Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, with 2016 seeing the heroic new Ford Mustang land in January, before rolling through to the impressive new Subaru Impreza that made its media debut in late December.
Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between.
The past year of international unveilings has also shown that 2017 promises to be a big year in its own right! We’ll see Maserati’s first SUV, the Levante, in January, while the other end of the year will give us Kia’s big new rear-wheel-drive ‘GT’ sedan.
What can we expect in 2017? Catch our list below of newly launched models and everything that’s still to come. Everything we know about right now, that is!
We’ll update this page as the weeks and months roll by, with many models still to be given firm launch dates. And, while the details here have been confirmed by each brand, there are no doubt many models still to be announced – and don’t be surprised if launch dates shift over time.
The list below begins with month-by-month confirmed launches, before spreading out to the more vague ‘quarter’ and ‘half’ confirmations that each brand has offered.
Here’s what we know, so far!
Holden’s trio of limited-edition Commodores
Mercedes-Benz E350e (review soon)
Hyundai Santa Fe Active X V6 (review soon)
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (deliveries due November)
Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg (review soon)
Audi RS3 sedan (potentially June)
Audi TT RS (potentially June)
Audi A5 Cabriolet (potentially September)
McLaren 720s (pricing announced)
Peugeot 3008 (originally first quarter, but overseas demand has delayed local launch)
Jaguar XF Sportbrake (possibly November, with pricing due in July)
Porsche 911 GT3 (pricing announced)
Range Rover Velar (pricing announced)
Skoda Octavia RS245 (not completely locked in)
Citroen C3 (local office confident, but not strictly confirmed)
Subaru WRX (Australian specification still to be confirmed)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe (pricing announced)
Peugeot 5008 – now confirmed for sometime in 2017 (as of 23/01)
Models not listed above, but queried by you, our readers, in the comments section below.
Citroen C5 Aircross – under consideration for Australia, but not confirmed.
Ford Fiesta – no confirmation, this looks like a tricky one…
Ford Mustang – Revealed in January, the new-look ‘Stang will be here in 2018.
Kia Niro – local arm is hopeful, but no confirmation yet.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class – Australian production begins in late 2017 for a 2018 launch.
Skoda Karoq – May 18 unveiling, but won’t hit Australia until sometime next year – likely in the second quarter.
Subaru Forester – no word, but a 2017 international unveiling is possible.
Volkswagen Polo – spied testing in August ’16, which – like the Touareg below – could give us a Geneva motor show unveiling in March. Expect it in Australia by late 2017 or early 2018. No official word yet, though.
Volkswagen Touareg – spied testing in August ’16, we expect a Geneva motor show unveiling in March. Could mean a late 2017 Australian launch, or early in 2018.
Watch for further updates to come in the weeks and months ahead.
In terms of model and manufacturer choice, Australia has one of the biggest new-car markets in the world.
It is also one of the most sophisticated car markets in the world, with all manufacturers offering several variants of each model. At the time of writing, there are 67 manufacturers offering 205 models, divided into 23 different categories.
These categories include micro, light under $25k, light over $25k, small under $40k, small over $40k, medium under $60k, medium over $60k, large under $70k, large over $70k, Upper large under $100k, upper large over $100k, people movers under $60k, people movers over $60k, Sports cars under $80k, Sports cars over $80k, Sports Cars over $200k, small SUVs under $40k, small SUVs over $40k, medium SUVs under $60k, medium SUVs over $60k, large SUVs under $70k, large SUVS over $70k, upper large SUVs under $100k, upper large SUVs over $100k.
Just reading the list of new-car categories gives you an idea of how confusing it can be to select the right car for you. After all, not all buyers are checking in with CarAdvice every morning and night. Even within these categories of new cars you have the option of hatches, coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons.
When you have decided on the body style, you need to consider how many people you are going to be carrying on a regular basis. Does your new car need to have two, four, five, seven or even eight seats? If you need more than eight seats, you should start looking in the mini-bus people-mover category, which is a whole other world. Will your new car need to carry child seats, and how many? Does it need to have a big luggage capacity? Obviously, these factors will have a bearing on which new car suits your needs.
And all of this is before you even consider the engine size or type! Do you want your new car to be powered by a petrol or diesel engine, or are you looking for something greener like a hybrid or even electric? Where is the car going to be driven, and how many kilometres are you going to be driving each year? Will you take it off-road or even out of the city limits?
It’s no wonder so many find buying a new car a daunting task. So, how do you find the best new car for you, or even keep up with all the latest models hitting the market virtually weekly? Right here, CarAdvice provides a great record of all the latest models due to be released and when. It also is a great source of all the latest news in the lead up to the release of these new model.
If the manufacturer is planning to fit a new engine, new technology – either safety or for entertainment, CarAdvice will provide comprehensive coverage of all those changes. But, most importantly, CarAdvice prides itself on driving every new car so it can provide you with all the information you will need when it comes your turn to make a new car purchase.
Whether you are looking for a small and cheap hatch to simply get you to the shops and back, or for a large SUV capable of towing a boat, caravan or horse float or a people mover that will carry a growing family you will find all the information you will need on CarAdvice.
We don’t just test new cars, we put them into real life situations so we can tell you how they perform, towing or tackling the toughest outback tracks. We also take them shopping, use them to drop the kids off at school, and when the right vehicle arrives we even take them out on a racetrack to see just how well they perform.
Just as importantly, we pit them against their closest competitors so you can see how they stack up in regards to features, new technology, driveability, useability and, one of the most important considerations when it comes to purchasing your new vehicle, price.
So, no matter what type of new car you are looking for, or are interested in, CarAdvice can provide you with all the relevant information you need to help you make the right choice for you and your family.
And, right here on this page, our new car listing is also a great way to keep an eye on the latest models coming onto the market and what new cars manufacturers are planning to launch in the future.
So, whether you’re looking to buy your first or tenth new car, or you’re simply a motoring enthusiast who wants to keep up with all the latest cars coming onto the market, the CarAdvice New Car Calendar will keep you up to date with every new car from every manufacturer.