Incoming

APRIL-MAY 2015

Audi A3 e-tron; BMW X5M and X6M; Citroen DS3 update; Ford Mondeo; Holden Astra GTC and VXR, Insignia VXR and Cascada; Hyundai i30 Series II; Kia Sorento; Land Rover Discovery Sport; Mitsubishi Outlander update; Nissan Micra and Juke facelifts, Pulsar SSS sedan and Navara; Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe; Volkswagen Polo GTI

Nissan Navara

You could call 2015 the Year of the Ute, with a new Toyota Hilux, updated Ford Ranger and new Nissan Navara arriving in Aussie showrooms. Designated D23, the 12th-gen Navara will be looking to close the gap to its more popular rivals. It comes with a 2.3-litre Renault-Nissan turbo-diesel four in two forms: a 118kW/403Nm single-turbo version, or a 140kW/450Nm twin-turbo that easily outmuscles the V6 diesel it replaces.

JUNE 2015 ONWARDS

Audi A1 update and Q3 facelift; BMW 6 Series facelift; Infiniti Q70; Kia Proceed GT update; Mercedes-AMG C63 S and GT S; Mini Cooper S JCW; Range Rover Sport SVR; Skoda Fabia; Suzuki Vitara; Toyota Aurion update, Camry facelift and Prius V update

Mercedes-AMG C63 S

It rarely gets better than this: the C63 S, the most potent version of the all-new C-Class sedan and wagon. We Aussies buy more AMG products per capita than any other market, yet we miss out on the lesser-powered 340kW entry-level C63. Instead, we get the stonking 375kW version, badged S, with a 0-100km/h claim of 4.0sec. To make the new C63 even better, it weighs less and is even more fun to drive than its predecessor. Yet its the same price as the C36 of 1995, at $154,900. Wow.