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The Week That Was: BMW 4 Series Grand Coupe, Nissan Qashqai, BMW i8 Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jun, 22 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is now available in Australia, joining the Coupe and Convertible models in the 4 Series range.

Three petrol-powered variants are accompanied by the 420d diesel option, with prices starting from a neat $70,000 plus on-roads for the 420i.

All models are powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol or diesel engine except the range-topping 435i, which gets BMW’s in-line six-cylinder turbo petrol unit producing 225kW and 400Nm.


Nissan announced pricing and features for its new Qashqai small SUV, ahead of a local arrival next month.

The Qashqai (a reminder, it’s pronounced “Cash-Kai”) replaces the Dualis badge in Nissan’s local line-up, with prices starting at $25,850 plus on-roads for the ST 2.0 litre petrol six-speed manual model.

Four petrol and two diesel models will be available – all of them front-wheel-drive – with the TL diesel the most expensive at $37,990 plus on-roads.

BMW also announced pricing for its i8 electric vehicle this week, which will kick off at $299,000 plus on-roads for the Australian market.

Six BMW dealers have been confirmed for the i8 in Australia, with the order books officially opening from March 2015.

Demonstrator models will be available from the end of this year, and some dealers may accept ‘pre-orders’ before March.


In other news, Lotus launched its track-focused Elise S Club Racer in Australia this week, priced from $83,250 plus on-roads.


Renault confirmed its Megane RS 275 Trophy-R two-seater is heading to Australia, with 50 of the 250 examples secured for local customers.


Mercedes-Benz added four new variants to its S-Class range this week, including the S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid.


Queensland-based Performax International secured Australian Design Rule (ADR) approval this week to reconfigure for right-hand-drive and sell the Ford F-Series pickup locally.


The Ferrari California T arrived in Australia with new looks, a new turbocharged engine and lower pricing.


Holden confirmed the Trax SRi will join its local compact SUV line-up, powered by a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine.


Nissan revealed its Concept 2020 Vision GT this week, potentially previewing a radical new GT-R model for the future.


Peugeot’s updated 508 was revealed ahead of an Australian arrival early next year, with new front and rear styling in line with the current Peugeot range.


Tesla confirmed its Model X SUV is still on track for an early 2015 launch, and the road-ready version will definitely feature ‘Falcon’ gullwing doors.


A Skoda sketch emerged in the Chinese media this week, potentially previewing the new Superb sedan for 2016.

 

REVIEWS

We drove all four variants of the 2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe at its Australian launch, and continuing with the BMW theme, we also drove the 2014 428i Convertible Petrol Automatic.


We also put the 2014 Skoda Yeti 103TDI 4X4 Outdoor through its paces and were again impressed with its gutsy diesel engine, flexible interior and value-for-money pricing.


In case you missed it earlier, Australian Mercedes-Benz customers now have four new S-Class variants to choose from. We drove the cheapest of those new arrivals, in the 2014 S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid.


The 2014 Volvo V40 Cross Country D4 Diesel Luxury is all yours for $47,990 plus on-roads, and a hatch-cum-SUV for the individual thinker is what you’ll get. Check out our review.


Finally, we drove the last-ever Falcon GT to grace Australian roads this week, when we took to the wheel of the rip-snorting FPV GT F 351.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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