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Trevor Collett | Oct, 19 2015 | 0 Comments

It's been a sell-out success overseas, and Jeep's fun-sized, Fiat-based Renegade compact SUV is finally here on our shores.

But if you were expecting a cut-price alternative to the slightly larger Jeep Compass and Patriot, think again.

The Renegade starts at $29,500 for the base model Renegade Sport manual, and stretches all the way up to $41,500 for the offroad-ready Trailhawk.

A new, value-led Volkswagen Passat arrived in Australia this week with more powerful engines, increased standard equipment, added safety equipment, and most importantly, a starting price $4000 less than the model it replaces.

Built atop Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform, the new Passat is lighter and more efficient than before.

The new model range offers two petrol powered variants, and a range-topping diesel.

While it’s been a long time coming, BMW finally offered the first official look at its new M2 Coupe this week, offering the kind of fattened stance and scintillating performance enthusiasts were expecting.

Under the bonnet lies a newly developed 3.0 litre in-line six-cylinder engine paired with M TwinPower turbo technology to deliver 272kW of power at 6500rpm.

Torque measures 465Nm, but an overboost function can deliver 500Nm in short bursts.

In other news, Subaru’s rally special WRX STI NR4 was officially unveiled this week with prices starting from $38,000.

Volvo confirmed its future small car offerings will be built on a unique-to-Volvo scalable platform dubbed the Compact Modular Achitecture (CMA), itself based on the larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

Staying with Volvo, and the Swedish carmaker announced plans to electrify its entire range over the next few years, with a new all-electric model to debut before the end of 2019.

Ferrari gave potential F12berlinetta customers something to think about, with the unveiling of its new powered-up and lightened F12 TdF.

Citroen Australia geared up for the arrival of the new Berlingo van range, taking the knife to pricing of remaining stocks for the outgoing model.

Peugeot increased the appeal of its 508 diesel models by switching the large sedans and wagons to drive-away pricing.

Holden Executive Director of Sales Peter Keley confirmed that at least one of the 24 promised new models over the next few years will be a full-sized SUV designed to take on the Toyota Prado in the large SUV segment.

Tesla began rolling out a version 7.0 software update for owners of its Model S electric vehicle, which offers a new set of functions as part of Tesla’s Autopilot system.

Swiss carmaker Rinspeed showed its persistence with self-driving cars as it prepares to debut the new Etos concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Hyundai and Rockstar Performance Garage (RPG) teamed up to produce a new concept version of the Tucson SUV for the SEMA show which focuses on maximum off-road ability.



In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is now on sale in Australia and we drove the new sedan and wagon this week.

We found the 2015 Volvo’s XC90 T6 Inscription to be a big bus for big families, and big on luxury as well in this T6 variant.

Hyundai Australia’s 2015 Santa Fe SR SUV proved to be an improvement over the regular Santa Fe, with the $60k-plus price tag bringing performance brakes and suspension tweaks for better overall driving dynamics.

Another new arrival this week was the 2016 Jeep Renegade SUV, which we found has a lot going for it including visual attitude to set it apart from the rest of the compact crossover pack.

Finally, we declared the 2016 HSV R8 LSA is a uniquely Australian yet world-class performance car that’s anything but a straight line hero or a bogan chariot – check it out.

And that’s… the week that was.

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