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The Week That Was: Volkswagen Polo GTI, BMW X5 M & X6 M Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Apr, 19 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI joined the rest of the refreshed Polo range in Australia this week, bringing a host of new features and technology.

On board for 2015 is a new engine, updated infotainment equipment and - for the first time in the fifth-generation Polo GTI's production - a manual transmission option.

With the new manual now being offered, the price of entry for the now five-door only GTI is slightly cheaper than the previous three-door auto at $27,490 plus on-roads.


BMW's new X5 M and X6 M performance SUVs, offering M5 levels of power (and more torque) for a lot less cash, arrived in Australia this week.

Priced from $185,900 for the practical X5 M and $194,700 for the style-focused X6 M, both are markedly more expensive than their predecessors, but BMW says it has packed around $15,000 worth of extra kit into both.

Power in both cars is provided by BMW’s 4.4 litre TwinPower V8 engine, producing a mighty 423kW and 750Nm.


The newly facelifted and updated Mitsubishi Outlander, revealed in New York just this month, is now on sale in Australia from $28,490 plus on-roads.

The new five- and seven-seat 2015 range’s entry point marks a $750 increase, and pricing has also been adjusted either side of most 2014 prices by up to $500.

Despite the pricing shuffle, Mitsubishi says its re-styled and re-engineered Outlander promises the drive and feel of an “entirely new vehicle”.


In other news, the refreshed Nissan Micra will finally arrive in Australia later this month, retaining its $13,490 plus on-roads starting price.


Staying with Nissan, the Japanese carmaker confirmed pricing for its new D23 ‘NP300’ Navara pickup this week, ahead of the new model’s arrival in Australia next month.


TMR Managing Editor, Tim O’Brien, studied the Federal Government’s consideration on “reducing restrictions on the personal importation of new vehicles after further public consultation is undertaken”.


Porsche brought its 918 hypercar to the Australian outback, reaching 350km/h in the Northern Territory within the Stuart Highway’s open speed limit area.


Tesla announced plans to build eight of its ‘supercharger’ EV fast-chargers in Goulburn, NSW, commencing its plan to cover the Brisbane to Melbourne corridor by 2017.


MINI Australia added a new entry-level model to its recently launched Cooper 5-Door range this week, in the form of the ‘One’.


Citroen’s refreshed DS3 is now on sale in Australia, bringing a simplified model line-up and an improved 1.6 litre turbocharged engine.


Volvo’s new flagship model in the XC90 Excellence was unveiled ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show, with Volvo’s local office considering it for an Australian debut.


The latest round of ANCAP safety ratings showed a 5-star performance from the Mitsubishi Triton, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Tesla Model S, Renault Captur and BMW i3 models, while the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer and MINI Cooper 3-Door were rated at 4-stars.


Volkswagen launched its Choice buy-back scheme in Australia, giving customers a choice of leasing periods and maximum annual distances travelled while guaranteeing the vehicle’s value at the end of the term.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS Seven-Seat 4WD CVT Petrol this week, finding it offered a much improved automatic transmission, standout styling and a quiet and comfy on-road experience.



The 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M have arrived in Australia, and we drove both of the bone-crushing performers in Tasmania this week. Check out our review.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI has arrived in Australia and we put the new engine and manual transmission through their paces.


Finally, we found the 2015 Toyota Yaris ZR Automatic offered fresh and fun styling, an easy to use touchscreen and plenty of appeal for younger city drivers.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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