The cold months aren’t raining on the parade of Australia’s new car scene, with a number of exciting models expected to hit our showrooms soon. Year-to-date sales of new cars in Australia are on the incline and it’s expected that the wave of fresh models over the next few months will help continue the upward trend.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has a particularly busy July with the launch of three exciting models expected – the V-Class, C63 AMG and AMG GT. The first mentioned is a boxy people mover that’s been on sale for two months (with first deliveries expected in July). With room for up to eight people, the V-Class may not feature the sculpted, fluid lines you’re used to on other ‘Mercs’, but inside it’s business as usual with luxury appointments and sophisticated tech. Meanwhile, speed enthusiasts will relish the launch of the new C63 AMG and AMG GT – the latter of which offers supercar strength to rival Porsche’s iconic 911 GTS.
Also in July, we’ll likely see the release of the revised Mini Cooper as well as Skoda’s small car Fabia.
In August we’ll welcome a number of SUVs to Australia’s already packed SUV market. Significantly, Ford will release the Everest – a heavy duty 4X4 aimed at the likes of Toyota Prado and Mitsubishi Challenger. The Everest will initially offer two TDCi turbo-diesel engines both related to the updated Ranger. Mercedes-Benz will release its large GLE (replacing the ML-Class). Then there’s the quiet contender Ssangyong, which will attempt to grow market share in Oz with the uniquely styled Tivoli small SUV. The company’s first all-new car in four years, its distinct looks and long list of standard equipment may very well help it succeed.
Mazda will also be busy in August with the release of two new models – including the hotly anticipated MX-5, continuing a long legacy of small convertible sports prowess. The other is the Mazda 2 sedan which will sport sharp looks and equipment grades missing in its predecessor.