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New cars to look forward to in Q3 2018

By David Bonnici, 27 Jun 2018 Car Advice

New cars to look forward to in Q3 2018

These are the new arrivals that should have you marking the calendar

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid – Due July

Porsche’s burgeoning performance-hybrid strategy will expand with the new-gen Cayenne luxury SUV in plug-in E-Hybrid form, with 30 percent more battery capacity and 43 percent more EV performance than its hybrid predecessor.

Able to drive 44km (and reach 135km/h) on electricity alone, the E-Hybrid combines a 250kW 3.0-litre turbo-petrol V6 with a 100kW electric motor for a 340kW total system power output. Porsche claims it’ll do 0-100km/h in 5.0sec and nudge 253km/h, while its average consumption on the Euro drive cycle is 3.2-3.4L/100km (depending on tyres).

Mazda CX-8 Diesel – Due July

Mazda’s seven-seat CX-8 will slot just below the seven-seat CX-9 in size but slightly above it for price. Filling the hole that the petrol-only CX-9 can’t, the diesel-only CX-8 blends a slightly sportier exterior with Mazda’s new 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel four, tied to a six-speed automatic ’box.

It will arrive with just two trim levels, Sport and Asaki AWD, with the Sport offering both front- and all-wheel-drive versions. Given the huge success of Mazda’s CX-5, the only thing likely to hold back the CX-8 here is supply.

Toyota Corolla hatch – Due August

Australia’s biggest selling passenger car will gain even more market cachet with more sophisticated styling, a capable new chassis and a highly efficient new 2.0-litre engine. Built on the Toyota New Generation Architecture that’s shared with the Prius, Camry and the C-HR compact SUV, the Corolla sits 25mm lower than the car it replaces and is 30mm wider and 40mm longer, which will mean more leg and shoulder room.

The all-new Corolla will come with autonomous emergency braking as standard and illuminate the road with slimline LED headlamps, and LED tail-lights. An electronic parking brake replaces the traditional manual one, and all versions will gain two front USB ports.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Due August

The fourth-generation A-Class brings technology to the luxury hatch segment in a big way, with S-Class level active safety and CLS-inspired interior dominated by dual 10.5-inch touchscreens stretching to the centre of the dash.

It will arrive Down Under with three different engines available at launch, including a carryover 165kW 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol, an all-new 120kW 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol developed with Renault, and an 86kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. Each will be coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and sold in varying states of tune depending on the badge.

Genesis G70 Coupe – Due September

The G70 will be the first Genesis model offered in Australia as a standalone luxury brand, rather than as a Hyundai badged model. The G70 is smaller than the current Hyundai Genesis and will offer an alternative to smaller European luxury sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A3 with semi-autonomous driver assist functions and advanced connectivity.

The G70’s performance credentials are highlighted by the range-topping 3.3T Sport that’s powered by the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 272kW/510Nm and capable of reaching 100km/h from a standing start in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 270km/h.

Cars due for release, July-September 2018

  • Audi A7 Sportback
  • Audi A8
  • Aston Martin Vantage
  • Aston Martin DB11 Volante
  • Bentley Bentayga V8
  • Bentley Continental GT
  • BMW i8 Roadster
  • BMW i8 update
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Genesis G70
  • Genesis G80
  • Hyundai Ioniq
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee update
  • Kia Sportage update
  • Land Rover Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid
  • Mazda CX-8
  • Mercedes-AMG C63 S update
  • Mercedes-AMG GLC63 wagon and coupe
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Skoda Karoq
  • Toyota Corolla hatch
  • Volkswagen Mk6 Polo GTI
  • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace