There’s no doubt about it: 2020 is another massive year for car manufacturers in Australia - despite the coronavirus interruption. We’ve done some digging and noted just some of the highlights you should be looking out for in 2020.
Stay tuned to WhichCar.com.au throughout the year to hear about all of these and more.
DBX – mid 2020
The Aston Martin DBX SUV is the marque's wildest departure from sports cars yet, while still remaining true to the brand's core values of performance and design.
Q3 Sportback – due Q1
That’s right, Audi’s baby SUV will spawn a ‘coupe’ iteration that sees it receive a heavily sloped roofline. Also ties in with Audi’s plan to have Sportback versions of all of its SUVs.
A6 Allroad – due Q2
2020 is shaping up to be a big one for the four-ringed brand, expect to see an off-road version of its business express A6 wagon from early 2020.
RS6/7 – due late Q2
Audi Sport is in the midst of a product offensive that will yield a brace of new and updated RS product in the next 12 months, and the RS6 Avant is just one part of that.
Q7 facelift – mid 2020
Audi’s luxurious big SUV receives more tech and updated mild-hybrid engines.
A4/A5 facelift – due Q2
TTRS – due Q2
e-Tron – mid 2020
Audi’s first fully electric SUV, larger than the mid-size Q5, slightly smaller than the seven-seater Q7. It’s due in Australia around the middle of 2019.
RSQ8 – mid 2020
iX3 – due 2020
BMW’s X3 range will be the first to offer combustion, plug-in and pure EV powertrains from next year.
M8 Competition – due Q1
The 2020 BMW M8 Competition’s pricing for Australia has been confirmed, with the fastest production M car to fall just short of becoming the most expensive BMW on sale in Australia.
M2 CS – due 2020
Alpina B3 Sedan/Touring – due 2020
SF90 Stradale – due 2020
F8 Tributo – deliveries expected 2020
Puma - due second half of 2020
Ford's Puma small SUV will join a burgeoning B-SUV segment which will see it join the Toyota Yaris Cross, Volkswagen T-Cross, Mazda CX-3 and the Mitsubishi ASX later in 2020.
Escape – due 2020
Ford has confirmed that the all-new Escape will touch down in Australia in 2020, complete with the company’s first plug-in hybrid for the Australian market.
Focus ST/Fiesta ST – due Q1
Pint-sized performance heroes arrive back in Australia from early 2020.
D-Max – due 2020
It’s the Japanese brand’s first full-model replacement for the D-Max pick-up since 2012, despite a few facelifts in-between (2015 and 2017). Expect big lifts in quality and equipment.
F-Type facelift – expected 2020
If ever there was a car that didn’t need a facelift, it’s the still-glamourous Jaguar F-Type.
Still, if you’re standing still in the rapidly moving automotive business you’re effectively moving backwards, so Jaguar has given its sports car a heavy refresh for 2020.
e-Niro – expected 2020
There's still a question mark over the fate of the Kia e-Niro in Australia. It's been around for some time in Europe but Kia has blamed a lack of government action on making electric cars a viable option for Australians through incentives. Watch this space.
Defender - due mid 2020
Land Rover's icon is back in 2020 after laying dormant for a few years. Expect to see in Aussie roads after June.
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CX-30 – due Q1
Mazda will launch its all-new CX-30 SUV in Australia in 2020 with a strong line-up that is packed with features.
A45/CLA 45 AMG – due Q1 2020
Promising a much-refined ride and packing more punch than ever, the new A45 is now available as of April 2020.
GLS – January 2020
The biggest Benz behemoth is due for an update in early 2020, bringing the new MBUX infotainment as well as several other upgrades.
Mirage – April 2020
The Mirage small car will be updated with Mitsubishi’s current “Dynamic Shield” design language and is expected to get raft of updates in its interior and features list.
Pajero Sport – Early 2020
With the launch of the new Triton, the Pajero Sport has copped a more aggressive front treatment and less polarising rear, along with new instrumentation and interior features as well as new safety features.
Express – Mid 2020
Following the formation of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Mitsubishi will be returning the Express commercial van to the market as a Mitsubishi-badged version of the Renault Trafic to take on the popular Toyota Hiace.
Cayman GT4 – March
New 4.0-litre free-breather arrives on scene to the joy of Porsche purists Australia-wide from January.
Clio – due 2020
Renault Australia has confirmed that we’ll see the new Clio – including a new variant called the RS Line – here in 2020.
Superb – due Q1 2020
Fresh update for the Czech sedan sees it receive fresh styling, more tech and mild-hybrid engines.
Scala– due Q2 2020
Despite the challenges of the time, Skoda has managed to push on with the launch of its vital new Scala hatchback. Expect to see luxurious interior inclusions at a hatchback level when the Scala drops in June 2020.
Outback – due 2020
Subaru’s new Outback was announced in early 2019 but expect to see it from early 2020 showing off a leap in technology and even smarter packaging.
Yaris – due 2020
Next Toyota Yaris scores new engines and hybrid tech, along with more safety gear.
Yaris Cross – due late 2020
The Toyota Yaris above will spawn a high-riding stablemate later this year named the Yaris Cross. The Yaris Cross will slot in underneath the existing C-HR and be priced (hopefully) around $27,000.
Golf - due late 2020
The new hatchback hero is here, and it's due in Australian showrooms around October this year. Hopefully to be joined by the hot-hatch GTI version at the same time.
T-Cross/T-Roc - due Q1 2020
VW will fill its small SUV gap by offering the T-Cross from March 2020. It’ll be similar to the Polo, albeit with additional ride-height and will slot in neatly under $30k.