This list is not exhaustive. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of new cars to come, ranging from small tweaks of existing models to whole new product lines and technical platforms. It would be impossible to include everything, so we won’t attempt to.
But there are some obvious highlights from the 2019 calendar. These are (almost) all of the cars we’re excited to see in the next twelve months, and a couple that we think are important. If you think we’ve missed anything, please let us know in the comment section below.
Aston Martin’s first SUV, pictured above, is expected to go on sale later this year. Nicknamed ‘DBX’, the new model is expected to take the name Varekai (meaning “wherever” in Romani) when it finally reaches showrooms four years after it was teased at Geneva in 2015. It’s easy to criticise the super-SUV segment for being excessive and gauche, but – alongside the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga – the Varekai is set to become a bestseller overnight. Expect this luxury off-roader to be available with either a Mercedes-AMG V8 or an Aston Martin V12, both delivering silly speeds and loud noises.
Delivering a rather quieter driving experience is the Rapide E, one of the most interesting and badly-named models set for release in the next 12 months. Aston Martin will build just 155 of these all-electric sports cars at its St Athan factory, which it describes as its ‘home of electrification’, but the handful of lucky buyers are in for a treat: a 0-60mph time of under four seconds, a top speed of 155mph, and 700 ft lb make the Rapide E a compelling short-range weapon. Deliveries are anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019, with pricing available on application.
The current A3 is nearing seven years old now, which is ancient in German hatchback terms. It’s a well-regarded model in all its forms – hatchback, estate, convertible, ‘sportback’ and RS – so its replacement has big gaps to fill in several segments, albeit not all at the same time. In fact this new model might not even be available in the UK before the end of the year, as Volkswagen will want to release its closely related Golf first. Buyers should expect a raft of petrol, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid options (with diesel predictably taking a back seat) and the usual body styles.
Given how SUV-oriented Audi’s model line-up has been in recent years, we’re surprised it’s taken them this long to electrify one of them. The E-Tron is a battery-electric crossover that sits between the Q5 and the Q7, with a punchy six-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of 124mph. The four-wheel-drive electric powertrain produces 402bhp, with a claimed range of 249 miles – pretty low compared to (for example) the significantly cheaper Hyundai Kona EV. Still, we’re excited to see a new entrant into the battery-electric SUV segment.
It’s hard to stay excited about the endless barrage of European SUVs, but on the off chance that you’re less fed up with them than we are, here’s the upcoming Audi Q4. Teased at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show as a chunky off-road derivative of the TT Coupe, the 2019 Audi Q4 will instead be another workaday crossover based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform with a range of engines delivering between 100 and 400 horsepower.
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