Hold off buying your new small SUV – these ones are coming soon

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Some of Australia’s top-selling models are classified arsenic tiny SUVs.

More than 100,000 vehicles wearing this classification person been delivered into Australian hands this twelvemonth truthful far, with the conception taking 12.9 per cent wide marketplace share.

The biggest-sellers are the fund MG ZS, up of the Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, Mitsubishi ASX, and Kia Seltos.

Recent months person besides seen the motorboat of caller contenders specified arsenic the marque caller Toyota Corolla Cross (likely to go a top-seller); latest-generation Honda HR-V and Suzuki S-Cross; and the updated Volkswagen T-Roc and Lexus UX.

Moreover, determination are assorted recently launched electrical (EV) options wrong this conception specified arsenic the updated MG ZS EV and all-new BYD Atto 3, Kia Niro, and Mercedes-Benz EQA.

But there’s a batch happening down the scenes, with a heap of different caller oregon (at least) updated offerings successful the pipeline that prospective buyers should ticker retired for.

Nissan Qashqai

The caller Qashqai has been a portion coming, leaving Nissan dealers without a tiny SUV enactment for excessively long. But with a November 2022 motorboat pencilled successful this volition soon beryllium rectified.

European-designed and UK-made, the 3rd procreation of Nissan’s tiny SUV staple is simply a important update connected its predecessor. The institution antecedently said the caller Qashqai would get successful aboriginal 2022, portion it was revealed overseas way backmost successful February of 2021.

Headline quality includes its caller Renault-Nissan radical platform, a higher-torque and much businesslike caller 1.3-litre turbo-petrol motor with an e-Power hybrid enactment pursuing intimately behind, a longer database of information features, and an wholly overhauled interior.

Four spec levels volition beryllium offered astatine launch, called Qashqai ST, ST+, ST-L, and Ti, wearing sticker prices of betwixt $33,890 and $47,390 earlier on-road costs.

MORE: 2023 Nissan Qashqai terms and specs

Kia Seltos

The updated 2023 Kia Seltos range volition onshore successful Australia during the fourth 4th of 2022, bringing a scope of enhancements headlined by a fettled design, much tech, arsenic good arsenic a much almighty motor option.

The 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and all-wheel-drive drivetrain enactment volition get a powerfulness bump (from 130kW to 147kW) and a caller eight-speed transmission, portion the introduction 110kW 2.0-litre and front-wheel thrust enactment volition beryllium made an enactment for each variants alternatively than some.

Expect further driver-assist immunodeficiency to beryllium added crossed the scope from the bottommost up, arsenic good arsenic for each variants to prime up rear vents and USB-C ports.

The compartment should get a caller clime power sheet and the enactment of dual 10.25-inch displays, overmuch similar the caller Niro gets. The Seltos volition go the 2nd exemplary successful the brand’s Australian scope to diagnostic Kia Connect online services, modular from the Sport people and up.

From a plan standpoint, the caller Seltos volition diagnostic updated headlight graphics, a “larger and bolder” beforehand grille arsenic good arsenic revised bumpers. GT-Line versions people a caller LED airy plan with ‘star-map’ signature, arsenic Kia describes it.

MORE: 2023 Kia Seltos archetypal details for Australia, present Q4


At the much primo extremity of the market, the third-generation petrol BMW X1 arrives in the 4th fourth of this year, with a afloat electrical iX1 mentation owed successful aboriginal 2023.

The X1 has grown successful each magnitude compared with its predecessor. It’s 53mm longer, 24mm wider, and 44mm taller, and has a 22mm longer wheelbase.

That’s translated to much compartment space, including a larger boot. Capacity is up to 540L, which expands to 1600L erstwhile you driblet the 40/20/40 split-fold rear seats. Combustion-powered variants tin besides beryllium specified with a sliding rear bench.

The X1 and iX1 are the latest BMWs to person the brand’s caller BMW Operating System 8 and the Curved Display, which features a 10.25-inch integer instrumentality clump and 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment strategy successful 1 display.

The Australian X1 motorboat scope comprises the X1 sDrive18i priced astatine $53,900 and xDrive20i astatine $65,900 – some earlier on-road costs. The iX1’s terms volition apt commencement successful the $80,000 range.

MORE: 2023 BMW X1 terms and specs

Chery Omoda 5

We’ve seen the Chinese MG ZS and Haval Jolion tempest up the income charts acknowledgment to pricing that undercuts name-brands, modern design, and reassuring warranties.

The adjacent cab disconnected the fertile volition beryllium the Chery Omoda 5, a sharp-looking crossover that volition deed Australia successful precocious 2022 oregon aboriginal 2023, according to ambitious plans from the company nether a afloat section subsidiary operation.

Remember Chery? It had an unsuccessful ace astatine the Aussie marketplace betwixt 2011 and 2014 with the fund (and frankly crap) J1 and J3 hatchbacks, and J11 tiny SUV, done a woody with autarkic distributor Ateco.

Its archetypal car for the relaunch is called Omoda 5, which measures 4400mm agelong – astir par for the class. Two tiny turbo-petrol engines are listed connected the spec sheet: a 115kW and 230Nm 1.5-litre mated to a CVT, and a 145kW and 290Nm 1.6-litre utilizing a dual-clutch auto.

Available features depending connected spec people see include LED lights, sunroof, in-car WiFi hotspot, proximity key, heated seats, wireless telephone charging, powered tailgate, and paired integer instrumentality and centre displays measuring a combined 24.6 inches.

MORE: Is this the adjacent big-selling affordable Chinese tiny SUV?

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo’s latest comeback begins with the accomplishment of the caller Tonale successful February 2023. With the demise of the Giulietta hatchback, this SUV serves arsenic the brand’s entry-level exemplary – astatine slightest for now, with an adjacent smaller crossover successful the works.

It’s understood to usage Stellantis’ Small Wide platform, which besides underpins the Jeep Compass. The Ti and Veloce battalion a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor with a 48V mild-hybrid system, mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch, making 118kW of powerfulness and 240Nm of torque.

From there, the all-wheel thrust Tonale plug-in hybrid, called Tonale Q and billed arsenic the show variant of the range, volition get from precocious 2023.

The touchscreen (with rotary dial) is 10.25 inches crossed and runs an Android operating strategy with over-the-air bundle updates. It’s said to beryllium highly configurable via resistance and driblet motions.

Alfa Romeo Australia has announced a basal terms of $49,900 earlier on-road costs for the Tonale Ti, a fewer 1000 dollars little than a base BMW X1. The better-equipped Tonale Veloce is $54,400.

MORE: 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale terms and specs

Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Australia volition axe the two-generation-old XV nameplate, with its next-generation tiny SUV to beryllium badged Crosstrek erstwhile it arrives present “soon”.

We bash not person precise timing connected erstwhile to expect the Subaru Crosstrek in Australian showrooms, though the institution says it volition stock much accusation “in the coming months”.

The caller Subaru Crosstrek, revealed connected September 15, is erstwhile again pitched arsenic a compact SUV susceptible of venturing a small further from the tarmac than astir competitors.

The caller Crosstrek is based connected the latest Subaru Global Platform. Powertrain options volition see a 2.0-litre Boxer flat-four mated to a CVT with 8 manual ‘ratios’, arsenic good arsenic an e-Boxer hybrid option. Subaru being Subaru, each Crosstreks volition beryllium all-wheel thrust (AWD).

The interior volition athletics a caller 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless telephone charger.

MORE: 2023 Subaru Crosstrek acceptable for Australia, replacing XV

Honda ZR-V

Honda Australia has confirmed plans to motorboat a caller SUV positioned betwixt the HR-V and CR-V successful 2023, expected to beryllium a mentation of the caller Honda ZR-V revealed successful July this year.

In quality presumption it’s fundamentally a rebadged American HR-V, which is precise antithetic to the HR-V sold successful Australia and Europe – much curvaceous and little edgy successful its design, for one.

The ZR-V volition apt beryllium sold with a 1.5-litre turbocharged motor driving the beforehand oregon each 4 wheels via a CVT, portion the e:HEV is besides expected to travel with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder hybrid system, again with some FWD oregon AWD available.

“For those customers wanting 5 seats and/or much practicality, we’re precise assured we’ll beryllium capable to cater for those needs [with the caller SUV model],” Honda Australia main Stephen Collins told america successful May 2022.

“What we’ll spot implicit the adjacent 12 to 18 months oregon so, is simply a line-up of 3 chiseled SUVs.”

MORE: Honda confirms 3rd SUV exemplary for 2023, with hybrid option

More to support an oculus on

  • New-generation Hyundai Kona We’ve seen late-stage prototypes testing, indicating a larger and much applicable exemplary for 2023/4.
  • New-generation Toyota CH-R: A caller procreation of Toyota C-HR volition reportedly motorboat successful Japan successful the bluish summertime of 2023, with caller powertrains and much space.
  • All caller Renault Austral: The replacement for Renault’s short-lived Kadjar shares overmuch with the caller Nissan Qashqai, and is expected to travel to Australia successful 2023 – but is not confirmed yet.
  • Suzuki Jimny 5-door derivative: Shrouded successful mystery, the stretched Jimny is understood to beryllium acceptable for Australia successful 2023 – and demand is already done the roof.
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