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The advent of 2020 heralds
the arrival of an era of massive
transformation in motoring.
Bernard Potter
looks at some
of the new models that point
towards the changes to come.
New cars
for a
new decade
Bad-ass bi-turbo
The new Ranger Raptor is powered
by a bi-turbo version of Ford's 2.0litre
EcoBlue diesel engine matched to
a10-speed automatic gearbox. It
features underbody protection to
defl ect o -road obstacles and a
new bash plate made from 2.3 mm
thickness high-strength steel. Prices
start at 63,950.
Highly-rated CX-30
The new Mazda CX-30 was recently
awarded the maximum fi ve-star rating by
Euro NCAP. The rating is a result of three
key factors, Mazda report: adoption of the
Skyactiv-vehicle architecture; a range of
advanced i-Activsense safety technologies;
and high standards of pedestrian
protection performance.
208 switches on to electric
First deliveries of the Peugeot 208 and e-208 are due in early 2020. Retail prices
start from 18,300 (plus delivery related charges) for the Active 1.2 PureTech
75bhp model. The e-208 Active version retails from 27,334, plus delivery,
inclusive of the SEAI grant and VRT relief
Soulful winner
The Kia e-Soul was recently named the Continental
Tyres Irish Car of the Year for 2020, the fi rst time an
electric car has won. It claims a fully-electric driving
range of up to 452 kilometres from a single charge.
The new BMW 3 Series
Touring launched in
September with an
M Sport Plus Edition
available exclusively to
the Irish market. Prices
start from 46,900
for the 320d SE and a
plug-in hybrid is due to
join the model line-up
next summer.
Octavia celebrates sixtieth
Sixty years after production of the Octavia started in 1959, Skoda says the
2020 version is" the best model yet". The fourth-generation Octavia will
continue to be the brand's "heart and engine" as well as its top volume model,
according to Skoda. Available in Ireland from July 2020.