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The Week That Was: Nissan Qashqai, Mercedes C-Class, Jaguar F-TYPE Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jul, 20 2014 | 0 Comments

Nissan’s Qashqai SUV arrived in Australia this week, priced from $25,850 plus on-road costs.

Four trim grades, two engine options (one petrol, one diesel) six-speed manual and CVT automatic transmissions are available, but the all-wheel-drive option from the outgoing Dualis has not been carried over.

The Qashqai recently earned a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, but not before it was criticised by the Program for lacking standard autonomous emergency braking.


Pricing for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class range in Australia has been confirmed, ahead of a local debut in the coming months.

The range kicks off at $60,900 plus on-roads for the entry C 200 petrol model and $62,400 for its diesel C 200 Bluetec sibling, rising to $74,900 for the C 300 Bluetec Hybrid.

The new C-Class gets nine airbags, a fatigue-detection system, Benz’s Driver Assistance Package and a 100kg weight reduction over the outgoing model.

Jaguar’s F-TYPE Coupe joined the line-up in Australia this week, with prices starting at $119,430 plus on-roads.

The entry-level Coupe gets a 250kW supercharged V6, followed by the more powerful 280kW V6 S Coupe while the range-topping R Coupe scores a 404kW 5.0 litre V8.

The hero R model completes the 0-100km/h dash in 4.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 300km/h.


In other news, the 2015 Mazda2 was revealed this week, ahead of an Australian debut later this year.


Smart’s new ForTwo and ForFour compact twins were officially unveiled, with both under consideration for Australia.


The new MINI Cooper One became the cheapest way to get into a MINI Cooper in Australia, with a starting price of $24,500 plus on-roads.


Honda’s revised Civic Sedan range is now on sale locally, with a new entry-level Vi variant coming in at $18,490 plus on-roads.


Toyota’s special edition LandCruiser Altitude is on sale now, adding $5000 in value above the GXL model for a $1505 premium.


Land Rover revealed its 2015 Range Rover 4WD will bring more torque, more options and a new Autobiography Black variant to Australia.


Nissan pulled the pin on its Almera light sedan this week, citing slow sales and no room to move on price.


Citroen announced a six-year unlimited kilometre warranty and capped-price servicing on all of its passenger cars in Australia, leaving just the commercial Berlingo van out of the equation.


Tesla revealed its new midsize sedan will be called the Model III, rather than the Model E, with a battery range of more than 320km.


Skoda released a first teaser image of its all-new 2015 Fabia light hatch this week, ahead of a Paris Motor Show debut in October.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Nissan Qashqai is now on sale in Australia, and we drove the diesel-powered TL CVT model this week.


Not only does the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Longitude 4WD look the goods, we found it offers a strong V6, good handling and a spacious interior.


Staying with Jeep, we also drove the Wrangler Unlimited Sport 2.8 Diesel CRD Automatic. We found the 4WD to be loaded with rugged charm and off-road capability; check out our review.


We found the rejigged interior in the 2014 MINI Cooper Manual Hatch finally makes sense, with great roadholding and a surprisingly eager three-cylinder engine thrown in for good measure.


Finally, we drove the $219,130 Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe R which is undoubtedly the finest vehicle Jaguar has ever produced. Check it out.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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