Under the skin
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.