TMR Team | Jul 2, 2013

UPDATE: This article has been given a mid-year makeover, listing new models that have launched and newly-revealed models that are still to come.

The Australian new-car landscape is in for a deluge, with dozens of new models and updates scheduled to hit showrooms this year.

The popular Small Car and SUV segments will only get hotter in 2013, as will the luxury end of market.

Among this year's launches so far is Holden's massively overhauled 2013 Commodore, graduating at last to the 'VF' nameplate and bringing a host of advancements to the range.

What else is due? Read on, and click through the links for more information on each model.

Alfa Romeo

No new launches for Alfa this year, although the Mito and Giulietta have both benefited from price adjustments.

Watch for the new 4C coupe to arrive early in 2014.

Aston Martin

Aston's new Vanquish made its Australian debut in January, replacing the flagship DBS model made famous by a couple of appearances in the James Bond movies.

The newly revealed Vanquish Volante will also hit Australia this year, expected in December.

The DB9 has also been updated with Virage-like lines (which has now been discontinued), and that too is now available in Australia.


Audi's brand-new A3 hatch debuted in May, while the hotter S3 will debut later this year.

The powerful SQ5 SUV also arrived in May, and the hot new RS 4 Avant performance wagon arrived earlier in February.

The latest variant in the TT range, the RS Plus, launched in February, and the recently updated R8 supercar followed in March.

Lastly, watch for the RS 6 Avant powerhouse to hit our shores later this year.


The Touring wagon variant in BMW's new 3 Series range arrived in March, and the new 3 Series GT will debut in September.

Most 'Bimmer' fans will be watching for a local debut of the new 4 Series, replacing the current 3 Series Coupe and Convertible models early in 2014.

The all-new X5 SUV was also revealed in May, and is due in Australia later this year. Lastly, the refreshed 5 Series range will also debut here later this year.

The updated Z4 roadster should also be here in the coming weeks.


Crewe's powerful Continental GT Speed made its Australian debut recently, priced from $450,000 plus on-roads.

The new Flying Spur sedan is also understood to be in for a late 2013 debut.


Chrysler launched a more affordable version of its 300 SRT8 in May, introducing the $56,000 Core model.

Little else has been confirmed for Chrysler in Australia this year, although a new 200 sedan will debut internationally in 2014. Expect to see it in Australia later next year.


Citroen's C4 diesel and C4 Aircross models landed new drive-away pricing in May, but little else has happened with the French brand.

The carmaker also shuffled Australian pricing in February, and added Capped Price Servicing. Next year we should see a new Picasso model.


The Aventador-rivalling F12 Berlinetta will hit Australia in July, following last October's local launch. The big Fezza will power into showrooms with a 545kW V12 engine, a $691,100 price tag... and an 18-month waiting list.


Fiat's Freemont SUV landed in Australia in April, while the light and powerful Fiat 500 Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati debuted this month... with a $60,000 price tag.

The regular Fiat 500 range got a new starting price in June, kicking off from just $14,000 drive-away.

The Grande Punto and Panda models are also expected to come to Australia later this year, including the 132kW Abarth Punto Evo Supersport.


Ford's little hotbox, the new Fiesta ST, will debut in August, along with the facelifted regular Fiesta range.

Ford also waved off the old Kuga SUV that arrived last year, welcoming the all-new Kuga in April.

The new Mondeo range was expected to arrive late in 2013, but production delays overseas suggest a 2014 launch is now likely.

What of the Ecosport crossover? Despite appearing at last year's Australian International Motor Show, you won't see it in showrooms until December. Of course, we've already driven it. Catch our review here.


China's Geely, until now available only in Western Australia, will launch its EC7 midsized hatch and sedan in Australia in the second half of 2013.


Holden launched its new Malibu midsized sedan in Australia this month, priced from $28,490.

The massively updated Commodore - now known as the VF - also debuted this year, with a launch event held last month.

Focusing on fuel efficiency and passenger safety, the 'new' Commodore brings lightweight aluminium panels, new driving aids and a new look.

The debut of the VF Commodore also marks the large sedan's return to the US market, where a performance-focused Chevrolet SS model will be offered in limited numbers.

Holden will also launch the compact Trax crossover later this year, likely in September.


Honda's local Jazz line-up welcomed a hybrid variant in February, while a diesel version of the Civic hatch debuted in April.

A diesel CR-V should hit later in the year - likely September - and the updated CR-Z hybrid sports hatch also launched in April.

The most important new model for Honda in 2013 however will be the new Accord sedan, which made its Australian debut in May.


Korea's number-one carmaker has just two all-new models on its 2013 dance card for Australia, launching the new i30 Tourer wagon in February and the i30 three-door hatch in July.

A new European-sourced version of the ix35 SUV also landed this year, known as the ix35 Special Edition.


Infiniti's new Q50 sedan - the first all-new model to adopt the rebooted 'Q' naming system - will hit Australia late in 2013

The brand made its Australian debut in 2012, with the most recent addition being the G37 Coupe and Cabriolet models.


The important F-TYPE roadster will join Jaguar's local line-up in August, giving the marque a rival for Porsche's 911 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Prices start at $139,000.

The big XFR-S performance sedan is also expected here around mid-year, packing a 404kW/680Nm supercharged V8 engine and a $222,545 price tag.

The new XF Sportbrake has also been confirmed for an Australian debut at last, but it won't be here until next year.

Jaguar's Australian arm revised its line-up and pricing in October last year, and launched the 2.0 petrol XF in December.


Jeep will launch its facelifted Grand Cherokee range in Australia in the coming weeks. Watch for our review.


Kia's new Cerato range debuted in April, priced from $19,990. The hatch and new Koup models are expected later this year.

A long-awaited replacement for the small Rondo people-mover launched this month, with the new Rondo priced from $29,990.

The turbo version of Kia's European-market Pro_Cee'd has been confirmed for Australia, but a launch isn't expected to occur until next year.

Land Rover

The brand-new and full-sized Range Rover 4WD launched earlier this year, priced from $168,900. See our review here.

A new Range Rover Sport also debuted this year, and its Australian launch is happening in June. The new model is available from $102,800.


The Aventador supercar's Roadster twin is expected in Australia soon, while a final version of Lamborghini's Gallardo baby has also been launched.


China's SAIC launched its range of LDV-branded commercial vans into Australia in January.


The new Lexus IS sedan will arrive in the coming weeks, following January's Detroit Auto Show unveiling.

The large ES sedan has also been locked in for an Australian return, due later this year.


Development of Lotus' new Esprit continues overseas, but at least the new Exige S can now be had in Australia.


The new Quattroporte sedan, driven by a choice of turbo V6 and V8 engines, will go on sale in Australia later this year, expected to debut in September.

Also watch for the all-new 'Ghibli' sedan to debut in the coming year, following May's local launch of the GranCabrio MC.


The new Mazda3 will get its international unveiling in June, and while local timing is still to be confirmed, we expect it to arrive later this year.

The 2.5 litre petrol version of the Mazda CX-5 SUV also debuted this year.


Merc's brand-new A-Class small car hit Australia in March, along with the top-shelf turbocharged A 250 hotbox. The hero model, the A 45 AMG, should be here around November.

The extensively updated E-Class range also debuted in June, arriving first in sedan and Estate wagon form. The coupe will arrive later.

The new S-Class limousine will launch locally in November, and the small CLA four-door coupe is also expected sometime around August.


MINI's new high-riding $35,900 Paceman hatch landed in March, offering a three-door alternative to the current Countryman five-door SUV.

The Paceman John Cooper Works performance model is also here, priced from $58,600. Watch for our review.


Mitsubishi's Mirage badge returned to Australia in January, priced from $12,990 drive-away.

A new 'Attrage' sedan version of the Mirage has also debuted internationally, although an Australian launch is still to be confirmed.

A hybrid version of the new Outlander SUV was also due this year, but high demand in Japan has pushed a local launch out to early 2014.


Nissan's full Pulsar small-car range is now on sale in Australia, with the sedan arriving early this year and the hatch models - including the new SSS - debuting earlier this month.

Nissan will push on with its bid to become Australia's number-one fully imported brand, launching a handful of brand-new models this year.

The headline act will be the new Altima midsizer, already available overseas and led into the Australian market with an aggressive 2013 V8 Supercar racing campaign.

As for SUVs, the quirky Nissan Juke crossover will finally make its way to Australia this year, along with a brand-new Pathfinder.

The big and brawny petrol V8 Patrol flagship is also now available.

The Leaf EV landed a price drop in May, the small electric hatch dropping below $40,000.

And of course, the annual update to Nissan's hero GT-R performance coupe arrived in February.


Opel launched its powerful OPC models this year, including the light Corsa OPC, the small Astra OPC and the midsized Insignia OPC performance models.

The Insignia range picked up a key styling update this year, but an Australian debut for the tweaks aren't expected until next year.

The small Astra landed new engine and transmission options in June, all now available in Australia.

Opel's small Zafira people-mover is also bound for Australia, due here in July.

The new Cascada cabriolet is expected here early in 2014, and the small Mokka crossover will debut later this year.


The facelifted RCZ coupe made its Australian debut in May, while the more powerful RCZ R will be here in the coming months.

The the 208 GTi hot hatch will arrive in June, and the seven-seater 5008 wagon is also now available in Australia.

Lastly, watch for the new compact 2008 SUV to hit Australia sometime around November.


The brand-new Cayman coupe joined its Boxster twin here this year, with the first deliveries landing in April.

New top-shelf models in the 911 range will also appear later in the year, including the track-focused GT3 and the hero 911 Turbo.


Proton's small Prevé is now on sale in Australia, arriving with an 80kW petrol engine and a $18,990 drive-away price. A 103kW turbo version is expected in the coming months.

The Exora people-mover is also due this year, offering seven seats, the same 103kW turbo petrol engine and a CVT automatic transmission.


The all-new Clio light car will arrive to shake up Renault's line-up, and it is hoped that the turbocharged RS version could arrive here in time for Christmas.


RR will roll out its brand-new Wraith coupe in Australia later this year, but details are still to be confirmed.


Skoda's sharp new Rapid is due here in the coming months, following its local debut at last year's Australian International Motor Show.

The brand-new Octavia and Octavia RS models have also been revealed. The regular Octavia range is due later this year, but don't expect the RS models until early 2014.

An update to the Superb range debuted overseas in April, but that too is not expected here until next year.


The SUV story continues with Subaru, launching its next-generation Forester SUV in February.

And, while the new WRX performer has been spied testing, it has yet to be revealed. Don't expect that one until mid-2014 at the earliest.


Suzuki will launch its brand-new SX4 SUV into Australia later this year. And, while local timing is still to be confirmed, an update to the Swift light car has also been revealed.


Tesla's electric Model S luxury sedan was expected here this year, but a 2014 debut is now looking likely.

Exact details are still to be confirmed, but a price in the $100,000-$200,000 range is expected to accompany its 4.4 second 0-100km/h sprint claim.


Toyota's full-on 2012, including the recently-arrived Corolla, was followed this year by the the all-new RAV4 midsized SUV.

The brand-new Corolla Sedan made its global debut in June, but an Australian debut won't occur until next year.


Volkswagen's big event in 2013 was the launch of its new seventh-generation Golf volume-seller, debuting in April. The new GTI will follow later this year, while the wagon will be here from early 2014.

The new Beetle also hit Australia this year, debuting in February.


The Volvo V40, the first all-new model since Volvo was bought by China's Geely last year, made its Australian debut in February.

Updated versions of the XC60, S60 and V60 all debuted internationally in February, and should be here later this year.

At the top end of the range, Volvo's performance-focused S60 Polestar debuted in June, priced at $109,950 plus on-roads.

There you have it. Keep your eyes on TMR in 2013, as we bring you all the news and reviews on Australia's new cars.


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