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
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
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.
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.