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New cars arriving on a '56' plate

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23 August 2006

This September sees the first of the ‘56’ plate cars roll into the country’s showrooms. Along with current models, there are a few new motors to look out for from an Italian supercar to a supermini from Luton.

Auto Trader's Adrian Hearn presents the most important cars you’ll be seeing on the road for the first time.


The new X5 will feature three rows of seats in response to the new Land Rover Discovery. There will be three engines to choose from including a 150mph 4.8-litre V8 and a more economical 3-litre diesel. Following in the big footsteps of the previous X5, the new model is likely to hold a big share of the SUV market with its excellent performance on and off-road. Prices are yet to be released but it’s slated for launch next Spring.

Cadillac Escalade

The gangster rapper’s favourite SUV gets a new leash of life with a massive 6-litre, 340bhp V8. Expect to see Escalades ‘pimped to the max’ with massive chrome wheels and more TVs than an electrical store. Cadillacs are becoming more and more popular in the UK and the eye-catching Escalade is sure to be a success. It’s sure to be a favourite among footballers.

Ferrari 599 GTB

The masters from Maranello produce another continent thrashing GT with the gorgeous looking 599. Powered by a six-litre V12 producing more than 600bhp, the GTB hits 62mph in just 3.7 seconds before rocketing to 205mph. It’s going to cost more than £160k so get saving.

Land Rover Freelander

The new Freelander was one of the highlights of this year’s British Motor Show and is sure to be a success like its predecessor, which was one of the biggest selling 4x4s of its time. The compact 4x4 has engines ranging from a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel through to a 230bhp 3.2-litre V6. The Freelander’s boot is 38 per cent larger than the previous model.

Lotus Europa

The handling gods at Lotus release another top-notch sports car. The Europa is capable of more than 140mph and accelerates from 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds. The two-seater goes on sale on September 16 at a fiver short of £33k. Whereas the Exige and Elise are hardcore road and track cars, the Europa is designed for a softer, more comfortable ride.

Mazda MX-5 Roadster-Coupe

Mazda’s popular roadster gets a hardtop roof. For around £20k the MX-5 reaches 62mph in a respectable 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 131mph. Coupled with rear-wheel-drive, the MX-5 is one of the best roadsters available on the British market.


The big selling Mini gets a facelift later this year with more performance and economy. The 126mph Cooper will manage 48mpg while the supercharged Cooper S hot hatch will cover up to 41miles per gallen. Prices will start at £12,995 for the Cooper rising to £15,995 for the Cooper S. The entry level Mini One will be on sale next year.

Mitsubishi iCar

The iCar is a funky looking motor perfect for driving in the city. Powered by a minute 660cc turbocharged engine, the 64bhp iCar has a top speed of 90mph. It hasn’t got a confirmed release date but it should be at available at the turn of the year for a price of £8,999.

Vauxhall Antara

Vauxhall return to the 4x4 arena with the Antara. The off-roader will be officially revealed at the Paris Motor Show and will be available in the UK shortly after. Prices are expected to start at £17,000 for a car designed to compete with MPVs rather than hardcore off-roaders.

Vauxhall Corsa

The popular supermini gets a new look similar to its bigger brother the Astra. With five models to choose from, buyers won’t be short on choice. Prices start at £7,450 for the 1-litre Expression rising to £13,795 for the 123bhp Corsa Design. The Corsa has been around since 1993 and is repeatedly in the top five biggest selling cars in the UK.



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