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Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Small and mighty: these are our favourite junior hot hatches

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks
Today’s hot hatches offer a level of performance once reserved for high-end sports cars, while some even dare to deliver their fun through all four wheels. But that doesn’t mean the junior hot hatch is any less relevant today than it was 20 years ago. Here, we list some of our favourite hot hatches, including a few classic heroes from days gone by.

Volkswagen Up GTI

Junior Hot Hatches

Right now, we reckon the Volkswagen Up GTI is the best junior hot hatch you can buy. It’s not especially quick – the 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds feels decidedly old-school – but thanks to its characterful soundtrack, the ‘wheel at each corner’ design and a willingness to hustle along a B-road like a terrier after a ball, it’s terrific fun. Yours for as little as £14,315.

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Volkswagen Lupo GTI

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Here’s one they made earlier. The Volkswagen Lupo GTI was never a big seller in the UK – it was too expensive, for a start – but it’s now well on its way to classic status. It feels even more old-school than the Up GTI, courtesy of its 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and ‘golf ball’ gear knob. You’ll need to part with at least £5,000 for a good one, but cherished examples can fetch considerably more.

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Skoda Citigo Monte Carlo

Junior Hot Hatches

On the face of it, the Citigo Monte Carlo might appear to be a case of style over substance – it does gain a lowered suspension, mind – but this thing is an absolute hoot to drive. Prices start from a little over £11,500 for the three-door. Pound for pound, we reckon it’s one of the most rewarding cars you can buy.

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Citroen AX GT

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

James May once described the Citroen AX GT as the best car in the world, but did concede that it would probably kill you in a crash. But the GT’s lightness was its strength, with the AX capturing the essence of what makes a great junior hot hatch. After years in the doldrums, the world is waking up to the brilliance of the AX GT. Just in time, too, because there are around 40 on the road, with a further 200 listed as SORN.

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Suzuki Swift Sport

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

The current Suzuki Swift Sport must have exceedingly strong shoulders because it has a formidable reputation to uphold. The fact is, there hasn’t been a bad Swift Sport, whether you opt for the original five-speed version (pictured) or the slightly more grown-up second-generation model. The new Swift Sport trades the naturally aspirated engine for a turbocharged motor and the result is an even more grown-up take on the old-school recipe.

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Fiat Panda 100HP

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Some would claim, especially those with a fondness for cars with an Italian flavour, that the Fiat Panda 100HP is the best junior hot hatch of the new millennium. It’s fun at any speed, practical, great to look at, and cheap to insure. Sure, you’ll need your chiropractor on speed dial to cope with the ride quality, and the steering is over-assisted, but the pros outnumber the cons. Buy one, then try to stop smiling.

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Daihatsu Charade GTti

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Nobody does small and mighty quick like the Japanese. The Charade GTti was Daihatsu’s high-tech answer to the European hot hatches of the day, packing enough power to punch above its weight. The tiny 993cc three-cylinder turbocharged engine delivered 99bhp, or 100bhp per litre, making it, at the time, the most powerful 1.0-litre production car in the world.

Daihatsu Charade Turbo

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Somebody at Daihatsu must have believed that a USP was a shortcut to success. The previous generation Charade Turbo was billed as world’s smallest turbocharged car, with its 993cc delivering a familiar three-pot soundtrack. In its day, the Charade was a proper giant-killer, with a bargain price tag to boot. Try finding one today, mind.

Lancia Y10 Turbo

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

If the Charade Turbo was the world’s small turbocharged, the Lancia Y10 Turbo could take the crown in Europe. The Y10 was positioned as a luxury and avant-garde supermini, with the Turbo designed to add some power to its undoubted flair. Badged as an Autobianchi in Italy, the Y10 was never a big seller in the UK, but its Brazilian-built 1,049cc turbocharged engine meant that it went head-to-head with the Charade in the battle for niche supremacy.

Fiat Uno Turbo

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

The Fiat Uno Turbo might scream injustice at being labelled a ‘junior’ hot hatch, as it’s more than capable of holding its own against the heavyweights of the breed. Fiat left it late before joining the rapid hatchback party, but it was worth the wait, with the 1.3-turbocharged engine combining with an impressive chassis to create a terrific all-rounder.

Peugeot 205 XS

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Every sorcerer needs an apprentice. Every stage performer needs an understudy. The Peugeot 205 XS will forever live in the shadows of its more illustrious – and increasingly expensive – sibling, but dismiss this upstart at your peril. It shares much in common with the AX GT – most notably the 1,360cc engine – offering a barrel-load of giggles in a wonderfully simple package.

Renaultsport Twingo

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

OK, so it turns out they do make ‘em like they used to. If you’re left feeling disappointed that the new Twingo GT isn’t quite the pocket-size Porsche 911 you hoped it would be, the outgoing Renaultsport version will leave you rivalling the Cheshire Cat for grinning supremacy.

Daihatsu Cuore Avanzato TR-XX R4

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

We owned one of these tiny tearaways and christened it ‘the box of frogs’. That tells you all you need to know about this fun-size, Japanese entertainer. Mad and magnificent.

AMC Gremlin X

Junior Hot Hatches

Here’s another American wildcard: the AMC Gremlin. At the time, the US car industry was waking up to the fact that young Americans quite fancied a low-cost, cheap-to-run and stylish car. Brilliantly, American Motors decided to add a V8 option, which must have been lively in a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive car. Oh, and we know that strictly speaking, a hot hatch should be front-wheel drive.

Suzuki Ignis Sport

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Suzuki built the Ignis Sport to enable it to go racing, which is something it did to great effect in the Junior World Rally Championship. Which makes the Ignis Sport a junior hot hatch with genuine pedigree. It also has yellow fishnets in the head restraints. Perfect.

Ford SportKa

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

Some cars just look right. Step forward the Ford SportKa, which wears its junior hot hatch credentials with pride, right down to a reversing light that resembles a centre exhaust. Its 1.6-litre engine delivers just 94hp, a figure that seems unfathomable in the context of today’s turbocharged city cars and superminis, but the SportKa is a willing entertainer and a proper fast(ish) Ford.

Nissan Micra 160SR

Junior Hot Hatches

“Put your cynicism on hold for a second – this is a genuinely fun little car.” Not our words, Carol. The words of Richard Meaden in Evo magazine. You know you want it. No, really, you do. Amazingly, these things start from as little as a grand. Now you’re tempted.

Toyota Yaris GRMN

Pocket rockets: the best junior hot hatchbacks

With a £26,295 price tag and a supercharged engine producing 212hp, the Toyota Yaris GRMN edges close to full-fat hot hatch territory rather than a junior plaything. Our man Tim Pitt reckons it offers “plenty of smiles per mile” and that Toyota has “transformed an ordinary car into an extraordinary one”. High praise.

New cars SLAMMED in keyless entry security test – but industry has ‘serious concerns’

Keyless entry car key fobTesting agency Thatcham Research has developed a new vehicle security test to highlight keyless entry vulnerabilities – and six of the 11 brand new cars tested have been ranked as ‘Poor’.

A seventh car, the Suzuki Jimny, was dammed as ‘Unacceptable’ in the new 2019 Thatcham Research Security Rating – despite NOT having a keyless entry system.

However, the car industry has already fought back, with Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive Mike Hawes expressing “serious concerns about this new consumer guidance system”.

The categories in Thatcham’s new vehicle theft test are Superior, Good, Basic, Poor and Unacceptable.

Thatcham Research Security Rating

Car (2019 model year) Security Rating
Audi e-tron Superior
Ford Mondeo Poor
Hyundai Nexo Poor
Jaguar XE Superior
Kia Proceed Poor
Lexus UX Poor
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Superior
Porsche Macan Poor
Range Rover Evoque Superior
Suzuki Jimny Unacceptable
Toyota Corolla Poor

The new Thatcham car security test has been created in response to rising vehicle thefts. It focuses on keyless entry and keyless start vulnerabilities, exploited by car thieves in the so-called ‘relay attack’ technique.

“We’ve seen too many examples of cars being stolen in seconds from driveways,” said Thatcham Research chief technical officer Richard Billyeald.

Any vehicle tested in the new Thatcham Research Security Rating that has a vulnerable keyless start system “will automatically not achieve the best rating”.

Every car in the first round of tests was assessed with a keyless go system, even if it was optional. Ironically, said Billyeald, most of the cars that received a ‘Poor’ rating would have achieved at least a ‘Good’ score had their keyless entry systems not been susceptible to the Relay Attack.

Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz were, in contrast, praised by Thatcham. Their keyless entry systems either have the latest, more secure wireless technology, or use key fobs that go to sleep when idle. “This demonstrates that there are solutions and fixes to the problem.”

‘Signpost to thieves’

Car thief

The SMMT has responded by arguing Thatcham’s new consumer guidance system has been developed in isolation – and is at odds with the organisations’ own insurance classification.

“It does not compare like with like,” said Hawes, “it confuses rather than simplifies a very complex issue and will not help consumers”.

Worryingly, argued Hawes, the new system could actually give a signpost to thieves that could increase the risk of targeted criminal activity.

“This is not the rigorous professional approach to evaluation that industry has come to expect from Thatcham.”

Ferrari tops 2019 Formula 1 sponsorship table

Ferrari already top of the Formula 1 sponsorship podium for 2019

Ferrari tops 2019 Formula 1 sponsorship table

Mercedes-AMG may have taken victory in the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, but title rivals Ferrari celebrated corporate success before the season even began.

That is the message from sports market intelligence company Sportcal, who have examined the sponsorship situation for all ten teams competing in F1.

Scuderia Ferrari took a triple crown, with the greatest number of sponsors, highest total revenue, and the top-paying title sponsor.

Ferrari tops 2019 Formula 1 sponsorship tableWhat makes Ferrari’s success more impressive is that the logo of title partner, Philip Morris International, is hardly seen on the car throughout the year.

The tobacco giant has sponsored the team with the Marlboro brand since 1995, and has continued to do so despite tobacco sponsorship being banned outright from the sport since 2006.

For 2019 it uses the ‘Mission Winnow’ brand on Ferrari’s race cars, which is meant to reflect the changes being made at the tobacco company. Regardless of the name, it still brings in an estimated $160m (£121m) according to Sportcal.

Ferrari tops 2019 Formula 1 sponsorship tableThe money from Philip Morris International takes Scuderia Ferrari’s total estimated sponsorship revenue to an astonishing $255 – 285m (£193 – 215m).

This is substantially ahead of championship rivals Mercedes-AMG, who have an estimated revenue of $135 – 165m (£102 – 125m). Red Bull Racing feature in third for total sponsorship income, bringing in $110 – 140m (£83 – 106m).

Despite the lack of a main title sponsor, McLaren manage to take fourth in the sponsor monies table, with an estimated income of $90 – 120m (£68 – 91m).

Ferrari tops 2019 Formula 1 sponsorship tableAt the bottom of the list are Haas who, despite bagging Rich Energy as a title sponsor for 2019, are believed to be taking home just $30 – 50m (£23 – 38m) in sponsorship revenue. Haas is noted to have just 10 sponsors for 2019 – the least of any team.

Instead, the outfit originally founded by Vijay Mallya has become SportPesa Racing Point. Despite the troubles suffered by Force India during 2018, the new team has attracted 30 sponsors, but only $45 – 75m (£34 – 57m) in revenue.

This places it level for sponsorship income with Alfa Romeo Racing, who have renamed the established Sauber team completely for 2019, following a sponsorship deal which began in 2018.

Ferrari tops 2019 Formula 1 sponsorship tableWhilst Williams Racing may be struggling on track with a dismal performance in the Australian Grand Prix, they can at least find solace in their financial situation.

Sportcal’s estimate of total revenue from sponsorship of $90 – 105m (£68 – 79m) places Williams in the middle of the pack. New lead sponsor Rokit accounts for $20m (£15m) of that money.

Regardless of the action on the track, seeing teams attracting and retaining sponsorship is vital to the success of Formula 1.

The sport is facing competition from new championships such as Formula E,  along with the battle to generate interest amongst younger motorsport fans.

300mph Koenigsegg Jesko hypercar sells out, but you can still get one

Koenigsegg Jesko sold out

If you want an example of Koenigsegg’s latest world-beating hypercar and aren’t yet on the list to buy one, we have some bad news. Every one of the 125 cars mooted for production, from 2020 through to 2026, is spoken for. 

Yes, even though Koenigsegg has only just started delivering the Regera, four years on from its debut, it has still sold out its latest hypercar, which debuted this month in Geneva. Quite the backlog for a company that has double-figure annual production numbers.

When the Jesko starts being made at the end of 2020, cars will be built at the rate of one per week.

Koenigsegg Jesko sold out

“The new Koenigsegg Jesko is the highest volume production run we’ve ever planned,” said Koenigsegg founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg.

“For it to have sold out within days of its unveiling is both humbling and a wonderful testament to the outstanding crew we have at Koenigsegg. From the visionary work of our designers, engineers and technicians to the incredible job done by our sales team and our global network of Koenigsegg dealers – it took a great team to bring the Jesko to the world.

“We are very thankful for the reception it’s received from the press, the public and of course, our growing family of Koenigsegg owners.”

Indeed, 83 of the 125 cars were spoken for before it was seen at Geneva.

Is it still possible to get one?

Koenigsegg Jesko sold out

What chance of getting one now, then? Obviously, some cars will hit the pre-owned market, but that’s a game of chance. No, you can get in on the ground floor by ‘contacting your local Koenigsegg dealer’.

Allocations have allegedly been bought up by dealers to help those who couldn’t take the plunge at Geneva.

The Jesko club, when it was taking entries, had a £2.2 million entry fee. The car comes with an all-new nine-speed seven-clutch transmission and 1,600hp.

The high-downforce specification brings asphalt-ripping aerodynamics, although the Jesko will also be available in a ‘300’ spec with less aero. Reportedly, it’ll be good for 300mph.

1 in 5 Brits admit they would hit and run in a car park

Hit and run parking

Almost one in five British motorists would not leave their contact details if they dented another car when parking, according to a study by

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, drivers have a duty to stop and to provide information if damage is caused to another vehicle or to someone else’s property. In some cases, motorists must produce their insurance certificate and/or report the incident to the police.

Section 170 is very clear on the subject:

The driver of the mechanically propelled vehicle must stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the vehicle.

A motorist is guilty of an offence if they fail to comply with the legislation.

The research also found that one in ten motorists have actually dented another car when parking, and that a third of British motorists have witnessed a driver denting another vehicle.

Flouting motoring etiquette

Man inspecting car park damage

Harrison Woods, YourParkingSpace managing director, said: “It would seem there are a significant number of motorists prepared to flout motoring etiquette by not leaving their contact details if they hit another car when parking and had not been spotted.

“Not only is this a motoring offence, it is also very inconvenient for the other motorist who, through no fault of their own, could have to pay to fix the damage to their vehicle.”

Harrison added: “The UK’s roads must be littered with dented cars given the results from our survey, meaning many millions of motorists need to practice their parking skills.

“The good news is that the majority would intervene if they saw a car being dented, putting those people to shame who would not leave their contact details if they had not been seen.”

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport and Chequered Flag editions revealed

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

Jaguar has unveiled two special editions of its F-Pace SUV: a performance-led 300 Sport and a feature-packed Chequered Flag. 

And tech fans rejoice, because the entire F-Pace range now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

New Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport

The F-Pace 300 Sport comes with a choice of two 300hp engines: a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel. The petrol offers 295lb ft of torque and can sprint to 62mph in 6.1 seconds, while the diesel delivers a thumping 516lb ft of torque and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds.

In the petrol version, the F-Pace 300 Sport will hit a top speed of 145mph, with the diesel capable of reaching 150mph. Both are all-wheel-drive and equipped with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 300 Sport models are distinguished by a set of 22-inch grey alloy wheels, dark satin grey exterior detailing, 300 Sport badges and a choice of three colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black.

Jaguar F-Pace 300 Sport interior

On the inside, 300 Sport versions get yellow contrast stitching, and a logo on the treadplates, carpet mats and steering wheel and front headrests. Standard spec includes Touch Pro Navigation, a 12.3-inch interactive driver display, Meridian sound system, panoramic roof and 14-way heated electric front seats.

The 300 Sport costs from £53,980, with Jaguar saying that it offers £8,430 of added extras compared with the petrol 300hp R-Sport, but at a price of less than £5,000 more. In the diesel, buyers get £4,555 of added extras over the F-Pace S for just £500 more.

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag

The Chequered Flag edition is based on the R-Sport and comes with a host of exterior and interior upgrades. Highlights include a sport front bumper and gloss black detailing on the front grille, door cladding, side vents and roof rails.

Gloss black 20-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, with the Chequered Flag available in Yulong White, Santorini Black and Eiger Grey.

Inside, buyers are treated to leather trim, meshed aluminium detailing, Chequered Flag treadplates, 10-way electric front seats, Touch Pro Navigation, Meridian Sound System and a 12-inch interactive driver display.

A range of engine options are available and prices start from £46,995.

‘Something for everyone’

Jaguar F-Pace Chequered Flag interior

These are the headline acts of an F-Pace range refresh, with Jaguar adding ultra-low rolling resistance tyres to deliver CO2 improvements of up to 8g/km across the range. The standard fitment of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is another welcome addition.

Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, said: “The Jaguar F-Pace has established itself as the ultimate performance SUV. Not only does it combine sports car DNA with the practicality of a larger vehicle, it does so with a great aesthetic.

“The latest special editions build on this visual appeal by enhancing the model’s sporting character to each create something unique. The F-Pace line-up has something for everyone.”

Hyundai that ‘cleans the air as it drives’ to cost £66k

Hyundai Nexo price

The Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is now available to order directly from Hyundai Motor UK, priced at £65,995 after the government Plug-in Car Grant (PICG).

This is Hyundai’s second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, with the Nexo offering a WLTP range of up to 414 miles on a combined cycle. The Nexo combines oxygen from the surrounding air and hydrogen from high-pressure storage tanks to create a flow of electrons that powers the drive motor and charges the onboard battery.

The Nexo’s only emissions are harmless water vapour and it takes just five minutes to refuel the three hydrogen tanks. Unfortunately, the UK’s hydrogen fuel-station network is rather small, although it’s possible to locate your nearest station using Zap-Map.

The exterior of the Nexo has been designed to minimise drag, with curtain intakes on the front bumper ducting air over the aerodynamically designed front wheels, flush door handles that retract into the doors, air tunnels around the D-pillar, and a ‘hidden’ rear wiper blade that retracts underneath the rear spoiler when not in use.

Hyundai Nexo 2019

A fully enclosed underside and front and rear wheel air deflectors complete the aerodynamic package, helping the Nexo to achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.329.

Premium SE is the only trim level available, with Nexo owners treated to 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, heating for the outermost rear seats, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, heated steering wheel, wireless charging points and an electric tailgate.

Entertainment and connectivity are provided via a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and tablet-style pinch and zoom functionality.

Driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, remote parking assist, lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. The Nexo was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2018.

To further enhance its green credentials, the Hyundai Nexo was also awarded the UL Bio Environmental Seal for the use of bio fibres from sugar cane waste and vegetable plasticisers in the headliner and carpet, bio plastics from sugar cane and corn waste in the door, seat, pillar and console trims, and bio paint extracted from rapeseed and soybean oils for the dashboard and centre console.

Hyundai Nexo hydrogen

Ashley Andrew, managing director, Hyundai Motor UK said: “Hyundai will always be proud to have been the first manufacturer to bring a commercially available fuel cell electric vehicle to market with the ix35 Fuel Cell.

“Nexo re-positions our status as market leaders by combining its cutting edge powertrain with a bespoke, stylish body and comfortable and technically advanced interior.

“The ix35 Fuel Cell was previously only available in left-hand-drive configuration but with NEXO’s global development ensuring right-hand-drive availability, we are already in talks with a number of existing and new customers and are looking forward to the first customer deliveries soon.”

In summary

  • Hyundai Nexo Premium SE
  • Price: £65,995 after PICG
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion Polymer
  • Battery power: 40kW
  • Battery capacity: 1.56
  • Voltage: 240
  • Electric motor max power: 120hp
  • Electric motor torque: 395lb ft
  • WLTP range: 414 miles
  • CO2 emissions: 0g/km
  • 0-62mph: 9.54 seconds
  • Top speed: 111mph
  • Luggage capacity (seats up): 461 litres

The 675hp Lister LFT-C is a 205mph drop-top

Lister LFT-C

Following what it is calling “high demand for an open-top LFT-666”, Lister has unveiled its most powerful open-top supercar – the LFT-C.

But while Lister is building 99 tin-top variants, just ten drop-top LFT-Cs will be available, each one with a price tag of £139,000. Not that many cars will leave the factory in standard form, with Lister offering “an almost unlimited” number of options for the LFT-C.

Thanks to its supercharged 675 horsepower V8 engine, the Lister LFT-C will hit 62 mph (100 kph) in “just over three seconds”, before reaching a top speed in excess of 205 mph. Each LFT-C will feature a solid silver (solid silver!) number plaque on the engine cover, so you can go full on UB40 with the ‘One in Ten’ bragging rights.

2019 Lister LFT-C

In common with the LFT-666, the LFT-C features carbon fibre body panels, along with extended rear arches, a new grille design, lightweight alloy wheels and Michelin tyres. Lister has also uprated the suspension and braking system, while a bespoke exhaust has been designed to enhance the sound of the V8 engine to work with an open cockpit vehicle.

Each LFT-C will be built to order, with the interior retrimmed by hand using Nappa hides from Bridge of Weir leather.

Lister LFT-C interior

Lawrence Whittaker, Lister CEO, said: “Launching the new LFT-C is a personal triumph, as I have always loved convertible cars, even since my second car, an MG Midget.

“While we are famous for cars like the Knobbly and the Storm, the LFT series heralds a new era for Lister and continues our historical enhancement of Jaguar drive trains, which dates back to 1957.

“In 2019, we will see the launch of at least two new cars and have also just opened our new £5m headquarters in Lancashire that will be known as the home of the new Lister.

There is lots more to come, and we look forward to sharing more news in the near future.”

Lister LFT-C 2019

Lister hasn’t provided a delivery date for LFT-C, but said its launch is timed for it to be “ready for summer 2019”. Meanwhile, although the entire 2019 allocation of LFT-666 has been snapped up, buyers can place an order for the remaining cars for delivery in early 2020.

New BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe officially teased

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teaserBMW has confirmed it will give the first-ever 2 Series Gran Coupe ‘four-door coupe’ its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, ahead of its market launch in early 2020.

The firm will announce the launch of the new four-door 2 Series Gran Coupe during its 2019 annual press conference – an event where it is expected to also announce a decline in profits.

BMW is therefore rumoured to be cutting back on its range diversity, canning slow-selling models such as the 3 Series Gran Turismo (pictured below). Clearly, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is expected to prove rather more successful and profitable…

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

It’s a car BMW says it will use to target younger, more urban-focused customers, argues the firm: it will be ‘expressive’ but practical too.

A variant that’s focused on appealing to global markets, rather than just European buyers, the new car is expected to prove particularly popular in countries that already like saloon cars – such as China and the United States.

“As an exclusive alternative to the classic saloon, the four-door coupe addresses all target groups that prefer a sophisticated design and a self-assured look in the compact segment as well,” said the firm in a statement.

The new 2 Series Gran Coupe will be built on BMW’s latest front-wheel-drive architecture, which will also be used by the new 1 Series – a car that will also be presented during 2019, added the company.

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