The 2021 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in Ireland priced from €30,500

2021 Nissan Qashqai Pricing For Ireland!

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in Ireland priced from €30,500
The 2021 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in Ireland priced from €30,500

Nissan Ireland has announced pricing for the new generation Nissan Qashqai, which is on sale now.

The range will kick off from €30,500 for the Nissan Qashqai mild hybrid with a 1.3-litre petrol engine.

It's available with two power outputs – 138 hp and 156 hp – with either a 6 speed manual transmission, or new Xtronic gearbox (156 hp).

Nissan is launching the car with four trim levels, with many safety and infotainment features standard across the range.

The entry grade XE model is available from €30,500. The SV grade is priced from €33,200, the SV Premium Grade from €37,395 and the top of the range SVE Xtronic grade from €44,600.

Full LED headlights and auto headlights with high beam assist are standard across the range. Standard safety features also include rear parking sensors, blind spot intervention, traffic sign recognition, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking (Pedestrian & Cyclist Recognition, Junction Assist) and Rear Automatic Cross Traffic Alert and Braking.

Wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto comes as standard from the SV grade upwards, while the popular Wireless Phone Charger is introduced at the SV Premium grade. The 8” Infotainment display in the SV grade increases to 9” in the SV Premium and SVE Xtronic grades, including higher resolution and Nissan Connected Services.

The top of the range SVE Xtronic includes 19” alloy wheels, Nappa Quilted Leather seats, a handsfree powered tailgate which makes accessing the boot effortless when hands are anything but free, heated front seats with massage function, ProPilot with Navi Link, a Heads Up Display (HUD), Automatic Tilt Reversing Mirrors and a Bose sound system with 10 speakers.

A full hybrid will join the range in early 2022, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

Read more about what's new for the Nissan Qashqai in 2021 in our article.


The new Kia EV6 will arrive in Ireland in October

Kia EV6 Pricing For Ireland

The new Kia EV6 will arrive in Ireland in October
The new Kia EV6 will arrive in Ireland in October

Kia Ireland has announced pricing for the new Kia EV6, the brand's first dedicated electric vehicle.

The EV6 can now be ordered from Kia dealers, with customer cars expected to arrive in Ireland in October.

From launch it will be offered in two trim levels, EV6 and EV6 GT Line. Both cars are rear wheel drive powered by a 77.4 kWh battery paired with a 168 kW (229 ps) electric motor,  with a battery range in excess of 510 km.

The Kia EV6 will go on sale from €50,000 including SEAI grant. Equipment includes 19" alloys, Dual 12.3” Curved Driver Display Screens, UVO Connect, charcoal grey vegan leather upholstery with premium relaxation seats, LED headlamps and smart power tailgate.

The EV6 GT Line is available from €54,345 including grant and comes with GT Line styling, 20" alloys, suede vegan leather seats (front ventilated), Blind Spot View monitors, AR heads-up display and panoramic sunroof.

Inside the new Kia EV6
Inside the new Kia EV6

Kia’s partnership with part-owned IONITY network will give EV6 customers access to over 400 high power charging stations across 24 European countries, including 6 in Ireland. At IONITY charge points, 100 km in range can be added in less than 4.5 minutes. All EV6 buyers will receive a free 12 month Kia Power Package subscription that offers this IONITY fast charging service at just €0.29 (normally €0.79) per kWh.

“Making the EV6 available to customers for dealer order at this stage in the car’s journey –– shows the excitement, interest and passion that this forward-looking, state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle has already created,” said Ronan Flood MD of Kia Ireland. “The huge buzz around the Kia EV6 is unlike any other model we have brought to market and it is proof that electric vehicles can be fun and are getting Irish motorists energized when it comes to considering sustainable mobility.”

The EV6 has a range in excess of 500 km
The EV6 has a range in excess of 500 km

Niall Phillips, Brand Director for CUPRA and SEAT Ireland, with the new Formentor

CUPRA Ireland Announce New Dealers

Niall Phillips, Brand Director for CUPRA and SEAT Ireland, with the new Formentor
Niall Phillips, Brand Director for CUPRA and SEAT Ireland, with the new Formentor

CUPRA Ireland has announced four new retailers in the key strategic locations of Cork, Dublin, Galway and Waterford, taking the number of retailers for the brand across Ireland to eight.

The current CUPRA retailers, Bright Airside (North Dublin), James Barry Motors (Limerick), Johnson and Perrott, Mahon Point (Cork) and McCoy Motors, Lucan (West Dublin) will be joined by new retailers Finbarr Galvin Ltd. (Cork), George Corbett Motors (Waterford), Spirit Motors (South Dublin) and Monaghan & Sons (Galway).

Each of the retailers will provide an exclusive CUPRA area to display the product range. Each CUPRA retailer will have a dedicated CUPRA Specialist, a brand expert who has received specialised training from the CUPRA factory in Martorell, Spain. The dedicated CUPRA Specialist is the only point of contact throughout the sales and aftersales process for the customer, with the aim of providing a bespoke and premium personal service.

The CUPRA brand first appeared in Ireland in 2018, with the CUPRA Ateca the first model to go on sale here. Since then new models have been added including CUPRA Leon, Leon Sportstourer, and the Formentor.

The CUPRA Formentor, CUPRA Leon and Leon Sportstourer are now also available as e-HYBRID models.

The announcement of four new CUPRA retailers prepares the brand for the arrival of CUPRA’s first 100% electric car, CUPRA Born, which is due to have its world premiere later this month and will arrive in Ireland in late 2021.

The  brand’s second 100% electric model, the CUPRA Tavascan, will join the range in 2024.

Niall Phillips, Brand Director for CUPRA and SEAT Ireland, said:

“It’s a very exciting time for CUPRA Ireland as we add to our network of CUPRA retailers. Since the brand’s launch in 2018, it has seen significant growth, which was marked with the launch of CUPRA’s first standalone vehicle – the CUPRA Formentor in January and the arrival later this year of the brand’s first 100% electric vehicle, the CUPRA Born. With plans to increase our retail network further in Ireland by 2022, we look forward to adding more CUPRA retailers to our network as the brand continues its expansion across Ireland.”


The 2021 ŠKODA Fabia

2021 ŠKODA Fabia On The Way

The 2021 ŠKODA Fabia
The 2021 ŠKODA Fabia

ŠKODA Ireland has confirmed that the new generation ŠKODA Fabia will go on sale in Ireland before the end of the year with an expected starting price of less than €20,000.

Twenty-two years after the ŠKODA Fabia first made its debut, the Czech car manufacturer is lining up the fourth generation of its popular small car.

For the first time, the 2021 ŠKODA Fabia is based on the modular MQB-A0 platform from Volkswagen Group, which made it possible to make the interior bigger than before. Now exceeding the four-metre mark, at 4,108 mm, the new Fabia is considerably longer than its predecessor.

Boot volume is up 50 litres to a total volume of 380 litres, rivalling many hatchbacks from the class above.

Safety and driver assistance features have also been improved.

Design is described as more 'emotive' with 'razor-sharp' headlights, as well as tail lights with modern LED technology and crystalline structures, a favourite of the latest generation of ŠKODAs.

The redesigned interior features a symmetrical dashboard with a free‑standing central display, an optional digital instrument cluster and horizontal decorative strips.

A sporty Monte Carlo version will be available some time after launch.

Five petrol engines from Volkswagen Group’s current EVO generation deliver power outputs ranging from 48 kW (65 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS).

The 2021 ŠKODA Fabia is expected to go on sale in Ireland in December.

The Fabia sits on an all-new platform with improved safety and driver assistance features
The Fabia sits on an all-new platform with improved safety and driver assistance features

The new Hyundai Tuscon on test for Changing Lanes!

New Car Registrations For Ireland April 2021

The new Hyundai Tuscon on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Hyundai Tuscon continues to sell well in Ireland

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has released the latest vehicle registration data for Ireland in April 2021.

7,166 new cars were registered for the month of April compared to 343 in April 2020 and 8,904 in April 2019.

55,207 new cars have been registered year to date compared to 50,138 for the same period in 2020 (+10.11) and 73,030 in 2019 (-24.41%).

For the month of April, 596 new electric vehicles were registered. So far this year 3,414 new electric cars have been registered in Ireland.

Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids continue to increase their market share, with their combined market share now over 22.61%. Diesel now accounts for 36.86%, Petrol 32.06%, Hybrid 16.66%, Electric 6.18% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 5.95%

The top five bestselling car brands in April were: 1.Toyota, 2.Volkswagen, 3.Hyundai, 4. Skoda and 5. Ford. The bestelling car models were 1.Hyundai Tucson, 2.Toyota Corolla, 3.Toyota RAV 4, 4. Ford Focus and 5.Volkswagen Tiguan.

The bestselling car in Ireland in April was the Hyundai Tucson.

Light Commercials Vehicles (LCV) saw an increase of 2,385 registrations compared to April last year 231 and 1,798 for the same month in 2019. Year to date 13,722 new LCVs were registered an increase on last year’s 9,500 (+44.4%) and 12,853 on 2019 (+6.67%).

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) saw 325 registrations in April when compared to 96 in April 2020 and 305 April 2019. Year to date HGV's registrations total 1,223 compared with 1,004 in 2020 (+21.81%) and 1,189 in 2019 (+2.86%).

5,676 used cars were imported in April 2021, compared with 200 imports in April 2020, a decrease on the 8,887 imports in April 2019. Year to date used imports are up 36.4% (24,095) on 2020 (17,666) and down 32.54% on 2019 (35,719).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting:
“While new cars sales to the end of April have now overtaken sales for the same period last year, they are still over 24% behind pre-COVID 2019. The investment in on-line selling platforms over the last year and the ability to offer a click and deliver service to car buyers has been a lifeline to the Industry during this difficult time. The phased re-opening of showrooms announced by Government last week has been welcomed by the Industry, and retailers are cautiously optimistic about car sales, both new and used, in the weeks and months ahead. It is hoped that pent up demand allied with the increase in personal savings will see customers returning to showrooms. It should be underlined that car retailing operates in large open spaces, and with low footfall and the ability to social distance well beyond the recommended two metres, showrooms are a safe environment for customers.”.


The new Ford Puma ST has arrived in Ireland!

Ford Puma ST Goes On Sale

The new Ford Puma ST has arrived in Ireland!
The new Ford Puma ST has arrived in Ireland!

Ford Ireland has confirmed that the Ford Puma ST has arrived here.

The high performance compact SUV based on the Ford Puma goes on sale priced from €41,813.

Standard equipment includes 19” Magnetite machined alloy wheels; fixed LED signature headlamps; black painted contrast roof; dual chrome exhaust; red brake calipers; selectable driver modes - normal / eco / sport / track; ST suspension; engine sound enhancer; Recaro sport seats with ST logo; unique ST gear shift knob; ST scuff plates; ST flat-bottomed steering wheel with metal grey stitching; and alloy sports pedals.

Power comes from  a 1.5‑litre EcoBoost engine with 200 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The new Puma ST will accelerate from 0‑100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.

An optimised chassis features bespoke twist-beam, anti-roll bar and damper configurations. Steering responses are 25 per cent faster and brakes 17 per cent larger than the standard Puma. Specially-developed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres also help deliver the most agile Ford SUV driving experience yet.

Enhanced with sophisticated Sports Technologies including a unique-in-segment limited-slip differential (LSD) option and patented force vectoring springs, Puma ST also features selectable Drive Modes including Sport mode and – for the first time on a Ford Performance vehicle – Eco mode.

Combined, these innovations deliver the energised driving experience Ford Performance models are famous for across Europe, while retaining the comfort and flexibility offered by Ford’s new compact SUV.

The interior of the new Puma ST
The interior of the new Puma ST

A Ford Performance-embossed splitter is integrated into the front bumper to increase front end downforce by almost 80 per cent for greater stability and traction. The large rear roof spoiler also supports optimised aerodynamics, with a distinctive diffuser incorporated into the rear bumper. Signature ST upper and lower grilles are designed to deliver increased engine cooling capability.

The Puma ST offers Magnetite or machined metal finishes for the standard 19-inch alloy wheels, and six available exterior body colours include Agate Black, Desert Island Blue, Fantastic Red, Frozen White, Magnetic and ST-exclusive Mean Green. A gloss black finish for the roof, grille surrounds, side spears, door mirror caps and rear roof spoiler are all standard.

Inside, heated, bolstered Recaro sports seats – embossed with the ST logo and finished in grippy Miko Dinamica material – hold driver and front passenger firmly in place. Ford Performance skid plates, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel and ST gear knob also feature.

“Real driving enthusiasts aren’t going to settle for less excitement just because life demands a more ‘sensible’ car, so our number one priority was that the Puma ST had to be as exhilarating and capable as every ST model, without sacrificing any of Puma’s practicality,” said Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance manager, Europe.

“We believe that we have the best-handling small SUV in its segment. It really does feel connected and has the true ST feel. It is a joy to drive.”

The new Ford Puma ST will be powered by a 1.5-litre Ecoboost turbo petrol engine
The new Ford Puma ST will be powered by a 1.5-litre Ecoboost turbo petrol engine

The new Mercedes-Benz EQA on sale in Ireland now!

Mercedes-Benz EQA Arrives In Ireland!

The new Mercedes-Benz EQA on sale in Ireland now!
The new Mercedes-Benz EQA on sale in Ireland now!

Mercedes-Benz Ireland has set their sights on a younger generation of eco-conscious motorists with the arrival here of their new EQA, the all-electric version of their popular compact A-Class range.

True to their ambition to establish a strong market presence in Ireland for their electric-powered EQ model range – and their goal to have a fully carbon-neutral fleet within the next two decades – the arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz EQA will allow Irish owners to “future-proof” their motoring in what Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland calls “a stylish, highly-equipped model designed to meet all known environmental standards in an enjoyable and responsible way”.

With its GLA-styled SUV body, the EQA’s fully electric pedigree is evident in its distinctive Mercedes-EQ appearance. At the front, its black panel grille and star, EQ blue headlamp strips and a distinctive fibre-optic strip running along front and rear reveal its Mercedes-EQ family membership. Other pointers to its electric character are evident inside including backlit trim and rosé gold decorative elements on ventilation outlets, seats and key.

Badged EQA 250, tech features include 140 kW power, combined consumption of 15.7 kWh/100 km, and a WLTP calculated range of 426 km. All-wheel-drive models will join the range at a later date with outputs of 200 kW or above, including one with a WLTP range above 500 km.

The EQA 250 with Progressive line as standard is expected to be the most sought-after model here, with prices beginning from €51,125 inclusive of SEAI grant.

Inside the 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA
Inside the 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA

In keeping with other Mercedes-Benz models, standard specifications on EQA models sold here include Mercedes’ own MBUX User Experience infotainment system and ‘Hey Mercedes’ driver assistance feature with all of their navigation and electric intelligence supports.

There are also high-performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, electrically operated tailgate, light 18-inch alloys, 64-colour ambient lighting, adjustable lumbar support, reversing camera and leather sports steering wheel.

Available also is a Night Package and two design and equipment lines – Electric Art and AMG Line.

The new compact electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz has a 0.28 Cd value and aerodynamic features include front and rear aprons, smooth underbody, closed cooling air system, and wind-optimised wheels with spoilers.

Thermally efficient, its heat pump uses waste heat from the electric motor to warm passengers, increase range and reduce the draw on battery power. Its motor is isolated from the chassis and body to improve comfort and reduce noise and vibration. Occupant protection includes driver and front passenger airbags, driver’s knee bag, and first and second row window bags. Front side airbags are also standard.

The new EQA has a range in excess of 400 km
The new EQA has a range in excess of 400 km

The new Nissan Qashqai will arrive in Ireland this summer!

Nissan Qashqai (2021) On Sale In June

The new Nissan Qashqai will arrive in Ireland this summer!
The new Nissan Qashqai will arrive in Ireland this summer!

Nissan Ireland has confirmed that the new Nissan Qashqai is expected to arrive in Irish dealer showrooms this June. The car that created the crossover segment back in 2007 will return in summer 2021 with an all-new third generation Nissan Qashqai, featuring electrification for the first time and a host of other technology features.

The Qashqai has been an amazing success in Ireland since it launched here, with over 50,000 already on the road and a further 20,000-30,000 estimated to have been imported here in the car's 14 year history. Nissan has sold over 3 million units of the car in Europe since its launch 13 years ago.

The all-new Qashqai is a key part of the company’s strategy to achieve 50% electrified sales in Europe by 2024.

What's new for the Nissan Qashqai in 2021?

The new Nissan Qashqai has all-new styling that takes some cues from last year's striking new Nissan Juke compact crossover. The third generation Qashqai is unmistakably more muscular, sharp and modern. On the exterior, the Qashqai’s enhanced body stance is more purposeful, with prominent shoulder lines, an extended wheelbase and 20-inch alloy wheels introduced to Qashqai for the first time. From a preview event held in Kildare, we can confirm that the new Qashqai now has an even stronger and more stylish presence than ever before.

A longer wheelbase has created more room for passengers inside the vehicle and overall luggage capacity has increased by over 50 litres from the previous generation. A powered hands-free tailgate will also be available. Refinements to the ergonomic design of the doorways means that it is also easier to step in and out of the car, and the rear doors now open to 90 degrees, allowing easier access.

The new Qashqai also offers an advanced infotainment system with a broad portfolio of connected devices including effortless integration of smartphones, in-car Wi-Fi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, a dedicated app with which to interact with and monitor the vehicle.

There's also an innovative new 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD). Key navigation, driver assistance and road information are projected onto the windscreen within the driver’s line of vision. Home-to-Car features are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices.

Inside the 2021 Nissan Qashqai
Inside the 2021 Nissan Qashqai

New engine technology for Qashqai

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai will go on sale in Ireland this summer with a 1.3-litre mild hybrid petrol engine, available with manual or automatic gearboxes. An innovative 'e-POWER' hybrid is expected here from early 2022 and uses technology from the company’s 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

The 12V mild hybrid system available on new Qashqai is a more affordable hybrid technology that provides torque assist, extended idle stop, quick restart and coasting stop [Xtronic only], with improvements to both fuel economy and CO2 output (-4g/km). It’s combined with the 1.3 DiG-T petrol engine that was introduced to the Qashqai range in 2018.

The 1.3- litre petrol motor will be offered with two power outputs – 138 hp and 156 hp – with either a 6-speed manual transmission, or new Xtronic gearbox (156 hp only).

On manual versions, Nissan says the gearbox has been enhanced for a quicker, more direct and sportier shift feeling. The new generation Xtronic transmission offers better fuel economy and acceleration feel thanks to improvements including a twin oil pump system with new electrical oil pump.

2WD is available on both 138 hp and 156 hp versions, whilst 4WD will only be available on 156 hp Xtronic models. A new 4WD control system and driving selection mode is more intuitive and intelligent, adapting itself to external conditions with five driving modes – Standard, ECO, Sport, Snow and Off-Road. In case of any wheel slip, the time which the 4WD system acts has been reduced by a factor of five to around 0.2 seconds.

Anything else?

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai e-POWER uses the petrol engine to generate electricity, while the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. The e-POWER system is comprised of a high-output battery and powertrain integrated with a category-leading variable compression ratio 154 hp petrol engine, power generator, inverter and 140 kW electric motor of similar size and power output to that found in Nissan’s electric vehicles.

The e-POWER installation is said to have been significantly upgraded for the new Qashqai in order to meet the demands of European consumers and their daily drive. The 1.5 litre petrol engine has a final power output of 140 kW (187 hp).

Similar to the LEAF, the new Qashqai e-POWER benefits from the entirely new ‘one-pedal’ driving experience called e-Pedal. Drivers can start, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.

“The new Nissan Qashqai combines the best of Nissan’s pioneering crossover and EV expertise. It allows new and existing Qashqai drivers to experience hybrid and electric driving without range or charging concerns in an unmistakably stylish crossover that continues to deliver everything they would expect from a family car,” said Seamus Morgan, Managing Director of Nissan Ireland.

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai is available to order now and customers are being offered a special launch version - Premiere Edition - which will offer an extended palette of two-tone colour options and advanced technology convenience features.

New Qashqai will be built in the Japanese brand's Sunderland, UK manufacturing facility.

Electrification features in the new Qashqai for the first time in 2021
Electrification features in the new Qashqai for the first time in 2021

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS!

Mercedes-Benz EQS Confirmed For Ireland

 

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS!
The new Mercedes-Benz EQS!

Mercedes-Benz Ireland has confirmed that the new Mercedes-Benz EQS will arrive in Ireland in September.

The latest all-electric model from the German brand has been inspired by the new S-Class, and is said to feature 40 new inventions and 20 new design applications.

Amongst these is a relaxing collection of mood-enhancing ‘soundscapes’ with titles as Forest Glade, Sounds of the Sea and Summer Rain.

Another innovation is a unique fragrance that can be released into the interior.

Sound is also used to increase safety by making the EQS  ‘acoustically perceptible’ on the outside, with an optional ‘driving sound’ that can be heard inside. Passengers are also greeted acoustically when approaching and leaving the vehicle.

With a goal to have a fully carbon-neutral fleet within 20 years, Mercedes-Benz designers have introduced a ‘modular’ construction method likely to be followed in future battery-electric vehicles.

Powered by batteries made in-house by Mercedes-Benz – which they claim have ‘better charging performance and significantly higher energy density’ – EQS will be available in two model variants: a rear wheel drive EQS 450+ (with rear axle eATS electric motor) and EQS 580 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive version (with motors on front and rear axles).

Inside the new EQS
Inside the new EQS

Helped by exceptional aerodynamics and lightweight components (including a world-beating Cd value in a production car from 0.20), it has an operating range up to 770 kms (WLTP), power output of up to 385 kW and a quoted top speed limited to 210 km/h.

Available fast-charging systems include one that delivers an extra 300 kms (WLTP) power in just 15 minutes.

With price not likely to be known until closer to arrival here, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland describes EQS as “the embodiment of everything Mercedes-Benz represents in terms of luxury, comfort, safety and specifications,” adding that its modular build and aerodynamic construction makes it “a mould-breaker many of whose features will be seen in future EQ models”.

Amongst eye-catching interior elements is a concave glass MBUX Hyperscreen. Spanning the full width of the vehicle, its ‘zero-layer’ feature allows drivers move from menu-to-menu simply by placing fingertip pressure on the screen. Enabled by a ‘language understanding’ feature, its ‘Hey Mercedes’ function supports 27 languages.

Noticeable also on interior trim, wheels, and fascia is a Mercedes-Benz ‘pattern’ design based on a three-dimensional star motif first featured on a 1911 Daimler trademark.

Not counting antennas, up to 350 sensors monitor the functions of the EQS as well as driver eyelid movements and language.  A high-efficiency, activated charcoal filter cleans incoming air while motors in the seats deliver up to ten different massage programmes.

A 15-speaker surround sound system produces an unusually expressive, natural sound while seat heating and inflatable air chambers replicate the body-soothing effects of a ‘hot stones’ treatment.

Astounding range up to 770 km for the new Mercedes-Benz EQS
Astounding range up to 770 km for the new Mercedes-Benz EQS

The new Audi Q4 e-tron!

Audi Q4 e-tron On Way To Ireland

The new Audi Q4 e-tron!
The new Audi Q4 e-tron!

Audi Ireland has confirmed the new Audi Q4 e-tron and the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron will arrive in Ireland in June. Pricing will start from €41,465 including grants, VRT relief and delivery.

The new all-electric SUVs from the German brand will enhance the brand's electric offering, which already includes the Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron GT, as well as a growing range of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Audi descrive the new Q4 e-tron as a "true all-rounder". The highest performance battery delivers up to 220 kW of power and is capable of sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h in under 6.3 seconds. Range varies from 330 – 511 kilometres on a full charge depending on model.

The Q4 e-tron 40 and Q4 e-tron 50 quattro can avail of 125 kW charging, which takes just 38 minutes to charge from 5% to 80%.

These new models take a step forward in the brand's design language of its electric models, including short front overhangs and large wheels. The Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron sports an especially low coupé-style roofline.

The Q4 e-tron achieves a drag coefficient of 0.28, and the Sportback has an even lower figure of 0.26.

According to Audi, the available space in the interior is comparable with the full-size SUV class, with no centre tunnel making it more spacious. The platform is designed from the start as electric-only allowing for the best use of space available.

The new Audi Q4 e-tron will arrive in Ireland this summer
The new Audi Q4 e-tron will arrive in Ireland this summer