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.

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)

Hyundai’s all-new, first generation Kona small SUV is the latest addition to Hyundai’s stylish and competent SUV family, joining the bigger Tucson and Santa Fe – vehicles which have already established themselves among Australia’s best-selling SUVs. Kona has been developed to meet both the rational and emotional needs of its buyers and neatly blends the key elements required of such a vehicle, with dynamic and expressive design and advanced safety and technology features.

It also sets a new standard with its advanced levels of safety and technology and its engineering excellence ensures it hits the sweet spot, with passenger car-like driving dynamics and SUV practicality, without losing any of the comfort or cargo space demanded by its customers.

Featuring an advanced platform design and dynamic, stand-out styling, new Kona is one of the most compact vehicles in its class, shorter and lower than most of its rivals but also wider than many and with a substantial wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. It comes to market with modest dimensions but it is one of the roomiest.

Kona is a true SUV and is ready to step into one of the country’s most popular vehicle classes with a bold presence on the road and a ton of character for the driver.

“Arriving fashionably late for the party means that Hyundai Motor Company has had the development time needed to deliver a small SUV that is right for its time and laser-focused on its target,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, JW Lee.

“Kona boasts a multitude of innovative safety and technological features across a solid model range, featuring engines and transmissions that will appeal to a wide customer base and a wonderful level of customization built in – and all of it balanced by keen pricing, a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and Lifetime Service Plan.

“Kona will appeal to customers with active lifestyles, a sense of adventure and a keen eye for value,” he said.

Kona boasts premium safety and luxury features right across the model range with, for example, accessible smartphone connectivity and the latest pedestrian safety technology. Combined with refinement, interior spaciousness and eye-catching style, Kona’s suite of safety features and impressive standard equipment levels make a confident statement for modern, urban buyers.

Kona is named after Hawaii’s “Kona Coast” region which is famous among thrill-seeking travellers. That energetic image is reflected in the innovative, practical and highly functional design of Hyundai’s brilliant new lifestyle-focused SUV.

Kona model range overview

‘Expression through design’ is the phrase at the heart of Kona and that is made obvious by the wide range of vibrant interior and exterior colours and trims. New Kona will be available in three trim levels, Active, Elite and Highlander, with an optional safety pack for Active (‘Active with Safety Pack’).

Customers will also be able to choose between two drivetrain combinations, a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated engine with six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive, or a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive. To maximize choice, both drivetrains are available in every trim level.

ENGINES AND DRIVETRAINS

Kona will be available with two engine and transmission packages for Australia, buyers getting a choice across the range of either a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder engine with conventional six-speed automatic and front-wheel-drive, or a 1.6-litre Turbo-GDI with seven-speed dual-cutch transmission (DCT) and all-wheel-drive.

The 2.0-litre ‘Nu’ engine features multi-point fuel-injection (MPi) and Atkinson Cycle technology to deliver improved fuel economy through greater thermal efficiency, without any loss of power and torque. For Kona the engine produces 110kW at 6,200rpm and 180Nm at 4,500rpm. Paired with the six-speed automatic transmission, it accelerates the front-wheel-drive Kona from standstill to 100km/h in 10 seconds flat.

The 2.0 litre MPi engine is mated to Hyundai’s own six-speed automatic transmission built using a lightweight, compact design. A multi-plate clutch torque converter helps with overall fuel efficiency and a sporty driving experience is guaranteed with the transmission’s sequential manual mode, operated through a secondary gate by the gear shift lever.

Hyundai’s 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ four-cylinder engine features gasoline-direct injection (GDi) and a mixed-flow turbocharger for a sharp throttle response and impressive low-end torque, both achieved with the bonus of impressive fuel economy. Power output is 130kW at 5,500rpm and torque – a generous 265Nm – starts at 1,500rpm and stays at its peak through to 4,500rpm.

The ‘Gamma’ 1.6 T-GDi has 18 per cent more power and 47 per cent more torque than the 2.0 litre MPi engine, giving a 7.9 second 0-100km/h time. The turbo engine is mated to Hyundai’s efficient and responsive seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission (DCT) which combines the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission with the ease and convenience of an automatic.

Responsive and accurate for spirited driving, the DCT is a quiet, effective companion for everyday commuting, making it a true “best of both worlds” proposition. Drive Mode Select is available on both automatic and DCT variants, the function letting drivers choose between ‘Comfort’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ modes.

LDV has confirmed that it’s all new Ute, the LDV T60, will enter the Australian market in 1 October, followed six weeks later by the D90 SUV on 15 November, transforming LDV’s position in Australia from an all-van brand to one with benchmark models in the key Ute and SUV market sectors.

Both launches will be preceded by a major event in Sydney on 25 September which will be attended by senior management not just from LDV, but also its parent company, SAIC, China’s number one vehicle manufacturer. They will be joined by a large contingent of Chinese business and motoring media along with VIP guests. LDV has deliberately chosen Sydney as the venue to provide global visibility for the D90 and T60.

First seen at last year’s Guangzhou International Motor Show in China, the LDV T60 is an all-new vehicle which will expand to offer Australian buyers a range of single and double cab, two and four-wheel drive, manual and automatic Utes with two trim and equipment levels.

The LDV D90 made its debut in Australia, with a sneak preview of the full-size SUV on the south coast of New South Wales and in Sydney, prior to its official unveiling at the Shanghai International Motor Show earlier this year. The D90 was in Australia for dynamic testing and calibration of its advanced chassis electronics prior to its launch.

The T60 and D90 will not only launch the Chinese commercial vehicle specialist manufacturer into new market sectors, they will also take LDV into new parts of Australia.

“Since its launch in Australia LDV has focused on its van and people mover ranges with the V80 and G10 vehicles,” says Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Australia. “Sales of this type of vehicle are primarily in metro areas, so that is where we have concentrated our dealers and our business. But the T60 and the D90 will have a much broader appeal across the whole country. The Ute and SUV markets are much bigger than the van market and they are booming. In preparation for the arrival of the T60 and D90 we are opening new dealers in country areas as well as enlarging our urban representation. There is little doubt that from day one, the T60 will be LDV’s best-selling model in Australia, with the D90 close behind it, and this will be matched by a much higher visibility for LDV across the country.”

“In short, these two new models will transform LDV’s position in the market, awareness of the brand across the country and, of course, the number of vehicles we will sell,” says Chinnappa.

The LDV T60 launch model line-up will expand following the launch to include a range of turbo diesel powered 4WD dual cabs with both manual and automatic transmissions, as well as 2WD and 4WD cab chassis with manual transmissions. There will be two trim and equipment levels to ensure coverage of the market from working business vehicles to recreational and family transport.

“This model line-up covers the most significant part of the market and these versions will be joined by additional variants as required to meet changing market demands,” says Dinesh Chinnappa. 

At 5.3 metres long and 1.9 metres wide and with a 110 kW 2.8 litre Turbo Diesel engine, the LDV T60 will sit right in the middle of the key Ute market sector in terms of size and performance, but when it comes to equipment, features and pricing, the T60 will continue the LDV market position of value for money pricing and above average equipment, trim and features.

Full details of the Australian D90 range will be made closer to its November 15 launch.

“It is too early to provide specific price points for the new LDV T60 and LDV D90 ranges,” explains Dinesh Chinnappa. “But we are determined that they will build upon the value for money proposition established by the LDV van range. The T60 will provide Australia Ute buyers with a highly competitive new choice, whether they are looking for a working Ute or a recreational family vehicle. The seven seat D90 is the ideal size for the Australian SUV market. An appealing specification and the price that the market has come to expect of LDV will ensure it is a highly attractive proposition for SUV buyers.”

The LDV range opens with the LDV G10 one tonne van, which is now available with a new Turbo Diesel engine with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes from a recommended retail price of $28,990 driveaway for ABN holders. The new powertrain compliments the petrol variants, which start from a recommended retail price of $25,990 driveaway and include a 165 kW turbocharged power unit for the automatic petrol powered G10 van.

No lesser value proposition, the G10 is also available as an accomplished people mover, with a choice of seven and nine seats, both powered by the 165 kW petrol engine with a six speed ZF gearbox and priced from a recommended retail price of $29,990 driveaway.

The LDV V80 van range comes with a choice of two wheelbases and three roof heights, giving it a range of cargo volumes from 6.4 to 11.6 cubic metres and payloads from 1.2 to 1.4 tonnes. It is powered by a 2.5 litre Turbo Diesel engine with a choice of manual or self-shifting gearboxes. Prices start for the V80 vans are from a recommended retail price of $30,490 driveaway for ABN holders.

All LDV vehicles come with a three year/100,000 km warranty with 24 hour roadside assistance. They are supported by a growing nationwide dealer network, backed by Australasia’s largest locally owned independent vehicle distributor, the Ateco Group.

The Ateco Parts Distribution Centre in Sydney employs the latest automated parts distribution technology to deliver parts across its Australia-wide dealer network. The LDV Technical Training Team equips all dealer technicians with the knowledge and skills to service and maintain all LDV models, using the both the Ateco Training Centre in Sydney and with training courses in LDV dealerships across Australia.

LDV is a division of SAIC, the 46th largest company in the world and, with more than seven million vehicles set to be produced in 2017, the largest vehicle manufacturer in China, the world’s largest car market.

The new Peugeot 3008 enters the popular Small SUV segment with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating following good results in physical testing and the presence of an advanced speed assistance system.

“The Peugeot 3008 performed well in testing with high scores achieved in the side impact and whiplash tests,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. Injury risk was low for the driver and passenger in the full width frontal test yet the protection offered to the driver’s chest in the frontal offset test was marginal.

“As a standard offering across the range, all variants are fitted with an intelligent speed assistance system which uses a camera to identify signposted speed limits and allow the driver to set the speed limiter appropriately. A lane departure warning system is also standard, while some variants are available with a more advanced function which provides active lane keep assistance,” he said. “The functions available in this and other new models entering our market are part of a wave of semiautonomous vehicle technologies which will work to improve road safety and form the basis for more highly autonomous vehicles in coming years,” said Goodwin.

This 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel and 1.6 litre petrol variants available in Australia and New Zealand.

Subaru’s second generation XV All-Wheel Drive Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) combines style and substance to deliver a highly capable high-riding package, set to surpass already impressive sales success. Upper range XVs launch with two all-new features on Australian Subarus: Lane Keep Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking, underlining the brand’s five-star safety credentials.

Range-topping XV 2.0i-S also adds High Beam Assist. Every XV also features Active Torque Vectoring, helping the car turn better and improving response with steering and control. And with X-Mode across the range adding to the off-road fun factor, XV offers a strong, sassy presence on both tarmac and dirt.

As announced last month, XV sales have begun with a reduced entry-level price of $27,990* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP), representing great value-for-money XV also offers a sporty and contrasting interior to match the energetic exterior design, including amazing connectivity via new generation infotainment units. 

XV follows the hugely successful new generation Impreza to become the second model underpinned by the widely acclaimed Subaru Global Platform, boosting dynamic performance plus on and off road capability. Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “XV arrives at a pivotal time for Subaru, with our sales growing to a whole new level. First generation XV continued Subaru’s remarkable track record in Australia of exploring niche markets with considerable success. Just like Outback and Forester before it, our small SUV has carved a hugely successful path that will only grow with the debut of the even more capable second generation XV.

“It has the ideal combination of style and substance that will drive it to the next level in the hearts of Australian buyers. Features like X-Mode show XV is no pretender in the small SUV stakes. Ride height and full-time All-Wheel Drive also distinguish XV from the pack and I think we’re safe in saying that its genuine SUV credentials are unmatched in its class on dirt roads and trails, while offering equally impressive ability around town as a fun-themed and stylish wagon.”

As with Subaru’s entire Australian new car range, XV maintains a top five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

Among the XV range highlights: 

XV 2.0i

  • New generation touchscreen infotainment system featuring:
  •      -Apple CarPlay™ connectivity
  •      -Google Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Front fog lights with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 115 Kilowatts of power at 6000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4000 rpm
  •      -Higher power output, up from 110 kW
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

XV 2.0i-L adds (to 2.0i specification):

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Premium cloth trim
  • Dual zone fully automatic air conditioning
  • Electric folding mirrors with integrated indicators
  • EyeSight® driver assist, with new Lane Keep Assist feature
  • Leather accented trim steering wheel and gear shift

XV 2.0i Premium adds (to 2.0i-L specification):

  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory fitted SatNav powered by TomTom

XV 2.0i-S adds (to 2.0i Premium specification):

  • Automatic head lights
  • Automatic front wipers
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • High Beam Assist
  • Leather accented trim
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Steering responsive LED head lights with integrated DRLs
  • Vision Assist features:
  •      -Blind Spot Monitoring
  •      -Lane Change Assist
  •      -Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  •      -Reverse Automatic Braking – debut feature in Australia
  • 18-inch wheels – pattern unique to the variant 

X-Mode

XV’s X-Mode feature makes it easier for drivers to safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills, with just one switch. X-Mode’s status is indicated visually on the Multi-Function Display (MFD) screen. When X-Mode is engaged, at 40 km/h or less, status information is displayed on the MFD and instrument cluster, including Hill Descent Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

X-Mode centralizes control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other critical components to help ensure safe driving even on poor surfaces. Hill Descent Control helps maintain a constant speed when the vehicle is travelling down hill. 

Key X-Mode Controls:

At 40 km/h or less:

  • Engine Control Unit (ECU) – in low load range, the throttle opens slowly to avoid sudden torque changes and improves drivability
  • Traction Control Unit (TCU) – AWD clutch pressure is increased by around 25 per cent, controlling differential rotation between front and rear wheels, improving traction
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) – Enhances Limited Slip Differential (LSD) Control. To improve traction on slippery road surfaces, it counteracts differential rotation between left and right wheels by accelerating brake boosting speed and delaying reduction of brake pressure when wheel rotation returns to normal.

At 20 km/h or less:

  • VDC also uses Hill Descent Control (HDC) to control brakes on steep hills, so vehicle speed can be maintained when neither accelerator or brake pedals are pressed. It improves safety by allowing the driver to focus on steering without operating the brakes. HDC is automatically activated if speed is increasing on a descent, resulting in constant speed. Control is based on speed data, not hill angle. Therefore a constant speed can be maintained when the vehicle begins a descent from the flat. HDC brake control allows the driver to focus on safe steering while leaving braking to the vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz will build on the success of its compact SUV, the GLA, by introducing a powerful new design idiom and a range of interior and exterior upgrades and enhancements.

First launched in 2013, the GLA has been a model of success in a segment it has shaped and redefined. As the first compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz, it brought a breath of fresh air to its market segment and established itself as a major player. The new-generation vehicle will strengthen its leadership in the premium compact SUV class.

The facelift lends the GLA a more powerful appearance and even greater character, led by an aggressively modified radiator grille and revised front and rear bumpers. Generous use of silver chrome for numerous controls and attractive new trim elements add a sense of high-class appeal.

New standard equipment includes high-performance LED headlamps available across the range, while HANDS-FREE ACCESS – which for the first time includes keyless access to the boot via a swipe of the foot under the rear bumper – is standard on all models except the GLA 180.

An option available on all GLA models (as part of the Vision or Parking Package, depending on model) for the first time is a 360° Camera, which allows occupants to view a bird’s-eye image of the vehicle on the media display during parking and manoeuvring.

An upgraded instrument cluster plus new interior trims for different models – including the addition for the first time of AMG DINAMICA microfibre trim for the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC model – complements additional silver chrome finishes around the cockpit.

New wheels for most models complete the external upgrades, ranging from 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels in vanadium silver for the GLA 220 d, to the 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheel in Himalayas grey with a high-sheen rim flange that features on the GLA 45 4MATIC model.

The new GLA is on sale now and pricing for the new-generation range is as follows:

  • GLA 180 - $43,900 (MRLP)
  • GLA 220 d - $51,200 (MRLP)
  • GLA 250 4MATIC - $60,700 (MRLP)
  • Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC - $89,500 (MRLP)

White Art Edition

A special WhiteArt Edition will be available to order on the new-generation GLA on all non-AMG models. This includes sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather plus DINAMICA microfibre with contrasting topstitching and highlight stripes; a sports steering wheel with DINAMICA microfibre grip areas; DINAMICA microfibre trim; a black interior with contrasting topstitching; air vent surrounds in white; 19-inch multi-spoke black bi-colour alloy wheels, Exclusive matt foliation (a discreet stripe design over the car); and a choice of five paintwork options each with a contrasting or complementary exterior foil.

The cost for GLA 180 and 220 d models is $3780 (MRLP) which includes AMG Line and $3280 (MRLP) for the GLA 250 4MATIC model.

Yellow Night Edition

For the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC model, a Yellow Night Edition adds an AMG Aerodynamics Package, AMG Performance seats in ARTICO man-made leather plus DINAMICA microfibre with yellow topstitching, an AMG Performance steering wheel in full DINAMICA microfibre with yellow topstitching, plus yellow highlights throughout the cabin including air ventilation rings and door sill panels.

Externally, there are yellow highlights to the front apron, side sill panel inserts, external mirror housing, rear diffuser, wing endplates and the matt black 20-inch, 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels. The twin radiator louvre is rendered in black and foliation stripes in matt dark anthracite metallic are added.

The Yellow Night Package can be added to the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC for $3990 (MRLP).

China’s SUV manufacturer HAVAL unveiled the new hybrid-powered SUV coupe concept at Auto Shanghai 2017. HAVAL Design Director Pierre Leclercq said the design team was proud to produce an “expressive’ concept vehicle.

“HAVAL remains dedicated to building SUVs and developing different products that meet the different needs of all our customers. Within this palette of vehicles some of them should be more expressive than others and this is certainly the case with the HB-03 concept – the HAVAL Blue 03.”

Leclercq explained the HB-03 was a continuation of the DNA evolution shown in the HB-02 concept at Beijing in 2016, but added that this year the design team wanted to show something that is close to production.

“The HB-03 combines clever hybrid technology together with the pure excitement of a real coupe. It’s very sporty, mature and full of muscle. In profile, it clearly exhibits the centre line of a coupe with very dynamic attitude, but with no compromise on headroom and comfort of rear seat passengers.

“The vehicle features a lot of full surfaces as our form language. There are very sexy sheet metal movements and highly technical details that show the DNA direction for HAVAL. The rear view offers a unique GT-like configuration made by the combination of a very fast greenhouse combined with a small rear deck. A section of that rear deck has been optimised for an ideal downforce and is therefore highly aerodynamic.”

Leclercq said the HB-03 concept was meant to be a bit louder than other vehicles in the range. “We certainly wanted to express this with the interior and its mix of orange leather, carbon and black chrome, which give a unique and sporty character. This shows what customers can expect in the next generation of HAVAL in terms of design, functionality, quality and comfort.

“The interior shows a lot of three dimension effects in the overall theme, starting with an instrument panel that accentuates a horizontal theme. This helps us to integrate air vents that look smaller visually, without losing any functionality.”
Leclercq said the HB-03 concept was true to his philosophy of “simple, but strong”.

“The design expression should never be over explained. The best products speak for themselves. As a designer, I feel fortunate to work for a company that understands the importance of bringing such exciting vehicles to market. HAVAL is proud to design vehicles that are not only meant to transport you from A to B, but inspire you to enjoy looking at when you reach your destination. We want to design more vehicles that create desire and therefore carry out the best expression of our brand image.”

The concept vehicle is powered by the intelligent hybrid unveiled in Beijing in 2016, which delivers more than 200 kilowatts and 450 Newton-metres, while consuming just 2.1 litres of fuel to travel 100 kilometres. Rather than the traditional hybrid design of a separate combustion engine and electric motor, the HAVAL approach combines a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and transmission.

Linked to a rear-mounted NCM Lithium-ion battery, the high level integrated design delivers dynamic performance and outstanding fuel economy. The HAVAL plug-in hybrid powertrain will offer three distinctive modes for the driver to select from, according to their daily needs. In Pure Electric mode, drive is provided solely by the electric motor. The 95kW/278Nm motor is fuelled by a large 13 kilowatt/hour battery, providing a range of 65 kilometres while producing zero emissions.

In addition, the HAVAL battery can be recharged in about four hours from a standard household power point. The HAVAL system will also offer a Power mode, where drivers get the combined performance of both energy sources. On start-up, the SUV takes advantage of the instant response of the electric motor, with the petrol engine maintaining acceleration. With 450 Newton-metres of torque on tap, the HAVAL plug-in hybrid will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in around 9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 210 km/h.

The default mode is Hybrid Drive, which is designed for everyday use. Here, the vehicle will automatically alternate between drawing power from the 1.5-litre direct injection turbocharged engine and the electric motor to deliver the best overall fuel consumption.

Subaru’s new generation All-Wheel Drive XV* Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) has debuted in Geneva, showing off a sporty new style, advanced infotainment and technology that takes its crossover credentials to new heights. Underpinned by the same Subaru Global Platform (SGP) that has won acclaim in new Impreza, XV adds SUV ability with the introduction of X-MODE, to enhance rough road capability.

Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist system also debuts on XV together with Rear Vehicle Detection, which offers blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance, enhancing all-round preventive safety.

In line with Subaru’s range-wide five-star ratings for occupant safety, new XV also offers world-class collision safety and hazard avoidance performance, as well as far more driver-responsive handling and ride comfort, while enhancing the unique design and rough road capability.

XV’s compact exterior – yet spacious interior - offers versatility in both urban and rural environments. Introduction of the SGP significantly enhances strength, body and chassis rigidity, while benefiting safety, ride comfort, and agility. Exterior and interior finish are also greatly enhanced, with new design alloy wheels among the many features that embody XV’s sporty, casual and rugged character.

MAIN FEATURES OF NEW XV (EUROPEAN SPECIFICATION)

EXTERIOR 

The signature sporty Subaru look is seen in XV’s wide and low stance, which incorporates the classic hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlight design. Matte black cladding on the front bumper, wheel arches and side sills expresses both SUV functionality and rugged character. The character line extending the length of XV gives dynamism to the body surface. 

The rear combination lights share the same motif as the headlights, while the powerful looking shoulder silhouette enhances the sporty impression, together with the black roof spoiler and matte-black cladding on the rear bumper. XV also combines the Subaru performance essentials of superior aerodynamics and visibility, with advanced styling. New design alloy wheels embody XV’s sporty, casual and rugged character. New exterior colours are the vivid and solid “Cool Gray Khaki” and “Sunshine Orange”. Matched with the matte-black cladding, they highlight XV’s active and functional image.

INTERIOR 

The combination of sporty and advanced design, and sophisticated construction, delivers an interior far surpassing XV’s class. The spacious design flows from the instrument panel through the door trim, for a feeling of refinement. The seat structures are made to better fit occupants, while the option of gray seats enhances XV’s active character. 

In the centre of the instrument panel is an 8.0-inch touch-screen display for the infotainment system, which can connect with smartphones. Detailed orange stitching on the instrument panel complements the quality feel, while expressing the model’s active character. In addition to the enhanced interior design, signature Subaru functionalities are further strengthened, including excellent all-round visibility, spacious cabin and cargo area. 

A newly designed steering wheel offers better drivability and quick steering feel.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE TO ACHIEVE ENHANCED DYNAMIC FEEL AND EXCELLENT ROUGH ROAD CAPABILITY 

New XV incorporates multiple improvements to achieve enhanced dynamic feel for the driver. Based on thorough and precise analysis of steering and pedal feedback, vehicle behaviour, vibration and noise - and other elements that drivers sense – XV achieves dynamic quality beyond its class. Rough road capability is also enhanced.

BODY AND CHASSIS 

The new platform dramatically increases rigidity throughout the body and chassis (a 70 per cent to 100 per cent increase over present XV) and incorporates substantial improvements to the suspension system, while achieving a lower centre of gravity and highly responsive steering. Eradication of unnecessary handling movement offers superior straight-line stability and cornering performance, gripping the road surface while maintaining 220mm of ground clearance.

Optimised frame structure and stronger joints between parts allow the new platform to improve overall torsional rigidity by 70 per cent. This distributes resonance and distortion throughout the body, greatly reducing vibrations from the steering wheel, floor, and seats - achieving superior noise suppression. 

The new platform increases suspension mounting rigidity, improving absorption without warping the body, and providing a smooth and comfortable drive. By mounting the rear stabilizer directly to the body, the new platform reduces body roll by 50 per cent. Steering gear ratio is modified from 14:1 to 13:1, offering superior drivability. 

Active Torque Vectoring enhances turning and steering performance. An electronic parking brake is added for more convenience.

AWD CONTROL

In addition to Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, new XV is equipped with X-MODE, capable of enhancing driving performance on poor roads through optimized integrated control of engine, AWD, braking, and other functions on slippery surfaces. The hill descent control setting gives drivers greater peace-of-mind by maintaining low speeds on downhill slopes.

ENGINE

The majority of parts on XV’s FB 2.0-litre direct-injection Boxer engine are completely revamped, making it lighter - delivering more power and fuel efficiency. The improved Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission greatly enhances ratio coverage and weight, boosting acceleration performance and economy. As well as employing full auto-step shift control, XV features a seven-speed manual mode function, allowing the driver to accelerate as desired. 

Noise and vibration are greatly reduced in both the engine and transmission, for more pleasant driving and dynamic feel.

WORLD-CLASS SAFETY

Subaru safety performance is highly rated by third-party organizations and new XV adopts technologies to further enhance safety, including the new platform and advanced preventive systems. 

ACTIVE SAFETY

The new platform achieves a centre of gravity 5 mm lower than current XV. Together with major improvements in rigidity and evolution of the suspension system, the lower centre of gravity offers outstanding hazard avoidance capabilities on a level with a high-performance sports car.

PASSIVE SAFETY

Thanks to a frame structure that enables more efficient energy absorption in the event of collision - and the enhanced body strength resulting from the increased use of high-tensile steel plates including materials formed by the hot press method - impact energy absorption is improved by 40 per cent.

PREVENTIVE SAFETY

EyeSight, Subaru’s innovative and highly acclaimed driver assist technology, delivers extremely reliable preventive safety and reduces driver burdens through features such as Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

The new High Beam Assist uses a monocular camera, automatically switching from high to low beam according to what is happening ahead of the vehicle. Steering Responsive Headlights move the beam right or left when turning, illuminating the direction of travel. XV employs the two headlight controls for the first time, dramatically improving night-time visibility and the recognition capabilities of EyeSight.

Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection is newly employed, offering blind spot detection, lane change assistance and reversing assistance to enhance all-round preventive safety.

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ALL-NEW SUBARU XV (EUROPEAN SPECS.)

Body size
(Overall length/width/ height)

4465 x 1800 x 1615 mm

Wheelbase 2665 mm
Minimum ground clearance 220 mm
Engine FB20 type 2.0-litre, DOHC, Horizontally-Opposed, 4-cylinder, Direct injection, NA
Displacement 1995cc
Bore, Stroke 84 x 90 mm
Maximum output 115 kW
Maximum torque 196 Nm
Transmission Lineartronic
Drivetrain Symmetrical AWD
Tyre size 225/55 R18
Seating capacity 5

*All content refers to European specification. Australian specification will be released in mid-2017.