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The Week That Was: MINI 5-Door, Jeep In 2015, HSV Range Revamped Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Oct, 19 2014 | 2 Comments

MINI confirmed this week that its first-ever take on the traditional five-door hatch look, the 2015 Cooper 5-Door, will arrive in Australia on November 1.

Priced from $27,750 plus on-roads, the new five-door model marks a $3250 premium over the most affordable 3-Door model - the recently launched MINI Cooper One - but nearly $4000 more affordable than the previous-generation Cooper.

Engine options include a turbo 100kW/220Nm 1.5 litre three-cylinder and a turbo 141kW/280Nm 2.0 litre four, while the Cooper D gets an 85kW/270Nm 1.5 three-cylinder diesel.


Jeep’s local arm outlined some of its future plans for Australia this week, speaking with TMR at the launch of the new diesel-powered Cherokee.

Expect the Renegade compact SUV to dominate Jeep headlines in 2015, with an arrival expected sometime in the second half of 2015.

It’ll be a further 12 months at least before the Compass and Patriot models see a replacement in Australia, with a single model expected to take the place of both.


HSV announced a raft of upgrades to its Gen-F muscle car range this week, following Holden’s unveiling of the 2015 Commodore.

For 2015, all R8 models are upgraded to the SV Enhanced package - previously a $2295 option - boosting power from 325 to 340kW and torque from 550 to 570Nm.

All models bar the Grange now get a bi-modal exhaust as standard and, as with the 2015 SS V Redline, all six-speed auto models also get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.


In other news, Audi rounded-out its S3 performer range in Australia this week, with the arrival of the 2014 S3 Cabriolet.


Jamie Whincup isn’t motor racing’s only competitor to fall short of the chequered flag by exhausting his fuel supplies on the last lap. Check out our round-up of some other famous last lap fuel disasters.


Kia increased the appeal of its Sorento SUV by adding a ‘Family Pack’, as the Korean carmaker looks to shift its remaining stock ahead of the arrival of a new model.


Sister carmaker Hyundai also spruced up its SUV range, adding the SR variant to its Santa Fe line-up as a new flagship model.


Jeep got on the ‘black edition’ bandwagon in a big way, with the addition of four ‘Blackhawk’ variants to its Australian line-up.


Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 35th birthday of its G-Class 4WD with the ‘Edition 35’ pack, which brings limited edition exterior colours and interior trim.


Infiniti cut up to $7500 from its Q70 luxury sedan pricing, hoping the new price-point will give the large car a sales-boost.


Local Motors showed us how the future ‘kit car’ market might look, constructing a car almost entirely using 3-D printing.


A report out of the US this week suggested Lotus could look to parent company Proton for a future expansion into the premium sedan and SUV market.


Australian company Quickstep announced it will launch a new $5 million facility in Geelong for the development of automotive-grade carbon fibre, funded in part by a $1.76 million grant.

 

REVIEWS

It was hard to miss the 2014 HSV GTS Maloo in the TMR garages this week, and it impressed us with its 430kW or power and ability to drive like a track-day car.


In case you missed it earlier, Jeep’s 2014 Cherokee now comes with a diesel option. We drove the new variant this week, liking its strong engine, smooth performance and extra towing capacity.


We found the 2014 Land Rover Discovery SE SCV6 Petrol offered class-leading space and ride, a smooth drivetrain and plenty of off-road ability. Check out our review.


Finally, we took the 2014 BMW i8 for a preview drive ahead of its official launch in Australia. For $299,000 plus on-roads, expect plug-in technology and head-turning futuristic looks - in fact, it is the future on wheels.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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