The last quarter of the year is unfolding and there’s no stopping the momentum of new models hitting Australian shores.
The final quarter of 2014 will see an influx of new models arrive in Australian showrooms as manufacturers race to fill holes in their line-ups and take advantage of booming market segments.
Perhaps Australia’s best example of a growing market segment is that of the SUV – which continues to flourish. Accordingly, a range of high-riding models are landing soon.
The smallest of these is the Fiat 500X – a front wheel drive city-loving soft-roader that will share much of its underpinnings with Jeep. A brave new direction for Fiat, the 500X is expected to land in November. Speaking of small SUVs, the Renault Captur (featuring three and four cylinder engines) will also arrive in late November ready to take on the likes of the Holden Trax and Nissan Juke.
Moving up a few classes (and sizes), the long anticipated Lexus NX will slot in under the popular RX when it arrives in October. Though it may be late to the party, the NX’s striking looks and attitude will turn plenty of heads and likely help it find plenty of homes too.
Other long-awaited SUVs include the all-new Kia Sorrento, which arrives in November with improved performance, efficiency and sleek styling.
Turning now to the competitive small car scene – the much loved Toyota Yaris will receive a major update in October – and with good reason, considering the all new Mazda 2 will land in Australia in December. Expected to be a big hit, Mazda’s smallest Australian model will feature grown-up styling (in line with the 3 and 6), along with new performance technology and greater efficiency.
The arrival of the updated Ford Falcon – the last ever Falcon model – in November will be a bittersweet moment for fans of the large sedan. The Falcon, which will retain the same basic glasshouse as the current model, will feature redesigned front and rear styling, as well as upgraded technology inside and under the hood.
NEW MODELS IN SUMMARY:
Here’s a quick-look list of models expected to land in Australian dealerships across October and November
Alfa Romeo Giulietta (facelift)
Infiniti Q50 (petrol)
Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG