2015 New Car Releases - The Best Is Yet To Come
Posted by stratton on 17/07/2015 at 3:30pm
Haven't yet got around to buying that shiny new car you were dreaming about? Well perhaps it's for the best…
There have been some wonderful new releases this year so far, but just wait till you see these.
From the cool and funky, the elegant and refined, to the gobsmackingly gorgeous, tech laden, rugged and practical — we guarantee the second half of 2015 has something special for every taste.
Every one of these eight has just what it takes to make you the talk of the town and turn your neighbours green with envy.
Audi TTS Roadster
The first edition of Audi's soft-top sports classic was a lot more about style than performance. Now, in its third generation, the TTS packs a good deal more in the way of performance.
It's lighter and more powerful than predecessors, with both auto and manual variants shaving half a second off their 100km/h dash times to make 4.6 and 4.9 seconds respectively. The TTS also includes a new all-wheel drive system as standard.
The new body styling reflects the performance upgrade well. It's still possible to make out the original Bauhaus design influence, but many of the curves have now gone; replaced with more athletic-looking lines and angles.
The real wow factor of the new TTS comes from its stunning interior and all-digital high tech cockpit. The slick virtual dashboard, in particular, is an absolute showstopper. Its 31cm TFT display morphs between 3D Google maps with superimposed speedometer and rev counter, and infotainment console.
2015 Audi TTS Roadster. Photo credit: Audi
Price: Circa $82,000
Engine: 2.0-litre Turbocharged Petrol 4 Cylinder
Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed DSG
0 to 100km/h: 4.9 seconds for manual | 4.6 seconds for automatic
Mazda's tough one-tonner has earned an impressive 8.75% market share among 4x4 and 4x2 variants by doing lots of things well.
Designed primarily for on-road use, it out-hauls its competitors while at the same time offering first class ride quality, comfort, responsive steering and transmission.
Sharing many of the same design features and underpinnings as the Ford Ranger, the high ride height and flared wheel arches make the BT-50 a practical tradie choice.
There was only one problem with the outgoing version—the way it looked. The smiley face grill was just a bit too much like Thomas the Tank Engine's wimpy cousin for most people's liking.
Mazda aims to fix this with a major design overhaul for the new release, which is expected here in July.
Price: $25,570 - $53,140
Engine: 2.2-litre 4 Cylinder | 3.2-litre 5 Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel
Output: 375Nm @1500rpm and 110kW @3700rpm | 470Nm @1750rpm and 147kW @3000rpm
Transmission: Six-Speed Manual/Auto
Fuel: 7.6L/100km | 9.2L/100km
The Prado is Australia's top selling SUV. Clearly Toyota aims to keep it that way, as the forthcoming revision due in August comes just two years after a major mid-life upgrade.
The new launch is timed to compete head-on with Ford's launch of what it hopes will be a Prado killer, the brand new Everest.
The main change to the Prado will be improved engine efficiency. The 3.0-litre engine will be replaced by a smaller, 2.8-litre four cylinder turbo diesel, which will deliver slightly more power than the old one. Fuel efficiency is reported to be around 10% better.
Additionally, the new Prado GXL is expected to include sat-nav as standard, while the Prado Kakadu is likely to include rear-cross traffic alert.
2015 Toyota Prado. Photo via: Motoring.com.au
Price: Data currently not available
Engine: 2.8-litre 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel
Output: 130kW and 450Nm (Auto)/420Nm (Manual)
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual/Auto
Fuel: 8.0L/100km (Auto) | 7.9L/100km (Manual)
As one of the very first luxury SUV offerings from any manufacturer, the original Volvo XC90 was a famous success. Twelve years after that first launch, Volvo has finally got around to producing a second generation. This time it will find its once-empty niche crowded with heavyweight competition.
As the first new model since the Swedish company's acquisition by the Chinese company Geely Automobile, everyone is dying to know if this one will be as good as the original when released in August.
Volvo tells us that their new seven seat XC90 is the safest and most technologically advanced car they've ever built. Included are two world first safety technologies: a run-off-road protection package and auto-brake-at-intersection capability. It also features a range of auto braking and acceleration technologies in its new standard City Safety package.
The original XC90 was a fairly swanky machine, but the new model is much more the high end luxury vehicle. Though clearly designed as a family car, the interior is sure to impress with sleek high quality touches everywhere, and genuine leather, wood and metal finishes throughout.
Both two litre supercharged turbo petrol and twin turbo diesel engine options punch well above their weight. A super powerful plugin hybrid is also due at the end of the year.
2015 Volvo XC90. Photo credit: Volvo
Price: $89,950 - $122,950 + ORC
Engine: 2.0-litre 4 cylinder Super/Turbo Petrol | 2.0-litre Twin Turbo Diesel
Transmission: Eight-speed Auto
Ford has been making headlines with some great new unveilings lately, but the all new Everest may prove to be its crowning glory when it launches throughout Australia, Asia and Africa later this year.
Created with the intention of trumping Toyota's best-selling Prado seven seater, the Everest will be class leading in terms of safety, fuel efficiency, off-road capabilities, haulage capacity and driver assistance technology.
And just like its close sibling, the Ranger ute, the Everest owes much of its design and development to the Ford Australia team.
From the get go it will offer a huge range of drivetrain options, with engine, transmission and drive configurations to satisfy most needs and budgets. There are three engine choices: a super-efficient and powerful 2.0-litre 4 cylinder turbo petrol (which Ford says can match a 3.5-litre V6), along with 2.2-litre 4 cylinder and 3.2-litre 5 cylinder diesels.
Notable driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, auto braking, blind spot monitoring, forward and rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assistance, hands free reverse parallel parking along with front and rear cameras.
Ford's SYNC2 infotainment system also relays geolocation coordinates to emergency services in the event of accident. It also has a great feature for parents of young drivers: The MyKey System, which can be programmed to limit top speeds and other safety critical functions.
2015 Ford Everest. Photo credit: Ford
Price: $54,990 - $76,990 + ORC
Engine: 2.0-litre 4 Cylinder Petrol, 2.2-litre 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel, 3.2-litre 5 Cylinder Diesel
Output: Data not currently available
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual/Auto
Fuel: Data not currently available
BMW 3 Series
To coincide with the 3 Series' 40th birthday, BMW is introducing a significant overhaul to the current generation.
The headline change is a brand new set of engines, drivetrains and model numbers.
Notable additions include a 3 cylinder 1.5-litre turbo in the 318i, which replaces the outgoing 316i. There's also a powerful mid-range plugin hybrid in the pipeline, the 330e, but we won't see this until sometime in 2016.
The top of the range petrol engine in the 340i is a 3.0-litre turbo 6 cylinder, delivering 240kW/450Nm and capable of 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
All-wheel drive options are available on most models, as is a new option for full LED lighting. The new 3 Series also features some styling tweaks to front and rear bumpers along with changes to cabin design.
2015 BMW 3 Series Sedan. Photo credit: BMW
318i Sedan | 3 Cylinder 1.5-litre Petrol | 100kW/220Nm | circa $54,000
320i Sedan | 4 Cylinder 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol | 135kW/290Nm | circa $62,000
320d Sedan | 4 Cylinder 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel | 140kW/400Nm | circa $64,000
320i Wagon | 4 Cylinder 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol | 135kW/290Nm | circa $65,000
320d Wagon | 4 Cylinder 2.0-litre Turbo Diesel | 140kW/400Nm | circa $67,500
330i Sedan | 4 Cylinder 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol | 185kW/350Nm | circa $70,000
330i Wagon | 4 Cylinder 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol | 185kW/350Nm | circa $73,500
340i Sedan | 6 Cylinder 3.0-litre Turbo Petrol | 240kW/450Nm | circa $70,000
Transmission: Choice of Six-speed Manual or Eight-speed Auto
Small enough for your kitty to drive in the next viral YouTube video, Jeep's cheeky-but-chunky new offering looks set to become the mini SUV against which all others will be compared.
The compact SUV market is the fastest growing of any auto sector right now, so behind its fun and frivolous exterior there's very serious intent.
Two of the Renegade's most covetable features are a nine-speed auto transmission and a cool removable roof!
It's a perfect small city car, and no doubt will be positioned as such. Yet this is no soft-roader. While not as hardcore as some of its larger stablemates, the Renegade does boast some pretty serious off-road capabilities.
For instance, the top-of-the-range Trailhawk model offers 220mm clearance and can plough through water nearly half a metre deep. It's also eminently stable on steep inclines.
Well-endowed with tech such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic braking and rear cross traffic alert, the Renegade also offers a range of petrol engines along with off-road and luxury packages.
2015 Jeep Regegade. Photo credit: Jeep
Price: Expected to start at around $24,000
Engine: 1.6-litre Petrol | 1.4-litre Turbo Petrol | 2.4-litre Petrol
Output: 81kW/152Nm | 103kW/230Nm | 130kW/230Nm
Transmission: Nine-speed Auto
Fuel: Data not currently available
The all new Ford Mustang must surely be one of the most exciting new arrivals to Australia in a generation.
With the imminent demise of Australian-made Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores, we're tipping the Mustang to become Australia's new V8 cult car. It's feisty, fast and jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
The new Australian Mustang will be factory produced as a right-hand-drive vehicle for the first time, with suspension custom tuned for our roads.
Though well-endowed with X-factor and straight line grunt, Mustangs of old always lacked the handling capabilities of European competitors. But brand new independent front and rear axles and suspension have solved those problems.
The new gen-six Mustang offers precise, composed steering, along with confidence-inspiring, controllable oversteer.
The two engine options are a 2.3-litre, 4 cylinder turbocharged Ecoboost that gives 233kW and 432Nm and a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8, producing 303kW and 525Nm.
The entry level model is a 6 speed manual coupe costing $44,990 + ORCs. At the top end is the snarling V8 GT convertible costing to $63,990.
2015 Ford Mustang. Photo credit: Ford
Price: $44,990 + ORC (Manual Coupe) | $63,990 + ORC (V8 GT Convertible)
Engine: 2.3-litre 4 Cylinder Ecoboost | 5.0-litre V8
Output: 233kW/432Nm | 303kW/525Nm
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual/Auto
Fuel: 9.5L/100km | 12.3L/100km
0 to 100km/h: 5.2 seconds | 4.5 seconds
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