Matt Campbell September 03, 2012
Deals from BMW, Citroen, Mini, Ford, Holden, VW, Suzuki, Subaru and Hyundai.
BMW has added a new twin-turbo V8 engine to its 6-Series range.
It produces 330kW and 650Nm – up from 300kW/600Nm of the previous 650i models – and the result is a much improved 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds. The engine is available exclusively mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 650i Coupe is priced at $231,800 – a drop of $500 over the previous version. Fuel use for this model is unchanged at 8.9L/100km despite the extra power.
The 650i Convertible is on sale at $247,800, again representing a $500 drop over the last model. Its fuel use is claimed at 9.2L/100km.
The four-door 6-Series Gran Coupe was previously only sold as a six-cylinder turbo (640i), but is now available in the range-topping 650i guise priced at $238,800 plus on-road costs. Claimed fuel use: 8.9L/100km.
Citroen's curvy DS range is expanding to include its third model, the mid-size DS5.
The new Citroen DS5 is available in one trim level only and is priced at $47,990 plus on-road costs.
Standard equipment includes a three-stage sunroof with multi-stage roof blind, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, auto high-beam, heads-up display, satnav, electric adjustment for the front seats, a cooled storage caddy, xenon headlights with cornering function and an LED mood light system for the interior.
The DS5 is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine producing 115kW of power and 240Nm of torque – the same unit seen in BMW's 1-Series and Mini's Cooper range.
The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and power is sent to the ground via the front wheels. Fuel use is rated at 7.3L/100km, and its 0-100km/h claimed time is 9.7 seconds.
Mini's fastest Cooper yet – the John Cooper Works GP edition – is coming here in limited numbers from 2013, priced at $56,900. Only 30 examples will be sold in Australia of a total production run of 2000 worldwide.
The Mini JCW GP is powered by a "race-tuned" 160kW/280Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that has been hardened up to deal with longer periods of abuse. The changes include a reinforced cylinder head and pistons, a lightweight crankshaft and sodium filled exhaust valves, as well as a "GP" stability control mode.
Other additions include racing suspension and bigger brakes, as well as a full body kit for better aerodynamics. Inside it gets heated leather Recaro sports seats and a "special knee roll for bracing against spirited driving".
Unlike all the other Minis, this car is built in one spec and is available in one colour only, known as Thunder Grey.
Ford’s new-look Fiesta is just around the corner, but the Blue Oval brand has cut the price by as much as $1500 and added extra equipment to the current model.
The Fiesta CL 1.6-litre petrol base-model manual now kicks off at $15,490 plus on-road costs, with the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic adding $2000 to the price. The CL is now fitted with side/curtain airbags to protect front and rear passengers from impact, as well as a driver’s knee airbag (previously only available on the CL as an optional safety pack for $600). The additional safety kit means all Fiestas are now five-star ANCAP rated.
The mid-range LX models have all seen cuts of $1200. The 1.6-litre petrol manual is now priced at $17,790, the six-speed dual-clutch auto petrol LX is now $19,790, and the 1.6-litre turbo diesel manual is now $20,290.
The range-topping Zetec variant has seen a $500 cut, kicking off at $20,490 for the petrol manual, $22,490 for the petrol auto and $22,990 for the diesel manual.
Holden is hoping to breathe some life into its ailing Commodore large car with the newly added Z-Series range, available across the large car and ute ranges. It brings lots of standard gear and a new colour, Alchemy, which Holden says was inspired by the Efijy show car.
To the standard 3.0-litre V6 Commodore (Omega), the Z-Series adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog-lights, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, leather seats, leather steering wheel and a boot-lid spoiler for sedans or cargo blind for the wagon. It’s priced at $37,990 for the sedan and $39,990 (add $2500 for LPG) – representing a $2000 saving over the manufacturer’s list price (which no-one ever pays).
The Z-Series versions of the 3.6-litre V6 SV6 and 6.0-litre V8 SS sedan, Sportwagon and Ute models get all of the above items and bigger 19-inch wheels (SV6 LPG retains 18-inch wheels).
The SV6 Z-Series starts at $38,490 for the Ute, $42,790 for the sedan and $45,790 for the wagon (add $1000 for automatic). The auto-only LPG versions are priced at $41,990 for the Ute, the sedan is $46,290 and the wagon is $48,290. The V8 SS Z-Series models start at $42,490 for the Ute, $47,790 for the sedan and $49,790 for the Sportwagon. Add $2000 for automatic.
The top-end Z-Series is the SSV. It gains 19-inch forged alloy wheels, front Brembo brakes, “FE3” sports suspension and a sunroof for the sedan. The SSV is priced at $47,490 for the Ute, $55,290 for the sedan and $57,290 for the Sportwagon (add $2000 for auto transmission).
Volkswagen is celebrating the 30th birthday of the Caddy with a special edition model priced at $37,990.
To be unveiled at the 2012 Sydney motor show, the limited numbers VW Caddy Edition 30 short wheelbase 5-seater van is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, with fuel use rated at 6.5L/100km.
The exterior sees a gloss-black roof, 17-inch alloys with black elements, fog lights, roof-rails and colour-coded bumpers. Inside it gets two-tone suede upholstery and a leather-lined steering wheel and climate control.
Suzuki has updated its SX4 compact SUV and dropped the quirky-looking sedan model. The new model retains its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine but gets a mild facelift, new alloy wheel designs, revised seat fabrics and two new colours (plasma yellow and boost blue).
The base model front-wheel-drive SX4 Crossover starts at $18,990 (plus on-road costs) for the six-speed manual and $20,990 for the CVT auto. Over the previous version it gains cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity, but sees no change in price. The all-wheel-drive manual version is priced at $21,990, with the CVT version adding $2000 ($23,990).
The front-wheel-drive SX4 Crossover S is now available only with the CVT auto, priced at $24,290.
Over the base model it gets 16-inch alloys, keyless entry and push-button start, paddle-shifters, climate control airconditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, a new touch-screen media system with satnav with Bluetooth and voice control and a USB input. All-wheel-drive S versions are priced at $24,490 for the manual and $26,490 for the CVT auto.
BMW's updated X1 range is on sale now, sporting a revised look, new engines, extra efficiency measures such as stop-start and "eco pro" mode, four new colours and a re-think of the model range.
The new base model is the rear-wheel-drive X1 sDrive18d, priced at $44,500 plus on-road costs (replaces sDrive20d, cutting $5400 from the price of the cheapest diesel). It's powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine producing 105kW/320Nm, and is mated to a six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic (which adds about $2700). Fuel use is rated at 4.9L/100km (5.0 for the automatic).
The base model rear-drive petrol X1 is the sDrive20i priced at $46,500, which replaces the sDrive18i (was $43,900). It's powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 135kW/270Nm mated to a six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel use is rated at 6.9L/100km (6.7 for the auto).
Standard equipment for the base-model rear-wheel-drive X1s includes 17-inch alloys, cruise control with auto-braking, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, USB input and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
The diesel all-wheel-drive range-topper is the xDrive20d at $54,500 (up from the previous version's $53,300 price-tag). It's pushed by a higher-tuned version of the base model's diesel engine, producing 135kW/380Nm. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.5L/100km (5.4 for the auto).
A new petrol all-wheel-drive flagship has also joined the line-up. It's the xDrive28i, priced at $57,800, with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine producing 180kW/350Nm. Fuel use is claimed at 7.8L/100km (7.3 for the auto). The eight-speed option adds about $3500 for this version as it breaches the luxury car tax threshold.
All xDrive models come with 18-inch alloys, chrome exterior trims, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and leather steering wheel.
Subaru has added a high-riding version of its Liberty sedan aimed at buyers who don't want an SUV, but like the ease of entry of a taller vehicle. The Liberty X rides 50mm taller than the regular Liberty sedan (total clearance: 200mm) and is available in two trim levels.
The base version is the 2.5X, powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine mated to a CVT automatic and priced at $44,490 plus on-road costs. Standard gear includes Subaru's camera-based driver assistance system "EyeSight", a reversing camera, satnav, smart key with push-button start, heated front seats, leather seats all-round, Bluetooth and USB input, auto lights, auto wipers and 18-inch alloys.
The range-topping model is the 3.6X, priced at $55,990, which gets a six-cylinder boxer engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. It gains gunmetal alloy wheels, different interior trims, chrome door handles and boot trim and Subaru's "SI-Drive" mode selector.
Hyundai's Santa Fe is on sale now, with the all-new version offering seven seats and all-wheel-drive as standard across the range.
The new Santa Fe is available in three trim levels – the entry-level Active is available with a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol with six-speed manual or automatic (from $36,990) or with a 2.2-litre turbo diesel (from $39,990). The more expensive models are only available with a diesel automatic drivetrain, with mid-range Elite priced at $45,990 and top-end Premium at $49,990.
Read the full details on the new Hyundai Santa Fe.