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Monthly Newsletter - July

Audi RS5 Coupe - A Dynamic And Exciting Drive

The appearance of the new S5 Sportback follows the traditional form of Audi S models - drawing upon a new V6 turbocharged engine to deliver between 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. From rest, it will blast past 62mph in only 4.7 seconds and can reach a limited top speed of 155mph. 

Inside, the S5 Sportback shares a similar set up to the A5, and the cabin reflects the kind of quality we have come to expect from Audi. The cockpit brings with it various options including free-text search and instrument dials, all displayed on a high-res 12.3 inch monitor. 

The S5 naturally features Quattro as standard, with wheel selective torque control as well as an eight-speed tiptronic transmission allowing drivers to freewheel for further efficiency gains between 34 and 99mph when they ease off the accelerator. 

Ford Fiesta - Now That’s Clever

Technology should always have a purpose. And when you start your All-New Ford Fiesta, you bring to life a whole range of advanced features and systems. There’s an all-new infotainment system with an 8in touchscreen. It gets Ford’s latest Sync3 tech with smartphone integration and satnav too. 

There is not one but four versions of the new supermini, all of which benefit from varying styles. Several distinct looks are offered: the Titanium, the ST-Line, the Vignale and the Active. The Titanium is expected to be the most popular choice of trim, while the ST-Line adds a beefy bodykit and a sportier look. 

The headlights are more rounded and the grille has also been widened. Meanwhile, the current car’s sharp edges make way for a much smoother look. The major change comes at the back end, where the previously vertical tail light stack has been replaced by a horizontal wraparound affair, not dissimilar to larger cars in Ford’s range such as the Kuga. 

From 2018, the Ecoboost will be available with clever cylinder deactivation technology but, for those looking for the most efficient Fiesta, it’s likely to be the revised TDCi diesel engine that will offer more performance and better fuel efficiency.

Aston Martin Goes Electric in 2019

Aston Martin has confirmed its first all-electric car will enter production in 2019 and take the form of the company’s Rapide four-door saloon. This comes less than two years after being unveiled as a concept. 

No official technical specifications have been revealed, but the RapidE will get an electric drivetrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering – the same company that created the stunning concept car. However, with the petrol-propelled Rapide featuring a ferocious 6-litre V12, we can speculate that the electric powertrain will be something special – it’ll have equal the V12’s 440bhp and 569Nm of torque for a start.

Jaguar Teases E-Pace SUV

Ahead of its official debut on 13 July. The E-Pace follows on from the larger F-Pace to combine sports car design and agility with the everyday practicality of an SUV. 

Featuring sports car-derived all-wheel-drive technology, the engine range will be comprised of petrol and diesel Ingenium engines. With the ever-popular F-Pace helping to boost Jaguar’s sales by 83% last year, it is expected the smaller E-Pace as well as the upcoming I-Pace electric concept will continue the success of Jaguar’s range of performance SUVs. 

Indicative pricing is expected to be from £28,500 in the UK when the model is launched.

Refreshed Nissan Qashqai Arrives

The Nissan Qashqai may still be one of the most popular cars in the UK, but it’s been given a fresh face to ensure it holds off stiff competition in an ever-growing SUV market. 

The designers haven’t tampered with the winning look too much, but a facelifted front end is the most noticeable feature with a larger grille, curvier bonnet and more angular headlights than its predecessor. The biggest changes are under the skin however, with a new ProPilot feature giving the Qashqai a semi-autonomous driving mode. With the feature engaged, the car accelerates, steers and brakes by itself on single and dual carriageways. Other enhancements include emergency braking with pedestrian recognition and rear cross-traffic alert. 

At the top of the range will be the Tekna+ trim which includes a freshly designed set of seats trimmed in nappa leather. Underneath all of that, the new Qashqai features modifications to the suspension and steering to improve comfort, while new insulating materials are claimed to make it more refined.

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