Australia’s next top models
So far, 2018 has seen some huge automotive arrivals to Australia, from Alfa Romeo’s first SUV (the Stelvio), Hyundai’s first hot hatch (the i30 N) and Mercedes-Benz’s first ute to the first Holden Commodore not to be designed and built here.
But there’s no need to fret if none of those cars have been your cup of tea. A whole swag of fresh metal of all shapes and sizes is set to join the party before the year is out. Here are some big names to keep an eye out for.
Aston Martin Vantage (3rd quarter)
Always been a Porsche 911 kind of person? Aston Martin will be asking you to reconsider with its stunning new twin-turbo V8-powered sports car (pictured).
Audi A8 (mid-year)
The all-new version of Audi’s luxury limousine is a technological tour de force, even if Australian laws mean its much-touted Level 3 autonomous-driving capabilities (whereby the car can pretty much drive itself) will be off the menu.
Chevrolet Camaro (July)
Aussies have taken Ford’s Mustang to their hearts. Will Chevrolet’s direct rival – imported and converted to RHD by former, exclusively Holden fettler HSV – cash in on our goodwill for V8-powered US muscle?
Ford Ranger Raptor (September)
This wild-looking new topline version of Ford’s strong-selling Ranger ute is made for the high-performance off-road enthusiast and boogies to the beat of a new twin-turbo diesel engine/10-speed auto combo.
Genesis G70 (3rd quarter)
If you’re going to take it to BMW, Benz, Audi and other leading luxury lights, you need a 3-Series/C-Class/A4 rival. New Hyundai offshoot Genesis G70 compact luxury sedan is exactly that.
Holden Acadia (4th quarter)
Holden’s replacement for its five-seater Captiva, the Equinox, hasn’t set the sales chart on fire. The upcoming successor to the Captiva seven-seater needs to do better.
Hyundai Ioniq (mid-year)
Toyota’s Prius gets a serious challenger in the form of this Hyundai, which apes it in some significant ways, then throws in stuff you don’t get in the Toyota (plug-in and all-electric versions, five-year warranty).
Jaguar I-Pace (October)
Australia’s electric-car revolution gains speed with the arrival of this sporty all-electric SUV, which is nothing less than a revolution for the once fuddy-duddyish Jaguar.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (3rd quarter)
Benz’s small hatch enters a new generation with sharper looks, more tech (including an all-digital driver interface) and a raft of other advances.
Subaru Forester (September)
The new generation of one of the medium-SUV segment’s most popular contenders was revealed at the recent New York Motor Show and should be here before the year is out.
Toyota Corolla (August)
Toyota says its all-new Corolla will not only have a premium flavour but be fun to drive, which sounds somewhat hopeful until you consider its recent run of sweet-steering products (86 coupe, C-HR SUV, new Camry).