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The Week That Was: Nissan Pathfinder, Isuzu MU-X, Honda CR-V Diesel Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Nov, 03 2013 | 0 Comments

Nissan’s all-new Pathfinder is now in local showrooms with a new lower starting price of $39,990 plus on-roads.

Gone is the diesel donk from the outgoing Pathfinder, replaced with the 3.5 litre petrol V6 from the Murano, producing 191kW and 325Nm.

A 2.5 litre four-cylinder supercharged hybrid is also expected to join the line-up next year.


Isuzu has added a 4X4 SUV wagon to its D-Max utility range, the MU-X.

While the new SUV is similar in appearance to the Holden Colorado 7, only the front doors and bonnet are shared between the two models.

Priced from $40,500 plus on-roads, the MU-X goes one-up on its auto-only Colorado cousin by offering both auto and manual in 4WD models.

Honda announced this week that a diesel engine will join its local CR-V line-up from early next year.

The 2.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit produces 110kW and 350Nm while returning 5.8 l/100km in the six-speed manual variant.

Pricing is expected to be announced closer to the scheduled launch in January.

In other news, Citroen’s C3 light hatch has been given an update, and is available for $19,990 drive-away until the end of the year.


Ford announced this week that its Emergency Assistance Technology will soon be standard across the Fiesta range in Australia.


Hyundai’s ix35 Series II SUV is on sale now, priced from $26,990 plus on-roads for the Active 2.0 litre petrol with manual transmission.


Toyota Australia workers voted on new labour conditions this week. The local carmaker has pledged to take "urgent action" to improve its future here.


New images of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class surfaced online this week, joining interior shots and technical information released last week.


Tough new mobile phone laws are on the way for Victoria, with higher fines and a blanket-ban soon to extend to all L- and P-plate drivers.


The 2014 Nissan Qashqai was teased ahead of its world premiere next week. We know the Qashqai as the Dualis, but the new model and new nameplate will soon replace the Dualis in Nissan’s local SUV range.


Staying with Nissan, the Japanese carmaker revealed a new sports car due to appear at the Tokyo Motor Show that ‘isn’t for midlife-crisis customers’.


Subaru teased its Levorg concept this week, which previews a new wagon model for the Japanese market (and perhaps others), set for production in 2014.


BMW’s updated 5 Series is now in Australia, with subtle styling changes to the front end and a power boost to the 4.4 litre V8 engine option.


A leaked buyer survey this week gave us a strong hint at engines, transmission options and US pricing for the 2015 Ford Mustang.


The extra-hot Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Edition 507 trio arrived in Australia this week, priced from $169,407 plus on-roads.

The question as to which among its German competition this stove-hot C 63 lines up against stirred up some debate among TMR readers.


Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth consecutive Formula 1 World Drivers Championship this week with victory in the Indian F1 Grand Prix.


Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin gave us a look at possible future models for BMW, with rendered 2 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe images.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder this week, impressed with its superb powertrain and excellent interior space.


The 2014 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 Sedan is hot in every way, with brutish performance and a fabulous V8 engine but is it worth the $170,000+ asking price? Check out our review.


We reacquainted ourselves with the 2013 Ford Focus Sport Hatch Automatic. It's a fine car and we think it takes the fight to Volkswagen’s Golf. Click on the review to read our reasons why.


Fixed rear windows aside, our snapshot review of the 2013 Citroen DS4 Diesel revealed a car with hot-hatch handling mixed with diesel torque and economy.


Finally, the 2014 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet offers a wonderful engine, excellent interior and stupendous grip.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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