Back to school has arrived for automakers. The month of September is traditionally characterized by the commercial launch of several new models. This year, 2022 is no exception to the rule, although supply issues have forced some brands to postpone their launches. This is especially the case for Jeep with the new Grand Cherokee (expected at the end of the year in Europe, when it was due to launch in April) and Skoda for its electric SUV coupe, the Enyaq Coupé (delayed to November).
Among the season’s stars are a sea of SUVs. Starting with the new generations of Mercedes GLC and BMW X1. The latter is important for the brand with the propeller because it is one of its best-selling models in France (behind the Series 1). It will arrive at dealerships at the end of September, only in its petrol and diesel versions initially. Plug-in hybrid versions will follow in the autumn, before an electric iX1 version – the first for this model – is launched early next year. BMW is also marketing its new 3 Series (restyling) as well as plug-in hybrid versions of its new compact MPV, the Series 2 Active Tourer.
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The start of the school year promises to be busy at Nissan. The 100% electric SUV Ariya arrives in France after several months of delay caused by supply problems. The Japanese brand is also launching the hybrid version of its small SUV Juke and the plug-in hybrid “e-Power” version of its compact SUV, the Qashqai. Another SUV, this time at Mazda, which is getting ready to market the CX-60. A premium model that above all marks the arrival of rechargeable hybrid technology from the manufacturer. No hybrid at Toyota, but also a first: with the bZ4X, the Japanese brand enters the segment of electric vehicles. Finally, Honda will start selling its 11th generation Civic in late September or early October, at the latest.
As for the Korean brands, Hyundai is making some changes to its Ioniq 5 crossover: larger capacity battery (77.4 kWh compared to 72.6 previously) to gain some autonomy, new camera mirror option. Kia launches the facelifted version of the XCeed. Among the most important news, we note the appearance of a new GT-Line finish with a more sporty presentation.
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Sport is also at Ford with the new Ranger Raptor. Its technical sheet will not make it a friend of the ecologists: V6 petrol engine of almost 300 hp, 13.8 l/100 km in combined consumption, more than 300 g/km of CO2. And yet this pick-up escapes any ecological malusion because it falls under the category of utility vehicles.
Let’s finish this overview with our French manufacturers, whose news is a little sparse in September. The most important comes from DS with the arrival of the restyled DS7 Crossback, renamed DS7. Awaiting the launch of the new 408 SUV at the end of the year, Peugeot is offering a new entry-level version of its e-208, the best-selling electric car in France. Called e-208 Like it is cheaper (27,000 euros, bonus deducted) and has better autonomy (400 km) thanks to less rich equipment.
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Autumn’s most important car news
- BMW X1 (new generation)
- BMW 3 Series (restyling)
- BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225e and 230e (new engines)
- DS7 (restyling)
- Ford Ranger Raptor (new generation)
- Honda Civic (new generation)
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 (new battery)
- Kia XCeed (restyling)
- Mazda CX-60 (new model)
- Mercedes GLC (new generation)
- Nissan Ariya (new model)
- Nissan Qashqai e-Power (new engine)
- Nissan Juke Hybrid (new engine)
- Peugeot e-208 Like it (new version)
- Toyota bZ4X (new model)
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