When we reviewed the Suzuki Vitara last year, we felt it was somewhat lacking in the requisite ‘fun factor’ hinted at by the Vitara name. Much of the blame for that, we felt, lay with the rather leisurely range of engines, so when Suzuki announced the arrival of their new 1.4-litre turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ unit, we wanted to take another crack at it.
Every now and then, a car comes along that embeds itself in automotive history, or redefines a market segment. Sometimes, heroes come from the most unlikely backgrounds, and I humbly propose that the Volvo XC90 has done more for road safety than most other cars in recent history. Previous seven-seaters expected you to load your off-spring into what was effectively the rear crumple zone, but Volvo fixed that with the first generation XC90 so comprehensively it remained in production for over a decade. So what challenge must the new XC90 meet?
Ah, the go-anywhere, all-weather estate car. Volvo practically invented the concept when they all-wheel-driverised the V70 back in 1997 and slapped a Cross Country moniker on the tailgate, prompting the German competition to launch Allroad, Alltrack, and a slew of other ‘All’ models. So, with the V60 consistently appearing in Volvo’s top three best-sellers, it makes sense to bestow it with the full-on all-weather treatment.
Subaru say the Levorg name is a combination of Legacy, Revolution and Touring, and that this new model is designed to take over where the old Legacy Tourer left off. I’ve puzzled over this because... well, why not just produce a new Legacy Tourer, a wagon based on the rather handsome Legacy saloon? The answer – at least to my mind – lies in the way it drives.
The Subaru XV has received a number of revisions for the 2016 model year, including subtle exterior tweaks, quality upgrades for the cabin, and increased efficiency from its petrol and diesel engines.
For 2016, the venerable Porsche Boxster gets a new name and a new range of engines. Now dubbed the Porsche 718 Boxster, the name echoes that of the mid-engined racers of the '50s and '60s.
The new versions of the best-selling DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio have been unveiled, continuing the efforts by parent company Citroen to establish DS as a stand-alone brand, a move kick-started by the DS 5.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available to order now in the UK, with prices starting from £35,935 for the 2.0-litre diesel E220d, or £44,930 for the 3.0-litre E350d.
Subaru is returning to motorsport. In collaboration with Team BMR, Subaru will race the new Levorg in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
For the 2017 model year, the Jaguar XF gains a number of revisions, including the option of all-wheel-drive (AWD) on a new 180PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel unit.