Hurry already! Where are the next generation Nissan Pathfinder, Mitsubishi ASX, Tesla Model Y and why are they taking so long to arrive in Australia? – Automotive News

It’s as if we’ve always been waiting for certain models to hit the market.

Granted, there are some pretty significant hurdles right now, like the pandemic, crippling parts shortages, supply chain nightmares, and war.

But there are a number of models that have been delayed for various other reasons – models that their manufacturers can’t really afford to be without.

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Following up on our March article, here are four more models that can’t make it to Australian showrooms soon enough.

Nissan Pathfinder

The outgoing Nissan Pathfinder was unveiled just over 10 years ago in January 2012, when Julia Gillard was Prime Minister of Australia. We’ve had four more PMs since.

The large US-built SUV was still running until supplies ran out in early 2021. Since then, Nissan hasn’t offered a seven-seater SUV offering based on the car in Australia, leaving rivals like the Toyota Kluger, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-8 and CX-9 to dominate sales.

A next-gen Pathfinder was revealed early last year, but rather than being a top-to-bottom overhaul, it will be a new skin for the previous Pathie – albeit with significant revisions in virtually every area, including a completely new interior and the addition of the latest safety and in-vehicle technologies.

A new nine-speed torque converter automatic replaces the continuously variable transmission, while the aging 3.5-litre V6 has been extensively revised and now produces 212kW/351Nm, an improvement of 10kW/11 Nm.

The bad news is that there will no longer be a hybrid version to compete with the Kluger and the upcoming Sorento hybrid.

The new Pathfinder will arrive in Australia at the end of this year, almost two years after its reveal, and given the series of improvements over the old model, it could prove to be a sales winner for Nissan. .

The next-generation ASX hasn’t been revealed, but Mitsubishi teased the SUV in January.

Mitsubishi ASX

The current ASX has been on sale in Australia since mid-2010. That’s almost 12 long years of the same car. In fact, the ASX has been on the market longer than any other SUV in Australia except the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series station wagon.

It’s had at least four facelifts in that time, but it’s still the same ASX underneath.

Incredibly, despite its age and the influx of newer and more impressive rivals like the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30 and Subaru XV, it was the second best-selling small SUV in Australia last year behind the MG ZS.

So why the long wait for a new one?

After years of financial difficulties, Mitsubishi was acquired by Nissan and became a member of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2016. A change in ownership meant that any work already underway for the second-generation ASX was modified to adapt to the “leader” of the Alliance. follower strategy.

In the case of the ASX, this means that the next version will be underpinned by Renault’s CMF-B platform, which forms the basis of the Renault Captur and Arkana, and the Nissan Juke.

As noted, this could mean the next ASX will scale down to a smaller footprint than the current model. It also means the ASX will likely be offered with an electrified powertrain, such as a plug-in hybrid.

There’s also a chance the next ASX won’t come to Australia at all. When the new 2023 model was teased by Mitsubishi in January, the company announced that it was only confirmed for Europe at this stage.

It would have a significant impact on Mitsubishi Australia’s sales if it lost the ASX for good, so expect the local arm to keep pushing for the important next-gen model.

The Tesla Model Y should be a commercial success in Australia. The Tesla Model Y should be a commercial success in Australia.

Tesla Model Y

Now, that’s been a long time coming.

Tesla unveiled the Model Y to much fanfare three years ago. And it’s still not on sale in Australia. The long-delayed small electric SUV is expected to land this year, but it’s unclear when the first deliveries will begin.

Lengthy delays have continued to push back delivery dates, and Tesla recently faced another roadblock with the introduction of strict Covid restrictions in Shanghai. Like the related Model 3 sedan, the Model Y is expected to come from China for the Australian market.

It’s unclear how many Australians have put down a deposit for a Model Y, but given the popularity of the Model 3, it’s fair to say the number would be significant.

Last month, the Model 3 was the fifth best-selling model in Australia, with more registrations than the Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla.

Given that the Model 3 is a sedan – an increasingly unpopular body style – imagine how many more vehicles Tesla could sell with a similarly positioned SUV?

Expect an update on Model Y pricing and delivery dates soon.

The new Fiat 500 is an electric-only proposition. The new Fiat 500 is an electric-only proposition.

Fiat 500

The current Fiat 500 has been on sale since early 2008, making it 14 years old. It’s had a number of updates and been repositioned several times over that time, but it’s well overdue for a full refresh.

The new generation 500 is, for now, an electric-only proposition and is very much aimed at the European market.

It has a range of around 320km and would be a welcome addition to the urban electric vehicle segment in Australia.

However, it remains unclear if parent company Stellantis Australia will offer the 500 electric hatch here, or if it plans to continue selling the older model which will continue to be produced in Poland for the foreseeable future.

Besides the 500, the only other Fiat model sold in Australia is the large Ducato commercial van, and both sell in average numbers.

Things aren’t looking great for Fiat in Australia at the moment, but given Stellantis’ heavy investment in all the brands in its extensive portfolio, who knows what the future holds for the Bambino?

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