Suzuki reveals new estate, BMW prices iX3, Lexus flagship facelifted

Suzuki reveals Toyota Corolla-based Swace estate

Suzuki has revealed its new hybrid estate model that is due to launch by the end of 2020. Called Swace, the new model offers emissions of 99g/km-115g/km, and is based on Toyota’s Corolla estate.

Suzuki Swace 2020The Swace uses the same 1.8-litre petrol engine mated to a so-called ‘self-charging’ hybrid system as is in the Corolla, capable of running on the battery alone for short periods, and the car will be built at Toyota’s UK manufacturing plant.

The new model offers a luggage capacity of just under 600 litres.


BMW confirms pricing for iX3 electric SUV

The new BMW iX3 will cost from £61,900 when it hits the UK next summer, with order books open BMW iX3 2020now. The new model will have an official range figure of 279 miles, and its arrival makes the X3 the first BMW to be offered in electric, plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel form.

BMW said the rear-wheel drive 286hp powertrain offers equivalent performance to the X3 30i petrol model, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds. The iX3 is limited to a 112mph top speed.


Revised Lexus luxury saloon revealed

Lexus has released images of its new LS luxury saloon, with the new model benefiting from upgraded equipment, technology and a styling revision.

Lexus LS 2020The brand’s flagship model gets a revised hybrid system that offers smoother and more powerful progress, according to the company, while ride comfort is also claimed to have been improved, along with the introduction of a new 12.3-inch touchscreen, simplified control functions and the availability of Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

New tech include a digital rear view mirror that presents images from the parking camera to help the driver if rear view is impeded by passengers or headrests. It’s also said to offer a clearer view in wet weather or at night, while the LS500h also gets fully automated Advanced Parking software that includes a memory function to recognise and store spaces the driver uses regularly.


Facelifted Audi Q5 to add second PHEV option

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