The most exciting new cars coming in 2019
28 Dec 2018
So long, 2018; you gave us many many great cars.
The past 12 months have seen heavy hitters like Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini enter the SUV marketplace with great hulking machines that cost more than the average semi-detached house.
We’ve listed some of our favourites from 2018 here, but looking ahead, what can we get excited for in 2019?
Range Rover EvoqueFew could’ve expected the sales success of the original Evoque when it launched back in 2011. Globally, it shifted more than 772,000 around the world and us Brits loved the classy compact SUV more than most, with one in five Evoques going to a UK-based buyer.
2019 will mark the arrival of an all-new second-generation Evoque, but look at it, you’d be forgiven for suspecting was nothing more than a facelift.
While it’s true the exterior design hasn’t changed much, more than 90 per cent of the car’s body components are new. It sits on a totally new platform too.
It’s available to order now with prices starting from £31,600 with a view to having it on your driveway by the Spring.
Audi e-tronAudi has been flirting with electric vehicles for the past five years or so, with plug-in hybrid versions of the A3 and Q7.
However, 2019 will see the premium brand take the electric plunge with the e-tron SUV.
In terms of size, it slots between the Q5 and Q7 and has an electric range of around 250 miles with enough power to hit 62mph in under six seconds.
That’s not as quick as its direct competitors - the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X and Mercedes EQC - but many will be able to ignore that just to have those four rings on their bonnet.
Expect the e-tron to launch here early 2019.
Aston Martin RapidEAnother high-end brand going electric in 2019 is Aston Martin, which has reworked its standard petrol Rapide into the battery-powered RapidE.
This four-door, four-seat luxury car can travel around 200 miles on a single charge and only 155 units will be built, each commanding something in the region of £200,000.
BMW Z4The current Z4 has been on sale since 2009 so we’re long overdue a new BMW roadster. The third-generation Z4 has been developed alongside the newly revived Toyota Supra, which certainly raised interest for both cars.
One of the engines available will be the M40i - a straight-six unit with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, capable of hitting 62mph in 4.6 seconds.
You can have one from March 2019.
Toyota SupraOut of the game since 2002, the Supra name will finally make a return in 2019 at January’s Detroit Motor Show. The first cars are due in the first half of 2019 and expectations are understandably high.
The long-awaited sports coupe makes use of a BMW-sourced three-litre straight-six engine with around 340bhp and 350lb ft of torque.
But don’t expect a Toyota-badged Z4. Toyota’s engineers have been keen to stress that the Z4 and Supra are two very different cars.
Polestar 1Formerly Volvo’s in-house performance division, Polestar will go it alone with this 592bhp performance hybrid coupe.
The Polestar 1 comes with the longest pure electric driving range of any hybrid car in the world (93.2 miles) and it’s due here around halfway through 2019.
Porsche TaycanJust like Audi, Porsche is taking its first proper steps into electric car world in 2019.
The Taycan will take on the Tesla Model S with a 592bhp battery-powered all-wheel-drive system that’s good for 0-62mph in under 3.5 seconds. It can reach 124mph from a standing start in less than 12 seconds too!