1. ASTON MARTIN DBX
Recently spotted testing in Welsh woodland, the DBX is to be Aston Martin’s first SUV. Yes, we know, but the popularity of Porsche’s Cayenne and Macan mean the 911 and Cayman have been given the resources to thrive. So by that logic, the DBX – undoubtedly set to become Aston’s best-selling model – will pump heaps of cash into the rest of the family.
Expected to be seen in production-ready guise later in 2019, DBX will of course go up against the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and the so-called ‘Ferrari Utility Vehicle’ due around 2022. The Aston will likely be powered by the company’s AMG-borrowed 4.0-litre V8, and there’s talk of V12 and hybrid options also in the works.
Just don’t expect James Bond to pick one up from Q Branch any time soon.
2. ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE E
Not a fully-fledged mass-production car as such, the Rapide E is Aston’s first all-electric car, but just 155 examples will be built. As such, you can see it more as an explorative dip in the water, ahead of Aston reviving its Lagonda brand for a luxury electric limo in the next decade.
Back to the Rapide E, and we can expect to see it launch later in 2019 with a modest 65 kWh battery pack delivering the equivalent of 600 horsepower to the rear wheels. Despite the heavy battery in place of the usual V12, the car will hit 60 mph in under four seconds, have a top speed of 155 mph, and a claimed range of 200 miles.
3. ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE
We already know a lot about Aston’s upcoming hypercar, but there will no doubt be some extra details to come out through 2019. Due to arrive with buyers at the end of the year, the Valkyrie is the road-legal brainchild of Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey, and is powered by a 1,100-horsepower V12 with assistance from a hybrid system.
Such is Newey’s focus on lightness and aerodynamic performance, the car can be bought with a one micro-thick, laser-etched nose badge, which sits beneath the lacquer of the paint, preventing it from disrupting airflow. You can also ask for no lacquer detailing on the engine – to save 80 grams.
Just 150 examples will be made, plus a further 25 of the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro, with prices falling between £2m and £3m. They’re all sold, naturally.
4. AUDI E-TRON
Already in mass-production, Audi’s first fully electric car will arrive in dealerships this year. A luxury SUV priced from £71,500, the e-tron will offer a zero to 62 mph (100km/h) time of under six seconds, and a range of up to 241 miles. Not quite Tesla stats, but we fully expect Audi to teach Tesla a lesson when it comes to interior quality and drama-free mass production.
The e-tron will pave the way for several all-electric models from Audi over the next couple of years, including the e-tron GT and e-tron Sportback.
5. AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA BATTISTA
Legendary Italian design house Pininfarina now has a car company of its own, called Automobili Pininfarina, and it’s going to leap straight in at the deep end – with a 1,900-horsepower electric hypercar.
With a motor driving each wheel, the Battista is to arrive with buyers in 2020, but will be revealed in production form for the first time on 4 March, ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show the following day.
Designed to be a luxury continent-crusher rather than a weekend track toy, the Battista is claimed to serve up 62 mph in under two seconds, reach 217 mph, and have a range of over 310 miles, thanks to an electric system developed by Rimac. The production version will be revealed on 4 March.
6. BMW IX3
Going on sale later this year, the iX3 will be BMW’s first electric SUV, and its first fully electric car since the i3. The car will be dropped into the closest-fraught sector of the electric car market, with rivals including the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes ECQ, Audi e-from and Tesla Model X, with the upcoming Model Y also a threat.
BMW hasn’t said much about the iX3 for now, but it is expected to feature a dual-motor setup with one driving each axle, and a range in the region of 250 miles. Despite the lack of information, BMW opened pre-orders for the iX3 in EV-loving Norway last year, with 1,000 deposits placed in less than a fortnight. We’ll likely see much more of the iX3 going through 2019, ahead of deliveries arriving in 2020.