Incoming

DECEMBER-JANUARY

Ferrari 488 GTB; Ford Mustang; Haval H6; Hyundai i10; Jaguar XF facelift; Kia Picanto; Lexus GS facelift, LX facelift, RC200t; Mazda BT-50 facelift, MX-5 2.0L; Mercedes-Benz GLC, A-Class facelift; Mitsubishi Challenger, Evo X Final Edition, Outlander PHEV

Mazda MX-5 2.0L

THE fourth generation of Mazda’s iconic twoseat roadster arrived here with just a 1.5-litre engine under its sharply creased bonnet. But God Bless ’Murica, because it demanded a bigger engine with an extra 22kW/50Nm over the 96kW/150Nm introductory four-pot, giving us the choice of two mills and a sharp, Toyota 86-rattling $31,990 starting price.

FEBRUARY-MARCH

Audi R8 V10; Citroen Cactus, DS 3, DS 5; Ford Focus RS; Holden Spark; Lexus ES facelift; Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, C450 AMG 4Matic, G500; Peugeot 308 GTi; Skoda Octavia RS 230; Toyota Prius; Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

Mercedes-B Benz C450 AMG 4Matic

BILLED as something of a beer-budget C63, this AMG-tuned special from Stuttgart will introduce the first all-wheel-drive version of the new C-Class to Australia. Under the bonnet is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 spitting out 270kW/520Nm to all four corners, although not equally because the 33:67 split pushes most of the bias to the rear to give it a taily, sporty feel.

Feeling more competent, better weighted, less intimidating and almost as much fun as the barking V8 C63 S, and costing about $40,000 less than the bent-eight, the V6TT should be a welcome additon to the C-Class portfolio.