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The Week That Was: Falcon XR8, XR6 Revealed, BMW X4, Renault Megane Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jul, 27 2014 | 0 Comments

After a steady stream of teasers, Ford pulled the covers off its next Falcon this week in both XR6 and revived XR8 form; well almost…

The pair of images reveal vast updates for the front end, the styling reflecting Ford’s ‘One Ford’ global styling language.

Ford is yet to reveal the interior or rear styling in full, so watch for more images to emerge in the coming weeks, including entry-level models.


BMW’s X4 SUV has arrived in Australia, with two petrol and two diesel variants on offer from launch.

Pricing kicks off with the petrol-powered xDrive20i at $69,990, rounding out with the 3.0 litre six-cylinder xDrive35i at $87,900 plus on-road costs.

The X4 arrives around a month ahead of the updated X3 SUV on which it is based, with each X4 model priced around $9000 above the equivalent X3.

Renault’s updated Megane is now on sale in Australia, priced from $20,990 plus on-roads.

Available again in hatch and wagon form, the 2014 Megane gets a re-styled face, a smaller new petrol turbo engine and a new auto option at the entry.

A new GT220 hot-hatch variant is now part of the local line-up, joining the GT220 wagon that arrived in Australia last year.


In other Renault news, the French carmaker announced a new five-year warranty program this week for its Sport (RS) and GT range in Australia.


Mazda’s Service Select has been expanded to cover every model in the range, after first appearing with the all-new Mazda3 in February.


Toyota has updated its 86 sports car for 2014, with improved handling, dynamics and interior features.


SsangYong’s updated Rexton SUV is now on sale in Australia, available as a single-spec model only for $39,990 drive-away.


The covers also came off the 2015 Porsche Cayenne ahead of its appearance at the Paris Motor Show, featuring new engines and a new look.


The Mitsubishi Pajero has been given a mild facelift for 2015, with the updated model revealed in Japan this week.


We also saw leaked images of the 2015 Buick Envision, offering a potential preview of a new Holden Captiva SUV.


Honda’s born-again NSX was spied testing at the Nurburgring this week. When it finally hits the streets globally, it will also be heading to Australian Honda showrooms - it's already been confirmed for an Australian launch.


LDV’s range of commercial vans is now under the Ateco umbrella in Australia, with a relaunch planned for later in the year followed by new models and dealers.


Renault Australia boss Justin Hocevar revealed strong interest among local businesses for its Kangoo Z.E. electric van, with an Australia Post trial already underway.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Sport Petrol Automatic this week, finding the new SUV was thrifty on the freeway, spacious and well-mannered on the road.


In case you missed it earlier, BMW’s X4 is now on sale in Australia, so we put the xDrive30d and xDrive35i variants to the test.


We found Renault’s updated Megane range was impressive even in base form, while offering a little more ‘curiosity-factor’ than most of its near competitors.


Renault’s new Megane GT220 hatch also forms part of the updated range, and we found the new hatch offered scorching performance for the money with five-door versatility.


Finally, we reviewed the 2014 Ford Transit Custom 290S Manual. We think it's the best-driving van around but no automatic transmission option will keep some buyers away.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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