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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Manufacturer’s List Price list:

Grade

Engine

T/M

MLP

Roadster

1.5L

6MT

$34,190

Roadster

1.5L

6AT

$36,190

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$41,960

Roadster GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$43,960

RF

2.0L GE

6MT

$39,400

RF

2.0L GE

6AT

$41,400

RF GT

2.0L GE

6MT

$45,960

RF GT

2.0L GE

6AT

$47,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6MT

$46,960

RF GT (black roof)

2.0L GE

6AT

$48,960

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Mazda CX-9 is available now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other key Forester facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 ASX Range


Model/Trans

Engine

Trans

Drivetrain

RRP

ES

2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol

5MT/CVT

2WD

$23,490/$25,490

with ADAS option

     

$26,990

LS

2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol

CVT

2WD

$27,990

Exceed

2.0-litre 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol

CVT

2WD

$30,990

MY19 ASX Key Features:

ES:

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

Advanced Driver Assist Systems option pack:

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

LS (ES, plus):

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

Exceed (LS, plus):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eclipse Cross Key Features:

ES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Outlander Range


Model

Drivetrain

Engine

Seats

RRP

ES

S-AWC AWD

Twin electric motors,
2.0-litre MIVEC petrol

5

$45,990

ADAS option

     

$1,500

Exceed

S-AWC AWD

Twin electric motors,
2.0-litre MIVEC petrol

5

$53,990

What’s New for 2019:

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

ES:

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

Optional ADAS safety pack:

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

Exceed:

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

It was at the 2016 Paris Motor Show that Mercedes‑Benz first presented its new product and technology brand for electromobility. In mid-2019 the time has now come: The EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures)1 is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be launched under the EQ brand. With its seamless, clear design and colour highlights typical of the brand, it is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its attributes. These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW. A sophisticated operating strategy enables an electric range of more than 450 km according to NEDC (provisional figure)1. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me, and makes electromobility convenient and suitable for day-to-day motoring. The EQC also symbolises the start of a new mobility era at Daimler.

As the first Mercedes-Benz model under the new product and technology brand EQ, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has many trailblazing design details and colour highlights typical of the brand. Both inside and out, the EQC embodies the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. This arises from the combination of a previously unknown beauty, the conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.

By virtue of its muscular proportions, the EQC is classed as a crossover SUV. The extended roofline and window layout with a low waistline and the coupé-like roof recess at the rear visually position it between an SUV and an SUV coupé.

A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. For the first time, the black panel is bordered at the top by an optical fibre as a visual link between the torch-like daytime running lamps as a typical Mercedes-Benz feature. At night this creates an almost uninterrupted, horizontal light band. The inner housings and tubes of the standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are in high-gloss black. Contrasting colour highlights discreetly confirm the model's membership of the new EQ family: blue stripes on a black background, and MULTIBEAM lettering also in blue.

The high-quality interior of the EQC also pioneers an avant-garde electro-look. One example is the ribbed edge of the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a “cut-out” in the driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is located - a high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with key-shaped, rosé-gold coloured louvres.

[1] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service corporation. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

Powertrain: Dynamic performance meets efficiency 

As the first Mercedes-Benz model to be launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC features an all-new drive system development with compact electric drivetrains at each axle. These give the EQC the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive.

To reduce power consumption and increase dynamism, the electric drivetrains are configured differently: the front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm.

Mercedes-Benz engineers have enhanced noise comfort with a number of measures. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. This effective isolation is supplemented with insulation measures. As a result, the interior of the EQC is extremely quiet.

The lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh (NEDC) supplies the vehicle with power. The power consumption and range of electric vehicles depend very much on the driving style. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs, each with different characteristics: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and an individually adaptable program. In the more economical driving modes, the haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve power plays an important role. The driver is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel.

The ECO Assist system gives the driver comprehensive support when driving predictively: by prompting the driver when it is appropriate to come off the accelerator, e.g. because the vehicle is approaching a speed limit, and by functions such as coasting and specific control of recuperation. For this purpose, navigation data, traffic sign recognition and information from the intelligent safety assistants (radar and stereo camera) are linked and processed.

Technical data[1]  

CO2 emissions

0 g/km

Power consumption (NEDC)

22.2* kWh/100 km

Range (NEDC)

more than 450* km

Drive system

2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive

Output

300 kW (408 hp)

Peak torque

765 Nm

Top speed

180 km/h (governed)

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

5.1 s

Battery

Lithium-ion

Battery energy content (NEDC)

80 kWh

Battery weight

650 kg

Length/width (with mirrors)/height

4,761/1,884 (2,096)/1,624 mm

Track width (FA/RA)

1,625/1,615 mm

Wheelbase

2,873 mm

Boot capacity (depending on equipment)

ca. 500 l

Kerb weight/perm. GVW/pay load (DIN)

2,425*/2,930/505 kg

Trailing load max. (12 per cent)

1,800 kg

*provisional data
[1] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service corporation. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

Charging: Flexible and fast 

As standard the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.

Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is up to three times faster than at a domestic power socket. It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC – for example via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) in Europe and the USA, CHAdeMO in Japan or GB/T in China. Depending on the SoC (status of charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station. In around 40 minutes, the battery can be charged from 10 - 80 per cent SoC (provisional data).

The multimedia system MBUX: with EQC-specific functions 

The EQC features the innovative multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which has numerous EQ specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow. EQ optimised navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.

The MBUX display has a special EQ tile where numerous EQ features are grouped. Alternatively the user can access the EQ menu of the MBUX system directly using a key in the lower left control panel. Thanks to natural language recognition, the EQ specific voice control helps the driver to operate the EQC.

Intelligent services: Relaxed travel from start to finish 

EQ with Mercedes me provides comprehensive services for the electromobility of today and tomorrow. The most important new services and functions of the EQC planned for market launch include:

Pre-entry climate control: This ensures that the vehicle interior is already at the desired temperature on departure. It can be programmed directly via MBUX or via the Mercedes me App. A sophisticated system with a heat pump and electric heater boosters pre-climatises the interior. 

The EQ optimised navigation always bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time. The route planning also responds dynamically to changes, and can take place both offboard and onboard, i.e. externally (via the Mercedes me App) and within the vehicle. Thanks to EQ optimised navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can easily find charging stations, and Mercedes me Charge gives them convenient access to the charging stations of numerous providers, also beyond national borders. In this case customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple accounting.

Active and passive safety: EQC-specific safety concept 

The EQC is equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems. In the Driving Assistance package, these include new functions such as predictive speed adjustment when approaching the end of a tailback: when a tailback is detected, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC reduces the speed to around 100 km/h as a precaution. In a tailback on the motorway, the lane guidance system keeps the vehicle off-centre to leave space for the emergency services.

The EQC also meets the highest requirements with respect to passive safety: in addition to the usual, extensive programme of crash tests, Mercedes-Benz applies further, particularly stringent safety standards to the battery and all component parts carrying electrical current. These standards exceed legal requirements. The vehicle structure of the EQC has been adapted to suit the special requirements of the electrical components and battery, and is configured to achieve the usual high safety level. For example, a new subframe surrounds the drive components located in the front section, and this unit is supported by the usual mounting points.
Mechanical protection of the battery: the high-safety design begins with the installation position of the high-voltage battery beneath the vehicle floor. The energy storage unit is surrounded by a stable frame that can absorb energy. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery, and these are able to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact. A battery guard in the front area of the battery is able to prevent the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.

Electrical protection of the high-voltage system: the extensive experience of Mercedes-Benz with high-voltage drive systems has led to a multi-stage safety concept that deploys in the event of an accident. The high-voltage system automatically shuts down, reversibly or irreversibly, according to the severity of the accident. There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually.

Testing: Endurance tests around the world 
By market launch, 200 prototypes and pre-production vehicles of the EQC will have absolved tests covering several million kilometres across four continents (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa). The test program comprises more than 500 individual tests. Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the EQC must absolve the demanding standard test programme. There are also special tests for the electric powertrain, the fuel cell, and the interplay of all powertrain components.

In the process the test experts are able to build upon the extensive findings from their digital testing work, used to ensure both the buildability of the vehicle and for the simulation of e.g. crash behaviour, aerodynamics and NVH: noise, vibration, harshness. In addition, there are intensive tests on numerous test rigs at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen. The ratio between digital and real testing is roughly 35 to 65 per cent.

Production: Preparations in full swing in the Bremen plant 

Series production of the EQC will start in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The preparations for this are already fully under way. The new EQC will be integrated into ongoing series production as a fully electric vehicle. The very latest production technologies will be employed.

One decisive innovation is the so-called battery-joining centre where the EQC undergoes a second “marriage”" following installation of the two electric powerpacks in the bodyshell. This is where the EQCs are recognised as electric models with the help of data tags attached to the body, and equipped with a battery. The body is suspended from a so-called C-carrier and deposited on a frame. Support arms raise the battery to the vehicle's floor from below. An employee monitors the automatic bolting in place.

In parallel with this, production of our own batteries for the EQC is coming on stream at the expanded battery plant in Kamenz (near Dresden).
Alongside Bremen, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) is also preparing for the production start-up of the EQC for the local market.

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

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

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

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

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

New Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ range

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

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

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

The new Honda HR-V, the world’s most popular Small SUV, is improved for 2018.

  • Improved Sportiness: New RS grade with unique steering, suspension and styling
  • Improved Driveability: Revised CVT featuring stepped gear ratios
  • Improved Safety: City-Brake Active System standard across the range
  • Improved Technology: satellite navigation is standard across the range
  • Improved Style: Design enhancements across the range
  • Honda’s Unique LaneWatch standard from VTi-S
  • Improved Comfort: New-design front seats for RS and VTi-LX
  • Improved Refinement: Additional insulation for a quieter cabin in RS and VTi-LX
  • 2018 HR-V maintains competitive pricing, magic seats, impressive interior space and unrivalled versatility

Honda HR-V is the world’s most popular Small SUV*, and remains a consistent top three choice among private buyers in Australia.

Launched locally in 2015, HR-V quickly established itself within the Small SUV category and enticed a new generation of customers to the Honda brand. The secret to HR-V’s success is its unsurpassed ability in delivering stylish looks, outstanding packaging, a refined driving experience, and excellent value in a compact SUV footprint. It’s simply the complete Small SUV.

And for 2018, Honda HR-V builds on these strengths with refreshed styling, a sharper drive, improved safety and technology across the range. The star of the revised line-up is the all-new RS grade, which combines sportier styling with a sharper drive, making it the most engaging HR-V ever.

Powered by Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology, HR-V features a smooth 1.8 litre, i-VTEC engine coupled to a revised Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with new stepped ratios, delivering a great combination of driving performance and fuel economy.

The 2018 HR-V arrives in four model grades: VTi, VTi-S, new RS and VTi-LX. Design enhancements across the range brings fresh, more contemporary style to HR-V which echoes the bold styling cues of Honda Civic. Key to this are a new front bumper and grille across the range, along with striking LED headlamps from VTi-S and above.

Performance has also been improved with Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology CVT now featuring stepped ratios at full throttle enhancing the sporty feel and feedback to the driver and giving more responsive acceleration.