Trevor Collett | May 2, 2016

The two-door Mercedes-Benz C-Class range is set to go on sale in Australia almost 21 months behind the arrival here of the four-door variants.

The new C-Class Coupe, which wears the C205 chassis designation, will be available initially in a three-model range, with two petrol engines (C 200 and C 300) on offer and one diesel engine (C 250 D).

Pricing for the C 200 Coupe kicks off from $65,900 before on-road costs, putting the two-door version at a $5000 premium compared to its sedan counterpart.

With the new four-cylinder turbo 718 Boxster having had its unveiling at the start of the year, it’s now the turn of its hardtop brother, the Porsche Cayman, to venture into the world of force-fed four cylinderdom.

The 718 Cayman has made its official debut at the Beijing Motor Show in China overnight, and local pricing has already been announced ahead of a local Australian launch in September this year.

Starting at $110,300 for the base 718 Cayman and stretching to $140,600 for the more powerful 718 Cayman S, Porsche’s entry-level coupe gets a modest bump in price in exchange for a substantial increase in power and torque.

The all-new Renault Koleos SUV has made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show this week, not as a far-reaching concept, but in ‘ready to roll’ production guise.

Australian customers won’t have long to wait either, with the new Koleos set to go in sale in the third quarter of 2016 - ahead of the Koleos’ European home-market release.

The new Koleos adopts Renault’s latest corporate face, with large hooked LED running lights and headlights bracketing the slatted grille.

In other news, check out what else has been happening at the Beijing Auto Show via our Beijing tag page.

Audi took the covers off the most powerful TT RS ever to hit the streets, with the newest generation offering a spine-melting 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque from its 2.5 litre inline five-cylinder engine.

The segment-blending Mazda CX-4 SUV-hatch-coupe made its debut in Beijing, with the CX-5 sized crossover showing off its shapely fastback silhouette and demonstrating that Mazda’s designers can make even an everyday SUV look sexy.

Renault’s light commercial vehicle range is now available with 'added traction' in overseas markets, and the local arm is considering the options for Australia.

Volkswagen revealed the T-Prime GTE concept at the Beijing auto show, which, though only a concept for now, will preview a new flagship SUV model for the German automaker.

Lexus’ IS sedan for 2017 is now officially out in the open, described by its maker as “a daring new styling direction”.

Peugeot’s stand in Beijing features the 308 sedan and an updated 3008 SUV, but each is reserved for the Chinese market at this stage.

The Holden Colorado will be given an update before the end of this year, but before it arrives on Aussie shores, we saw what Holden’s new ute range will look like thanks to the unveiling in Brazil of the new Chevrolet S10 pickup.

Porsche added three new limited-edition models to the Cayenne range in Australia, with the Platinum Edition moniker applied to value-added versions of the V6 petrol, Diesel, and S E-Hybrid.

Hyundai’s Elantra small sedan will soon be available in Australia with the Veloster SR Turbo's turbo 1.6 litre, and the unveiling of the Avante Sport in Korea this week gave fans their first taste of the new model.



We drove the 2016 Toyota Kluger GXL AWD this week, finding the large SUV to be a very capable, family-friendly vehicle offering plenty of space and comfort.

Suzuki’s 2016 Vitara S Turbo 2WD went straight to the top of our shopping list. Its 1.4 turbo engine is the engine the Vitara deserved from the very beginning, transforming the car from “great, but shame about that motor” to “genuinely excellent”.

We also drove a Ford Mustang this week. But not just a Mustang, THE Mustang, in the form of the 2016 Mustang GT Fastback Manual. Check out our review.

Finally, we took to the Phillip Island circuit in the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2.

Because it is wide, and has the underslung mouth of a shark, and sits on stupidly deliciously fat immense wheels, and has that howling 5.2 litres of sheer visceral joy nestled at the shoulders, few cars fill the senses like this one.

And that’s… the week that was.

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