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Mike Stevens | Jan, 05 2015 | 13 Comments

If 2014 was a big year for new car launches in Australia, the year ahead looks set to be downright colossal in comparison.

January and February alone will see nine new models make their way to Australian showrooms, ranging from light commuters to family haulers and high-powered performers.

The magic eight-ball is less clear on the months beyond, but TMR has compiled a list of what you can expect in 2015.

In January, variants in Kia’s updated Rio range will land, while Mazda’s updated CX-5 and the all-new BMW X6 will launch in the latter half of the month.

The diary explodes in February, with the new Renault Captur compact SUV and Hyundai Sonata sedan, refreshed Mazda6 sedan and wagon, and Lexus NX 200t all debuting in the first week.

A pair of compact passenger options will arrive in the following week, with the five-seat Citroen C4 Picasso hatch and Honda HR-V compact SUV both due.

It all comes to a head that same week, with the big and powerful new Lexus RC F Coupe due. The carmaker has lined up a media event at Mt Panorama, so keep an eye out for TMR’s review from the mountain.

 

And then?

Further afield, a huge number of new models have already been confirmed, and more than a few are rumoured to be on the way.

Catch our list below, and click through each item to learn more.

  • Alfa Romeo 4C coupe - first quarter launch expected
  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV - Alfa’s hot hatch has been blessed with the 4C's hi-po turbo engine, and we should see it in January (dates still to be confirmed)
  • Audi A1 - Facelift revealed in November, should be here in the early part of 2015.
  • Audi A3 e-tron - Audi's small plug-in hybrid will land near March from "around $60,000".
  • Audi A6, S6 - Refreshed looks and powertrains, first half launch likely.
  • Audi A7, S7 - Midlife update due here in the first quarter.
  • Audi Q3, RS Q3 - update due in second half.

  • Audi Q7 - All-new SUV revealed in December... likely landing this December.
  • Audi R8 - all-new model should land before year's end.
  • Audi RS 3 - Audi's hottest hatch confirmed for Oz at last. But when..?
  • Audi RS 6, RS 7 - big facelifted heroes should arrive mid-year.
  • Audi TT - New coupe due around Feb, Roadster closer to mid-year. Expect the S models in Q3.
  • BMW i8 - On sale around March, but catch out review here.
  • BMW 1 Series - If the facelift appears early in 2015, expect it in Oz by year's end.
  • BMW 2 Series Convertible - new 2 Coupe's drop-top sibling should arrive around February.
  • BMW 3 Series eDrive - BMW's new plug-in hybrid, but no word yet on local plans.
  • BMW 6 Series - Facelift revealed in December, mid-year local launch likely.
  • BMW X1 - New-gen spied testing, could hit Oz by year's end.
  • BMW X5 M and X6M - New hero SUVs should land in the second quarter.

  • Holden Commodore - updated VF range should land this year.
  • Honda Civic - Facelifted hatch due in the first half. Type R to follow in 2016.
  • Honda HR-V - Honda's reborn compact SUV will land in February.
  • Honda Jazz hybrid - Petrol-electric Jazz confirmed for Oz, but timing unclear.
  • Hyundai i10 - Talk of a local berth continues, but still no confirmation.
  • Hyundai i20 - New hatch no sure-thing for 2015, but later in the year could be a chance.
  • Hyundai i30 - Facelift revealed in December should land in the first half.
  • Hyundai i40 - Facelifted sedan and wagon also due first half 2015.
  • Hyundai ix35 - All-new model spied testing, could land here by year's end.
  • Hyundai Sonata - Sonata badge returns with new model in February.
  • Hyundai Veloster - We should see a facelift by the end of the year.
  • Jaguar F-TYPE - Manual and AWD variants due in the second quarter.
  • Jaguar XE - Jag's 3 Series rival should arrive in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Jaguar XJ - Light facelift spied testing, might hit Oz later this year.

Stay tuned for updates as dates and even more new models are confirmed over the coming months.

 
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