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Trevor Collett | Aug, 17 2014 | 0 Comments

Holden launched its 2015 Trax SUV this week, with the big news being the addition of a new turbocharged variant.

The new range-topping version of the LTZ variant gets Holden’s 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 103kW and 200Nm, matched with a six-speed automatic and returning 6.9 l/100km.

The LTZ turbo starts at $29,990 plus on-roads, while the 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine is still available in the LS and LTZ; priced from $23,990.

Following the arrival of the updated-for-2014 Superb, Skoda announced its Superb 4X4 Outdoor will join the local range as a special edition from October.

Powered by a 125kW/350Nm turbo-diesel engine, the Outdoor offers on-demand all-wheel-drive, enhanced off-road ability and a more ‘rugged’ look.

Based on the top-shelf Superb Elegance, the 4x4 Outdoor adds adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and heated seats, with prices starting from $52,690 plus on-roads.

The Fiat Freemont SUV is now available with V6 power in Australia, following the addition of the new Crossroad variant.

Buyers opting for the V6 will get a 3.6 litre Pentastar unit producing 206kW and 342Nm, with drive going to the front wheels only through a six-speed automatic and fuel consumption listed at 10.4 l/100km.

The Crossroad enters as the new range-topper in the Freemont line-up, with prices starting from $36,500 plus on-roads.

In other news, the Range Rover Sport SVR was revealed this week, ahead of an Australian arrival in Q2 next year.

The covers came off Kia’s 2015 Sorento SUV, with both front and rear styling revealed ahead of the new model's appearance at the Paris Motor Show.

Ford announced its last Falcon will wear ‘FG X’ as its model designation, while number one and number 500 of its FPV GT Fs will be auctioned for breast cancer research.

The Auto Obsession exhibition at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum kicked off this week, showcasing 25 classic, rare and interesting cars.

TMR’s Managing Editor Tim O’Brien weighed in to the fuel excise debate, responding to Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s recent remarks on 'poorer' drivers.

The 2015 Hyundai i20 has been officially revealed, with the new model riding on a longer wheelbase to create (claimed) segment-leading interior space and storage.

Is Australia’s vast 110km/h speed limit out of date? NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay might think so, suggesting this week that the state may consider moving to 120km/h on some roads.

Carmakers stepped up their steady stream of teaser images this week ahead of the Paris and Moscow Motor Shows, with the Mazda MX-5, Volvo XC90, Chevrolet Niva and Skoda Fabia (perhaps previewed online?) all in the spotlight.

Holden announced its Caprice luxury sedan will be no more once the Elizabeth plant closes in 2017. Meanwhile, a report from New Zealand may point to the Opel Insignia as the eventual replacement for the Commodore, and Holden has lifted prices of its entire line-up in Australia.

Renault announced an expansion of its extended warranty program, with up to five years coverage available to buyers of the French carmaker’s commercial vans.



In case you missed it earlier, Holden has added a turbocharged engine to its Trax SUV range and we drove the new model this week.

The 2014 Maserati Ghibli is now on sale in Australia, priced from $138,990. That price buys you the entry-level diesel, but we decided to drive the range-topping V6 S model this week.

BMW’s 2014 M3 DCT Automatic offers astounding performance, buckets of torque and beautiful handling; worthy of the title ‘best M3 ever’. Check out our review.

We found the 2014 Renault Megane GT-Line Hatch offered a beautifully-sorted chassis, excellent handling and an impressive turbo engine – priced from $26,990 plus on-roads.

Finally, we pitted the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk against the Isuzu MU-X LS-U in an off-road comparison review. So which is best for you? Check it out…

And that’s… the week that was.

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