The all-new Suzuki Swift Sport made its Australian debut at the official press launch at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex in Broadford Victoria. Australian Media professionals were given the opportunity to race down straights and hug corners in Suzuki’s hot new Turbo-charged hatch and also had the pleasure of witnessing Australian Superbike Champion, Josh Waters, scream around the track on his full race spec Suzuki GSX-R1000R. Josh Waters is the official Team Suzuki Superbike Racer and avid ambassador of the Suzuki brand; having Josh at the media launch was a nod to Suzuki’s sporting DNA across its product lines with both the GSX-R1000R and Swift Sport racing back to back on the Broadford race track.

The latest generation of the Swift Sport brings with it a myriad of changes which include a BOOSTERJET direct injection turbo engine, a lower and wider stance, aggressive styling, and new safety and technological features which catapult the Sport into true hot hatch territory.

Swift Sport’s 1.4L BOOSTERJET direct injection turbo engine boasts 7-hole injector nozzles enabling higher pressure and atomised fuel injection for more powerful engine output and a cleaner exhaust, while the sophisticated wastegate valve control constantly monitors boost pressure to minimise fuel consumption whilst cruising, offering a fuel consumption of just 6.1L/100km.*

The pairing of the BOOSTERJET engine which offers high torque from low revs with the Swift Sport’s compact dimensions and a kerb weight that’s sub one-tonne should be music to the ears of sports-minded drivers. The astounding torque-to-weight ratio is sure to get owners temperature rising with an 80kg lighter total kerb weight over the outgoing model and 230Nm of torque, approximately 4.2kg/Nm.

Swift Sport chief engineer Masao Kobori said, “We know that our customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else, so for the third-generation Swift Sport our development concept was Ultimate Driving Excitement.”

“We've made the all-new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way!” continued Kobori.

With rally inspired styling and a low and wide wheelbase the all-new Swift Sport is sure to turn heads. Featuring an aggressive staggered black honeycomb grille, thin spoke 17-inch polished alloy wheels, dual exhausts, LED headlamps, daytime running lights and fog lamps. Carbon fibre look front bumper highlights, under spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser complete the standout design.

The sporty elements of the all-new Swift Sport continue when one opens the door. Semi-bucket seats embossed with the a “Sport” logo, red stitching throughout, a D-shaped dimpled leather steering, red highlights across the dash and sports alloy pedals instantly fill the driver with adrenalin.

Whilst power and appearance were key considerations of the all-new Swift Sport, the standard list of safety and technological equipment is equally as impressive. The Swift Sport boasts keyless start and entry, electric folding mirrors, driver multi information colour LCD, climate control, 7-inch multi-touch colour display unit with sat-nav, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, reverse camera, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.®

Swift Sport rests on the HEARTECT platform, a new generation Suzuki platform that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. In addition to adopting the new HEARTECT platform Swift Sport features Suzuki’s TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) body which is designed to absorb and disperse energy should a collision occur.

Swift Sport has been awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating and features 6 airbags and electronic stability control. In addition, advanced preventative safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, weaving alert, high beam assist and adaptive cruise control.

Capped Price Servicing provides peace of mind to owners with scheduled maintenance service costs capped for 5 years or 100,000km. Additionally when customers service their Suzuki vehicle under the Capped Price program for 5 years, Suzuki will extend the vehicles Warranty from 3 to 5 years providing customers with further reassurance and peace of mind.

With five colour choices, pure white pearl, champion yellow, super black pearl, mineral grey and speedy blue and a choice of a 6-speed auto (with paddle shift) or 6-speed manual transmission, the all-new Swift Sport is priced from a competitive $25,490 RRP for manual and from $27,490 RRP for auto.

Suzuki Australia Automobiles General Manager, Michael Pachota said, “The New Swift Sport maintains everyday usability, is aggressive and full of emotion. Our flagship model, we can confidently say has evolved into the true HOT HATCH.”

“The SWIFT SPORT has already taken the Japanese sports hatch enthusiast market by storm, headlining many auto performance enhancement brands with their take on the new Swift Sport in recent Auto Shows. The 3rd generation Swift Sport dominated by offering, again to the market, what the world experienced with the SWIFT GTI in the late 80’s and all through the 90’s and I have no doubt it will do the same in Australia in 2018 and beyond - every racetrack across the country will be sure to have its name on it.” said Pachota.

The All-New Swift Sport commenced public sales on January 13th, 2018 in the Australia Automotive Market and is available at all Suzuki Australia Dealers for test drive now.

*ADR 81/02 combined results for Automatic & Manual Transmission

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $ 19 billion Mahindra Group, launched the All New Tougher Next Generation Mahindra Pik Up under its fully-owned subsidiary - Mahindra Automotive Australia Pty Ltd (MAAPL). Mahindra’s next Generation PikUp, with its refreshed outer body styling, new six speed transmission, increased turbo diesel power, and stylish new interior is a tough no nonsense ute that is as rugged as ever.

The original Mahindra PikUp, launched in Australia in 2007 has been plying the roads and back country of Australia for ten years. With thousands of Mahindra PikUps sold to Australian customers over the past 10 years, the PikUp has built a trusted and solid reputation as a reliable, rugged and value for money ute for the Australian market. Over 500,000 PikUps & Scorpio SUVs have been sold globally since the launch of the original Scorpio in 2002.

Joydeep Moitra, Head of International Operations, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said “We have been here in business for over a decade with a local Mahindra Subsidiary and on-ground team to focus on needs and aspirations of the consumers & to build our offerings. For the new Mahindra PikUp, a six-month test schedule was carried out in Australia and concluded in August 2017, clocking up over 80,000 local kilometres. This input has helped create a Mahindra PikUp perfect for local conditions. This is a testimony of our commitment to developing products for the Australian market.” 

The All New Mahindra PikUp boasts significant enhancements in its drivetrain to 103 KW of power / 330 Nm Torque, all-new 6 speed gearbox, totally new attractive interiors that will appeal to a much wider customer profile with the inclusion of ISOFIX child restraints with top tether standard on all Dual Cab models, and help Mahindra to strengthen its position in the local pikup/ute segment. 

Mahindra products offer, proven reliability, function and premium value for money. The upgrade, with its aggressively-styled exteriors and plush interiors includes a complete overhaul of the Mahindra PikUp’s aesthetics, with specific emphasis on the front-end styling. The vehicle comes in two specification levels, S6, which provides function & value and the S10, which offers an SUV-like-specification yet remains within the identity of the Mahindra PikUp’s rugged and reliable legacy.

About the Next Generation Mahindra Pik-Up:

EXTERIOR: A FRESH NEW LOOK

The Mahindra PikUp’s clean, contemporary lines improve the look of the vehicle while maintaining a tough signature stance. The most compelling changes are to the front of the vehicle where the grille, headlights, bonnet and foglamps have all undergone a substantial redesign.

The new grille design is smarter, utilising a glossy black finish with subtle chrome accents (S10 Models), as well as a more prominent Mahindra badge, while the lower air intake has been reshaped to provide a stronger visual integration with the grille. Black mesh inserts are consistently applied to both the main grille and the lower air intake, creating a more consistent appearance.

The headlights on either side of the grille are also completely new, with a cleaner, more resolute appearance and a new curved LED Daytime Running Light signature for the S10 Double Cab. Bolder fog lamps are mounted in restyled apertures that are linked to the lower edge of the headlights. The redesigned front-end styling is accompanied by static bending projection lamps.

INTERIOR: THE NEW AGE STYLE

The spacious cabin of the Next Generation PikUp has undergone important upgrades as part of the model line-up. Perhaps the most obvious improvements are to the upholstery and the six-inch (6”), full colour touch screen display on the S10 Double Cab models located in the centre console.

The Mahindra PikUp’s cabin is also comprehensively equipped. As the flagship model of the range, the S10 Double Cab benefits from useful features such as remote central locking, cruise control, satellite navigation, reversing camera and a multifunction steering wheel.

The upgrade doesn’t end here. With smart features like auto wipers and intelligent headlamps the vehicle promises to take the customer experience to the next level of comfort and performance. Fully Automatic Climate Control further enhances the comfort of occupants in the S10 variants.

SAFETY: REASSURING PEACE OF MIND

Safety features like Hill Descent Control, ESC, ABS, EBD, Roll-over mitigation, Airbags, Crash protection crumple zones and a Collapsible steering column are standard across the range. Strengthening our commitment to safety and comfort, we have added head rests and 3-point lap sash seat belts for all seats along with two ISOFIX anchors in the rear seat with three top tether points for all Double Cab models.

DRIVETRAIN: POWER AND EFFICIENCY

The Next Generation PikUp has an updated 2.2- litre four-cylinder mHawk turbodiesel engine which makes use of a variable geometry turbocharger to produce 103kw. The impressive torque peak of 330 Nm is reached at just 1,600rpm, and sustained to 2,800 rpm, ensuring excellent in-gear acceleration and great towing power.

The turbodiesel engine is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels, with 4×4 transmission with low range. The entire range of the Next Generation Mahindra PikUp is fitted with an Eaton MLD (Mechanical Locking Differential) as standard.

SPECIFICATION LEVELS S6 & S10

  S6 S10
Wheels Steel with Plastic Covers 16” Alloys
Audio Head Unit Mp3/Radio/CD 6in touch screen with Sat Nav, Reverse Camera and Bluetooth Mp3/Radio/CD
Factory Tub (Dual Cab Models) New Integrated Rear Step New Integrated Rear Step & Alloy Sports Bar
Side Steps Tubular Side Step Wide Side Step (Running Board Type)
Front Row Seating Fabric with vinyl inserts Fabric with Arm Rests and Drivers Side height adjustment
Headlights Projector Lamps Adds Daylight Running Lamps & Side Projection beams
Air-conditioning Yes Fully Automatic Climate Control

GENUINE FACTORY ACCESSORIES

Mahindra Automotive Australia prides itself on working with some of the best global accessory manufactures, many based right here in Brisbane. Our Genuine Factory Accessory Program, many of which are available from launch, includes but is not limited to:

  • Genuine Tow Bar (Currently rated to 2.5 Tonne Braked Towing)
  • Aluminium Trays, Galvanised Steel Trays, Colour Coded Steel Trays
  • Genuine winch compatible Steel Bull Bars
  • Genuine fiberglass Snorkels
  • Genuine Carpet Floor Mats
  • Genuine Canvas Seat Covers
  • Genuine Suspension upgrade with lift kit (Available in 2018)
  • Genuine Stainless Steel Nudge Bar with Bash Plate (Available in 2018)

PRICING, VARIANTS AND WARRANTY

At launch, there are 4 variants:

  • The Single Cab PikUp is available in 4x4 S6 Cab Chassis from $26,990 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4x4 S6 Cab Chassis from $29,490 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp is available in 4x4 S6 with factory well-side tub from $29,990 Drive Away.
  • The Dual Cab PikUp S10 4×4 with factory well-side tub from $31,990 Drive Away

From early 2018 the 4x2 Single Cab variant will become available:

  • The Single Cab PikUp available in 4x2 S6 Cab Chassis from $21,990 Drive Away

The pricing includes a 5 Year / 100 000 km Limited Warranty with 5-year roadside assistance.

  • 4 Colours available at Launch – Artic White, De-Sat Silver, Napoli Black and Red Rage

The all-new Holden Equinox, Australia’s most user-friendly SUV, has been put to the test by Australia’s motoring experts ahead of going on sale and bolstering Holden’s growing SUV line-up. Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard said, with the all-new Equinox, Holden is responding to changing Australian buyer habits while delivering all the high-tech features and exceptional vehicle dynamics Holden has built its name on.

“Holden already has a strong SUV line up with Captiva, Trax and Trailblazer and now the Equinox takes it to another level. We have an SUV for every lifestyle and still have the Acadia coming later next year,” Bernhard said. “The all-new Equinox is a world-class SUV with an enviable blend of technology, performance and practicality. It also boasts incredible value for money, falling into our seven-year warranty offer until the end of 2017.

“We’re confident Aussies will love Equinox, in fact, we expect it and our other SUVs to account for about 35 per cent of our sales in the future.”

EQUINOX IS PURPOSE-BUILT TO PERFORM

Available at Holden dealers from early December, Equinox launches with two standout turbo-petrol engines (diesel to launch in 2018). With exceptional leading fuel economy, the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol with six-speed manual/auto uses just 6.9L/100km while offering 127kW power and 275Nm torque.

For drivers that want a little more oomph, there’s the stunning, class-leading 2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 9-speed auto, capable of producing 188kW and 353Nm – enough to propel Equinox to 100kph in just over seven seconds.

Equinox’s impressive performance is also underpinned by an adaptive All-Wheel-Drive system† that provides incredible stability, traction and handling. The advanced system uses both pre-emptive and feedback control to precisely control the amount of torque going to the rear wheels, delivered through an electro-hydraulic clutch pack mounted to the rear differential. Monitoring vehicle speeds and throttle position amongst other things, the system can predict the exact amount of torque that is required, ultimately providing the driver with confident handling to provide peace of mind.

Working at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground and on test trips to North America, Holden engineers have developed unique Australian suspension hardware, damper tune and EPS steering calibrations.

“We’ve worked closely with the team in the US to make sure Equinox has all of the attributes to perform on Australian roads, sealed or unsealed,” said Holden’s Lead Development Engineer for Equinox, Tony Metaxas. “Not only do we have the most power and torque in the segment, we’ve got unique front and rear sway bars, front handling bush, front ride bush and rear lower control arm bushes, all of which work to give drivers a more connected and engaging driving experience.

“Combined with a beautifully weighted, confidence-inspiring steering tune, Equinox is a great SUV for the daily commute and rewards those that venture beyond the city limits.”

AUSTRALIA’S MOST USER-FRIENDLY SUV

Equinox’s credentials go far beyond a strong powertrain lineup and further establish Holden’s focus on user-friendly technology. Making its debut on Equinox is Holden’s Safety Alert driver’s seat which gives drivers a small vibration to alert them of potential hazards. The new safety seat system joins a long list of active safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Alert.

“Safety Alert driver’s seat, as well as automatic park assist and AEB† are three standout features that will give drivers peace of mind and help mitigate collisions,” said Metaxas.

There’s also an impressive list of comfort and convenience technology additions such as wireless mobile phone charging*, automatic park assist and a kick-motion hands-free power tailgate, all working to make life and the latest adventure that little bit more enjoyable. Equinox also boasts exceptional practicality with segment leading storage space totaling 1798-litres with its 60:40 split fold-flat seats folded down.

Equinox will go on sale December 2017 with customers encouraged to register their interest on the Holden website for the latest info and offers.

* for compatible devices
† certain trim levels only

Pricing - RRP

LS MT $27,990
LS AT † $29,990
LS+ † $32,990
LT † $36,990
LTZ* † $39,990
LTZ-V † $46,290

* AWD option on LTZ - $4300
† Diesel option on sale 2018 - pricing TBC

Pricing - Driveaway

LS MT $29,990
LS AT $31,990
LS+ AT $34,990
LT AT $39,990

Colours

  • Summit White
  • Glory Red
  • Blue Steel^
  • Son of a Gun Grey^
  • Nitrate Silver^
  • Pepperdust^
  • Tuxedo Black^

^ prestige paint - $550 premium

MY18 Equinox Feature Highlights

LS:

  • 1.5-litre turbo ECOTEC petrol engine
  • 6-speed automatic/manual transmission
  • 6 airbags
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Rear view camera and rear park assist
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (x2)
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Automatic headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Active Noise Cancellation (auto only)
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display 
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free

LS+ features over LS:

  • Holden Eye forward facing camera system
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Following Distance Indicator
  •      -Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Safety Alert driver’s seat
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high beam assist
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power folding exterior mirrors
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LT features over LS+:

  • 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 8-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free
  •      -Satellite Navigation with full colour mapping with live traffic updates, traffic management control and points of interest
  • USB charge points (2x front, 2 x rear), 12v charge point (1 x front, 1 x rear) and 230V universal power outlet
  • Heated front seats
  • Front parking sensors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Provision for roof rack mounting
  • One-touch 60/40 split-folding rear seats with rear cargo release
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)
  • HID headlights

LTZ features over LT:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Leather-appointed seating
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • DAB+
  • LED headlights and tail-lights
  • Bose® premium audio system
  • LED headlights
  • Power driver’s seat with lumbar and memory
  • Adaptive AWD system (optional)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LTZ-V features over LTZ:

  • Dual-panel panoramic sunroof
  • Heated leather steering wheel
  • Power passenger seat with lumbar and memory
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Adaptive AWD system (standard)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

Mitsubishi Motors Australia has announced its all-new Eclipse Cross SUV Coupe will go on sale from December 22nd.

The all-new Eclipse Cross, the first of a new generation of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation cars will join the brands current lineup of SUVs: the ASX compact SUV and the Outlander and Outlander PHEV mid-size SUVs. Combining the spaciousness and versatility of a mid-size SUV, Eclipse Cross is capable and desirable thanks to sharp exterior design, engaging driving characteristics, appealing interior, advanced technologies and safety features.

All versions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be powered by an all-new direct injection turbocharged petrol engine developing 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque matched to an advanced new automatic transmission with Sport mode, manual override and paddle shifters. The new transmission benefits from the latest step logic technology to combine the packaging and running cost benefits of a CVT with the smoothness and responsiveness of a traditional automatic.

The Eclipse Cross will be available with two or four-wheel drive, the latter incorporating the latest generation of Mitsubishi’s Super All-wheel Control (S-AWC) system that offers a choice of three advanced drive modes – Auto, Snow and Gravel.

The cockpit-style driving environment in the Eclipse Cross reinforces its focus on driving pleasure and the spaciousness of the cabin is further enhanced by slide-and-recline adjustment for the 60:40 split rear seat on all models. To optimise loading capability, passenger comfort and to facilitate loads of various sizes and shapes, the rear seat back has eight different recline settings and the base has up to 200mm of travel.

The Eclipse Cross protects its occupants, other drivers and pedestrians with a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features and systems which have ensured the vehicle attained a 5 star safety rating in Euro NCAP testing.

“Mitsubishi has a long history in developing innovative and exciting new models and the Eclipse Cross will build on our reputation as a leader in the SUV segment,” said Mitsubishi Australia’s CEO, John Signoriello. “We are excited to be able to announce the details of the forthcoming Eclipse Cross and we are looking forward to a strong 2018, as our expanded SUV range hits the road.”

Exterior

Styling of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which was inspired by and evolved from the Mitsubishi XR PHEV II Concept car, incorporates its dynamic contours and wedge-shaped beltline, resulting in a dynamic SUV coupé-like shape with a tapered roofline, short overhangs and muscular front and rear fenders. The deeply sculptured upper and lower side character lines are also carried over from the XR PHEV II Concept.

Mitsubishi’s brand identity is strong, integrating the Dynamic Shield grille, with fog lamps and indicators set lower within striking bumper recesses, while the LED headlights and daytime running lights are located in the main headlamp assembly. The detailing, such as the mesh upper grille, subtly contributes to the sporty visual character of the car.

At the front, the Dynamic Shield visual identity sees the fog lamps and indicators set lower within striking bumper recesses, while the LED headlights and daytime running lights are located in the main headlamp assembly. The detailing, such as the mesh upper grille, subtly contributes to the sporty visual character of the car.

The rear end is distinguished by its double rear screens divided by a full width light bar, which incorporates LED brake lights. The roof lip spoiler and ‘venturi’ style lower bumper profile communicates the dynamic and characteristic rear design elements.

In addition to its more stylish design, the Eclipse Cross also represents a significant enhancement of the perceived quality of Mitsubishi Motors products, with materials, textures, colours and trim more consistent with the concept of fine Japanese craftsmanship and arranged such that they contrast and complement each other perfectly.

Interior

The Eclipse Cross features a new dashboard architecture that uses a horizontal axis design. The logical layout also works to visually widen the interior, while the tall centre console helps create a cockpit-like environment to further enhance the dynamic driving experience.

The Eclipse Cross features a new dashboard architecture that uses a horizontal axis design. The logical layout also works to visually widen the interior, while the tall centre console helps create a cockpit-like environment to further enhance the dynamic driving experience.

The Eclipse Cross is finished with high-quality trims to create a stylish and crafted feel throughout the cabin. Carbon and piano black accents are used for the instrument panel, steering wheel, centre console and door panels, while high finish silver trim frames the lower dash, centre console, front door armrests and air vents. Mitsubishi’s latest model also benefits from all-new front seats featuring body-hugging side bolsters, optimised foam density and thicker cushioning.

Within its compact dimensions (2,670 mm wheelbase, 1,805 mm overall width and overall length of 4,405 mm), the Eclipse Cross offers an airy and spacious interior. Luggage space is optimised with a 60:40 split rear seat, with slide-and-recline adjustments, which provides rear occupants with plenty of legroom (200 mm sliding range) while also allowing occupants to adopt their favourite seatback position (16-32° via eight reclining steps).

Adding to the overall roominess, the clever twin bubble roof design ensures plenty of headroom, a benefit which isn’t compromised if the car is equipped with the panoramic glass roof. Other features that aid practicality and comfort are wide opening rear doors (75°), multiple storage areas including a large double-compartment glovebox, centre console with sunglass tray, underfloor cargo box and new ‘Sync’ function for the air conditioning to synchronise the left and right temperature.

Audio

Mitsubishi’s Smartphone link Display Audio (SDA) enables compatible smartphone connectivity through Android Auto and Apple Car Play systems. Users can connect to selected apps, including navigation, stored on their smartphone through the system’s 7-inch colour touch screen or via voice control. The system also allows users to make calls or send SMS messages hands free. SDA is a standard feature on all Eclipse Cross models.

The SDA system is combined with a new Touchpad Controller, which allows for a more intuitive operation of the infotainment system. Placing the Touchpad Controller in the centre console allows the driver to operate the SDA system easily and without having to shift seating position. (Note: The Touchpad Controller is not compatible with Android Auto)

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB+) is standard on all variants of Eclipse Cross, along with traditional AM/FM tuner.

Model Range

Three variants will be offered in LS and Exceed specification levels.

Eclipse Cross will be competitively priced from $30,500 recommended retail for the LS 2WD model - very well equipped with direct injection turbocharged engine, 8-speed CVT automatic transmission, 18” alloy wheels, Smart key, 7” SDA, 7 airbags, FCM, AHB, LDW, ASTC, HSA.

The high specification Exceed adds dual-zone air-conditioning, leather interior, power and heated front seats, LED headlamps with auto levelling, double panoramic sunroof, HUD, BSW, RCTA, AVM, UMS. 2WD Exceed is priced at $36,000 recommended retail. At $38,500 Mitsubishi’s flagship Eclipse Cross AWD Exceed comes standard with the same luxury appointments and comprehensive safety package as featured on the 2WD Exceed with the addition of Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control four-wheel drive system.

BMW Group Australia is proud to unleash the sixth-generation BMW M5, available in Australian showrooms from the second quarter of 2018. BMW’s local arm has taken the opportunity to create a Launch Edition variant, limited to 50 units and priced at an exceptional $199,900*.

“Never before has BMW M brought such an advanced car to market,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “Its combination of awesome power and torque, switchable four-wheel drive system, innovative technologies and the ability to carry five passengers in comfort is truly unique. To bring this incredible package to market at such a strong price point is further proof of our standing among BMW’s M Division globally,” he said.

BMW M5 Launch Edition pricing: $199,900*

Heart of the matter: The new 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine

The new BMW M5 is powered by a further developed version of the M Division’s 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Designated S63B44T4, its actual displacement is 4395cc and it employs the latest M TwinPower turbocharger technology. Newly developed turbochargers combine with increased maximum injection pressure of 350 bar and a 10.0:1 compression ratio to generate 441kW from 5,600-6,700rpm, up from the 423kW figure recorded by the previous-generation M5 when fitted with the Competition Package.

Torque swells to a 750Nm peak, generated from only 1,800rpm all the way to 5,600rpm, ensuring smooth response and transition from maximum torque output to maximum power. As a result, the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint is achieved in only 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 305km/h when the M Driver’s Package is specified.

Specific cooling and lubrication systems have been employed to ensure the new BMW M5 can perform at its peak, even during sustained circuit use. The oil pump, for example, adopts a fully variable pump that is controlled by a specific electronic map to maintain peak lubrication in all conditions.

A lightened exhaust system has been specifically designed to further enhance gas flow, improving turbocharger spool times for increased throttle response, while the resonant exhaust note is amplified through the Australian-market standard switchable M Sport Exhaust system.

This powerhouse also offers impressive efficiency, with NEDC fuel consumption figures showing 10.5L/100km on the combined cycle, with 241g/km of CO2. (Note: Australian data will be confirmed closer to the launch date).

Switchable all-wheel drive power transmission for maximum control

For the first time ever on a BMW M passenger vehicle, the new BMW M5 incorporates M xDrive all-wheel drive. This highly adaptable system works in conjunction with the legendary Active M locking rear differential to provide optimum traction in all conditions. Three driving modes are available, selectable via the iDrive6 infotainment system. The default ‘4WD’ mode offers a static rear bias, but can distribute drive forward or across the rear axle as required.

Opting for ‘4WD Sport’ brings a further rear-ward bias. This further sharpens front axle response while generating a rear-biased feel on corner exit – with greater traction capability. For purists, the M xDrive system is also capable of decoupling the front axle, allowing the entire engine output to be controlled via the rear Active M Differential. BMW M engineers have ensured that in this mode the vehicle is faster than the predecessor model in terms of lap time.

Also debuting in a BMW M5 is the eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission. This torque converter-equipped gearbox offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, while offering similar shift speed and superior low-speed response to the previous M5’s dual-clutch transmission. Alternatively, the stunning new ‘floor-shift’ is exclusive to the M5.

The new gearbox offers Drivelogic, which enables the driver to set a pre-determined shift speed, ranging from smooth and unobtrusive to race-car like in response. These systems are integrated into the car’s electronic brain and work with the stability and traction control systems to deliver a superb blend of performance, response, safety and agility.

Familiar to BMW M, the new BMW M5 can be driven with its full suite of safety systems engaged as the default setting. Those seeking a more dynamic experience can opt for the M Dynamic Mode (default for 4WD Sport), which allows immaculately controlled power oversteer and a greater margin for driver involvement, while retaining a safety net.

Finally, the option to completely disable the stability control is offered in each xDrive mode.

Further performance-focused technology

Using BMW’s latest CLAR lightweight architecture, the BMW M Division was delivered a stiff, safe platform from which to develop the M5. For the first time, the BMW M5 sports a CFRP roof, saving 1.5kg over an aluminium equivalent and lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity.

The double-wishbone front suspension is based on that of the renowned G30 BMW 5 Series, specially adapted to suit the M Division’s demands, including increased front track width for greater stability. Increased rigidity and front-end response is further achieved by aluminium supports located between strut tower and bulkhead.

At the rear, the five-link arrangement has been modified and strengthened, with stiffer mounts, anti-roll bar and lower wishbones. Bespoke elastometer bearings are used on the rear axle mounts, ensuring no delay in the transfer of dynamic forces to the chassis. A steel rear cross-brace and additional aluminium transverse strut further enhance response.

The latest-generation M Dynamic Damper Control offers three adjustable settings (Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus), as does the M Servotronic steering with its electro-mechanical operation. All-up, the new BMW M5’s kerb weight is 1,855kg – 15kg lighter than the predecessor model, even including the M xDrive system and ancillaries. Unsprung weight can be further reduced by opting for the M Carbon Ceramic brake package.

BMW Group Australia is proud to announce the i3 LCI and the sporty i3s will be available in dealerships nationally from January, 2018.

The updated i3 range features sleek new styling and an enhanced level of connectivity across the board, while the i3s brings a performance element to table for the first time, with more power and torque than ever before, as well as a SPORT driving mode.

Both the i3 LCI and the i3s will be available in two versions – Battery Electric Vehicle and Range Extender.

“The BMW i3 range has enjoyed refreshed interest since the upgraded 94Ah battery arrived in 2016, removing range anxiety,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “Now the ground-breaking premium electric i3 gains new styling and technological updates, as well as the exciting i3s sports model for the first time. Customers now have a great range of i3 options to choose from.”

BMW i3 LCI and i3s range pricing*

BMW i3 $68,700*
BMW i3 Range Extender $74,700*
BMW i3s $69,900*
BMW i3s Range Extender $75,900*

Modified design for sleek, sporty look

A number of deft touches have been added to the i3’s exterior styling to give the car an even more striking level of visual appeal. The trademark BMW i Black Belt now takes in the A-pillars and roof lines, adding to the sleek feel of the updated design.

The range of exterior paint finishes has also expanded and now includes Melbourne Red metallic and Imperial Blue metallic. Alongside these new additions, customers can also choose from the non-metallic shades Capparis White and Fluid Black, as well as Protonic Blue metallic and Mineral Grey metallic.

The restyling of the front and rear aprons places particular emphasis on creating a wider, sportier look. A chrome-design trim strip running across the full width of the rear and the positioning of the model and eDrive badges on the outer edges of the boot lid serves to reinforce the impression of width.

The new BMW i3 LCI and i3s also come equipped with all-LED headlights as standard, which employ LED bulb units for dipped beam and high beam, as well as the daytime running lights. The new turn signal indicators also feature LED technology, and are integrated into the front apron in the form of horizontal strips. The new BMW i3s is available with exclusive 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, 20 millimetres wider than previously available. They can be ordered in the Bicolour and Jet Black finishes.

In terms of interior, the ‘Lodge’ equipment line is standard for the new i3 range, with the Loft style available as a no-cost alternative.

For the next level of interior ambience the Suite line is also available, featuring full natural leather upholstery. The Lodge interior design option includes a new covering for the seat surfaces in Solaric Brown, which combines natural leather tanned using an olive leaf extract with a wool-based textile material.

A new BMW i blue seat belt option provides a further splash of interior colour.

Emission-free fun at the wheel with sporty new power option

The new BMW i3 LCI comes powered by the proven 125kW electric motor package, with the 94Ah high-voltage battery. That means a range of 300 kilometres based on the NEDC cycle, or up to 200 kilometres in everyday use. The combined electric power consumption of the new BMW i3 LCI on the NEDC cycle varies between 13.6 and 13.1kWh for every 100 kilometres (depending on options).

The BMW i3s is powered by a sportier version of the electric motor package, with an updated drive system that includes modified motor control and specific taper roller bearings, utilised to further optimise power delivery and the performance curve at higher rpm.

That equals a power boost to 135kW, as well as increased torque (270Nm over 250Nm), a higher top speed (160km/h instead of 150km/h), and a 0-100km/h time of just 6.9sec (compared to 7.3sec for the LCI). The combined electric power consumption for the i3s is 14.3kWh per 100 kilometres on the NEDC cycle. The electric range runs to 280 kilometres based on the NEDC cycle, and up to 200 kilometres in everyday use.

The 28kW two-cylinder range extender petrol engine is available as an option for both the i3 LCI and the i3s, increasing everyday range by up to 130 kilometres.

A more dynamic driving experience with the i3s

The performance upgrades for the BMW i3s go far beyond the increased power. The sporty new model comes equipped as standard with sports suspension that includes a 10mm drop in ride height, with specially designed springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. The additional 40mm track width compared to the i3 LCI is given added impact by the black wheel arch borders.

The i3s also features SPORT mode, which drivers can select with the Driving Experience Control switch. SPORT mode initiates more direct accelerator response and tighter steering characteristics, further accentuating the car’s dynamic feel.

Both the BMW i3 LCI and the i3s feature the further-optimised Dynamic Stability Control (DCS) system. This comprehensively revised, faster-acting traction control system guarantees confident handling under all driving conditions. The BMW i3 now features a globally unique form of wheel speed limiting that ensures increased directional stability, both under dynamic acceleration and on the overrun with strong regenerative braking.

Traction on wet roads has also been noticeably improved, with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) mode helping boost agility at higher speeds and during sporty cornering, even allowing mild and safely controllable drifts when grip levels are reduced.

Improved iDrive system, better connectivity

Both the i3 LCI and the i3s come with iDrive6, the latest version of BMW’s ground-breaking operating system. This provides an intuitive interface for controlling numerous vehicle, infotainment, communications, and navigation functions. All BMW i3 models come equipped with the Navigation system Professional as standard, complete with a 10.25-inch Control Display that features an increased 1440 × 540 pixel resolution.

The voice recognition system has also been further optimised; with the use of Natural Language Understanding, spoken instructions can now be executed faster and more precisely when searching for music and phone numbers, or dictating eMails and SMS messages, for example.

New to the options list is optional Apple CarPlay preparation, which allows additional smartphone apps to be integrated seamlessly with the vehicle’s operating system. Uniquely, the BMW-Apple CarPlay interface is conducted wirelessly. The unrivalled BMW i ConnectedDrive system ensures intelligent connectivity through services specially tailored to electric mobility. The digital On-Street Parking Information search service, now available for the first time in the i3, works effectively with the Real Time Traffic Information system. Public charging stations and information about their availability can also be displayed on the navigation system’s map.

When route guidance is activated, data about the route is also used to calculate the range shown in the instrument cluster as accurately as possible. The range map provides a visual representation of the current operating radius. It is also possible to display the different ranges achievable in each of the Driving Experience Control modes.

BMW i-specific navigation features also include intermodal route guidance. This helps users to quickly and efficiently reach their destination by factoring in local public transport timetables and connections. Regular, automatic updates of the navigation data are now also provided ‘over the air’ in the BMW i3, using a mobile network connection.

The new services introduced in July 2017 under the BMW Connected+ banner, which enable a highly personalised and more straightforward display of information inside the car, will be available in the BMW i3 and BMW i3s.

These span intelligent route planning, including stop-offs at charging stations or petrol stations (Send my Routes to Car), sharing of the car’s current location via SMS and live link (Share Live Trip Status), personalised display of relevant in-car information (BMW Onboard), seamless transfer of route instructions to the customer’s smartphone or smartwatch once the car is parked (Navigate Door-to-Door) and direct syncing of contacts and addresses to the navigation system (My Destinations).

Future proof charging options

Equipped as standard with a Type 2 charging system, the BMW i3 LCI and i3s are designed to take advantage of the increasing DC charging infrastructure in the Australian market. In addition the i3 can accept three-phase AC charging for efficient replenishment at the home, office or public charging stations.

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW i3 range are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

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

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

*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing enquiries.

Holden has announced pricing and further product details for the all-new Equinox, slated to go on sale in December. With SUV sales booming in Australia during 2017, Equinox has the credentials to take advantage of the trend and battle it out at the top of the mid-size SUV segment, in technology, practicality and performance.

Equinox’s enviable list of technology features include active safety aides such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Side Blind Spot Alert, all combining to create a radar-sensor shield to cover the car from every angle. There’s also comfort and infotainment standouts including active noise cancellation, driver’s seat safety alert, heated front and rear seats, hands-free power tailgate and wireless phone charging.*

Combined with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol, nine-speed auto powertrain that boasts more power than its nearest competitor along with the Aussie engineering know how that’s ensured Holdens for generations have been great to drive, means exciting times for SUV lovers in Australia.

“Equinox is a game-changer for Holden and will undoubtedly battle it out at the top of the mid-size SUV segment,” said Holden’s Executive Director – Sales, Michael Filazzola. “Our customers are demanding more technology and more performance without sacrificing any practicality or value, and with Equinox, Holden is delivering once again.

“We’ve got premium features like a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel and safety alert drivers seat that gives a small vibration to warn drivers of potential hazards. Not to mention Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a rear-view camera as standard across the range.

“In terms of practicality, Equinox has a huge cargo space of 1798 litres when the fold-flat seats are down, a hands-free power tailgate and the one of the highest towing capacities in the segment. With the range starting at $27,990 and a launch offer including seven year/175,000km warranty this car provides outstanding value to our customers.”

Equinox will go on sale December 2017 with customers encouraged to register their interest on the Holden website for the latest info and offers.

*for compatible devices

Pricing

  • LS MT - $27,990
  • LS AT † - $29,990
  • LS+ † - $32,990
  • LT † - $36,990
  • LTZ* † - $39,990
  • LTZ-V † - $46,290

* AWD option on LTZ - $4,300
† Diesel option on sale 2018 – pricing TBC

Colours

  • Summit White
  • Glory Red ^
  • Blue Steel^
  • Son of a Gun Grey^
  • Nitrate Silver^
  • Pepperdust^
  • Tuxedo Black^

^ prestige paint - $550 premium

MY18 Equinox Feature Highlights

LS:

  • 1.5-litre turbo ECOTEC petrol engine
  • 6-speed automatic/manual transmission
  • 6 airbags
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Rear view camera and rear park assist
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (x2)
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Automatic headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Active Noise Cancellation (auto only)
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display 
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free

LS+ features over LS:

  • Holden Eye forward facing camera system
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Following Distance Indicator
  •      -Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Safety Alert driver’s seat
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high beam assist
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power folding exterior mirrors
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LT features over LS+:

  • 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 8-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display 
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free
  •      -Satellite Navigation with full colour mapping with live traffic updates, traffic management control and points of interest
  • USB charge points (2x front, 2 x rear), 12v charge point (1 x front, 1 x rear) and 230V universal power outlet
  • Heated front seats
  • Front parking sensors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Provision for roof rack mounting
  • One-touch 60/40 split-folding rear seats with rear cargo release
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)
  • HID headlights

LTZ features over LT:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Leather-appointed seating
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • DAB+
  • LED headlights and tail-lights
  • Bose® premium audio system
  • LED headlights
  • Power driver’s seat with lumbar and memory
  • Adaptive AWD system (optional)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LTZ-V features over LTZ:

  • Dual-panel panoramic sunroof
  • Heated leather steering wheel
  • Power passenger seat with lumbar and memory
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Adaptive AWD system (standard)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

Australian pricing and specification for the highly anticipated Mercedes-Benz X-Class has now been announced.

The X-Class pushes the boundaries of the classic ute. It complements the prized strengths of a mid-size ute with the typical Mercedes-Benz characteristics of driving dynamics, comfort, design, safety and an extensive scope for individualisation. The X-Class will initially be launched in April 2018 with thirteen variants boasting two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, delivering high power outputs and high torque at low engine speeds.

A high-torque V6 diesel engine will be released from mid-2018, ensuring even greater agility on- and off-road. It will generate a class leading 190 kW and 550 Nm of torque and it has already proven its credentials in numerous Mercedes-Benz passenger car models – from the G-Class to the latest E-Class. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date. 

Engine line-up

                  2.3l Diesel 3.0l Diesel
Cylinders In-line 4 cylinder V6
Designation X 220 d X 250 d X 350 d
Turbochargers Single-Variable 2-Stage Single-Variable
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
7-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
Drive type Rear wheel drive or engageable AWD Engageable AWD Permanent AWD
Power (kW) 120 140 190
Torque (Nm) 403 450 550

Standout features

  • Driving enjoyment on a par with passenger cars: The wide track, long wheelbase and comfortable spring and damping tuning typical of a Mercedes open up a new world of driving enjoyment and driving dynamics on the road – without resulting in compromises when off-road. A special feature in this segment: coil springs are used both at the front and the rear, which contributes to a harmonious suspension comfort. The suspension is designed in such a way that it achieves a high level of driving dynamics and ride comfort on the road, while also delivering maximum off-road capability in conjunction with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The suspension consists of a double wishbone front axle and a rear multi-link solid axle that is ideal for transporting heavy loads and has ideal articulation capability. This combination ensures that the suspension is comfortable and the handling is safe given any permitted load condition.
  • Star safety: Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the X-Class stands out for its exemplary level of safety. The X-Class comes with a comprehensive array of comfort and safety equipment that is exceptional in this vehicle segment. The X-Class’s high level of occupant protection results from its especially solid body with a high-strength passenger cabin cell and a front and rear structure that can absorb energy resulting from a collision through well-managed deformation. Furthermore, passive safety is provided thanks to standard equipment such as seven airbags and the i-Size attachment system for two child seats. The airbags in the front for driver and front passenger come with a two-stage, deferred triggering mechanism. For active safety, driver assistance systems are at the ready, simultaneously increasing safety and comfort: standard across the range is Active Brake Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Also as standard, the X-Class POWER comes with a 360-degree camera and the PURE and PROGRESSIVE are equipped with a reversing camera. As an optional upgrade the 360-degree camera is also available on the PROGRESSIVE line. 
  • All-wheel drive for any surface: The engageable 4MATIC all-wheel drive with low-range gearing and standard differential lock on the rear axle masters any terrain. With a ground clearance of 222 millimetres and high approach and departure angles, the X-Class has the necessary foundation to easily adapt to off-road environments. From the middle of next year a permanent all-wheel drive will be available with the V6. All the all-wheel drive models come with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) on board as standard.
  • Brand characteristic SUV design: With the centrally positioned star, twin-louvre radiator grille, powerfully honed bonnet and headlamps extending far into the wings, the X-Class seamlessly fits in to the Mercedes-Benz portfolio.
  • Premium effect on a new level: Three trim parts for the cockpit, six seat covers including two leather variants with contrasting topstitching, and two colours for the roof lining provide the widest choice of materials and colours in this vehicle segment.
  • Robust character with a dynamic look: The X-Class's design draws attention to the basic virtues of a ute – robustness, strength and off-road capability – in an emotionally appealing way. Even the dimensions themselves exude effortless superiority with a length of 5340 millimetres, a width of 1920 millimetres (excluding the outside mirrors) and a height of 1819 millimetres. The width between the wheel arches allows the stacking of an Australian size pallet. Both physically imposing and hardworking, the X-Class can haul a payload of up to 1.1 tonnes. Able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes, it can pull a trailer containing three horses or an eight-metre yacht.
  • Individualisation on account of a diverse range of Mercedes-Benz accessories: As from its market launch, customers can add a styling bar, side bar, canopy, various covers as well as numerous cargo and off-road solutions – all developed and designed by Mercedes.

Pricing

Grade Body Engine Drive Transmission MRLP
PURE Cab Chas X 220 d RWD 6-spd manual $45,450
PURE Load Bed X 220 d RWD 6-spd manual $46,400
PURE Load Bed X 220 d 4MATIC 6-spd manual $50,400
PURE Cab Chas X 250 d 4MATIC 6-spd manual $51,450
PURE Cab Chas X 250 d 4MATIC 7-spd auto $54,350
PURE Load Bed X 250 d 4MATIC 6-spd manual $52,400
PURE Load Bed X 250 d 4MATIC 7-spd auto $55,300
PROGRESSIVE Cab Chas X 250 d 4MATIC 6-spd manual $53,950
PROGRESSIVE Cab Chas X 250 d 4MATIC 7-spd auto $56,850
PROGRESSIVE Load Bed X 250 d 4MATIC 6-spd manual $54,900
PROGRESSIVE Load Bed X 250 d 4MATIC 7-spd auto $57,800
POWER Load Bed X 250 d 4MATIC 6-spd manual $61,600
POWER Load Bed X 250 d 4MATIC 7-spd auto $64,500

The INFINITI Q50 sports sedan is getting a stylish makeover just in time for the busy Christmas sales period. As sales for INFINITI Q50 approach 1,000, all three grades, including the GT, Sport Premium and range-topping Red Sport, have enjoyed a variety of stylish interior and exterior enhancements.

With individuality the key to attracting new buyers to the brand and the Q50 nameplate, all grades have been personalised with new front and rear facia updates. Each is unique in its design, with the Sports Premium being sportier in look compared to the GT, while the Red Sport includes grey spear inserts at the front and black highlights at the back.

All three receive an updated steering wheel and gear lever, while each grade has a set of new wheels. The GT has newly designed 18 inch alloy wheels and the Sport Premium new 19 inch wheels as standard, while aggressive dark chrome features on the new Red Sport alloys.

The Sport Premium also now comes with interior ambient lighting. But it is the Red Sport that has benefited the most. Its contemporary interior now includes red stitching throughout the cabin, semi-aniline quilted leather-appointed seats and improved seat foam density for a more supportive, comfortable ride.

Outside, the wheels stand out even more with the introduction of red brake calipers, there are new LED rear lights and the Q50 has a new paint option – Dynamic Sandstone Red.

“INFINITI is a very fresh, young brand, so we are excited when updates come through,” said INFINITI Cars Australia managing director Changhwan Lee. “We have seen growth across much of the INFINITI range this year, and the update to Q50 will give it a sales push. INFINITI is a high quality, premium Brand, we are quite sure we can gain positive sales momentum with Q50. We hope this update will attract more buyers.”

The INFINITI Q50 comes with four engine choices, including a 2.0 litre petrol with 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque, two 3.0 litre twin–turbo V6 petrol alternatives, one with 224kW of power and 400Nm of torque, plus a more powerful 298kW/475NM option. There is also a 3.5 litre hybrid.

The Q50 has INFINITI’s next-generation Direct Adaptive Steering and Dynamic Digital Suspension, and a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and Drive Sport (DS) mode. A precursor to future steering systems that form the building blocks to achieving fully autonomous driving, the Direct Adaptive Steering can be personalised to best suit the drivers preferences and has advanced levels of steering feel and feedback.

The Dynamic Digital Suspension provides the optimal blend of ride comfort, response and agility thanks to the electronically adjustable shock absorbers that allow the driver to shift between different settings via the Drive Mode Selector. When it comes to safety, the INFINITI Q50 is well appointed with Around View® Monitor, Moving Object Detection, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Active Lane Control and the front and rear sonar system standard across the range.

Sports Premium and Red Sport grades also get Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking and Back-up Collision Intervention. Available in 10 contemporary exterior colours and three interior trims, INFINITI pricing starts at $54,900* plus on road costs.

INFINITI Q50 Pricing (MSRP*)    
INFINITI Q50 2.0t GT   $54,900
INFINITI Q50 2.0t GT (with sunroof)   $56,890
INFINITI Q50 2.0t Sport Premium   $62,400
INFINITI Q50 3.5t Hybrid Sport Premium RWD $73,400
INFINITI Q50 3.5t Hybrid Sport Premium AWD $75,400
INFINITI Q50 3.0t Sport Premium       $70,400
INFINITI Q50 3.0t Red Sport     $79,900

*Manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.

BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification details for the all-new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle.

“This third-generation BMW X3 sets a new bar in the medium SAV segment,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “With an intelligent lightweight design, leading-edge infotainment systems and a spacious, family-friendly cabin environment, we expect the BMW X3 to be at the forefront of our brand for many years.”

Available from November 2017, the range will initially consist of the X3 xDrive20d, X3 xDrive30i and X3 xDrive30d variants. The launch range will be joined by additional models in 2018.

BMW X3 pricing*:

BMW X3 xDrive20d $68,900
BMW X3 xDrive30i $75,900
BMW X3 xDrive30d $83,900

By model: Performance and efficiency

Model Engine Power / Torque 0-100km/h Fuel Use CO2
BMW X3
xDrive20d
2-litre 4-cyl
turbo diesel
140kW / 400Nm 8.0sec 5.7L/100km 149g/km
BMW X3
xDrive30i
2-litre 4-cyl
turbo petrol
185kW / 350Nm 6.3sec 7.6L/100km 174g/km
BMW X3
xDrive30d
3-litre 6-cyl
turbo diesel
195kW / 620Nm 5.8sec 6.0L/100km 159g/km

Sleek, modern exterior with a touch of X factor

With a modern exterior design by Australian Calvin Luk, the new BMW X3 combines a capable off-road presence with a sleek, modern aesthetic. Featuring an Active three-dimensional double kidney grille that sits prominently ahead of the LED headlight arrays (Adaptive LEDs standard on xDrive 30i/30d), the new BMW X3’s frontend sets an impressive precedent.

The characteristic bumper design splits the air inlet into three distinct sections, contributing further to the sleek overall appearance. For reference, the new X3’s drag co-efficient is only 0.29cd. Moving to the side profile, the new BMW X3 further demonstrates its strong proportions, its short front overhang and bold shoulder lines combining confidently with the side air breathers, flared wheel arches and sculptured door elements.

The rear end’s bold expression melds nicely with the overall exterior design, its wide rear window allowing superb rear vision while the bold rear spoiler further underlines the new BMW X3’s dynamic prowess. All-LED tail lights give a three-dimensional impression with the characteristic L-shaped design that merges seamlessly into the side shoulder line. Finally, the lower section offers body-colour details and obvious underbody protective elements further reinforce the new BMW X3’s off-road capability.

BMW’s xLine exterior line is offered as standard-fit on the new X3, featuring prominent highlights in a sleek matt aluminium finish. New design 19-inch light alloy wheels are fitted as standard to the BMW X3 xDrive20d, fitted with 245/50R19 run-flat tyres. A new 20-inch light alloy wheel is fitted to the xDrive30i and 30d, shod with mixed run-flat rubber measuring 245/45/20 on the front axle and 275/40/20 at the rear.

Dimensions

Dimension Measure Increase on predecessor
Length 4,708mm 51mm
Width 1,891mm 10mm
Height 1,676mm 15mm
Wheelbase 2,864mm 54mm
Storage Capacity 550L (seats up) 1600L (seats down) Equal / Equal

A classy and flexible interior

BMW designers have managed to appreciably increase interior space and comfort with no detriment to the X3’s storage capability and versatility. Focused on the driver in the best BMW tradition, the new BMW X3’s interior apes the premium layout of the new BMW 5 Series.

Introducing new ‘X’ interior embossing, the X3 cabin is filled with sophisticated surfaces, the standard sports seats a particular highlight with their padded side bolstering and prominent shoulder supports. Galvanised interior trim embellishers add a further tactile layer to the interior’s ambience (fitted as standard on X3 xDrive30i and 30d).

Flexible storage plays an ever-more important role in the modern SAV segment, and BMW designers have created a flexible, adaptable and convenient family space for the new X3 as a result.

Front door storage compartments can hold bottles of up to one litre capacity, while ahead of the gear lever sits a pair of cup holders as well as a smartphone space that is complete with inductive phone charging capability. There is also a LED charge level indicator and reminder alert to ensure you never forget your mobile device again.

Second-row seats can be remotely operated from the rear and can be split into a 40/20/40 configuration for maximum flexibility. Despite the improved interior space luggage capacity remains unchanged from the predecessor model, with 550 litres in the boot increasing to 1,600 litres with the second-row seats folded flat.

Technology inspired by 5 Series

Taking inspiration from the BMW 5 Series, the new BMW X3 introduces the next generation of BMW innovations into the SAV segment. Intelligent lightweight design maximises high-tensile steels, aluminium, magnesium and durable plastics contribute to a weight reduction of up to 55kg against a comparable predecessor model.

Semi-automated driving capability is possible via BMW’s Personal CoPilot system. Available as part of the Driving Assistant Plus package (standard on xDrive30i and 30d), hands-free driving capability is possible for up to 30 seconds with this system. In addition, steering and lane control assistant, active cruise control with Stop&Go function, cross-traffic warning and Lane Keeping Assistant with collision prevention are featured in this package.

Inside, the X3 offers the latest iDrive6 infotainment system, accessed via a new 6.5-inch central screen with the navigation system Business package fitted as standard to the xDrive20d. Impressively, a new Head-Up Display, featuring 70 per cent larger surface area and impressive definition, provides another customisable information source.

Step up to the xDrive30i and 30d brings a 10-inch screen with intuitive touchscreen functionality. Also standard on the xDrive30i and 30d is a new multi-function instrument display. Housed behind the steering wheel, this 12-inch high-definition digital screen is adaptable to the Driving Experience Mode selected by the driver, accessible via a button array on the second console.

Driving Experience Mode enables the driver to switch between ECO PRO mode for maximum efficiency, COMFORT mode for a strong blend of smoothness, efficiency and response or SPORT mode for more focused dynamic performance. Integration with smartphone technology has never been more important, and the BMW X3 delivers with Connected+, the latest in personalised connectivity.

Through Connected+ owners can now perform the following in addition to the familiar ConnectedDrive functions:

  • Access BMW Connected Onboard (mobility information source)
  • Send my routes to car (Extended version of ‘Send to Car’)
  • Share live trip status
  • Navigate door-to-door (Gets you to your destination, even by foot)
  • Update ‘My Destinations’ (Enables importation of address book and calendar data, as well as third party app integration)

Remote 3D view forms part of the Parking Assistant Plus system that is standard on higher model grades. This allows the owner to access a view of their parked X3 remotely on their smart device. Upon request, the vehicle takes images of its surroundings to generate an adjustable view on the mobile device.

Smooth, efficient and powerful drivetrains

The new BMW X3 debuts with three efficient, responsive engine configurations. At the entry point is the xDrive20d, powered by the latest-generation 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. This produces 140kW and 400Nm for a zero-100km/h time in 8.0 seconds, with fuel economy of 5.7L/100km on the combined cycle.

The X3 xDrive30i houses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing some 185kW and 350Nm. Zero-100km/h is achieved in 6.3 seconds, and it consumes 7.6L/100km. Finally the X3 xDrive30d uses a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine to generate an impressive 195kW and 620Nm. The top-specification engine at launch, the xDrive30d accelerates to 100km/h in only 5.8 seconds while returning 6.0L/100km combined.

All variants use the latest-generation BMW xDrive system and eight-speed automatic transmissions to ensure strong response and impressive traction in all conditions. This system, which debuted in the 7 Series, combines a lighter and more efficient design with an enhanced response rate.

Hill descent control is also standard, allowing for fingertip speed control in low-grip, downhill situations.

Standard specification highlights

The new BMW X3 xDrive20d boasts an impressive array of specification and style as standard. Equipment highlights include:

  • xLine exterior trim with matt aluminium design elements
  • 19-inch light alloy wheels
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Electric sports front seats trimmed in combination cloth and leather upholstery
  • LED Headlights with extended contents
  • Full colour Head-Up Display
  • Parking Assistant with front and rear park distance control and rear view camera
  • Driving Assistant with Lane Departure Warning
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Navigation system Business with Real-Time Traffic Information and Speed Limit Info

Both the BMW X3 xDrive30i and 30d are matched for specification, with further highlights including:

  • 20-inch light alloy wheels
  • ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery
  • Adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • Comfort Access System
  • Eight-speed sports automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Driving Assistant Plus with galvanic embellishers
  • Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View
  • Multi-function instrument display with 12-inch display
  • Navigation system Professional with 10-inch touchscreen

Impressive option packages

Grouping several key options to create additional customer value has long been a key aspect of the BMW purchase experience. For the new BMW X3, the following option packages are available.

M Sport Package ($4,550* on xDrive20d, $3,800* on xDrive30i and 30d)

  • ‘Vernasca’ cloth/leather upholstery with black or blue contrast stitching (xDrive20d)
  • BMW Individual anthracite headliner
  • BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line
  • BMW Individual roof rails in high-gloss Shadow Line
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Interior trim in Aluminium Rhombicle pattern with Pearl Chrome highlights
  • LED fog lights
  • M Aerodynamics Package
  • M leather steering wheel
  • M Sport Suspension
  • 19-inch M light-alloy wheels (xDrive20d)
  • Eight-speed Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles (xDrive20d)
  • 20-inch M light-alloy wheels (xDrive30i and 30d)
  • M Sport Brake

Innovations Package ($2,500* for X3 xDrive20d)

  • Comfort Access
  • Parking Assistant Plus
  • Multi-function instrument display
  • Adaptive LED headlights

Exclusive Package ($3,800*, all variants)

  • Ambient interior light
  • Sensatec instrument panel
  • Woodgrain interior trims
  • Front seat Lumbar Support
  • Front seat heating
  • HiFi Sound System

Rear Comfort Package ($1,820, all variants)

  • Roller blind for rear side windows
  • Seat heating, front and rear
  • Rear seat backrest adjustment

Further standalone options are available, including a range of exterior metallic paint finishes, light alloy wheels and interior trim finishers. Please consult the specification guide for details.

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW X3 range are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

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

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