The Road Ahead : December January 2010
54 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2009/JAN 2010 WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE MAZDA CX-7 RANGE NOW FEATURES FOUR MODELS AND TWO NEW PETROL AND DIESEL DRIVETRAINS. Mazda has added a cheaper entry level to its new CX-7 range, the front-wheel-drive Classic powered by a naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to a five-speed Activematic transmission. Priced from $33,990, the Classic's 2.5-litre engine is rated at 120 kW @ 6000 rpm, with peak torque of 205 Nm @ 2000 rpm. Fuel consumption across the combined cycle is 9.4 litres/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 223 g/km. The second newcomer, the Diesel Sports, is equipped with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine, six- speed manual transmission and Active Torque-Split AWD system. The Classic Sports and Luxury Sports AWD models continue to be powered by the 2.3-litre DISI turbo engine, with a six-speed Activematic transmission. The MY10 range gets a refreshed CX-7 GROWS y g, q p y interior and exterior styling, and more equipment. Mazda says it's worked extensively to increase body rigidity and improve on CX- 7's ride quality, while enhancements to materials and insulation have resulted in better suppression of noise. The Classic Sports is priced from $38,990 ($2975 less than the previous model), the Luxury Sports from $45,990 (down $1940), while the new Diesel Sports comes in at $43,640. Standard safety equipment across the range includes six airbags, electronic stability control and reversing camera. triton upgraded Changes to the 2010 Mitsubishi Triton range include new front bumpers, grille and side-turning lamps. Inside, there are new seat fabrics, optional sports seats for some models and new instrument cluster and floor console treatments. The 4WD models get a new 2.5-litre, 131 kW diesel engine, with claimed fuel consumption of 8.3 litres/100 km (manual transmission) and 9.3 litres/100 km (automatic). GLX-R models boast a new five-speed automatic with sports-mode shift and Super Select four-wheel-drive system. A new long-bed tray for dual-cab models offers a total tray length of 1505 mm, an increase of 180 mm. Towing capacities have also been increased, with the maximum towing capacity of long-bed 4WD drive dual cab models up from 2500 kg to 2700 kg, and 3000 kg on all other 4WDs. Prices range from $20,990 to $37,490 for 2WD models, and $34,590 to $50,490 for 4WDs. MOTORING IN THE SHOWROOM koup a coupe looking vehicle to come out of Korea is now on sale in Australia. Although it shares the same wheelbase as the Cerato sedan, the Kia Koup is different in several areas. The two-door coupe is noticeably lower than the four-door sedan; due to the suspension dropping 10 mm and a 50 mm reduction in body height. It is also 50 mm shorter, thanks to a bluff rear overhang, and 10 mm narrower (1765 mm). Every body panel except the bonnet is new. Koup shares the sedan's 2.0-litre, Theta, four-cylinder engine, mated to a four-speed auto or five-speed manual. Power is a claimed best-in-class 115 kW @ 6200 rpm with peak torque of 194 Nm @ 4300 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.8 litres/100 km for the manual and 7.9 for the auto. Pricing is keen, with the manual starting at $23,690. Add $2000 for an auto. outback out here Subaru's new generation Outback boasts improved safety, bigger size and better fuel economy. The symmetrical all- wheel-drive crossover wagon now has more leg and shoulder room, being 65 mm longer, 50 mm wider and 65 mm higher in the body, while the wheelbase is extended 75 mm. The addition of driver's knee airbag and a cradle that cocoons the engine from the reinforced passenger cabin in heavy frontal crashes enhances the model's maximum five star ANCAP safety rating. Fuel consumption is lower in each model, including 11.6 percent (combined cycle) in Outback 2.5i Lineartronicä continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic. The six- cylinder, 3.6-litre Boxer engine, producing 191 kW of power at 5600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm, returns 7.2 percent better economy. The entry-level Outback 2.5i is priced from $37,990.
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