The Road Ahead : June 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 57 JUN/JUL 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD SHOWROOM | MOTORING FORD UPS THE ANTE ON ITS NEW MEDIUM SUV FORD HAS RELEASED its new medium-sized SUV, the TF Kuga. And it's smarter, safer and more fuel efficient than the previous model, which was already nearing the end of its model life when it entered the Australian market just over a year ago. Ford's capped price servicing for seven years or 105,000km, applies to the newcomer. There are three specification levels -- the entry-level Ambiente, mid-range Trend, and the premium model, Titanium. Listing at $27,990, the Ambiente FWD features a 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine (110kW/240Nm) and six-speed manual box. Another $3500 will be needed to step into an Ambiente, with a higher output 1.6-litre Ecoboost (134kW/240Nm) petrol, AWD, and six-speed auto. Trend and Titanium models all feature AWD and can be had with either the 134kW, 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol with six-speed auto, or 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorque turbo-diesel with a Powershift twin-clutch self-shifting gearbox, also kuga comes prowling with six speeds. The Titanium diesel, the dearest model in the range, lists at $47,740. Kuga has a five-star ANCAP crash rating and all models provide seven airbags (including driver's knee airbag), electronic stability and traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, and trailer stability function. Kuga also includes Ford's SYNC in-car connectivity system with integrated emergency assistance. Emergency assistance can automatically call emergency services in the case of a serious crash. Trend and Titanium buyers can access a number of extra advanced safety and assistance features with the $2650 technology pack. Hands-free power tailgate and active park assist are amongst the clever standard kit on Titanium. HONDA DIESEL ARRIVES Honda's all-new addition to its Civic Hatch range is the first diesel model the Japanese maker has released in Australia. The DTi-S is powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine producing 88kW of power and 300Nm of torque, with an official fuel economy figure of four litres/100kms and CO2 emissions of 105g/km. It is available with six- speed manual transmission only. Key features include five-star ANCAP safety rating, ECON mode, Eco Assist function and Auto Stop mode, Hill Start Assist, auto on/off halogen headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights, auto rain-sensing front wipers, Intelligent Multi-Information Display, Active Noise Cancellation, Honda's 'Magic Seat' system, reversing camera and 17-inch alloy wheels. The DTi-S is priced at $26,990. 'Magic Seat' enables the seats to be folded 18 ways. To prevent filling the vehicle up with petrol instead of diesel, a cap-less Misfuel Inhibit Device is fitted. CERATO UPSIZES Kia's all-new, third generation Cerato sedan pushes the boundary of what constitutes a small car, being longer, lower and wider, with an extended wheelbase. There is a choice of six-speed manual or optional auto transmission across three specification levels. The entry-level S model, powered by a 1.8-litre, Nu 110kW/178Nm engine which returns an average of 6.6 litres/100km (manual) and 7.1 (auto), is priced from $19,990. A 2.0-litre,129kW/209Nm GDI engine (good for an average of 7.4 litres/100km) 'motor-vates' the Si ($23,990) and SLi ($27,990).The auto adds $2000 to each model, while sat nav is available on the SLi only for an extra $1000. Six airbags, electronic stability and traction control, keyless entry with alarm, cruise control, trip computer, USB/ iPod compatible audio system with six speakers, bluetooth, and front corner and rear park sensors are standard across the range. FREEMONT FRONTS UP The Fiat Freemont mid-size SUV is available in three specification levels -- Base ($25,990), Urban ($28,300) and Lounge ($30,300) -- powered by a 2.4-litre, 125kW/220Nm four-cylinder petrol engine. A 2.0-litre, 125kW/350Nm four-cylinder MultiJet II diesel is available in Urban spec. Both engines drive the front wheels via either a six-speed automatic transmission (petrol engine) or a six-speed manual (diesel engine). The diesel is priced from $32,600, making it Australia's most affordable 4X2 mid-size SUV, according to Fiat's press release. The Freemont comes standard with a five-seat layout and cargo space of up to 1461 litres, although a seven-seat configuration is available as an option (which also adds triple-zone climate control airconditioning) for an extra $1500.