Welcome to Autocar’s run-down of all the new cars heading this way in 2018
Autocar’s new cars list gives you all the information on 2018’s new arrivals, rounding up all the new models going on sale in the UK
Thought 2017 was a busy year for cars? There’s a whole raft of exciting new models coming throughout 2018, with entrants into every major segment, and an ever-growing flock of SUVs ready to hit the market.
Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up-to-date with what’s coming when in the car industry.
New Cars Coming in 2018:
Alpina D5 S
BMW 5-Series-based diesel brings 322bhp to the table, and only two turbos on its 3.0-litre stright six, compared with European cars’ three.
Ford Fiesta Active
The Fiesta has fallen prey to the SUV and crossover trend, with slightly raised ride height, rugged black plastic body cladding.
Hyundai’s first ever hot hatch has arrived, although customer deliveries don’t start until January. It’s off to a belter of a start, although niggles keep it from the top of the class.
Hyundai i30 Fastback
The i30 has also been given another variant, in the form of a fastback. That takes the total up to three, and there’s an N version of this new variant on the way, too.
Jaguar’s first small SUV brings the fight to the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. It’s heavier than an F-Pace, so the handling verve of the XE isn’t quite as forthcoming as it could be on the crucial new model.
Facelift to Kia’s largest brings the subtlest of refreshes inside and out, and a sporty new GT-Line trim level.
Kia Picanto X-Line
Kia’s smallest gets rugged body cladding and a little suspension lift, as the SUV craze reaches the unlikely city car segment.
Kia has come a long way, and the Stinger is proof – it’s a four-door sports saloon with engines going all the way up to a 3.3-litre V6 in the Stinger GTS.
Range Rover facelift
The majority of the larger Range Rover has been facelifted, including the Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Sport SVR, and Range Rover SVAutobiography. New hybrids have joined the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport range, badged P400e.
Lexus’ Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival arrives, with a radical new look and new-to-the-brand tech.
Maserati Ghibli facelift
Comprehensive update attempts to bring flagging luxury saloon in line with class best.
Large SUV and sister car to the Vauxhall Grandland X. Hybrid variant follows later.
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
Purists version of the Porsche 911 GT3 eschews a boot spoiler, but gets the GT3’s mad, 4.0-litre 493bhp flat six.
Porsche 911 Carrera T
Another ‘Purist’s Porsche’, the 911 T is a pared-back version, of the iconic sports car, with cloth seats, stripped out interior and weight reduction measures including lightweight window glass.
BMW Group’s most luxurious car returns in the Phantom VIII, with a new lightweight aluminium architecture and even more refinement.
Smaller sibling to the Ateca, fights the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur in a fast-growing segment.
Skoda’s indirect Yeti replacement gets a more conventional look but a less conventional name.
Vaxhall Grandland X
Vauxhall’s Nissan Qashqai rival is big on metal, but short on personality.
Volkswagen Golf SV
Newly refreshed MPV retains most of the Golf’s talents. But the world is moving on from MPVs.
The Polo is now as large as the Golf was in its third generation. More space and refinement, and more Golf-like than ever.
Aston Martin Zagato Speedster
Retro-inspired Zagato creation will only get 28 units, and a price tag of just under £1million apiece.
Audi RS4 Avant
Still 444bhp, but a 125bhp torque boost makes all the difference in everyday driving.
Tech and refinement upgrades inside, and a radical new look outside which is something of a departure for Audi.
BMW i3 facelift
Facelifted i3 has a range of between 146 and 158 miles as tested. There’s a hot version too…
…which gets sportier looks, a 10mm lowering and 181bhp.
DS 7 Crossback
The first premium French SUV will fight the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Hybrid coming the following year.
Ford Fiesta ST
Ford’s handling hero returns, this time with a three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine matching the output of the previous ST200 range-topper.
Yes, another Nissan Qashqai rival. Jeep’s effort aims to appease those with a greater desire to venture off-road.
Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
Drop-top supercar now packs 730bhp with a top speed of 217mph. 3.0sec dead to 62mph.
Lexus CT facelift
Ageing BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class rival gets a refresh. Will be replaced by the UX small SUV.
Lexus NX update
Ride improvements and styling tweaks for Lexus’ best-seller. Another rival to the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
A car at least partly charged with Mitsubishi’s turnaround. Head-turning looks and pricing in line with rivals.
High safety ratings and four-wheel drive for Subaru’s latest Ford Focus rival. Four-cylinder boxer remains.
Volkswagen Up GTI
Volkswagen’s pocket rocket harks back to the Lupo GTI and Mk1 Golf GTI. It’s the final car in the GTI range.
Warm four-door coupé version of the A7.
Bentley Continental GT
Third-generation Conti gets a sharper drive and even more luxury.
Newly four-wheel drive, and with 592bhp on tap. It’s now the quickest-accelerating BMW made yet.
Funky small SUV aims for younger buyers with style and C-pillar badges.
Ford Ecosport facelift
Ford aims to improve a chink in its armour with the model year 2018 Ecosport. Improved interior and new face mark it out from the previous cars.
Ford Mustang facelift
Comprehensively updated Mustang gets a boost in efficiency, and a cut in power for the four-cylinder model. Performance remains the same nonetheless.
Honda Civic diesel
Honda bucks the trend introducing a diesel in uncertain climes for oil-burners. Should prove one of the most frugal of the lot.
Honda Jazz facelift
Gets meaner styling and a 1.5-litre engine.
641bhp super-SUV takes just 3.6sec to reach 62mph, is the first of a new breed of mud-plugger.
208mph, 666bhp F-Type based sports car to be revealed in January.
Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupé/Cabriolet
Now a 4.0-litre V8 in place of a 5.5-litre, but with more power, and the same impeccable refinement.
MG 3 facelift
Supermini gets updated exterior, and an overhauled interior.
Safety-conscious small-seller is built on an all-new Subaru platform.
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport/Sport Tourer GSi
Range-topping Insignia VXR replacement will sell in relatively small numbers, but has pace on its side.
Volvo’s Range Rover Evoque rival will be available to buy, or by subscription service. Already one of the best premium small SUVs on the market.
Prologue-inspired A6 will face ever stiffer competition from the executive car segment.
Citroën C4 Cactus
Gets Citroën’s much-lauded Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, but loses the characteristic Airbumps of the original.
Folding hard-top convertible is powered by a 3.9-litre, 592bhp, V8 engine that the Italian firm says can accelerate it from 0-62mph in 3.5sec.
Ferrari FXX-K Evo
More aero-honed FXX-K now produces 830kg total downforce at the car’s top speed.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
697bhp and 645lb ft of torque at 4800rpm meets large SUV for all-American performance car.
Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
Huge mud-plugging SUV will be the only direct rival to the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Porsche’s saviour SUV enters its third generation. Porsche says it’s more like the 911 than ever.
Renault Mégane RS
276bhp appears to put Renault’s world-beating hot hatch behind competitors, but rear-wheel steer should make up for it where it matters most.
Still the daddy of Volkswagen’s SUV range in markets where the Atlas is still something you look at in geography lessons. It’ll get four-wheel drive as standard and greater efficiency.
Renault is gunning for the Porsche Cayenne with the Alpine A110. It’s mid-engined, lightweight and promises handling verve by the bucketload.
Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Drop-top DB11 will be V8 only, to make it as keen-handling as possible.
Very large, dramatically-styled SUV will sit atop the Audi SUV range, based on the Q7. SQ8 version to follow.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer facelift
BMW’s first ever MPV reaches midway through its first generation, in a segment all but wiped out by the SUV segment.
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer facelift
Slghtly larger Ultimate Driving MPV in receipt of a nip and tuck, following the rest of the 2 Series’ tweaks.
BMW M3 CS
3.9-sec-to-62mph M3 is BMW’s fastest fast small saloon yet; only 1200 will be built.
The replacement for UK’s best-selling premium hatchback will be revealed at the Geneva motor show. S-Class tech will trickle down, too.
Mazda 6-like MG 6 has already been revealed in China with a ZS-like look and hugely improved interior.
Suzuki Swift Sport
Feathery 970kg kerb weight and 138bhp combine to keep the Swift Sport a cult-hit handling star.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
All of a sudden, the Polo GTI becomes a Ford Fiesta ST rival. More mini Golf than ever, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
Aston Martin Vantage
New baby Aston gets AMG 4.0-litre V8 power to the tune of 503bhp. One of a number of cars aimed at transforming Aston into a big-hitting luxury brand.
Audi’s X1 rival gets the new family face grafted on the front, more tech on the inside and an increase in size to differentiate it from the Q2.
Audi A6 Avant
Estates are a dying segment elsewhere in the market, but the A6 Avant – along with its rivals – will continue to outsell their saloon counterparts.
Bentley Bentayga PHEV
3.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid will be Bentley’s first electrified model. Same powertrain will be shared with a Continental GT variant.
X3-based SUV-coupé shifts after just four years, with the advent of the new X3.
BMW i8 facelift
Updated hybrid supercar now gets 369bhp thanks to an upgraded electric engine. Get it while you can – there’s no guarantee of a replacement.
BMW i8 Roadster
Facelifted i8 also brings a drop-top version. It’s only 60kg heavier than the coupé, and ditches the rear two seats.
BMW M2 Competition
More hardcore M2 looks set to get the twin-turbo six-cylinder from the M3 and M4. Picks up where the legendary M3 CSL left off.
More grown up budget SUV gets an overhauled interior and updated exterior.
Stalwart hatchback will be launched mid-year, with ST variants to follow.
Newly turbocharged, and larger in every direction, Honda’s largest SUV hopes to rack up more sales, akin to the successful US version.
Jaguar XE SV Project 8
Deliveries for the newly-crowned four-door ‘Ring king begin in July 2018.
It’s a Geneva reveal for Jaguar’s EV challenger, which will be with customers by the summer.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR
SVR’s next will be the F-Pace, which gets a 5.0-litre V8 engine and potentially, 567bhp on tap.
The Ceed is germinating into a whole family of models including a shooting brake and SUV. The hatchback remains at the core of the range, though.
Maserati Levante GTS
It’s been a while since Maserati produced anything new and hardcore, but the Levante is set to be the next, with a 523bhp Ferrari V8 under the bonnet.
Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupé/Cabriolet
There’s 429bhp on tap from Mercedes-AMG’s first performance hybrids. They’re also joined by an AMG CLS 53.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift
S-Class tech trickles down into Mercedes’ best-selling model, and the UK’s best-selling saloon car, the C-Class.
Newly revealed third-generation CLS does without the shooting brake this time around, but maintains the style of the original.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class facelift
The G-Wagen is getting an update, with a G63 kicking off the newly spruced up tough-mudding SUV. Aerodynamics, we already know, will not be a priority.
Mercedes’ flagship S-Class has been facelifted, and so, in turn, the Maybach variant will be too.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004S
Glickenhaus’ Le Mans car for the road packs 650bhp from its 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. The few that will make it to the UK will arrive from July.
Subaru Outback facelift
Interior tweaks will make the cabin of the facelifted Outback a much more interesting place to be. Minor exterior tweaks will keep the status quo.
Toyota Yaris GRMN
Toyota’s first hot hatch in years arrives in very limited numbers in summer 2018. 209bhp from its 1.8-litre engine and 0-62mph in 6.3sec, since you asked.
Aston Martin Vanquish
Next-generation Vanquish will answer to the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Considerably more than 600bhp is mooted.
In a thoroughly modern Clash of the Titans, Audi will take on Jaguar in the electric market, with the E-Tron going up against Jag’s I-Pace.
BMW X3 M
The M brand is spreading, and it’s now heading for small SUV territory, as the hot SUV market gears up for battle. The X3 M will have around 425bhp, and at least five rivals by the end of 2018.
Isuzu D-Max facelift
Isuzu’s workhorse will be refreshed for 2018, with styling, interior and technology tweaks. As the class heats up, Isuzu may have a fight on its hands.
Mazda 6 facelift
Handsome saloon is updated with tweaked styling, handling and ride, while the interior has been given more upmarket tech.
Mercedes-AMG GT four-door saloon
600bhp launch version will eventually sit below a super-hybrid with 805bhp. We smell a ‘Ring record attempt.
Porsche Macan facelift
SUV handling hero reaches its mid-life stage, and there are new turbo V6 engines on the way, as well as a tweaked interior.
Up to 600bhp in M-badged form, but entirely more conventional down the rest of the range. Gets a more X7-like look – could be divisive.
Hyundai i30 Fastback N
Hyundai’s fast fastback is coming, with all the talents of the hatchback and a little more practicality.
Kia Niro EV
Soft launch for Kia’s second EV, with the Niro EV going on sale as a powertrain option, rather than an all new model.
Land Rover Discovery SVX
Mud-plugging SVX promises go-anywhere ability with a 517bhp V8 engine thrown in for good measure.
Range Rover Velar SVR
Sister car to the Jaguar F-Pace gets a performance-focused SVR variant. 542bhp and 502lb ft of torque, in case you’re wondering.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon
A-Class saloon will fight the Audi RS3 saloon and ever-rumoured BMW 1 Series saloon, if the latter ever comes to Europe. AMG versions to follow.
Seat Cupra Ateca
The Cupra Ateca has been swirling around for a while now, but the performance SUV is coming, and just in time for things to get cold again. Likely to be the first Cupra spin-off-brand car.
BMW 8 Series
BMW’s new flagship with a not-so-new name. This version will actually get the supercar-baiting M8, though. Six and eight-cylinder petrols and diesels for the rest of the range, and a V12 coming later.
Jeep’s old-school SUV is getting thoroughly modern with a hybrid variant and new tech.
Audi RS5 Sportback
Same 444bhp engine and 125lb ft hike, but five doors.
Audi’s aiming squarely for Mini with the A1, which moves to MQB for greater refinement, handling and quietness.
Hot hybrid version of Audi’s future flagship SUV.
Opinion-splitting giant luxo-SUV will be the second prong in BMW’s new high-end range.
Citroën C5 Aircross
Citroën’s Nissan Qashqai rival arrives at the end of the year, with the brand’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension. Another with a hybrid version to follow.
Honda CR-V hybrid
Honda’s back on the hybrid hype after cutting the Insight some years ago with a petrol-electric CR-V.
Hyundai hydrogen SUV
Hyundai’s second FCEV will be another SUV, but will be a stand-alone model rather than a Tucson variant this time. It’s been previewed in concepts, but will likely be toned down for production.
An EV version of the Kona will follow the standard versions in 2018, as Hyundai ramps up its charge into alternative fuels.
The first car with a variable compression ratio engine, Infiniti promises all the talents of petrol with all the efficiency of diesel. Eureka.
Range Rover coupé
Super-luxury, SVO-built two-door coupé will hit UK shores by the end of 2018, as an eventual follow-up to the Range Stormer concept of 2004.
Mercedes-AMG GT facelift
A power hike is certain, although it’ll likely not match the E63 S’s 603bhp. Exterior tweaks will be ever so subtle.
Mercedes’ mid-sized SUV will arrive in time for Christmas. The 4.0-litre AMG 63 won’t.
The Renault Alaskan has already been pushed back once, but Renault’s first pick-up is penned in for a 2018 launch.
Another brand’s ‘first’ SUV, although you can bet your Phantom that this’ll be more expensive than any of those.
Seat seven-seat SUV
Seat’s seven-seater has been coming for a while now, and it’ll either be called Alboran, Aranda, Avila or Tarraco.
Skoda Kodiaq vRS
Another entrant into the fast SUV market, this time it’s Skoda throwing its name into the mix. A diesel engine with lots of torque is reported to be under the bonnet.
Subaru Forester facelift
Rock-solid SUV gets the same treatment as the Outback, with interior tweaks taking precedent over minor exterior changes.
Volkswagen Passat facelift
Venerable Volkswagen estate and saloon will be facelifted at the end of 2018. Expect the usual raft of efficiency, interior and exterior revisions.
Volkswagen’s SUV offensive continues with the Polo-sized T-Cross. Nissan Juke and Renault Captur are in the T-Crosshairs.
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