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Trevor Collett | Jul, 20 2015 | 0 Comments

Toyota’s new Fortuner 4WD wagon was unveiled this week, ahead of an Australian arrival from October.

Expected at an entry price below the $46,990 FJ Cruiser, the Fortuner will be powered by the same 2.8 litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder used by 4x4 variants of the HiLux. A 4WD driveline will be standard.

Earlier in the week, the Fortuner was spied in the metal in Thailand giving our first clear view of the new model which was unveiled days later.

Hyundai Australia announced key prices and specifications for its all-new Tucson range, which will launch on August 1 as a larger, better-equipped replacement for the ix35.

And while the ix35 sits in the small SUV category, the Tucson is a medium-sized offering with a 2670mm wheelbase, 4475mm overall length, 1850mm width and 1655mm height (1660mm with roof rails), making it longer, wider and lower than the car it replaces.

Cabin space benefits as a result, with Hyundai saying the new Tucson offers "substantially more" than the ix35.

Tesla announced a raft of upgrades for its Model S all-electric sedan range this week, revealing a new "Ludicrous Mode" that can launch the Model S P85D to 100km/h in a supercar-crushing 3.0 seconds as well as a more affordable entry-level model.

Prices for Australian-delivered cars remain largely static, but the introduction of the new single-motor Model S 70 means new buyers will only need $100,100 (before on-roads) to step into a Model S.

The Model S 85 gets a $700 haircut and now costs $114,200, but the 70D, 85D and P85D remain at $106,900, $121,000 and $148,000 respectively.

In other news, Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi died after succumbing to injuries suffered during last year’s Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka. Bianchi was 25.

Mercedes-Benz announced pricing and specifications for its new GLC SUV, which will fill the gap in the carmaker’s local SUV line-up as a midsized model.

Joining the ever-increasing number of manufacturers with fixed-price service schedules this week was Fiat Chrysler Australia, which rolled out a maintenance pricing scheme of its own for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands.

Kia announced its Picanto city car is almost locked in for a local debut, with a targeted price-point of $14,990 drive-away.

Toyota unveiled the ‘family-friendly’ interior for its all-new HiLux pickup this week, ahead of the new model’s local arrival in October.

Ford announced its Shelby Mustang GT350R will feature home-grown technology from a Geelong-based company which will supply high-tech lightweight wheels for the performance car.

Mazda released the first image of its updated BT-50 pickup this week, as production got underway in Thailand.

Volvo is now the sole owner of the Polestar brand, and plans to use its new acquisition to widen its performance car program.

Mitsubishi’s next Challenger 4WD was caught without camouflage while participating in a filming session overseas this week, revealing the new model from all angles.

Lotus confirmed its Evora 400 Convertible is coming, with an Australian launch scheduled for early in 2016.



We drove the 2015 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) hatch this week, impressed with the little performer’s terrific handling, entertaining dynamics, punchy engine and keen standard features list.

Isuzu’s 2015 D-Max LS-U 4X4 Crew Cab Ute proved to be a value buy in our eyes, offering a strong, under-stressed diesel with a wide torque band and proven robustness. Check out our review.

Finally, we found Toyota’s 2015 HiAce Crew Van offers a price-point worth considering in the commercial passenger van market, as perhaps the best model on offer locally in a market segment devoid of any standout offerings.

And that’s… the week that was.

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