Monthly Car Review: New Models Hitting the Market

Monthly Car Review: New Models Hitting the Market


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Welcome to our monthly car review, where we bring you the latest updates on new car and van models that are set to hit the market soon. In this edition, we’ll be covering some exciting releases from top brands like Dacia, Lucid, Mercedes, Renault, Skoda, and Toyota. These new models offer improved features, increased fuel efficiency, and innovative technology. So, let’s dive in and explore what these cars have to offer.

1. Dacia Duster: A Step Up in Luxury and Efficiency

Dacia Duster

Dacia has taken a step up in the market with the third generation of its popular Duster model. The new Duster not only maintains its reputation for being cost-effective but also offers an upmarket feel. It introduces a mild hybrid version of the 1.2 TCe petrol engine and a full hybrid based on the 1.6 petrol engine. These additions promise fuel consumption and cost gains of 10-20%. Additionally, Dacia has made sustainability a priority by using 20% recyclates for the bodywork cladding, which can be completely recycled at the end of its lifecycle. The Duster also offers an LPG version and four-wheel drive, making it a versatile choice for fleet markets.

“The new Dacia Duster combines affordability with enhanced features, making it an attractive option for fleet managers looking for a cost-effective and eco-friendly vehicle.” – Source

2. Lucid Gravity: The Electric SUV with Impressive Range

Lucid Gravity

Lucid enters the SUV market with the Gravity, an all-electric model that boasts impressive range and luxurious features. With two electric motors providing all-wheel drive, the Gravity offers a claimed range of 840 kilometers, surpassing its competitors. The three-row variant provides ample space for six or seven passengers, with a focus on opulent materials and a 34-inch curved digital display above the dashboard. This electric SUV is set to rival established models like the Audi Q8 E-Tron, BMW iX, Mercedes EQE/EQS SUV, and Tesla Model X.

“The Lucid Gravity sets a new standard for electric SUVs with its exceptional range, luxurious interior, and advanced technology.” Monthly Review March 2023 - new car models | Fleet Europe

3. Mercedes E-Class: Expanded Range for High Mileage Drivers

Mercedes E-Class

Mercedes has expanded its E-Class range to cater to high mileage drivers. Initially launched as a petrol plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and diesel only, the new E-Class now offers mild hybrid options on both petrol and diesel models. The E450 4Matic petrol and E350 4Matic diesel variants are now available with mild hybrid technology. Additionally, a diesel plug-in hybrid (E300de) has been introduced, allowing for zero-emission driving of up to 100 kilometers and fast charging at 50kW. This reduces downtime to just one hour for an 80% refill, making it ideal for fleet customers with high mileage profiles.

“Mercedes has expanded the E-Class range to meet the needs of high mileage drivers, offering a range of fuel-efficient options that combine performance with sustainability.” – Source

4. Renault Master: The Digital Van of the Future

Renault Master

Renault presents the all-new Master as a digital van that integrates various services and features into a smartphone app. From a charging locator to the Mobilize payment function, everything is at your fingertips. The infotainment system runs on Google Android, providing a seamless user experience. The Master caters to different customer profiles, offering diesel options for high mileage drivers, a battery version for last-mile deliveries, and even a hydrogen option for pioneering fleet managers. With a load capacity ranging from 11 to 22 cubic meters and over 40 bodywork variations, the Master offers flexibility for various business needs.

“The Renault Master sets a new standard for digital vans, offering fleet managers a range of options to meet their specific business requirements.” – Source

5. Skoda Superb: More Space and Power

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Skoda’s fourth-generation Superb comes with increased roominess for both passengers and cargo. Sharing technology, drivelines, and a digital ecosystem with the new VW Passat, the Superb offers a spacious and comfortable ride. Unlike its German counterpart, the Superb is available in both sedan and estate versions. It offers mild hybrid petrol and diesel variants, as well as an upgraded plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option with a larger battery and a 1.5 TSI four-cylinder engine. The PHEV version can fast charge up to 50kW and provides a range of 100 kilometers.

“The Skoda Superb offers a roomy and comfortable ride, making it an excellent choice for those in need of space and power.” – Source

6. Toyota Yaris Cross: An Upgrade in Hybrid Technology

Toyota Yaris Cross

Toyota introduces an upgraded version of the Yaris Cross, focusing on hybrid technology and enhanced features. The new Yaris Cross offers two hybrid options, including a “self-charging” hybrid with 130 horsepower and a 1.5-petrol unit. The interior has been upgraded with a higher-quality finish, providing a more premium feel. The Yaris Cross also includes advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), such as an automatic braking function in case of an emergency. While CO2 emissions have modestly increased in the new model, Toyota remains committed to delivering eco-friendly vehicles.

“The Toyota Yaris Cross combines hybrid technology, enhanced features, and advanced safety systems, making it an appealing choice for eco-conscious drivers.” – Source

7. Toyota Professional ProAce Max: A Versatile LCV

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Toyota introduces the ProAce Max, its largest light commercial vehicle (LCV) in the Toyota Professional range. This van is available in six different configurations and is a rebadged version of the Fiat Ducato, created through a partnership with Stellantis. Toyota prioritizes the electric version of the ProAce Max, offering a zero-emission range of 420 kilometers. However, a diesel version is also available for those who prefer traditional fuel options. This versatile LCV caters to various business needs, providing ample space and efficiency.

“The Toyota Professional ProAce Max offers versatility and efficiency, making it an ideal choice for businesses seeking a reliable and eco-friendly commercial vehicle.” – Source


In this monthly car review, we’ve explored some exciting new models that are set to hit the market soon. From the luxurious Dacia Duster to the electric Lucid Gravity, these cars offer enhanced features, increased fuel efficiency, and advanced technology. Mercedes expands its E-Class range to cater to high mileage drivers, while Renault presents the Master as a digital van of the future. Skoda’s Superb offers more space and power, and Toyota introduces the upgraded Yaris Cross and the versatile ProAce Max. These new models provide a diverse range of options for fleet managers and individuals looking for innovative and sustainable vehicles.

Remember to stay tuned for our next monthly car review, where we’ll bring you the latest updates on the ever-evolving automotive industry.