Due 2015 - A new small soft-top SUV will spearhead MG’s revival, and bring back the legendary Roadster name.
The chunky new MG Roadster will be sold alongside a hard-top version and is set to be heavily influenced by the iconic MGB, with classic styling cues like the headlamps, grille and vertical LEDs. But these will combine with bold haunches and an electric folding soft-top for a unique look.
The hard-top car will have MINI-style contrasting roof colours, while keeping the MGB-like profile. Under the skin will be a new platform, with new three and four-cylinder engines developed with General Motors.
Due 2012 - The Vauxhall Mokka goes on sale in November, starting from £15,995 – that’s more than £2,000 above the price of Nissan’s cheapest Juke.
It’s based on the same platform as the next-generation Corsa, and will be available in two and four-wheel drive. Engines will range from a naturally aspirated 114bhp 1.6-litre petrol to a 128bhp 1.7 diesel.
Due 2013 - Renault will cash in on its alliance with Nissan by creating its own version of the Juke crossover, with styling inspired by the Captur Concept seen at 2011’s Geneva Motor Show.
Engines will be shared with the Juke, with the line-up including the top-spec 1.6-litre turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel. Prices are set to start from around £14,000 when the car arrives next year.
Due 2014 - The German carmaker is preparing its smallest SUV yet. It’s set to be called the Audi Q2, and is a concept due to debut at next month’s Paris Motor Show ahead of a launch in 2014.
The baby off-roader will sit on the MQB architecture that underpins the new A3 and borrow engines from the A1 line-up – so a 1.4-litre TSI and 1.6-litre TDI diesel will be among the biggest sellers.
Due 2014 - The Mercedes GLC is based on the stylish new A-Class, and will take on the BMW X1 when it arrives in 2014. It will be offered in two and four-wheel drive, with an increase in ride height over the A-Class.
Underbody cladding and roof rails will add to the GLC’s strong road presence, while the engine line-up will include 113bhp and 154bhp petrol turbos, plus three diesels. Topping the range will be a 208bhp petrol performance car, while the most powerful GLCs will feature all-wheel drive.
Due 2014 - New Ford EcoBoost SUV is based on the UK’s best-selling car, the Fiesta, and adopts the company’s Kinetic design language, with a trapezoidal lower grille and swept-up headlamps. It’s powered by a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine and is a genuine off-roader, with 200mm ground clearance and 550mm wading ability.
The car is already on sale in India, but Ford has yet to confirm if it’s UK bound. It’s highly likely, given the size of the European market, although it won’t be here before 2014.
Due 2015 - The Jeep Renegade will use the same platform and diesel engines as the upcoming Fiat 500X, so emissions in the two-wheel-drive versions will drop below 120g/km.
Jeep boss Mike Manley has said the model, which will take styling cues from the 2008 Renegade concept, will create a style icon as famous as the company’s legendary Wrangler.