2024 will be another big year for new car releases in Australia.

A variety of electric vehicles, ranging from compact and medium SUVs to utes and off-roaders, are poised to debut in local showrooms throughout the upcoming year. 

Despite the notable sales success of Chinese EVs like those from BYD and MG in 2023, and the global dominance of the Tesla Model Y as the best-selling car, Australia’s automotive landscape remains inclined towards dual cab utes. The Ford Ranger secured the title of the top-selling car last year, closely trailed by the Toyota HiLux.

Nevertheless, the automotive scene in Australia is on the brink of change in 2024, as highly anticipated vehicles across popular segments, along with additional electric offerings from emerging brands like BYD and MG, are set to hit showrooms. 

Here are a few from our “can’t wait” list:

Cadillac Lyriq

The first in Cadillac’s electric-only lineup, the Lyriq is set to launch with a high-spec 373kW dual-motor, all-wheel drive model, potentially priced at $150,000 in the second half of the year. Cadillac aims to maintain a luxurious feel in the EV cabin, featuring a 33-inch electronic dashboard, 19-speaker sound system, and various high-tech comforts.

Hyundai Santa Fe 

The larger 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe, with a redesigned exterior, promises a more accessible and spacious interior, emphasizing a connection with the outdoors. Engine options, including a fuel-efficient hybrid, are yet to be confirmed, and pricing is expected to increase from the current $50-70,000 range.

MG Cyberster

MG’s electric convertible sportscar, the Cyberster, pays homage to classic MG roadsters. With up to 501km of range (based on China’s test regime) and a dual-motor all-wheel drive model offering 3.2-second acceleration to 100km/h, the Cyberster blends performance with nostalgic design.

Kia EV5

Joining Kia’s electric vehicle lineup, the EV5 compact SUV is set to offer a 64kWh battery, 160kW motor, and up to 530km range. A more powerful dual-motor model with extended range may also be available, aligning with Kia’s goal of selling 1 million electric vehicles worldwide annually by 2026.

BYD Seal U

Anticipated to arrive in March or April, the BYD Seal U, a medium SUV, may initially launch as a plug-in hybrid in Australia. Positioned competitively, it follows BYD’s success in the global electric vehicle market.

Mitsubishi Triton

The sixth-generation Mitsubishi Triton, launching in February, features a new bi-turbo diesel engine with increased towing capacity. Equipped with Mitsubishi’s super all-wheel drive system, the Triton targets both off-road capability and the lifestyle expectations of ute buyers.

Polestar 3 / Polestar 4

Two new Polestar models, the Polestar 3 SUV and Polestar 4 with SUV-coupe styling, are expected in 2024. The Polestar 4, the brand’s fastest production car, boasts 400kW from a dual-motor model and up to 600km range for a single motor model. Both emphasize Scandinavian style and sustainable materials.

Audi Q4 e-tron

Launching mid-year, the Audi Q4 e-tron, available as an SUV and Sportback coupe, offers premium electric options with expected strong exterior styling and comfort features. Specifications for the Australian model include at least the top spec 250kW 55 Quattro Sport model.

Jeep Avenger

The Jeep Avenger, set to launch in the second half of the year, is a compact SUV featuring Jeep styling and a small 54kWh battery for a 400km range. Positioned for urban use, it competes in the growing market for small SUVs.

Toyota Prado

The fifth-generation 2024 Toyota Prado, arriving in the third quarter, features a new boxy exterior design and is powered exclusively by a 48-volt mild-hybrid version of the current model’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. Available in both five and seven-seat configurations, more details on models, specs and pricing are expected closer to launch.

 

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