Australians are shopping for extra luxurious and efficiency vehicles than ever earlier than – and there is little signal of demand slowing.
Over the following six months there might be an inflow of recent steel that guarantees to shift the premium recreation alongside.
Here are a number of the vehicles we’re most trying ahead to slipping behind the wheel of.
Range Rover Velar
Slotting between the Range Rover Evoque and Sport the Velar is all about fleshing out the luxurious arm of off-road specialist Land Rover.
Fractionally shorter and narrower than the Sport, the Velar has a decrease roof profile and sleeker look, giving it a sportier look than the, err, Sport.
Combined with elongated aspect vents that movement into the entrance doorways in addition to retracting door handles it makes for a extra trendy and athletic look.
Priced north of $70Ok it guarantees to take the problem to much less off-road succesful luxurious SUVs.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
It’s taken some time, however early in 2018 Alfa Romeo will lastly be a part of the luxurious SUV brigade with the Stelvio.
Utilising the spectacular underpinnings of the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio will get basic Italian styling that guarantees to show heads within the more and more crowded SUV area.
The This autumn all-wheel drive system goals to ship rear-drive dynamics by channelling all of the drive rearwards till slip is detected, thereby bringing the entrance wheels into play.
As effectively as four-cylinder engines there would be the 375kW twin-turbo V6 within the flagship Quadrifoglio mannequin.
An replace to Mercedes-Benz’s most luxurious mannequin would ordinarily not get a lot consideration.
Except that the revised S-Class limo ushers within the return of the inline six-cylinder engine for the model.
The as soon as iconic format – which rival BMW by no means walked away from – was beforehand shelved in favour of a V6.
Kicking issues off late this yr is the diesel inline six, full with an electrical turbo to complement the common 1.
Hopefully it is nearly as good because it seems on paper!
There’s a brand new X3 arriving inside months, but it surely’s the M5 that has us most excited in terms of new arrivals from BMW.
With an upgraded model of the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 within the outgoing mannequin, the brand new M5 pumps out 441kW, sufficient to launch it to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds – that is sooner than every other BMW.
But it is the brand new four-wheel drive system that’s the largest change to the M5 formulation, including newfound traction below acceleration.
Even cooler is that the xDrive system may be locked into rear-wheel drive, for when drivers need extra tail sliding enjoyable.
It’s a brand new identify however a well-known formulation with Volkswagen’s upcoming Arteon.
Utilising the fundamentals of the Passat – its predecessor was referred to as the Passat CC, or coupe cabriolet – the Arteon amps up the styling aptitude on the expense of inside area.
There’s a heap of luxurious gear and a feisty 206kW four-cylinder engine driving all 4 wheels.
Ford Mustang replace
The iconic American muscle automotive continues to trounce the sports activities automotive competitors in Australia, with gross sales not even Ford may have dreamt of.
But a minor replace to the styling, due in 2018, is accompanied by larger efficiency and a beefier sound, because of a brand new 10-speed auto transmission and an energetic exhaust system for the V8.
We’re not anticipating a radical change to the straightforward however efficient formulation, but it surely ought to up the enjoyable issue – and tech.
An aspirational Kia? Better consider it.
But the Stinger isn’t any on a regular basis cut price basement Kia.
It’s powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 pumping out 272kW.
So, it is quick then.
It additionally drives the rear wheels, preserving the driving purists content material in an period the place front-drive is the fuel-saving norm.
With pricing from about $50Ok it makes for a tempting proposition as soon as the Commodore V8 bows out, taking with it a proud historical past of reasonably priced muscle vehicles.
Things will get more durable for Holden in 2018 when the model not has any Australian fashions.
But the Commodore will stay on as a German-sourced giant sedan from Opel, an organization General Motors lately bought to Peugeot/Citroen.
It’s a complicated lineage however 1 Holden hopes will enchantment to consumers, with native tweaking of steering and suspension to higher tailor it to Aussie tastes.
There might be loads of tech and a extra luxurious flavour, together with the choice of all-wheel drive.
No V8, although, and the Commodore will shrink for the primary time because the 1978 unique.
Jaguar’s inaugural SUV, the F-Pace, has solely been on sale since 2016, however come 2018 it should have a smaller sibling within the type of the E-Pace.
To be powered solely by four-cylinder engines – each diesel and petrol – the all E-Paces bought right here will drive all 4 wheels, giving it a soft-roader benefit over rivals as different because the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
The E-Pace will even get some fascinating touches, such because the puddle lights that illuminate a silhouette of a jaguar and its cub.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
There’s seemingly no restrict to the breadth of the SUV explosion, as witnessed by the Trackhawk model of the Grand Cherokee.
Its five-seat physique is basically shared with the common bush-bashing Grand, besides the Trackhawk is designed for the race monitor, not dust tracks.
Key to its explosive efficiency is a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 pumping out 527kW, a determine outdone by solely 3 supercars. It’s sufficient to propel it to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds.
A luxurious ute would have been a contradiction solely a decade in the past.
But the load lugging recreation has moved on, to the purpose the place Mercedes-Benz would be the first luxurious model to subject a dual-cab ute.
Based on the underpinnings of the Nissan Navara – it should even be inbuilt a Nissan manufacturing unit and have Nissan four-cylinder engines – the X-Class is shaping as much as be probably the most highly effective ute in its class courtesy of an elective Mercedes V6 diesel.
Bigger and bolder than ever, the 3rd technology Cayenne additionally guarantees to up the driving pleasure of Porsche’s largest mannequin.
Four-wheel steering and an energetic all-wheel drive system are key to the brand new Cayenne’s cornering skills.
Plus, there’s an elective braking system with tungsten-carbide-coated discs.
But it is the hybrid mannequin – which blends a twin-turbo V8 with an electrical motor to make 500kW – that we’re most trying ahead to driving.
It’s been delayed (and delayed) however the G70 will come right here in 2018. But, utilising the underpinnings of the Kia Stinger, the G70 takes an upmarket strategy.
Genesis is Hyundai’s newly shaped luxurious model with massive aspirations of taking over the German vehicles that dominate the panorama.
The mid-sized G70 will kick off from about $60Ok with a four-cylinder turbo or extra for the feistier twin-turbo V6.
It’ll even be the primary of many for a model with a long run luxurious imaginative and prescient.
Toby Hagon from executivestyle.com.au