Jeep Renegade Variants: Possibly 1.4-litre Multiair When: TBC How Much: TBC Now here’s a quirky one: It’s a Jeep, but the smallest model to come from the American off-road brand. It’s a compact SUV, but not American at all: It’s based on the Fiat 500L (Chrysler is now owned by Fiat of course) which makes it a Fiat Grande Punto/Bravo relative underneath. Power is likely to come from Fiat’s 1.4-litre Multiair engine with a dual-clutch or regular automatic. Chrylser Jeep Automotive of Singapore is still making a case for selling the car here though, we think it’d make an interesting alternative albeit in a now crowded SUV market.
Sorento Variants: TBA, likely 2.4-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel When: Jan How much: TBA Barely months after its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the all-new Kia Sorento is primed for launch right here in Singapore in January 2015. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the new Sorento aims to move the brand even more upmarket, with its bold styling and well-appointed interior. The car has also grown in size, resulting in better cabin space for passengers. Kia also says that the new Sorento has been reworked for improved drivability and refinement. Engine options are unconfirmed as yet, but a 2.4-litre petrol, and perhaps a 2.2-litre turbo diesel seem likely.
Rio Variants: TBA When: Q1 How much: TBA Much like Hyundai with the Accent, the Kia Rio is another belated re-entry into the compact budget segment. This particular model that will be launched has actually been around since 2011, so to say that it is long overdue is a bit of an understatement. Local Kia dealers Cycle & Carriage have not confirmed the engine line-up for the Rio yet, but overseas, the car is available with a choice of 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol engines, of which we reckon the 1.4 version is the most likely to make it here when the car arrives in the first quarter of 2015.
Discovery Sport Variants: 2.0 petrol When: Q2 How much: TBA The Discovery Sport effectively fills the gap that will soon be vacated by the ageing Freelander, and marks the implementation of Land Rover’s three-pronged approach to its model range. The Discovery line will appeal to the more practical audience, and the Disco Sport, which offers a 5+2 seating arrangement, will slot in below the full-fat Discovery in LR’s reshuffled line-up. Only one petrol version has been announced thus far, a 2.0-litre four-pot with 240bhp borrowed from the Range Rover Evoque, on which the Disco Sport is based, and it is this car that will be here in Singapore come the second quarter of 2015.
Derryn Wong is currently editor-in-chief of CarBuyer and he enjoys probing all aspects of the motoring industry, ranging from bizarre holes in the upholstery to the engineered insanity of the COE system. No, not those kinds of holes.