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New cars for summer

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There have been some great auto releases already this year - the second generation Nissan Qashqai, the sexy Jaguar F-Type Coupe and the Porsche Macan, for example. However, there's plenty still to come this year. Here's what to expect over the summer.

Nissan Juke

Receiving a mid life facelift in June is the Juke. Fortunately, the car's punchy personality hasn't been diluted but buyers can now choose from some extra customisation choices, including coloured wheel trim and cabin elements. The boot also gains a bit more room. Mechanically, the current model's 1.6 litre petrol engine has been swapped for a more modern turbocharged three cylinder 1.2 litre unit. The result is a drop in CO2 emissions from 139g/km to 126g/km. Priced from £13,500.

Ford Focus

July sees the arrival of a facelifted Ford Focus, priced from £14,500, with a much sleeker front end and some changes at the rear. Some new colourways and alloys have also been added to the range. The most notable difference on the inside is a more minimalist fascia, with far fewer buttons. There's a better quality fit and finish and better technology in the form of Ford's most up to date SYNC 2 infotainment system with WiFi connectivity.

A couple of new options have been added to the engine range, including a turbocharged 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol unit and a turbocharged 1.5 litre diesel that's particularly efficient. The already impressive handling and ride have been improved with some tweaking to steering and suspension.

Later in the year there will be a high performance Focus ST to look forward to.

Nissan X-Trail

In the same month, Nissan will be launching its revised X-Trail from about £27,000. The new X-Trail is more spacious than its predecessor and also takes the place in the brand's line of the now defunct Qashqai+2 seven seater. Engine choice upon release will be restricted to a 1.6 litre diesel unit, with 128bhp but this will be joined by a turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol model, if you can wait until next year. Available with two or four wheel drive.

Peugeot 108/Citroen C1/Toyota Aygo

Also in July comes this badge engineered city car trio, with a couple of petrol engines and three or five door varieties to choose from. In proportion, they are all similar to their predecessors but have gained some boot space and some modern new technology, such as smartphone compatible apps controlled by a seven inch touchscreen. Prices start at £8,000.

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