Australia’s most popular SUV looks to extend its hold on the market, with the Mazda CX-5 adding new technologies to boost performance and improve efficiency across all engine grades.

Committed to the pursuit of driving pleasure and achieving optimal efficiency in line with Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 vision, Mazda has introduced a range of innovative SKYACTIV technologies to the CX-5 engine lineup to improve real-world combustion, torque and power output.

The latest and most advanced SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine will debut on the Mazda CX-5. It adds a new two-stage twin turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, helping to increase maximum power output from 129kW to 140W and maximum torque from 420Nm to 450Nm.

Taking Mazda one step closer to its goal of ideal diesel combustion, the engine adopts Rapid Multi-stage Combustion, with a new stepped egg-profile combustion chamber in piston, and ultra-high-response multi-hole piezo injectors. Combined with the benefits of the turbocharger, the engine’s compression ratio increases from 14.0:1 to 14.4:1.

A new water flow management system has also been added, quickening engine warm-up to help achieve better real-world fuel economy.

In another first for Mazda, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engine adopts cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption when driving at constant speeds.

Unlike other manufacturers employing similar technology, Mazda’s system shuts down cylinders one and four in light-load situations, reducing pumping loss and mechanical resistance. When cruising at 40km/h, real world fuel economy is improved by approximately 20 per cent, and by approximately five per cent when at a constant 80km/h.

Ever evolving and improving Mazda’s petrol engines, a suite of new technologies have been added to both SKYACTIV-G 2.5L and SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engines to further improve efficiency.

A more rapid combustion is achieved with new and precisely tuned intake ports, generating a stronger tumble flow during intake stroke. Combined with a reshaped piston crown, the result is greater torque at low-to-mid rpm and improved fuel economy at high rpms.

The nozzles of the multi-hole fuel injectors have been redesigned for more efficient fuel injection, increasing pressure from 20MPa to 30MPa to realise a faster and more broadly dispersed spray.

A new Water Flow Management system (WFM) adds a coolant control valve to reduce the flow of coolant around the walls of the combustion chamber, helping reduce heat loss while the engine warms up.

The engines also adopts asymmetrical oil rings, with a larger outer radius at the top and smaller radius at the bottom edge, and revised piston skirt curvature realises an ideal barrel shape. Combined, these changes reduce mechanical resistance, contributing to better fuel economy.

Collectively, the updates to the petrol engine range have accounted for a 1Nm increase in torque for the 2.5L variant, and a 1kW increase in power for the 2.0L variant.

The top of the range Akera will also see added functionality with a 360° view monitor added to its equipment, while the Touring will introduce windscreen Active Driving Display in lieu of the flip-up display on the previous model.

This more advanced CX-5 is also now more affordable, with price drops across the range. The Maxx Sport and Touring variants will retail for $400 less than the previous model, while GT and Akera will retail for $800 less.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the updated CX-5 is another example of Mazda’s commitment to constant evolution in pursuit of best in class performance and efficiency.

“The CX-5 introduces some major developments with cylinder deactivation and the variable geometry turbocharger, but it’s the smaller technologies that advance Mazda to the ultimate goal of fuel efficiency in combustion engines,” said Bhindi.

“Mazda truly loves the motorcar, and will continue to refine, innovate and pursue technologies that enhance driving pleasure, while also delivering outstanding environmental and safety performance.”

There are 12 varieties of the updated Mazda CX-5 on offer, including three Maxx, and three Maxx Sport, and two each of the Touring, GT and Akera grades.

The Mazda CX-5 comes with a choice of SKYACTIV-G 2.0L or SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engines, or SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine, and is available in FWD and AWD drivetrains paired with a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or a SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission.

The updated Mazda CX-5 is on sale now.

Mazda cx-5 pricing

MODEL

ENGINE

 DRIVETRAIN

MLP

 Maxx

 2.0L GE 6MT

 FWD

$28,690

 2.0L GE 6AT

 FWD

$30,690

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$33,690

 Maxx Sport

 2.0L GE 6AT

 FWD

$33,990

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$36,990

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$39,990

 Touring

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$38,590

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$41,590

 GT

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$43,590

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$46,590

 Akera

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$46,190

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$49,190

 

Fuelled by feedback and demand from the Australian market, Isuzu UTE have refined the D-MAX and MU-X range for 2018. The 18MY Isuzu UTE range, bolstered by a number of upgrades, refinements and safety inclusions, is in a prime position to continue its growth within the two most highly-competitive segments of the market — the 1-Tonne Ute and Large SUV segments.

In particular the D-MAX has been growing in popularity thanks to its durability, reliability, towing and serious off- road ability. The latest enhancements have looked to bolster this ‘fit for purpose’ position specifically for Australian conditions, while some key refinements to ride and interior look to cater for the demand for more car-like comfort. Essentially, the 18MY models will look to increase our current customer satisfaction as well as attract a wider audience.

The top of the range Isuzu D-MAX

Long established as a marque for the workman, for 2018 Isuzu UTE has refined the flagship ute offering — expanding the D-MAX range to officially include an upgraded D-MAX LS-T Crew Cab, boasting premium features previously not part of the Isuzu UTE range. Positioned at the driver seeking the perfect balance between ‘tough and rugged’ utilitarian and passenger friendly versatility and refinement, the 18MY Isuzu D-MAX LS-T is positioned to be on the shortlist of buyers considering a premium 1-tonne ute.

Straight off the back of a plethora of major-upgrades in 2017, the 18MY D-MAX range is now headlined by the flagship LS-T, featuring many of the standout features and amenities as found on the MU-X LS-T; 18” wheels with Highway-Terrain (HT) tyres, Sat Nav, roof rails and a Passive Entry and Start System (PESS) on 4x4 LS-T only. Just like the rest of the range the 18MY D-MAX LS-T is powered by Isuzu’s exclusive 3-litre turbo diesel 4JJ1-TC engine — generating 130kW and 430Nm — paired with the smooth Aisin-built AWR6B45 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. Respecting that not all owners necessarily take their ute off-road — instead preferring a ute for the unmatched family-friendly space and versatility, the flagship LS-T is available in two drivetrains; two-wheel drive or through Isuzu’s “Terrain Command” 4WD Select System.

Borrowing styling cues from the flagship MU-X LS-T, the 18MY D-MAX LS-T has been tastefully refined with the additions of a new premium leather accented interior, featuring rich genuine perforated leather (on body contact areas) which is proven to breathe better than non-perforated — plus additional accents of polyurethane leatherette on the hard wearing bolsters and rests. The dash, glovebox and armrest are trimmed in soft touch leatherette, door handles finished in chrome and the air vents and window switches finished in gloss black for a premium look — these soft-touch refinements can also be found inside the D-MAX LS-M and LS-U variants. 

Another interior update for the D-MAX 18MY LS-M, LS-U and LS-T variants is the addition of two 2.1-Amp USB charge points; one in the dash, and one in the rear console. This update is fuelled by customer feedback on charging personal mobile devices whilst on the road, and can also be found across the entire MU-X range.

Comfort Suspension

With more and more families turning towards utes for their daily drive, Isuzu engineers have developed a new 3-span leaf spring setup for SX, LS-U and LS-T Crew Cab ute variants — a suspension tune developed with Australian customer feedback in mind. Through the use of stronger and lighter materials this new setup not only improves the ride, comfort and handling — the setup has proven to not compromise the payload capacity versus the 17MY 5 leaf spring setup.

Increased D-MAX GVM 

Along with the 18MY suspension upgrade for Crew Cab ute variants, Isuzu Engineers have reassessed the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) capacity of the entire 18MY D-MAX range — increasing the GVM on 4x2 models to 2,950kg and the GVM on 4x4 models to 3,050kg. This improvement increases the payload capacity of all models by 100kg in comparison to 17MY models. This upgrade gives the D-MAX 4x2 low-ride SX Single Cab Chassis class-leading payload capacity of 1,349kg. 

Safety Upgrades

According to feedback from owners, half on average purchase an Isuzu for the purpose of towing — highlighting the strength and versatility of the D-MAX and MU-X powertrain. With that in mind, Isuzu engineers have added Trailer Sway Control (TSC) across all 18MY models (excluding the D-MAX 4x2 low-ride SX Single Cab Chassis manual), improving on the active safety system offerings. Stemming from the vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, the TSC system monitors trailer movement through the ESC sensors and modulates throttle and brake inputs to individual wheels — bringing the towed trailer under control if unsolicited sway is detected.

Safety has always been at the forefront of Isuzu vehicle development. Previously reserved for LS variants, all 18MY D-MAX ute models now feature a rear bumper to improve occupant collision protection, along with a reversing camera as standard for increased safety and visibility — however both remain optional on cab chassis models due to the nature of the tray. 

Extended Service Intervals across range 

As a testament to the immense confidence we have in building durable, reliable and efficient vehicles, every Isuzu vehicle is backed by the Isuzu UTE Australia Service Plus Program which includes a 5 year warranty, 5 years Roadside Assistance and 5 year/75,000 kilometre Capped Price Servicing program – which adds further peace of mind when it comes to protecting your investment and your wallet. 

Through continual refinement of our Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X, Isuzu engineers have structured a highly competitive Capped Price Servicing Program for 18MY - onwards vehicles, featuring a 12 month or 15,000 kilometre interval. In fact, over the course of 60 months the cost of ownership is one of the most economical within the 1-tonne ute and ute-based SUV class.

Isuzu UTE Capped Price Servicing costs (18MY-onwards)


Interval Months / Km

12/15,000

24/30,000

36/45,000

48/60,000

60/75,000

Total Cost

Inc. GST

$350.00

$450.00

$500.00

$450.00

$340.00

$2,090.00


Fresh new colours

Driven directly from feedback, Isuzu UTE has refined the 18MY range with bold new colours across the D-MAX and MU-X range. The 18MY D-MAX range is headlined with the addition of a three new colours; Magnetic Red Mica, Cobalt Blue Mica and Graphite Grey Metallic. The 18MY MU-X is also now available in the new Magnetic Red Mica. 

The 18MY Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X range will go on sale nationally from the 1st of May.

18MY Isuzu D-MAX 
Recommended Retail Price (RRP)

Grade

Transmission

RRP inc.GST

4 x 2

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

man

 $28,600

4 x 2

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $31,900

4 x 2

CREW CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $37,500

4 x 2

SPACE CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $36,300

4 x 2

CREW CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $38,700

4 x 2

CREW CAB UTE

LS-U

auto

 $44,100

4 x 2

CREW CAB UTE

LS-T

auto

 $46,900

4 x 4

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

EX

man

 $35,000

4 x 4

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

man

 $38,200

4 x 4

SINGLE CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $40,300

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

SX

man

 $41,000

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $43,100

4 x 4

CREW CAB CHASSIS

SX

man

 $43,400

4 x 4

CREW CAB CHASSIS

SX

auto

 $45,500

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

SX

man

 $44,600

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

SX

auto

 $46,700

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-M

man

 $46,900

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-M

auto

 $49,000

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

LS-U

man

 $46,600

4 x 4

SPACE CAB UTE

LS-U

auto

 $48,700

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-U

man

 $48,800

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-U

auto

 $50,900

4 x 4

CREW CAB UTE

LS-T

auto

 $54,700

18MY Isuzu MU-X
Recommended Retail Price (RRP)

Grade

Transmission

RRP inc. GST

4 x 2

7-Seat SUV

LS-M

auto

$42,900

4 x 2

7-Seat SUV

LS-U

auto

$45,200

4 x 2

7-Seat SUV

LS-T

auto

$48,900

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-M

auto

$50,200

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-U

man

$50,400

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-U

auto

$52,500

4 x 4

7-Seat SUV

LS-T

auto

$56,200

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

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

Updated i30 Range

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

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

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

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

SmartSense pack includes:

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

Pricing

Engine

Transmission

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

2.0 GDi

6 speed manual

$19,990

$21,090

-

-

-

-

6 speed automatic

$22,290

$23,390

-

-

$27,790

$32,790

1.6 CRDi

6 speed manual

$22,490

$23,590

-

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

$24,990

$26,090

-

-

$30,490

$35,490

1.6 T-GDi

6 speed manual

-

-

$25,990

-

-

-

7 speed DCT

-

-

$28,990

$34,490

-

-

Option Pricing

Go

Active

SR

SR Premium

Elite

Premium

Metallic/mica paint

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

$495

Beige interior

-

-

-

-

$295

$295

Panoramic sunroof

-

-

$2,000

-

$2,000

-

SmartSense pack

$1,750

$1,750

-

-

-

-

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

Hyundai iCare

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

i30 Lifetime Service Plan pricing

Engine

Recommended service interval

12 mths

24 mths

36 mths

48 mths

60 mths

2.0 GDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$259

$259

$259

$359

$259

1.6 CRDi

km

15k

30k

45k

60k

75k

Cost (incl. GST)

$299

$299

$299

$409

$299

1.6 T-GDi

km

10k

20k

30k

40k

50k

Cost (incl. GST)

$269

$269

$269

$309

$269

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

i30 Go

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications:

   

7 airbags

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

16” steel wheels

Tilt & telescopic steering column

Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

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

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

8” touchscreen radio system

Hyundai Auto Link

Auto dusk sensing headlights

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

New option: SmartSense pack

Full size spare wheel

Bluetooth connectivity

(Automatic/DCT models only)

Rear view camera

Cruise control

 

i30 Active

 

2.0 GDi or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Go:

   

Rear park assist system

Power folding exterior mirrors with

New: Leather appointed

16” alloy wheels

LED side repeaters

steering wheel and gear knob

8” satellite navigation system

Rear seat centre fold-down armrest with cup holders

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

DAB+ digital radio

   

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

- Autonomous Emergency Braking

- Front grille – chrome insert

- Blind Spot Detection

- Deluxe centre console

- Driver Attention Alert

- Electronic Parking Brake

- Lane Keeping Assist System

- Rear cooling vents

- Rear Cross Traffic Alert

- 4.2” TFT colour supervision cluster

- Smart Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go

- Power folding exterior mirrors with LED side repeaters

i30 Elite

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

One touch automatic up/down windows

New: Satin chrome side moulding

17” alloy wheels

Rain sensor

Option: Beige interior

Leather appointed interior

Smart key & push button start

Option: Panoramic sunroof

Dual zone climate control

   

i30 Premium

 

2.0 GDi (New) or 1.6 CRDi

Key specifications above Elite:

   

Front park assist system

Sun visor extensions

Luggage power outlet

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Heated and ventilated front seats

Solar control glass

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

LED headlights & front indicators

New: LED tail lights

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium  audio

Option: Beige interior

i30 SR (DCT)

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above Active with SmartSense pack:

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi engine (150kW)

Sports leather appointed interior;

Smart key & push button start

Dual exhaust tips

- Black headlining

LED tail lights

- Red trim inserts, stitching & piping

Wireless charging pad (Qi standard)

Temporary space saver spare wheel

Multi-link rear suspension

Sports front seats

Rain sensor

18” alloy wheels

Alloy pedals

Dual zone climate control

Option: Panoramic sunroof

   

i30 SR Premium

 

1.6 Turbo-GDi

Key specifications above SR:

   

Front park assist system

Heated and ventilated front seats

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

Panoramic glass sunroof

Power driver’s seat

Luggage power outlet

Satin chrome side moulding

One touch auto up/down windows

Solar control glass

LED headlights and front indicators

Temporary space saver spare wheel

New: Infinity 7-speaker premium audio

Sun visor extensions

 

 

 

The critically acclaimed Mazda CX-9 continues to evolve with the flagship SUV receiving dynamic, safety and comfort upgrades. Released in July 2016 as part of Mazda’s new-generation line-up, CX-9 now comes standard with G-Vectoring Control (GVC) to improve the seven-seat SUV’s already impressive handling and passenger comfort.

GVC improves vehicle dynamics by adjusting engine torque in response to steering input. This delivers unified control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration (G) forces, enhancing the vertical load on each wheel.

The new CX-9’s impressive NVH levels have been further improved. Six new countermeasures have been added, including reducing the height difference between the rear end of the roof molding and the liftgate, and increasing the thickness of the noise-absorbing material on the underside of the headliner.

In addition, noise-insulating material introduced on the back of the boot side trim reduces the amount of noise transmitted from the tyres and from the rear of the vehicle. Inside the cabin, higher density fiber used in the floor mats better absorbs noise and the insulation layer added to the ceiling liner reduces reverberation of sound.

These measures improve the clarity of voices in the second and third row by approximately five per cent, making it easier to enjoy a conversation with your family, while drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the quieter cabin on every trip.

As befits a high-end family car, all CX-9s come with an extensive range of class leading i-ACTIVSENSE safety features. These include Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Parking sensors (rear), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Reverse camera and Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R).

Advances to this already extensive safety suite include pedestrian detection for Smart City Brake Support (Forward) with the effective speed range for the system expanding from 4–30km/h to 4–80km/h. Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) has also been added to the GT and Azami models.

All CX-9s now get a second top tether point for the third row seats. This allows child or booster seats to be mounted to all three middle row seats and both third row seats. There are also two ISOFIX mounting points situated on both outer seats in the middle row.

The power driver’s seat adds a new tilt function that adjusts the height of the cushion’s front edge. The memory function saves the tilt setting along with other seat position settings. By offering control over a wider range of positioning adjustments, the updated power driver’s seat helps reduce fatigue on long drives.

Improved operation of the second row seats on the Mazda CX-9 makes it easier for those sitting in the second and third row seats to enter and exit the cabin. The back of each second row seat now leans 33° forward when the seat is slid forward, this increases the space between each second row seat and the rear wheel housing from 60mm to approximately 200mm.

In addition, the angle of operation for the walk-in lever on the shoulder of each second row seat is reduced from 58 degrees to 51 degrees, and the amount of force required to operate it is reduced by 25 per cent. The slide rail retainers for the second row seat are changed from metal to plastic, which reduces slide resistance by almost 30 per cent.

Power seat function controls get a luxurious chrome-like finish and heated seats have been added for the two outer seats in the middle row, in GT and Azami models. While auto-power folding mirrors have been added across the range. The CX-9 is now available in Soul Red Crystal Metallic, a newly developed body colour that launched on the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 earlier this year.

The vehicle is powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, the newly-developed top-of-the-range SKYACTIV-G petrol engine. It delivers the torque of a 4.0-litre V8, yet allows CX-9 to achieve fuel economy figures that are almost 25 per cent better than the first-generation model.

CX-9 holds the coveted title of Car of the Year as awarded by Wheels, Carsales and Behind The Wheel. With the Touring variant also taking out Oz Roamer’s Car of the Year in the ‘seven-seat AWD SUV $45,000-$60,000’ category.

“Although it has barely been a year since the debut of the current CX-9, it is important to Mazda to drive the evolution of this vehicle as our flagship SUV, responding to customers who seek quality, design, driving pleasure, safety, value and passenger comfort,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak. The Brand-New Mazda CX-9 sold 9051 in its first year. 200 per cent more than the best yearly sales total achieved by the original model. With 4657 sales to the end of June this year, CX-9 has set a six monthly sales benchmark.

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Grade Drive MLP*
Sport FWD $43,890
AWD $47,890
Touring FWD $50,290
AWD $54,290
GT FWD $58,790
AWD $62,790
Azami FWD $60,790
AWD $64,790

 

Honda Australia’s top-selling HR-V compact SUV is now even better value for money following the release of an updated range for the 2017 Year Model (17YM). Satellite navigation is now fitted as standard equipment on all grades in the HR-V line-up, from the entry level VTi, all the way through the range to the top-of-the-line VTi-L with Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS).

Built into an updated audio system with 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, the addition of satellite navigation as standard equipment right across the HR-V line-up, particularly on the entry-level VTi, will ensure it maintains its competitive advantage in the small SUV market.

“Not only has the HR-V been the top selling model in the Honda range for the past two years, but it is also one of the top selling small SUVs on the market, consistently ranking in the top three sellers in what continues to be an ultra-competitive segment,” Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins said. “But more importantly for the Honda Australia business, HR-V continues to strike a chord with private buyers, where it leads the Small SUV segment with almost 83 per cent of its total sales over the past 12 months coming from the private sector.”

The Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) for all grades of HR-V remains unchanged for the 17YM line-up, despite the addition of integrated satellite navigation as standard equipment. The 2017 Year Model Honda HR-V will go on sale around Australia during May.

Honda HR-V 17YM pricing

Variant Powertrain MLP*
VTi 1.8 CVT $24,990
VTi-S 1.8 CVT $27,990
VTi-L 1.8 CVT $33,340
VTi-L with ADAS 1.8 CVT $34,340

*Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) excludes Dealer Delivery and statutory charges. Metallic/Pearlescent paint additional cost.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has announced sporty upgrades to the sports-tuned variants of Australia’s reigning top-selling car. Headline upgrades to the i30 Series II SR range include exclusive 17-inch, grey-metallic machined-face alloy wheels and red-on-black interior with leather-appointed sports bucket seats.

SR variants equipped with Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission now come standard with sporty paddle-shifters allowing drivers to select the sequential manual mode without taking their hands off the steering wheel, providing a more engaging driving experience.

Exterior

The i30 Series II SR range now comes standard with striking new 17-inch grey-metallic machined-face alloy wheels shod with 225-45R17 tyres. The new wheels are a unique, five twin-spoke design. Also available is the addition of a bold ‘Phoenix Orange’ exterior colour exclusive to the SR range.

Interior

The i30 Series II SR range now features an upgraded sports interior, with black leather upholstery, red inserts on seat bolsters, and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and front door armrests.

Front sports bucket seats with extended bolsters not only add to the visual impact, but also provide more lateral support for the driver and front passenger during spirited driving. Dark grey-metallic interior trim highlights replace the previous silver trim highlights in all variants, and the headlining is now black (previously grey). A striking red push-button start surround trim replaces the previous silver trim surround.

Hyundai’s expansive panoramic glass sunroof is now available as an option on i30 SR but remains a standard feature on the SR Premium variant. Further complementing the 2.0 GDi petrol engine and local sports suspension setup is the addition of paddle shifters on automatic variants.

i30 Series II

Like all i30 Series II variants, the top-spec SR and SR Premium already set industry benchmarks. Their value-for-money equipment levels and standard full suite of active and passive safety features are matched to the i30 Series II’s critically acclaimed Australian-tuned ride and handling dynamics.

Together with Hyundai’s industry-leading five-year/unlimited warranty and after-sales innovations, those attributes have this year helped i30 Series II become Australia’s best-selling car for a Hyundai record-breaking four consecutive months (March – June).

Specifications

Key specification changes over the outgoing i30 Series II SR models are outlined below:

  • 17” alloy wheels finished in dark grey metallic paint with a machined face
  • Black/red leather* appointed interior (leather now standard on SR model)
  • Front sports bucket seats
  • Red inserts on seat bolsters
  • Black headlining
  • Cloth covered interior A-pillar trims
  • Dark grey metallic interior trim highlights
  • Red stitching on seats, steering wheel, and front door armrests
  • Red push button start trim surround
  • Panoramic glass sunroof (optional on SR model, standard on SR Premium)

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

Pricing


Engine

Transmission

SR

SR Premium

2.0L GDi Petrol

6 Speed Manual

$26,550

$31,250

6 Speed Automatic

$28,850

$33,550

Option Pricing:

Metallic / Mica paint: $495
Panoramic sunroof: $2,000

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

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

Kia has announced details of a comprehensive upgrade to its increasingly popular Kia cee’d, a model that has provided the foundation for Kia’s continuing success in Europe over recent years. Kia’s European designers have evolved the interior and exterior styling of the current cee’d into an exciting new look, with the powertrain team developing a wider range of engines and transmissions. The improvements include Kia’s all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, as well as a range of new safety, comfort and convenience upgrades. The changes apply to every model in the cee’d range, which now incorporates the five-door cee’d hatchback, Sportswagon and three-door pro_cee’d.

The modifications applied to the cee’d range also include a range of visual and dynamic improvements to the high-powered cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT models. Already among the best-looking cars in the C-segment ‘hot hatch’ segment, these changes will further strengthen the GT models’ appeal to buyers in this more emotive corner of the market. The upgraded model will come with a new ‘GT Line’ specification, offering buyers the sporty looks and dynamics of the GT models and the versatility of the conventional cee’d model family. The GT Line specification is available on all three cee’d body types – five door cee’d, cee’d Sportswagon and three-door pro_cee’d.

Subtle styling upgrades to the interior and improved NVH 

The high quality cabin in the Kia cee’d has received a range of minor styling upgrades to build on the simple elegance of the interior design. The basic form of the cabin remains unchanged, but a number of subtle enhancements bring a more modern look and feel to the interior. A new optional colour pack further adds to the cee’d’s appeal. The asymmetric, driver-focused dashboard receives a flash of chrome around the instrument binnacle, driver-side and central air vents and around the upper edge of the instrument panel. The central fascia panel is now finished in a high quality, anti-scratch gloss black for a more premium look.

The 2016 Kia cee’d will be available with a new interior colour pack, a new Brown Pack adding elegant brown upholstery to the seats and doors. For diesel variants, the upgraded interior of the cee’d offers improved noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system, while twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel to cut engine vibrations intruding on the calm of the cabin. All diesel engines have also been fitted with sound-absorbing material to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter.

Upgraded range of Euro 6-compliant engines includes all-new 1.0-litre T-GDI

The upgraded cee’d offers a wider choice of powertrains than before, with all engines now compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard. For the launch of the 2016 cee’d, Kia is introducing its all-new 1.0-litre ‘T-GDI’ (turbo petrol direct injection) engine. This new downsized, three-cylinder power unit has been engineered to improve fuel consumption and emissions, while offering strong, willing performance and immediate responses to driver input.

Kia’s new turbocharged engine, developed in-house at the company’s Namyang R&D centre in Korea, features a high-pressure direct injection system, advanced engine cooling and an integrated exhaust manifold for cleaner emissions and efficient packaging. Immediate engine response and highly-efficient combustion were cornerstones of the engine’s development, fulfilling Kia’s sustainable engine downsizing strategy. This is the first of Kia’s upcoming range of downsized engines to make its debut in Europe, and will be available with a choice of two power outputs. In its basic state, the new engine produces 74kW and 172 Nm torque, while the higher powered 1.0-litre T-GDI produces 88kW and the same 172 Nm torque. The maximum engine torque is available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, making it an incredibly flexible engine under all driving conditions. Pending homologation later this year, both 74kW and 88kW are expected to deliver the lowest CO2 emissions of any petrol-engined cee’d to date.

The diesel cee’d continues to be a popular choice for European buyers, and the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine has also been upgraded for its application in the new model. A new high-pressure injection system and continuously-controlled variable oil pump reduce friction losses in the engine, with the lower powered 81kW version available across both the standard cee’d and new GT Line range. CO2 emissions fall to 102 g/km, or just 94 g/km when fitted with Kia ISG (Idle Stop/Go). Available with both the enhanced cee’d range and the new GT Line variant, the higher powered 1.6 CRDi engine now produces 100kW (up from 94kW), and 285 Nm torque (improved from 265 Nm). The engine’s full torque is now available from just 1,500 (down from 1,900, when equipped with a manual transmission), resulting in more effortless acceleration under all conditions.

The Kia cee’d will continue to be offered with the 94kW 1.6-litre GDI and 74kW 1.4-litre MPI (multi-point injection) petrol engines, as well as the popular 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine, all of which now also meet the Euro 6 emissions standard.

All-new seven-speed double-clutch transmission

The upgraded cee’d features a second new technology debut for Kia, with the arrival of the brand’s all-new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), available exclusively on models equipped with the higher powered 100kW 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine. Kia’s new DCT is capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the modified engine fitted to the upgraded cee’d, with a higher capacity than the six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission it replaces. Like the new 1.0-litre T-GDI power unit, Kia’s new DCT has also been developed in-house and has been engineered with low fuel consumption and a sporty driving feel when in manual mode, and with comfort and smoothness when left in automatic mode.

Drivers specifying the new DCT will benefit from faster gear changes than a traditional automatic transmission, as well as lower running costs. When equipped with the new DCT, the 1.6-litre CRDi engine emits just 109 g/km carbon dioxide, compared to the 145 g/km recorded by the earlier engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The wider cee’d range continues to be offered with a six-speed manual transmission, with the 1.6-litre GDI engine also available with a six-speed double-clutch transmission.

Improved ride comfort, handling, NVH 

Engineers have made a number of modifications to the suspension and chassis of the upgraded cee’d in order to improve ride comfort and handling. The principal enhancement to the upgraded cee’d is the addition of a new torque vectoring system, which reduces understeer by partially applying the brake to the inner wheel under cornering. The motor-driven power steering system now results in more linear and predictable steering inputs, while changes to front wheel geometry have improved on-centre steering feel. Finally, new stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and new outer ball joint on the rear stabiliser bar help to improve ride comfort on poor surfaces by minimising vibrations through the suspension.

The NVH characteristics of the suspension in the upgraded cee’d have also been improved slightly, with the adoption of a hollow stabiliser bar, replacing the previous solid stabiliser, to reduce road noise.

New safety and convenience features include Kia Connected Services

Kia development teams have added a range of new comfort, convenience and safety features to further improve the modern, high-tech appeal of the Kia cee’d. Safety is a priority for Kia, and the popular cee’d is now available with an optional Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), which uses a camera to identify speed limit signs and display them beside the speedometer and on the navigation screen. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are also available as options, using sensors to monitor the side and rear of the cee’d for other vehicles in the driver’s blind spots and give the driver a visual or audible alert.

Drivers can enjoy easier parking with the 2016 cee’d, with an upgraded Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), depending on market. SPAS uses side-mounted ultrasonic sensors and front and rear parking sensors, as well as the electric power steering system, to identify a suitable parking space and automatically steer the car into the space. In the latest cee’d, the system can now steer the car into perpendicular spaces, in addition to parallel parking. The parallel exit function allows the cee’d to steer itself out of tight road-side spaces. The upgraded cee’d also features Kia’s latest audio-visual navigation (AVN) system for a more modern appearance on the cee’d’s 7.0-inch central fascia display. The AVN system also supports the addition of DAB digital radio, which is available across a number of European markets.

A new addition to the cee’d is a wide range of multimedia information services, Kia Connected Services. Provided by TomTom, the new connectivity features include live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local search and weather forecasts. Kia Connected Services will be introduced to the cee’d range in line with the launch of the new GT Line specification, due across Europe in Q4.

Wide range of updates to high-powered GT models

The high-powered cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT have been upgraded with modifications to its powertrain and dynamics. These changes ensure the GT remains among the most compelling – and best-looking – cars in the C-segment ‘hot hatch’ class. For the exterior, GT models retain much of the visual aggression that differentiates them from the standard cee’d range, including the stylish ‘ice-cube’ daytime running lights and sporty bodywork. The 2016 cee’d GT is now also available with a new 18-inch wheel design. On the inside, cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT models are now fitted with a newly-designed flat-bottomed steering wheel with a subtle GT logo and concave central design, while the black engine start-stop button from the standard cee’d is replaced with an aluminium button. Chrome accents have also been added to in-door power window switches. Combined with the car’s standard RECARO suede bucket seats, these enhancements make the car stand out even further from other models in the range.

A new electronic sound generator, fitted exclusively to GT models and activated when drivers press the ‘GT Mode’ button on the steering wheel. Effectively synthesising the 1.6-litre T-GDI’s fast-revving engine note into the cabin, the sound generator adds a new element to the driving experience and brings the driver closer to the car’s higher level of performance. With GT Mode switched off, the sound generator produces a quiet and moderate engine note.

The high-powered 1.6-litre T-GDI engine found in the cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT receives a new turbocharger system. With increased air pressure serving to boost low-end torque and engine response, acceleration from 0-100 kph is improved by 0.1 to 7.6 seconds. Drivers will also enjoy greater in-gear acceleration as a result of the new turbocharger. The 1.6-litre T-GDI produces 150kW and 265 Nm, with CO2 emissions reduced slightly to 170 g/km. As well as the addition of torque vectoring and NVH improvements to the standard car, Kia engineers have further upgraded the dynamics of the cee’d GT. New optional enlarged front disc brakes, increased in size from 300 mm to 320 mm, result in higher heat capacity and improved resistance to brake fade. The 100-0 kph stopping distance in the upgraded cee’d GT has been reduced from 36.4 metres to 35.0 metres.

2016 Kia cee’d range on-sale from July 2015

The upgraded Kia cee’d will be available from dealers across Europe from July 2015, offering the company’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty as standard. Designed and engineered in Europe before launching originally in December 2006, the Kia cee’d model family is manufactured at Kia’s production facility in Žilina, Slovakia, and remains one of the brand’s bestselling models, with more than 75,000 sold across Europe in 2014. In May, Kia produced its 1,000,000th cee’d, a major milestone since its introduction to the European market nine years ago.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced body, chassis and powertrain enhancements, along with front, rear and interior styling changes, for its newly revised 2016 Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV. The upgrades are in-line with the substantial mid-life changes to Mitsubishi’s recently released 2016 Outlander, which delivered a smoother, more responsive on-road performance with improvements to quietness, steering performance, ride and handling. Further to this, changes to the 2016 Outlander PHEV are designed to deliver better hybrid fuel efficiency and acceleration feel and throttle response, while cosmetic improvements – including design features unique to PHEV – give Mitsubishi’s flagship electric vehicle a more upmarket, high-grade appearance inside and out.

New active safety features – such as new Multi-around View Monitor – which help prevent low-speed parking and traffic accidents will also be introduced with the 2016 Outlander PHEV range. The 2016 upgrades have been announced for the Japanese domestic market, where the updated Outlander PHEV makes its global market debut in July.

Exterior Design

Just like the 2016 Outlander, the new plug-in hybrid version of Outlander features Mitsubishi’s striking “dynamic shield” front design concept. However, the PHEV model is distinguished by bumper extensions, side garnish and exterior decoration designed to evoke a high-quality, sporty impression. The exterior design is enhanced with a new 18-inch alloy wheel exclusive the PHEV models, with two-tone machined and black gloss finishes. The Outlander PHEV exterior colour range has been expanded with new colours including Ruby Black Pearl and Quartz Brown metallic.

Ruby Black Pearl is unique to PHEV models, and features a black pearl paint with contrasting ruby red flecks. The new colours join the existing Japanese domestic colour line-up of:

  • Black Mica
  • Titanium Grey Metallic
  • White Pearl
  • Red Metallic

Interior Design

Outlander PHEV’s 2016 interior is styled to create a luxurious and high-quality cabin space. The redesigned seats feature new trim with accent stitching, which is repeated in the padded door trim inserts. The seats use styled padding and trim lines which follow the shape of the occupant’s body to provide superior fit and comfort for front and rear passengers. The premium quality of the interior is reinforced in the all-new four-spoke steering wheel design, which is trimmed with seamless, fine-quality leather for a comfortable grip, and silver steering-wheel mounted controls with a chrome finish.

The instrument cluster is trimmed with accent stitching, while the newly designed large centre console uses a finish to reflect the elegance of Japanese black lacquer used in traditional Japanese craftwork. Black stream patterns and lustrous accents feature in the dashboard and door trim ornament panels. A power-adjusted driver’s seat becomes standard on all trim levels, and most variants gain the heated steering wheel function.

On-Road Performance

In addition to 2016 Outlander general improvements to NVH, steering, ride and handling, Mitsubishi Motors has increased the fuel efficiency of Outlander’s plug-in hybrid system by reducing engine friction and overall system optimisation. This represents improved hybrid fuel efficiency of 8 per cent with an official figure of 20.2km/l (JC08 mode). Meanwhile, improvements to electric motor efficiency have extended the 2016 Outlander PHEV’s all-electric range by 0.6km to 60.8km based on JC08 mode. Launch feel or acceleration from a standing start and overall throttle response has improved with revisions to the plug-in hybrid EV and motor control systems.

The 2016 model introduces new safety technology features, including Unintentional Move Off Control system and Multi-around View Monitor, which gives the driver a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle to assist with parking or negotiating tight spaces. Unintentional Move Off Control system mitigates impact damage by controlling speed in reverse or forward gear when a driver presses the accelerator by mistake and inadvertently moves toward another vehicle or obstacle. This feature is a factory option on some models. The 2016 Outlander PHEV will be introduced to the Japanese domestic market on 9 July and rolled out progressively to new and existing markets across the globe.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia will announce details of local specification and availability closer to its local launch.

Hyundai has substantially reinvigorated its ultra-stylish, roomy and luxurious i40 Sedan and Tourer range. Importantly, i40 Series II diesel Sedans and Tourers now come standard with Hyundai’s new 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) automatic transmission. The i40 Series II also brings significant styling changes ranging from its more aggressive new grille and projector-beam headlights/LED Daytime Running Lights to its stylish new tail-lights.

In keeping with other recent Series II upgrades in Hyundai’s passenger vehicle and SUV line-up i40 Series II has adopted more advanced 32-bit motor-driven power steering (MDPS), replacing the previous 16-bit system. Adoption of the new MDPS system also enabled Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly regarded local chassis development team to revisit the i40’s suspension, ride and handling. Under the leadership of the General Manager Product Engineering, Hee Loong Wong (aka 'Wongy'), the team worked to capitalise on the new steering system by matching it with various combinations of springs, dampers and stabiliser bars. 30 separate suspension combinations were exhaustively tested by wide-ranging on-road evaluations and via computer modelling.

“We eventually settled on a combination which used a smaller front stabiliser bar to help deliver better road feedback and steering feel,” Mr Wong said. “At the same time we were able to improve the ride of both Sedan and Tourer i40 Series II variants over undulating surfaces and handling on challenging surfaces, including those with mid-corner bumps.”

Suspension tuning facts:

  • 30 separate suspension combinations evaluated
  • 21 front dampers built and tested
  • 13 rear dampers built and tested
  • 2 front sway bars tested
  • Tests conducted in on 16” and 18” wheels & tyres
  • Tests conducted on diesel and petrol variants

Hyundai i40 Series II’s front bumper has been resculpted and is topped with a revised, Veloster-like grille featuring matte-black horizontal slats and contrasting chrome inserts. The new grille also features an elegant U-shaped chrome surround. Also immediately obvious are i40 Series II’s new projector-beam headlight units mounted in blacked-out headlight housings. The headlight units incorporate a redesigned LED strip for the daytime running lights. i40’s Series II’s LED tail-lights also have been restyled. On i40 Series II Premium variants new LED fog-lights integrating a strip of five individual LED lighting elements replace the previous incandescent lights.

All i40 Series II variants boast stylishly redesigned alloy wheels. The twin-spoke-design 16-inch wheels on i40 Series II Active variants are finished in silver. The 17-inch wheels on Premium variants use a different, machined-face twin-spoke design with dark grey painted inserts. All i40 Series II variants come standard with a rear-view camera. When the car is being reversed, the rearward image is displayed in the in-dash multimedia screen. The camera augments the i40 Series II’s standard front and rear parking sensors, helping eliminate dangerous blind spots while reversing.

Inside, i40 Series II has also received important new upgrades to an interior. The previous dot matrix audio system has been replaced with a new 4.3-inch touchscreen system offering a more intuitive user experience while contributing to a more modern cabin ambience. In addition to the existing AM/FM radio, CD-player, USB/AUX inputs and MP3 compatibility, the upgraded system now offers digital iPod connectivity (previously analogue), as well as a sophisticated media ripping/storage facility. A convenient rear armrest storage box with flip-up cover now gives i40 Series II rear-seat passengers yet another clever storage option.

The i40 Series II range is available with either Hyundai’s Nu 2.0 GDi petrol engine (Tourer variants only), or U-II 1.7 CRDi diesel (all variants). Exclusive to the Tourer body style, the Nu 2.0 GDi petrol engine has been revised to improve low-end torque, delivering better off-the-line acceleration and real-world performance. Maximum power is 121kW at 6200rpm and maximum torque is 203Nm at 4700rpm. In i40 Series II the Nu 2.0 engine is mated to Hyundai’s own slick-shifting six-speed automatic. In petrol-engined i40 Series II Tourer Premium variants fuel consumption has been improved by three percent to 7.5L/100km. For i40 Series II, the U-II 1.7 CRDi diesel engine now combines with Hyundai’s all-new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). The new DCT replaces the six-speed automatic previously found in diesel-engined i40s. This new powertrain combination offers substantially improved performance, driveability and fuel economy (now 5.1L/100km, down from 5.6L/100km).

Power output for the 1.7-litre CRDi engine has increased from 100kW to 104kW at 4000rpm. Peak torque has jumped from 320Nm to 340Nm at 1750-2500rpm.

i40 Active

  • 9 airbags (driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), rear outboard side (thorax), full- length curtains, driver’s knee)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Front and rear parking assist system (8 sensors)
  • Rear-view camera (NEW)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen audio system with CD player, MP3 capability, 6 speakers, media ripping/storage (NEW)
  • AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone & audio streaming)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls and speed-limiter function
  • Electronic Park Brake (EPB)
  • Front and rear power windows with one-touch window up/down function on driver’s window
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • One-touch turn signal operation
  • Premium gearknob and steering wheel
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Cloth interior
  • LED high-mount stop light
  • Manual air-conditioning with rear centre console cooling/heating ducts
  • 60:40 split folding rear seats
  • Cargo blind and safety barrier net (Tourer only)
  • Roof rails (Tourer only)

i40 Premium
Key specifications above Active:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 R17 tyres
  • LED front fog-lights
  • 7-inch touchscreen satellite-navigation system with CD player, MP3 capability, external amplifier, seven speakers, 3 years’ HERE MapCare ™
  • Dual-zone climate control with automatic windscreen defog function
  • Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) interior mirror
  • Electrically adjusted driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • One-touch up/down function on all windows
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Proximity smart key with push button start
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS)
  • Solar glass with tinted rear privacy glass
  • 4.2-inch TFT LCD colour display in instruments Supervision cluster
  • Alloy pedals
  • Alloy-look interior doorhandles
  • Brushed aluminium-effect dashboard/door inserts
  • Luggage net
  • Chrome inserts in exterior doorhandles
  • Leather appointed seats
  • Luggage rail (Tourer only)
  • Power tailgate (open and close) (Tourer only)
  • Smart tailgate (hands-free opening) (Tourer only)

Pricing

Body Style

Engine

Transmission

Active

Premium

Sedan

1.7 CRDi Diesel

7 Speed DCT

$33,090

$41,990

Tourer

2.0 GDi Petrol

6 Speed Automatic

$32,490

$41,390

1.7 CRDi Diesel

7 Speed DCT

$35,090

$43,990

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

Hyundai’s three-door Veloster coupe-hatch has been substantially upgraded. Veloster Series II also now offers a 7-speed double-clutch transmission on SR Turbo variants. Veloster Series II brings outstanding new features, new looks, both inside and out, together with new exterior colours, including a striking matte-blue finish. Veloster Series II’s now four-tier range also introduces a new entry level, sub-$30,000 Veloster SR Turbo. Veloster Series II’s performance-oriented ride, handling and steering have been further refined by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly respected local chassis development team. The result is a better Veloster that also delivers even greater value.

Veloster Series II introduces wider tyres (now 225/40 R18, up from 215/40 R18), significant spring and stabiliser bar changes, and new Hydraulic Rebound Stops (HRS) in the front dampers. Veloster Series II’s Australian-focused ride, handling and steering was fine-tuned after exhaustive testing by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s vastly experienced and well-respected chassis development team, led by the General Manager Product Engineering, Hee Loong Wong, aka 'Wongy'. The tuning process evaluated over 49 separate suspension combinations of springs, sway bars and bespoke built dampers. The team’s systematic testing procedures – conducted both on-road and via extensive computer modelling – also benefitted from recent experience gained during local chassis development of the VelosterRaptor concept and Elantra Series II. “The bigger tyres on Veloster Series II meant we needed to address the subtle increase in the car’s unsprung weight,” Hee Loong Wong said.

“We reduced the front stabiliser bar diameter across the Veloster Series II range to allow for more independent front-wheel movement. In the naturally aspirated Veloster and Veloster +, the bar was reduced from 24mm to 21mm. In Veloster SR Turbo and SR Turbo +, it was reduced from 24mm to 22mm. “We were able to use a smaller-diameter stabiliser bar in the naturally aspirated Veloster and Veloster + because that engine is marginally lighter than the Turbo, with subsequent lower impact loads and reduced roll tendency.” The lighter engine in the naturally aspirated Veloster and Veloster + also enabled the chassis development team to reduce the front spring rate from 2.6 to 2.5. The smaller front stabiliser bars also deliver greater initial roll response for sharper turn-in and increased droop on the unladen inner inside front wheel, for better drive out of corners. In Veloster Series II SR Turbo and SR Turbo + the team compensated for the resulting increase in mid-corner roll caused by its smaller stabiliser bar by increasing the front spring rate from 2.6 to 2.7 and finessing the low-speed damper characteristics. Additionally, this enhanced front agility – with sharper turn-in and more aggressive drive out of corners – gives the car a more ‘playful’ character, allowing the rear to be more actively involved during high-speed cornering.

Rear spring rates and torsion beam specification were unchanged, although new dampers were specified to match Veloster Series II’s new front-rear balance.  Importantly, Veloster Series II also switches from the previous Veloster’s 16-bit MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) system to Hyundai’s latest-tech 32-bit system. Additionally, Veloster Series II SR Turbo + also adopts Hyundai’s driver-adjustable three-mode Flex Steer system. “We’re extremely happy with the results and believe its retuned suspension together with the new MDPS system have transformed Veloster Series II’s ride, handling and responsiveness,” Wong said. “Veloster Series I was good but we believe Series II is even better.”

Suspension tuning facts:

  • 49 separate suspension combinations evaluated
  • 29 front dampers built and tested
  • 30 rear dampers built and tested
  • 2 front sway bars tested
  • 2 front spring options tested
  • 2 rear spring options tested

Subtle but effective changes add even more to the Veloster’s uniquely dynamic appeal. Veloster Series II’s Fluidic Sculpture styling has been enhanced via a distinctive grey grille surround (on both SR Turbo variants) and new-style 18-inch alloy wheels. Adding new sophistication and sportiness to Veloster Series II’s side profile, the new alloys are available in two dynamic styles. Both are shod with sporty 225/40 R18 tyres.

Veloster Series II’s major upgrades further strengthen Veloster’s already-benchmark interior equipment list.

Standout new features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats (SR Turbo +)
  • New electroluminescent sports type instrument cluster (SR Turbo variants)
  • Coloured seatbelts (SR Turbo and SR Turbo +, from April 2015 production)
  • Colour-stitched steering wheels (SR Turbo variants)
  • Blue-highlighted, leather-appointed trim (SR Turbo variants with Blue Sprinter matte paint)

Veloster Series II is powered by Hyundai’s direct-injection 1.6-litre Gamma engine, in naturally aspirated or turbocharged form. The Gamma engine boasts Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, electronic throttle control, roller timing chain, variable induction and innovative anti-friction coatings. Power and torque figures for both engine types are unchanged. The naturally-aspirated engine offers 103kW at 6300rpm and 167Nm at 4850rpm. In Veloster Series II, SR Turbo and SR Turbo + power and torque are 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm at 1750-4500rpm respectively. Both naturally aspirated and turbocharged Veloster Series II variants are available with a sporty six-speed manual gearbox. Naturally aspirated Veloster and Veloster + variants also come with Hyundai’s six-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

New for Veloster Series II and exclusive to the SR Turbo range is the addition of the smooth shifting 7-speed DCT, also with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The all-new 7-speed DCT offers even sportier performance with quick changes and improved fuel economy (now 7.1L/100km, down from 7.6L/100km).

 

1.6 GDi

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed DCT

Power (kW)

103 kW @ 6,300 rpm

Torque (Nm)

167 Nm @ 4,850 rpm

l/100km

6.4

Availability

Veloster & Veloster +

 

1.6 Turbo GDi

Transmission

6-speed manual

7-speed DCT

Power (kW)

150 kW @ 6,000 rpm

Torque (Nm)

265 Nm @ 1,750 - 4,500 rpm

l/100km

6.9

7.1

Availability

Veloster SR Turbo & Veloster SR Turbo +

Veloster Series II Key Specifications

Veloster

  • 6 airbags (driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side (thorax), full-length curtains)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) (DCT-equipped cars only)
  • Hyundai Active Locking Operation (HALO)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Automatic dusk sensing headlamps
  • 7-inch LCD touchscreen with DivX, CD player and MP3 functionality
  • Premium audio system featuring 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, centre speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier
  • AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
  • Rear-view camera (integrated into touchscreen)
  • Rear parking assist system (4 sensors)
  • 18-alloy wheels (two tone multi-spoke) with 225/40R18 tyres
  • Cloth/Leather-appointed seats
  • Premium steering wheel and gearknob
  • Front sports bucket seats
  • Height-adjustable driver’s front seat
  • Electric lumbar support (driver’s seat)
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Front and rear passenger side power windows
  • One-touch window up/down on driver’s window incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
  • LED high mount stop lamp
  • LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors

Veloster +

  • Leather-appointed seats
  • 7-inch LCD touchscreen Satellite Navigation with CD player, MP3 functionality & 3 years HERE® MapCare™
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Proximity Smart Key with pushbutton start
  • Climate control air-conditioning with auto defog function
  • Supervision cluster with dot matrix centre display
  • Electric driver’s seat base slide and tilt
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Seat back pocket (passenger side)
  • Fold-down sunglasses compartment in roof-mounted console
  • Luggage net

Veloster SR Turbo

  • 6 airbags (driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side (thorax), full-length curtains)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) (DCT-equipped cars only)
  • Hyundai Active Locking Operation (HALO)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Projector-Beam headlamps
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlamps
  • 7-inch LCD touchscreen with DivX, CD player and MP3 functionality
  • Premium audio system featuring 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, centre speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier
  • AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
  • Rear-view camera (integrated into 7-inch LCD)
  • Rear parking assist system (4 sensors)
  • Full body kit
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40R18 tyres
  • Leather appointed seats
  • Premium steering wheel and gearknob
  • Front sports bucket seats
  • Proximity Smart Key with pushbutton start
  • Sports type Supervision cluster
  • Height-adjustable driver’s front seat
  • Electric driver’s seat base slide and tilt
  • Electric lumbar support (driver’s seat)
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Front and rear passenger-side power windows
  • One-touch window up/down on driver’s window incorporating anti-pinching safety feature
  • LED high mount stop light
  • LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors
  • Seat back pocket (passenger side)
  • Luggage net

Veloster SR Turbo

  • 7-inch LCD touchscreen Satellite Navigation with CD player, MP3 functionality & 3 years HERE® MapCare™
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Climate-control air-conditioning with auto defog function
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Flex Steer
  • Fold-down sunglasses compartment in roof-mounted console

Pricing

Engine

Transmission

Veloster

Veloster +

Veloster SR

Veloster
SR +

1.6 GDi

6 Speed Manual

$24,490

$29,490

   

1.6 GDi

6 Speed DCT

$26,990

$31,990

-

-

1.6 Turbo GDi

6 Speed Manual

-

-

$29,990

$33,990

1.6 Turbo GDi

7 Speed DCT

-

-

$32,490

$36,490

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