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DE­CEM­BER-JAN­UARY

AUDI Q8; BMW i8 facelift and i8 Road­ster; FORD En­dura, Fo­cus, Mus­tang Bul­litt and Ever­est up­date; GE­N­E­SIS G70 and G80 sedans; HYUNDAI Ioniq hy­brid, plug-in and EV; JAGUAR F-pace up­grade and SVR; KIA Cer­ato hatch; LAND ROVER Range Rover P400e plug-in; LEXUS CT200H up­date and UX; MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG up­date and X350d; PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS; SKODA Fabia facelift; SSANGYONG Musso, Rex­ton and Tivoli

FE­BRU­ARY-MARCH

ALFA ROMEO Stelvio QV; AS­TON MAR­TIN DB11 AMR; AUDI A4, A6 and RS5 Sport­back; BENT­LEY Con­ti­nen­tal GT coupe; BMW 3 Se­ries and i3; FORD Fi­esta ST; HYUNDAI Veloster and Kona EV; JAGUAR I-pace; JEEP Wran­gler; KIA Cer­ato GT; PORSCHE Ma­can up­date; SUZUKI Jimny and Vi­tara Se­ries II

Ford En­dura

The Blue Oval’s re­place­ment for the lo­cally de­vel­oped Ter­ri­tory will be hit­ting show­rooms as you read. The large SUV po­si­tioned between the Es­cape and the Ever­est will kick off at $45K as a Trend front-driver with an eight-speed auto. It will fea­ture a 140kw/400nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, from the base model, up to a sporty mid-spec St-line to the $68K Ti­ta­nium AWD. On the safety front, there’s stan­dard AEB with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, traf­fic-sign recog­ni­tion, lane-keep­ing as­sist, and eight airbags. Ford’s Sync3 sys­tem fea­tures, with Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity via an 8.0-inch colour touch­screen. In ad­di­tion to the de­cent stan­dard spec, op­tions in­clude 19in al­loys for the Trend, a panoramic glass sun­roof for Trend and St-line, and B&O au­dio plus 180-de­gree cam­era for the St-line and Ti­ta­nium.

Kia Cer­ato GT

A warm Kia Cer­ato hatch and sedan are due shortly af­ter the cook­ing Cer­ato (De­cem­ber) fea­tur­ing a 150kw turbo-petrol four, man­ual and dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sions and front-wheel drive. The sportier ver­sions of Kia’s small car fea­ture red-stitched leather, a nice flat-bot­tomed wheel and plenty of safety, com­fort and con­ve­nience kit. Ex­ter­nally, there are big­ger 18in wheels in a mul­ti­spoke de­sign, aero-look ad­di­tions to the front and rear bars, and lower-side mould­ings. A multi-link rear sus­pen­sion un­der­pins a set-up stiff­ened for in­creased han­dling crisp­ness and con­trol.

Audi A6

Our ini­tial over­seas drive sug­gested that the high-tech, next-gen Audi A6 is a sur­pris­ingly sat­is­fy­ing large lux­ury car to steer, which is ironic be­cause the new model also sees the A6 make leaps to­wards a self-driv­ing fu­ture. A mild hy­brid sys­tem does as much for flex­i­bil­ity as ef­fi­ciency and driv­e­train ap­peal. It works a treat, on 12V in four­cylin­der ver­sions and 48V for the sixes. Let­ting the A6 take over for self-driv­ing stretches al­lows ex­tra fo­cus on a classy cabin that takes Audi crafts­man­ship to the next level or, at least, gen­er­a­tion.

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