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New cars for 2006

WHAT models are coming up and when they are on sale in the UK

ALFA ROMEO

Model: Brera (above)/Brera Spider/Brera JTD Multijet
What is it? Gorgeous four-seater coupe and convertible
On sale: Spring/summer/summer

Model: 159/159 SportWagon/V6 4x4
What is it? Replacement for the 156 upper-medium saloon and estate
On sale: February/late spring/March

BMW

Model: Z4/Z4 Coupe (below)
What is it? Revised version of the roadster, plus coupe model
On sale: March/summer

Model: M Roadster/M Coupe
What is it? Coupe and convertible Z4s with the M3’s 343bhp engine
On sale: March/spring

CADILLAC

Model: BLS
What is it? Caddy’s first Euro car, based on a Saab 9-3 and with diesel
On sale: April

CHEVROLET

Model: Captiva
What is it? Mid-size SUV based on the forthcoming Vauxhall Antara
On sale: Late 2006

Model: V-250 (codename)
What is it? Petrol and diesel-powered, Mondeo-sized saloon
On sale: Late 2006

CHRYSLER

Model: 300C SRT-8 (below)
What is it? 420bhp version of the chunky executive saloon
On sale: Mid-2006

Model: 300C Touring
What is it? Estate version of the 300C saloon
On sale: Mid-2006

CITROEN

Model: C6
What is it? An extravagantly styled executive express
On sale: March

Model: New Picasso
What is it? Revised version of the popular mini-MPV
On sale: Late 2006

DAIHATSU

Model: Terios
What is it? Bigger version of the current small SUV
On sale: May

DODGE

Model: Caliber
What is it? Chunky five-door hatch, with a Volkswagen diesel engine
On sale: July

FIAT

Model: Idea facelift
What is it? New look for Fiat’s mini-MPV
On sale: January

Model: Grande Punto
What is it? New, bigger supermini with a Maserati nose
On sale: February

Model: Sedici
What is it? A mini-4x4 built in conjunction with Suzuki
On sale: Spring

HONDA

Model: Legend
What is it? New luxury saloon based on US market Acura
On sale: July

Model: Civic Hybrid (below)
What is it? Petrol-electric hybrid-powered four-door saloon
On sale: March

HYUNDAI

Model: Santa Fe
What is it? Revised version of SUV, with a diesel engine to come
On sale: March

JAGUAR

Model: XK coupe/convertible (below)
What is it? Sleek replacement for the ageing XK8 range
On sale: Early 2006

JEEP

Model: Grand Cherokee SRT-8
What is it? Chunky SUV with a 6.1-litre V8 engine
On sale: July

Model: Commander
What is it? Bigger four-wheel drive SUV with seven seats
On sale: April

KIA

Model: Magentis
What is it? Big saloon with petrol and diesel engines
On sale: March

Model: Sedona
What is it? Revised version of the firm’s people carrier
On sale: Summer

Model: Carens
What is it? All-new mid-sized people carrier
On sale: Late summer

Model: Sorento
What is it? Facelifted version of the atrractive mid-sized SUV
On sale: Summer

Model: ED
What is it? An all-new lower-medium car
On sale: Late 2006

LAND ROVER

Model: Freelander
What is it? New version of firm’s smallest off-road model
On sale: Autumn

LEXUS

Model: GS450h (below)
What is it? Petrol/electric hybrid powered version of executive saloon
On sale: TBC

MAZDA

Model: MX-5
What is it? New version of the iconic roadster
On sale: January

Model: Mazda6 MPS (below)
What is it? High performance version of the 6
On sale: January

Model: Mazda5 diesel
What is it? Erm, a diesel-engined version of the 5 mini-MPV
On sale: January

Mercedes-Benz

Model: S-class (above)
What is it? All-new version of the ultimate luxury saloon
On sale: March

Model: R-class
What is it? Huge people carrier-cum-SUV with four-wheel drive
On sale: April

Model: SL
What is it? Facelift of the luxury roadster range
On sale: Late 2006

Model: GL-class (below)
What is it? Think of an M-class but bigger and with seven seats
On sale: Late 2006

MINI

Model: Cooper S Works GP Kit
What is it? Even faster MINI thanks to a 218bhp power boost pack through John Cooper off-shoot
On sale: July

MITSUBISHI

Model: L200 (above)
What is it? Rugged new pick-up model in single, king and double cab versions
On sale: March

Model: Colt cabriolet
What is it? Convertible version of the funky Colt supermini
On sale: April

Model: Outlander
What is it? New version of the 4x4/SUV crossover model
On sale: December

NISSAN

Model: Note (below)
What is it? Longer, taller, more practical supermini offering
On sale: March

PEUGEOT

Model: 207
What is it? Replacement for the 206 supermini
On sale: Summer

Model: 407 Coupe
What is it? Sleek two-door version of the 407
On sale: January

RENAULT

Model: Megane facelift
What is it? New look and revised engines for lower-medium challenger
On sale: Early 2006

Model: Clio Renaultsport (above)
What is it? Hot hatch version of new Clio, promising 200bhp
On sale: Early 2006

Model: Clio five-door
What is it? New generation Clio with two extra rear doors
On sale: Early 2006

Model: Revised Espace
What is it? New look and detail changes for big MPV
On sale: Early 2006

Model: Laguna dCi 175
What is it? High-powered diesel for saloon and estate models
On sale: Summer

SAAB

Model: 9-3 Convertible diesel
What is it? Soft-top receives the 1.9 TiD 150bhp turbodiesel
On sale: February

SEAT

Model: Altea FR (below)
What is it? Sporty version of the mini-MPV with 167bhp diesel engine
On sale: Late spring

Model: Ibiza facelift
What is it? Mild restyle of supermini
On sale: Late spring

SKODA

Model: Roomster (below)
What is it? Production version of mini-MPV concept car
On sale: September

SUBARU

Model: Tribeca (below)
What is it?: Five or seven-seat SUV with four-wheel drive
On sale: October

SUZUKI

Model: Grand Vitara diesel (below)
What is it? Renault-sourced 1.9-litre diesel engine for small SUV
On sale: January

Model: SX4
What is it? Mid-sized SUV crossover like the Fiat Sedici
On sale: April

Model: Swift GTI
What is it? Sporty model with 137bhp 1.6-litre engine
On sale: March

TOYOTA

Model: RAV4 (below)
What is it? New version of popular SUV
On sale: January

VOLKSWAGEN

Model: Jetta
What is it? A Golf with a boot
On sale: February

Model: Fox
What is it? Brazilian-built replacement for the Lupo city car
On sale: May

Model: Eos (below)
What is it? Sleek folding metal roofed convertible
On sale: August

VOLVO

Model: C70 (below)
What is it? Sleek folding metal hard-top four-seater
On sale: March (diesel in July)

Model: S80
What is it? All-new executive saloon
On sale: June

Model: C30 (below)
What is it? Two-door Audi A3 rival with glass tailgate
On sale: Late 2006

THE NEW LCVs

CITROEN

Model: Relay
What is it? New large panel van and triplet with Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer
On sale: Possibly end of the year

FIAT

Model: Ducato
What is it? See above
On sale: Possibly end of the year

FORD

Model: Transit
What is it? Britain’s most famous van ever gets a new look and fresh dynamics
On sale: First showing at the CV Show in April

  • Also expect new Ranger tipper truck in January

    MERCEDES-BENZ

    Model: Sprinter
    What is it? Unofficial ‘top dog’ of the panel van world
    On sale: March/April

    MITSUBISHI

    Model: L200 (pictured above)
    What is it? Remake of the UK’s best-selling pick-up
    On sale: March

    PEUGEOT

    Model: Boxer
    What is it? See Citroen entry
    On sale: Possibly end of the year

    VOLKSWAGEN

    Model: Crafter (pictured below)
    What is it? Bizarre-looking replacement for current LT large panel van
    On sale: September

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