The Week That Was: Ford Everest, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Jaguar XE Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jun, 21 2015 | 4 Comments

Ford’s big new off-roading Everest SUV came a step closer to its local launch this week, with a $54,990 starting price and key equipment details revealed.

Designed and developed principally by Ford Australia, the new Everest was first revealed as a concept nearly two years ago, before making its production-ready debut in China last year.

The new seven-seat Everest SUV will launch from $54,990 for the entry model, topping out at $76,990 (plus on-roads) for the Titanium model.

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a new name and a new look - switching to become the 2015 GLE-Class - and now, it has a price for Australian customers as well.

Prices start from $86,900 for the GLE 250d variant (up $3000 on the equivalent M-Class) and round out at $189,900 (up $7000) for the range-topping 63 S performance model; plus on-road costs.

The GLE has a new sibling in the BMW X6-rivaling GLE Coupe. Both models are available to order now and both are due to arrive in September.

Jaguar’s new XE sedan will be priced from $60,400 when it makes its local debut in September, the company’s local arm revealed this week.

The model range will consist of the XE 20t with a 147kW/280Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a more powerful 177kW/340Nm 2.0 litre 25t, along with the 132kW/430Nm ‘Ingenium’ 20d powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel.

At the top of the range will be Jaguar’s now familiar 250kW/450Nm supercharged 3.0 litre V6, also found in the sleek F-Type range.

In other news, and staying with Jaguar, the big cat’s updated XJ limo was revealed this week ahead of an Australian arrival in November.

Honda’s Accord Sport Hybrid landed in Australia, priced from $58,990 plus on-roads and set to be the carmaker’s only hybrid offering in its local line-up for now.

Ford Australia followed up its ‘Sprint’ trademark application with new Ranger ‘Raptor’ and ‘FX4’ model names, suggesting a pair of new models could be on the way.

Peugeot revealed its new 308 GTi hot hatch this week ahead of its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut, and the carmaker’s local arm is keen to bring it to Australia.

Toyota Australia announced a $194 million profit for the 2014/15 Japanese financial year, turning around a record $437 million loss from the previous year.

Holden borrowed a familiar badge from the Chevrolet portfolio to forge a new rival to Ford’s sporty Ranger Wildtrak this week, debuting the new $54,990 Colorado Z71.

Tesla introduced its Destination Charging Program for Australia, giving owners access to High Power Wall Units to recharge at a range of locations.

Toyota’s seven-seat Prius V has come in for a light makeover, arriving in Australia this week with updated looks and new tech along with improved ride and handling.

BMW ended the recent domination by Ford at the 2015 International Engine Of The Year awards, taking home the top gong for its i8 1.5 litre three-cylinder unit.

Radio host Chris Evans was announced as at least one new host for the BBC’s Top Gear television program, reportedly saying later in the week that a female will be one of his co-hosts.



In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Honda Accord Sport Hybrid is now on sale in Australia and we drove the new model this week.

We followed up our launch drive of the 2015 Ford Focus ST with a week-long test run, finding it offered value for money buying, good straight-line power and a classier interior.

Finally, we found the 2015 Kia Carnival Si Diesel is able to carry eight people with room to spare and a small thirst - a clever way to move a crowd.

And that’s… the week that was.

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