• Volvo introduced the Volvo XC40 Recharge this week, the company’s first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand-new ‘Recharge’ line-up.

    The XC40 Recharge, based on the current and best-selling XC40 small SUV, is the first of a family of all-electric Volvos. Its all-wheel-drive powertrain offers a range of more than 249 miles (WLTP) on a single charge and has an output of 408hp. The battery charges to 80 per cent of its capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.

    Over the next five years, Volvo Cars will launch a fully electric car every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50% of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

    Volvo is aiming to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 per cent by 2025, as part their ambition of becoming a climate neutral company by 2040 – at which point the company envisions itself as solely offering all-electric models.

    The Volvo XC40 Recharge will go on sale late next year, with prices yet to be announced.

 

  • BMW has revealed the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, a compact four-door coupé, intended to compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé.

    Based on the current BMW 1 Series hatchback, the 2 Series Gran Coupé shares the same front-wheel-drive architecture, with one diesel and two petrol engines available at launch. A three-cylinder petrol with 140hp is offered in the BMW 218i, a 190hp four-cylinder diesel unit in the BMW 220d and BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine, developing 306hp in the all-wheel-drive BMW M235i xDrive.

    The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé will launch in March next year, with prices starting at £25,815 OTR for the 218i Sport and going up to £38,055 for the M235i.

    Replacement models can also be expected for the current 2 Series Coupé, Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, with a rear-wheel-drive six-cylinder BMW M2 Coupé expected further down the line.

 

  • Mazda has teased its first all-electric car ahead of its reveal at the Toyko Motor Show.

    Due on sale next year, the currently named ‘Mazda-EV’ will be an SUV with a “unique door concept” and is expected to have a range of up to 150 miles per charge.

    More information on the Mazda-EV will be announced at its reveal next week. 


  • Uniti, a Swedish startup company, launched the Uniti One in the UK this week – a three-seat urban electric vehicle.

    Designed in Sweden and engineered in the UK, the Uniti One comes standard with a 12kWh battery which is capable of up to 93 miles on a charge or can be configured with a larger 24kWh battery (for an additional £3000) to increase the range to 186 miles. The smaller battery can be charged from 20% to 80% in nine minutes with a 50kW CCS charger, with the 24kWh model taking seventeen minutes.

    The Uniti One features a single seat at the front, with a two-seat rear bench at the back. 155 litres boot space is available with three passengers on board and can be increased to 760 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

    Originally conceived as a quadricycle, à la the Renault Twizy, the production version of Uniti One is classed as an M1 passenger car, and must therefore go through and pass the same safety tests as other cars. A driver’s airbag, anti-lock braking System, electronic stability control and tyre pressure monitoring system are the safety features offered as standard, with MobilEye 6 collision avoidance system offered as an £750 optional extra, which includes forward collision and lane departure warning.

    The Uniti One is available to order now as part of the ‘Uniti Founders Club’, which grants early customers with special offers, including free software feature upgrades for life.

    Prices start at £15,100 OTR (after gov grant) and first deliveries are expected in Summer 2020.

 

  • Toyota has premiered the next iteration its best-selling car in Europe, the Toyota Yaris.

    Benefiting from significant advances in design and engineering, the All-New Yaris will be the first Toyota model to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform for small cars and feature a new fourth-generation 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain, offering an increase in power and fuel efficiency.

    Details of the UK model range, including technical specifications and prices will be announced in 2020, nearer the on-sale date.


  • The all-electric Porsche Taycan lineup has a new base model, the Porsche Taycan 4S.

    Sitting below the Turbo and Turbo S models, the 4S uses the same dual-motor drivetrain layout as the former, but uses a less powerful rear motor, resulting in 523bhp overall. 0-60 is also slightly increased to 4 seconds and the top speed has been capped to 155mph.

    The Porsche Taycan 4S also features a smaller battery than the Turbo cars with a 79.2kWh battery pack, offering a range of up to 252 miles (WLTLP). For those who want the extra range, the 4S is also available with the same 93.4kWh battery as the Turbo models as an optional extra, which increases the max range up to 287 miles (WLTP) on a single charge.

    The Porsche Taycan 4S is on sale now, with prices starting at £83,422 OTR.