The Road Ahead : February 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2013 54 MOTORING | SHOWROOM MITSUBISHI ADDS A DIESEL TO ITS COMPACT SUV RANGE The next-generation Outlander is available in three variants: the entry-level ES, the mid-range LS and the luxury Aspire. There's a choice of petrol engines and (for the first time) a turbo-diesel six-speed automatic model. Available on the four-wheel-drive LS and Aspire, this 2.2-litre four-cylinder walks the eco talk with CO2 emissions of 153 g per 100 km, which is amongst the best in class, and a combined cycle fuel economy of 5.8 litres/100 km. Two- wheel-drive ES models are powered by the petrol 2.0-litre MIVEC engine which returns 7.0 litres/100 km with five-speed manual transmission, and 6.6 with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). 4WD ES models use the 2.4-litre petrol MIVEC engine with CVT to deliver 7.5. An eco-friendly system, ECO Drive, which notifies the driver when they are driving at maximum efficiency, along with lightweight body construction, assists. An ANCAP safety rating of five stars (the maximum) applies across the range. NEW OUTLANDER OUT THERE Available through the Premium option on Aspire 4WD models is FCM (Forward Collision Mitigation System) which detects obstacles on the road ahead of the car and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision, and ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control System) which operates to maintain a safe distance between the car in front, even at very low speeds experienced in heavy traffic congestion. The 4WD LS and Aspire models come with three rows of seating which can be configured for up to seven occupants. Prices range from $28,990 to $45,490. sporty spice Performance luxury car maker Infiniti has released its next two models to Australia, the G37 Coupe and G37 Convertible. Both are powered by a 3.7-litre petrol V6 rated at 235 kW of power and peak torque of 360 Nm matched to a seven- speed automatic transmission, which features a performance-oriented drive sport (DS) mode and downshift rev matching. The coupe is available with an optional four-wheel active-steer system, which helps optimise vehicle handling by adjusting both the front steering gear ratios and the rear suspension geometry, according to steering input and vehicle speed. The coupe delivers a fuel consumption rate of 10.5 litres/100 km, 0.9 better than its sibling, and is available in two spec levels: GT Premium at $75,900, and the S Premium at $83,500. The convertible comes in one spec: the S Premium at $87,900. beep beep, barina The new 2013 Korean-built, but locally- developed, Holden Barina offers fuel economy of up to 6.3 litres/100 km on the range-topping CDX sedan, thanks to its standard, new six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select and electric power steering package. The auto is also offered as an option for the Barina CD, and gives a fuel economy improvement of around 10 percent over the comparative model year 2012 vehicle. The CDX also benefits from a new 17-inch alloy wheel and tyre package and an updated steering calibration. And the CDX becomes the first car in Holden's range to showcase the company's new MyLink 'infotainment' system, which operates by integrating the owner's compatible smartphone and stored media -- via bluetooth, auxiliary jack or USB -- with the radio. Prices range from $15,990 to $20,990. BMW s X1 comp available with a new eight- speed transmission and other technologies from the BMW EfficientDynamics stable. Two new petrol models, the sDrive20i and xDrive28i, are powered by BMW's 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, the former putting out 135 kW and maximum torque of 270 Nm, and the latter 180 kW and 350 Nm. The new entry-level diesel model, the sDrive18d, shares the same basic engine construction as its more powerful sibling, the xDrive20d. The all-aluminium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TwinPower turbo- diesel engine delivers 105 kW and 320Nm,30kWand60Nmless than the xDrive20d. Prices range from $44,500 to $57,800. ^PRICES ARE MANUFACTURERS' LIST PRICES AND DO NOT INCLUDE STATUTORY AND DELIVERY CHARGES.