Australian buyers are set to be spoilt this year with a smorgasbord of new cars arriving on our shores, including a number of exciting models over the next few months.
For super car enthusiasts the long-awaited Honda NSX has made its world debut at the 2015 Detroit motor show. Badged as the Acura NSX in North America, it brings an impressive array of technology and futuristic styling, though sadly Australians will have to wait until early 2016 before getting their hands on the halo model. As per the legendary NSX cars of old, the new iteration will be powered by a mid-engined V6 motor, but now with the added spark of hybrid technology. It will, if we’re to believe Honda’s marketing hype, match the driving prowess of the previous NSX, whilst delivering efficiency worthy of a modern super car.
In equally exciting news, the new Audi TT sports car will be unleashed this February. The iconic TT returns lighter, more agile and of course equipped with the thumping power that made the last model a global success. In fact, the high-performance TTS model will feature a huge 228kW – yep, it’s going to be fast.
Good news for Ute buyers, the all new Mitsubishi Triton also arrives in February – just in time to replace the ageing current model. Expect better refinement, fuel economy, safety and off-road ability.
Focusing now on a segment as far removed from the Ute category as it gets, March will bring the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. Arguably the pinnacle of style and luxury, the S-Class Coupe not only looks stunning, but features staggering technology inside and out. From ‘magic body control’ suspension (making it as agile as a car half its size), to the inclusion of optional Swarovski crystals in the headlights – the S-Class Coupe pushes new boundaries in innovation. Power will be delivered by either V8 or V12 power plants.
Coming back down to earth, in 2015 we will see a return of the Sonata nameplate to the Hyundai family in Australia around April. In line with the company’s relentless push to improve its brand quality perception, the Sonata looks impressive inside and out and is expected to feature class-leading equipment and drivetrain specs.
NEW MODELS IN SUMMARY
• Audi TT
• Infiniti Q30
• Kia Carnival
• Mitsubishi Triton
• Volvo XC90
• Lotus Elise
• Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
• Hyundai Sonata