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Best small SUVs and crossovers arriving in 2024

The second-generation Toyota C-HR takes on a more European flavour than its predecessor.

Get ready, because 2024 is going to be a big yea for small cars. Specifically, small SUVs and crossovers.

Expect another bumper year of launches, and this time it's a mix of all-new nameplates, and returning models.

The good news is that there's a strong mix of more affordable offerings from mainstream brands (Toyota) and emerging brands (Chery), to high-end fare from established marques as well.

01. Toyota C-HR - H1

The C-HR will land in early 2024.

Toyota is the undisputed hybrid leader in Australia, so much so that the company is going hybrid-only on some new models.

One of those will be the second-generation C-HR compact crossover. The C-HR made its local debut at a recent Toyota Australia showcase and will land in early 2024.

The styling has evolved, and the new model was designed and will be built in Europe, marking a change from Japanese sourcing.

Read more about the Toyota C-HR

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Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR
3.8
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$42,990
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

02. Lexus LBX - H1

The LBX is a totally new nameplate for the Japanese brand.

If you thought the UX was the smallest model that Lexus would offer, think again!

The LBX is a totally new nameplate for the Japanese brand, and it shares a fair bit in common with the Toyota Yaris Cross, including a platform.

The LBX will be a hybrid-only offering when it arrives and will face rivals like the Audi Q2, BMW X2 and Mini Countryman.

Read more about the Lexus LBX

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03. Chery Omoda 5 EV - H2

Reports suggest the Omoda5 EV could have a driving range of around 450km. (Image: Paultan.org)

Chery's return to the Australian market has been quite successful, with the Omoda 5 small SUV selling like hot cakes - although it's not without its issues.

It's a no brainer then that Chery would decide to bring in a full EV version of its popular model.

Details are scarce, but reports suggest it could have a driving range of around 450km, and it will compete with the BYD Atto 3 and MG ZS EV.

Read more about the Chery Omoda 5 EV

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04. Mini Countryman - Q1

Built in Germany, the new Countryman will initially be EV only.

This is one Mini that's not so mini.

The new-generation Countryman made its debut at the Munich motor show, and it has grown in every single dimension over its predecessor. That's so the Aceman crossover can slide into the line-up.

The redesigned Countryman will launch in Australia with petrol variants in Q1 ahead of their electric counterpart's arrival in Q3.

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05. BMW iX1 eDrive20 - Q1

The new iX1 grade will become the most affordable BMW EV yet.

BMW's iX1 is its smallest EV but it's also one of its most popular.

No surprise then that the company has added an entry grade eDrive20 to the line-up for 2024.

Priced from a touch under $80,000, the new iX1 grade will become the most affordable BMW EV yet.

Read more about the BMW iX1

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BMW IX1

BMW IX1
4.2
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$78,900
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06. Chery Omoda 5 GT - January

The new grades of the Omoda 5 will sport a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. (Image: Chris Thompson)

Following on from the successful launch of the Omoda 5 small SUV, Chery will lob a GT grade with a different powertrain.

While the entry-level grade has a 115kW/230Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, the GT sports a 1.6-litre unit with 145kW and 290Nm.

Whether it's enough to wrangle people out of a Hyundai Kona remains to be seen, but it should give Chery a further boost Down Under.

Read more about the Chery Omoda5

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07. Ford Puma EV - H2

Pricing is unclear for the Puma EV, but you can expect it will be pricier than the likes of the MG4.

It's been a slow pace for Ford's EV rollout, but things are about kick up a gear. Following the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit, the all-electric Puma crossover is coming Down Under soon.

Not much has been revealed yet, but it's likely to be part of a facelift for the rest of the Puma range.

Pricing is unclear but you can expect it will be pricier than the likes of the MG4.

Read more about the Ford Puma

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Ford Puma

Ford Puma
4
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$30,840
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

08. Renault Megane E-Tech - Q1

The Megane E-Tech is priced from just under $65,000.

The Megane used to be an affordable French small car range that sold well in Australia, but now it has transformed into an EV.

Called the Megane E-Tech, the new small hatchback-cum-crossover will rival the likes of the Nissan Leaf, Kia Niro and more.

Priced from just under $65,000, it has a 60kWh battery powering a 160kW/300Nm electric motor for a driving range of 454km.

Read more about the Renault Megane E-Tech

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09. Peugeot 2008 & e-2008 - 2024

The electric 2008 will get an uprated powertrain, with 116kW now available.

The Peugeot e-2008 has just arrived in Australia, but the facelifted version of the small SUV has already been revealed overseas.

The electric 2008 will get an uprated powertrain, with 116kW now available, while the petrol version gains mild hybrid power.

Design tweaks to ensure it's more in line with the upcoming new-gen 3008 elevate the already handsome design.

Read more about the Peugeot 2008/e-2008

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10. Polestar 4 - Q3

The 4 uses a new SEA platform developed by parent company, Geely.

Polestar is on a hot streak at the moment, with the success of its Polestar 2 EV, and huge interest in the upcoming Polestar 3 SUV.

There's also the Polestar 4 on the horizon. It's a cross between a sedan, liftback and SUV - so crossover is the perfect term.

Unlike those other two models, the 4 uses a new SEA platform developed by parent company, Geely.

Read more about the Polestar 4

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11. SsangYong Torres - H1

The Torres will come with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

The 'other' Korean brand, SsangYong, has had a global name change (KG Mobility) after ownership dramas, but the product pipeline is full.

Next up is the Korando-based Torres that adopts a much more butch and boxy design than the car it's based on.

As well as a massive amount of cargo space (703L), it will come with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine found in the Korando, uprated to 125kW and 280Nm.

Read more about the SsangYong Torres

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12. Suzuki Fronx - 2024

The Baleno is set to be replaced by the awkwardly named Fronx crossover!

Suzuki disappointed a few people when it dropped the cheap and cheerful Indian-sourced Baleno hatch earlier this year.

But fear not, as it's set to be replaced by the awkwardly named Fronx crossover!

Aside from being confirmed for Australia, local details are scarce, but expect some familiar powertrains and competitive pricing when it lands.

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13. Volvo EX30 - Q1

The entry-grade Single Motor Extended Plus has a range of 480km.

Volvo shocked the industry when it announced sharp $59,990 starting price for its latest model, the EX30 EV.

Given the appealing styling, city-friendly dimensions and healthy features list, it could well upset a few premium and mainstream brands when it arrives.

The entry-grade Single Motor Extended Plus has a range of 480km, while the top-spec model gains a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain, outputting a massive 315kW of power and 543Nm of torque.

Read more about the Volvo EX30

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14. Skoda Kamiq - June

Light visual tweaks include more slimline headlights.

The Skoda Kamiq has been another hit for the Czech brand, with the VW T-Cross cousin opening up Skoda to a new generation of buyers.

This update is a mid-life facelift for what has become Skoda Australia's best-selling car.

Light visual tweaks include more slimline headlights, while inside it gains a digital instrument cluster, and there's more safety gear too.

Read more about the Skoda Kamiq

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Skoda Kamiq

Skoda Kamiq
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$36,690
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15. Mercedes-Benz EQA & EQB - H1

The EQA and EQB are both receiving a facelift.

Benz's two quite successful smaller electric SUVs, the mechanically related EQA and EQB, are getting an early refresh.

A new blacked-out, one-piece grille from larger Benz EVs debuts, and they both gain new wheel designs and colour choices.

A bump in driving range comes courtesy of high rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic tweaks, and it's up to 560km (WLTP) for the all-wheel-drive EQA.

Read more about the Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQB

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16. BMW X2 - Q1

Adopting a bolder design with a more sharply sloping tailgate, the X2 is differentiated from its more sedate twin under the skin, the X1.

BMW has made big changes to its baby coupe-style SUV, the X2, for its second generation.

Adopting a bolder design with a more sharply sloping tailgate, the X2 is differentiated from its more sedate twin under the skin, the X1.

Headlining the X2 range will be the all-electric iX2, which has a 230kW and 494Nm powertrain ensuring a driving range of up to 449km and a 0-100km/h dash time of 5.6sec.

Read more about the BMW X2

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BMW iX2

BMW iX2
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$85,700
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17. Volkswagen T-Cross - Q3

Visual changes include redesigned LED head and tail-lights, as well as new bumpers that stretch the car by 27mm over the outgoing version.

The T-Cross has been a hit for Volkswagen both globally and here in Australia and now it's time for the Honda HR-V rival to get its first facelift.

Visual changes include redesigned LED head and tail-lights, as well as new bumpers that stretch the car by 27mm over the outgoing version.

It's going digital only inside as well, adopting an 8.0-inch digital dash and 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, which can be upgraded to a 10-inch digital dash and 9.2-inch multimedia screen depending on the grade.

Read more about the Volkswagen T-Cross

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