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    Just in time for the peak holiday season, Italy’s Carabinieri has taken delivery of a Jeep Wrangler that will be deployed along the Romagna Riviera.

    A key part of the vehicle’s specification is the Mopar One Pack. Intended to improve off-road ability, it includes 17” Performance Gladiator alloy wheels, 32” all-terrain tyres, a front steering stabiliser and a Fox Performance 2” lift kit.

    Power comes from a 2.8 litre turbo-diesel engine that’s mated to an automatic transmission and, of course, a four-wheel drive system.

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    Think of the new 600LT Coupé as a quicker, lighter and more aerodynamic version of the existing 570S Coupé.

    As the ‘600’ label suggests, output from the familiar 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 has been increased to 592 bhp (441 kW / 600 PS), while peak torque has risen to 620 Nm (457 lb/ft). Performance figures remain a mystery for now, though.

    McLaren 600LT Coupé (2019) Front Side

    The ‘LT’ part of the name stands for Longtail. Previously, that suffix has only been applied to the F1 GTR, 675LT Coupé and 675LT Spider, so it’s a rare accolade.

    In this case, LT denotes a larger front splitter, redesigned side sills, an extended diffuser and a fixed rear wing. Bespoke carbon fibre bodywork and a special exhaust system with top-exiting pipes are among the weight-saving measures employed.

    Although the 600LT is road-legal, McLaren expects that many customers will want to use their cars on circuits too. Consequently, the chassis components have been upgraded and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres are fitted. Pedal response is keener, the recalibrated steering offers better feel and the interior gains Alcantara-covered carbon fibre race seats.

    Limited-volume production is scheduled to begin during October 2018. In the UK, prices for the 600LT Coupé start at £185,500 (which usefully includes an on-track driver training session).

    McLaren 600LT Coupé (2019) InteriorMcLaren 600LT Coupé (2019) Rear Side

    McLaren 600LT Coupé (2019) RearMcLaren 600LT Coupé (2019) Side

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    To celebrate the GT-R’s fiftieth birthday, Nissan Design Europe and Nissan Design America worked together to create a unique car. The result is the GT-R50.

    Surprisingly, engineering and fabrication for this prototype – which is based on a 2018 GT-R Nismo – was entrusted to Volkswagen-owned Italdesign. Such a partnership might seem odd, but Nissan reckons it makes sense because this year also marks the Italian company’s half-century.

    Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign (2018) Rear Side

    Bespoke elements include a restyled roof that lowers the silhouette by 54 mm (2.1”) to 1,316 mm (51.8”). Furthermore, the bonnet is flatter, thin LED headlights are fitted and a smaller back screen appears to flow downwards towards four characteristically circular light clusters.

    As well as helping to break up the visual mass, an abundant use of Energetic Sigma Gold provides contrast for the Liquid Kinetic Gray paintwork. Custom 21” wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres and an adjustable rear wing complete the external transformation.

    Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign (2018) InteriorNissan GT-R50 by Italdesign (2018) Front Side

    Italian leather and Alcantara upholstery features inside, along with plenty of carbon fibre trim pieces and some fairly subtle gold accents.

    The modifications aren’t just cosmetic, though. Thanks to strengthened internal components, high-flow fuel injectors, GT3-specification turbochargers and bigger intercoolers, the 3.8 litre V6 engine produces an estimated 710 bhp (530 kW / 720 PS) with 780 Nm (575 lb/ft) of torque.

    Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign (2018) Top

    That increased output is delivered via a reinforced six-speed dual-clutch sequential transmission. Upgraded suspension and braking set-ups complement the extra performance potential.

    A European début for the GT-R50 by Italdesign will happen sometime during the next few weeks. At this stage, Nissan doesn’t intend to offer a production version.

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    Electric cars usually cost more than their combustion-engine equivalents. That’s certainly the case with the Hyundai Kona Electric, which will soon be available to order in the UK (albeit only via the brand’s Click to Buy website).

    Whereas prices for the petrol-fuelled Kona range from £16,450 to £26,245, the outlay required to purchase a Kona Electric starts at £29,495 and goes up to £36,295. However, the government’s Plug-in Car Grant – currently £4,500 – significantly reduces those amounts.

    Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) Front Side

    Three trim grades are being variously offered with two battery / motor combinations.

    All feature a unique front bumper design, special 17” alloy wheels, climate control, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a DAB radio. Smart cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition are among the small SUV’s standard safety devices.

    The mid-level Premium variant adds numerous items. These include front parking sensors, satellite navigation, wireless device charging, an upgraded eight-speaker audio set-up and rear privacy glass.

    For some extra luxury, the Premium SE gains heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. A head-up display and LED headlights are fitted too.

    2019 Hyundai Kona Electric – UK prices
    Trim grade SE Premium Premium SE
    Battery capacity 39 kWh 39 kWh 64 kWh
    Power 133 bhp
    (99 kW / 135 PS)
    133 bhp
    (99 kW / 135 PS)
    201 bhp
    (150 kW / 204 PS)
    Price £29,495 £30,870 £36,295
    Prices shown exclude £4,500 Plug-in Car Grant.

    Hyundai Kona Electric (2019) InteriorHyundai Kona Electric (2019) Rear Side

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    At the moment, every volume manufacturer needs a small B-segment SUV in their range. Volkswagen’s rather late entry to this market niche is the T-Cross, which will be officially launched in the autumn.

    Volkswagen T-Cross Prototype (2018 Rendering) Rear Side

    Measuring 4,107 mm (161.7”) long, the T-Cross is a similar size to rival models such as the Ford EcoSport, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur. Volkswagen plans to offer its new arrival in China, Europe and South America.

    Engine and transmission options have yet to be announced, but every T-Cross is going to feature front-wheel drive. Likewise, specification details are currently unknown.

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    Sixty years after the original Super Cub was launched, Honda has confirmed that the latest version of its enduring scooter will soon be available in Europe.

    Certain elements such as the steel backbone frame and retro step-through styling have clear links to the past. However, in other respects, the new Super Cub C125 is very modern.

    Honda Super Cub C125 (2019) Side

    For example, 17” ten-spoke cast aluminium wheels are fitted, single-channel anti-lock braking is part of the standard specification and all of the lights use LEDs. In addition, Honda’s Smart Key controls the immobiliser and ignition without having to be inserted anywhere.

    Power comes from an updated air-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected 125 cc engine. This single-cylinder unit delivers 9.5 bhp (7.1 kW / 9.6 PS) plus 10.4 Nm (7.6 lb/ft) of peak torque via a strengthened automatic centrifugal clutch and a four-speed transmission. Fuel economy is 188.4 mpg (1.5 l/100km) according to the WMTC measure.

    When sales begin, customers are going to have a choice of Pearl Niltava Blue or Pearl Nebula Red paintwork. A price has yet to be announced.

    Honda Super Cub C125 (2019) InstrumentsHonda Super Cub C125 (2019) Front Side

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    Following the release of some initial images last month, Suzuki has now confirmed most of the technical details for its new Jimny.

    The fourth-generation model – which, as expected, is being offered in three-door guise only – retains the diminutive dimensions of previous versions. Overall length including the rear-mounted spare wheel cover is just 3,645 mm (143.5”), for instance.

    Suzuki Jimny (2019) Front Side 1

    Being small means the Jimny isn’t heavy. Despite having a separate ladder-frame chassis, minimum possible kerb weight is a slight 1,090 kg (2,403 lbs).

    Consequently, a huge engine isn’t required. Power comes from a 1.5 litre, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol unit that produces 100 bhp (75 kW / 102 PS) plus 130 Nm (95 lb/ft) of peak torque.

    With a five-speed manual gearbox, NEDC combined fuel economy is 41.5 mpg (6.8 l/100km), WLTC CO2 emissions are 178 g/km and a modest top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h) is achievable. Opting instead for a four-speed automatic transmission worsens those figures to 37.7 mpg (7.5 l/100km), 198 g/km and 87 mph (140 km/h) respectively.

    Decent off-road ability is likely to be a key Jimny selling point. Thanks to a part-time four-wheel drive system and a low-range transfer gear, there’s a choice of 2WD High, 4WD High and 4WD Low driving modes. Furthermore, rigid axles with coil-spring suspension are fitted front and rear to benefit traction.

    When traversing rough terrain, a 37° approach angle, a 28° ramp break-over angle and a 49° departure angle should minimise under-body damage. Ground clearance is 210 mm (8.2”).

    Jimny deliveries are due to begin early next year, but Suzuki hasn’t divulged UK prices yet.

    Suzuki Jimny (2019) ChassisSuzuki Jimny (2019) Front Side 2

    Suzuki Jimny (2019) Front Side 3Suzuki Jimny (2019) Dashboard

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  • 07/07/18--12:09: Top 10: UK car sales Q2 2018
  • A fairly strong second quarter now means that cumulative new car registrations are only 6.3% behind last year’s total.

    Almost two thirds of the shortfall are accounted for by the Business and Fleet sectors. However, rather than economic conditions being responsible, some pundits believe that uncertainties surrounding future restrictions and tax rates for diesel-fuelled vehicles have delayed purchasing decisions.

    Consequently, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is urging the government to formulate a “technology-neutral strategy giving motorists confidence to buy [the] right car and right technology for their needs”.

    In the meantime, diesel’s year-to-date market share has dropped to just 32.6%. Uptake of pure-electric and hybrid cars is growing slowly, but only 5.5% of customers are currently opting for them.

    Cumulative UK Car Registrations Q2 2018 - By Fuel Type
    Fuel 2018 2017 Change Change %
    Diesel 428,612 613,985 -185,373 -30.2%
    Petrol 812,535 729,168 +83,367 +11.4%
    Alternative 72,847 58,658 +14,189 +24.2%
    Total 1,313,994 1,401,811 -87,817 -6.3%

    Compared to the previous quarter, the top ten model list looks very similar.

    Unsurprisingly, the Ford Fiesta retains its customary first-place position, while the Ford Focus has moved up to third spot. Perhaps the most significant change saw the Vauxhall Mokka X being replaced by the Volkswagen Polo on the table.

    Ford Fiesta ST 5-Door (2018) Front Side
    The Ford Fiesta is still the UK's most popular car.

    Top 10: Cumulative UK Car Registrations Q2 2018 - By Model
    Position Model Registrations Market Share
    1 Ford Fiesta 56,415 4.3%
    2 Volkswagen Golf 39,930 3.0%
    3 Ford Focus 30,757 2.3%
    4 Nissan Qashqai 30,066 2.3%
    5 Vauxhall Corsa 28,003 2.1%
    6 Mini Hatch 23,641 1.8%
    7 Volkswagen Polo 22,027 1.7%
    8 Ford Kuga 21,784 1.7%
    9 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 20,002 1.5%
    10 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 19,684 1.5%

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    In 1958, Fiat launched the 500 Jolly Spiaggina. Notable for having a high price, no doors and a fabric canopy instead of a proper roof, it was built by Carrozzeria Ghia and aimed at wealthy seaside dwellers.

    Fiat hasn’t resisted the temptation to introduce a special edition to celebrate the Jolly’s sixtieth anniversary. The 500 Spiaggina '58 – which is being offered in convertible guise only – features Volare Blue paintwork and an ivory-coloured soft-top. Retro 16” alloy wheels, vintage-style badges and chrome door mirror caps also add to the exterior look.

    Fiat 500C Spiaggina '58 (2018) Front Side

    Grey and ivory two-tone upholstery, bespoke floor mats and a Volare Blue dashboard panel continue the theme inside. Power is provided by a 68 bhp (50 kW / 69 PS) 1.2 litre petrol engine.

    Fiat 500C Spiaggina '58 (2018) InteriorFiat 500C Spiaggina '58 (2018) Rear Side

    Just 1,958 examples of the Spiaggina '58 are going to be built, but UK availability has yet to be confirmed.

    The regular production model isn’t the only Jolly commemoration. Garage Italia and Pininfarina have collaborated to create a heavily modified 500C named, appropriately, Spiaggina by Garage Italia.

    Fiat 500C 'Spiaggina by Garage Italia' (2018) Front Side

    Most of the upper bodywork has been removed and a hefty roll-bar is fitted to maintain structural rigidity. A leather-trimmed bench is provided for the driver and a passenger, but there are no rear seats. In their place is cork-floored load space that incorporates a shower for washing off sand after a day at the beach.

    Fiat 500C 'Spiaggina by Garage Italia' (2018) Rear Side 1Fiat 500C 'Spiaggina by Garage Italia' (2018) Rear Side 2

    While the Spiaggina by Garage Italia is currently being described as a show car, customer orders for replicas are already being accepted.

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    Just in time for summer, Nissan USA has built a one-off show vehicle that’s designed for beach life. The Surfcamp, which is based on a Titan XD Midnight Edition Crew Cab, features a Cummins 5.0 litre V8 turbo-diesel engine.

    Exterior upgrades include a retro-inspired vinyl wrap, a Fab Four Vengeance Series front bumper and Icon Alpha wheels shod with Nitto Ridge Grappler tyres. An Icon Stage 5 lift kit is also fitted to further enhance the truck’s off-road abilities.

    Nissan Titan XD Surfcamp Crew Cab (2018) Rear Side

    Nissan Titan XD Surfcamp Crew Cab (2018) Side Detail

    Transporting surf boards, paddle boards, fishing rods and other leisure gear is one of the Surfcamp’s primary functions. Accordingly, a drawer system in the load bed, a Leitner Design cargo rack and a Rhino-Rack roof rack are all part of the specification.

    For camping purposes, Nissan has added a Freespirit Recreation Elite Series Automatic roof tent, a Rhino-Rack Batwing awning, a Yeti cooler and a solar-powered shower. Interior changes are limited to some rubber floor mats and Wetskinz neoprene seat covers.

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    Walter Owen Bentley founded his eponymous motor company in 1919, so next year will be the brand’s centenary. The launch of a special Mulsanne has already begun the celebrations.

    Fittingly, just 100 examples of the new W.O. Edition by Mulliner are going to be built. Distinguishing elements include Beluga black wheels, a chrome bonnet strip and some suitably discreet badges. A chrome radiator shell and grille are optional.

    Bentley Mulsanne WO Edition by Mulliner (2019) Front Side

    Heritage hide upholstery, lambswool rugs, rear privacy curtains, a rear-seat entertainment system and dark burr walnut veneer adorn the interior. Either a bottle cooler or a cocktail cabinet is provided too for refreshments on the move.

    Bentley Mulsanne WO Edition by Mulliner (2019) Interior

    Each W.O. Edition also features a piece of the original crankshaft taken from a 1930 8 Litre model during its restoration. Significantly, that particular car was Walter Bentley’s personal vehicle. The relic is housed within the rear central armrest, beneath a marquetry panel which uses aluminium and four types of wood to depict the 8 Litre’s grille and headlights.

    Bentley Mulsanne WO Edition by Mulliner (2019) Interior Detail

    Customers can order their W.O. Edition in regular Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed or Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase guises. Following a public début at Monterey Car Week in California next month, deliveries are due to start sometime during 2019.

    Prices haven’t been announced yet.

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    Customers in the UK can now place their orders for the Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING and Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING. However, prospective purchasers need to act quickly, because just 108 examples of each model have been allocated to the entire EMEA region.

    As the NRING moniker indicates, these limited editions were inspired by exploits at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In particular, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s best lap time of 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, which set a production SUV class record.

    Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING (2018) Front Side

    In addition to unique Circuit Grey paintwork and a numbered dashboard badge, the NRING standard specification includes numerous items that are usually confined to the options list.

    They include carbon fibre door mirror caps, a carbon fibre grille surround, the carbon-ceramic brake upgrade, Sparco Carbonshell front seats, adaptive cruise control, a Harman Kardon audio system and an Alcantara-covered steering wheel with carbon inserts. What’s more, the Giulia gains a bare carbon roof panel, while the Stelvio features an electrically-operated panoramic sunroof.

    Unfortunately, the extra equipment comes with a shockingly high cost premium versus the regular Quadrifoglio variants:

    UK OTR starting prices
    Giulia Quadrifoglio £61,625
    Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING £82,500
    Stelvio Quadrifoglio £69,500
    Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING £89,500

    Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING (2018) Rear SideAlfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING (2018) Dashboard

    Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING (2018) Front SideAlfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING (2018) Rear Side

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    Following the recent launch of its rapid i30 N, Hyundai has unveiled the five-door i30 N Line.

    Essentially, this new addition to the range combines sporty looks, some chassis upgrades and a choice of non-tuned engines (to keep running costs down). Such a recipe has already proven successful for other manufacturers, as evidenced by BMW’s M Sport and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Line variants, for example.

    Hyundai i30 N Line (2018) Front Side

    Accordingly, the i30 N Line features 18” alloy wheels, unique bumpers and a bespoke leather-covered steering wheel. More supportive front seats are available, too.

    To help deliver a better driving experience, the suspension set-up has been recalibrated and larger 16” front brake discs are fitted. While the engine line-up comprises fairly modest 138 bhp (103 kW / 140 PS) 1.4 litre petrol and 134 bhp (100 kW / 136 PS) 1.6 litre diesel units, throttle response is claimed to be sharper than usual.

    Hyundai i30 N Line deliveries are due to begin across Europe very soon.

    Hyundai i30 N Line (2018) InteriorHyundai i30 N Line (2018) Side

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    For the first time ever, Lexus will be represented on the 24 Hours of Spa starting grid. The 2018 event – which takes place this weekend as a round of the Blancpain GT Series – is going to feature a pair of RC F GT3 race cars run by Emil Frey Lexus Racing.

    To commemorate the Japanese brand’s appearance at the Spa Francorchamps circuit, Portuguese artist Pedro Henriques was commissioned to create a unique LFA Art Car.

    Lexus LFA Pedro Henriques Art Car (2018) Front SideLexus LFA Pedro Henriques Art Car (2018) Top

    Lexus LFA Pedro Henriques Art Car (2018) FrontLexus LFA Pedro Henriques Art Car (2018) Rear Side

    Explaining his work, he said, “My inspiration for this livery was the idea of fluidity present in the contemporary life, where things are in constant movement and it’s hard to freeze anything.

    “The lines in the drawings follow this feeling of going everywhere and never stopping; a progressive life. I wanted to reach an organic feeling by using handmade material and liquid lines in the elements spread through the car. By doing this I hope to express a feeling where the car becomes a less defined shape, in constant mutation in its movement.”

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    Ford has confirmed that the F-150 Limited is getting a performance boost to go with its already upmarket specification. By switching to the same 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 engine that’s currently used in the Raptor, the 2019 model will benefit from output and torque figures of 450 bhp (335 kW / 456 PS) and 691 Nm (510 lb/ft) respectively.

    Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew (2019) Front Side

    Everything else remains largely unchanged. Consequently, this luxury pick-up is identifiable by a satin-finish grille and tailgate appliqué, polished 22” wheels, a twin-panel moonroof and powered running boards.

    Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew (2019) Interior

    As well as two-tone leather upholstery, the interior boasts a suede headlining, ash wood and a laser-etched plaque. Furthermore, the front seats are heated and ventilated, plus they incorporate a massage function.

    Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew (2019) Rear Side

    The standard equipment list also includes a 360° camera array, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and active park assist. A Sync 3 infotainment system is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, while a 4G LTE modem provides connectivity for up to ten devices.

    Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew (2019) Dashboard

    Deliveries of the 2019 F-150 Limited are due to begin later this year.

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    Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the all-new A-Class Saloon, which is due to make its public début at the Paris Motor Show in October.

    This compact four-door measures 4,549 mm (179.1”) long by 1,796 mm (70.7”) wide. A wheelbase of 2,729 mm (107.4”) creates short overhangs, thereby benefiting the car’s proportions. Boot capacity is 420 litres.

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2019) Side

    As per the recently-launched hatchback version, the most striking interior feature is the dashboard. Instead of a traditional binnacle with analogue dials and gauges, the driver faces what’s known as a ‘glass cockpit’ in the aviation world. A pair of customisable flat displays (either 7” or 10.25”) show all driving-related information, as well as output from the standard-fit MBUX touchscreen multimedia system.

    Just two engines are going to be available initially, so that aspect of the purchasing process should be very simple.

    For petrol fans, the A 200 has a 1,332 cc four-cylinder unit that produces 160 bhp (120 kW / 163 PS) with 250 Nm (184 lb/ft) of peak torque. Alternatively, the 1,461 cc, four-cylinder, diesel-fuelled A 180 d can muster 114 bhp (85 kW / 116 PS) and 260 Nm (191 lb/ft). Both are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    UK deliveries of the A-Class Saloon will begin next spring.

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2019) DashboardMercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2019) Rear Side

    Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2019) Front SideMercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2019) Interior

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    As the Taycan will be Porsche’s first pure-electric model, its importance to the brand mustn’t be underestimated. This new four-door four-seater – which is due to be launched next year – is essentially a production version of the 2015 Mission E concept.

    Porsche Mission E Concept (2015) Front Side

    Several key technical details have already been released by Porsche to give an indication of the Taycan’s potential. Of course, development work continues, so they could easily change over the coming months.

    Motors Two permanently excited synchronous motors, one for each axle
    Total output Over 590 bhp (440 kW / 598 PS)
    0-62 mph (100 km/h) Less than 3.5 seconds
    0-124 mph (200 km/h) Less than 12.0 seconds
    Type 800 V lithium-ion
    Range Over 310 miles (500 kilometres)
    Recharge time To 80% capacity in 15 minutes
    All figures are provisional.

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    Next month will see the arrival of a revised Vitara. The changes come three years after the small crossover was originally launched by Suzuki.

    On the outside, a mild facelift comprises restyled bumpers, a new grille, the adoption of LED rear light clusters and some redesigned alloy wheels. Interior alterations meanwhile are limited to an improved instrument display and the use of a soft-touch material for the dashboard’s upper section.

    Suzuki Vitara (2019) Front Side

    Arguably, the most significant enhancement for 2019 concerns the powertrain line-up.

    Suzuki’s decision to ditch the 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine means that the entry-level SZ4 and mid-level SZ-T variants now feature a 1.0 litre Boosterjet petrol motor. Thanks to a turbocharger, it produces a respectable 109 bhp (81 kW / 111 PS).

    However, if more output is required, then customers will have to opt for the SZ5. That’s because this range-topping trim grade is equipped with a 138 bhp (103 kW / 140 PS) 1.4 litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol unit instead.

    Performance and efficiency figures – as well as prices – have yet to be published, though.

    Suzuki Vitara (2019) InstrumentsSuzuki Vitara (2019) Rear Detail

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    October’s Paris Motor Show will see the public début of a new Karoq variant that’s equipped to tackle rough terrain.

    As well as all-wheel drive as standard, the Karoq Scout features a raised ride height, skid plates and wheel arch protectors. A set of 19” alloy wheels completes the exterior look, while unique upholstery adorns the interior.

    Skoda Karoq Scout (2019) Front Side

    Three different powertrains are going to be offered.

    For buyers who prefer petrol, there’s a 148 bhp (110 kW / 150 PS) 1.5 litre TSI engine which is mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. Alternatively, a 2.0 litre TDI diesel unit comes with either 148 bhp (110 kW / 150 PS) and a six-speed manual gearbox, or 187 bhp (140 kW / 190 PS) and a seven-speed DSG.

    Prices have yet to be announced.

    Skoda Karoq Scout (2019) DashboardSkoda Karoq Scout (2019) Rear Side

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    19” ‘Vega’ alloy wheels, redesigned bumpers, rear privacy glass and a black finish for most of the exterior components give the Karoq SportLine a purposeful appearance.

    Inside, this new trim grade gains air-permeable ‘Thermoflux’ black upholstery, front sports seats, stainless steel pedals, LED ambient lighting and a black headlining.

    Skoda Karoq SportLine (2019) Front Side

    Although most customers probably won’t be too bothered about performance, the SportLine will be the only version of Škoda’s compact SUV that’s available with a 2.0 litre TSI petrol engine.

    The full powertrain line-up comprises:
    • 148 bhp (110 kW / 150 PS) 1.5 litre TSI petrol, six-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive
    • 148 bhp (110 kW / 150 PS) 1.5 litre TSI petrol, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive
    • 187 bhp (140 kW / 190 PS) 2.0 litre TSI petrol, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive
    • 148 bhp (110 kW / 150 PS) 2.0 litre TDI diesel, six-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive
    • 148 bhp (110 kW / 150 PS) 2.0 litre TDI diesel, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive
    • 187 bhp (140 kW / 190 PS) 2.0 litre TDI diesel, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive
    Škoda is expected to confirm final specifications and prices for the 2019 Karoq SportLine later this year.

    Skoda Karoq SportLine (2019) DashboardSkoda Karoq SportLine (2019) Rear Side

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    In the 1980s, the City trim grade denoted a grim entry-level Austin with a distinct lack of equipment. For people over a certain age, that’s not a positive connotation for the latest Clubman variant (but Mini has never been shy about resurrecting names from the brand’s past).

    Actually, the Clubman City – which is aimed primarily at fleet and business customers – has a fairly generous specification. Satellite navigation, a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and rear parking sensors are all standard, for instance.

    Mini One Clubman City (2018) Front Side

    While 16” ‘Revolite Spoke’ wheels are the default selection, purchasers can upgrade to either 17” ‘Silver Net Spoke’ or 17” ‘Silver Vent Spoke’ rims for free. Run-flat tyres are on the options list.

    Three engine and transmission combinations are being offered. All are compliant with the WLTP efficiency testing regime, plus they come with a stop-start device and brake energy regeneration to reduce fuel consumption.

    Fuel Petrol Diesel
    Engine 1,499 cc
    1,496 cc
    Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
    Power 100 bhp
    (75 kW / 102 PS)
    114 bhp
    (85 kW / 116 PS)
    Torque 190 Nm
    (140 lb/ft)
    270 Nm
    (199 lb/ft)
    0-62 mph
    (100 km/h)
    11.3 secs 11.6 secs 10.8 secs
    Top speed 115 mph
    (185 km/h)
    119 mph
    (191 km/h)
    Combined cycle 48.7 mpg
    (5.8 l/100km)
    49.6 mpg
    (5.7 l/100km)
    68.9 mpg
    (4.1 l/100km)
    CO2 emissions 131 g/km 130 g/km 109 g/km
    UK OTR price £19,995 £21,555 £23,855

    Mini dealers are accepting Clubman City orders now.

    Mini One Clubman City (2018) DashboardMini One Clubman City (2018) Rear Side

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    Anybody who likes being noticed should appreciate the new Lexus LC Limited Edition. It’s painted in a very conspicuous shade called Naples Yellow, which seems well-suited to the coupé’s striking styling.

    The interior is equally eye-catching. Yellow Alcantara door-panel inserts contrast with an overall black cabin finish, while white leather covers the seats, centre console and driver’s armrest.

    Lexus LC 500h Limited Edition (2018) Front Side

    As the Limited Edition is based on the existing Sport Plus trim grade, the standard equipment list is comprehensive. 21” forged alloy wheels, a Torsen limited-slip differential, Dynamic Rear Steering and a retractable boot lid spoiler are all present, for instance.

    Both of the usual powertrains will be offered. Therefore, one option is the LC 500 version that features a naturally-aspirated 470 bhp (351 kW / 477 PS) 5.0 litre V8 and a ten-speed automatic transmission. Alternatively, the LC 500h hybrid combines a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 354 bhp (264 kW / 359 PS).

    Lexus LC 500h Limited Edition (2018) Dashboard

    UK prices are going to be confirmed nearer to the Limited Edition’s November launch date.

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    Is there much demand for an expensive premium pick-up truck in the UK? Well, Mercedes-Benz is about to find out, because orders are now being accepted for the X 350 d 4Matic.

    This range-topping X-Class boasts a 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel engine. It sends 254 bhp (190 kW / 258 PS) plus 550 Nm (405 lb/ft) of peak torque via a 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic transmission to a three-mode 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive system.

    Consequently, the X 350 d 4Matic can accelerate from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 7.9 seconds before going on to a top speed of 127 mph (204 km/h). Combined cycle fuel economy is a reasonable 31.4 mpg (9.0 l/100km), while CO2 emissions are 236 g/km.

    Mercedes-Benz X 350 d 4Matic Power Double Cab (2019) Front Side

    Only one trim grade is being offered. Named ‘Power’, it comes with 18” six-spoke alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED tail lights and power-folding door mirrors.

    Inside, the specification comprises Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, automatic climate control, an ‘Audio 20 CD’ infotainment system and cruise control. Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Downhill Speed Regulation and Traffic Sign Assist are among the standard safety features.

    Mercedes-Benz X 350 d 4Matic Power Double Cab (2019) Rear Side

    All of that equipment isn’t cheap, though. Prices start at £46,020 (including VAT), but the final invoice amount could end up being considerably higher thanks to an extensive list of cost options.

    Like every other X-Class, the X 350 d 4Matic is available solely from Mercedes-Benz Vans dealers. Deliveries are due to begin this November.

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    McLaren Special Operations has produced the 720S Pacific Theme and 720S Track Theme, two Bespoke Commissions that each have a distinctive look.

    A colour called Cerulean Blue – as seen on the current McLaren MCL33 Formula One cars – adorns the 720S Pacific Theme. Some contrast is provided by an Estoril Blue finish for the door intakes, while external carbon fibre components have a Cobalt Blue tint.

    McLaren 720S Pacific Theme (2018) Front Side

    Interior enhancements are limited to some blue inserts on the seat upholstery and steering wheel.

    McLaren 720S Pacific Theme (2018) InteriorMcLaren 720S Pacific Theme (2018) Rear Side

    The 720S Track Theme combines Anniversary White bodywork, satin-effect carbon fibre and gloss black wheels. Hand-painted Carbon Black and Tarroco Orange stripes add some extra visual interest, plus ‘Speedy Kiwi’ motifs appear on the door mirror caps.

    McLaren 720S Track Theme (2018) Front Side

    Inside, the seats are covered in black Alcantara with orange stitching. Also fitted is a lightweight titanium bar structure which can accommodate six-point racing harnesses if required.

    McLaren 720S Track Theme (2018) InteriorMcLaren 720S Track Theme (2018) Rear Side

    Cabin plaques in both the 720S Pacific Theme and the 720S Track Theme let occupants know that they’re sitting in an MSO creation.

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    In 1968, the original Mustang Cobra Jet appeared at the Winternationals drag racing event in California, where it dominated the NHRA Super Stock class. Now Ford Performance has built a new version to commemorate that début.

    The 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet features a 5.2 litre V8 engine with a Whipple supercharger. An output figure hasn’t been disclosed yet, but this particular Mustang is expected to complete a quarter-mile run in the mid-eight-second range. Top speed meanwhile is reckoned to be in excess of 150 mph (241 km/h).

    Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 2018 Side

    Obviously, the car’s primary objective is to travel in a straight line as quickly as possible. To help achieve that goal, a solid rear axle and two-way coil-over dampers are fitted, plus the ride height is adjustable. A Strange Engineering low-drag disc brake set-up is another key chassis upgrade.

    Available with a choice of either Race Red or Oxford White paintwork and optional 50th Anniversary graphics, the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet has an MSRP of $130,000 in the United States (approximately £102,250 or €114,300 at current exchange rates). Fittingly, only 68 examples are going to be produced.

    Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 2018 Front SideFord Mustang Cobra Jet 2018 Rear Side

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