Hello 2012! Here is the list of cars that TCG is expecting to hit the showrooms in Malaysia this year.
If you are on Audi Malaysia‘s website, you would have caught a glimpse that the Q3 is highlighted. This baby SUV is a direct competitor to BMW’s X1 and gets a 2.0-litre TFSi petrol or 2.0-litre TDi diesel engine, quattro and a 6-speed S-tronic gearbox. Expect it to give BMW a run for its money. If Audi Malaysia is adventurous enough, it may even bring in the A5 Sportsback version too. It is currently available in coupé form.
The all new F30 3 series that will hit the showrooms. We’ve gathered that 3 models, starting with the 320d, the 328i and top-of-the-line 335i. We also heard rumours that the 1M coupe is coming into Malaysia, together with the F10 M5. This is getting pretty exciting!
We recently awarded our #1 car of 2011 to the Citroen C4. We think that this glorious French marque has gotten their mojo back. Given the Malaysian’s market huge appetite for SUV’s, we also expect to see the C4 Aircross, which is based on the Mitsubishi ASX platform, to be launched here later this year. What we really hope to see is the ever-desirable DS3 (slurps!), which has the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine powering the Mini Cooper S making its way here.
We expect Honda Malaysia to be very busy this year. Both the Civic and CRV are due to be replaced. There are currently 2 versions of the Civic; the European variant (in green, first photograph) and the one which we would most probably get (in white, third photograph), the-rest-of-the-world version. As for the Brio, it has already gone on sale in Thailand. Being smaller than the Jazz, it is expected to compete in the supermini car segment, such as the Hyundai i10.
Slated to be launched in February, the Elantra comes in 2 engine choices – 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre, both with 6 speed automatic transmission. This is a sign of new Korean car designs to come. The gap between Japanese and Korean cars have just been brought closer.
The replacement models for both the Rio and the Picanto is long overdue. The new design will incorporate Kia’s current look – the Schreyer grill. It was also reported that the Kia Soul would be launched last year, but it did not happen. So, we would expect it to come into Malaysia this year.
This is Mazda’s answer to Honda’s CRV. Featuring either a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, the CX-5 is based on the company’s new design concept – Kodo. As usual, if it is priced right, it will sell well in Malaysia.
Powering the new CLS is a 3.5-litre V6 in the form of a CLS350 CGI or a 4.7-litre V8 in the CLS500 CGI range. However, if you fancy AMG’s midas touch, you can get the CLS63 AMG, whichhas a 5.5 V8 twin-turbocharged engine. On the other end of the scale, the ML features a revolutionary 2.1-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which promises excellent fuel economy in an SUV.
Based on Nissan Navara’s platform, the Nissan Pathfinder features a new engine; 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine in the top-of-the-line range. This 7-seater SUV will compete against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, which are also based on the pickup truck platform.
The Proton Tuah concept, which was displayed at KLIMS last year, could very likely to be the Persona or GEN-2 replacement car. We know that the GEN-2 suffers from lack of boot space, which prompted Proton to redesign it to the Persona. Will Proton make the same mistake again with the Tuah? We can only know if and when it is launched later this year.
Rumours flying around that the 2.4 litre petrol Kizashi could be launched as early as this month. This is a long-overdue launch by Suzuki Malaysia. Price is rumoured to be about RM14xk, which puts it right in Honda Accord or Toyota Camry’s territory.
The Toyota Camry has been around for quite some time, having gone through a facelift sometime in 2009. Worldwide, the 2012 Camry has been launched. We think that the US version certainly looks better than the European version (red vs silver respectively). How do you fancy a Prius 7-seater? Prius V (for Versatility) uses a more compact and more expensive lithium-ion battery to free up space for the foldaway third-row seat.
Volkswagen facelifted its Passat CC sometime in September last year and it is expected that it will make its way here. We know there were some split opinions on the rear of the pre-facelift Passat CC, which we think could have been resolved amicably in the facelift version. The Amarok is the first attempt in making pick up trucks to compete with the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi Triton and has either a 2.0-litre FSI turbocharged petrol engine or a 2.0-litre turbocharged TDI diesel.
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