Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, bringing us cars like the all-new Giulia, the Volvo XC60, Hyundai i30, the Stinger and the… well, the list goes on, and you can find it here.
What can we expect in 2018? 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!
Audi R8 V10 RWS – March or April, Audi Australia tells us.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio – but QV not until the third quarter.
Genesis G80 – possibly May
Volkswagen Crafter – Initial variants arrived in December, and more are due in April. The wider range will roll out through 2019 with around 30 variants.
Kia Carnival – significant update, but details to come.
Volkswagen Polo GTI and Beats edition (regular models launching in March)
Kia Sportage update
Skoda Karoq (previously expected in June)
Suzuki Jimny – not 100% confirmed, but local boss hopeful.
Hyundai Ioniq (originally second quarter)
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (previously expected in the first half)
Ford Ranger Raptor (February 7 unveiling confirmed)
Mazda 6 – Second half of 2018 for updated and turbocharged 6 sedan. No word on turbo petrol wagon.
Models not listed above, but either revealed recently or queried by you, our readers.
BMW M3 CS – local arm keen, but no confirmation yet.
BMW X7 – 2018 expected, but could move to a 2019 launch.
Citroen C5 Aircross – under consideration for Australia, but not confirmed.
Haval H2s – Still no word on whether these more refined designs will ever replace the H2 we currently have…
Haval H7 – a 2018 launch had been expected, but the brand’s local says it is now awaiting confirmation.
Honda Accord – Honda’s playing quiet on this one. No word yet on local timing, some six months after it was unveiled.
Kia Niro – local arm is hopeful, but no confirmation yet.
Lexus UX – no official word at this point, and Lexus (courtesy of its Toyota heritage) is famously tight-lipped when talking about future product.
McLaren Senna – Sometime in 2018, but timing still to be determined.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class updates – Australian timing still to be confirmed.
Skoda Fabia – previously expected to be a styling/mechanical update, we’ll instead see a final runout update package later this year, to make way for a new-generation model in 2019. Details to come.
Subaru Ascent – no Australian launch planned, developed with US market as the focus.
Subaru Forester – next-gen model could be revealed in New York, in March. If so, expect late 2018 or early 2019 for Oz.
Toyota Corolla – we’ve seen snaps of a heavily camouflaged sedan believed to be the new Corolla, but don’t expect it to be revealed until later this year. Perhaps 2019 for Oz.
Toyota RAV4 – supremely unlikely to see a replacement this year, as the current model was only launched in 2013. Probably 2019, maybe even 2020…
Volkswagen Amarok – although not confirmed, we suspect VW won’t stand long for the X-Class having a more powerful V6 offering. Keep your eyes peeled for an upgrade…
Volkswagen Caddy Runner manual – previously expected in the first quarter, now unclear.
Volkswagen Golf GTE – Still no confirmed launch, but company “working hard” on 2018.
Volkswagen Passat update – timing not confirmed.
Volkswagen Tiguan update – timing not confirmed.
Volkswagen Touareg – spied testing in August ’16 and then undisguised in March last year, we expected a Frankfurt motor show unveiling in September 2017. A Geneva unveiling in March now looks likely. Australian debut will occur in 2019, with our market’s production to begin later this year.
Volvo V90 – They reckon it’s still coming, but they keep putting it off. I have a feeling we’ll never see it, but it’s hard to get them to admit that…
Reckon we’ve missed any new models? We might’ve: there’s a lot to remember! Sing out in the comments below if you think of any.
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.
Listen to the CarAdvice team discuss the 2018 New Car Calendar below, and catch more like this at caradvice.com/podcast.