So that’s it for 2018. It delivered some truly memorable landmark cars, such as the first ever SUVs from Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini.
You can check out some of our faves from 2018 here, but what can we look forward to in 2019?
Aston Martin RapidE
Aston Martin is finally joining the electric car party by reworking the standard petrol Rapide, into the battery-powered RapidE.
The end result will be a four-door, four-seat luxury car that can travel around 200 miles on a single charge. Only 155 units will be built though and they’ll command a hefty price tag, expected to be in the region of £200,000.
Audi has toyed with electric vehicles in the past, adding plug-in powertrains to the A3 and Q7, but it will go the whole electric hog with the e-tron SUV, revealed back in September and due here early 2019.
Size-wise, it sits between the Q5 and Q7 and it’ll have enough battery capacity to drive for around 250 miles with enough pace to take care of a 0-62mph sprint in under six seconds.
That’s not as quick as its most obvious rivals: the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X, and Mercedes EQC, but there will be plenty who’ll let that slide just to have those four rings on their bonnet.
Similar to Audi, Porsche will take the electric plunge in 2019 with its first all-electric car: the Taycan.
This Tesla Model S rival uses twin electric motors and all-wheel-drive to blast out the equivalent of more than 592bhp. That’s enough to complete a 0-62mph sprint in under 3.5 seconds and reach 124mph from a standing start in less than 12 seconds.
Expect a six-figure price tag when it goes on sale at some point in 2019.
We’re finally getting a new Z4 – that’s something we’ve not been able to say since 2009! It has been developed alongside the revived and much-missed Toyota Supra, which is one big reason to be optimistic. Autocar liked the new Z4 enough to hand it four stars.
One of the engines on offer is the M40i – a straight-six unit with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, capable of hitting 62mph in 4.6 seconds. Keep an eye out for it from March 2019.
The Supra name has been out of action since 2002, but Toyota will unveil the long-awaited sports coupe at January’s Detroit Motor Show. The first cars will arrive in the first half of 2019 and expectations are understandably high.
Under the bonnet of Toyota’s new fixed-roof coupe is a BMW-sourced three-litre straight-six engine with around 340bhp and 350lb ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Don’t expect a Toyota-badge Z4. Toyota’s engineers have stressed that the Z4 and Supra are two very different cars.
No longer under the rule of Volvo (but not entirely independent of the Swedish car maker), Polestar will make its mark with its debut model. This 592bhp performance hybrid coupe borrows plenty from Volvo, most notably the Scalable Platform Architecture which underpins the second-gen XC90 and XC60.
It boasts the longest pure electric driving range of any hybrid car in the world (93.2 miles) and it’ll be here around the halfway point of 2019.
Range Rover Evoque
The original Evoque was an instant sales hit when it launched back in 2011, selling more than 772,000 around the world with a fifth of those going to buyers in the UK.
Design-wise, it looks like not much has changed with the second-gen Evoque, but Land Rover says that more than 90 per cent of the car’s body components are new, not to mention, a totally new platform.
Prices start from £31,600 and you can have one by the Spring.
Which car are you most looking forward to? Let us know down in the comments.
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