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The best new cars coming in 2024

The Lexus GX will be available in Australia for the first-time next year as a more premium option to the Toyota Prado.

With most of the production delays from the semi-conductor shortage and COVID-related shutdowns now largely in the rearview mirror, 2024 is set to be a bumper year for new-vehicle activity.

Electric vehicles are also now well and truly established in Australia, with more and more brands coming with their own tailpipe-emissions-free models, while the top-selling Toyota HiLux and Tesla Model 3 will also be refreshed.

But there's plenty more to look forward to, including Lexus' Prado cousin and a new Ford Mustang, so here are the best new cars arriving in 2024.

01. Toyota HiLux 48V - H1

Toyota is promising the 48V set-up will save about 10 per cent on fuel consumption, and will be paired with the tried-and-true 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.

Australia's best-selling model will get an update in 2024, adding a 48-volt-assisted powertrain option - but don't get caught calling it a 'mild-hybrid'!

Exact details are still unknown, but Toyota is promising the 48V set-up will save about 10 per cent on fuel consumption, and will be paired with the tried-and-true 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.

Only select grades of the HiLux will score the engine option, and pricing is still unknown at the time of writing.

02. Lexus GX - H1

As a more premium cousin to the already-popular Toyota Prado, it is expected the GX will sell well Down Under as a rival to the Land Rover Defender.

The Lexus GX will be available in Australia for the first time next year, landing some time in the first half of 2024.

As a more premium cousin to the already-popular Toyota Prado, it is expected the GX will sell well Down Under as a rival to the Land Rover Defender.

At launch, the only engine option available will be a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic, but it remains unclear if we will get the hybrid-engine option.

03. Jeep Avenger - H2

The Avenger is equipped with a single electric motor that drives 115kW/260Nm to the front wheels, while its 54kWh lithium-ion battery allows for a 400km driving range.

Jeep's first all-electric model will land in the latter half of 2024 in the form of the Avenger crossover.

Don't be fooled into thinking this is a proper 'go anywhere' Jeep though, despite the Avenger's off-road driving modes.

The Avenger is equipped with a single electric motor that drives 115kW/260Nm to the front wheels, while its 54kWh lithium-ion battery allows for a 400km driving range.

04. Audi Q4 e-tron - mid-2024

The luxury SUV is based on Volkswagen's MEB electric architecture, and should allow for up to 546km of driving range.

Audi Australia's most affordable electric car, the Q4 e-tron, will finally make its way Down Under in mid-2024 as a rival to the Volvo XC40 and Tesla Model Y.

The luxury SUV is based on Volkswagen's MEB electric architecture, and should allow for up to 546km of driving range.

Exact variant details are still to be locked in, but overseas the Q4 e-tron is available in SUV or Sportback bodystyles, as well as 45 and 55 variants.

05. Ford Mustang - H1

Ford will keep the flame alive with its new-generation Mustang, which is also available with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

Though the V8 front-engined, rear-drive layout was once ubiquitous in Australia, these days the format is quite rare.

However, Ford will keep the flame alive with its new-generation Mustang, which is also available with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

Expect the Mustang to touch down in the first half of 2024, and likely take the crown as the best-selling sports car in Australia - like it has in the past.

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06. Kia Sportage Hybrid - Jan

Powering the Sportage Hybrid is a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, paired with a 44.2kW electric motor, but full Australian specifications are to be confirmed.

Toyota's hot-selling RAV4 Hybrid will finally get some competition from a mainstream player in the form of the Kia Sportage Hybrid.

Due to touch down early in 2024, buyers not wanting to wait upwards of two years for a RAV4 will likely give the Sportage a look.

Powering the Sportage Hybrid is a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, paired with a 44.2kW electric motor, but full Australian specifications are to be confirmed.

07. Mazda CX-80 - 2024

Expected to be fully uncovered before the end of 2023 for a 2024 launch in Australia.

Though not yet revealed, it is expected that much of the CX-80 design and powertrain options will draw from the already-launched CX-60 and CX-90 siblings.

Expected to be fully uncovered before the end of 2023 for a 2024 launch in Australia, the CX-80 will be tasked with taking the fight to the likes of the Hyundai Palisade and Toyota Kluger.

Likely powertrains include the petrol and diesel inline six-cylinder pair that debuted on the CX-60, while a plug-in hybrid option could also be in the mix.

08. Mitsubishi Triton - Jan

Featuring a 3500kg towing capacity might be what sets the Triton's sales charts on fire.

The latest competitor in the hot-selling ute market will be the Mitsubishi Triton, set to touch down in early 2024.

With a new look and more potent twin-turbo 2.4-litre diesel set-up, the refreshed Triton is expected to draw the attention of potential Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux buyers who might not want to wait around.

The 150kW/470Nm outputs are also attention grabbing, but finally featuring a 3500kg towing capacity might be what sets the Triton's sales charts on fire.

09. SsangYong Torres - H1

The Torres will land in the popular mid-size SUV segment as a rival to the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5, but sports a tough, rugged and boxy look.

After many hurdles in the last few years, it looks like SsangYong is starting to hit its stride in Australia and will capitalise with an all-new model.

The Torres will land in the popular mid-size SUV segment as a rival to the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5, but sports a tough, rugged and boxy look.

In overseas markets, the Torres is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, while an all-electric version is also available, but Australian details are still to be confirmed outside its 2024 launch.

10. Tesla Model 3 - Jan

As the best-selling electric car in Australia so far in 2023, the importance of the refreshed Tesla Model 3 cannot be understated.

As the best-selling electric car in Australia so far in 2023, the importance of the refreshed Tesla Model 3 cannot be understated.

Will a new look and tweaked line-up prove as popular in 2024? Or will the rise of EV rivals and the growing popularity of electric SUVs like the Model Y unseat the Model 3?

Time will tell, but changes to the indicator and gear selector have already proven controversial for what was once the best value EV in Australia.