Australia's new car market, it is fair to say, did not have a stellar year in 2019. Month after month, sales were down, with consumer confidence low and dealers struggling with significant changes to finance regulations.
For those looking to buy, however, 2019 was a strong year of exciting launches across the 60-or-so brands operating in Australia, from the powerful Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q and new-generation Kia Cerato in January to the Mercedes-AMG A35 pocket rocket and BMW 3 Series wagon towards the end of the year.
Much of the 2020 calendar remains vague at this stage, with our crystal ball still to reveal what's to come through the middle and end of the year. But, for now, we're expecting the below models to show up either as described, or simply 'at some point'.
We will, of course, update this calendar through the year as the picture becomes clearer.
Alfa Romeo: New models for 2020
Above: the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante
Aston Martin: New models for 2020
DBS Superleggera Volante – first quarter 2020
Vantage Coupe Manual – mid 2020
Aston Martin DBX – mid 2020
About: The new Audi A3
Audi: New models for 2020
Audi R8 facelift – third quarter, 2020.
Audi RSQ8 – third quarter, 2020.
Audi SQ2 – previously due in late 2019, now pushed out to 2021.
Above: the 2 Series Gran Coupe
BMW: New models for 2020
M4 Edition M Heritage (we’re getting 6 of the 750 being made for global markets) – Early 2020
M8 Competition Coupé – first quarter
X3 xDrive30e – second quarter
Chevrolet: New models for 2020
Citroen: New models for 2020
Above: the new-generation 500 electric car
Fiat: New models for 2020
Above: the Ford Escape
Ford: New models for 2020
Ford Performance Fiesta ST (the only Fiesta variant coming to Oz) – April
Ford Performance Focus ST – June
Above: the Genesis GV80
Genesis: New models for 2020
GV80 - first half
Above: the Honda CR-V
Honda: New models for 2020
CR-V - second half of 2020 (no hybrid)
Civic Type R – end of 2020
Above: the Holden Commodore
Holden: New models for 2020 (none)
NEWS: Holden has been axed in Australia. It will exit the market at the end of 2020, with only remaining stock to be sold. DETAILS
Above: the Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai: New models for 2020
Sonata - second half (pushed out from first half)
Sonata N-Line - sometime in 2020, unveiling expected in April/May.
i20 hatch - not happening
Above: the new D-Max
Isuzu: New models for 2020
Above: the facelifted F-Type
Jaguar: New models for 2020
F-Type facelift - April 2020 (MY21 models)
Other midlife refreshes expected in 2020, but models and timing still to be confirmed.
Above: the new Gladiator
Jeep: New models for 2020
Above: the new Kia Sorento
Kia: New models for 2020
Carnival (new generation) diesel and petrol - Fourth quarter
Picanto update (1.25MPi and 1.0GT engines) - Third/fourth quarter
Rio update - third quarter
Sorento (new generation) petrol - Fourth quarter (previously third)
Stonic - Fourth quarter
Stinger update - Third quarter
Above: the new Defender
Land Rover: New models for 2020
Defender 110 - third quarter
LDV: New models for 2020
Unnamed new model - first quarter
New variants - second quarter (specific details still to come)
Above: the LC Convertible
Lexus: New models for 2020
LC Convertible - second half
Mahindra: New models for 2020
Pik-Up refresh - second quarter expected
Above: the Levante GTS
Maserati: New models for 2020
Levante GTS and Trofeo - first quarter
Unnamed new sports car unveiling (electric GranTurismo?) - May 2020 (local timing still to be confirmed)
Above: the CX-30 SUV
Mazda: New models for 2020
CX-5 update - due "soon" (as of February 25), details still to come. No engine changes.
Above: the Mercedes-Benz GLB
Mercedes-Benz: New models for 2020
AMG GLC 43 - February
AMG GLC 63 - February
A 250 e PHEV - March
CLA 250 - second quarter
AMG CLA 35 - second quarter
GLC 300e - second quarter
GLA (new generation) - third quarter
GLB - third quarter - third quarter
GLE 350e PHEV - third quarter
AMG GLE 53 - third quarter
AMG GLE 63 - third quarter
GLE Coupe (new generation) - third quarter
AMG GLS 63 - third quarter
Mercedes-Maybach GLS - third quarter
Mercedes-Benz Vans: New models for 2020
Above: the Mini JCW GP
MINI: New models for 2020
Cooper SE BEV: Mid-2020
JCW GP: Mid-2020
Above: the new-look Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi: New models for 2020
Pajero Sport - January
Mirage - April
Above: the MG ZS EV (eZS overseas)
MG: New models for 2020
Above: the new Nissan Juke
Nissan: New models for 2020
Juke - July
Above: the new Peugeot 208
Peugeot: New models for 2020
Above: the Porsche Taycan
Porsche: New models for 2020
911 Carrera - January
718 Cayman GT4 - January
718 Spyder - January
Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe - January
Macan GTS - First quarter
718 Boxster GTS 4.0, Cayman GTS 4.0 - Second quarter
Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S - Fourth quarter
We suspect the anticipated 911 Turbo S will bow in Geneva, although this is still to be confirmed. If it does appear there, Porsche's usual routine suggests a third or early fourth quarter launch in Australia.
RAM: New models for 2020
New model variants in first and second quarter (specific details still to come)
"Other significant activity" in the second half
Range Rover: New models for 2020
P400 engine (new inline-six) - January
Above: the Megane RS Trophy-R
Renault: New models for 2020
Captur – late second quarter
Clio – mid third quarter
Zoe – still to be confirmed, but expected for late third quarter
Above: the Skoda Kodiaq RS
Skoda: New models for 2020
Skoda Kamiq – June/July
Skoda Superb facelift – Third quarter for 162TSI and 206TSI.
Above: XV Hybrid, Forester Hybrid
Subaru: New models for 2020
Subaru Outback - December (new generation)
Subaru Liberty – officially speaking, this one is still to be confirmed. Could be that we won't get it...
Suzuki: New models for 2020
Ignis facelift - second quarter
Swift facelift - third quarter
Swift Sport facelift - second quarter
Above: the Toyota GR Yaris
Toyota: New models for 2020
Toyota Yaris - May 2020
Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch - Fourth quarter 2020 (Oct/Nov likely)
Toyota Kluger - originally expected in 2020, now pushed out to beyond US production kickoff. Now expected for 2021.
Above: the Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen: New models for 2020
Volkswagen Arteon – set to return late in 2020
Volkswagen California Beach – third quarter 2020
Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 – around mid-year
Above: the XC40 Recharge
Volvo: New models for 2020
V60 (here now)
XC40 Recharge EV - towards end of 2020
XC40 Recharge PHEV - mid 2020
Polestar 2 - towards end of 2020
NOTE: This article is being updated weekly. 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.
Now that you know what's coming, how do you decide which car is best for you?
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.