A newly added model to the Australian Mercedes-Benz GLC range brings an enticing new entry point to the popular SUV and Coupé range.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV combines a powerful yet frugal 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (135kW/300Nm), a 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, and full-time rear-wheel-drive with a long list of standard appointments.

This includes Parking Pilot with a 360-degree camera, an EASY PACK tailgate, Audio 20 entertainment system with seven-inch colour display and touchpad control, satellite navigation system, digital radio, media interface with smartphone integration, keyless start, electric front seats, black ash wood trim, ARTICO upholstery, LED head-lights, Active Parking Assist, DYNAMIC SELECT driving mode selector, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Additionally, the GLC 200 is equipped with a suite of Mercedes-Benz safety features including nine airbags, PRE-SAFE® accident anticipatory system, Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Blind Spot Assist (passive).

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV will retail for $61,990 MRLP and is available to order now, first vehicles are expected to arrive in September 2018.

To coincide with the addition of the petrol-powered GLC 200 SUV model, the previous entry model, the GLC 220 d models from its SUV and Coupé range, will no longer be available to order.

Below is the complete GLC SUV and Coupé range from June 2018 production.

SUV range

 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200 SUV

$61,990 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 SUV

$71,600 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d SUV

$74,000 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d SUV

$91,100 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 SUV

$103,500 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV

$164,900 MRLP

Coupé range

 

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 Coupé

$82,300 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 d Coupé

$84,700 MRLP

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 d Coupé

$101,200 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupé

$111,000 MRLP

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupé

$171,900 MRLP

HAVAL has previewed its first plug-in hybrid ahead of its official reveal at Auto China 2018 in Beijing. Launched under the company’s luxury brand – WEY – the P8 is set to write a new chapter in the company’s history and represents the first model built on HAVAL’s new Pi4 (plug-in intelligent four-wheel drive) platform.

Combining a 2.0-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels, in tandem with an 85kW rear-mounted electric motor, the P8 boasts an impressive output of 250kW/524Nm and a zero to 100 km/h acceleration of just 6.5 seconds.

Power is delivered to a combination of front wheels (petrol), rear wheels (electric) and all wheels (combined) through a Getrag six-speed dual clutch transmission. Based on the WEY VV7 luxury SUV, the P8 measures 4765x1931x1655mm, has a 2950mm wheelbase and rides on either 20 or 21-inch wheels.

The bold lines of HAVAL’s first PHEV start with the wide-mouthed trapezoidal grille, and continues through the angular LED headlamps, flowing through to the fastback-inspired body and aggressive rear end dominated by the four exhaust pipes. The top-hinged tailgate can be opened automatically by waving a foot underneath the rear bumper.

Inside, the P8 adopts the VV7’s T-style console, angled purposefully toward the driver. The SUV comes loaded with luxury features, including panoramic sunroof, LCD instrument panel, premium sound system, 9-inch touch screen and leather seats with heating, massage and ventilation.

Demonstrating the company’s commitment to adopting the latest safety features, the P8 comes complete with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning (FCW), blind spot monitoring (BSM), lane departure warning (LDW), lane keep assist (LKA) and 360° camera. To aid pedestrian safety, the WEY P8 employs an aluminum alloy bonnet.

The PHEV system offers a 50 kilometre range on pure electric, 660 km range with both motors working in tandem and fuel economy of just 2.3 L/100km. Charging from a 220V home power point can be achieved in seven hours, or just four from a dedicated charger.

Auto China is one of the world’s largest auto shows, alternating each year between Shanghai and Beijing. Last year it attracted more than 800,000 customers. This year’s Auto China will be held at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing from April 25 to May 4.

HAVAL has unveiled its all-new H4 medium SUV, ahead of its official launch at Auto China 2018.

Based on the stunning HR-02 concept shown at Auto China 2016, the new H4 will be available with two turbocharged petrol engines – a 1.3-litre and a 1.5 – matched to HAVAL’s new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The 1.3T engine delivers 102kW and 225Nm, while the 1.5 produces 124kW and 285Nm.

Measuring 4420mm long by 1845mm wide and 1695mm high, the new H4 rides on a 2660mm wheelbase. Inside, the new H4 features an all-new high-tech interior, including a floating 12-inch screen, LCD instrument panel and keyboard-style switchgear.

It will come equipped with a 360-degree vision system, lane departure warning, lane change assist, tyre pressure monitoring and front and rear parking sensors. It also features the new HAVAL Connected telematics system, which can be used for smartphone mirroring, emergency rescue, security monitoring and remote vehicle diagnosis.

At launch, the HAVAL H4 is only being produced for consumption in the Chinese market.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance

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

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

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

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

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

Peugeot has launched its all-new 5008 in Australia and while the name has not changed, everything else has. Designed from the ground up to satisfy the insatiable global appetite for Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), the all-new 5008 has morphed from a regular MPV to an extremely capable and practical seven-seat SUV – perfect for Australian families and those with an active lifestyle.

Underpinning the 5008 SUV is the highly-awarded Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) that also underpins the 2014 and 2017 European Car of the Year award-winning Peugeot 308 hatch and 3008 SUV. Strong, light and scalable, EMP2 allowed engineers to preserve the nimble handling traits of the 308 hatch and 3008 SUV while adding a third seating row, maximising interior space and increasing flexibility.

Featuring Peugeot’s second generation i-Cockpit interior, all functions and features are wrapped around the driver with high-mounted instruments working in tandem with Peugeot’s signature small steering wheel, all combining to deliver a sense of comfort and safety.

Inside, the 5008 takes its interior design direction from the highly-awarded 3008 SUV. Peugeot i-Cockpit is further enhanced on GT-Line and GT models by the Amplify ambience function which allows interior scents (via an inbuilt diffuser), lighting, driver massage, drive mode and ambience settings to be customised.

While medium in size, the 5008 SUV has more boot, leg and shoulder room than some of its larger rivals, offering one of the largest boots in the segment at 780 litres.

Flexibility was central to the 5008’s design ethos with a configurable seating package allowing for each one of the three second-row seating positions to be folded, tilted or moved individually – the only vehicle in the class to offer this feature. Uniquely, the 5008 is the only SUV on the Australian market to offer Isofix and top tether child seat fixing points to all second-row occupants – allowing fitment of three child seats benefitting from the latest restraint technology.

Third-row seats can be individually set in place or removed to give as much or as little boot space as desired.

Outside, Allure variants convey a sense of style with the Peugeot Lion taking pride of place at the centre of the upright grille, flanked by chrome and black headlamps incorporating LED Daytime Running Lights. From the side the vehicle features premium detailing, including chrome highlights for the glass house and black lower wheel guards which both add to the vehicles’ SUV stance and protect the bodywork from any damage from light off-road work.

Distinct from Allure models, GT Line and GT models feature sporty design elements including:

  • Peugeot equaliser grille, bespoke front bumper and lights
  • Sporty amplified engine note
  • Exclusive interior trim and steering wheel
  • Red instrument illumination
  • Exclusive GT-Line or GT badging

Building on the sporty look, 5008 GT’s response to driver input has been sharpened with firmer steering, altered throttle mapping, sharper gear changes for the automatic transmission and greater dynamic abilities thanks to firmer suspension and a larger wheel and tyre combination. 

All occupants are protected with a full suite of safety equipment including standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, 360-degree surround cameras and curtain airbags that stretch to include third-row occupants. Customers can choose from two drivetrains with Allure and GT Line models powered by a 121kW, 240Nm, 1.6L turbo-petrol and top-of-the-line GT variants powered by a 133kW, 400Nm turbo-diesel. Both engines meet Euro-6 emissions regulations.

Peugeot Australia Managing Director, Anouk Poelmann, says new 5008’s arrival completes Peugeot’s Australian SUV range.

“The SUV segment is without doubt the most important market for any marque and now Australian consumers have access to a truly French designed, engineered and built SUV,” Poelmann said. “New Peugeot 5008 SUV’s theme is: ‘a new dimension of SUV’ because it fits right between the medium and large SUV segments – but those exterior measurements belie a vehicle that affords owners significantly more space and flexibility than larger vehicles.

“The 5008 brings all of the great traits of the automotive world to the SUV segment: flexibility, performance, safety and technology, all wrapped-up in a beautifully designed package both inside and out. We believe the all-new 5008 delivers a truly compelling and competitive product to SUV buyers who value practicality but do not wish to compromise on technology and style,” Poelmann added.

The Peugeot 5008 is available now and carries a recommended retail price of $42,990 for the Allure, $46,990 for GT Line and $52,990 for the flagship GT. The new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV is manufactured in Rennes, while the Trémery and Douvrin sites produce the powertrains for every 5008. The new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV sports the ‘Origine France Garantie’ (Made in France) label.

HAVAL has launched an updated version of its critically acclaimed H9 large SUV offering Australian families more features, safety, performance and economy for less money.

“We’ve worked very hard to deliver a seven-seat SUV that delivers for Australian families at the best possible price,” said HAVAL Motors Australia Chief Marketing Officer Tim Smith. At $40,990 for the LUX model and $44,990 for the Ultra, we’re very confident we have made a compelling argument for Australian families to test drive the new HAVAL H9. To sweeten the deal, we will launch with driveaway pricing of just $41,990 for the LUX and $45,990 for the Ultra.”

The new MY18 H9 boasts a raft of changes including:

  • Power increase (180 kW up from 160)
  • Torque increase (350 Nm up from 324)
  • New 8-speed ZF automatic transmission
  • 10 per cent fuel economy improvement
  • New centre console design
  • New instrument panel including digital speedo
  • New front end exterior styling

Upgrades to the LUX model include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Electric anti-glare mirror
  • All-Terrain Control System
  • Electronic Differential Lock
  • Centre armrest power outlet
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning

The range-topping Ultra model adds the following features:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Comfort-Tek eco-leather seats with heating, massage and ventilation function
  • Infinity sound system
  • Heated second row seats

Design

The MY18 H9 maintains the same rugged styling that befits the company’s range-topping model, with some subtle changes inside and out. Externally, the biggest change is the all new front end, with a five-bar grille replacing the previous three-slot design.

The lower air intake has been reworked for improved air flow into the engine bay and the front fog lamps now adopt a more circular design. Both grades now come standard with all-new, five-spoke 18-inch alloy rims.

Interior 

Inside, an all-new instrument panel has been designed, housing a large TFT screen. On start-up it displays a large, easy to read screen detailing a raft of useful data including a digital speedometer.

This is the first time a digital speedo has been included on a HAVAL vehicle and is a direct response to feedback from Australian customers. Other displays include journey time, trip meter, average speed, average and instant fuel usage, driving range and the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

The various operations of the multi-function display centre can be accessed via the steering wheel-mounted rocker switch. The TFT screen is anchored on the left side by a traditional analogue tachometer and analogue temperature and petrol gauges on the right. 

The Ultra H9 comes standard with Comfort-Tek eco-leather seats, while the entry level LUX model comes standard with a durable, comfortable fabric trim. An all-new panoramic sunroof dominates the view in the range-topping Ultra version. Measuring 1178mm x 505mm, it features an easy-to-use dial and comes with a retractable sun blind. The entry level LUX now comes with a standard size sunroof.

Powertrain

A highlight of the MY18 H9 is the addition of a new 8-speed automatic transmission promising improved launch feel, performance, off-road ability and economy. Improvements to the engine in the all-new H9 have seen power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged mill increase 12.5 per cent from 160kW to 180, while torque has increased from 324 Newton-metres to 350.

The upgrades were achieved by increasing the compression ratio from 9.6:1 to 10.0:1. Engineers also improved the fuel atomisation which, in tandem with the increased combustion ratio, has liberated the increased power and torque in the new model. The addition of the ZF 8HP70 transmission has reduced the 0-100km/h sprint to just over 10 seconds, a 20 per cent improvement over the MY15.

Additionally, fuel economy has also improved significantly, dropping 10 per cent to 10.9 litres/100km. This improved fuel figure was also helped by the addition of intelligent stop/start and the adoption of a variable displacement oil pump for reduced power loss.

The award-winning 8-speed automatic transmission has been one of ZF’s most popular and awarded transmissions since launching in 2009. It is particularly well suited to 4x4 applications, with shorter gearing in first and second gear providing excellent crawling capabilities, the mid-speed gears providing strong acceleration and taller top gears helping provide outstanding fuel economy.

The 8HP transmission in the MY18 HAVAL H9 is engineered to help meet current and future CO2 emission specifications, while still providing user-friendly acceleration and launch feel. It is perfectly suited to the new engineering trend for smaller capacity, forced induction engines, such as the 2.0-litre turbocharged motor in the H9. 

The engineers had to re-match the powertrain system to accommodate the new 8HP70, including re-laying the hard points in the sub-frame. This has improved NVH levels and helped deliver a quieter ride to the MY18 model. Overall noise reduction has been measured at 2.0 decibels.

All-Terrain Control System

Both versions of the MY18 H9 now come standard with HAVAL’s proven All-Terrain Control System (ATCS) to enhance off-road performance. ATCS allows customers to choose the on- and off-road setting to suit their environment and offer maximum performance and safety at the turn of a dial.

“The HAVAL H9 ATCS means customers can choose the mode to suit their driving and safely tackle any conditions they may encounter,” said Smith. Utilising a series of complex and powerful algorithms designed by HAVAL’s powertrain engineers, ATCS permits access to six powertrain systems to ensure excellent control.

Auto: The system automatically adapts to any on- or off-road situation and is designed as a select and forget setting.
Sand: The Bosch Generation 9.0 Traction Control System allows higher engine speeds and bigger torque for maximum traction through dry sand.
Snow: Traction is adjusted for the slippery conditions prevalent in snow, utilising the high torque of the turbocharged engine and the technology of the German-engineered ZF 8-speed transmission to start in second gear to minimise slippage and maximise traction.
Mud: Operates like the snow setting, but employs the BorgWarner transfer case to sense slip in one wheel and transfer torque to the appropriate wheel for optimum drive efficiency.
4L: This setting is for the toughest conditions, or when maximum traction is required such as towing through muddy conditions. By engaging the low-range transmission, the torque of the engine is multiplied by a factor of up to 2.48.
Sport: This setting is for enthusiast driving, and ensures the ZF 8-speed transmission holds lower gears for longer before changing up. At speeds below 80 km/h, it locks out the two overdriven gears, making it ideal for urban driving conditions.

“All the technology built into the new MY18 HAVAL H9 means it has the performance to not only get you to some of the toughest environments, but get you back safely,” said Smith. The BorgWarner dual range transfer case is the same as used on the original H9, but has been updated and calibrated specifically for the new ZF 8HP70 transmission, matching the torque spread to the wider range of ratios.

Towing

HAVAL’s rugged H9 off-roader is engineered to tap into Australia’s love affair with towing. With its ladder frame chassis and powerful turbocharged engine, the HAVAL H9 can tow a 2500 kg braked trailer. The all-new MY18 H9 offers good towing performance with the new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission boasting low range and teamed with an Eaton locking rear differential.

“Boat owners will welcome the inclusion of a locking rear differential on the LUX model, which can be engaged at the touch of a button. This rigidly locks the two rear axles to provide excellent traction at speeds less than 20 km/h – making it ideal for towing any water craft up the boat ramp,” said Smith.

Safety

HAVAL engineers continue to look for new ways to improve the safety performance of all vehicles in the line-up and the new MY18 H9 is no exception. Updates to the latest version include the addition of Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). BSM works to alert the driver to potential hazards whenever changing lanes on freeways or other multi-lane roads.

Statistics from the German Road Safety Council show that 25 per cent of accidents that occur when changing lanes could be prevented by the addition of BSM, which uses radar sensors to monitor the ‘blind spot’ area alongside and behind the car. When another vehicle approaches at speed from behind or is already present in the blind spot, the H9 signals a warning via a flashing amber light mounted in the A-Pillar. 

Should the driver ignore the warning and still activate the turn signal indicating their intention of changing lanes, the system adds a loud audible warning in addition to the flashing lamp. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) provides visual assistance when reversing out of a parking space at right angles to the road.

Employing two mid-range radar sensors located in the rear of the vehicle, they measure and interpret the distance, speed and anticipated driving path of moving vehicles. When the system detects a vehicle crossing to the left or right behind, it issues an audible warning to alert the driver to the impending risk of collision. The system measures vehicle movement from up to 50 metres away.

While it can never replace the need to turn your head and check, RCTA reduces the stress from reversing out of parking spaces, even with limited visibility. BSM, LDW and RCTA are standard on both versions of the MY18 H9. Standard, also, are a suite of safety features including the latest Bosch ESP, six airbags including full-length side curtain airbags, Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Hold Assist Control (HHC), anti-lock braking and brake assist.

In addition, both versions come standard with driver status monitoring system (DSM). DSM continually monitors a series of inputs by the driver and, if it determines the driver is fatigued, sounds an alarm to suggest taking a rest. Every time the H9 is driven, the system continually monitors their control actions including steering wheel inputs and accelerator and brake modulation.

“Studies have shown that fatigue is suspected to be a primary cause in more than 20 per cent of road fatalities,” said Smith. “We know from reports that most fatigue-related accidents occur during normal sleeping hours, and the more severe the crash, the more likely it is that the driver or drivers were fatigued. Fatigue is a likely factor in almost one third of single-vehicle crashes in rural areas.”

Smith said research had revealed that fatigue had a similar effect as blood alcohol content of 0.05 per cent. “Driving while tired or fatigued can result in slower reaction times, reduced concentration, poor judgement and, in many cases, nodding off even for a few seconds with potentially dire consequences.”

Smith said fatigue was not only a problem for long-distance drivers.

“We now know from extensive research that people generally don't become fatigued from driving, but may already be tired when they get behind the wheel. Like every model in the HAVAL line-up, the MY18 H9 comes standard with tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The importance of tyres to road safety cannot be over emphasised,” said Smith. “They are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, so they are fundamental to vehicle dynamics.”

Smith said numerous studies had confirmed maintaining correct tyre pressures was one of the most important factors in car safety. “That’s why the HAVAL safety engineers have made TPMS a standard feature in all of our vehicles.”

When the TPMS detects a problem or abnormal tyre pressure or temperature, the warning indicator in the instrument cluster illuminate. Smith said the potential safety issues with under-inflated tyres included reduced vehicle handling, increased braking distance and a greater chance of a blow-out.

“The HAVAL system does more than increase safety levels; by maintaining the correct tyre pressures owners can see economic benefits with reduced tyre wear and lower fuel consumption."

Both versions of the MY18 H9 feature Xenon High Intensity Discharge headlamps, providing brilliant illumination, combined with outstanding longevity. The Ultra H9 also comes standard with an adaptive front lighting system with electronic levelling that moves the headlights laterally in conjunction with the steering wheel, allowing the car to ‘see around corners’. It also features electronic levelling, which automatically adjusts the lamps when going up or down hills.

When manoeuvring at low speeds, a cornering function automatically switches on the front fog lamp to improve visibility when parking at night.

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

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

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

EQUINOX IS PURPOSE-BUILT TO PERFORM

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUSTRALIA’S MOST USER-FRIENDLY SUV

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

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

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

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

* for compatible devices
† certain trim levels only

Pricing - RRP

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

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

Pricing - Driveaway

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

Colours

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

^ prestige paint - $550 premium

MY18 Equinox Feature Highlights

LS:

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

LS+ features over LS:

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

LT features over LS+:

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

LTZ features over LT:

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

LTZ-V features over LTZ:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exterior

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

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

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

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

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

Interior

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

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

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

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

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

Audio

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

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

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

Model Range

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*for compatible devices

Pricing

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

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

Colours

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

^ prestige paint - $550 premium

MY18 Equinox Feature Highlights

LS:

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

LS+ features over LS:

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

LT features over LS+:

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

LTZ features over LT:

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

LTZ-V features over LTZ:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kona model range overview

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

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

ENGINES AND DRIVETRAINS

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

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

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

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

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

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