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    by Published on 30-04-2021 06:42 PM
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    • 45 years of hot-hatch history marked by special-edition GTI Clubsport
    • GTI Clubsport 45 follows anniversary editions spanning six generations
    • Ł39,980 RRP OTR for the latest special addition to the Golf GTI story

    The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 opens for order to UK customers from tomorrow, marking 45 years of one of the world’s most iconic and best-loved badges with a highly desirable and bespoke limited-edition hot hatchback.

    The GTI Clubsport 45 is the sixth generation of Golf to be bestowed with a special anniversary edition, and is based on the Golf GTI Clubsport – the quickest and most powerful production Golf GTI in the current eighth-generation line-up – and adds a package of upgrades befitting of such a landmark model. The Golf GTI Clubsport 45 is priced from Ł39,980 RRP OTR.

    The recipe is simple, but effective – Volkswagen takes the Golf GTI Clubsport, with its 5.6-second sprint to 62 mph, 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque, removes the speed limiter to facilitate a top speed of 166 mph (where permitted), and adds an Akrapovič titanium sports exhaust system to augment the car’s engine note, save weight and improve exhaust flow. The already sporty aesthetic of the GTI Clubsport is given additional assertiveness with a set of dynamic 19-inch ‘Scottsdale’ alloy wheels, which feature a high-gloss black finish and a
    Tornado Red pinstripe around the rim. The car’s special status is further marked out by ‘45’ lettering on the side sill panels, and a metallic black finish to the door mirror covers and upper part of the spoiler.

    Inside, GTI lettering appears on the backrests of ...
    by Published on 30-04-2021 06:36 PM
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    • Fourth generation of the small car features ŠKODA’s enhanced interior concept
    • Improved sense of space, fresh colours and technologies from higher vehicle classes
    • New ŠKODA Fabia celebrates its world premiere at the beginning of May

    ŠKODA AUTO reveals further details of the new Fabia and gives a first impression of the interior of the fourth model generation in an official design sketch. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0, the interior of the popular small car offers even more room, an enhanced sense of spaciousness and fresh colours. Technologies from higher vehicle classes have also been incorporated. The Czech car manufacturer is systematically refining the interior concept already implemented in the current ŠKODA Octavia by introducing new details in the Fabia. The new ŠKODA Fabia will be celebrating its world premiere at the beginning of May.

    The new, fourth generation of the ŠKODA Fabia is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0, making it longer and wider than its predecessor. This extra room creates a more spacious atmosphere for passengers. The symmetrically designed instrument panel with its central, free-standing display and a coloured horizontal decorative trim accentuates the width of the interior, and the character line beneath the display mirrors the ŠKODA grille. Large round air outlets on the right and left create new accents, as do the coloured elements in the centre console and door handles along with the newly designed ...
    by Published on 30-04-2021 06:32 PM
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    • New Golf eHybrid opens for order in UK today in Style trim, priced from Ł32,995 RRP OTR and Ł32,940 P11D, with a BIK rate of only 7%
    • Economical 204 PS 1.4 TSI plug-in hybrid power plant offers a second Golf PHEV option, joining 245 PS unit powering the GTE
    • Fuel economy of up to 235 mpg (WLTP, combined); CO2 emissions of 21 g/km (WLTP); 44-mile pure electric range

    Volkswagen is today opening its order books for an important, fleet-friendly addition to its Golf plug-in hybrid line-up with the unveiling in the UK of the new Golf eHybrid Style model. Priced from Ł32,995 RRP OTR, and offering CO2 emissions of 21 g/km (WLTP) and fuel economy of up to 235 mpg (WLTP, combined) – as well as a pure-electric range of 44 miles on a full charge – the new 204 PS Golf eHybrid is set to expand significantly the appeal of the brand’s plug-in hybrid offerings.

    The new five-door Golf becomes available in the UK as Volkswagen works to broaden already-strong interest in its plug-in hybrid Golf, which to this point has been represented here solely by the sporty Golf GTE. Sitting beneath the 245 PS GTE, the new 204 PS eHybrid model is offered exclusively in luxurious ‘Style’ trim, meaning that this sprightly yet frugal new offering is as well appointed as it is well engineered.

    The new plug-in hybrid drive makes it possible for the Golf to become a zero tailpipe-emission vehicle when running on pure-electric power only. Comprising a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that is located beneath the rear bench seat, the drive system provides a compelling ...
    by Published on 30-04-2021 06:28 PM
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    • CUPRA continues to expand its range of vehicles with the addition of new powertrains and lower starting prices for Formentor and Leon Estate
    • Formentor e-HYBRID 204PS introduces a lower starting price of Ł35,770 and even greater efficiency for the plug-in hybrid powertrain
    • Formentor 2.0 TSI petrol engine now available in 190PS 4Drive and 245PS variants, priced from Ł32,000
    • Leon Estate 2.0 TSI 310PS goes on sale, offering the ultimate blend of performance, style and practicality with prices starting from Ł38,475
    • All available to configure at A Lifestyle and Sports Car Brand with a Passion for Racing | CUPRA UK and at one of 58 retail spaces across the UK

    The CUPRA family continues to expand with new variants of Formentor and Leon Estate now available to order.

    For Formentor, a selection of new petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains have been added to the range.

    Formentor e-HYBRID DSG-auto 204PS introduces a lower starting price for the plug-in hybrid variant, with prices starting from Ł35,770 RRP for V1 trim and rising to Ł37,600 RRP for V2 trim.

    This new variant of Formentor is the most efficient in the range, delivering up to 235.4mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and CO2 emissions from 27g/km. The e-HYBRID 204PS qualifies for a low BiK rating of 11% for 2021/22, making it an attractive proposition for fleet and company car drivers.

    The plug-in hybrid powertrain couples a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a 116PS electric motor and 12.8kWh battery pack. This produces a combined 204PS of power and 330Nm of torque - enough to propel Formentor from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 127mph.

    Formentor e-HYBRID 204PS can be driven up to 37 miles ...
    by Published on 23-04-2021 11:08 AM
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    • Bentley Mulliner creates a limited edition exclusively for Japan
    • Restricted to ten cars, across six Japanese cities
    • Fine attention to detail creates a contemporary specification
    • Monochrome theme focused on black, silver and white
    • Piano Moonbeam over Grand Black veneers
    • Specially-developed silver thread runs through the cabin
    • Carbon fibre Styling Specification finished with white pinstripe, which takes five days to paint
    • Exterior styling enhances the muscular and powerful appearance of the Continental GT

    Bentley Mulliner has added to its new and expanding Collections portfolio with an expertly handcrafted limited edition for the Japanese market – the Continental GT V8 Equinox Edition. Based around a monochrome colour theme of black, silver and white, the Equinox theme is one that brings power and grace through simplicity. Strictly limited to just ten examples, the Equinox Edition cars are destined for homes across Japan including the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Yokohama.

    The exterior of the car has a powerful presence thanks to the contrasting monotone styling that accentuates the dynamic and powerful look of the Continental GT. The choice of powerful black Onyx or icy cool Glacier White exterior paint highlights the sculpted body and sweeping power line that guides the eye along the stunning profile to the muscular rear haunch and down to the striking wheels below.

    The aerodynamic performance of the Continental GT is complemented by the Styling Specification to the exterior. Made from specially commissioned, high gloss, ...
    by Published on 23-04-2021 11:05 AM
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    • Generously appointed new special edition ACTIVE trim is offered on Polo, T-Cross, T-Roc, T-Roc Cabriolet, Golf and Tiguan
    • Appealing new specification sits above the established Match, SE, Design or Life trims, depending on model line
    • Highlights, depending on model, include unique ACTIVE styling features; bespoke alloy wheels; upgraded infotainment and more

    Volkswagen is today revealing details of an enticing new trim level that is being added to a number of its key models in the UK. The freshly minted ACTIVE trim sits above the familiar Match, SE, Design or Life equipment lines – depending on model – and includes a thoughtful selection of styling and equipment upgrades on Polo, T-Cross, T-Roc, T-Roc Cabriolet, Golf and Tiguan.

    The new trim level, available with a wide variety of engine and gearbox combinations across the six models, is designed to drive further value and style into the model lines in which it features, with an array of carefully judged equipment upgrades and a selection of distinctive design additions.

    The precise details of the ACTIVE trim vary by model, but all bar the T-Cross feature versions of the attractive new ‘Galway’ alloy wheel, offered in 15- to 18-inch diameters depending on model; bespoke ACTIVE badging on the ‘B’ pillar, or side fender for the T-Roc Cabriolet; door sills bearing the ACTIVE designation; bespoke ‘ACTIVE’ seat cloth and ACTIVE logo light projection from beneath the door mirrors on the majority of models.

    The beauty of the new ACTIVE trim level is more than skin deep, though, with a variety of important equipment upgrades rolled ...
    by Published on 23-04-2021 10:48 AM
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    • After GTI and GTE, the new label continues the successful history of the top performance models at Volkswagen in the electric world
    • All-wheel drive with intelligent performance: The new GTX models offer excellent driving fun for a wide range of customers - locally emission-free
    • The first vehicle of the new product family will be the ID.4 GTX1

    With the new ID.4 GTX, Volkswagen is showing the first sporty top-of-the-range electric model on April 28th: In Europe, the respective performance models of the ID. Family will wear the logo GTX in the future. Similar to GTI and GTE, it stands for its own product brand - it charges the world of electric mobility from Volkswagen with new, intelligent sportiness.

    "The letters GT have long stood for driving pleasure," says Klaus Zellmer, Board Member for Marketing and Sales at the Volkswagen brand. “Now the X is building the bridge to the mobility of the future. Sustainability and sportiness are not mutually exclusive, but complement each other intelligently. "

    The GTX models are particularly impressive when it comes to performance and design. An additional electric motor on the front axle brings the all-wheel drive into the ID. family designed for maximum efficiency. The additional motor switches on intelligently within a few milliseconds when very high performance or strong traction are required. In the new “Traction” driving mode, it is even permanently activated.

    In addition, sporty design details and their own light signature underline the top performance of ...
    by Published on 23-04-2021 10:42 AM
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    • The fourth generation of the popular model will be significantly larger and more expressive
    • Headlights and rear lights add visual and technical highlights
    • The world premiere of the new ŠKODA Fabia is set for May

    ŠKODA AUTO is building anticipation for the upcoming fourth generation of the Fabia by releasing the first official design sketches. The popular small car from the Czech car manufacturer will be significantly larger, more dynamic and more expressive than its successful predecessors. Switching over to the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0 has made the new proportions possible and created even more space for passengers and luggage. Additional highlights include the sharply drawn front headlights and rear lights featuring LED technology. The world premiere of the new ŠKODA Fabia will take place this May.

    Two of the design sketches show the clear, modern and dynamically drawn lines of the new ŠKODA Fabia. The fourth generation will be 111 millimetres longer and 48 millimetres wider than its predecessor. This is the first time the new Fabia will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0. In addition to even more space for passengers, this also adds an extra 50 litres to the boot. The diagonal front view offers a first glimpse of the flat front headlights and the wide ŠKODA grille, which has a sporty, elegant look with a chrome frame and black ribs. Large wheels also enhance the powerful appearance.

    The elongated roof spoiler with side finlets ...
    by Published on 23-04-2021 10:39 AM
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    • Sharper design: New Polo is equipped with LED headlights and LED tail light clusters as standard, and has been given a new look at both front and rear
    • Digital and always on: Digital Cockpit (fitted as standard), online infotainment systems, air conditioning operated via touchscreen
    • High-tech features: Equipped with IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist (partly automated driving) and IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights (interactive lighting) for the first time

    With more than 18 million units built, the Polo is one of the world’s most successful compact cars. Now, in a world premiere, Volkswagen is set to unveil the next evolutionary stage of the Polo; presales will start in May already. The design, technologies and specification matrix of the bestseller have had a comprehensive update, as is immediately obvious when you see the vehicle’s new front and rear. And the range of standard equipment has been expanded significantly. On board every model you will now find: LED headlights and LED tail light clusters, the Digital Cockpit (digital instruments), an infotainment system and a multifunction steering wheel, among other things. In addition, the Polo now offers partly automated driving across its entire speed range thanks to the optional IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist system. Other new features include interactive IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights and operation of the automatic air conditioning via touchscreen.

    The new Polo uses technologies that have previously only been available in higher vehicle classes. For example, there is the optional ...
    by Published on 15-04-2021 10:12 AM
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    • ID.3 is now available from just Ł28,370* in new entry-level City trim
    • 45 kWh (net) battery provides up to 217 miles of range (WLTP, combined)
    • City and Style specifications further broaden appeal of ID.3 family

    The Volkswagen ID.3 will be available from Ł28,370* in new Pure Performance guise from tomorrow. Two trims – entry-level City and design-focused Style – become available with the new powertrain, in addition to the Pro, Pro Performance and Pro S versions already on sale in the UK. The Pure Performance is differentiated by its lighter 45 kWh (net) battery, 150 PS power output and 310 Nm of torque.

    The two new ID.3 specifications – City and Style – are also unveiled with the debut of this important new fourth powertrain option. The new Pure Performance variant majors on performance and value, offering a 150 PS and smaller range alternative to the punchier, and larger Pro, Pro Performance and Pro S powertrains, while still providing a muscular 310 Nm of torque. In Pure Performance guise, the ID.3 reaches 62 mph from a standstill in 8.9 seconds, and matches the 99 mph top speed of the rest of the ID.3 range.

    Both specifications can regain up to 137 miles of range from a 100 kW rapid charger in 30 minutes, while a 7.2 kW home charger takes around seven and a half hours to take the ID.3 Pure Performance from 5% to 100%. Charging 5% to 80% from a DC, CCS charge point takes 31 minutes. On the WLTP combined cycle, the ID.3 City Pure Performance can return up to 217 miles from a single charge, while the Style Pure Performance can return as much as 215 miles.

    Not only ...
    by Published on 15-04-2021 10:09 AM
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    • The SEAT Ibiza’s exterior is updated, now including LED headlights as standard
    • Interior design revolution brings a modern design language and large floating touchscreen
    • Full Link system is now wireless, giving easy access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • The compact city car adds new driver assistance systems including Travel and Side Assist
    • The new SEAT Ibiza will be available with three petrol engines; 80PS, 95PS and 110PS
    • Nearly six million vehicles have rolled off the production line since 1984

    SEAT has updated its small city car, the Ibiza, refreshing the exterior and undertaking a revolution to the interior, which includes new connected technology and driver assistance systems.

    The SEAT Ibiza has been a key pillar of the brand’s success since it was first introduced in 1984 and, after 37 years, five generations and nearly six million sales, it’s SEAT’s most successful vehicle to ever roll off the production line. The updated, fifth-generation model is aiming to maintain that winning performance as a key model in its segment in Europe.

    “The SEAT Ibiza is an icon in the automotive industry and one of the key pillars of the brand,”
    said Wayne Griffiths, President of SEAT and CUPRA. “The refreshed fifth-generation’s new exterior modifications and interior revolution, together with new levels of connectivity and safety mean it’s ready to continue the success story.”

    Designed, developed and produced in Barcelona, at SEAT’s headquarters in Martorell, the new SEAT Ibiza will enter production in the third quarter of the year.

    Exterior design

    The SEAT Ibiza is well known for its iconic and youthful design, defined by its perfect proportions. The new model is defined by subtle additions to the vehicle’s exterior aesthetic that enhance the already characterful visual.

    Lighting technology is a central part of any vehicle’s ‘face’ and the SEAT Ibiza now integrates ...
    by Published on 15-04-2021 10:02 AM
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    New fully electric Audi SUV and Sportback models bring innovative design and technology,
    abundant space and 316-mile range potential to the compact class

    • New electric compact SUV available for UK order this month, Sportback from June
    • Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung specification options, pricing from Ł40,750 OTR
    • Two battery sizes: 52 kWh net (55 kWh gross*) and 77 kWh net (82 kWh gross*) with 100kW and 125kW charging capacities
    • Fast charging can restore 80 miles of range in just 10 minutes at 125kW capacity in ideal conditions
    • Entry level 125 kW (170 PS) and mid-range 150 kW (204 PS) versions with single motor and rear-wheel-drive, top models offer 220 kW (299 PS) and quattro drive via two motors
    • WLTP-certified driving range on a full charge of up to 316 miles (Q4 40 e-tron Sport)
    • High-tech interior available with augmented reality technology, new steering wheel generation with touch operation, largest ever 11.6-inch MMI display to come later
    • Sonos, maker of premium audio systems, fitted exclusively to an Audi for the first time

    Sustainable premium mobility takes another significant step towards becoming the rule rather than the exception this week as the all-new Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron cascade the benefits of full electrification into the Audi compact SUV family for the first time.

    Conveying the progressive design of the concept cars into series production with minimal alteration, the versatile all-rounders will be offered in the UK in conjunction with Sport, S line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung trim options, and with a choice of two battery variants and three drive configurations capable of WLTP-certified driving ranges of up to 316 miles (Q4 40 e-tron Sport). They will also provide unusually ample space in which to go the distance in a fully digital cabin that visually and technologically reflects the Q4 e-tron’s position at the forefront of automotive development. Its forward-looking specification incorporates fittingly ingenious technology, including a pioneering augmented reality head-up display connecting the virtual and real worlds in a totally new way.

    “The compact SUV has long been the go-to model type for many drivers, so I’m delighted that we are now shoring up our already strong position in this vital segment with two new additions that are not only paragons of good design and space-efficient ...
    by Published on 15-04-2021 09:51 AM
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    • New exterior design enhances the urban SUV’s off-road aesthetic and gives Arona a more robust character
    • Top of the range Xperience trim amps up its rugged looks even further
    • Revolutionised interior design brings modern, digital feel to the cabin, including illuminated air vents and larger floating-screen infotainment systems
    • The urban SUV now includes greater levels of connectivity with the inclusion of SEAT CONNECT, wireless access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • The new Arona adds new driver assistant systems such as Travel Assist* and upgrades systems such as Side Assist, to make driving safer and more intuitive
    • New Arona will be available with four different petrol powertrains between 95PS and 150PS

    The new SEAT Arona is ready to continue its success story for the brand, three years after its introduction in 2017.

    Since then, the urban SUV has sold more than 350,000 vehicles globally and established itself as a key pillar of the brand’s range. With a revamped, rugged visual and a digital transformation within the cabin, the new Arona is set to remain a staple in the segment.

    “The urban SUV market has grown significantly and the SEAT Arona’s adaptability makes it an enormously important model for the company,”
    said Wayne Griffiths, President of SEAT and CUPRA. “The updated Arona adds even more functionality, both digital and safety-
    focused, in a revised form inside and out.”

    In an increasingly digitised world, the SEAT Arona is ready to bring customers’ connected lives into the cabin. The addition of a huge range of intuitive functionality, combined with a revamped design that includes ambient lighting (FR and Xperience trims only) and a larger floating-screen infotainment system, brings a heightened sense of modernity and quality to the interior and a bold new personality.

    Under the bonnet, four different petrol powertrains between 90PS and 150PS are available, ...
    by Published on 13-04-2021 01:54 PM
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    • Full LED Matrix headlights make their ŠKODA Kodiaq debut
    • New top-of-the-range engine for the sporty ŠKODA Kodiaq vRS
    • The ŠKODA design language further developed, and new alloy wheels
    • Exceptionally spacious interior with attractive visual and technological features

    Revamp of the Kodiaq: roughly four years after ŠKODA launched the first model in its SUV campaign the carmaker has now upgraded the globally successful Kodiaq. The Czech brand has further developed the emotive design of the Kodiaq, which can also be ordered as a 7-seater, and improved its aerodynamics. For the first time, the range of options for this large ŠKODA SUV includes innovative full LED Matrix headlights. The sporty range-topping Kodiaq vRS has not only had a visual makeover but has also been given a new, more powerful TSI engine. The updated Kodiaq will be available from July.

    Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said: “The Kodiaq was a real game changer for us. It was the first model of our SUV campaign and opened up a completely new, rapidly growing vehicle segment. Our customers and the international trade press appreciate the Kodiaq’s brand-typical qualities, just as they do with our other models: excellent value for money, ample space and comprehensive range of equipment. Now we have further refined the specification of our large SUV, offering even more safety and comfort with new features, such as full LED Matrix headlights and ergonomic seats.”

    New front design and full LED Matrix headlights

    As a result of a further refined ŠKODA design language, the Kodiaq presents as even more emotive and self-assured. The upgrade will be available in the S, SE and SE L trim levels and in the L&K, SportLine and vRS variants. The S, SE and SE L trims will come with aluminium-effect detail on the front and rear apron, lending the SUV even more off‑road styling. The restyled front with an elevated bonnet and the redesigned, more upright ŠKODA grille reinforce the Kodiaq’s bold appearance. The Czech carmaker’s large SUV features LED headlights as standard and, for the first time, can be equipped with full LED Matrix headlights. New alloy wheels measuring up to 20 inches further enhance the car’s dynamic and striking look. Special Aero wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and the new gloss black rear spoiler and finlets on the sides of the rear window all reduce drag. The Kodiaq vRS now features a distinct, dynamically designed model-specific front bumper.

    New-look interior and, for the first time, optional ergonomic seats
    by Published on 13-04-2021 01:42 PM
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    • Most driver-focused convertible of the Continental GT range
    • Highly advanced chassis – with four new technologies – inspires confidence through increased grip and accuracy
    • All-wheel steering and electronic rear differential enhance vehicle agility and stability
    • New carbon ceramic brakes for incredible stopping power
    • Revised version of renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine delivers 650 bhp (659 PS) and 664 lb.ft (900 Nm)
    • 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds); top speed 208 mph (335 km/h)
    • Unique interior and exterior detailing includes badging, interior color splits, forged 22” Speed wheels and sports sills
    • New introduction of Dark Tint Engine Turned Aluminum optional technical finish to the center console
    • Seven roof colors available, including tweed
    • Roof improvements deliver a convertible as quiet inside as the previous generation coupe

    Bentley Motors introduced a new flagship version of the ultimate, open-top Grand Tourer – the Continental GT Speed Convertible. The performance-orientated Speed model is the most powerful, driver-focused interpretation of the benchmark convertible Grand Tourer.

    The third generation Continental GT Speed Convertible features an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, delivering an outstanding and increased 650 bhp (659 PS), 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0‑100 km/h in 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h). The new open-air Grand Tourer joins its coupe sibling – the Continental GT Speed, unveiled last month – at the pinnacle of the Continental family.

    Designed, handcrafted and engineered in Bentley’s carbon neutral luxury automotive factory, the new GT Speed Convertible offers enhanced chassis technology, including All-Wheel Steering, an electronic rear differential and the option of carbon ceramic brakes. This helps deliver superior vehicle agility and confidence without impacting ...
    by Published on 10-04-2021 07:31 PM
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    • SEAT Leon Hatch 2.0 TSI DSG-auto 190PS and Leon Estate 2.0 TDI 115PS pricing and technical data announced
    • Leon Hatch 2.0 TSI prices start at Ł28,810, while Leon Estate 2.0 TDI starts from Ł24,515
    • Hatch available in FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux trim, delivering a 0-62 mph time of 7.4 seconds
    • Estate available in SE and SE Dynamic trim, boasting CO2 emissions as low as 114g/km and returning 65.7mpg
    • New models available to configure now at SEAT UK - Discover our range of new & used cars

    SEAT has further expanded its range, revealing the pricing and technical data for new variants of the Leon, its best-selling model.

    The new Leon Hatch 2.0 TSI DSG-auto 190PS is available from Ł28,810 RRP, while the new Leon Estate 2.0 TDI 115PS costs from Ł24,515 RRP.
    Achieving up to 42.2mpg, CO2 emissions of 151g/km, a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 144mph*, prices for this new variant of Leon Hatch start at Ł28,810 for FR trim.

    The powertrain, available exclusively with the DSG-auto transmission, can also be specified in FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux trims.
    While FR trim includes 17” alloy wheels, sports suspension, ambient lighting, SEAT drive profile selection, rain sensing wipers, Full Link smartphone integration and dark tinted rear windows as standard, FR Sport trim adds 18” alloy wheels, heated front seats, a heated
    steering wheel and microsuede upholstery.

    With a focus on luxury, XCELLENCE trim includes electric folding door mirrors, keyless entry, heated front seats, heated steering ...
    by Published on 10-04-2021 07:26 PM
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    • Following ID.4 1ST Edition, series models of the EV SUV open for order
    • Pro Performance variant has 204 PS and up to 323-mile range (WLTP)
    • Life Pro Performance version anticipated to be the UK’s top-selling ID.4

    Volkswagen is delivering on its promise to bring a stream of capable, net carbon-neutral electric family cars to market, with series versions of the ID.4 opening for order tomorrow (Thursday 8 April). Following on from the ID.4 1ST Edition, the 204 PS ID.4 Pro Performance will be available in Life, Family and Max specifications, starting at Ł41,570 RRP OTR and offering up to 323 miles range (WLTP combined).

    These well-equipped series versions of the ID.4 follow on from the limited-production ID.4 1ST Edition, and open for order tomorrow. The three models are fitted with the Pro Performance powertrain featuring a 77 kWh battery (net capacity) and 204 PS / 310 Nm electric motor. This powertrain underpins the ID.4 line-up, with the ID.4 Life Pro Performance predicted to be the top-selling version of the zero-emission SUV. The Pure models with a 52 kWh net battery capacity will go on sale in the coming months.

    All three specifications can regain up to 199 miles of range from a 125 kW rapid charger in 30 minutes, while a 7.2 kW home charger takes around 11 hours to take the ID.4 Pro Performance from 0 – 100%. Charging to 80% from a DC, CCS charge point takes 38 minutes.

    As the introduction to the ID.4 range, the entry-level Life model offers a high level of equipment as standard. It is the first of the three pre-configured models with features sorted into fixed equipment packs to simplify ...
    by Published on 10-04-2021 07:21 PM
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    • T-Cross becomes latest Volkswagen SUV to benefit from Black Edition
    • New trim level majors on style and a generous package of equipment
    • LED lights, parking sensors and sleek black design features included

    The versatile and practical Volkswagen T-Cross is now available with a new Black Edition specification featuring black-themed exterior trim, an upgraded equipment list over the SE on which it is based, and the model’s acclaimed blend of personality, usability and style.

    The T-Cross Black Edition is available with the model’s 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engines, meaning two power outputs and three gearbox options are on offer. The first of these 999 cc petrol units provides a town-friendly 95 PS and 175 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the second has 110 PS and 200 Nm, and is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox, or a 7-speed DSG. These three engine and gearbox combinations offer low running costs, with fuel economy and CO2 emissions (WLTP combined) figures of 48.7 mpg and 132 g/km for both manual models, and 44.1 mpg and 145 g/km for the 110 PS, 7-speed DSG.

    The 95 PS variant starts from Ł21,035 RRP OTR, with the additional equipment of the Black Edition contributing to a value boost of more than Ł2,000 for customers, given its modest Ł500 step-up in price over the SE trim.

    On the outside, the T-Cross Black Edition has a bold appearance. It builds on the model’s already attractive design with black roof rails and door mirror housings, black trim across the front grille and bumper, and rear tinted glass from the B-pillar backwards ...
    by Published on 10-04-2021 07:17 PM
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    • Black exterior detailing and sports interior
    • Available in diesel, petrol engines, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid
    • Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and numerous assistance systems available

    ŠKODA is broadening its Octavia range with the introduction of a new SportLine model. Set to deliver an enhanced dynamic look, SportLine models feature black exterior detailing, a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel and sports seats with integrated headrests.

    Available as a hatch or estate, both can be ordered with the optional DCC Dynamic Chassis Control and a number of driver assistance systems. The range comprises diesels, petrol engines, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

    The exterior of the new model is defined by the black detailing familiar from the SportLine variants for other ŠKODA models. A distinctive front spoiler, the frame of the ŠKODA grille, rear diffuser and the ŠKODA lettering on the tailgate all come in gloss black. The hatch also boasts a black rear spoiler. Standard equipment for the Octavia SportLine includes 18-inch Vega wheels.

    The Octavia SportLine is available with efficient petrol and diesel engines as well as plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid technology and is offered in either front‑wheel or all-wheel drive. Power outputs range from 85 kW (115 PS) to 150 kW (204 PS). The 1.5 TSI with 110 kW (150 PS) can be ordered with an optional 7-speed DSG and mild-hybrid technology, while the 2.0 TSI with 140 kW (190 PS) comes with DSG and all-wheel drive as standard. ...
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    • Visual and technical refinements for ŠKODA’s successful large SUV
    • Styling changes to the front and rear, plus redesigned LED headlights
    • Refreshed ŠKODA Kodiaq to be officially unveiled on 13 April

    Fine-tuning for the successful model: three design sketches give a first impression of the revised ŠKODA Kodiaq. The large SUV, which is also available as a seven-seater, marked the start of the brand’s successful SUV campaign in 2016. Now featuring a refreshed look and technological enhancements, the updated Kodiaq will be celebrating its premiere on 13 April.

    The first design sketch shows the even more striking front of the revised ŠKODA Kodiaq. In addition to a redesigned bonnet the look is characterised by a more upright, hexagonal ŠKODA grille featuring double slats. The headlights, which are slimmer than those seen on its predecessor, combine with the fog lights positioned below to create a new four-eyed face. Another noticeable new feature is the redesigned front apron, with a wider central air intake framed by L-shaped trim elements on either side and an aluminium-look insert.

    The second sketch is a close-up of the remodelled front headlights. It clearly depicts the two LED modules arranged one on top of the other, creating a characteristic light signature. The third sketch shows that the sharply drawn taillights now also have a more slimmed-down look, mirroring their counterparts at the front. They feature the brand’s signature crystalline structures and form a flatter version ...

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