NEW CARS FOR AUSTRALIA: JUNE 2014
The cold season is now properly here, but a number of key new models will heat up the Australian new-car market this month.
Kicking off proceedings this week will be Jeep’s new Cherokee, making its Australian media debut in and around the Flinders Ranges today.
Revealed early last year, the 2014 Cherokee marks a number of firsts for Jeep: a new platform, new powertrains, a new nine-speed auto and a striking new look for the Jeep brand.
Watch for reviews of the new Cherokee this week from Tim O’Brien and Karl Peskett.
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FPV GT F
Debuting as a salute to Ford Australia’s long line of legendary GTs, the $77,990 GT F will wear a ‘351’ one badge to honour the Bathurst-taming heroes of years gone by.
The GT F will make its media debut on June 10, and TMR’s Tim O’Brien will be on the scene. Watch for his review.
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Mercedes-Benz S 300 Hybrid
Almost smack in the middle of June, Mercedes-Benz will add a new model to its special S-Class range, welcoming the latest S 300 Bluetec Hybrid.
Partnering a 150kW/500Nm 2.1 litre four-cylinder diesel with a 20kW/250Nm electric motor, the S 300 Hybrid boasts a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds - and fuel use at just 4.5 l/100km.
Watch for Tim’s review of the big new hybrid in the coming weeks, and catch our earlier S-Class reviews below.
BMW 4 Series GC, M3 & M4
Just one day after the Mercedes event, BMW will host the first of two big launches this month for the Bavarian premium brand.
June 18 will see the Australian launch of the new 4 Series Gran Coupe, entering as a four-door companion to the 4 Series Coupe; essentially a sleeker and more lifestyle-oriented alternative to the 3 Series sedan.
TMR’s Tony O’Kane will be on hand for the big drive. Watch for his review.
The former marks the latest evolution of the legendary M3, while the M4 - a replacement for the M3 Coupe - debuts as the first model to ever wear that badge.
Tim will be your man for that big event, watch for his review to come in the opening days of July.
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Hyundai Genesis - First Drive
There’s one more big item on the June calendar, but it’s not a local launch.
For this one, Tony O’Kane will fly to South Korea for a first drive of the new Hyundai Genesis sedan.
That’s an important event, because while the previous Genesis - Hyundai’s first real entry in the luxury market - never made it to Australia, this new sedan will hit our market later this year.
With a rear-wheel-drive layout and premium styling, the new Genesis has the potential to shake up the Australian luxury market.
Local specifications are still to be confirmed, but international models are available with 190kW 3.0 litre, 208kW 3.3 litre and 232kW 3.8 litre V6 engines, along with a bigger 313kW V8 engine.
Watch for Australian details to come soon, and keep an eye out for Tony’s first-drive review out of Korea later this month.
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