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1 MAZDA 3
People who know their stuff are calling the new 3 ” this year’s most important car”, and while we’ve driven it in the US, we’re yet to see what it’s like on Aussie roads. Expect a higherquality cabin with improved NVH, plus standard sat- nav and radar cruise even on the base model. If it’s as good to drive here as it looks, life’s about to get tough for the 3’s rivals.
2 HYUNDAI KONA EV
The EV onslaught continues for the Korean giant with the arrival of a pure electric version of its striking-looking small SUV. Following as it does in the zippy wake of the Ioniq, Hyundai claims the Kona EV has been tested and tuned locally to cope with our ‘special’ roads. Expect a claimed range of 480km from the 64kwh powerpack. The big reveal, though, will be the price...
3 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE
Before the Velar blew our socks off, the Evoque was the pinnacle of Range Rover style, and this second-generation is looking to wrest back the mantle. Bigger and presumably better in key areas, it will introduce a 48-volt mild-hybrid at launch, followed by a PHEV later. For the average driver, however, the three diesel and four turbopetrol engines will be of more interest. Prices will start at $64,640 for the TD4 150, an $8590 increase over the old base model. Ouch.