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Dec 12, 2018 Edition 954

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Ford's new five-seat Endura large SUV will hit local showrooms this month, available in three diesel-powered variants starting at $44,990 (+ORCs) for the entry-level Trend FWD.

New car diary for December 2018

Make: Ferrari

Model: Portofino

Released: Dec 2018

Built from the ground up to replace the outgoing California T, the new Ferrari Portofino sports a retractable hard-top, fresh looks, and a 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8.
read more about the Ferrari Portofino

Make: SsangYong

Model: Tivoli

Released: Dec 2018

Ssangyong expects its Tivoli small SUV to be its biggest seller when it arrives Down Under in December.

read more about the SsangYong Tivoli

Make: SsangYong

Model: Rexton

Released: Dec 2018

The Ssangyong Rexton large SUV will serve as the brand’s flagship when it goes on sale later in December.

read more about the SsangYong Rexton

Make: SsangYong

Model: Musso

Released: Dec 2018

The Ssangyong Musso should be the only South Korean pick-up in Australia when it launches, offering what is expected to be a cheaper 4x4 dual-cab alternative to the market-leading Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.

read more about the SsangYong Musso

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: A-class - A250

Released: Dec 2018

Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific will release its A250 small hatch to join the A-Class range before the end of 2018, with it to be priced sharply from $49,500 before on-road costs but only “available for a limited time”.

read more about the Mercedes-Benz A-class

Make: Mercedes-AMG

Model: G63

Released: Dec 2018

The ballistic 310kW/610Nm V8-powered Mercedes-AMG G63 bolts into showrooms this month, with the same-again styling hiding big changes under its boxy sheet metal.

read more about the Mercedes-AMG G63

Make: Mazda

Model: CX-5

Released: Dec 2018

Mazda Australia will add the turbocharged petrol engine from the CX-9 and Mazda6 to its CX-5 medium SUV line-up as part of a model year update that rolls into showrooms in December 2018.

read more about the Mazda CX-5

Make: Ford

Model: Focus

Released: Dec 2018

Ford Australia will release its fourth-generation Focus in December, with the German-built small car to launch with five-door hatch and wagon body styles that usher in higher pricing and specification.

read more about the Ford Focus

Make: Audi

Model: Q8

Released: Dec 2018

Wider and lower than the current Q7, the new Audi Q8 luxury SUV will arrive early in 2018, bringing muscular looks and a high level of specification.

read more about the Audi Q8

Make: Ford

Model: Endura

Released: Dec 2018

Ford finally returns to the large-SUV segment with its North American-sourced Endura, but with just five seats one diesel powertrain, it is not being pitched as a replacement for the Territory.

read more about the Ford Endura

Make: Jaguar

Model: I-Pace

Released: Dec 2018

Jaguar’s first all-electric SUV, the I-Pace, is set to arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter to take on the likes of the Tesla Model X. The I-Pace is motivated by two electric motors on opposing axles, producing a potent 294kW/696Nm.

read more about the Jaguar I-Pace

Make: SsangYong

Model: Tivoli - XLV

Released: Dec 2018

SsangYong Australia will release the Tivoli XLV in December - a stretched version of the regular Tivoli - poised to steal attention away from the larger small SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai and Jeep Compass.

read more about the SsangYong Tivoli