In the next three years, the new genres of the largest number of representatives in the compact class arrive. This is a good announcement that will surely keep the interest among buyers.
The compact class has long offered new generations of models such as the Hyundai i30, the Renault Megane or the refreshments like the Golf and the Seat Leon, but there is still a fierce wave dominated by German brands. Golf remains the leader according to sales in Europe and can hardly lose that position, but its numbers constantly show both the potential in this segment and why manufacturers are trying to invest rapidly in the evolution of their compact. Mercedes has announced the new generation of the A-class, it’s the latest model that will be presented in a completely new edition in the spring, bearing the mark W117. The premium compact will use the new front-wheel-drive platform for at least eight A-Class derivatives, and the Germans say they are preparing a classical revolution in terms of technology. In addition to security systems, there are premium graphics screens for the instrument panel and the infotainment system as well as the “touchpad” on the bottom of the center console. The “Drive Pilot” system will allow semi-autonomous driving to a certain speed, as well as automatic tread changing while in the 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine, will cover the range of 136 to 272 horsepower, while the AMG A45 performance expects more than 400 horsepower.
Audi’s response follows in 2019, that is, the new A3 that will receive refreshment with regard to security assistance, the infotainment system as well as revised and new engines. The gasoline offer will include engines ranging between 130 and 250 horsepower, including the new 1.5-liter TFSI 150 hp engine, while fans of diesel engines with a range of power between 116 and 184 horsepower will not be disappointed. A3 is considered one of the most spacious models in the compact class, so other design changes were not expected, as compared to other dimensions.
Two years later, the arrival of the new BMW 1 Series is announced, and the most important changes are related to the front-wheel-drive shifting, as well as the new engines that will use the “unit” for better efficiency and economy.
2019 will also be important for Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Italian brand announces even greater achievements for the attractive compact, which in terms of design and other elements will use the benefits of the advanced Giulietta. What they want to hear is “the alphists” is that Giulietta will get a rear-wheel drive, and with regard to the engines here are the variations of the 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine 150, 180 and 210 horsepower, and there’s a 2.0-liter petrol with 200 horsepower.
The new Volvo V40, which will inherit the design, will also be refreshed in the class, but also a large number of security assistance on the more expensive models, and the Swedish brand also announces more space and a larger trunk for the new generation of the compact. The plan is a 1.5-liter tricyclader that will reach 250 horsepower in a plug-in hybrid combination, while there is also the famous 2.0-liter diesel engine with 190 hp.
The new generation of the Peugeot 308 will arrive in 2020, and the novelty will be a 1.2-liter tricyclader in combination with an electric motor for a combined 170 horsepower.
The Mazda 3 is announced for 2019 and the gasoline engine will use a new technology that the Japanese claim to reduce consumption by 30%, and the Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia will arrive the same year as the refreshed Opel Astra that will receive the engines PSA, which means it will be able to benefit from the excellent diesel engines, as well as the award-winning 1.2 liter three-cylinder engine.
2020 will pass in the sign of the eighth generation of the VW Golf, which expects a greater choice of three-cylinder petrol engines, as well as the latest technology that will involve more safety and more options for controlling the infotainment system. According to announcements, the electric Golf will not get the next generation, because the role in this segment will be taken over by the already announced I.D. family.
In the end, we present what should arrive first, which is the new Ford Focus. Ford’s impressive compact has a major imperative to keep up with past successes, and undoubtedly has great potential for such a thing. The Focus will get some changes with regard to the design that will become more attractive and more aggressive, but without drastic concessions from the previous look with the recognizable mask. An interesting one for the buyers will be 1.5-liter tricycles that will benefit from the occasional deactivation of a single cylinder, while there are also EcoBlue diesel engines on interior changes that are largely already in use in the new Fiesta.