The Week That Was: Volkswagen Polo GTI, Alfa Romeo MiTo QV, Ford Kuga Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Sep, 21 2014 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen’s light Polo GTI performer has been updated for 2015, with a new engine and the introduction of a six-speed manual option.

The Polo GTI’s current 1.4 litre engine will be replaced by a 1.8 litre unit next year, delivering a 9kW power gain and a healthy boost to torque of 70Nm.

The updated model is due to arrive in Australia during the first half of next year, with local pricing and specifications still to be confirmed.

Alfa Romeo’s updated MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde (Italian for ‘green four-leaf clover’) is now on sale in Australia, priced at $30,500 plus on-roads.

Power comes from Alfa’s 1.4 litre MultiAir Turbo engine, producing 125kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm at 2500rpm.

The 0-100km/h dash takes the QV 7.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 219km/h, with fuel consumption listed at 6.0 l/100km.

Ford’s midsized Kuga SUV is in line for an engine upgrade in the Australian market, with a scheduled arrival for January next year.

Headlining the updates is the introduction of Ford’s 2.0 litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine in the all-wheel-drive Trend and Titanium models.

Replacing the 134kW/240Nm 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine, the 2.0 litre mill ups outputs to 176kW and 340Nm while returning 8.6 l/100km.

In other news, Hyundai Australia detailed a number of new features for 2015 in its big Santa Fe SUV, along with a price-rise on top-end models.

Renault rounded out its refreshed Megane line-up, with the introduction of a two-model 2015 Coupe-Cabriolet range.

Ford was revved up to the ‘Max’ this week, with the unveiling of its updated C-Max and all-new S-Max models ahead of the Paris Motor Show.

Jeep announced a new special edition of its Wrangler 4WD for the Australian market, called the ‘Rubicon X’.

BMW detailed a new diesel engine for its 2 Series and 2 Series Active Tourer, with official fuel-usage as low as 3.8 l/100km.

Also up for an engine overhaul is the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg, with a more powerful and more economical diesel V6 TDI headed to Australia next year.

Marcos Amborse announced he will return to Australia next year, racing a V8 Supercar for the newly-formed DJR Penske team.

Mitsubishi pulled the covers off its Outlander PHEV racer this week, just days before the plug-in hybrid set off to tackle the Australasian Safari.

Toyota told us to “go fun yourself”, as part of a cheeky advertising campaign for its Aygo city car in overseas markets.

Bentley introduced us to the Mulsanne Speed - an 1100Nm super luxury saloon with a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds.



In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde is now on sale in Australia. We drove the QV this week, finding it offered comfort, beautiful handling and a rorty engine.

Finally, we found the 2014 Skoda Yeti 90TSI Automatic is a great little SUV at an affordable price, offering a versatile interior, lots of features and good ride quality.

And that’s… the week that was.

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