The turbocharged Ford Mustang EcoBoost has joined the Ford Mustang GT in Ford showrooms to give Australia’s favourite sports car even greater appeal. Following on from the Mustang GT launch in June, the turbocharged Mustang EcoBoost gives customers greater choice for what’s the most customisable Mustang line-up ever offered.

“Mustang needs no introduction, and the arrival of the EcoBoost models means that we now have the full gamut of performance options for Australian enthusiasts,” said Ford Australia and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart. “With its turbocharged engine, Mustang EcoBoost adds an advanced 224kWii powertrain to that unmistakable, iconic Mustang design.”

Following on from the June 2018 Mustang GT launch, the Mustang EcoBoost brings a fresh new look, with exterior design updates, fresh colours and customisation options. Inside, cabin upgrades and new technology include a digital dash, B&O Play audio system and optional 10-speed paddleshift automatic. Driver Assistance Technology includes Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard on all EcoBoost models, making this a standard feature on every new Mustang.

The 2019 Mustang EcoBoost ownership experience comes with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty on all models. Additional benefits available to eligible customers at participating dealers include Ford’s Service Price Promise, Service Loan Car, Sat-nav Map Updates, Low Price Tyre Guarantee price match program and Auto Club Membership.

Turbocharged Pony: Under the hood The hood vents on the 2019 Mustang EcoBoost feed a highly sophisticated direct fuel-injection 2.3-litre turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine, mated to a standard six-speed manual or optional all-new 10-speed paddleshift automatic. With an aluminium block and head, featuring an integrated exhaust manifold, it produces 224kWii and 441Nmii and uses a twin-scroll turbocharger. The Mustang EcoBoost’s turbocharger has been tuned for optimal spooling to deliver a smooth torque curve yet low-end responsiveness behind the wheel. It also features forged conrods, lightweight pistons with steel rings, and twin independent variable cam timing.

A new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, now available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered and boasts Ford-patented technology. With a wide-ratio span and optimised gear spacing, this all-new transmission helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission improves shift times, low-speed tip-in response and reduces friction losses.

The six-speed manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque, and now includes a dual-mass flywheel to deliver more efficient clutch modulation, delivering improved NVH and higher torque capability.

Mustang EcoBoost: unmistakable style for 2019 Available in Convertible and sleek Fastback body styles, Mustang EcoBoost brings with it a fresh visual upgrade for 2019. Its more athletic and contemporary exterior design includes a lower, remodelled bonnet and grille for a meaner, leaner look, and a new front splitter for improved handling and improved fuel economy. For the first time, the entire Mustang line-up features all-LED front lights, including iconic tribar daytime running lamps (DTRLs) plus there are revised LED taillamps, new bumper, fascia and an optional performance spoiler. The classic long-bonnet, swooping roofline and short-tail is punctuated by the standard black 19-inch alloy wheels showcasing the Brembo brake calipers. Leading to revised taillight design, a black rear diffuser houses quad-exhausts, with rolled finishing for 2019.

Improved materials, higher quality finishes and smart design elements are central to changes for the 2019 Mustang EcoBoost interior. These include dash and console coverings, as well as revised spun aluminium look dash applique for more tactile, premium cabin feel.

Further cabin enhancements include a new 12-speaker 1000W B&O Play audio system as standard on every Mustang EcoBoost for 2019. With a 10-channel amplifier, sound engineers have specifically tuned the system for both static and dynamic situations, to ensure a consistently immersive audio experience regardless of the surrounds.

Technology: The most advanced Mustang ever sold in Australia New technology updates for Mustang include a 12.4-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT race car, that you can customise your way. Created in part by ex-video game developers, this all-new instrument cluster offers three separate views. Mustang owners can customise the displays for Normal, Sport and Track modes and choose settings including colour and gauge layout.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class range is set to receive a healthy boost before the end of the year with the introduction of the new A 250 4MATIC. Available for a limited time, the A 250 4MATIC arrives with the same generous levels of standard equipment as the A 200, but adds more power and all-wheel drive traction.

The M 260 four-cylinder engine in the A 250 4MATIC is essentially a further development of the previous M 270. Utilising 165 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque and combined with the standard 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, the A 250 4MATIC is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is 6.6L per 100 km.

The 4MATIC system has been developed further, and now offers even more driving pleasure and efficiency. Using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, the driver is able to influence the 4MATIC characteristics even more than before.

4MATIC components include the power take-off to the rear axle, which is integrated into the automated dual clutch transmission, and the rear axle differential with an integrated multi-plate clutch. This is no longer electro-hydraulically powered, but instead electro-mechanically.

Drive torque distribution between the front and rear axles is fully variable. Depending on the driving situation, 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the front axle (e.g. when driving straight ahead with no increased slip at the front axle), or in borderline cases up to 50 per cent can be directed to the rear axle if the friction coefficient suddenly changes.

Using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, the driver is able to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC even more than before. In the A-Class there are two characteristic curves available for clutch control. Models equipped with 4MATIC have a four-link rear suspension.

As with the A 200, the Mercedes-Benz A 250 4MATIC packages 18-inch aero alloy wheels, MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit (2 x 10.25-inch digital screens), TOUCHSCREEN Central Display with NTG 6 MB Navigation, standard LED headlights with Adaptive High Beam Assist, keyless start and wireless charging.

The A 250 4MATIC also arrives with a host of standard safety equipment such as nine air bags (front, pelvis side, and window bags for driver and front passenger, side bags for rear occupants and knee bag for driver), Active Brake Assist with semi-autonomous braking function, Active Parking Assist including PARKTRONIC, Active Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Assist with exit warning, Traffic Sign Assist and reversing camera.

Local pricing:

The new A 250 4MATIC will be available from all authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships in November 2018 and is priced from $49,500 (MRLP).

A-Class range:

A 200

$47,200 (MRLP)

A 250 4MATIC

$49,500 (MRLP)

Timing and information regarding upcoming models in the A-Class range, including the entry model A 180, will be announced before year end.

BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification of the all new BMW X5 range.

“Since its arrival, the BMW X5 has been a standard setter for the Large SUV segment,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah.

“Now into its fourth generation, the X5 embodies the spirit of BMW in Sports Activity Vehicle form, with sophisticated looks, amazing technology, impressive performance and true off-road capability,” he said.

The all new BMW X5 will arrive in Australia in November 2018, with the launch range including the X5 xDrive30d and M50d M Performance variants.

BMW X5 range pricing*

BMW X5 xDrive30d $112,990*
BMW X5 M50d $149,900*

Assertive exterior creates a strong first impression

With clean yet strong lines highlighted by the assertive front-end design, the fourth generation BMW X5 SAV creates a bold first impression.

Short front and rear overhangs meld into sculptured character lines, while the modernised BMW Kidney Grille adds an imposing highlight, appearing to be sculptured out of a single element.

The fresh grille design also aids function of the air flap control that is located within. This control opens and closes independently, depending on the cooling system’s requirements, and thus maximises efficiency.

Distinctive lighting options add further to the all-new X5’s exterior presence.

Standard on the M50d is the latest generation BMW Laser headlight, which portrays a brilliant blue light in ‘X’ pattern; a modern interpretation of the traditional lighting array.

Moving to the rear, a three-dimensional, full LED lighting structure is evident and accentuates the strong character lines of the all new BMW X5. Trapezoidal exhaust finishers further strengthen the rear design.

A new Panorama glass sunroof is fitted as standard across the range and has 30 per cent more glass area than the predecessor, allowing more light into the cabin. Optionally, owners can equip the X5 with the ‘Sky Lounge’. Incorporating LED lighting graphics with approximately 15,000 illuminated

Stunning interior offers a new level of commanding luxury

Entering the all new BMW X5 introduces a fresh interior design language that combines high sophistication with the commanding driving position that BMW’s X range is renowned for.

The all new BMW X5 introduces the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which builds on BMW’s innovative infotainment reputation.

Strikingly, the interface uses two 12.3-inch high-resolution colour displays – one for the digital instrument cluster, the other as a ‘Control Display’ – which gives the appearance of merging into a single unit.

Live Cockpit Professional can be accessed via its touchscreen capability, the familiar iDrive Touch Controller, via natural voice control or with BMW’s Gesture Control.

This intuitive system is standard on all variants of the BMW X5.

A third-generation of BMW’s Head-Up Display integrates with Live Cockpit Professional to provide all the information a driver requires.

Crafted with high-quality materials, the interior design heralds a new ‘X’ interior design language.

Standard sports seats, electrically-adjustable with memory function, are trimmed in ‘Vernasca’ leather. The new seat frame provides a longer backrest, while side and backrest bolstering provide impressive lateral support.

A ‘Travel & Comfort’ system introduces 2 x USB connections in the front-row seat backrests, taking the total USB connections to four.

Refined dimensions further strengthen aesthetic, add practicality

Compared to its predecessor the all new BMW X5 is 36mm longer, 66mm wider and 19mm taller, while the wheelbase is an impressive 42mm more expansive. This latter figure particularly benefits accommodation for second-row occupants.

The rear tailgate splits into two sections, with each segment electronically actuated for the first time, easing access and aiding practicality. Luggage capacity is 645 litres, expanding to 1,860 litres with the second-row seats folded flat.

Optional suspension systems tailor ride and handling to suit

Augmenting the standard suspension offers are a number of alternatives.

Optioning the M Sport Package for the BMW X5 xDrive30d introduces sportier suspension settings with specific damper tuning. Comfort and Sport tunes are more dynamically focused.

Both BMW xDrive30d and M50d variants can be optioned with an Adaptive 2-axle air suspension package. This introduces a self-levelling pneumatic suspension setup that can be adjusted to five different ride height levels, with a total sweep of 80mm (40mm higher or lower than standard height).

This function is activated via the new ‘height control’ rocker switch that is located on the centre console. The rear of the vehicle can also be lowered via a lower tailgate button, to aid rear compartment loading.

Where conditions permit, this system can automatically lower the vehicle to maximise aerodynamics and stability at speeds above 140km/h.

A further development of the pneumatic system is unlocked via the new BMW xOffroad Package. Available exclusively for the xDrive30d, this combines the 2-axle air suspension layout with further electronically-controlled driving modes that are tuned for specific off-road situations.

Colours, trims and finishers to include BMW Individual options

The all new BMW X5 will be available in two non-metallic and five metallic exterior paints. In addition Sunstone Metallic, sourced from the BMW Individual collection, is also available.

Five no-cost option interior trim finishers, along with two BMW Individual options (fine-wood Ash Grain in high-gloss silver Grey, or Piano Black) provide further personalisation.

Fitted as standard across the range is high-quality ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery in a choice of five colours. BMW Individual can also supply an extended ‘Merino’ leather upholstery in a range of four colours.

Finally, an impressive eight alloy road wheel choices are available for the xDrive30d. Fitted as standard with a 20-inch V-spoke in Bicolour ferric Grey, there are two no-cost 19-inch options, an alternate 20-inch for no cost and four 21-inch alternatives (at extra cost).

The imposing M50d comes standard with a 22-inch V-spoke in Cerium Grey, with two additional 22-inch options available at no cost. These two are also available for the xDrive30d.

BMW xOffroad Package makes its debut

Available on the xDrive30d, the BMW xOffroad Package makes its debut and is available from start of production.

Featuring aluminium underbody protection elements and the 2-axle air suspension system with an electronically-controlled rear differential lock, the xOffroad package also introduces an additional ‘off-road’ rocker switch to the centre console.

This rocker allows the driver to cycle through four specific modes, each with its own ride height, xDrive, steering, accelerator, transmission and DSC system specifics: xSand, xRocks, xGravel and xSnow.

Additional information is received to the cockpit via xView. Using the in-car Control Display, xView shows tilt angle, height setting and current off-road mode. Off-road specific camera perspectives aid all-round vision.

BMW X5 xDrive30d: The stalwart

The all new BMW X5 is introduced by the xDrive30d, the latest iteration of what is traditionally the most popular X5 variant in Australia.

Powered by the latest-generation 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, the xDrive30d generates an impressive 195kW and 620Nm of torque. Zero to 100km/h is achieved in 6.5 seconds. Variable turbine geometry and CommonRail direct injection ensure crisp response, performance and efficiency.

This impressive diesel engine is paired to an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox and drives all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system.

The new X5 xDrive30d’s chassis is offered as standard with a steel suspension system.

This double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension system features Dynamic Damper Control, which can be adjusted between Comfort and Sport modes at a touch of the Driving Experience Control cockpit switch.

Standard equipment for the BMW X5 xDrive30d includes:

  • Comfort Access system

  • Ambient Light with six configurable lighting arrays

  • Driving Assistant Professional, including:
  • Parking Assistant Plus, including Rear View Camera and 3D View
  • Connected Package Professional, including:
  • Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function
  • Front and rear Cross traffic warning
  • Steering and Lane Control Assistant
  • Lane keeping Assistant with Side Collision Warning Crossroads warning
  • Evasion Aid
  • Connected Package Professional, including:
    • Remote services, Real-time Traffic Information, Apple CarPlay and Concierge Services
  • Storage compartment package
  • ‘2.5’ zone Automatic air conditioning with auto recirculated air control, microfilter, active carbon filter and solar/fogging sensors
  • Through loading system with 40:20:40 split
  • DAB+ digital radio tuner
  • 10-speaker HiFi Loudspeaker system
  • Adaptive LED headlights with High beam assist
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear LED taillights
  • Electric exterior mirrors, heated, with electric fold function
  • Interior mirror with anti-dazzle function
  • Rain sensor with automatic wiper and headlight activation

The X5 xDrive30d features the strong xLine trim package as standard:

  • 20-inch light alloy wheels, V-spoke style in Ferric Grey with run-flat tyres

  • Sport leather steering wheel

  • BMW Individual Exterior Line and roof rails in Aluminium satinated

  • Chrome kidney grille frame

  • Aluminium ‘Mesheffect’ dark interior trims

  • Satinised aluminium Air breather surround

  • Illuminated xLine door sill finishers, front

  • xLine-specific exterior air inlets

  • Dual chrome trapezoidal exhaust pipe finishers

  • Stainless steel-style underbody protection
  • xLine-specific key with chrome highlights

The renowned M Sport Package, which accounted for over 80 per cent of the predecessor model’s sales, is available for $4,000* (including LCT and GST).

M Sport Package highlights include:

  • 20-inch M light alloy wheels, Star-spoke style in Bicolour Orbit Grey with run-flat tyres

  • M Sport brakes

  • Adaptive M Suspension

  • BMW Individual roof rails in high gloss Shadow Line

  • Aluminium Tetragon interior trims

  • M Leather steering wheel

  • M Aerodynamics package

  • BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line exterior finishers

  • BMW Individual Anthracite headliner

  • M door sill finishers, front

  • M Sport pedals

  • M Specific instrument displays

  • Air Breather in high-gloss black

  • M Sport specific exhaust pipe finishers

  • M exterior designation

  • M Sport specific key with blue highlight

BMW X5 M50d: The performer

Joining the X5 xDrive30d in Australian showrooms from launch is the X5 M50d M Performance model.

Featuring a quad-turbocharged version of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, the M50d offers monstrous performance, peaking at 294kW and 760Nm for a zero-100km/h time of only 5.2 seconds.

Coupled to a specifically-tuned eight-speed sports automatic transmission and xDrive four- wheel drive system, the X5 M50d also adds an M Sport Differential for the rear axle to further aid traction and performance.

The BMW X5 M50d also benefits from a new Adaptive M Suspension Professional system, which includes cutting-edge anti-roll stabilisation as well as Integral Active Steering, the latter capable of steering the rear wheels for enhanced stability and agility.

Other key specification highlights above the xDrive30d include:

  • 22-inch M light alloy wheels, V-spoke style in M Bicolour

  • Soft-close door function

  • Four-zone Automatic air conditioning

  • BMW Individual leather instrument panel

  • Front cup holders with heat and cool functions

  • Seat lumbar support

  • Front seat heating

  • 16-speaker Harman/kardon Surround Sound system

  • BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam

  • Metallic Paint

  • M Sport brakes with blue calipers

  • M Aerodynamics Package

  • Cerium Grey ‘M Performance’ exterior elements

By model: Performance and efficiency

Model

Engine

Power / Torque

0- 100km/h

   Fuel Use

CO2

X5 xDrive30d

3.0L turbo 6-cyl diesel

   195kW/620Nm

6.5sec

TBC

TBC

X5 M50d

3.0L quad-turbo 6-cyl diesel

   294kW/760Nm

5.2sec

TBC

TBC

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the all new BMW X5 are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

The 2019 Maserati Levante takes Ferrari power into a whole new sector of the market with the launch of the 350 hp Levante which enters the Australian market under the existing Levante S and Turbo Diesel models with a recommended retail price of $125,000 plus statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery.

Making its Australian and New Zealand debut in the 2019 Maserati Levante, the Maserati designed, Ferrari produced 350 hp/257 kW twin turbo V6 is a version of the engine that powers the range-topping Maserati Levante S. With 500 Nm of torque spread across 1,750 - 4,750 rpm, the 350 hp/257 kW Levante offers an outstanding driving experience, accelerating to 100 kmh in six seconds and on to a top speed of 251 kmh.

In the best Maserati tradition, the engine’s exhaust system is controlled by pneumatic valves to maintain the rich aural signature of the brand. In the default driving mode, the bypass valves are closed for a comfortable and discreet engine sound. In Sport mode, the exhaust valves open, providing the shortest possible exit route for the exhaust gases. This provides the Levante its maximum engine performance and the unique Maserati sound track.

Blessed with the same sophisticated Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive with rear Limited-slip Differential and advanced suspension that includes adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers, the newest version of the Levante is equally capable on and off the road as its siblings. It offers sports car like handling biased towards the rear, until going gets tough, when the four wheel drive system comes into action enabling the Levante to traverse conditions previously unheard of for an Italian sports car.

From its 19 inch polished alloy wheels to its powered rear door, the new Levante is stylishly well equipped and maintains Maserati’s legendary handcrafted interiors and exclusivity. The interior is richly leather lined and hand stitched, from the seats to the steering wheel, while the front seats are heated and boast 12 way electrically operation with memories and the dashboard is finished in piano black trim, which surrounds the latest in telematics systems, the Maserati MTC+ which has SatNav and Digital Radio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has cruise control, blind spot alert, rear camera with a dynamic grid guide and parking sensors front and rear. Keyless operation of the doors is standard, along with auto-dipping mirrors and dual zone climate control ventilation.

In addition, the Maserati Levante is available, like other Maseratis, with a choice of GranSport and GranLusso trim and equipment levels. Priced at recommended retail price of $159,990 plus statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery, the arrival of the 350 hp Levante also brings their exquisitely equipped and appointed Levante versions into new market areas.

“The newest addition to Maserati Levante range is endowed with everything expected of a Maserati with a level of accessibility never before achieved in a Maserati,” says Glen Sealey, the Chief Operating Officer of Maserati Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. “It has the Ferrari-powered performance, the on and off-road ability, the exclusive and unique trim and materials that can only come from Maserati and yet it is available at price point that brings Maserati into a whole new area of the market. It is no coincidence that the arrival of this latest Maserati model coincides with the opening of new Maserati dealers in Australia as we fully expect the newest Levante to significantly contribute Australian sales.”

2019 Maserati Levante enhancements

The Maserati Levante range has been further enhanced for 2019 to underline its “Gran Turismo” character.

The MY19 Levante GranSport trim has adopted more athletic and dynamic design. Focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper, the elegant restyling provides stronger, aggressive styling in comparison to the baseline and GranLusso trims. In addition, Adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights are available as an option for the first time in the Levante range.

The new MY19 enhancements have also introduced to the Levante range the Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), which was previously available only on the Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons. Rather than simply correcting vehicle instability, the IVC system helps prevent it, providing enhanced active safety, improved driving dynamics and an even more exciting performance.

There are two brand new tri-coat colours, the Rosso Potente, which has been created to celebrate the racing heritage of Italian sports cars, and the Blu Nobile with sparkling glass flakes glimmering under the sunlight. Available as a new option, the Pieno Fiore is like no other leather used in the automotive industry for its natural, soft feel and is processed to develop a unique character throughout the years.

The 2019 Maserati Levante Range

Recommended prices not including statutory charges, dealer costs and delivery for the exclusive use of the media and automotive data companies issued on 1 October 2018

Levante MY19 3.0 litre 257 kW Twin Turbo V6 Eight speed automatic $125,000
Levante GranSport MY19 3.0 litre 257 kW Twin Turbo V6 Eight speed automatic $159,990
Levante GranLusso MY19 3.0 litre 257 kW Twin Turbo V6 Eight speed automatic $159,990
Levante Turbo Diesel MY19 3.0 litre 202 kW V6 Turbo Diesel Eight speed automatic $139,990
Levante Turbo Diesel GranSport MY19 3.0 litre 202 kW V6 Turbo Diesel Eight speed automatic $159,990
Levante Turbo Diesel GranLusso MY19 3.0 litre 202 kW V6 Turbo Diesel Eight speed automatic $159,990
Levante S MY19 3.0 litre 321 kW Twin Turbo V6 Eight speed automatic $179,990
Levante S GranSport MY19 3.0 litre 321 kW Twin Turbo V6 Eight speed automatic $189,990
Levante S GranLusso MY19 3.0 litre 321 kW Twin Turbo V6 Eight speed automatic $189,990

 

Citroen Australia has confirmed it will introduce the all-new C5 Aircross in the second half of 2019 following its global debut at the 2018 Paris International Motor Show.

Regarded as the marque’s new flagship vehicle, the new-generation SUV has been developed using the Citroën Advanced Comfort® Programme.

Equipped with an all-new suspension system featuring Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®, the all-new C5 Aircross SUV lays claim to being one of the most comfortable cars in its segment.

It boasts unrivalled modularity with three individual sliding, folding and inclining rear seats (each with ISOfix) and best-in-class boot capacity of 580L, expanding to 720L when the sliding second-row seats are moved to their forward-most position.

Modern and high-tech, the all-new C5 Aircross SUV can be equipped with up to 20 driver assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking and Active Blind Spot Monitoring, all underpinned by leading connectivity technologies including wireless smartphone charging.

“The all-new C5 Aircross is a return to Citroen’s comfort credentials and, symbolically, arrives in time for the marque’s 100th anniversary,” Citroen Australia’s Managing Director, Ben Farlow, said.

“The all-new C5 Aircross will underpin Citroen’s line-up in its centenary year, bringing with it standout styling, unrivalled comfort and a new focus on SUVs for Citroen in Australia.

“Citroen has long been synonymous with comfort and the all-new C5 Aircross will see us return to this territory, supported by the rest of the Citroen range,” Farlow added. While C5 Aircross is confirmed for the Australian market, local specification and pricing will not be announced until closer to its launch.

ALL-NEW C5 AIRCROSS IN DETAIL

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: A UNIQUE PERSONALITY IN THE SEGMENT

Boasting a strong personality, all-new C5 Aircross SUV stands apart through its singular, energetic and assertive attitude. Measuring 4.50 m long, robust and muscular the new model stands out in the SUV segment with its flowing shapes punctuated with strong graphic touches such as the Airbump®, dual-stacked headlamps, ground clearance of 230 mm and distinctive roof bars.

The cabin instantly gives an impression of protection and spaciousness, with an emphatically horizontal dashboard and enveloping seats, a height position that gives the feeling of dominating the road, as well as a wide central console and warm materials. 

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE MOST COMFORTABLE AND MODULAR SUV IN ITS SEGMENT

An ambassador of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, all-new C5 Aircross SUV stands out through its comfort and approach to interior space.

Headlining the advanced comfort focus are two major innovations: Citroën’s all-new suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® and Advanced Comfort seats with their unrivalled ability to filter out road disturbances and offers unmatched ride comfort, the result being an outstanding travelling experience for all passengers.

All-new C5 Aircross delivers unique modularity in the segment derived from Citroën’s singular know-how in the world of MPVs, with three individual, sliding, folding and inclining rear seats (each with ISOfix mounts) and best-in-class boot volume of up-to 720L.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE NEXT-GENERATION, MODERN AND HIGH-TECH SUV

In tune with its times and equipped with a 12.3” TFT digital instrument cluster and an 8” capacitive touchscreen, all-new C5 Aircross can be specified with up-to 20 latest-generation driver assistance systems, as well as six advanced connectivity technologies – pending market.

The new, ultra-connected model and can be equipped with wireless smartphone charging, or the ConnectedCAM Citroën®.

The all-new C5 Aircross will be available with a range of efficient and high-performance petrol and diesel engines,  ranging from 130 bhp to 180 bhp and paired with the new EAT8 eight-speed automatic gearbox – pending market.

CITROEN ADVANCED COMFORT PROGRAM

To address the ongoing development of ‘Citroën comfort’ in the 21st century, the company has framed its expertise in comfort under a new development project, known as the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. The programme seeks to define a new dimension of comfort in vehicles, and pursues four objectives to enhance comfort in its latest cars:

  • Driving comfort – filtering out exterior interferences for a smooth ride and calm, quiet cabin
  • Living comfort – simplifying life on-board with functional storage compartments, intelligent packaging, and generous space
  • Functional comfort – creating a more comfortable drive with intuitive technologies, driver aids, and connectivity
  • Comfort of mind – ensuring the peace of mind of driver and passengers, with clear information displays and a relaxed interior ambience to enhance driving pleasure

Today, ergonomics, ride and handling, practicality and versatility, and even the atmosphere of the cabin, are all vital elements in making a car as comfortable as possible, for driver and passengers alike.

Each of the themes under the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme builds on the historic innovations that have contributed to Citroën’s reputation for comfort over the last 99 years.

THE "CITROËN ADVANCED COMFORT ® LAB’": UNEQUALLED DAMPING QUALITY

The "Citroën Advanced Comfort® Lab’" focuses on one of the many and varied aspects of comfort. Designed to filter out bumps and dips on the road, it groups Citroën innovations in this field. When a car drives over a bump or dip, the effect is passed on to the cabin and the occupants in three stages:

a) the suspension takes action
b) the vibrations are transferred to the body
c) the vibrations are felt by the passengers through the seats.

Reflecting this process, the "Citroën Advanced Comfort® Lab’" prototype features three innovations, one for each form of transmission, in order to reduce the vibrations felt by the occupants and thus significantly improve driving comfort.

Citroën has filed more than thirty patents for the technologies implemented by this prototype, but they were all developed to be applicable, from both a cost and production standpoint, to all the vehicles in the Citroën range.

SUSPENSION WITH PROGRESSIVE HYDRAULIC CUSHIONS ™ (PHC)

The all-new C5 Aircross will be the first Australian bound model to feature Citroen’s ground-breaking Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC), a Citroën innovation that will be rolled-out on future range vehicles.

Citroën's expertise in suspension is undisputed. For 99 years, suspension comfort has been embedded in the brand's genes. And over the years, customers have grown attached to Citroën’s comfort, which is unique on the market.

Drawing on its expertise and the know-how of its engineers, Citroën developed the new suspension system to improve the filtering quality typical of Citroën and so dear to its customers.

Some 20 patents were filed in the development of the new suspension.

The way it works is quite simple. While conventional suspension systems comprise a shock absorber, a spring and a mechanical stop, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC) system adds two hydraulic stops on either side, one for compression, the other for decompression. The suspension therefore works in two stages to match how the car is used.

  • For light compression and decompression, the spring and shock absorber control vertical movements together with no assistance required from the hydraulic stops. But these stops gave engineers greater freedom in the car’s clearance, providing a “magic carpet ride” effect giving the impression that the car is gliding over uneven ground.
  • During major impacts, the spring and shock absorber work together with the hydraulic compression or decompression stops, which gradually slow the movement to avoid jerks at the end of the range. Unlike a traditional mechanical stop, which absorbs energy but returns a part of it, the hydraulic stop absorbs and dissipates this energy. This means there is no bouncing.

With this innovative technical solution, the Citroën vehicles of the future will deliver an exceptional level of comfort specific to the brand, and always appreciated by its customers. This refinement will not be reserved solely for executive vehicles but will also be available on the city-car segment and in all markets.
  
STRUCTURAL BODY BONDING
When the suspension has completed the damping process, the energy created by the irregular road surface is transferred to the body. The use of the structural bonding technique will significantly reduce this occurrence thanks to a global stiffness input.

Using an industrial process specific to Citroën, the structural parts of the vehicle are bonded together using a discontinuous line of adhesive. An electrical weld is positioned wherever the line of adhesive is interrupted. This bonding technique ensures a hard-bonding assembly without toxic smokes generated by bonding welds.

 This special bonding technique has a number of advantages:

The first is significantly higher global body stiffness. The improvement in stiffness is around 20 per cent on average : this contributes to isolate it from external vibrations phenomena. A stiffer body will reduce the level of vibrations transferred by driving conditions.

Another significant benefit concerns weight. Bonding makes the body stiffer without making it heavier. The heavier the vehicle, the more complex the suspension damping process for improved comfort.

The third and final advantage of this bonding technique concerns the bead bonding process: this technique allows to reduce the electrical welding work numbers and to control costs. It will not be reserved solely for executive vehicles, but could be used on all Citroën models.

SEATS INSPIRED BY THE WORLD OF BEDDING

Seats are the part of the vehicle most frequently in contact with passengers. It is the seats that provide the first impressions of comfort, when you look at them or get into the car. As well as providing support, they naturally contribute to damping out the various vibrations from the vehicle and the road surface.

As part of the development process, engineers study the lines of the seat, in order to respect the curve of the back for a better driving position, and the choice of materials used in manufacture. Foam of different densities and hardness will be used depending on the role of the seat component concerned: support or cushioning.

Adding in a new factor, Citroën looked at practices in the bedding industry, a sector in which shape memory materials represent the latest in comfort.

By using several layers of special materials (polyurethane foam, viscoelastic or textured foam), Citroën has been able to develop shape memory seats that adapt perfectly to the body shape of each passenger and offer an innovative comfort experience in the automotive field. With these properties, the seats regain their original shape from one passenger to the next.

Peugeot Australia has confirmed the 508 Touring (wagon) will join the 508 Fastback body style when the all-new model launches here in the second-half of 2019.

Unveiled overnight at the 2019 Paris International Motor Show, the 2019 508 range is all-new from the ground up.

Underpinned by Groupe PSA’s highly-awarded and extremely capable EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) platform, the all-new 508 is up to 70 kilograms lighter, more efficient and more striking than ever before. 

Its structure is more compact and its overall height reduced. The new exterior design is sharper and more robust and the car’s spectacular interior includes the third iteration of Peugeot i-Cockpit®. 

Radically different from its predecessor, Peugeot revisited the ‘5-series’ model’s entire design premise to develop a vehicle that challenges the segment norms.

Peugeot Australia Managing Director, Ben Farlow, said the all-new 508 range’s arrival signifies the complete reinvention of the Peugeot line-up and heralds a new focus for the marque in Australia.

“Over the past five-years, Peugeot has completely reinvented its product range and the all-new 508 will challenge segment norms, while delivering a vehicle that is not just enjoyable to drive, but great to look at,” Farlow said.

“The Peugeot ‘5-series’ has always held a fond place in the hearts and minds of generations of Australian motorists and this all-new 508 is set to reignite the passion for Peugeots that stretches back almost 100 years locally,” he added.

Exemplary handling, new engines, countless technology features and a quantum leap in quality means the new Peugeot 508 sets a world class standard within the European D-segment.  

Locally, top of the range models, in both body styles, will be powered by a 168kW (225bhp) 1.6L, turbo-petrol engine paired with an all-new, Aisin-designed, eight-speed automatic transmission.

Also due for introduction to the Australian market is a 135kW (180bhp), 1.6L, turbo-petrol engine paired with the same all-new, Aisin-designed eight-speed automatic transmission which will also be used for Fastback and sedan variants at launch.

When taken into context with the vehicle’s low 1,420kg kerb weight achieved by its advanced EMP2 platform, the all-new 508 range will sit at the pointy end of the category in the all-important power-to-weight ratio measure.

Variants fitted with the 169kW engine will boast an 8.41kg/kW power-to-weight ratio while 133kW variants will also be competitive with a 10.67kg/kW power-to-weight ratio.

While the final model line-up is still to be confirmed, all variants will feature high specification levels and safety features across the board, including Autonomous Emergency Brake technology.

Final pricing and complete specifications for the 508 range, will be announced closer to launch in the second-half of 2019. Customers can register their interest via Peugeot.com.au.

Frenchman Sébastien Ogier has tightened the battle for the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship with an epic victory in Daysinsure Wales Rally GB – and predicts his bid for a six-straight drivers’ title will be decided in Australia in less than six weeks’ time.

The M-Sport Ford driver secured a record fifth victory in the British classic after an enthralling final-leg duel through the north Wales forests with Jari-Matti Latvala, who came home just 10.6 seconds behind. Latvala’s Toyota teammate Esapekka Lappi finished a further 24.5 sec. back, in third place.
 
The championship is now poised for its closest finish in years. Leader Thierry Neuville, Ogier and Ott Tänak are covered by just 21 points, with only Rally Spain to go before the season finale at Kennards Hire Rally Australia on the NSW Coffs Coast on 15-18 November.
 
Tickets for Kennards Hire Rally Australia are on sale at www.rallyaustralia.com.au.
 
"I’m looking forward to Spain now, where we can perform well I think, followed by Australia where it will probably all be decided,” Ogier said.
 
“I’m sure the fans will love a close fight and I’m excited for the end of the season.”

Ogier’s title hopes were hanging by a thread on Friday morning when a broken gearbox plunged the Ford Fiesta driver to eighth, but he charged up the leaderboard as his championship rivals encountered their own problems. 
 
Victory and three bonus points from Sunday’s Power Stage moved Ogier to within seven championship points of Neuville, who scrambled back to finish fifth after sliding his Hyundai into a sodden ditch on Saturday.
 
Tänak, winner of the last three rallies in Finland, Germany and Turkey, dominated on the muddy, foggy Welsh stages until retiring his Toyota Yaris with a broken radiator on Saturday afternoon. He rejoined on Sunday to claim 19thoutright, but left Wales with only four Power Stage bonus points to boost his tally.
 
M-Sport team principal Malcolm Wilson praised the fightback by Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia, especially over Sunday’s last three stages, which included a spectacular asphalt dash along the Great Orme cliffside road to the seaside town of Llandudno.
 
“Locked in such an intense battle today, they showed what this victory means to them and their performance through the last three stages was brilliant,” Wilson said.
 
“It puts us back on track in the driver and co-driver standings and I’m as excited as every rally fan to see how it plays out over the last two events.”
 
Ogier added: “Luckily I was able to finish the rally with three perfect stages – especially SS22 which was as close to perfection as I can get and I’m glad I could make the difference there.
 
“It was a huge weekend, such a tough fight. Toyota was very strong, Ott was so far ahead before he had his trouble and then Jari-Matti was so strong. I didn’t know if I could stay in front in the forests, but asphalt is a surface I like and we managed to secure the win.”
 
Latvala erased Ogier’s slender overnight advantage in Sunday morning’s slippery forest speed tests and led in his Yaris by 0.2sec with two stages remaining. But Ogier excelled on the drying gravel roads and the asphalt streets of Llandudno to move back in front.
 
Lappi’s third place helped extend Toyota Gazoo Racing’s lead in the manufacturers’ championship over Hyundai Shell Mobis. 
 
Craig Breen’s bid for a top-three finish ended in a spin. The Citroën C3 driver finished 35.3sec. behind Lappi in fourth, at the head of a group of five drivers blanketed by less than 12sec.
 
Neuville climbed three places in the final three stages to finish 4.0sec. behind Breen.
 
“The championship is far from over. From a fan point of view, it’s getting exciting between me, Sébastien and Ott,” Neuville said. “We have to pick ourselves up and fight for overall victory in the final two rounds. It’s in our hands.”
 
The penultimate round is the mixed surface RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España, which is based in Salou on 25-28 October.  
 
Kennards Hire Rally Australia on the NSW Coffs Coast on 15-18 November will be the 13thand final round of the 2018 WRC and also will feature the decider between four contenders for the CAMS Australian Rally Championship.
 
Tickets are on sale at www.rallyaustralia.com.au. A variety of viewing options is available, including the $99 Get Me Everywhere pass with adult access to all stages over three days.

Highlight attractions include -

Thursday-Sunday: Pedders Rally Central service park (C.ex Coffs International Stadium, 7am-8pm, free entry)
Thursday: Rally Show and Ceremonial Start (Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores, 4pm, free entry)
Friday: Destination NSW Super Special Stage (Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores, gates open 2pm, finish 7.30pm, ticket required)
Saturday: Raceway Special Stage (Raleigh, first car 9.47am, ticket required); Destination NSW Super Special Stage (Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores, gates open 2pm, finish 7.30pm, ticket required)
Sunday: Forests NSW Rally Village & finish podium presentation (Wedding Bells Special Stage, first car 8.40am, ticket required)
 
Rally Australia is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Final results, Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (WRC round 11 of 13):

  1. SébastienOgier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) 
  2. Jari-Matti Latvala/Mikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +10.6
  3. Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +35.1
  4. Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroën C3 WRC) +1:10.4
  5. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:14.4
  6. Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:15.9
  7. Hayden Paddon/Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC) +1:18.4
  8. Mads Østberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroën C3 WRC) +1:21.6
  9. Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Skoda Fabia R5) + 9:14.7
  10. Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson (Skoda Fabia R5) +10:48/9

Great Wall Utes have a reputation for being honest, simple and pretty tough. 

As part of their 2018 Plate Clearance, Great Wall have dropped the price of their Dual Cab 4x2 petrol to $19,990 driveaway making it Australia’s lowest priced, brand new Dual Cab ute and eligible for the Government’s $20,000 instant tax write-off. 

The Dual Cab has quite a bit of fruit including a 1 tonne payload, 6 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, Bosch ABS, stainless steel sports bar, side steps, bed liner, electric driver’s seat, rear parking sensors, climate control and no charge metallic paint. The Diesel 4x2 Dual Cab is only $3,000 more at $22,990 driveaway. 

The Diesel Single Cab starts from $18,990 driveaway including a free Aussie-made aluminum tray. The 2018 Plate Clearance ends 31/12/2018. For details visit greatwallmotors.com.au. 

Hyundai Motor is extending its N range with the All-New Hyundai i30 Fastback N. The sophisticated, elegant design of the i30 Fastback combine with the exhilarating performance and fun-to-drive features of the i30 N five-door. This makes the newcomer a race-track capable everyday sports car.

“The All-New i30 Fastback N is the stylish variant of the i30 N five-door, made to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in a sophisticated design,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “It’s the first five-door hot coupe in its segment and the newest performance-oriented model in our N range, looking to attract more new customers and let them feel the N feeling.”

Hyundai has developed the N range according to the same philosophy as for its racing cars. The name ‘N’ represents two important components. First, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in South Korea’s Namyang district, where the idea was born. Second, the Nürburgring, one of the most challenging racetracks in the world and home of Hyundai’s Testing Centre, where the N models are honed.

The N logo itself symbolises a chicane, the ultimate corner where the high-performance N models have been further developed and tested. Since its inception in 2015, the N range has performed at the highest level, succeeding in the Nürburgring’s VLN series, the TCR International Series, the Pirelli World Challenge, and the gruelling Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. The i30 N five-door, which came onto the European market in the second half of 2017, performed likewise regarding sales: it has exceeded initial sales expectations. Almost 3,000 i30 N five-door units were sold in the first half of 2018 in Europe, with 100 units of its First Edition sold out in Germany in just 48 hours.

As part of Hyundai’s i30 range, the latest model is the next fun-to-drive car for enthusiasts due to be available across Europe by the end of 2018.

It sports unique high-performance design features, such as the front bumper, well known from i30 N five-door, a rear spoiler with glossy black colouring, a unique rear bumper including the triangular-shaped rear fog lamp, alloy wheels as well as the N side sill. Besides all these design elements which appeal to the driver’s eye, the engine accelerates in line with the driver’s heartbeat. The power output of 202kW will bring a smile, the N Grin, to the customer’s face when seated behind the i30 Fastback N’s steering wheel.

Sophisticated design with powerful intent
The new car is characterised by its hot, performance-focused appearance. It incorporates the body type of the i30 Fastback with its strong stance, charismatic front and sleek, teardrop-shaped cabin. To create the first hot five-door coupe in its segment, the All-new i30 Fastback N comprises N model-specific performance design features – introduced with the i30 N five-door.

Distinguishing elements which underline the N look are the unique front bumper, coupled with the prominent Cascading Grille. The family’s identity, which highlights the strong character of the car, shows clearly where the model originates. The grille features the N emblem, which additionally enhances the sense of high performance. At the front, the new model also expresses its hot and sporty appearance through the black bezel of the LED headlights as well as through the red-coloured character line which contrasts visually with the bodywork.

At the rear, it is again the dynamic-looking bumper that immediately catches the eye, supporting the car’s strong shoulders. On its lower part, the rear bumper is underlined by an elegantly shaped character line reflecting in red. Moreover, its generously arched rear spoiler integrated into the tailgate is accentuated with a glossy black line. To complete the car’s charismatic impression, the triangular rear fog lamp is integrated into the section between the dual twin mufflers, a dedicated design element of Hyundai’s high-performance range.

Finally, the All-New i30 Fastback N’s profile underlines the performance-oriented character of the car. An elegant sloping roofline, a long bonnet and a muscular body with wide wheel arches define the sports coupe’s dynamic proportions. At the car’s side, the N appearance is picked up again with the 19-inch wheels’ exceptional N design and the black side sill of the lowered body.

The latest model does not compromise on interior roominess for its sporty and elegant exterior design. With a generous luggage capacity of up to 450 litres and a maximum of 1,351 litres with the seats folded flat, the car offers a high day-to-day usability.

The vehicle’s interior is equally focused on true performance features. The centrepiece of the interior is the exclusive ‘N’ sports steering wheel, which ensures the driver is in 100 per cent control of all driving performance features directly by hand. It is manufactured with a red-coloured stitching. Pushing the characteristic dark metal painted N button with a chequered flag icon on the right side allows direct access to the N mode. In addition, the N mode can be accessed via customised settings which become visible on the navigation screen. On the left, drivers can select three standard drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. Above the N button, drivers can activate the rev button to use the Rev matching control system for better engine control. The N logo is positioned on the base of the steering wheel.

The gear shift also features red stitching in line with the coherent colour design and is finished with glossy red metal paint. The air vents continue the sporty look with red-coloured trims.

The interior is available with a colour combination of Black and Red Point. The Red Point trim sets red colour accents to create a sporty and subtle look inside the car, for example on the seats, which are available in cloth or optionally in a combination of suede and leather. Both combinations feature red stitching. The seat belts and headliner are designed in an elegant, sophisticated Black.

The All-New i30 Fastback N is available in a number of exciting exterior colours, allowing customers to further express themselves by choosing colours such as the mature Shadow Grey, the new model’s exclusive colouring. In addition, the range includes Polar White, Phantom Black, Engine Red, Performance Blue and Micron Grey.

With a width of 1,795mm and a length of 4,455mm, the new car has the same dimensions as the i30 Fastback. The height is 1,417mm thus 8mm lower than the i30 Fastback (overall height 1,425mm), further supporting the car’s powerful stance and dynamic appearance.

Powerful performance to 'feel the N feeling'
Performance and practicality for both urban commuting and track driving are well balanced in the All-New i30 Fastback N. Its high-performance technology delivers fun to drive every day, making the driver’s heart beat faster when seated behind the wheel. It leads to full precision, control, safety and durability. State-of-the-art high-performance features can be effectively combined to provide a smooth and controlled ride. The high-performance configuration can be set individually by the driver, depending on the driving mood.

This is why the Hyundai N models have been equipped with the N Grin Control system. It allows drivers to choose from five different drive modes by using the dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The different settings – Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom – change the character of the car, adjusting various driving parameters.

The new vehicle is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which a maximum power output of 202kW (fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km; CO2 combined: 178 g/km*).

The car has an overboost function which is activated as soon as maximum torque (353Nm) is achieved, enabling the torque to be further increased up to 378Nm. The hot five-door coupe accelerates to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 250km/h.

A precise and smooth shift is achieved by the six-speed manual transmission. It creates a sporty feeling by means of a reduced stroke and ensures that the driver looks forward to the next gear change. The power of the engine is transferred directly to the gear train in order to always be ready for shifting without any torque interruption.

True driving enthusiasts will enjoy the N Corner Carving Differential, which stands for the Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD) device, which guarantees exceptional traction. By increasing the cornering speed, it provides a unique carving feeling when the driver accelerates the car through a curve. In addition, it reduces wheel slip and understeering in specific conditions.

The Variable Exhaust Valve System enables the driver to select different exhaust sounds depending on the drive mode. A more powerful sound makes the driving experience even more emotional. By using this system, drivers are able to actively control the exhaust valve as the sound differs with the size of the valve opening.

Drivers can easily activate the rev-matching function with a single touch of a button mounted on the steering wheel. The system enhances driving pleasure by supporting downshifts. It synchronises the engine’s speed to the input shaft speed for the next gear during the shift process, thus enabling smoother and sportier downshifts.

The Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) further adjusts the performance according to the requirements during cornering, accelerating and braking. Four variable dampers, mounted on the independent four wheels and operated by the use of a solenoid valve, guarantee a precise and immediate damping force control. As a result, the ride and handling are improved as well as the vehicle’s overall stability on the track.

Good control of the brakes is crucial for a high-performance car. The i30 Fastback N is equipped with floating brake callipers, designed in the distinctive red N look, allowing the driver to lock the brake before cornering as late as possible. It is less sensitive than a fixed calliper system and prevents early brake fade. Air curtains located at the front cool the brakes.

Smart connectivity features and top standard active safety 
State-of-the-art connectivity features make the All-new i30 Fastback N a smart, rewarding choice. The standard factory 8” satellite navigation system comes with an integrated dynamic rear-view camera, DAB+ digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

For drivers who wish to connect their smartphones with the infotainment systems, Hyundai provides both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen. Seamless connectivity allows drivers and passengers to stay connected while remaining focused on the road.

To ensure that occupants’ phones are always charged, the new model also provides a wireless inductive charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones and a USB port located in the centre console. The specific N mode screen menu also offers customisable settings for the engine, Rev matching, exhaust sound and Performance Package settings.

To comply with the highest European safety standards the i30 Fastback N features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (standard), Driver Attention Warning (standard), Lane Keeping Assist (standard), High Beam Assist (standard) and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning.

With a high per centage of Advanced High Strength Steel, the new car benefits from high rigidity, high impact energy absorption and minimised distortion in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision.

A total of up to seven airbags are installed around the interior. Besides the six standard airbags (two front airbags, two side airbags and two curtain airbags from first to second row protecting both driver and passengers), the knee airbag is an additional safety feature for the driver in the event of a frontal collision.

Technical Data and Dimensions

Engine**
Type THETA 2.0 T-GDI, 16-valve MLA, DOHC E-CVVT
Capacity 1,998 cc
Bore x stroke 86.0 x 86.0 mm
Compression ratio 9.5
Power 202 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 353 Nm @ 1,450 - 4,700 rpm
(378 Nm with Overboost Function)
Maximum speed (km/h) 250
0-100 km/h (seconds) 6.1
CO2 combined (g/km)* 178
Fuel consumption combined* 7.8 l/100 km
Fuel consumption urban* 10.6 l/100 km
Fuel consumption extra-urban* 6.1 l/100 km
Suspension
Front McPherson Strut
Rear Multi-Link
Steering**
Type R-MDPS (rack type motor driven power steering)
General Rack & pinion
Overall steering gear ratio 12.31 (@360°)
Steering wheel turns
(lock to lock)
2.14
Min. turning radius (m) 5.8
Brakes**
Front Disc Type, 18"
Rear Disc Type, 17"
Master cylinder Φ23.81
Booster size 10"
Wheels
Size 8.0Jx19
Tyres 235/35R19
Exterior Dimensions (mm)**
Overall length 4,455
Overall width 1,795
Overall height 1,417 (Standard)/ 1,419 (Performance Package)
Wheelbase 2,650
Front overhang 905
Rear overhang 900
Ground clearance 132
Capacities**
Fuel tank (litres) 50
Luggage space (litres) Minimum 450 (436 with rear stiffness bar)
Maximum 1,351 (1,337 with rear stiffness bar)

* CO2 emissions and fuel consumption under current WLTP testing converted to NEDC. 
** Technical data are tentative, hence subject to changes

Johan Kristoffersson (S) has claimed his second title in the FIA World Rallycross Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (USA). The defending champion was victorious in his Volkswagen Polo R Supercar at the tenth of this season’s twelve rounds, just in front of his team-mate Petter Solberg (N), and now has 281 points to his name. With a lead of 77 points over second-placed Mattias Ekström (S), and a maximum 60 points up for grabs at the remaining two events, the driver of the Team PSRX Volkswagen Sweden can no longer be caught at the top of the overall standings.