Ford’s updated Ranger pickup for 2016 was unveiled in Thailand this week, ahead of a third quarter arrival in Australia.
As expected, the Ranger gets the new ‘face’ of the Ford Everest 4WD and a new ‘chiselled’ bonnet design, but rear styling remains largely unchanged from the current model.
Four engines will be available globally, matched with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Skoda’s all-new Octavia Scout is now on sale in Australia with a new $32,990 starting price - slashing a handy $7000 from the price of its predecessor.
Two diesel engines are available with 110 or 135kW, matched with manual and automatic transmissions respectively, and a new 132kW petrol engine joins the range for 2015.
As with the previous generation Scout, the new 2015 model picks up a ruggedised styling and protection kit on the outside, including unpainted wheel arch flares, skid plates at both ends and underbody protection.
Isuzu has revived the D-Max X-Runner special edition model for 2015, adding a number of key extras with a drive-away price.
Based on the D-Max 4x4 LS-Terrain, the X-Runner adds automatic climate control, satellite navigation, Rear Park Assist and a reversing camera.
Isuzu also launched its I-Venture Club this week, designed to get D-Max and MU-X owners off the tarmac and into some of Australia’s best off-roading experiences.
In other news, Ford’s updated Ranger wasn’t the only model on show in Thailand; F ord also gave its big new Everest SUV an unveiling in production trim - and it looks impressive.
Peugeot Australia outlined plans for its new 508 sedan, saying the updated model’s new look and efficiency can get it onto buyer’s shopping lists.
Mercedes-Benz announced a new midsized one-tonne pickup model is on the way, targeting a range of markets around the world including Australia.
Jaguar’s all-new XF was revealed this week, ahead of its New York Auto Show appearance and an arrival in local showrooms early next year.
Besides the new Octavia Scout, a busy week for Skoda included the Czech carmaker’s new Skoda Choice buyback scheme in Australia, the next Superb wagon was spied testing, and a local launch for the Octavia RS 230 was confirmed.
Subaru reiterated that a replacement for its Tribeca seven-seater will arrive one day, but the carmaker is still finalising styling and technical details.
BMW rolled out a pair of updated feature packages for Australian customers, adding new comfort, convenience and safety options to the 5 Series range.
The Citroen C4 Cactus was locked in for an Australian launch this week, with the quirky crossover due to arrive in local showrooms early next year.
The BBC announced Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed at the end of March, placing doubt over the future of its Top Gear TV juggernaut.
Holden announced the return of the famous Sandman name to Australian roads, available as an options pack for its Ute and Sportwagon variants.
In case you missed it earlier, the all-new 2015 Skoda Octavia Scout is now in Australia and we drove both diesel- and petrol-powered variants in Tasmania this week.
Finally, Audi’s 2015 A6 and A7 models are now a sharper, slicker set of suits, as the classy big four-doors have become just a little bit better. Middle-age has never looked this good.
And that’s… the week that was.