Is that Ford Mondeo or BMW 3 Series in your driveway looking a bit tired after three years of slogging to work and back? Do those many scratches on the paintwork and scuffed alloy wheels get you down every time you walk up to your car, compounded by the stained upholstery and outdated entertainment system inside?
We’ve got just the thing to help you upgrade to a new car with everything 2019 has to offer in the worlds of connectivity, autonomy and efficiency. And even better, you’ll get a new car smell to go with your new company car pride and joy!
There are a lot of exciting new cars coming to Australia in 2019, and navigating the crowd can be daunting. Fear not! We’ve done the hard work for you and cut 10 of the top new executive sleds from the herd for you to choose from. Unfortunately we can’t help you through the options list, or choose a paint colour, but don’t worry, that’s the fun part!
Significance: Audi’s original small SUV gains a mature new look and more equipment to separate it from the similarly sized Q2.
Price range: $45,000-$85,000 (estimated)
Due date: June 2019
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The all-new 2019 Audi Q3 compact SUV features bold design cues taken from its bigger sibling, the Q5, to give it a more mature and attractive appearance than its predecessor. The new Q3 should also be more family-friendly and practical than before, and will benefit from a raft of infotainment, connectivity and driver assist upgrades.
Significance: The latest iteration of BMW’s mainstay mid-size sedan brings dramatic improvements both inside and out
Due: September 2019
The all-new BMW 3 Series will be built on top of a brand new platform, and will yield a new version of both the M3 and the M4 performance twins, which may just sneak in before Santa comes at the end of next year. Expect them both to retain a six-cylinder layout. First up, though, will be the 330i which will have M Sport kit as standard with an M Sport brake system, and the option of a limited slip rear diff.
Significance: Mazda’s evergreen and much-loved all-rounder returns in its fourth generation
Price: $22,000 (estimate)
Due: June (approx.)
In the middle of the year Mazda Australia will change over its popular Mazda 3 range with an all-new generation hatch and sedan, and while local details such as range structure and pricing are still far from ironed out, the design of the new Mazda 3 shows that Mazda’s mainstay small car is set to be a real looker. The hatch and sedan will be quite visually distinct from the B-pillar rearward – certainly more so than the current generation – and the local powertrain line-up is likely to include Mazda’s innovative and ultra-efficient SkyActiv-X supercharged compression-ignition engine.
Significance: A major update and facelift of the popular dual-cab ute.
One of the most popular dual-cab utes, the Mitsubishi Triton has undergone a significant facelift making it even more family friendly than before, with more than 2400 changes from its predecessor including new sheet metal, updated six-speed auto, more cabin equipment and safety tech. A new flagship is also expected at a later date bringing a tough truck rival to the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and HSV Sportscat.
Significance: Ooh la la! Who knew a midsize sedan could look this good?
Price range: $40K+
Due Date: June 2019
After a couple of generations of extraordinarily soporific 508s, Peugeot has shaken off whatever ailment afflicted its design department and released a stunning mid-size pair in the form of the 2019 Peugeot 508 sedan and wagon.
Strong visual links with the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 are in evidence both inside and out (a very good thing), and the new 508 looks modern, dignified and flaunts a far more premium aura than most would expect of the French brand. Lightweight engineering also promises more than a skerrick of dynamic aptitude as well. Translation: it’ll drive like a dream when it gets here in in the middle of the year.
Significance: The baby Range Rover will mature to reflect its bigger siblings while offering more interior space
Price range: $64,000 - $105,000 (estimated)
Due date: May 2019
Land Rover Australia is yet to detail the full 2019 Evoque line-up, but has confirmed that three diesel four-cylinder engines and three turbo petrols will be available with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. It’s 10mm wider and has a 20mm longer wheelbase to provide more leg and elbow room, with boot space also increasing, by 10 percent, to 591 litres. The roof is 11mm lower though, resulting in a sportier coupe aesthetic resembling the Velar.
Significance: Toyota’s mainstay medium SUV has been totally redesigned and offers more comfort and technology than ever before
Price range: $30,000 - $55,000 (estimated)
Due date: April 2019
One of the most significant new cars for 2019, the all-new Toyota RAV4 promises to shake up the highly competitive medium SUV market by setting new benchmarks in terms of standard features and modern powertrains, including a petrol/electric hybrid. It will have the option of torque-vectoring AWD and multi-terrain drive modes to help it grip, and spawn a more off-road focused version called the ‘RAV4 Adventure’. The new RAV4’s bigger exterior dimensions will result in significantly more interior space and comfort, while the interior design will be more upscale than the current model.