Un­der the skin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha! - Paul Gover

WHAT IS IT? BMW CAT WHYTHE FUSS? Next-gen­er­a­tion small car

WHEN’S IT HERE? Late next year HOW­MUCH? No in­di­ca­tion yet Big-name brands are rush­ing to the small-car class and this fu­ture BMW is part of the Ger­many com­pany’s next drive. It’s co­de­named the CAT (Com­pact Ac­tiv­ity Tourer) and is com­ing as BMW pairs its new range of su­per­s­mall cars with the next Mini line-up. The CAT should be road-ready in 2014 to ri­val Benz’s A-Class.


Lurk­ing un­der the longer-and-wider Evoque body­work is the next Free­lander, which should be pre­viewed early next year and go on the road in 2015. Land Rover’s next bedrock car will be big­ger and more lux­u­ri­ous but still in the af­ford­able mid-sized SUV class.


What looks like any other Audi Q7 is ac­tu­ally a test mule do­ing de­vel­op­ment work for the all-new model com­ing in 2014. The big­gest change in the switch to a new VW Group plat­form, which will also be the base of ev­ery­thing from the Volk­swa­gen Touareg to the Lam­borgh­ini Urus, is a body change that means the next Q7 will be about 400kg lighter.


The small­est of the Hyundai fam­ily is still not con­firmed for Aus­tralia but de­vel­op­ment is pick­ing up pace in Europe. The next i10 for 2014 is even hot lapping at the Nur­bur­gring in Ger­many, where Hyundai has just opened a test cen­tre.

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