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The Week That Was: Mitsubishi Triton, Holden Colorado, BMW Active Tourer Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Nov, 23 2014 | 3 Comments

Mitsubishi’s all-new 2015 Triton has been unveiled, ahead of an Australian arrival midway through next year.

A new 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine will power the new model in Australia, with power and torque rated at 133kW and 430Nm.

Sales for the outgoing model in run-out mode have been strong all year, and Mitsubishi will be hoping the new model further strengthens its appeal.


Holden’s Colorado and Colorado 7 have been updated for 2015, with pricing from 2014 models carrying over into next year.

The top-spec LTZ variants in both models receive the most attention, as Holden responds to customer feedback from typical LTZ buyers.

A new ‘comfort suspension’ is now standard on LTZ pickup, with both LTZ pickup and SUV models now featuring a revised interior.


The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is now on sale in Australia, priced from $44,400 plus on-roads.

The Active Tourer is something of a ‘segment starter’ for BMW, as a ‘premium tall family hatch people mover’ with only one direct rival; the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

The new model also marks BMW’s first mass-produced departure from rear-wheel-drive in the Australian market, although more FWD models could soon follow.


In other news - and much of it belongs to Mazda - the Japanese carmaker has unveiled its new CX-3 compact SUV at the LA Auto Show.


Standing in the shadows of the CX-3 in LA is the updated Mazda CX-5. As the CX-5 is a strong seller for Mazda in Australia, a future 'CX-3 versus CX-5' sales battle will be interesting to watch.


Mazda has also revealed engine details for its 2015 MX-5 in Australia, with news that local customers will have a choice of 1.5 or 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engines.


From the ‘cars that aren’t Mazda’ department, Ford’s Edge SUV for the Chinese market has been unveiled with a seven-seat option. Although the Edge is widely tipped to eventually replace the Territory in Australia, Ford has yet to confirm this.


Renault added a limited-edition model to its Megane Coupe Cabriolet range this week, with the arrival of the ‘Floride’ in time for summer.


Lexus previewed a new RC Convertible this week, as the LF-C2 concept was unveiled at the LA Auto Show.


Mercedes-Benz confirmed the Maybach’s spirit will return, as an S-Class limousine wearing the new ‘Mercedes-Maybach’ name.


Jaguar has doubled its F-TYPE range for 2015, adding new all-wheel-drive models and the availability of a ‘proper’ six-speed manual transmission.


Updates for the Toyota Prius C and Prius V were revealed in LA this week, with both models expected to arrive in Australia in 2015.


Ford has ‘called out’ its main Mondeo midsizer rival with a new advertising campaign aimed at the Toyota Camry, ahead of the arrival of a new model.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is now on sale in Australia.

We drove all four variants this week, finding they offered a comfy and roomy interior with a well-rounded standard equipment list.


The Holden Colorado and Colorado 7 are as versatile as ever with excellent off-road ability, and a 2015 update means they’re now more civilised on-road as well. Check out our review.


Finally, we found the 2015 Nissan X-Trail TS Diesel 2WD CVT automatic to be one for growing families looking to cover long highway miles - we think they’ll find plenty to like.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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