Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between.
What can we expect for the remainder of 2017, and what's arrived so far? 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!
Mercedes-Benz E350e (review soon)
Hyundai Santa Fe Active X V6 (review soon)
Jaguar F-Type V6 and V8 models (review soon)
BMW 530e iPerformance (review soon)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class update (review soon)
Volkswagen Golf 7.5 GTI update (review soon)
Audi RS3 Sportback (previously October)
STILL TO COME
THE YEAR AHEAD
Models not listed above, but queried by you, our readers, in the comments section below.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio - February.
Alpine A110 - second half of 2018, confirmed.
BMW i8 Roadster - local timing still to be confirmed, but BMW is expecting a mid-2018 launch.
BMW M3 CS - local availability not yet confirmed.
BMW X5 - no confirmation, but likely to be revealed in 2017.
Chevrolet Camaro - July launch of converted coupe confirmed.
Chevrolet Silverado - Second-quarter launch for converted truck.
Citroen C4 Picasso facelift (no longer coming, removed from Oz line-up)
Citroen C5 Aircross - under consideration for Australia, but not confirmed.
Ford Mustang - Revealed in January, the new-look 'Stang will be here in 2018.
Haval H2 update - No longer set for 2017. Pushed back to sometime in 2018, timing still to be confirmed.
Holden Acadia - the new Captiva-replacing Acadia goes on sale next year.
Holden Commodore - the new-generation Commodore will go on sale next year.
Honda Accord - Honda's playing quiet on this one. No word yet on local timing.
Genesis G70 (Australian details) (REVIEW)
UPDATE: The G70 was originally due here in the second half of 2017. As of August 15, the G70 is no longer scheduled for 2017. Hyundai Australia is anticipating a January/February 2018 launch, but a specific explanation for the delay has not been offered.
Hyundai i30 N (prototype drive review) (i30 N revealed at last) (FIRST DRIVE)
UPDATE: As of August 15, the i30 N's Australian launch is now delayed to 2018, currently expected for February or March. Hyundai has declined to offer details on the delay.
Hyundai Ioniq - Original plan was for hybrid model to launch in December 2017, but has now been pushed back to second quarter of 2018. PHEV and EV models even further out, with no clear timing or certainty.
Infiniti QX50 - Late 2018 launch expected.
Infiniti QX80 makeover - First half of 2018 expected.
Kia Carnival - Significant update due late in the first quarter of 2018.
Kia Niro - local arm is hopeful, but no confirmation yet.
Lexus RX L - Australian launch due in February.
Mazda 6 - Second half of 2018 for updated and turbo'd up 6 sedan. No word on turbo petrol wagon.
Mazda MX-5 RF LE - Pricing revealed, but won't hit showrooms until March 2018.
McLaren Senna - Sometime in 2018, but timing still to be determined.
Mercedes-Benz CLS - Second quarter, 2018.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class updates - Australian timing still to be confirmed.
Nissan Leaf - late 2018, although exact timing still to be confirmed.
Porsche 911 Carrera T - Australian launch due in second quarter, 2018.
Range Rover (the big one) - Facelifted line-up due here in March, 2018.
Range Rover Sport - Due in April 2018, with new PHEV variant.
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.
Subaru Liberty - January.
Subaru Outback - January.
Volkswagen Caddy Runner manual - First quarter 2018.
Volkswagen Crafter - previously due late 2017, Crafter will now roll out from Feb/March 2018, and then through 2019 with around 20 variants.
Volkswagen Golf GTE - Still no confirmed launch, but company "working hard" on 2018.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Original - Early 2018 for new more affordable three-door.
Volkswagen Golf R Grid - Originally set for December 2017, now moved to January.
Volkswagen Passat - MY18 had been hoped to have an Australian production slot this year, but it is now understood to have been delayed to early next year.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace - first-half 2018.
Volkswagen Touareg - spied testing in August '16, we expect a Frankfurt motor show unveiling in September. A 2018 debut looks likely.
Watch for further updates to come in the weeks and months ahead.
Reckon we've missed any new models? Sing out in the comments below!
Now that you know what's coming, how do you decide which car is best for you?
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