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Stinger reaches for the stars

Kia’s Stinger range has finally been given the full five stars from ANCAP. Kia Motors Australia (KMAu) has fitted automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist to the entry-level Stinger liftback variants, resulting in five-star ratings for the entire range. That brings the previously three-star rated 200S and 330S in line with the rest of the Stinger line-up, although Kia has raised the price of these two models by $1000, the two cars now priced at $46,990 and $49,990 respectively.

JUNE-JULY

ASTON MARTIN Vantage and DB11 Volante; AUDI A8; BENTLEY Bentayga V8; CHEVROLET Camaro; FORD Mustang facelift; HYUNDAI Santa Fe; JEEP Grand Cherokee update; KIA Cerato sedan; LAND ROVER Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid; MERCEDES-BENZ CLS-Class; PORSCHE Cayenne; VOLKSWAGEN Mk6 Polo Beats and GTI, and Tiguan Allspace

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER

AUDI A7 Sportback; BENTLEY Continental GT coupe; BMW i8 facelift and i8 Roadster; GENESIS G70 and G80 sedans; HYUNDA Ioniq; MAZDA CX-8 Diesel; MERCEDES-AMG GLC63 wagon and coupe; TOYOTA Corolla hatch

DUE JULY

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Porsche’s burgeoning performance-hybrid strategy will expand with the new-gen Cayenne in plug-in E-Hybrid form. With battery capacity increased by 30 percent and EV performance enhanced by 43 percent, it’s a far more effective SUV than its hybrid predecessor. Able to drive 44km (and reach 135km/h) on electricity alone, the E-Hybrid combines a 250kW 3.0-litre turbo-petrol V6 with a 100kW electric motor for 340kW in total system power, with 700Nm on tap from just above idle. Porsche claims it’ll do 0-100km/h in 5.0sec and nudge 253km/h, while its average consumption on the Euro drive cycle is 3. 3.2-3.4L/100km (depending on tyres).

DUE JULY

Mazda CX-8 Diesel

Looking conspicuously like the lovechild of an incestual affair between a CX-5 and a CX-9, Mazda’s seven-seat CX-8 will slot just below the seven-seat CX-9 in size but slightly above it for price. Filling the hole that the petrol-only CX-9 can’t, the diesel-only CX-8 blends a slightly sportier exterior with Mazda’s fresh new 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel four, tied to a six-speed automatic ’box. Expect front- and all-wheel-drive versions, and at least two trim levels. Given the huge success of Mazda’s wieldy CX-5, the only thing likely to hold back the CX-8 here is supply.

DUE OCTOBER

Fo Ford Mustang Bulli g Bullitt

Hoping to synchronise its arrival with the October 17 anniversary of the film it gets its name from, today’s Mustang Bullitt is all about reviving the spirit of the 1968 original. Australia will only see the Bullitt in Dark Highland Green (not the black also offered in the US) and she’s loaded – white cue-ball gearshift knob, 19-inch ‘classic torque thrust’ alloys, full GT Premium and Performance packages, active-valve performance exhaust, Shelby GT350 intake manifold, adaptive magnetic dampers and black leather Recaro front buckets.