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Trevor Collett | Oct, 25 2015 | 0 Comments

Toyota’s HiLux-based Fortuner 4WD wagon arrived in Australia this week, offering a genuine off-roading alternative to the Kluger and Prado in the Toyota line-up.

The three grades – GX, GXL and Crusade – start from $47,990 for the GX, the GXL $52,990, and Crusade $59,990.

Under the bonnet is the 2.8 litre turbo-diesel shared with the HiLux, with a “low-friction timing chain designed to last the life of the vehicle”.


The staggered roll-out of Audi’s TT range continued this week, with the high-performance TTS Coupe and Roadster joining the regular models that launched during 2015.

The S-treatment takes the already impressive TT range, and dials up performance, with a more powerful engine, and revised suspension and all-wheel-drive tuning.

Thanks to this generation TT’s weight-reduction program, the TTS drops 45 kilograms compared to its predecessor.


BMW detailed pricing and specifications for its all-new X1 SUV ahead of its arrival in Australia next month.

Revealed in June, the 2016 X1 marks the first SUV model for the German carmaker to be perched upon a front-wheel-drive platform, and the first BMW SUV to be powered by three-cylinder engines.

Those engines won’t be making their way to Australia - at least not in the short term - as local buyers will instead be offered a choice of four-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel.


In other news, Holden added a limited edition variant to its Colorado pickup range, introducing the LS-X for a $1000 premium over the LS.


Details emerged for the new Fiat Toro for overseas markets, but the new pickup is unlikely to make it to Australia at this stage.


Ford Australia announced its Focus RS hot hatch will land with a $50,990 price tag plus on-roads when it arrives in local showrooms next year.


Peugeot announced a special edition version of its 308 for 2015, bearing the name of another prominent French brand, Total Lubricants.


Recalls this week included the Honda MDX, Ford EcoSport, a range of Ferraris and more.


ANCAP announced a maximum 5-star safety rating for no less than seven models this week, which included a mix of all-new and updated models for the Australian market.


Among those models was the updated Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, which brings light restyling and a new focus on visual safety for the range-topping Sahara.


Aston Martin revealed what could become its all-electric competitor to the Tesla Model S, in the shape of the RapidE EV concept.


Citroen confirmed pricing for the Citroen C4 Cactus range this week, with the funky French five-door set to go on sale early next year with an entry price of $26,990.


Mercedes-Benz pulled the covers back to reveal its top-shelf Mercedes-Maybach S 600 at the 2015 Motorclassica event in Melbourne, as the uber-luxury sedan made its Australian debut.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Elite this week, declaring it to be the smart, comfortable ‘happy medium’ for SUV buyers.


The 2015 Audi TTS Coupe offers cutting edge performance to match its razor sharp looks - all yours from $99,900 plus on-road costs.


We drove the 2015 BMW X1 xDrive20d and xDrive25i, finding the new small SUV offers better value in a smarter and ‘badder’ package.


Subaru’s 2015 Outback 2.0D Premium CVT is still the ‘truest’ crossover in our books, adept off-road and as practical as a large SUV but less bulbous.


We found the 2015 Renault Clio RS200 Cup isn’t without its flaws - owners of French cars often refer to these as ‘quirks’ - but it certainly nails the ‘hot’ part of the hot hatch theorem.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner is now on sale in Australia and we drove the GX, GXL and Crusade this week in Toyota’s tough new benchmark model.


Finally, the 2015 Holden Captiva 7 LS may be getting a little long in the tooth, but we found it still offers an excellent value-for-money equation for families requiring more than five seats.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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