV. Featuring an enhanced 626 bhp version of its 6.0-litre W12 engine, the Bentayga Speed delivers a top speed of 190 mph and 0–62 mph in 3.9 seconds. On sale later this year.
- CUPRA will celebrate its first anniversary as a stand-alone brand by unveiling a new concept car which has been developed specifically for the CUPRA brand. CUPRA says “This concept car is a synthesis of what CUPRA stands for, a special and unique car with a striking and sculptural design, which expresses its performance and shows the energy that we have in CUPRA to develop the next-generation of vehicles.”
- A British technology company, Swind, has unveiled the first production electric classic Mini at the London Classic Car Show. The Swind E Classic Mini combines a fully-restored body and bespoke powertrain developed in-house by Swindon Powertrain.
While retaining the same look, proportions and spirit of the original Mini, the bespoke 80kw motor and single transmission can achieve 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds, a top speed of 80mph and a range of 125 miles. Available to order immediately in either left- or right-hand-drive, the limited production run of 100 cars starts at £79,000 and comes with an unlimited mileage one-year warranty and MOT.