There will be more incentive than ever to purchase the most affordable model of Australia’s best-selling luxury car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with the addition of a new value package, known as Edition C.

Buyers of the popular Mercedces-Benz C 200 sedan can now select the Edition C option, which adds a glass electric sunroof, smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay or Google Android  Auto, metallic paint (excludes designo) and eye-catching 19-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels.   

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was Australia’s most popular luxury car in 2017 and is set to carry on as a firm favourite of luxury car buyers. The C 200 sedan is equipped with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine making 135kW and 300Nm, coupled with a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. 

Standard equipment includes ARTICO upholstery, a seven-inch colour display with touchpad control and media interface, satellite navigation, digital radio, electric front seats, keyless start, THERMATIC dual-zone climate control, black piano lacquer and brushed aluminium trim, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlights. 

The Edition C package is only available in conjunction with the Mercedes-Benz C 200 sedan until May 31 for just $60,900 drive away*.

*$60,900 is the maximum recommended drive away campaign price of the standard specification new petrol        C 200 Edition C ordered between 1 April – 31 May 2018 at participating retailers, while stocks last.

Hyundai is pleased to announce an expanded model line-up and upgraded features across the award-winning i30 range.

The revised line-up builds on this success by offering more features and more choices for customers, including the introduction of a SmartSense safety option pack on Go and Active models. In addition the 2.0L GDi petrol is now available on Elite & Premium models, as well as other specification upgrades across the range.

Updated i30 Range

2.0L GDi Petrol Engine (Elite & Premium models)
Increasing the appeal of the i30 range, powertrain options for Elite & Premium models have now been expanded to include the 120kW 2.0L GDi petrol engine paired exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

7-Speaker Infinity™ Premium Audio System (SR Premium & Premium models)
New to the i30 range, the 7-speaker Infinity premium audio system utilises an external amplifier and delivers a fuller frequency response, accurate bass reproduction, and distortion-free system performance at higher listening volumes.

Leather Appointed Steering Wheel & Gear Knob (Active model)
The addition of a leather appointed steering wheel & gear knob adds a premium 
touch to the value-packed i30 Active model.

SmartSense Pack (optional on Go & Active models)
Through the introduction of the SmartSense pack, automatic & DCT variants of the i30 Go & Active can now be optioned with advanced driver assist technologies. Priced at $1,750 the pack also includes several luxury features to further enhance its value proposition.

SmartSense pack includes:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • 4.2” TFT colour supervision cluster
  • Rear cooling/heating vents
  • Power folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters
  • Chrome insert front grille

Pricing

Engine

Transmission

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

2.0 GDi

6 speed manual

$19,990

$21,090

-

-

-

-

6 speed automatic

$22,290

$23,390

-

-

$27,790

$32,790

1.6 CRDi

6 speed manual

$22,490

$23,590

-

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

$24,990

$26,090

-

-

$30,490

$35,490

1.6 T-GDi

6 speed manual

-

-

$25,990

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

-

-

$28,990

$34,490

-

-

Option Pricing

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

Metallic/mica paint

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

Beige interior

-

-

-

-

$295

$295

Panoramic sunroof

-

-

$2,000

-

$2,000

-

SmartSense pack

$1,750

$1,750

-

-

-

-

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

Hyundai iCare

With Hyundai iCare, the joy of buying a Hyundai will stretch well beyond the showroom. This leading customer care program offers a comprehensive suite of owner benefits including; Lifetime Service Plan, 5 Year Unlimited Km Warranty, complimentary Roadside Assist for 12 months on new vehicles, 1,500km complimentary first service, a dedicated Customer Care Centre, and myHyundai – an exclusive owner website. When servicing with Hyundai, customers will also receive a Roadside Support Plan for up to 10 years, a 10 Year Sat Nav Update Plan (for satellite navigation equipped i30 models), and more.

i30 Lifetime Service Plan pricing

Engine

Recommended service interval

12 mths

24 mths

36 mths

48 mths

60 mths

2.0 GDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$259

$259

$259

$359

$259

1.6 CRDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$299

$299

$299

$409

$299

1.6 T-GDi

km

10k

20k

30k

40k

50k

Cost (incl. GST)

$269

$269

$269

$309

$269

Updated i30 Range Specification Overview
Specification updates from the previous i30 range are highlighted in green in the tables below:

i30 Go

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications:

   

7 airbags

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

16” steel wheels

Tilt & telescopic steering column

Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Front & rear power windows;
- driver’s one touch auto down

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

8” touchscreen radio system

Hyundai Auto Link

Auto dusk sensing headlights

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

New option: SmartSense pack

Full size spare wheel

Bluetooth connectivity

(Automatic/DCT models only)

Rear view camera

Cruise control

 

i30 Active

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Go:

   

Rear park assist system

Power folding exterior mirrors with

New: Leather appointed

16” alloy wheels

LED side repeaters

steering wheel and gear knob

8” satellite navigation system

Rear seat centre fold-down armrest with cup holders

New option: SmartSense pack (Automatic/DCT models only)

DAB+ digital radio

   

SmartSense pack – Go & Active models (Automatic/DCT models only)

- Autonomous Emergency Braking

- Front grille – chrome insert

- Blind Spot Detection

- Deluxe centre console

- Driver Attention Alert

- Electronic Parking Brake

- Lane Keeping Assist System

- Rear cooling vents

- Rear Cross Traffic Alert

- 4.2” TFT colour supervision cluster

- Smart Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go

- Power folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters

i30 Elite

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

One touch automatic up/down windows

New: Satin chrome side moulding

17” alloy wheels

Rain sensor

Option: Beige interior

Leather appointed interior

Smart key & push button start

Option: Panoramic sunroof

Dual zone climate control

   

i30 Premium

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Elite:

   

Front park assist system

Sun visor extensions

Luggage power outlet

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Heated and ventilated front seats

Solar control glass

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

LED headlights & front indicators

New: LED tail lights

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium  audio

Option: Beige interior

i30 SR (DCT)

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi engine (150kW)

Sports leather appointed interior;

Smart key & push button start

Dual exhaust tips

- Black headlining

LED tail lights

- Red trim inserts, stitching & piping

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

Temporary space saver spare wheel

Multi-link rear suspension

Sports front seats

Rain sensor

18” alloy wheels

Alloy pedals

Dual zone climate control

Option: Panoramic sunroof

   

i30 SR Premium

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above SR:

   

Front park assist system

Heated and ventilated front seats

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Luggage power outlet

Satin chrome side moulding

One touch auto up/down windows

Solar control glass

LED headlights and front indicators

Temporary space saver spare wheel

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium audio

Sun visor extensions

 

 

 

Mitsubishi Motors Australia (MMAL) has updated its 2018 Pajero Sport with a range of improvements designed to boost its safety, functionality and overall appeal. Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) become standard features across the Pajero Sport range with the 2018 upgrades.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range will also be expanded to include a new variant – a five-seat version of the mid-spec GLS.  Currently, the entry-level GLX is the only model available with five seats. Cosmetic changes include new 18-inch alloy wheels on GLX, while the range-topping Exceed gains a tailgate spoiler as a standard feature. All models feature a new soft trim along the console sides, adding to driver and front passenger comfort.

Other upgrades include two new USB ports for second row occupants, in addition to two existing USB outlets in the centre console bin next to a new 150W/220V three pin auxiliary outlet.  The existing 120W accessory socket has been relocated to the rear of the centre console.

The 2018 Pajero Sport range is available at Mitsubishi dealers from 4 April with Recommended Retail Pricing of $45,500 for the GLX, $48,500 for the new GLS 5-seat, $49,500 for the GLS 7-seat and $53,650 for Exceed.

MY18 Pajero Sport updates:

GLX 5-seat:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New-design 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim

GLS:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • New five-seat GLS variant
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim
  • Now available in Pitch Black Pearlescent exterior paint

Exceed:

  • Tailgate spoiler
  • 150W/220V AC outlet
  • Two rear seat USB ports (power only)
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Soft-finish side console trim

Ever in pursuit of driving pleasure, Mazda has further evolved the MX-5 to enhance the thrill of top-down driving with updates to design, dynamics and NVH across the soft-top and RF models.

In its first update since the fourth generation launched in 2015, the MX-5 has been refined to deepen the sensation of Jinba-ittai and enhance the sports car’s iconic fun factor.

Much lauded for its driving feel, the roadster has seen its rear suspension fine-tuned to realise an even smoother and more comfortable ride, improving every driving situation, whether braking, cornering or cruising.

Using knowledge gleaned from the RF’s development, the soft-top’s rear suspension’s upper link bushings were lowered, while the rear bump stop was lengthened, so it comes into play a little earlier.

The roadster has also undergone NVH improvements to reduce unwanted cabin noise, while accentuating the pleasing quality of the MX-5’s engine sound.

Sound insulation was applied over a wide area of the centre tunnel and noise-absorbing material was added along its top for the first time. Performance of the dash insulator was also improved, holes and gaps around the tunnel reinforcements were reduced, and vibration-damping and noise-absorbing materials were added to the rear wheel housings.

Bolstering the MX-5’s five-star ANCAP safety rating, the GT will add more equipment to its already impressive package, including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Mazda’s Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH).

Using a windscreen mounted camera, LDW monitors road lane markings and provides an audible alert when a driver is about to stray from the designated lane.

Improving visibility when driving at night, ALH offers flare-free high beams that automatically control the area of illumination, wide range low beams that provide a wider field of vision and Highway mode, which automatically shifts the aim of the headlamps upwards when driving at high speeds. 

Further enhancing its unique road statement, the MX-5 now offers broader colour options across RF and soft-top models.

Mazda’s latest and most lustrous body colour, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, is now available on the MX-5, while the soft-top variant has also added Machine Grey Metallic to its body colour lineup. For extra shine, bright aluminum is on offer for 16-inch wheels on the 1.5L Roadster GT.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the updated MX-5 offers the thrilling and liberating drive that has always defined the iconic sports car.

“The MX-5 carries a promise of fun, and the upgraded fourth generation model certainly upholds this,” said Bhindi.

“The enhancements and added equipment are another phase in its constant evolution, which is testament to Mazda’s endless pursuit of achieving driving pleasure.”

The updated Mazda MX-5 is on sale now.

Mazda MX-5 pricing

MODEL

TRIM

MLP

OLD MLP

1.5L Soft-top Roadster 6MT

Black cloth

$33,440

$33,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster 6AT

Black cloth

$35,440

$35,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster GT 6MT

Leather

$39,660

$38,340

1.5L Soft-top Roadster GT 6AT

Leather

$41,660

$40,340

2L Soft-top Roadster 6MT

Black cloth

$34,950

$34,850

2L Soft-top Roadster 6AT

Black cloth

$36,950

$36,850

2L Soft-top Roadster GT 6MT

Leather

$41,210

$39,890

2L Soft-top Roadster GT 6AT

Leather

$43,210

$41,890

2L RF 6MT

Cloth

$38,650

$38,550

2L RF 6AT

Cloth

$40,650

$40,550

2L RF GT 6MT

Leather

$45,210

$43,890

2L RF GT 6AT

Leather

$47,210

$45,890

2L RF GT Black roof 6MT

Nappa leather

$46,210

$44,890

2L RF GT Black roof 6AT

Nappa leather

$48,210

$46,890

2L RF Limited Edition6MT

Recaro seats

$52,210

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The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle.

The E-PACE is the newest member of Jaguar's SUV family following Jaguar's first all-electric SUV, the I-PACE Concept and the World Car of the Year-winning F-PACE performance SUV.

The exterior design is inspired by the F-TYPE sports car and is characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches. Optional 21-inch alloy wheels give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility.

Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic.
"Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-PACE is immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class. Our new compact SUV combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle." Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The E-PACE will be one of the most connected and intelligent vehicles in its class. The next-generation touchscreen infotainment system connects customers to their favourite apps, such as Spotify through Jaguar Land Rover's InControl apps.

Digital connectivity can be found throughout the cabin, ready for every need of the modern family. There are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

The E-PACE has exceptional interior space for a vehicle in this class. The compact SUV is 4,395mm long with short front and rear overhangs of 882mm and 832mm respectively. Its 2,681mm wheelbase seats five in absolute comfort and yields generous rear legroom of 892mm while the large luggage capacity of 484 litres is made possible by the vehicle's sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension architecture.

New chassis hardware developed for the E-PACE maximises interior space while also providing the strong foundations for the vehicle's impressive all-surface dynamic capabilities. The Integral Link rear suspension layout has allowed Jaguar's engineers to deliver the responsiveness and agility required without compromising ride comfort.

Configurable Dynamics gives the driver even more control with individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension system. The Adaptive Dynamics set-up senses driver input, body and wheel movements and pre-emptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping for improved roll control and agility in all conditions. As a result, the E-PACE delivers all the space young families need with all the character of a true Jaguar sports car.

Under the bonnet, E-PACE features a choice of efficient yet powerful Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The 221kW Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers E-PACE from 0-100km/h in just 6.4 before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 243km/h. For customers who want the ultimate efficiency, the all-wheel drive 110kW Ingenium diesel with automatic transmission delivers CO2 emissions of 147g/km.

"The E-PACE provides the best of both worlds: Jaguar sports car dynamics with compact SUV practicality. The latest addition to the PACE family provides comfort, interior space and clever stowage solutions allied to engaging handling and Jaguar Land Rover's latest Ingenium petrol and diesel engines." Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar E-PACE

The E-PACE's Active Driveline all-wheel drive system is a technological first for Jaguar. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar's unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character. The system's torque-biasing capability delivers optimal stability, dynamics and fuel efficiency in all conditions.

The E-PACE features the very latest safety and driver assistance technologies. A stereo camera underpins the advanced Emergency Braking system, which also provides pedestrian detection, and supports Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor features. Front and Rear Parking Aids are standard on every vehicle providing peace of mind during difficult manoeuvres.

The camera also combines with the electric power assisted steering system to deliver a Blind Spot Assist function to help reduce the risk of sideswipe collisions on multi-lane roads. A new Forward Traffic Detection system also warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility is restricted. Advanced active safety features include a pedestrian airbag, which deploys from beneath the trailing edge of the bonnet to enhance pedestrian protection in the event of a collision.

The E-PACE is the first Jaguar to feature the company's next-generation Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Head-Up Display technology. The advanced display can project up to 66 per cent more information onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics with enhanced clarity. Essential information including vehicle speed and navigation directions are in full view at all times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment, safety and convenience features all projected directly into the driver's eyeline – reducing the need to look away from the road.

Every E-PACE features the latest generation of Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system. A 10-inch touchscreen interface and a customisable home screen make interactions with the system quick, simple and highly intuitive.
An optional 12.3-inch full colour digital TFT instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian ensure E-PACE offers the technology and connectivity that customers crave.

The E-PACE is also available with an innovative wearable Activity Key. The waterproof and shockproof wristband has an integrated RFDI transponder, allowing the driver to lock the main key inside the vehicle when enjoying activities such as running, swimming or cycling.

Whenever the Activity Key is activated, by holding the wristband up to the upper edge of the number plate surround on the tailgate, any conventional key fobs left inside the vehicle are disabled.

The strong chassis also allows owners to tow up to 1,800kg (braked), ideal for customers who use their E-PACE for both business and pleasure.

FIRST EDITION: FULLY EQUIPPED AND PERFORMANCE DRIVEN

The E-PACE First Edition is available for the first full year of sales, powered exclusively by Jaguar's 132kW Ingenium diesel or 183kW Ingenium petrol engines paired with the nine-speed ZF automatic transmission. First Edition models are carefully specified to showcase the E-PACE's unique design, performance and practicality – based on the R-Dynamic SE specification pack.

Three colour options are available – Caldera Red, which is unique to the First Edition for the first 12 months, Yulong White and Santorini Black. Gloss Black detailing and distinctive 20-inch Satin Grey diamond-turned, split-spoke alloy wheels complete the exterior look.

A special soft grain Windsor leather interior in Ebony with red contrast stitching and an Ebony suedecloth headlining give the cabin a distinctive appearance. Configurable ambient mood lighting and the natural light from the panoramic roof perfectly complement the spacious interior. Jaguar's next-generation TFT Head-Up Display, additional charging points and loadspace rails ensure the First Edition has the perfect blend of personality, technology and real-world practicality.

Additional highlights include Configurable Dynamics, a gesture-controlled tailgate and Jaguar Activity Key, along with unique First Edition carpet mats and treadplates.

R-DYNAMIC PACK

Specifying the R-Dynamic model enhances the Jaguar's sporty streak, providing body-hugging sports seats with contrast stitching and a Jet Morzine headlining. Brushed stainless steel treadplates and pedals combine to create a sports-focused interior while soft-grained leather on the R-Dynamic-branded steering wheel and the addition of gearshift paddles provide more focussed benefits.

On the outside, the R-Dynamic features styling details designed to enhance the E-PACE's stealth, power and refinement. Front fog lights with a Gloss Black finish are complemented by a similar finish on the grille, rear valance and tailpipe finishers. Body-coloured wheel-arch surrounds and satin chrome highlights on the side vents and grille surrounds also distinguish R-Dynamic derivatives.

RANGE SUMMARY

The E-PACE and E-PACE R-Dynamic are available with S, SE and HSE specification packs and a choice of five powertrains, with three diesel and two petrol engines. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel powerplant is available in 110kW, 132kW and 177kW outputs, while the pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol turbo units delivers 183kW or 221kW.

High levels of standard equipment are a core component of the E-PACE range. Convenience features such as Touch Pro infotainment, LED headlights and a rear view camera system are joined by advanced driver assistance systems including Driver Condition Monitor and Emergency Braking.

DESIGN

The E-PACE combines sports car looks with ingenious packaging to create a compact performance SUV with trademark Jaguar presence

The E-PACE blends sports car design with compact SUV practicality, removing compromise from the equation.

The result is a car that will attract new drivers to the Jaguar family and energise the segment.

"We designed the E-PACE to be a Jaguar for active people who need space and practicality but see no reason to compromise on performance. Its proportions, stance and lines express the excitement of driving a car of this calibre, while concealing an interior that outclasses traditional competitors with its size, craftsmanship and connectivity.

"Compact cars need to provide intelligent answers to the little challenges everyday life throws at people, and I believe that Jaguar's focus on design purity provides enormous advantages. This is a sports vehicle with unmistakable character - a Jaguar sports car designed for daily lives in a package that is as rewarding as it is practical." Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The E-PACE combines the dynamic body language and proportions of a Jaguar sports car with the space, safety and practicality typically associated with a compact SUV.

Short front and rear overhangs place its large wheels at each corner and the teardrop graphic of the side windows, inspired by the F-TYPE, gives the newest addition to the PACE family a purposeful stance. The front view of the compact SUV reveals a confident, assertive face that showcases the shared DNA with Jaguar's sports cars.

The fast sweep of the roofline works in harmony with the bold side window graphic, sending a clear message about the vehicle's dynamic promise – and ingeniously creating more space for rear-seat passengers. The dynamic body sides have the fuselage-like profile found in the most iconic Jaguar designs.

The muscular haunches, which taper towards the rear, draw inspiration directly from the F-TYPE sports car and contribute to the E-PACE's powerful stance. Sharp creases in the front and rear fenders further emphasise this.

The E-PACE's bold grille gives the vehicle an assertive attitude that is unmistakably Jaguar. Advanced LED headlights (optional) are similar in concept to those used on the F-TYPE sports car and feature Jaguar's signature J-blade daytime running lights, which flow around the outer edges of the headlights.

The high-specification headlight system also features Adaptive Matrix LED technology (optional), with two slim horizontal LED modules to manage the low and high beams. The crystal-like lenses add a beautiful technical detail to the muscular front-end design, as well as superior illumination of the road in the dark. Additionally, the J-blade running lights also perform the indicator function with a sweeping movement.

Approaching from the rear, the taut surfaces and muscular haunches fuse with the sharp lines of the rear light clusters. The slim, blade-like rear lamps feature full LED technology and are another sign of the E-PACE's shared DNA with Jaguar's flagship sports car.

The option of a body-coloured, black contrast or fixed panoramic roof gives customers an opportunity to personalise their vehicle. The black finish extends the entire length of the roof, from the windscreen to the trailing edge of the roof spoiler in a style that mirrors the F-TYPE Coupé.

E-PACE can be specified in 11 exterior colours, either Caldera Red (First Edition only) or Fuji White (Solid); Borasco Grey, Firenze Red, Caesium Blue, Yulong White, Indus Silver, Santorini Black or Corris Grey (Metallic); and Farallon Pearl Black or Silicon Silver (Premium Metallic).

"You best appreciate the profile and proportions of E-PACE when viewed from a little distance; given the E-PACE's longer front overhang, we've balanced this with a shorter rear overhang to give the car a sense of movement, even when stationary, which is a Jaguar trademark."
Wayne Burgess, Studio Director, Production Vehicles

Beautiful details

  • The E-PACE is the first vehicle in its class to offer 21-inch wheels. The five split-spoke, diamond turned Satin Grey rims provide the ultimate wheel-to-body ratio and are among 12 wheel options
  • Side fender vents in polished chrome, a signature Jaguar design touch, provide an element of premium detailing to the E-PACE. On R-Dynamic models, the vents are finished in satin chrome
  • The grille mesh features a 3D chamfering detail on its wide, flat hexagons motif to catch the light with Jaguar's biggest-ever Growler grille badge at the centre, concealing the Adaptive Cruise Control sensors
  • Round tailpipe finishers are neatly integrated into the rear valance, providing a visual reminder of the vehicle's performance, exhaust note and refinement, inspired by jet engine tailpipes
  • The large upper tailgate spoiler is a three-piece design that has been tuned for optimum airflow
    First class cabin: space and practicality

The interior is further proof the E-PACE is a compact performance SUV. Its dynamic, modern, high-quality design amplifies the driving experience, while providing space and practicality for everybody else.

Occupants are enveloped in premium materials, ensuring every touch point emphasises the sense of quality. Soft trimmed door casings with cool touch, satin chrome door handles, the beautifully crafted leather-clad facia and seat upholstery with twin-needle stitching all enhance the sense of luxury.

The interior focal point is a wraparound cockpit with the passenger grab handle forming the boundary of the driver console – a design concept directly inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE. Its geometry provides a powerful visual connection with the doors while the seating position gives the driver an elevated 'Sports Command' driving position, offering excellent visibility while retaining a cockpit-like feel.

The bold and intelligent use of colour is a hallmark of the interior, aided by a visually-cohesive linearity between the cockpit and doors. The colour sections on the seats, instrument panel and door panels all echo a similar treatment found in the F-TYPE sports car – a strategy highlighted in R-Dynamic models, which combine a youthful colour palette with brighter contrast stitching.

The choice of colour scheme combines with the E-PACE's premium instrument panel materials to create an interior that combines sporty precision and tasteful simplicity.

The E-PACE breaks with tradition by favouring a premium Noble Chrome treatment over traditional wood trim finishes. The understated metal finish for key details such as the gearshift surround, instrument panel, side vents and door pulls gives the cabin a contemporary premium character.

Primary controls, such as the sports gear shifter and drive mode selector, have been carefully designed to promote driver engagement. The sports car interior provides the blueprint with a sculpted tactility that reinforces the E-PACE interior's sporty feel and tunes the driver into the driving experience.

Premium leathers are used on key touch-points such as the steering wheel, centre-console grab handle and gear shifter to enhance refinement, while the secondary controls have been made simpler and more intuitive.

The 10-inch touchscreen for the Touch Pro infotainment reduces the number of hard switches while tactile and intuitive rotary dials operate the climate control functions. A 12.3-inch HD virtual Interactive Driver Display combined with the Thin Film Transistor (TFT) full colour Head-Up Display means the driver has all the information they could possibly need within their field of vision.

The interior balances the driver-focused design with a broad emphasis on overall usability and provides generous passenger and luggage space for five people with ingenious small item stowage solutions. The 8.42-litre centre console compartment can house four large water bottles, as well as configurable cupholders and trays; the lockable 10.07-litre glovebox offers secure storage, while 10.56-litre front and 8.26-litre rear door bins are bigger than most. The E-PACE also demonstrates versatility with a configurable console stowage solution centred on smart device connectivity and customer experience.

Attention to detail is also evident in the design of the interior lighting, which illuminates essential features such as handles and stowage areas while task lighting enables customers to configure colour settings to their personal preference.

The seat materials are designed for active lifestyles with durable, technical materials and contrast stitching in vibrant colours that emphasise the E-PACE's sportiness. Optional soft Windsor leathers with tonal stitching bring additional luxury and refinement.

A raft of beautiful details also show the fun and quirky side of Jaguar; on HSE models Jaguar 'contemporary animal print' designer labels are sewn into the shoulder hem of the front seats (in red on First Edition vehicles) and the same pattern is repeated on rubber mats in stowage areas.

"Creating a dynamic, modern and relevant interior continues the promise of the E-PACE's exterior character as soon as the doors are opened. The soft, high-quality materials used throughout the cabin are the first 'handshake' with the customer, while charming British detail design leaves a lasting memory. The E-PACE interior design raises the bar for the compact performance SUV." Alister Whelan, Creative Director, Jaguar

Interiors

Spot the inspiration

The Jaguar E-PACE features a number of details inspired by timeless automotive and design ideas:

  • Race circuit chicane – the distinctive shape of a chicane inspired elements inside and outside the new E-PACE – most obviously in the light signature of the rear LED lamps
  • Leica camera – the tactile rotary dials found at the centre of the lower dashboard are inspired by the precise controls of a classic Leica camera lens ? Gestalt theory – the theory that describes visual perception and how people organise visual elements into groups or unified wholes, even when they're not. The front console mats and seat labels (HSE only) deliver on this promise, with a Jaguar print visible from certain angles
  • Wildlife – the fun 'Jaguar Cub' graphic in the obscuration band of the windscreen and integrated into the puddle lamp projection have been incorporated solely to put a smile on customers' faces

R-Dynamic design

For customers who want their E-PACE to make a clearer statement of its high-performance character, the R-Dynamic model is the solution. It is available with the same choice of powertrain options and S, SE and HSE specification packs as standard models, but has a series of visual enhancements inside and out.
On the exterior, R-Dynamic models use a series of intelligent design upgrades to achieve their standout style and enhance the E-PACE's athleticism. A unique front bumper provides deeper outboard air intakes and includes fog lights to promote the vehicle's sports car aesthetics.
Body-coloured sills and lower rear bumper surfaces with a Gloss Black rear valance give the vehicle a stronger sense of power and purpose. Satin chrome detailing on the front grille surround and the fender vents provides the finishing touches.

Inside, R-Dynamic models retain the E-PACE's exceptional comfort and refinement. Sports-style seats with unique shoulder profiles and deeper bolsters are the most eye-catching addition. The R-Dynamic seats feature a unique and highly tactile Sportmesh finish and a selection of leather seat finishes in vibrant colours with contrast stitching to highlight the model's sporty character.

Elsewhere, Jaguar's design team has enhanced key details. A Jet Morzine headlining, brushed stainless steel pedals and R-Dynamic treadplates complete the E-PACE's subtle change in character.

CHASSIS

The E-PACE embodies Jaguar DNA with a balance between agility and comfort, combining sports car on-road dynamics with family-friendly comfort

New chassis hardware developed specifically for the E-PACE provides the foundations for the compact performance SUV's impressive dynamic capabilities. The chassis is based on the sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension concept developed for the Jaguar F-PACE. The Integral Link architecture separates lateral and longitudinal forces, providing the optimum combination of responsive steering and handling with longitudinal impact absorption and refinement.

The E-PACE's advanced rear suspension is also incredibly compact, maximising interior space and allowing for generous wheel travel and articulation that gives the compact SUV excellent all-surface capability.

A new front suspension design further enhances the driver's connection to the road. The front knuckle is a lightweight hollow-cast aluminium component designed to provide additional camber for improved turn-in and minimise understeer. A specially-tuned front subframe was developed to generate a stiffer structure including solid rear mounts to contribute to the vehicle's connected steering feel.

The use of stiff suspension bushes and anti-roll bars enhance the sense of performance by improving steering responses and control while ensuring low roll angles, which are a key part of making the E-PACE a true Jaguar.

"With the E-PACE, our aim was to develop a Jaguar SUV that feels and responds with the character of any of our rear-wheel drive vehicles. It was fundamental to us that E-PACE delivers exceptional drive dynamics, yet is refined and comfortable, and this was achieved with intelligent solutions, such as the compact Integral Link rear suspension and the semi-solid mounted front subframe. Here is an all-wheel-drive compact performance SUV that has the precision and body control to make the E-PACE as rewarding for the driver as it is comfortable for the passengers."
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar

Jaguar engineers have used lightweight aluminium suspension components extensively, increasing stiffness and reducing unsprung mass, to achieve the E-PACE's dynamic performance. The rear suspension is mounted on a light, stiff steel subframe to optimise both steering responses and refinement.

Configurable Dynamics and Adaptive Dynamics

The E-PACE's Configurable Dynamics package allows customers to access even more of the compact performance SUV's rich dynamic range by enabling the driver to tailor the driving experience to suit both the conditions and their own personal preferences – selecting either Normal or Dynamic settings for the throttle response mapping, steering response, transmission shift speed and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension.

Adaptive Dynamics on E-PACE introduces a continuously variable damper technology featuring a triple-tube design and externally mounted hydraulic valve that controls damping. This gave Jaguar's dynamics team greater scope to carefully tune the balance between handling responses and body control to deliver traditional Jaguar driving DNA. The system's benefits include faster responses to inputs, better inside/outside wheel force distribution and a dedicated off-road tune. It is available as an option and gives customers additional benefit of 21-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Adaptive Dynamics monitors vehicle movements every 2 milliseconds (0.002 seconds) and calculates the required damping force every 10 milliseconds (0.01 seconds). The package is programmed to respond instantly to the driver's inputs and road surface changes. It gives the driver greater control and minimises body roll, providing a flatter, more balanced ride. Rough surfaces and off-road conditions are sensed immediately and the damping adapts instantaneously to retain its equilibrium.

Drivers can select both Normal and Dynamic settings for the Adaptive Dampers through a Configurable Dynamics system, as part of the JaguarDrive Control system. The Dynamic setting has been calibrated to provide increased body control, for a more connected and engaging drive. Using the Touch Pro infotainment system, customers can also access the Dynamic-i interface, which has a g-meter, stopwatch and a map of accelerator pedal response.

JaguarDrive Control in all E-PACE models gives customers a choice of four driving modes, selected using buttons on the centre console:

  • Normal – an optimum balance of performance, control and comfort for regular journeys
  • Dynamic – a more engaging driving experience, with dedicated Dynamic settings for a wide range of vehicle systems. Depending on the vehicle specification, these can include the steering, throttle response, Adaptive Dynamics, AWD/Active Driveline, transmission shift strategy, Dynamic Stability Control and Torque Vectoring by Braking
  • ECO – modifies settings to optimise fuel economy and encourage a more efficient driving style, with revised settings for throttle response, automatic transmission, climate control and other interior comfort features
  • Rain, Ice and Snow – enhances stability in low-grip conditions with revised settings for Dynamic Stability Control, throttle response and automatic transmission

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

The E-PACE has an advanced all-wheel-drive system that complements Jaguar's characteristic rear-wheel-drive handling balance and agile steering feel

The E-PACE is equipped with a range of advanced technology to deliver exceptional agility and feedback through the corners, efficiency during steady-state cruising and outstanding all-surface capability, delivered via the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

Standard Driveline: confidence on all surfaces, in all weathers

The permanent AWD system reacts to driving conditions to seamlessly distribute engine torque for optimal control and confidence in all circumstances on 110KW and 132kW Ingenium diesel models and the 183kW Ingenium petrol.

In normal conditions, the system intelligently distributes torque between the front and rear to maximise stability and handling, or fuel economy, where appropriate. On slippery surfaces the system can send almost all of the engine's power to the rear if the front axle loses traction.

Active Driveline: intelligent performance

The E-PACE's Active Driveline all-wheel drive (AWD) system is a technological first for Jaguar that combines phenomenal all-wheel traction with Jaguar's unmistakable rear wheel drive character. The system's torque-biasing capability delivers outstanding assurance and dynamic handling, as well as helping to reduce fuel consumption.

The Active Driveline AWD system can transfer almost all the engine torque to the rear axle in extreme conditions. Under standard conditions, the nominal torque split delivers a rear-wheel-drive character, ensuring the E-PACE handles with the clarity and feel of a rear-wheel-drive sports car.

At the rear axle, two independent electronically-controlled wet-plate clutches distribute torque between the rear wheels, with the capability to direct 100 per cent of that torque to either rear wheel in 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds). The extraordinary capability of the E-PACE's Active Driveline AWD system ensures the compact SUV remains stable and predictable in all conditions.

Data from the E-PACE's vehicle sensors enables the software to analyse the driving conditions and calculate the optimum torque distribution, updating every 10 milliseconds (0.01 seconds). The Active Driveline can then distribute torque to the rear wheel with the most available traction in an instant, enabling the vehicle to respond intelligently to different driving situations.

When the E-PACE corners, the driveline's software analyses the yaw rate, throttle position, steering angle and lateral acceleration. The control unit will pre-emptively distribute more torque to the outside wheels when cornering based on lateral acceleration and steering angle, contributing to a neutral and predictable base handling balance. If the beginning of understeer is detected, the control unit sends even more torque to the outer rear wheel, keeping the vehicle pointing precisely where the driver is steering. If oversteer is detected, the system stabilises the vehicle by locking both rear clutches equally to provide yaw damping, making it easier for the driver to safely recover from the situation.

On low-friction surfaces, the E-PACE's Active Driveline can allow the driver to initiate power-on oversteer and maintain a controlled drift. On very slippery surfaces, Active Driveline maintains the E-PACE's composure and fully utilises available traction from each tyre. The slip control unit monitors individual wheel speeds every 10 milliseconds (0.01 seconds) and adjusts torque transfer to each rear wheel to minimise wheel slip and maintain vehicle stability. During mu-split conditions, the control system will lock both rear clutches to provide traction performance equal to that of a conventional AWD vehicle equipped with a locking rear differential.

During steady state cruising, Active Driveline disengages the AWD system, sending power only to the front axle, increasing fuel efficiency due to reduced parasitic losses. The system can re-engage AWD seamlessly within just 300 milliseconds (0.3 seconds) when a change in driving conditions is detected.

The technology ensures all four wheels are engaged whenever needed – pulling away from rest, accelerating sharply around a corner or when poor driving conditions are detected. When ECO mode is selected using the JaguarDrive controller, the disconnect thresholds are revised to optimise fuel efficiency but in Rain, Ice and Snow and Dynamic modes, all-wheel drive is always on.

Active Driveline is available on the 221kW petrol and 177kW diesel variants, providing the ultimate combination of Jaguar driving dynamics and all-surface traction.

Torque Vectoring by Braking

The E-PACE also offers a brake-based Torque Vectoring option that works with the car's AWD system to support the driver in fast on-road cornering and enhanced traction in off-road conditions.

The Torque Vectoring system uses the brakes to imitate the effect of a torque-vectoring differential, balancing the distribution of engine torque between all four wheels during cornering, improving grip and steering control, reducing understeer and enhancing driver confidence.

The E-PACE's Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) module uses the compact SUV's yaw sensors, steering input, and longitudinal and lateral acceleration to spot the onset of under- and oversteer. Once detected, engine torque is decreased and imperceptible levels of braking torque is applied to individual wheels to alter the vehicle back to the driver's intended path.

The Torque Vectoring system is active whether the compact SUV is on-throttle, off-throttle or braking. The level of intervention varies according to the selected JaguarDrive mode, with responses optimised for both Dynamic and Rain, Ice and Snow driving settings.

All surface capability

The E-PACE is also offers All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), the low-speed cruise control that helps drivers maintain optimum control in low-traction conditions.

Developed by Jaguar Land Rover's all-terrain specialists, the system recognises differences between surfaces to exploit available grip by automatically adjusting engine and brake settings. The intelligent ASPC system is available on automatic models only and functions between 1.8km/h and 30km/h to ensure getaway and smooth, safe progress in slippery conditions such as icy roads, wet grass and muddy tracks.

The system can also maintain a comfortable, steady speed on steep inclines and descents, enabling the driver to focus fully on steering and negotiating obstacles.

The system is operated using the cruise control settings and even works from a standstill, allowing the driver to pull away without touching the pedals and then maintain a steady, pre-set, speed. A dedicated launch feature, Low Friction Launch, is also available. It features a unique throttle map that allows the driver to maintain complete control and operate the accelerator pedal as normal to pull away in challenging conditions.

Tested to extremes: exhaustive global test programme

From the demanding Nu¨rburgring circuit and high-speed Nardò test track to the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, the E-PACE has been put to the test in the world's most challenging environments. Jaguar's engineers have braved the freezing temperature of the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes and rivers of China's most remote provinces to ensure the E-PACE can withstand a lifetime of use in the hands of the most active and demanding customers.

"Jaguar engineers and dynamics specialists have meticulously developed the driveline to work in harmony with the E-PACE's chassis and stability systems. Months of tuning and calibration work on proving grounds, test facilities and public roads around the world have helped our engineers to deliver a fully capable compact SUV with Jaguar's trademark driving DNA."
Graham Wilkins, Chief Programme Engineer, Jaguar E-PACE

ARCHITECTURE AND BODY STRUCTURE

Designed and developed for exceptional dynamics and passenger safety, the E-PACE uses an advanced combination of high-strength steels, aluminium and lightweight composites

Jaguar's engineers have used a variety of ultra-high-strength steels, lightweight aluminium, advanced composites and precision processes to create a compact SUV capable of delivering Jaguar dynamics and meeting strict global safety standards.

The body structure is exceptionally strong and stiff. Achieving torsional stiffness of 28.7kN/degree is key to this – the intensive use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels in critical load-bearing areas improves crash impact performance and minimises weight.

Throughout the vehicle body, the intelligent use of lightweight materials delivered the optimum balance of stiffness, strength and weight:

  • The E-PACE's powerfully profiled bonnet is produced from lightweight aluminium, saving up to 10kg over an equivalent steel part. The front fenders are produced from the same weight-saving material, yielding a 3kg benefit
  • The roof panel is produced from aluminium, reducing weight by 6kg over an equivalent steel panel, lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity for improved handling and stability
  • A lightweight aluminium tailgate is 15kg lighter than a conventional steel assembly. Its advanced design uses a riveting/bonding process pioneered by Jaguar, along with laser welding on selected joints to further optimise weight and quality
  • The cross car beam structure, which supports the instrument panel, is a lightweight magnesium casting. The casting's precision makes a key contribution to the tight tolerances and high quality of the car's interior
  • Thin bodysides made from a high formability steel – just 0.7mm thick – help shed an additional 3.5kg over a conventional material

POWERTRAIN

The new E-PACE is exclusively powered by Jaguar Land Rover's Ingenium engines and paired with an intelligent nine-speed automatic transmission

Jaguar's family of lightweight, all-aluminium 2.0-litre powertrains offers outstanding performance, refinement and fuel efficiency, available in five outputs:

Engine Power (PS) Torque (Nm) CO2 (g/km)
Ingenium Diesel: D150 110kW @ 3500rpm 380Nm @ 1750rpm 147
Ingenium Diesel: D180 132kW @ 4000rpm 430Nm @ 1750rpm 147
Ingenium Diesel: D240 177kW @ 4000rpm 500Nm @ 1500rpm 162
Ingenium Petrol: P250 183kW @ 5500rpm 365Nm @ 1200-4500rpm 174
Ingenium Petrol: P300 221kW @ 5500rpm 400Nm @ 1500-4500rpm 181

The 2.0-litre Ingenium engines are designed in-house by Jaguar Land Rover and produced at the company's £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands, UK.

An entirely clean-sheet design, all Ingenium engines are based around a deep-skirt aluminium cylinder block featuring thin-wall, press-fit cast-iron liners for optimum weight, surface finish and robustness. Fuel is fed to the combustion chambers by high-pressure systems, providing precision injection with low noise and excellent mixture formation characteristics.

Highly-efficient variable geometry turbochargers create a rapid build-up of torque from very low revs, with maximum torque spread over a wide rev range for instantaneous response and strong acceleration on demand.

Ingenium diesel: more torque, higher efficiency

The 110kW diesel powerplant can achieve excellent fuel efficiency of 5.6l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 147g/km on the combined EU cycle.

At the other end of the scale, the high-performance 177kW Ingenium diesel produces 500Nm of torque thanks to its series sequential turbochargers, strengthening the engine's low-speed responses and boosting its high-speed output to provide an exhilarating combination of driveability and performance. The 177kW diesel automatic accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds and delivers CO2 emissions of 162g/km.

In between, the 132kW AWD provides excellent balance of performance and efficiency providing CO2 emissions of 147g/km respectively, and will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds.

EU6 emissions compliance has been achieved utilising a range of technologies to ensure outstanding environmental sustainability. These include variable exhaust-valve timing, which enables rapid catalyst heating and robust particulate filter generation. Selective catalytic reduction and cooled low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation also cut NOx emissions.

A new Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) AdBlue™ after-treatment system further enhances environmental sustainability. The system sprays an aqueous urea DEF solution into the exhaust system, neutralising harmful gasses such as nitrogen oxide emissions.

Ingenium petrol: flexible efficiency

Jaguar's modern four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines give the E-PACE outstanding performance, refinement and fuel efficiency. The sporty compact SUV is available with 183kW and 221kW examples of the modular powerplant, producing 365Nm and 400Nm of torque respectively. Both are available with AWD automatic drivetrains only.

Upgrades to its twin-scroll turbocharger system deliver up to 26 per cent more air versus its predecessor, providing immediate throttle responses and virtually eliminating turbo lag, while the intelligent Continuously Variable Valve Lift (CVVL) system optimises driveability as load control is managed primarily by the intake valves rather than the throttle. Variable cam timing also enhances power and efficiency across the rev range, improving fuel economy and driveability.

The 183kW model completes the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.0 seconds while the flagship 221kW derivative achieves it in a rapid 6.4 seconds.

World-class transmissions

The intelligent nine-speed automatic transmission is the latest generation of ZF's acclaimed gearbox and is available across the E-PACE model range. The highly advanced nine-speed close-ratio transmission has been specifically designed for transverse engine applications.

As a result, automatic gear changes are almost imperceptible, intelligently adapting the power delivery and gearshift patterns to suit different driving conditions and styles. Customers selecting the R-Dynamic Pack also benefit from gearshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel for ultimate manual control.

The transmission's adaptive shift system monitors the customer's preferred driving style and tailors the experience accordingly. The system responds quickly to changes, reducing shift times during brisk driving and switching smoothly into a more economical mode based on the driver's throttle and steering inputs.

When cornering, the transmission uses longitudinal acceleration and pedal position data to gauge whether or not to prevent unwanted upshifts. By measuring the throttle position in this way, the intelligent transmission can anticipate driver requests for more power, ensuring the correct gear is always selected.

Specially developed JaguarDrive Control modes give E-PACE drivers a simple control interface for the transmission. In Dynamic Mode, shifts are quicker and the transmission kicks down more readily while in Eco Mode upshifts are made earlier to improve efficiency.

PRACTICALITY

The E-PACE has been meticulously designed to optimise every millimetre of space creating outstanding levels of space and practicality

Versatility and everyday usability

The compact Jaguar E-PACE features a host of clever design solutions that provide similar amounts of rear seat and luggage space as larger competitors. The 2,681mm wheelbase and compact Integral Link rear suspension configuration combine to create a practical family car interior, with more rear legroom than some SUVs from the class above.

Spacious stowage

The F-TYPE sports car has inspired the cabin design but the E-PACE's family car practicality owes more to its F-PACE bigger brother. A versatile 8.42-litre stowage compartment between the front seats is big enough to house a pair of one-litre drinks bottles laid flat with plenty of room for additional items. There are also two USB points – for connectivity and charging – a 12-volt socket and a smartphone holder inside, as well as a tablet retainer to prevent damage to devices being charged inside. A storage net on the underside of the lid holds small loose items. The space is all protected by a twin sliding arm rest for ultimate comfort and practicality.

Alternatively, the space can be rearranged to incorporate a pair of cup holders. When in place, stowage space is reduced to a still-generous 5.94-litres while providing easy access to the bottles, cups or cans in the removable holder.

In addition, the 10.07-litre glove box provides a large lockable storage compartment. An open stowage space at the bottom of the centre console has an additional 0.6 litres of space for smartphone storage while large 10.56-litre front door bins dwarf those typically found in compact SUVs. Up to five USB and four 12-volt power sockets provide enough charging capacity for the most connected families.

Luggage compartment: wide and flexible

A luggage capacity of 484 litres with the rear seats in place makes the E-PACE's boot space plenty large enough to cope with family life , with one of the widest load compartments (1,057mm measured between the wheel arches, with a maximum luggage width of 1,311mm). The loadspace can accommodate a folded buggy, a full set of golf clubs sideways or six flight suitcases.

The E-PACE has 60:40 split folding rear seats as standard. Folding them creates 1141 litres of space; with one side folded down customers can carry items up to 1,568mm long and still accommodate a pair of rear passengers.

Gesture Tailgate

The E-PACE is available with Gesture Tailgate, which makes it possible to approach the vehicle and place objects in the boot without using the remote key fob. Raising a foot beneath the sensors positioned at each side of the rear bumper opens the tailgate without customers needing to remove the key fob from their pocket, making it possible to open the boot even if your hands are full. The tailgate can be closed with the same gesture of the foot.

Activity Key

The E-PACE also offers an innovative Activity Key, which launched on the Jaguar F-PACE. The advanced wearable technology is designed for customers to use when enjoying leisure and sports activities where carrying a conventional key is not practical. The waterproof and shockproof wristband provides secure access to the vehicle using a sensor above the rear number plate.

The Activity Key comprises an RFID transponder that sits in a robust composite moulding embedded within a rubber strap. It has no moving parts and requires no batteries. To lock or unlock the E-PACE, customers simply perform a 'digital handshake' with the vehicle, holding the wristband up to the upper lip of the numberplate surround on the tailgate. When the Activity Key is in use, the main vehicle key fobs are disabled, rendering them useless and the vehicle immobile in the event of a break-in.

The Activity Key has been tested to withstand extreme sport conditions, such as scuba diving to a depth of 18m, and in temperatures ranging from -50C to +85C.

INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY

Touch Pro infotainment and digital sockets for every occupant: E-PACE is wired for life

The E-PACE introduces a wave of design and technology innovations that make connectivity even more practical and user-friendly. Jaguar's compact SUV remembers driver preferences to help personalise the driving experience.

The latest version of Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system is fitted as standard, giving drivers a practical combination of an intuitive touchscreen interface and tactile switches that put essential functions at their fingertips.

Touch Pro: powerful connections at your fingertips

The E-PACE will include the latest generation of Jaguar's Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen display which allows customers to swipe, pinch and zoom in the same way as when using a tablet or smartphone. The customisable home screen allows customers to create shortcuts to their favourite features, so regularly used applications are easy to find.

The 21:9 super-wide format (1280 x 542 pixel resolution) display also allows multi-tasking, for example media can be shown in the main screen while a side panel can show navigation data or weather reports.

Touch Pro is the most advanced infotainment system ever offered in a Jaguar. Designed and developed in house around modern technologies such as a quad-core processor and an ultra-fast ethernet network, it delivers a world-class user experience.

Customers can additionally select a 12.3-inch full-colour digital TFT instrument panel with the ability to tailor the display to show different information, including 3D satellite navigation mapping.

E-PACE is also available with a choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian, including an advanced 825W Surround Sound system with 15 speakers.

Head-up display: clearly more focused

The E-PACE is the first Jaguar to offer a completely new generation of HUD as an option. The system can project large, full-colour graphics onto the windscreen directly into the driver's eyeline thanks to TFT technology.

Jaguar's brighter, clearer Head-Up Display can project more driver information onto the windscreen than conventional systems. Besides essentials such as speed and navigation directions, the new system can also display engine speed data, details of the chosen entertainment media and the adaptive cruise control settings, as well as lane departure and blind spot warnings.

The full-colour image is generated using four super-bright LEDs and a high-resolution TFT LCD screen. The image is sharper, up to 66 per cent brighter than conventional systems and more than twice the size. Drivers can personalise the information displayed and the way it is arranged, as well as fine tuning the brightness and height at which the display is projected onto the windscreen.

Enhanced infotainment capabilities

The Touch Pro infotainment system has the very latest customer convenience features, all controlled using a highly intuitive interface.

Satellite navigation benefits from dead-reckoning functionality that accurately positions the vehicle even when GPS signals can no longer be received. This feature is further enhanced by a smartphone companion app, Route Planner, which makes it easier to plan journeys that involve driving, public transport and walking. The E-PACE's guidance integrates real-time traffic data, parking and filling stations while the Share ETA function enables the driver to notify selected contacts of their arrival time by SMS or email. Commute Mode learns your daily drive so it can automatically offer alternative routes to avoid congestion using real-time traffic information, and Arrival Mode shows a 360-degree interactive view of your destination when you're 200m away, as well as suggesting the nearest available parking spaces.

New entertainment features further enhance the listening experience. Users can browse their music collection more easily using artist and album artwork and they can also add songs, artists or albums to a 'Music Queue' from a USB when it is safe and convenient. With the 'More Like This' feature the system can even automatically compile a playlist based on the current track using the library's metadata.

InControl

E-PACE drivers will benefit from Jaguar Land Rover's latest InControl connected car features:

  • Remote enables the driver to check on the vehicle status remotely, sound the horn and flash the lights to help locate the vehicle in crowded car parks and check the vehicle's status – fuel level and range, whether or not it's locked and window position. It also brings the ability to lock and unlock the car remotely, as well as the climate control to pre-condition the cabin before a journey starts, and automatically calls the emergency services in the event of a collision
  • Connect Pro gives the E-PACE its own 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and allows the InControl apps installed on the user's smartphone to be used directly through the infotainment system's central touchscreen
  • InControl Apps connects to your smartphone to allow access to apps such as Spotify and Tile via the touchscreen

Charging points: better by design

The E-PACE provides all five occupants with their own USB charging point. Customers will have the convenience of power points across both rows of seats and the luggage compartment.

As a standard, customers receive four 12-volt charging points – located in the fireplace, inside the centre cubby box, rear of the centre console for second-row passengers and in the luggage space – and two USB charging points, both found within the centre cubby.

If customers specify additional power sockets, the 12-volt point at the rear of the centre console is replaced with three USB charging points.

The USB points in the cubby box both allow data transfer (streaming music or video) as well as charging of devices.

NEW DRIVER ASSISTANCE AND SAFETY SYSTEMS

The E-PACE introduces an array of new driver assist technologies. The dynamic compact SUV is packed with active safety technologies, ensuring a stress-free driving experience

Key innovations include new sensing technologies that see where the driver cannot and a new pedestrian airbag system.

Blind Spot Assist: steering clear of trouble

The E-PACE features the new Blind Spot Assist system. The technology combines the capabilities of Blind Spot Monitor with the Lane Keep Assist functionality to prevent drivers sideswiping another vehicle.

If another vehicle is detected in the E-PACE's blind spot and the driver attempts to steer into its path, Blind Spot Assist applies corrective steering torque to prevent the lane change. The driver is simultaneously alerted by a flashing LED in the corresponding side mirror. If necessary, the driver is able to override the corrective steering torque.

Forward Traffic Monitor

The E-PACE's 360-degree Surround Camera includes the new Forward Traffic Monitor. The feature is particularly useful in situations such as at blind junctions, where the driver's view to the side is restricted.

When Junction View is selected, the grille-mounted camera displays a feed of traffic approaching from either side, while Forward Traffic Monitor displays a warning if an oncoming vehicle is detected.

Adaptive Driving Beam

Jaguar's advanced Adaptive Driving Beam is available as part of the advanced Matrix LED headlights system.

The vehicle's forward-facing camera detects the presence of oncoming vehicles and adjusts the pattern of the light beams to prevent them from dazzling other drivers without compromising visibility.

Park Assist

To help the driver park in even the tightest spots, the Park Assist function can steer the vehicle into parallel and bay parking spaces. The ultrasonic sensors measure the space to ensure suitability and then steers the vehicle itself – the driver simply controls the accelerator and brakes.

Jaguar's most advanced ever safety concept

Jaguar has engineered the E-PACE to meet and exceed all safety standards worldwide. The optimised body structure protects occupants using a strong and stable safety cell, complemented by a comprehensive system of airbags and restraints.

Ultra-high-strength steels, including hot-formed Boron, are used to reinforce the A- and B-pillars to mitigate the effects of side impacts.

In the event of a collision, the E-PACE safety cell is complemented by a comprehensive restraint system including six airbags: driver and passenger, thorax, and side curtain airbags. Front and rear-seat occupants are also protected by seatbelt pre-tensioners to minimise movement in the event of a collision while two ISOFIX points are fitted to the outer rear seats for the protection of small children.

The E-PACE will be the only vehicle in its class to provide an innovative pedestrian airbag. This is the latest addition to Jaguar's comprehensive list of passive and active safety features and is designed to improve safety for both the occupants and other road users.

In the event of an impact with a pedestrian at speeds between 25-50km/h (16-31mph), the Active Bonnet lifts and the pedestrian airbag deploys from beneath its trailing edge. The airbag inflates to cover the base of the windscreen within 50-60 milliseconds of a collision.

Like the F-PACE performance SUV, the E-PACE offers Jaguar's Emergency Braking technology with pedestrian detection, powered by a stereo camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror, which scans the road ahead. The camera can determine the distance of any objects in the vehicle's path. When an imminent collision is detected, the system warns the driver and primes the brakes. If the driver fails to respond the system can activate full emergency braking to bring the vehicle to a halt.

The Emergency Braking system is designed to mitigate collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. To help minimise potential injuries, the E-PACE has an optimised design for the front-end, bumpers and bonnet, which includes a deployable Active Bonnet system.

The airbag system, patented by Jaguar Land Rover, is part of an array of safety technologies, including:

  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
  • Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Emergency brake lights (EBL)
  • Emergency brake assist (EBA)
  • Corner Brake Control (CBC)

ACCESSORIES

The E-PACE will be available with a full suite of dealer-fit accessories designed to tailor Jaguar's new compact performance SUV for the specific needs of individual customers.

Luggage retention rails and retention kit

For the ultimate in flexible stowage, Jaguar offers a comprehensive load securing system. The Luggage Compartment Kit works with luggage compartment floor rails to prevent small items from moving around.

Towing accessories

To make the best use of the E-PACE's towing capacity of up to 1,800kg, the compact SUV is available with a detachable tow hook as a dealer-fit accessory.

MANUFACTURING

The E-PACE is a key vehicle in the expansion of Jaguar Land Rover's global manufacturing footprint and it will be made on two continents.

Initially, with UK facilities close to capacity, Jaguar Land Rover has agreed a partnership with engineering and manufacturing specialist Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. The new E-PACE will be the first vehicle produced under the arrangement with the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace also commencing production there in 2018.

Contract manufacturing provides increased flexibility, agility and efficiency across global manufacturing operations and while the UK remains the epicentre of Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing, engineering and design capabilities, Magna Steyr is one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, with extensive contract manufacturing experience.

Additionally, the Jaguar E-PACE will be produced exclusively for the Chinese market at Chery Jaguar Land Rover's state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Changshu. It will go on sale in China later in 2018.

At A Glance

  • Jaguar sports car design and dynamics in a five-seat compact performance SUV
  • Latest connectivity and practicality solutions for busy families
  • Up to eight devices can stream content using E-PACE's 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Touch Pro infotainment system connects customers to their favourite apps on the move
  • Large 12.3-inch full colour TFT driver display and Head-Up Display means the driver need never take their eyes off the road
  • Configurable Dynamics technology delivers true Jaguar dynamics, allowing drivers to personalise throttle, steering and transmission settings
  • Lightweight suspension architecture, all-wheel drive, Active Driveline and torque vectoring provide excellent agility and all-surface traction
  • Sports car-inspired design includes 21-inch alloy wheels
  • First Jaguar to exclusively feature Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, from the clean and responsive 110kW diesel with 147g/km CO2 emissions to the sporty 221kW petrol accelerating from standstill to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds
  • On sale date – March, 2018
  • Priced from $47,750 in Australia

Volvo Car Australia announced the pricing for its XC40 compact luxury SUV ahead of the official Australian launch in April.

The arrival of the XC40 means that for the first time in its history, Volvo Cars has three new, globally available SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability.

The launch of XC40 marks two historic firsts for Volvo. It is the first ever Volvo to be built on the Swedish brand’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). It is also the first model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia, said: “SUVs continue to be very popular with Australian car buyers, and the compact SUV segment is also growing rapidly. In such a competitive market you need to stand out from the crowd.” We are confident that with its very distinctive look and competitive pricing the XC40 will make an immediate impact with buyers who are looking for something very different from the cookie-cutter models in the compact luxury SUV segment today.”

“The XC40 exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology. These technologies will make the XC40 one of the best equipped compact luxury SUV’s on the Australian market.”

“There is also lots of storage space in the doors, underneath the front seats, and in the cargo compartment.”

“XC40 is a proper SUV and is the perfect car for an active Australian lifestyle. It perfectly complements our already award-winning SUV line-up.”

The XC40 is Volvo’s first car on its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and includes a range of ground-breaking technologies first introduced on its 90 and 60 Series siblings based on Volvo’s larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

Volvo’s approach to safety and user experience builds on a philosophy it calls Circle of Life: a constant improvement of standards and technologies, based on consumer insights and real life data.

Safety and driver assistance features offered on the XC40 include Volvo’s semiautonomous Pilot Assist system, the latest generation of City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces. These and other technologies make the XC40 one of the best equipped compact luxury SUVs. Whilst the XC40 is more compact that its XC90 and XC60 siblings, at 1863mm wide and 1652mm tall it is still larger than most of its competitors in the segment.

XC40 arrives onto the Australian shores, having recently been awarded European Car of the Year 2018.

Performance

At launch the XC40 comes with two powertrains. The petrol-powered T5 delivers 185 kW and 350Nm of torque. The diesel driven D4 offers 140kW and 400Nm of torque.

All Volvo XC40 variants have the latest Drive-E engine technology.

However, it is not just under the hood that the XC40 delivers healthy performance. The new Clean Zone two-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.

Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment system (Sensus) with smartphone integration for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

The Volvo XC40 will be available in two variants - Momentum and the sporty and dynamic R-Design.

Hyundai’s stunning new i30 N is charging into Australia’s performance hatch segment, marking the start of an exciting new era for the company. The newcomer, the latest member of the multiple award-winning i30 family, is the first model from the Hyundai ‘N’ Performance Division and arrives boasting exhilarating performance at an affordable price.

In Australia, the i30 N will be offered in a single 202kW ‘Performance’ model (equivalent to i30 N ‘Performance Package’ vehicles sold globally) with prices starting at $39,990 MLP. While being fully equipped as a driver’s car, i30 N can be further personalised with two available option packs, the Luxury Pack ($3,000) and the Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof ($5,000). Full details are given below.

“This is a car of passion, a true enthusiast’s car that will win fans for the way it looks, drives and sounds,” said HMCA Chief Executive Officer, JW Lee. “We are extremely excited to be able to finally launch this, the first product from Hyundai’s ‘N’ performance division.

“It is a car that makes a strong case against all its rivals in sheer performance terms and its $39,990 MLP makes that case even more compelling,” Lee added. Setting i30 N apart from its rivals is Hyundai’s willingness to embrace the car’s motorsport enthusiast origins with the standard Hyundai five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty also covering track use (for non-competition events).

The car also benefits from local suspension development and hot weather testing which was carried out on prototype cars over the past 15 months.

“Australia’s extreme climate, unique roads and challenging driving conditions became a focal point of global pre-production testing,” said Andrew Tuitahi, Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Senior Product Planning Manager. “Hot weather durability testing was carried out in Australia over the summer of 2016-17 as part of i30 N’s global development programme, with a number of mechanical and electronic systems verified. This is a car that is very familiar with our country already.”

Standard i30 N features include an active variable exhaust system, electronically-controlled adaptive suspension, and an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential. It also has a launch control function. Overboost lifts torque output to 378Nm at full throttle for up to 18 seconds.

Styling enhancements include 19” alloy wheels fitted with specially developed Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres and an aerodynamically-functional full body kit. The sports theme is carried over to the interior, which includes sports front seats, a leather-appointed steering wheel, alloy sports pedals, N race computer and instrument panel-mounted shift lights.

i30 N: In Detail

EXHILARATING DRIVING FOR EVERYONE

The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car under the N line up. Built on the New Generation i30 platform, the i30 N has been developed from the ground up to deliver maximum driving pleasure in everyday life on the road, as well as on the track. It was born at Hyundai Motor Company’s global R&D Centre in Namyang, Korea and honed on “The Green Hell”, Germany’s infamous Nürburgring Nordschliefe, one of the world’s most challenging race circuits and home to Hyundai’s Test Centre.

This car is Hyundai’s answer to customers demanding uncompromising innovation and technology-driven performance in an affordable daily driver that can easily turn its hand to high performance road driving and a hard day at the race track.

Honed for Cornering

The i30 N loves corners. Its performance-tuned independent suspension, with MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear, underscores its abilities. New i30 N uses bespoke, high-performance, low-profile (235/35) 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres for maximum cornering grip and a rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering unit for enhanced driver feel and feedback (the standard i30 has a column-mounted unit).

The i30 N sits 8mm lower than the car on which it is based and has Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) that dynamically, and independently, manages front and rear body-roll, as well as pitch and dive, to enhance vehicle response and deliver the best possible cornering performance. Suspension can be adjusted by the driver using the 8-inch touchscreen, with settings across a wide range, from comfort-oriented daily driving to high-intensity track work.

New i30 N’s Electronically controlled mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) not only ensures maximum power is delivered to the road but also increases cornering speeds by up to five per cent. The new i30 N also features an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system with optional ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport+’ modes. Sport mode allows drivers to explore their abilities with a wider safety net, while Sport+ deactivates ESC altogether and allows for left foot braking.

Everyday Sports Car

The i30 N is an everyday sports car suitable for comfortable commuting on weekdays and track day performances at the weekend. By offering a great variety of customisation options, the i30 N is a well-balanced hatchback, offering performance and practicality. There are five drive modes, including Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, which can be selected by using two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel.

The different modes change the character of the car, adjusting the high-performance parameters of the engine, the dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), exhaust sound, steering feel and rev-matching.

The driver can use the rev-matching button on the steering wheel to turn rev-matching on or off, a function which automatically blips the throttle when shifting from a higher to a lower gear, matching engine speed to road speed, and helping to stabilise the car under braking, while the car’s Launch Control helps to launch the car as easily as possible by controlling engine speed and increasing boost pressure prior to launch.

The N car’s powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 202kW at 6,000rpm and 353Nm from 1,450rpm to 4,700rpm. It also has a turbocharger overboost function, lifting maximum torque to 378Nm from 1,750rpm to 4,200rpm for up to 18 seconds. The powerplant offers direct response with a linear power delivery.

Drive is via the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission which has been strengthened and fitted with carbon fibre synchromesh rings to reduce shift effort and make gear changes smoother and faster.

Track Ready: No Options Required

Durability and race track performance were key elements in i30 N’s development, with cars undergoing over 10,000 kilometres of testing on the Nürburgring Nordschliefe race circuit. i30 Ns have also twice competed in the grueling ADAC 24-hour, one of the world’s toughest endurance races, on the famous German circuit.

The brakes have been developed to withstand plenty of punishment, with an extra cooling function through the front bumper air intakes. The car features a strong clutch, while the precise six-speed manual transmission has short travel to enhance fast shifting. The already-stiff body has been made even more rigid with additional chassis bracing and a removable body-stiffening bar which fits discreetly behind the rear seats.

Anyone taking an i30 N out for the day can have full confidence in the car’s performance and endurance.

AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT

To provide Australian customers with the best possible product, the i30 N has had its chassis tuned to suit our challenging local conditions.

“Australia’s pot-holed and speed hump-riddled urban centres, along with our constantly bumpy and patchy mountain roads, proved challenging during our pre-production testing,” said Andrew Tuitahi, HMCA’s Senior Product Planning Manager and lead test driver. Our counterparts in Korea and Germany endowed i30 N with incredible dynamic ability and a playful character that very clearly positioned it as a class-leading hot hatch. We fully supported the plan to have one global state of tune, a tune that was forged on the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and surrounding roads, but Australia’s unique conditions forced us to reconsider that position.

“The goal was to introduce a little more suppleness into the way the car moves, to better cope with jagged pot-holes, square edges, and continuous rolling bumps, while retaining the car’s core character,” said Tuitahi. “It is softer than the European tune, has a little more body roll, but maintains absolute control in all conditions. Across three separate tuning sessions – two based out of our Nürburgring Technical Centre, and one here in Australia – we designed, built and tested eleven different front dampers and nine rear dampers. They’re also complemented by a bespoke Australian logic tune for the electronic control.”

“The suspension setup for Australian-delivered i30 Ns has been verified on the Green Hell and approved. We’re very proud of the final product. It is a testament to the abilities of our global engineering teams and proves that the fun nature of i30 N has been engineered into the car from the ground up,” Tuitahi said.

DESIGNED FOR THE PURSUIT OF PERFORMANCE

The i30 N is fully focused on performance and sports a number of unique aerodynamic design elements, including aggressively-styled front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a large rear spoiler, all working in harmony with the timeless design of the new PD i30. With form following function, N designers worked closely with aerodynamic specialists to find the right balance between downforce, drag and cooling.

The lowered ride height – 8mm lower than the standard i30 – and new aerodynamic features combine to give i30 N a strong stance and sporty silhouette, at the same time enhancing on-road balance and high performance race track capabilities.

Exterior Design

The i30 N features larger wheel arch openings to accommodate the new 19-inch alloy wheels and low-profile sports tyres. The ‘N’ logo is engraved in each wheel rim and is also present on the striking red brake calipers that clamp the big, ventilated brake rotors – 345mm diameter front, 314mm diameter rear – as well as on the Cascading Grille and side skirts.

At the front, the i30 N’s aggressive appearance is enhanced by black headlamp bezels. Air inlets are fitted on either side of the bumper to not only enhance brake cooling and aid aerodynamics but also as the focal point for the horizontal LED daytime running lights positioned above.

Additional air curtains are mounted behind the Cascading Grille and add to the car’s performance by enhancing airflow and reducing wind turbulence in the wheel housings, while increasing engine cooling at the same time. The front splitter and rear spoiler work to create performance-enhancing downforce while giving excellent aero balance. Dual exhaust openings also underline the car’s eye-catching looks.

At the rear, the triangular high-mounted brake light completes the car’s signature look.

Interior Design

The interior is focused on connecting the driver with the car at all touch points.

The exclusive “N” steering wheel ensures that the driver is in control of all performance functions directly by hand. On the left side of the steering wheel, drivers can use a blue switch to select three standard drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. On the right, the driver uses the blue chequered flag N button for N-mode or N Custom.

For better engine control during gear shifting, drivers can activate the rev-matching control system by using the dedicated ‘REV’ button on the right steering wheel spoke above the N button. The steering wheel design incorporates unique ‘N’ blue stitching and features an ‘N’ logo at the base of its vertical spoke. The gearshift boot also features unique blue stitching and the ball-shaped shift knob bears the ‘N’ badge.

The electronic instrument cluster is specifically designed for driving enthusiasts. The gear shift timing lights are positioned atop the instrument cluster, indicating when to shift gears for optimal driving performance. The redline of the variable LED rev-counter varies with the engine’s oil temperature.

The i30 N also features heavily bolstered, cloth-upholstered sports seats featuring blue stitching and the ‘N’ logo stamped on the back rest. Seats featuring suede inserts and leather bolsters are available with the optional Luxury pack.

N colour range

Hyundai’s i30 N comes in a range of six exterior colours, headlined by Performance Blue, which became part of Hyundai’s ‘N’ DNA when it was introduced to the World Rally Championship team’s i20 WRC cars in 2014. Other colours available are: Clean Slate, Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red. Colour enhancements include black side sills and gloss black exterior mirror shells.

Inside, high-quality materials and inserts painted in the N Dark Metal finish underline the car’s elegant character and amplify its motorsport character.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE FEATURES

When it comes to sharp performance and driving excitement, the i30 N is all about precision, safety, control and durability. Here are its key features:

Motor-Driven Power Steering system

The i30 N brings a new level of precision to its steering with a Rack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering System (R-MDPS) which gives the driver extra feel for the road and makes it instantly responsive at all speeds.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

The Electronic Stability Control System progressively stabilises the car during cornering manoeuvres and can be switched off completely to allow full exploitation of the chassis.

Launch Control

The i30 N’s Launch Control System manages engine torque, speed and turbo boost for standing start acceleration. Whilst in N Drive mode, with the ESC in Sport mode, the clutch disengaged and first gear selected, releasing the clutch on full throttle within five seconds launches the car cleanly and quickly.

Rev Matching

Rev Matching automatically adjusts engine speed and ‘blips’ the throttle when the driver downshifts. Different drive modes alter the aggression of the downshift ‘blips’ and this function can be altered independently in N Custom mode. The ‘REV’ button is easily accessible on the right side of the steering wheel to switch this function off and on as required.

Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS)

The Electronically Controlled Suspension allows the suspension to be adjusted by the driver to suit different driving conditions or handling preferences. It hones the suspension’s damping force, ride, handling and vehicle stability using a solenoid valve to guarantee immediate and precise damper control, with damping force adjusted up to 100 times a second.

Changing suspension modes alters the character and intent of the car through three distinct and very different phases: Normal, Sport and N. The two harder settings give a racier, more aggressive feel, with N mode especially suited to fast, smooth race tracks.

Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD)

The i30 N’s strong cornering ability is achieved using new performance features including an Electronically-Controlled Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD). The E-LSD allows the driven wheels to turn at different speeds by applying varying torque loads to each one depending on the load transfer from the inner to the outer front wheel.

Wheel slip in damp or slippery conditions is reduced, and understeer while cornering is minimised. E-LSD also increases the car’s maximum cornering speed by up to five per cent.

Electronic Sound Generator (ESG)

To give i30 N’s occupants a true, high-performance experience, a sporty engine sound is produced by the Electronic Sound Generator, which is mounted in the bodywork at the base of the windscreen to add an extra acoustic element. No sound enhancement is emitted by the audio speakers.

Active Variable Exhaust System

Drivers are able to select different exhaust sounds of varying intensity and drama by actively controlling the exhaust valve. The sound varies according to the size of the valve opening and the twin-outlet active exhaust has several settings, allowing the noise to be increased incrementally from ‘normal’ to ‘impressively powerful’ to ‘hard-core’, with race track- inspired ‘crackle and pop’ in the ‘Sport+’ setting.

N Driving Mode System

State-of-the-art high performance technologies, which can be chosen individually by the driver, are the key features of Hyundai’s first ‘N’ model and combine to extract the car’s full handling potential, at the same time giving a smooth, controlled ride. The level of driver adjustability for chassis and drivetrain betters that seen in some supercars. This breadth of character lies at the core of the N car experience.

Drivers can choose between five individual driving modes – Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom – all activated using two dedicated steering wheel-mounted buttons. The different modes change the car’s character by adjusting the car’s damper, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Limited Slip Differential, engine sound, engine response, steering and Rev Match parameters.

In N Custom mode, drivers can select from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings for each high-performance element to set the car up for driver preferences and road conditions. For example, for spirited driving on a favourite twisty road, the driver may prefer lighter ‘normal’ steering, and the softest possible suspension to absorb bumps, but combine this with full sharpness from the engine, aggressive diff and rev match settings and full ‘noise’ from the exhaust.

This kind of personally-tuned setting is easily programmable in N Custom mode, avoiding the pitfall of the car being ‘locked in’ to certain modes that are not customisable.

POWERFUL PERFORMANCE PACKAGE

The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and continuously variable valve control. The engine develops 202kW and 353Nm (378Nm with overboost). Maximum speed is 250km/h and i30 N accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds.

The six-speed manual transmission is mated to the Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), driving through the front wheels. The i30 N comes exclusively with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tyres, distinctive red N brake calipers and large brake discs (345mm front and 314mm rear).

CONNECTED AND COMFORTABLE

The i30 N’s driving modes can be displayed on the 8-inch touchscreen with information on power output, torque and turbo boost. It also has built in lap time, G-force and acceleration timer functions. The specific N Mode screen menu has customisable settings for the engine, suspension, steering, differential, transmission, Rev Matching, exhaust sound and stability control.

In addition to the standard factory Satellite Navigation system, the i30 N has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as a wireless inductive charging pad for mobile phones (Qi standard) on the Luxury Pack option.

SMART SENSE SAFETY PACKAGE

i30 N features the latest active safety systems, including:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB): Operates in three stages using camera sensors. The first stage is a visual and audible driver warning. The second stage controls braking in accordance with the collision danger and the third stage applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage if a collision is unavoidable. (Note: pedestrian recognition is not currently available for i30 N)
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA): Monitors driving patterns and detects reckless or fatigued driving to prevent potential accidents.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): Senses the car’s position and alerts drivers to movements toward the lane edges at speeds above 60km/h with audible and visual warnings given before initiating steering corrections to guide the car

N: BORN IN NAMYANG, HONED ON THE NURBURGRING

i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car to use the ‘N’ name, which stands for both Namyang – the company’s Global R&D Centre in Korea where the idea was born – and the Nurburgring, home of Hyundai’s European Test Centre. The close connection between these two distant locations created the foundation for ‘N’, with the single goal to deliver cars with pure driving enjoyment.

Nürburgring Test Centre

The Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit, home to Hyundai Motor Company’s Nurburgring Test Centre, is 21 kilometres long and has 73 corners. The Hyundai test centre occupies 3,600 square metres and is operated by Hyundai Motor Europe to run accelerated durability testing at the Green Hell. Each car competes between 420 and 480 laps, simulating up to 180,000 kilometres of hard driving in just four weeks.

Namyang R&D Centre

Opened in 1995, the Namyang R&D facility – i30 N’s birth place – covers 3.3 million square metres of land and employs 13,000 researchers. It has design and engineering centres, an aero-acoustic wind tunnel and an environmental research centre. Powertrain and performance testing is also done there.

Namyang has 70 kilometres of test roads including a Belgian cobble-stone paved section and a 4.5-kilometre high speed track.

European production for i30 N

The new i30 N is built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing in Nosovice, Czech Republic. The plant opened in 2008, has an annual production capacity of 350,000 cars and meets the highest quality standards. Its 3.3-kilometre open test track means every vehicle is tested for dynamic properties, noise and functions as soon as it leaves the production line. Vehicles also get a full underbody check for correct assembly.

i30 N: Pricing & Aftersales

Engine Transmission i30 N
2.0L Turbo-GDi 6 speed manual $39,990

Option Pricing  
Metallic / Mica Paint $495
Luxury Pack $3,000
Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof $5,000

Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs

Lifetime Service Plan

The recommended service intervals are 12 months / 10,000 kilometres

Warranty

Standard Hyundai five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, which also covers race track use for non-competition events, including the fitment of track orientated tyres.

i30 N: Specification Overview

i30 N Performance - Key Specifications  
N performance features SmartSense™ including;
- Active variable exhaust - Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Electronic Controlled Suspension - Driver Attention Alert
- Electronic sound generator - Forward Collision Warning
- Electro-mechanical LSD - Lane Keeping Assist System
- Launch control 7 airbags
- N Drive Mode System Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- N race computer Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
- Overboost function Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
- Performance brake package Auto dusk sensing headlights
- Rear stiffness bar Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
- Rev matching function Rear park assist system
N exterior styling enhancements Rear view camera
- 19” alloy wheels LED daytime running lights (DRL)
- Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres LED headlights and front indicators
- Front & rear bumpers LED side repeaters in mirrors
- Front grille LED tail lights
- Gloss black exterior mirrors Temporary space saver spare wheel
- Headlights 8” satellite navigation system
- Rear spoiler with brake light DAB+ digital radio
- Side skirts Apple CarPlay compatibility
N sports interior Android Auto compatibility
- Alloy sports pedals Bluetooth connectivity
- Black headlining Cruise control
- N Dark Metal painted trim inserts Dual zone climate control
- Performance Blue stitching Driver’s seat cushion extension
- Sports front seats Driver’s seat 4-way power lumbar
- Leather appointed steering wheel Height adjustable front seats
- 4.2” TFT colour Supervision cluster Tilt & telescopic steering column
Front & rear power windows; Luggage power outlet
- One touch auto up/down windows Rear seat centre fold-down armrest

Options Packs
Luxury Pack  
- Front park assist system - Front passenger seat cushion extension
- LED courtesy & puddle lights - Power front seats – 12-way
- Power folding exterior mirrors - Electro-chromatic interior mirror
- Rain sensing wipers - Heated front seats/steering wheel
- Solar control windscreen glass - Luggage net
- Driver’s seat memory system - Smart key & push button start
- Sport front seats with suede inserts and leather bolsters* - Wireless charging pad (Qi)
- Rear privacy glass
Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof
- All Luxury Pack features - Panoramic glass sunroof

*Finishes specified as leather may contain elements of genuine leather, polyurethane leather (leather substitute) or man-made materials, or a combination thereof.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia has announced a limited edition Triton Blackline model based on its popular 2018 GLS 4x4 Double Cab. Triton Blackline comes complete with a number of unique styling and specification enhancements to deliver a smart but tough on-and-off-roader.

In addition to the exceptional value-for-money GLS features of Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA), keyless entry and reversing camera, Triton Blackline gains enhancements including Smart Key with One Touch Start, black grille, black exterior handles, black finish 17-inch alloy wheels and black door mirrors. An exclusive Triton Blackline door decal is also fitted.

Customers can choose from three premium paint colours: Black, Starlight and Titanium. Now on sale at Mitsubishi dealers, drive away pricing is $41,990 for the Triton Blackline with manual transmission and $44,990 with automatic transmission.

Triton Blackline features:

  • Smart Key with One Touch Start
  • Black mesh grille
  • Black exterior handles
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black finish fender flares
  • Black finish side steps
  • Black finish rear step bumper
  • Black finish sports bar
  • Rear differential lock
  • Triton Blackline door decal
  • Tub liner
  • Carpet mats

An SUV is not meant to outperform a supercar, but that’s exactly what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome mountain road in China. Land Rover’s performance SUV, driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, has smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.

The standard production Range Rover Sport SVR set a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent at an average speed of 68.8km/h, beating the previous best of 10 minutes 31 seconds – set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.

With 423kW available from its enhanced V8 supercharged engine, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest ever Land Rover and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 280km/h. The new performance flagship features bold design revisions and increased use of lightweight materials to enhance performance, handling and agility.

Coupled with changes to the chassis, the new SVR delivers more dynamic responses without compromising traditional Range Rover comfort. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung said: “I am used to the high speeds of racing but this was even more demanding. Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side. The consequences of getting it wrong would have been really serious so I focused on establishing a rhythm and the Range Rover Sport SVR made this easy – it may be an SUV but it has the performance and agility of a supercar and can take you to places a supercar can only dream of.”

The optional exposed carbon fibre bonnet is one of the distinctive innovations introduced by the experts at Special Vehicle Operations and features a pair of large air vents to underline its performance potential. A revised front bumper provides enhanced brake and engine cooling while the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine produces 700Nm of torque.

Inside, new lightweight SVR Performance seats provide superior support and traditional Range Rover luxury with Windsor leather, an embossed SVR logo and a choice of four colour combinations.

The record-breaking ascent is the latest challenge completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made the dizzying climb to the iconic Heaven’s Gate natural rock arch at the road’s summit last month. The PHEV made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK.

The Range Rover Sport SVR is priced from $238,200.

Citroen’s all-new C3 will burst into Australian showrooms bringing with it two segment-first safety features, myriad customisation and colour combinations, Citroen’s unique Airbump technology and an available ConnectedCAM® that links the journey to the Cloud.

Inside and out, the new C3 has been designed and engineered using Citroen’s Advanced Comfort program to deliver a vehicle that promotes comfort, well-being and enjoyment. Standard segment-first safety features on all-new C3 include Traffic Sign Speed Recognition and Recommendation and Lane Departure Warning.

Wide, comfortable seats, easy-to-use technology and a comfortable drive are all-new C3’s hallmarks. A choice of 33 exterior colour combinations punctuates the comfort and technology focus with customers able to choose from nine body and three roof colours.

Linked to this expansive colour palette are coloured highlights applied to door mirrors, fog lamp surrounds, Airbump and rear quarter panels, all matched to the roof colour.

Inside, the personalisation continues with the standard Mica Grey interior able to be optioned with an Urban Red highlights package which adds red seat and dash highlights. For those looking for a standout interior the Hype Colorado option adds Burnt Orange inserts to the dash, seats and steering wheel hoop.

Comfort and design is backed by segment-first features including Citroen’s unique ‘Airbump’ technology and an available Citroën ConnectedCAM®, an on-board HD camera making all-new C3 the first vehicle to feature a factory-fitted ‘dash-cam’ that also lets drivers share their road trip photos and videos directly to the Cloud.

Managing Director for Citroen Australia, Anouk Poelmann, said the all-new C3 cuts through the segment norms, delivering a unique and individual vehicle.

“Citroen has a proud history of delivering practical vehicles with panache and the all-new C3 delivers all the practicality motorists need, with a personality that is distinctly Citroen,” Poelmann said. “Now more than ever, consumers are looking at how they can stand out from the crowd and how their purchase reflects their individuality and personality. The all-new C3 is just the vehicle for them. The all-new C3 is not just characterful and fun, it also features useful technology and segment-first safety features that motorists will use and appreciate daily,” she added.

The all-new Citroen C3 Shine carries a recommended retail price of $23,490* and will launch with a $26,990 driveaway price (including metallic paint) till March 31. Additionally, all Citroen feature a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and five-year roadside assist program.