The Ford Performance GT will make its track debut on Australian soil at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, showcasing Ford Performance innovation and engineering in one of the most advanced race cars it has ever built. Driven by none-other than Australian racing driver, and full-time Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Ryan Briscoe, the Le Mans-winning Ford GT will turn its first wheel in anger at the world-famous 6.213 kilometre circuit as a prelude to this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to put this amazing race car on such an iconic circuit,” said Ford Australian and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart. “Innovation through design and engineering drives Ford Performance, and where better than Bathurst to introduce the Ford Performance GT to Australians.”

The Ford Performance GT race car is the culmination of years of Ford innovation in aerodynamics, lightweight carbonfibre construction and ultra-efficient EcoBoost engines, and serves as a test bed for new technologies and advanced lightweight materials that will benefit future Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electric vehicles. With its carbonfibre teardrop-shaped body climbing the Mountain, it will be the most capable vehicle wearing a Ford badge to ever lap Mount Panorama.

“To have such an iconic vehicle in the Ford GT here – a car with strong success in some of the world’s greatest races – is something Australian fans will love, and it shows how highly regarded Bathurst is globally, and by Ford and Ford Performance,” said Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer.

The Ford GT’s simultaneous road and race-car development centred around three primary goals. At its core, the program provides a working training ground for Ford’s engineers to develop future engine technology and to expand their understanding of aerodynamics. On top of this, the challenge pushed the boundaries of advanced material usage, which has resulted in its teardrop body shape with carbonfibre buttresses, not possible if made of steel.

The Ford Performance IMSA GT Number 67 will be freighted to Australia for the first time, and will see Briscoe behind the wheel as part of the Ford Performance presence at this year’s Great Race. “To have Ryan, an Aussie who has driven with us many times at Bathurst, Sandown and on the Gold Coast, is the icing on the cake.”

Briscoe is well aware of this momentous occasion, and intends to take full advantage of a once-in-a-generation opportunity. “The Ford GT is an ultra-high-performance car, so I’m really excited and honoured to turn the Ford GT’s first laps at Bathurst” said Ryan Briscoe, who last raced in Australia’s premier motor race in 2013. “For me, Bathurst is one of the best, if not the best racing circuit in the world.”

The challenging layout will be another to add to the Ford GT’s list of iconic tracks, which so far this season has seen Briscoe and co-driver Richard Westbrook three-time winners following victory in Canada, Road America and the 2018 Rolex 24-hour at Daytona to build their championship campaign. "We know Ryan is excited to come back home to be part of such an historic occasion,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director Ford Performance Motorsports. “He's been an integral part of our success with the Ford GT in racing, and will certainly put on a good show for the fans."

Despite the familiarity with both the Ford GT and the circuit, putting the two together for the first time means that the Mountain will provide a fresh challenge for the Australian.

“Nothing quite compares to Bathurst,” said the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing pilot. “Bathurst as a circuit demands the highest respect at all times. It has the intensity of a circuit like Indy, where its very high speed and you just always need to be 100-per cent focused,” he said. “Of all the circuits we race on, Bathurst is probably closest to Watkins Glen (New York), though, as they both have a very smooth, high-grip surface with a lot of high-speed corners.”

Mount Panorama will provide an even greater challenge than ‘The Glen’, as it’s known, with the steepest corner at the Australian track being The Cutting, with its 1-in-6 grade climb. “Watkins Glen doesn’t have near the elevation change that Mount Panorama has,” said Briscoe. “And while the downhill section of Bathurst is comparable to Laguna Seca, Laguna is a very low-grip track, so it’s different in that way.

In 2016, the GT made history with its triumphant debut at the Le Mans 24 hour, by claiming victory 50 years on from the Ford’s crushing 1-2-3 formation finish for the Ford GT40 in the 1966 race. In doing so, it achieved the primary goal of the Ford GT’s program. Fittingly, Ford’s legacy at Mount Panorama goes back to the event’s origins in the 1960s, and since then, Fords have claimed victory at Bathurst 19 times.

In 2019, Ford Performance will support the Ford Mustang’s entry into the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which kicks off in March at the Adelaide 500.

The Ford Performance GT will be in action during the Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, held over October 3-6, 2018.

The new Sprinter will arrive in Australia during the month of October 2018 with a reinterpreted design, safety features at the highest level, maximum cost-effectiveness, customer and sector-oriented features and an infotainment and telematics package designed for the next era. 

Adaptable down to the last detail: 
More than 1700 different Sprinter variants can be generated by combining body types, drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages and load compartment heights. This variability makes the new Sprinter the perfect vehicle for a wide range of transport needs and sectors. The panel van and cab chassis variants will launch in October 2018, followed by the minibus and tractor head versions early in 2019.

Front-wheel drive and new transmissions: 
The well-proven drive concept with rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new, front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kilograms compared to the previous model, and an 80-millimetre lower loading sill makes loading/unloading and access/egress considerably more convenient.

The absolute leader in safety: 
As an innovation driver, Mercedes-Benz Vans equips the Sprinter with safety features that were previously the preserve of passenger cars. The standard safety equipment includes Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist (not applicable for cab chassis variants), reversing camera (not applicable for cab chassis variants), Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and front and window airbags for driver and co-driver. Additionally a whole range of optional safety and assistance systems are now available including the radar-based distance control system DISTRONIC, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and the Parking Package with 360 degree camera. 

Telematics system with 7-inch HD display: 
The third Sprinter generation sets completely new standards when it comes to telematics. The MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) has a 7” HD display as standard with an optional 10.25” alternative head unit, and is controlled either via the touch-capable steering wheel controls, the touchscreen already mentioned or a completely new voice control system.

Powerful six-cylinder impresses with smooth running and ride comfort: 
High torque over a wide engine speed range: the most powerful diesel engine with a displacement of 3.0 litres delivers 140 kW and 440 newton metres of torque at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. As the only six-cylinder in the large van segment, it not only impresses with its enormous torque, but also with its smooth running and maximum ride comfort. 

Four-cylinder family in three output classes for rear and front-wheel drive: 
Like the 3.0-litre version, the smaller four-cylinder diesel engine has common-rail direct injection. From a displacement of 2.1 litres and with rear-wheel drive, this engine generates a choice of three outputs: 84 kW, 105 kW or 120 kW. With front-wheel drive the outputs available are 84 kW or 105 kW and a motorhome segment exclusive 130 kW option. 

Practical and with a high load capacity: 
The optional loadable wheel arches and fully usable load compartment heights in combination with front-wheel drive increase the versatility of the load compartment. The maximum load capacity is 17 cu. m., with tonnages up to 5 tonnes. The maximum payload is in the weight class 5000kg permissible gross vehicle weight, at 2920kgs.

The Total Cost of Ownership – where the new Sprinter scores points: 
All Sprinter variants have service intervals up to a maximum of 40 000 kilometres or two years. Its comprehensive warranty means peace of mind for three years or until the vehicle has travelled up to 200 000kms. Standard Roadside Assist comes at no extra cost during the manufacturer warranty period. This means customers are covered anywhere in Australia. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Furthermore a simple and flexible range of ServiceCare pay as you go and pre- paid capped priced servicing options will provide transparent servicing costs and peace of mind for customers. 

Faithful to the core, New Mazda MX-5 adds more power, torque and tech, delivering on its promise of a thrilling, top-down driving experience.

Available from late September, the world’s favourite roadster upgrades powertrain, dynamics and safety across Roadster and RF variants.

Mazda MX-5 has applied advanced technologies to each of its engines, SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 1.5, to extract maximum power balanced with linear response to maintain its Jinba-ittai sensibilities.

Looking to replicate the free-revving feel of the 1.5L, engineers thoroughly revised the SKYACTIV-G 2.0, ultimately lifting the red line to 7,500rpm, boosting power from 118kW to 135kW and torque from 200Nm to 205Nm.

The comprehensive update saw changes made to the air flow intake and exhaust systems, piston shape and weight, crankshaft and connecting rods, achieving increased air intake, improved combustion speed, reduced exhaust losses and mechanical friction.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 was also revised, with some of the same technologies applied to piston shape and combustion chambers, accounting for an increase in power from 96kW to 97kW and a boost in torque from 150Nm to 152Nm.

SKYACTIV-G 1.5 is available exclusively with the entry-level Roadster, while Roadster GT and all RF variants are equipped with the more powerful SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine.

To match the extra power under foot, manual and automatic transmissions were revised to deliver a sharper response and more direct driving feel. Plus, shift timing at turn-in and torque control at turn-out have been tuned for greater precision in sporty driving situations.

Deepening the connection between car and driver further, New Mazda MX-5 introduces telescopic steering, making it easier to find the ideal driving position.

Mazda Australia Director of Marketing, Alastair Doak, said the update gives a driving experience that is true to the original.

“Every time we update Mazda MX-5, it’s in pursuit of refining and enhancing the thrilling drive that is so unique to our iconic two seater,” said Doak.

“Added power has been finely balanced to ensure the same smooth, direct response is felt from the moment the throttle opens up.”

Mazda MX-5’s five star ANCAP safety rating has also been bolstered, with the addition of a rear camera to all grades, and more advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies to the standard safety package, including Smart City Brake Support [Forward] (SCBS-F) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

New-look 16-inch alloys with a black metallic finish are available for the 1.5L Roadster, while RF gets 17-inch wheels also finished in black metallic. Roadster GT and RF GT models sit on 17-inch wheels with a bright silver finish. 

The detachable cup holders have been made more rigid for less wobble and easier to fasten and remove, while seat levers have thicker internal frames to give a more assured feel when operating.

There are five interior trim options for MX-5, with Mazda’s Chroma Brown nappa leather available as an option for RF GT.

New Mazda MX-5 is available in a choice of six exterior colours, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Ceramic Mica, Eternal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica. RF GT variants also have the option of a black roof for an even sportier look. 

Available from late September, New Mazda MX-5 has a starting price of $34,190* for the 1.5L Roadster, with the RF GT topping the range at $48,960*.

For more information about New Mazda MX-5 or to find your closest dealer, please visit www.mazda.com.au

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Manufacturer’s List Price list:

Grade

Engine

T/M

MLP

Roadster

1.5L

6MT

$34,190

Roadster

1.5L

6AT

$36,190

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$41,960

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$43,960

RF

2.0L GE

6MT

$39,400

RF

2.0L GE

6AT

$41,400

RF GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$45,960

RF GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$47,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6MT

$46,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6AT

$48,960

 

At the Paris Motor Show, being held from 4 to 14 October 2018 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Citroën will emphasise the consistency of its new look guided by its brand signature “Inspired By You”:

  • A business performance driven by a new, strong and consistent range, with six models released in less than two years, each sharing a distinctive design as well as outstanding comfort via the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme with in World Premiere : New C5 Aircross SUV, the brand’s new flagship, produced in France
  • A brand for the core market presenting the first stage in its offensive to achieve 100 per cent of the range having an electric option with in World Premiere : New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept
  • An iconic brand, century-old in 2019, celebrating the 70th birthday of the 2CV, and teaming up with icons, such as Jean Charles de Castelbajac and ELLE in the world of fashion and Rip Curl in that of surf wear.
  • An innovative brand, ensuring a friendly and relaxed customer experience in the architecture of its stand, a comfort location relating to its showrooms (la Maison Citroën) and also in the services on offer (Citroën Advisor, SeeTroën glasses,…)

On its stand, Citroën is unveiling an entirely renewed range, modern and consistent. A product offensive which becomes a success. In the first half of 2018, the brand achieved a growth of 9 per cent in the world. 

In Europe, the brand recorded its highest level of sales for seven years and won market share in both passenger and commercial vehicles. A performance driven by the success of recent launches: C3, new C4 Cactus, C3 Aircross SUV in Europe and C5 Aircross SUV in China.

This dynamic has been supported by the comprehensive enhancement of the brand, inspired by its customers and their automotive experience, which is expressed at the Paris Motor Show by :

01 - A STRONG, MODERN AND CONSISTENT RANGE

Strong models which share Citroën's new style and a modern, comprehensive and consistent comfort, as developed by the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme.

  • An “SUV” area with the world premiere of New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV, along with C3 Aircross SUV, which has already been very successful (more than 100,000 sales). Two SUVs providing more character, comfort, spaciousness and modularity.
  • A “Hatchback” area, hosting new C4 Cactus hatchback with its innovative Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® (PHC) suspension near the best-selling C3 with over 400,000 units sold – which will be unveiled in an exclusive Limited Edition JCC+ in a world premiere (more information on 18/09), as well as C1 Urban Ride.
  • A “Family” area of ultra-comfort models adapted to all customer needs, with the third generation of New Berlingo leisure activity vehicle, recently launched and presented in its two M and XL versions, accompanied by Grand C4 SpaceTourer and SpaceTourer MPVs.

02 – A BRAND FOR THE CORE MARKET PART OF THE ENERGY TRANSITION

  • World premiere: New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept. This concept foreshadows the rechargeable Hybrid version of New C5 Aircross SUV, Citroën's first PHEV model in the Core Model Strategy which will lead to 80 per cent of the range having an electric option by 2023 and 100 per cent by 2025. This model benefits from greater comfort due to its versatility and its Zero Emission mode
  • A range of models entirely certified according to the new WLTP protocol benefiting from the most efficient technologies in terms of pollution reduction standards, such as SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for BlueHDi Diesel or Gasoline Particulate Filters for direct injection petrol engines.

03 – AN ICONIC BRAND CELEBRATING ITS CENTENARY IN 2019

  • An “Fashion Car/Art Car” zone showcasing creations of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (E-MEHARI, C3)
  • The association with other iconic partners: ELLE magazine (C3) and Rip Curl (C3 Aircross and SpaceTourer)
  • A “Racing” zone, with the C3 WRC and a driving simulator made available to fans.
  • Events involving the “Le Petit Citroën” boutique with its transformed New Berlingo Van and the “Café Bulle” shaken up by Orangina.
  • A nod to the history of the brand, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, with the exhibition of the the 2CV Van and the 5 HP!

04 – A STAND REFLECTING AN INNOVATIVE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

  • A colourful and welcoming, embodiment of comfort, and lively stand “Inspired by You”, especially with its new Arena, offering daily events. A stand reflecting the showrooms, which are evolving to adapt to new consumer habits and meet customers’ needs, as demonstrated by the concept of city stores “La Maison Citroën”. Services such as Citroën Advisor and Rent & Smile, which continue to be rolled out to simplify the automotive experience and increase transparency and trust with our customers. And also innovative goodies like SEETROËN glasses.

Mazda has defined a new luxury for its award winning seven-seat petrol SUV, introducing more equipment and a new, premium grade for Mazda CX-9.

On sale from September, New Mazda CX-9 boosts safety and sophistication with advanced safety features and more technology added across the lineup, plus a new model, Azami LE, now topping the range.

Demonstrating Mazda’s commitment to improving, enhancing and evolving at every opportunity, this is the second major update for Mazda CX-9 since its 2016 launch, following a comprehensive round of upgrades made in August 2017.

Mazda CX-9’s already comprehensive safety package has again been thoroughly upgraded, with Mazda’s advanced i-ACTIVSENSE technologies made standard across the range. 

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and High Beam Control (HBC) now come standard on all grades, alongside existing technologies including Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).

Supporting the driver further, all grades are now equipped with Active Driving Display, which projects key information onto the windscreen, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to keep all four paws at correct pressure.

New Mazda CX-9 also becomes the first SUV in Mazda Australia’s lineup to support Apple® CarPlay and Android Auto, incorporated seamlessly into the MZD Connect infotainment system.

The high-spec Azami gains even more advanced equipment, including front seat ventilation, a 360° View Monitor, instrument panel-mounted seven-inch LCD TFT multi-information metre display, heated steering wheel, windscreen de-icer and a sleek, frameless internal rear-vision mirror.

Elevating Azami’s premium offering further still, Mazda introduces a new high-grade called Azami LE, setting a new standard for affordable luxury in response to customer demand for high-grade Mazda CX-9s.
Combining a unique colour palette with rich, authentic materials and sophisticated technologies, Azami LE offers the most sophisticated Mazda CX-9 cabin yet.

A deep red, Chroma Brown nappa leather adorns the seats, complemented by real wood decorative panels on the doors and centre console, which is elegantly framed by ambient LED lighting. A more minimalist overhead console design and hand-crafted box stitching on the leather wrapped steering wheel complete the luxe interior.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said New Mazda CX-9 defines a new meaning for affordable luxury.

“This update for Mazda CX-9 adds a new level of refinement to an already well-equipped and sophisticated vehicle, with the SUV gaining more standard safety and convenience features to further lift its standing in the class,” said Bhindi. 

“Since its 2016 launch, Mazda CX-9 sales have always skewed to high-grade AWD variants, so we added Azami LE to give those looking for luxury even greater choice in the range.”

The characteristic smooth ride of Mazda CX-9 has also been improved, with revisions to the suspension and steering system to give the car a more linear driving feel and greater ride comfort, achieved by using of low-friction dampers and recalibrated springs. Urethane top mounts are now used for the rear dampers and the vertical spring characteristics of the engine mounts have also been optimised.

The attachment point between the steering’s outer ball joint and steering knuckle has been redesigned to give the steering a more neutral feel. Increasing the rigidity of both the front hub bearings and the steering mounts has also enhanced steering responsiveness.

Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels have been further reduced with the use of tuned mass dampers, vibration-reducing powertrain mounts, changes to the second-row seat rails, increased steering column rigidity, a revised headliner and use of the steering wheel-mounted airbag as a tuned-mass damper. 

Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged engine remains unchanged for the updated Mazda CX-9. With its Dynamic Pressure Turbo and cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, the engine develops 170 kilowatts of power at 5,000rpm and 420 Newton metres of torque at 2,000rpm. 

It also features Mazda’s i-Stop system which automatically stops the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarts it when the brake is released. 

The engine is mated to Mazda’s SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. Designed to combine the smoothness of a conventional automatic transmission with the efficiency of a twin-clutch gearbox, it incorporates a manual-shift mode. 

New Mazda CX-9 is available with either front-wheel-drive or i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive, except for Azami LE which is all-wheel-drive only. 

Paired with four trim options, New Mazda CX-9 is offered in seven contemporary colours, including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Titanium Flash Mica, Jet Black Mica and Snowflake White Pearl Mica.

Now offering even better value, Mazda anticipate more than 6,500 sales of New Mazda CX-9 in the first year.

New Mazda CX-9 is available now.

Subaru has launched the new generation of its best-selling Forester All-Wheel Drive wagon, featuring fantastic new technologies, including the brand’s first-ever driver recognition system, enhancing convenience and safety.

The fifth-generation Forester Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) debuts with the Subaru Driver Monitoring System - Driver Focus (DMS) - enabling drivers to personalise cabin preferences – a first for a mainstream brand in Australia.

DMS is just one of many significant advances that underline Forester’s status as a leader in its class for driving fun, safety, whole-of-life value and sure-footed performance both on and off-road.
Among the other Forester highlights:

  • 90 per cent new direct injection engine – significantly more responsive and efficient, with 136 Kilowatts of power (+7.9 per cent) and 239 Newtonmetres of torque (+1.7 per cent).
  • Seven-speed manual mode – ultra-reliable Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) upgraded for more sporty response.
  • EyeSight® driver assist – now standard across the entire Forester range, with new features that:

    o Place Subaru at the forefront of mainstream brands for customer uptake of the award-winning tech, based on sales volume.
    o Bring yet more safety to the masses.

  • Roomiest Forester yet - distance extended between front and rear passengers.

    o Fantastic family flexibility, thanks to efficiencies gained from the Subaru Global Platform.
    o Larger, wider cargo area with easier access.
    o Forester 2.5i Premium AWD and 2.5i-S AWD have a smoother, faster operating powered cargo door.

  • X-Mode – with new features and functionality for even better sure-footed performance on challenging surfaces.
  • Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) – helps to avoid collisions and reduce damage

    o Debuts in Forester 2.5i-L, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S

  • Infotainment – Adds digital radio to Forester for the first time.

    o Continues the trend of Impreza and XV in offering the very latest in cabin convenience and entertainment.
    o Includes Apple CarPlay™ and Google Android Auto™ connectivity.

  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) - Making its debut in Forester 2.5i Premium and 2.5i-S, SI-Drive is optimized to improve fuel efficiency in I mode and increase engine speed in S mode, for even greater responsiveness.
  • Wider field of vision – Subaru Corporation claims class-leading field-of-vision
  • Steering responsive LED headlights (SRH) – across the entire Forester range.
  • Approach and departure angles - optimized in line with proper SUV ability.
  • Electronic parking brake – new to Forester, for added convenience.

Other key Forester facts:

  • Latest application of the renowned Subaru Global Platform, which has won accolades for dynamic performance and sophistication.
  • Interior quality – vast improvements, reflecting Subaru Corporation’s quality commitment.

Australia’s most popular small SUV range – the Mitsubishi ASX – has been reconfigured for 2019.

For the updated model year, the ASX will be exclusively powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine and adopt 2WD across the range.  Mitsubishi will also refine the ASX model line-up by offering three specification levels; ES, LS and Exceed.

An optional ADAS safety pack is also available on ES and is generously equipped with Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), along with reversing sensors, dusk sensing headlamps and rain sensing wipers. Exterior features include front fog lamps and door mirrors with side turn lamps. The ASX ES optioned with Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) will have a recommended retail pricing of $26,990.

Moving up the range, the LS features smart key with one-touch start, FCM and LDW along with auto high beam and privacy glass.  Exterior stying is enhanced with two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels whilst the interior boasts microsuede seats and leather-look bolsters.

ASX Exceed is fitted with BSW, LCA and RCTA in addition to key features including panoramic glass roof with LED mood lighting, leather seat facings and heated front seats.

MMAL CEO John Signoriello said ASX is the cornerstone of Mitsubishi’s SUV line-up and leads the market in its combination of stylish looks, outstanding value and compact SUV practicality. 

“ASX is a perennial favourite with SUV shoppers so we’ve taken the time to introduce meaningful improvements without altering ASX’s winning formula,” he said.

“As such, we’ve sharpened ASX’s value proposition by introducing a new entry-level ES range – complete with ADAS safety option.

“We’re confident buyers will agree the ASX range is even more attractive with Mitsubishi’s 2019 updates.”

The 2019 ASX range is available at Mitsubishi dealers with Recommended Retail Pricing starting from $23,490 for the manual ASX ES.

2019 ASX Range


Model/Trans

Engine

Trans

Drivetrain

RRP

ES

2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol

5MT/CVT

2WD

$23,490/$25,490

with ADAS option

     

$26,990

LS

2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol

CVT

2WD

$27,990

Exceed

2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol

CVT

2WD

$30,990

MY19 ASX Key Features:

ES:

  • 18-inch silver alloy wheels
  • Daylight Running Lamps (DRLs)
  • Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA)
  • 7-inch colour touch screen
  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio (DAB)
  • 7 airbags
  • ABS, Active Stability Control, EBD and Traction Control
  • Reverse camera
  • 2 ISOFIX child seat restraints
  • 2 USB ports
  • Rear cargo cover

Advanced Driver Assist Systems option pack:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Reversing sensors
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Electro-chromatic mirror
  • Door mirrors with indicator lamp
  • Front fog lamps

LS (ES, plus):

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Reverse sensors
  • Two-tone 18”inch alloy wheels
  • Auto high beam
  • Combined fabric and leather-look seat trim
  • Smart key with one-touch start
  • Leather-look door trim
  • Electro-chromatic mirror
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Dusk sensing headlamps

Exceed (LS, plus):

  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Heater front seats
  • Driver power seat
  • 6-speaker audio
  • Chrome exhaust tip

Mitsubishi Motors Australia is celebrating the arrival of the new entry-level ES variant to its stylish Eclipse Cross SUV range.

The new ES brings the Eclipse Cross line-up to four models – ES, LS, Exceed and Exceed AWD.

Launched earlier this year, the all-new Eclipse Cross is the first of a new generation of Mitsubishi SUVs and joins the brand’s current lineup: the, ASX Outlander and Outlander PHEV, Pajero Sport and Pajero.

As with the existing Eclipse Cross range, the ES is powered by a 1.5-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine developing 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque matched to an advanced new CVT automatic transmission with Sport mode and manual shift paddles.

The Eclipse Cross ES also benefits from the spaciousness and versatility of a mid-size SUV with sharp exterior design, engaging driving characteristics, appealing interior, advanced technologies and safety features.

Desirable features such as Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), six-speaker Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA), LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), reverse camera, front fog lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard on Eclipse Cross ES all with a starting recommended retail price of $29,990.

MMAL CEO John Signoriello said Mitsubishi welcomed the addition of the Eclipse Cross ES, which provides another appealing choice for savvy, style-conscious buyers. 

“The Eclipse Cross ES makes a very desirable package with Mitsubishi’s eye-catching styling combined with the latest in vehicle audio and infotainment systems, sophisticated interior design and advanced safety,” he said.

“The Eclipse Cross ES is the perfect choice for discerning customers who don’t want to compromise on style or driving dynamics.”

The 2018 Eclipse Cross ES is currently available at Mitsubishi dealers.

Eclipse Cross Key Features:

ES:

  • 1.5-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine
  • CVT transmission with Sport mode, manual override and paddle shifters
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Stylish 5-seat interior
  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • 7 airbags
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Auto High Beam
  • Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA)
  • Six speakers
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
  • Reverse camera
  • Front fog lamps
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof spoiler

Mitsubishi’s ground-breaking plug-in hybrid electric SUV, the Outlander PHEV, has been updated for the Australian market in line with recent changes to the Outlander range.

Mitsubishi has tweaked the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV with refreshed styling, which includes an updated Dynamic Shield grille and front bumper design along with new-style 18-inch alloy wheels and revised rear bumper.

For 2019, the freshened Outlander PHEV line-up will include the luxury Exceed variant, equipped with 360 degree Multi Around Monitor, Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and entry-level ES with an optional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) safety pack, replacing the Outlander PHEV LS.

The $1500 optional ADAS safety pack introduces Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

The 2019 Outlander PHEV range also gains one-touch power window operation from the driver’s door for all windows, illuminated power window switches, improved seat cushion design, soft leather-look centre console lid and rear seat air-conditioning outlets. 

A quick ratio steering configuration improves responsiveness and steering feel while larger diameter front struts and rear shock absorbers has increased ride comfort and body control.

Dynamic performance is also enhanced thanks to new structural bonding which has increased rigidity.

MMAL CEO John Signoriello said Outlander PHEV offers a smooth and efficient driving experience while enabling drivers to minimise their environmental impact.

“Outlander PHEV is a great demonstration of Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid capability and a fantastic EV solution for busy Australian urban lifestyles.”

“Thanks to its high-performance petrol-electric system, the Outlander PHEV delivers EV fuel economy alongside SUV practicality, providing a low-emission alternative for families and those requiring the flexibility and versatility of an SUV.”

The 2019 Outlander PHEV range is available at Mitsubishi dealers with Recommended Retail Pricing of $45,990 for the ES or $47,490 with optional ADAS safety pack and Exceed for $53,990.

2019 Outlander Range


Model

Drivetrain

Engine

Seats

RRP

ES

S-AWC AWD

Twin electric motors,
2.0-litre MIVEC petrol

5

$45,990

ADAS option

     

$1,500

Exceed

S-AWC AWD

Twin electric motors,
2.0-litre MIVEC petrol

5

$53,990

What’s New for 2019:

  • Front and rear bumper styling
  • New-look twin-blade grille
  • 18-inch alloy wheel design
  • Centre console with soft pad leather armrest
  • One-touch power window operation (driver’s door)
  • Illuminated power window switches
  • New design seats
  • Rear air-conditioning outlet
  • Speed limiter

ES:

  • Silver pinstripe detailing on dash on door trim
  • New leatherette and microsuede seat trim

Optional ADAS safety pack:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Auto High Beam (AHB)
  • Electro-chromatic mirror

Exceed:

  • High beam LED headlamp
  • LED fog lamp bezel change
  • High grade leather seat
  • Carbon fibre design and silver pinstripe dash and door trim
  • Black headliner

New Mercedes-AMG performance models plus new engines and a host of added features are among the highlights in a wide-ranging update for the acclaimed Mercedes-Benz E-Class range.

A new turbodiesel inline six-cylinder engine for the Mercedes-Benz E 350 d Saloon lifts power output from 190kW to 210kW, while both power and torque are boosted in the petrol-powered six-cylinder E 450 4MATIC Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet models to 270kW and 500Nm (up 25kW and 20Nm).

All models in the range will now be fitted with Driver Assistance Package PLUS, which includes enhanced Traffic Sign Assist, which can adapt when interacting with Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and SPEEDTRONIC functions. A new-generation steering wheel with touch controls is now standard across the range.

Adaptive Highbeam Assist is now standard on E 200 and E 220 d Saloon models, while the wellness-focused ENERGIZING Comfort Control function that made its debut earlier this year on the range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-Class is now standard on the Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupé/Cabriolet models, and optional on a number of other variants.

Also new and for a very limited time is a Sport Edition package. Available on E 200 and 220 d Saloon models for an additional $10,500 MRLP and includes Panoramic Sunroof, Head-up Display, Burmester® sound, AMG Body styling, 20 inch AMG alloys, leather upholstery, heated front seats and metallic paint.

New Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ range

Joining the E-Class family for the first time is the performance-focused Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ range. With Saloon, Coupé and Cabriolet variants, the AMG E 53 4MATIC+ is set to further extend the popularity of the AMG brand in Australia with a potent and approachable combination of performance, technology, comfort and safety.

The 3.0-litre, inline six-cylinder petrol engine fitted to all three variants combines with an EQ Boost starter-generator to send 320kW and 520Nm to the road via a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive. A switchable AMG Performance exhaust system is also standard for all variants, as are 20-inch, five twin-spoke alloy wheels.

Other standard equipment across the AMG E 53 range includes a Burmester® surround sound system, nappa leather upholstery, front sports seats and sports steering wheel, and AMG exterior styling including a spoiler lip on the boot lid. A panoramic glass sunroof is fitted to Saloon and Coupé variants, while the Cabriolet receives an acoustic soft-top, AIRCAP automatic draught stop, and AIRSCARF neck-level heating for the front seats.