New utes coming to Australia in 2023
One of the most famous and enduring vehicles in the world, the F-150 full-size pick-up arrives down under in mid-2023 in four different guises.
The big Ford is actually being converted from left-hand drive to right-hand drive in Melbourne by a sanctioned third party contractor rather than coming out of the factory in the USA with the steering wheel swapped over.
That means you’re unlikely to get much if any change out of $100,000 for even the cheapest version of the F-150 offered in Australia.
Given rival utes from Chevrolet and RAM are already sold in Australia for those sort of prices, no surprise Ford is confident it will sell every F-150 it can get its hands on.
All that money buys a lot of vehicle. All Aussie-spec F-150s will be dual cabs, measure up at least 6.0 metres long and comes with a 298kW/678Nm turbo-petrol V6 engine. There will be no diesel options.
Due for reveal in the first half of the year and on-sale in Australia by the end of 2023 as a dual cab, the new Mitsubishi Triton will be a vastly changed beast.
That’s because Mitsubishi is joined with Nissan in a technology sharing pact so the new Triton will have a lot in common with the next Nissan Navara.
Details are scant about the Triton at the moment, but we do know it’s going to be a bigger and blockier in its external styling and will also eventually come with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
Much of the development of the new Triton is being conducted in Australia, which will please its huge local fanbase. Less pleasing will be the inevitable price rises that will come with the new generation.
Toyota HiLux GR Sport
Toyota will add this flagship version of the top-selling HiLux ute family to its line-up in the second half of 2023.
While not a full blown off-road racer like the Ford Ranger Raptor, the GR Sport could come with both uprated suspension and more power from its 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine than the standard HiLux.
On sale from April in Australia, the new Amarok shares much of its technology with the latest Aussie-developed Ford Ranger.
The chassis and drivetrains are supplied by Ford while much of the exterior and some bits and pieces in the interior are unique to the second generation VW dual-cab.
The new Amarok benefits from a huge equipment uplift compared to its predecessor. That applies to both safety and high-tech infotainment gear.
Five model lines and four drivetrains will be offered with the Amarok in Australia, including a turbo-petrol four-cylinder also employed by the Ford Mustang.
The Amarok will be premium-positioned as the most expensive mainstream ute on the market. Such is the pent-up demand, VW is predicting record sales for what is its most popular model.