Ford Debuts New XR8 and XR6 Falcons

New XR8 Falcon

New XR8 Falcon

Well Ford has been teasing it all week and now they have finally taken the covers off the new XR8 and XR6 Falcons giving us our first look at them.
While they haven’t given out a whole bunch of info on it yet we finally get to see how it looks, as most people expected it follows Fords global design and looks very much like the new Mustang and Mondeo.

Check out the full details below thanks to Ford Australia for the info and pics.

Best Ever Falcon Debuts with High-Performance XR8 Model Showcasing Ford’s Global Design Language

  • Ford reveals the new Falcon XR8, designed to be the best Falcon ever with improved design, technology and performance
  • Falcon XR8 showcases Ford’s global design DNA with signature trapezoidal grille, chiseled headlights with daytime running lamps and smoother wrap-around tail-lamps
  • Signature bonnet power dome has been enhanced
  • Falcon XR6 and XR8 carry distinctive XR head light design cues in the headlights


MELBOURNE, 25 Jul., 2014 – Ford revealed today the new Falcon XR8 performance sedan that blends the car’s iconic history with Ford’s new global design DNA to achieve the development team’s goal of creating the best Falcon ever.

Also joining the new XR8 performance model is the first official image of the refreshed XR6 sedan.

The Falcon XR6 and XR8 showcase the Australian design team’s interpretation of Ford’s global design DNA with a signature trapezoidal grille, chiseled head lamp treatment and smoother, wrap-around tail-lamps with LED technology. These features accentuate the high levels of design refinement that will appear across the refreshed Falcon range.

As a mark of distinction among the sporty XR series, the XR8 features strong exterior graphics with a distinct sporty front end treatment, as well as signature bonnet power dome that has been enhanced for the 2014 Falcon XR8. This is complemented by a specific exhaust system tuned for the sporty V8 exhaust note.

The Exterior Design Manager for the new Falcon, Nima Nourian, said the Australian design team drew on all the visual strength of the existing XR series, which provided a perfect canvas to develop the 2014 Falcon XR series.

“The challenge was delivering a powerful, yet premium look for the 2014 car,” Nourian said. “I’m proud of the fact that the new Falcon XR builds on an already distinctive design and yet delivers a whole new personality.

“The Falcon is acknowledged as being one of the most iconic Australian sedans available but the 2014 Falcon pushes this theme further forward. Our customers will easily identify the new Falcon by its premium look.”

On the sports XR models, the head lamp treatment is a key differentiator, which in past XR models had featured a distinctive sporty quad-head lamp design.

There XR’s slim head lamps provide a high-end technical look and feature ‘hockey stick’-style LED daytime running lamps that mimic the “double drop” headlight treatment of past XRs. The lens reflectors also get distinctive “XR” shields inset into the overall head lamp design. There are also unique fog lamp bezels.

“With the XR6 and XR8 the front end is not only sporty but has a premium look, which will also be apparent across the Falcon range,” Nourian said.

“We did that by implementing the signature Ford trapezoidal grille shape high on the front end to provide a more purposeful look which is a signature look on most of our vehicles globally.

“This new layout is further enhanced by the slim head-lamps flanking either side of the grille. The headlamps have distinct technical graphics and detailing inside as well as clever use of materials and finishes.

“On the XR series, we wanted a three-dimensional honey-comb grille mesh, which visually demonstrates the sporty nature of the car. The power dome on the XR8 also further enhances this look. The power dome expresses the car’s intention and for our XR8 customers, will be an instantly recognisable difference.”

The 2014 Falcon XR8 power dome now extends up to the windscreen cowl to deliver a stronger look. “This look is also found on the Mustang that will arrive next year so it’s perfectly in keeping with Ford’s V8 performance vehicles,” Nourian said.

The strong family resemblance not only links Falcon to the new Mustang but highlights DNA shared with the new Mondeo which joins the line-up in Australia next year.

On the rear, the jeweled split tail-lamps accentuate the car’s wide, purposeful stance and smooth exterior lines. The new tail -lamps use LED technology while the new sculpted boot lid has an integrated rear spoiler on XR models. A bespoke lower diffuser on the XR8 houses the round quad exhaust tips and further emphasizes the performance of the XR8 from the rear view.

“For customers, the exterior of the 2014 Falcon – particularly the XR models – is distinctive and the rear of the car takes on a wider stance. It will stand out from the crowd,” Nourian said.

Ford President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the XR8 badge was a welcomed return to the Falcon line-up. “We’re very excited by the return of the XR8, as this badge has not been seen on a Falcon since 2010,” he said. “Our enthusiasts have been asking for it so we’ve purposely revealed the Falcon XR6 and XR8 first.”

With the return of the V8 into the Falcon portfolio, Graziano said Falcon will be the only Australian-made large sedan available that has the choice of three engines, the acclaimed EcoBoost four, in-line six or V8 petrol engines.

“Four, six, or eight; our customers will have more choice,” Graziano said. “To enhance the choice too, our six cylinder customers will also be able to choose between the locally developed EcoLPi engine or Turbo six cylinder, as well as the naturally aspirated six.”

“Quite simply, we think this is the best Falcon ever. I just couldn’t be more pleased with what the talented local team’s been able to accomplish, I’m really proud of them,” Graziano said.

“When you look at cars like the new Falcon, it’s easy to understand why we are now leading global projects such as the new Everest which is designed and engineered in Australia for the world.”

Pricing, features and specifications of the 2014 Falcon will be revealed closer to launch. The Falcon range and ute go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.
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New XR6 Falcon

New XR6 Falcon

2014 Hyundai i30 SR Review

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The small car class in Australia is hotly contested and one of the most popular in the class is the Hyundai i30, having driven quite a few of it’s competitors including the Holden Cruze SRiV the week before I was very interested to see how the i30 shaped up.
We know what a hot hatch is and there are some wickedly quick hot hatches on the market but the down side to a hot hatch is they can cost upwards of $40,000 or more which in my mind is a lot of money for a small car. But lately several manufacturers have brought what could be best described as warm hatches, now as the term suggests warm hatch aren’t quite as quick as a hot hatch. The up side to this is that while they might not quite have the outright speed of a hot hatch, they do offer however offer reasonable performance and a very entertaining drive and the case of the i30 SR at a saving of more then $10,000 than a hot hatch and to me that’s a decent amount of money.
I really do like the look of the i30 SR with a blacked out grille and fog light surrounds give the front end subtle yet somewhat sporty look.
I love the lines down the sides of car that starts and follows the wheel arch then curves up slightly as it gets to the back before bending downwards past the tail lights.
From the back apart from the small spoiler, SR badge and the bottom of the bar you would have trouble telling difference between the SR and the other model i30′s which is alright as it adds to the understated sporty looks. The SR rides on attractive 17inch alloys wrapped in Hankook Ventus Prime tyres.
The silver paint work called Hyper Silver looks rather nice, but would not be my first voice in colours if I bought one.

Slipping behind the wheel and I was surprised at how well set out the SR’s interior is, the leather seats are electrically adjusted with lumber support and this makes them easy to adjust I found them not specially comfortable and a little snug, surprisingly there is a heating function but it comes as an option and is not standard fit like quite a few others including the Cruze I’d driven the week before.
The i30′s multi function leather wrapped steering wheel is some what comfortable to hold but I found it a touch to thin, a touch hard which made it a fraction slippery when using one hand on the wheel like I have to do when coming in through the boom gates at work which meant I had to put a little bit of pressure on it while wheeling around slow corners, although it’s not noticeable with 2 hands on the wheel.
The instrument panel is extremely easy to read in any and back light with blue light at and looks rather attractive the LCD in between the gauges can display various functions such as fuel economy, distance to empty and various others via the steer wheel mounted button. One feature I found really good was the eco function which let you know when to change gears for maximum economy.

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Soft touch plastics across the dash area nice touch and something I had not expected, the centre stack is home to the multimedia system which is very functional but not as good as say the Holden Mylink system, although in saying that while the sound is not the greatest it’s not bad at all.
It does however have full Bluetooth connectivity which was easy to use, live streaming of music, voice recognition, USB connection in the front of the console and satnav which worked great.
The centre console has a nifty deep storage bin at the front with a 12volt charging point and USB connection the only puzzling thing was the sides are open so it was easy for things to through the spaces onto the floor.
While on paper the Holden Cruze i’d driven the week before has slightly more front legroom it felt like the i30 had more legroom a thing even my wife commented on, I think partly it has to do with the shape of the lower dash which slopes towards the front of the car.
The rear seats offer great leg, head and shoulder room which means Hyundai have done an awesome using the interior space of the i30, I didn’t expect the interior space to be as generous as it was. The boot space is good at 378 litres and the back seats do fold down in case you need to fit bigger items in.
Other features include keyless entry and start which works great, dual zone climate control air con which works great although I found it took longer to warm up on cold mornings, HID Xenon headlights and LED tail lights, the fit finish was also great and there were no rattles or squeaks.

While other competitors are starting to go the way of smaller capacity turbo engines in other cars in it’s class, Hyumdai have taken the old school route with the i30SR, with power coming via a naturally aspirated 2.0L 4 cylinder engine which brought some memories of some potent little cars I grew up around in the 80′s when I was getting my licence.
Looking closer at the engine and there is nothing old school about it featuring direct injection and producing 129kW and 209Nm it is the most powerful engine in the i30 range. I really do like this engine the power delivery is smooth and it will happily rev up to its 6500rpm red line, in traffic it is very tractable but bury your right foot and the SR can move along rather spritely indeed, fuel economy is a mixed bag depending on how you drive it. I averaged around the 10l/100km mark which great because I wasn’t driving it with economy in mind on the freeway it returned even better figures. (funny enough though I found it returned better figures then Cruze the week before).
The 6 speed manual is one of the easiest to drive manuals I’ve driven, it has a nice smooth shift and the clutch is light making it very easy to drive even in bumper to bumper traffic.

Hyundai states the i30′s suspension has been tuned to Aussie conditions and their engineers have done a great job with it. The i30 rides wonderfully a touch on the firm side but that’s what I expected from the SR being that it’s the sports model i30. Around town I found it rode extremely well and handled most conditions perfectly you did feel some of the bigger bumps but there was bump or crash over them. Mother nature ruined my chance of really seeing how well it corned as it rained the day I went to throw at some corners I found the i30 SR sat really flat in corners.
Steering wise the SR is great it came with Hyundai Flex Steering which lets choose between 3 settings for the steering via a button on the steering wheel.
Each setting provide different levels of feeback and weight you feel while driving, comfort mode provides the lightest weight and makes it extremely easy to move the i30 through tight spots and car parks, normal mode firms the steering up a bit and I found was perfect for every day driving it gave me the right amount of feedback.
The Sport mode as it would suggest is great for when your pushing it a little hard and gives you the more feedback again I really did enjoy being able to click in between all the settings while driving along. I tested quite a lot during the week and preferred to keep it in normal mode most of the time, the i30 is extremely easy to steer so I didn’t bother changing the steering when i went into a car park. While I did enjoy using the sport mode specially when I was having a bit of fun I found the normal mode was perfectly weighted and my favourite for everyday driving.
The SR’s steering is direct and well weighted in any of the settings it’s handling, balance and cornering precision was great.
Safety Wise the SR has recieved a 5 star ANCAP rating and come with an extensive list of safety features as long as your arm, it also comes with reverse sensors and scores bonus points for having a rear view camera as standard fit.

So after week what do I think the i30 SR offers you a superb package for your money, and it is perfectly suited to life as a daily driver with added bonus of being a fun thing to drive on weekends.
The SR is packed full of safety features, give you a decent amount of space on the inside, has plenty of technology and can offer decent economy if you drive with that in mind.
While it does have plenty of good points, there were a couple things I didn’t like I found the seats not extremely comfortable, the heating function is an option while standard fit on other cars and the multimedia system while offering sat nav and full bluetooth conectivity it’s not quite as good as others on the market.
The SR however was massive fun to drive, it rode, steered and handled extremely well and the interior was very practical, well set out well and offered a great level of fit and finish.
If you are in the market for a sporty hatch, that can do double duty as the family or work transport during the week and offer you a fun driving experience on the weekend  and doesn’t have the price tag of a hot hatch then you should seriously take a look at the i30 SR.
Massive thanks to Hyundai for lending me the i30SR for the week to find out more on the i30 SR visit Hyundai’s website www.hyundai.com.au

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New FPV GT F And Pursuit

2014 FG MKII FPV GTF 351

2014 FG MKII FPV GTF 351

Ford has finally released details of it’s last ever GT Falcon the FPV GT F packing 351 Kw of supercharged V8 it is the most powerful GT to ever come out of the Ford factory.

Check out the full details below from Ford.

 

The most powerful GT sedan ever produced by Ford Australia, the FPV GT F is powered by a 351 kilowatt supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. The GT F’s output was specifically chosen as a reference to the iconic 351 cubic-inch 5.8 litre V8s that powered the original Falcon GTs.

The beating heart of the GT F has undergone specialised development by the Ford Product Development team and partner Prodrive Premcar to meet customer expectations of both performance and driveability.

“Our goal was to create the best vehicle we could; a vehicle that pays respect to Ford GTs of old yet celebrates all that is good about Ford’s performance credentials,” FPV Chief Program Engineer, Peter de Leur, said.

Apart from developing a character-filled 351 kW of power, the V8 engine in the GT F sedan has a transient overboost function in the engine management system that will enable drivers to access 15 per cent more power, if the prevailing conditions are favourable.

The GT F 351’s power curve has been calculated to deliver a very noticeable feel to the car’s performance. “This is delivered in every gear above 4000 rpm, other than first gear,” he said.

“When we started this program we had an opportunity to look at a performance increase for the engine so we developed a strategy around the calibration that allowed for a performance upgrade without impacting the all-round driveability of the car,” de Leur said.

“In doing so, we were also able to make this car special for our FPV GT F customers.

“We were also able to add things like rear camber bolt adjustment on the rear suspension so it can be adjusted for track days, if a customer wishes,” de Leur said.

Developed to celebrate Ford’s performance brand, the new FPV GT F also pays homage to the legendary Falcon GTs of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Each will carry an individual build number, with many specific numbers reserved by collectors and Falcon GT enthusiasts.

Customers have rushed dealers Australia-wide to secure the celebration run of FPV GT F sedans and Pursuit utes. Very few GT F sedans remain available and there is strong interest in the Pursuit utes.

Just 500 of the FPV GT F sedans will be built for the Australian market, with an additional 50 built for New Zealand. Ford will build just 120 Pursuit Utes.

In taking the covers off today, Ford revealed for the first time the GT F’s unique bonnet ‘black out’, which harks back to the original Falcon GTs.

The ‘black out’ panel extends over the roof and rear deck lid, giving the last FPV a unique look.

Exposed too was the model’s distinctive ‘stealth’ exterior striping package, together with gloss black accents on the ‘raccoon eyes’, grilles, appliques, door handles, mirrors and rear diffuser, ensuring that the GT F is unlike anything that has come before it.

‘GT orange’ detailing is another feature of this newest and celebratory FPV, which used on the model’s unique ‘351’ badging, instrument dial faces, seat stitching and embroidery, build number and manual transmission plaquette and the ICC start-up screen.

Ford’s designers have given the interior finishes an even more contemporary look with darker tones and more lustrous finishes, including to the instrument panel spears, which have a look new to previous FPV models.

Available in five colour variants from the Ford palette, FPV GT F buyers have been given the choice of three colour tonings that convey either a bold and modern look, tone-on-tone elegance or a sense of heritage that recreates the original look of the first Falcon GT.

Ford also announced that every FPV GT F owner will be able to purchase a tailored car cover in dark grey and with model logo and stripe print.

The limited-edition Pursuit ute revealed today will feature a new exterior look incorporating a number of GT F style features and includes the bonnet/roof/rear deck black-out.

This final FPV ute is powered by a 315kW version of the same supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine in the GT F.

2014 Holden Captiva LTZ Review

Captiva LTZ

Captiva LTZ

Let me start off by saying I thought I was going to have trouble being objective with this review  since I own a Captiva but after driving the MY14 Captiva LTZ around for 2 weeks a can honestly say being objective is going to be easy.
The Series 2 Captiva has been on the market since 2011, and this year it received a minor freshen up when I say minor I mean the front and rear bars and the tail lights.
On the inside the Captiva is pretty much unchanged which isn’t too bad because I’ve always thought the inside was well set out.

The My14 Captiva receives a new instrument panel and is easy to read to in any light, in the centre between the dials is LCD screen that displays the odo and trip metre, to the top is the fuel and really that’s about it. The glaring omission to me is that there is no temp gauge on this model, I like to be able to keep an eye on my temp so I find the lack of a temp gauge really off putting specially when my Captiva has one so I do think its taken a backwards step there.

The centre stack is unchanged the large touch screen lets you access the sat nav and various other functions.
The audio system features Bluetooth connectivity and live audio streaming from your phone which works great, there’s also a USB connection in the sizeable console for plugging in USB sticks etc, etc.
The one thing I find rather unusual is when listening to music via a USB stick in my Captiva songs are displayed on the MP3 function via the touch screen. On this model however the only way to get your music to display is to have on an SD card and have that inserted.

While the stereo is easy to use I feel the sound is not as good as previous models either its just this particular vehicle or whether that’s standard now maybe GM are using different speakers that aren’t as good. Placed side by side with my Captiva for example the same song definitely sounds better in my car. So that’s a bit of a disappointment to me considering one of the things I like about mine is sound.

The LTZ receives a leather bound steering wheel which is comfortable to hold and has buttons for the cruise control, audio system, phone and air conditioning so no need to take your hands off the wheel while driving.
Ok onto main bug bear with the Captiva and this has the been the only thing I’ve really never liked on mine and that’s the front seats.
The MY14 model has leather trim and they have a heating function, it also has electric adjustment that’s the good points.
The bad points are the seats are flat and uncomfortable and offer no support at all when cornering which is an extreme pain as the Captiva corners rather well.
I was hoping this problem had been fixed with this model but nope it hasn’t, the lumbar adjustment is done via a lever and is probably one of the worse lumbar supports I’ve used. There is no up or down adjustment you can only essentially pump it up or let it down. The big problem is the positioning of it when fully inflated the lumbar sits right in the middle of your back I’m of average height so its annoying for me, its sits higher on my wife who is slightly shorter no basically its never been used on my car and I couldn’t use it on this one either.
While the seats are a massive let down for me the seating position while driving is greatg and offers great views.
The back seat is basically the same semi comfortable but could be better, rear legroom is good the 3rd row offers a decent amount of legroom. With the 3rd row folded flat into the floor the is plenty of boot space as you would expect.

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On the road the Captiva rides great the suspension is a touch firm which means you do feel some bumps but it does ride nice and but the trade off for that’s means it corners rather well for an SUV and there’s barely an bodyroll.
The 2.2L turbo diesel puts out 132kWand 400Nm of torque so it has plenty of power, the engine is tractable and easy to drive in traffic, there’s some lag off the mark like most diesels it develops its max torque low in the rev range so once you get off the mark it can be quite spritely.
It does also feature an ECO which I does really make a difference as far as fuel economy, I found the Captiva to be decent on economy even in stop start bumper to traffic I seem to spend most of my time in. Turn off the ECO function and its like effectively letting horse loose to run as the Captiva becomes rather responsive and can move rapidly when required. I tested this out going up a hill at a constant speed of 60km/h whilst in ECO mode the Captiva was just cruising along turning it off and it like I had changed down a gear as the rev’s rose and it started to take off. The downside to turning the ECO off is it will start to use more fuel.
On the freeway though the Captiva can be rather frugal indeed, at high speeds it just lopes along effeortously in 6th gear. As I said the torque is developed down load which means the Captiva sits right in sweet torque spot so theirs is plenty of power available for overtaking.
The 6 speed auto works great and the shifts are smooth and seamless, it does however get confused specially in ECO mode and will occasionally go down one gear too many when coming to a hill specially when on the freeway. I fixed this problem by putting it in sportshift mode while on the freeway which seemed to fix the issue.

The Captiva LTZ is packed full of safety features including ABS, EBD, rollover protection, 6 air bags, front and rear parking sensors and it receives bonus points for having as rear view camera.

So after two weeks behind the wheel of the Captiva LTZ I have mixed feelings sure it still offers a semi decent package it’s packed full of safety, well equipped and has plenty of room.
My main problems is that it’s not that different from my 2011 Captiva, and it feels cheaper for some reason the plastics, sun visors and other things don’t feel as robust as my Captiva. I’m not the only one that this either my wife who spends more time driving my Captiva then i do commented on this as well. Also one of the things I like about my Captiva is that the rear window will open but this has been deleted on this model.
While it does offer a semi decent package and its well equip plus it’s also well priced at $39,990 as a current Captiva owner I felt a little disappointed with the LTZ and the feel of it. Granted the Captiva has been on the market for quite a few years now and it really needs to be replaced with a new model as I feel that other cars in it’s class have been updated since the Captiva arrived and any advantage it did have over the opposition has been gradually eroded.

One thing I will add though is that my Captiva has proved to be wonderfully reliable car over the last 3 years and has decent economy, the extra flexibility the 7 seats offer has been a god send to us, specially before my father passed away at the beginning of last year when we had to drive him around to medical appointments with his oxygen tank on board as we had plenty of room for the whole family.

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All New Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

 

To say I’m a bit of a fan of the Jeep Grand Cherokee would an understatement so I am damn excite that it’s little brother the Cherokee has finally arrived in Australia.
Now I’ve heard lots of good things about the Cherokee since it was released in the U.S. earlier on this year and to finally have it in country means that I will hopefully be getting to review it this year.
I’m betting that the new Cherokee will certainly shake up the highly competitive mid-size SUV market in Australia, available in 4 different models Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk. Powered by either the 2.4L TigerShark 4cyl packing 130Kw and 229nM of torque or the 3.2L Pentastar V6 pumping out 200Kw and 316nM of torque backed by a 9 speed automatic (which is a first for the mid size SUV market) and available in both 4×2 and 4×4 guises means the Cherokee will be well to suited to not only driving you around the suburbs but also to taking you well beyond the black stump thanks to Jeeps awesome Selec-Terrain system.
Enough of my drooling and ramblings check the info full below from Jeep Australia.

 

  • New model redefines mid-size SUV segment with legendary all-terrain ability, improved fuel efficiency, new technology, advanced styling and new safety systems
  • First mid-size SUV to feature three advanced four-wheel-drive systems and first in industry with rear axle disconnect to enhance fuel efficiency
  • First in segment to feature nine-speed automatic transmission
  • First Jeep built on Chrysler Group’s CUS-wide (Compact US) platform
  • Cherokee’s extensive safety systems are endorsed by a five-star ANCAP rating
  • First Chrysler Group vehicle to feature ParkSense Active Park Assist System to assist the driver when parallel or perpendicular parking
  • Available in four models: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk with prices starting at $33,500
  • Two petrol engines available across four models; diesel to arrive late 2014
  • Sport features two-wheel-drive running gear and 2.4-litre MultiAir II Tigershark four-cylinder engine; Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk feature four-wheel-drive systems and 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar powerplant
  • New 2.4-litre Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine helps Cherokee deliver up to 33 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over outgoing model
  • 3.2-litre V6 achieves 20 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over previous model
  • Features class-leading cargo flexibility with fore/aft adjustable and reclining split-fold second-row seats, innovative Jeep Cargo Management System and available fold-flat front passenger seat to allow occupants to organise their cargo
  • Bold, aggressive styling matches technologically advanced mechanical packages

Jeep Cherokee has returned to the Australian market with a new model that features legendary all-terrain ability, improved fuel economy, enhanced on-road ride and handling, more than 65 safety and security features and progressive interior and exterior design.

The new KL model, which follows the XJ, KJ and KK Cherokee models, also brings numerous firsts and best-in-class features. 

It is the first mid-size SUV on the market to offer three advanced, class-leading four-wheel-drive systems with one- or two-speed power transfer units: Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II and Jeep Active Drive Lock. All four-wheel-drive systems feature rear-axle disconnect, which activates when four-wheel-drive capability is not required and reduces energy loss and improves fuel efficiency. This is a first in the automotive industry.

KL Cherokee is also unique in its segment in offering a nine-speed automatic transmission, which provides fuel efficiency gains, refined shifting and enhanced on and off road driving performance. Four models are available from launch: Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk with two powertrains that are new to the Cherokee line: the 2.4-litre TigerShark l-4 and the 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar.

“The all-new Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs with a new level of on-road driving dynamics and fuel economy, while at the same time improving the 4×4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand.

“Jeep Cherokee boasts a new design, a nine-speed automatic transmission and two advanced engines, class-leading capability from three innovative 4×4 systems, more than 70 safety features, and a host of new technology features.”

The TigerShark engine, which is fitted exclusively to the two-wheel-drive Sport model, helps Cherokee deliver a 33 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing model while delivering an impressive 130kW of power and 229Nm of torque. The 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar provides 200kW and 316Nm of torque but with a 20 per cent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor.

Jeep’s renowned Selec-Terrain system makes its first appearance on Cherokee, fitted on the four-wheel-drive equipped Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk Cherokee models. There are up to five modes to provide optimal traction for specific conditions: Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud, Sport and Rock. Cherokee provides enhanced handling and improved road manners thanks to a new body structure, more than 65 per cent of which is fashioned from high-strength steel. This delivers new levels of torsional stiffness.

It also has new front and rear independent suspension systems, and all models are equipped with frequency-sensitive damping shock absorbers that automatically adjust to input from the road. Its speed-sensitive electronic power steering system also automatically adjusts for limited effort during parking or increased steering effort on the open road.

An enhanced aerodynamic package contributes to improved fuel economy, smooth on-road dynamics and NVH properties.

Advanced styling in and out complement KL Cherokee’s advanced powertrains, with a cutting-edge exterior design characterised by its slimline daytime running lights and iconic seven slot grille. The interior features advanced design, world class fit and finish and numerous storage and convenience options.

Multiple trim levels and colour choices allow customers to personalise Cherokee to their taste. All models come with a centre stack mounted Uconnect multimedia touch screen to control the vehicle’s functions and systems, 12.7 centimetre(5.0-inch) on Sport and Longitude and 21.3 centimetre (8.4-inch) on other models.

An available seven-inch full-colour LED reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to receive information and feedback in their preferred format and display elements such as real-time fuel economy, driveline information and turn-by-turn navigation. Cherokee features Jeep’s newly-designed corporate steering wheel, which includes Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) audio, voice and speed controls.

KL Cherokee’s safety systems include  options  that are new to mid-size Jeep SUVs: Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Crosspath Detection, Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, and reversing camera dynamic grid lines.

It is also the first Chrysler Group vehicle to feature the ParkSense Active Park Assist System, which automatically steers the vehicle into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

Cherokee’s 7 standard airbags include front & rear side-curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags.

Fiat Chrysler Group President and CEO Veronica Johns said all-new Cherokee would provide Australian customers with a new and compelling choice that also set new standards for its mid-size SUV rivals.

“Cherokee is one of the most anticipated vehicles to enter the Australian market this year, bringing  unmatched all-terrain capability, the segment’s first nine-speed automatic transmission and bold, distinctive  styling,” Ms Johns said.

“The Cherokee line-up will cater to all types of customers, from the city commuter who appreciates technology and comfort to the serious off-road enthusiast who demands dependable capability that only a Jeep can deliver”

Pricing

Jeep Cherokee is available in Australia in four variants, with pricing starting at $ 33,500

Model

Engine

Transmission

Price*

Sport 4×2 2.4-litre MultiAir Tigershark l-4

9-speed auto

$ 33,500

Longitude 4×4 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar

9-speed auto

$ 39,000

Limited 4×4 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar

9-speed auto

$ 44,000

Trailhawk 4×4 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar

9-speed auto

$ 47,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Fiat Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’

Fiat Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary

Fiat Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary

Now I am an unashamed fan of the Fiat 500, Abarth and the Abarth 595 models so I am always excited to hear when a new model arrives in the Fiat showrooms.

Fiat have just announced details of the most powerful and fastest Abarth 595 produced so far, featuring 132Kw, 250nM of torque and a sub 7 second 0-100 km/h time the Abarth 595 50th Anniversary model promises to be a little road rocket.

check out the full details below, big thanks to Fiat Australia for the info and the pics to check Fiats great range of vehicles visit their website http://www.fiat.com.au/

Fiat Australia announces the arrival of the Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ model – the fastest and most powerful 595 so far.

Only 50 examples of the global limited edition model have been secured for Australia and prices start at $45,000.(MSRP)

“Without doubt the Abarth 595 is an inspirational car for enthusiasts and we’re delighted to have secured 56 ‘50th Anniversary’ models for Australian customers,” revealed Veronica Johns, President and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Australia. “We’re sure some will be snapped-up by collectors but equally, those with a passion for iconic high-performance Italian cars will find the Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ comprehensively equipped and a delight to drive every day.”

Power comes from Fiat’s scintillating turbocharged, four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-Jet which has been boosted to 132kW/250Nm thanks to an overboost function activated by pressing  the ‘Sport’ button to adjust Electronic Control Unit mapping and turbocharger boost pressure.

Drive is to the front wheels via an electronically actuated ‘Abarth Competizione’ five-speed mechanical gearbox with steering wheel paddles to enhance the engine and cut shift times.

So with 132kW/250Nm, a top speed of 225km/h and sprinting from zero to 100km/h in less than seven seconds, the Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ is the fastest and most powerful 595 ever produced.

And passers-by will know the Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ is something out of the box thanks to the ‘Record Monza’ variable back-pressure dual mode exhaust designed to improve engine performance and deliver an inspiring sound over 3,000rpm.

Performance is also guaranteed by sports tyres mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels with 695 Magnesio Grey design embellished by an aggressive red liner.

The style of the exterior renews the historical features of the Abarth 595 without betraying its original spirit.

Unique historical logos are a tribute to the original and are made with the exclusivity and attention to detail typical of Officine Abarth.

The three-layer white paintwork, a contemporary reinterpretation of the 1963 model, and the graphics, are ensured by the traditional handcrafting machining and finishing processes.

Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ adopts Xenon headlights with dipped and driving light functions for improved light emission and excellent performance in all weather conditions – they deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen lamps headlights.

A sunroof completes the tribute to the original vehicle.

Fiat Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary

Fiat Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary

Just as customized and further demonstrating the attention to detail and sporty style of the Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ is the interior.

Red leather sports seats with white inserts and red stitching, combined with the dashboard, are a modern reinterpretation of the original car.

The historical logo adorns both the black leather (with red inserts) steering wheel and kick plates, giving the Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ a timeless modernity.

Other standard equipment includes an automatic climate control system with pollen filter, fog lights, CD/MP3 radio with controls on the steering wheel, an Interscope Hi-Fi system and Blue&Me™.

Driving dynamics are enhanced by Dualdrive™ electric power steering with ‘Sport’ function, rear parking sensors and the TTC (Torque Transfer Control) system which optimizes torque transfer to the front wheels to enhance handling without diminishing driving fun.

And to complete the package, Fiat has produced a range of unique accessories to commemorate the Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary and which are included as standard – a ‘595’ vintage car cover (very handy for those without off-street parking),’ 595 50⁰ Anniversario’ Italian Independent special edition sunglasses and ‘595 50⁰ Anniversario’ dedicated Tramontaro luggage.

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

I’ve been a massive fan of the Peugeot RCZ since it was released, well it seems that Peugeot have decided to take the RCZ another step today announcing the the release of the RCZ R.

The RCZ R is basically the RCZ on roids pumping out 199Kw and 330Nm of torque it is the most powerful road going Peugeot ever made.

Rather then listen to me rabbit on about how good this car looks and my god does it look good check all the info below from Peugeot Automobiles Australia this is one car I would dearly love to review.

Peugeot Automobiles Australia has today launched the eagerly anticipated Peugeot RCZ R - the most powerful road-going car the brand has ever sold.

Despite considerable engineering modifications, the RCZ R is priced from just $68,990; $10,000 more than the RCZ.

At its heart is a vast range of mechanical upgrades. Inspired by the Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup track car and riding 10mm lower to the ground, the new range-topping sports coupé is powered by a 1.6-litre THP turbocharged petrol engine with 199kW of power and 330Nm of torque.

Since its launch in 2010, the flagship RCZ has produced 147kW. The RCZ R represents a considerable boost in power, so to harness this engineers at Peugeot Sport in Paris have reworked almost every component behind the car’s iconic lines.

“The Peugeot RCZ R is not just a sporty version of the RCZ,’’ says John Startari, General Manager, Sime Darby Motors Group Australia. “Developed with Peugeot Sport, the RCZ R has significant engineering modifications compared with the RCZ and was developed as a sports competition model for use on circuits and tracks.’’

“RCZ R is a perfect example of Peugeot’s expertise in motorsport. RCZ R is a halo model for the brand and we expect it will not only increase sales but bring new customers to Peugeot.’’

The starting point of the RCZ R was the engine. While many rivals rely on 2.0-litre units for performance, Automobiles Peugeot opted to downsize to 1.6-litre capacity. With 199kW it is almost identical in output to the Racing Cup car and, with nearly 124kW per litre, sets a record for specific power in the category.

This new performance-oriented unit features numerous parts which have evolved or been completely redesigned to allow drivers to exploit the full potential of the RCZ R. Maximum power is at 6000rpm and maximum torque is available from 1900rpm to 5500rpm.

The Peugeot RCZ R sprints to 100km/h in just 5.9 seconds – almost two seconds quicker than the RCZ.

Weighing just 1280kg, the RCZ R boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 155kW per tonne.

Yet, despite the car’s performance credentials, environmental concerns were always at the heart of powerplant development. The RCZ R emits just 145g/km of CO2 and fuel economy of 6.3L/100km on the combined cycle – a benchmark in its category.

The block has been reinforced by a specific heat treatment prior to machining to improve durability. New forged pistons with a compression ratio of 9.2:1 were developed by Mahle Motorsport and use a grade of aluminium found in Formula One. This is the first time in a production car for Peugeot.

The con rods have been engineered to withstand continued use at high engine speeds and the upgraded bearings – making their world debut on a road car – are covered with a polymer coating that can withstand higher cylinder pressures.

Also new is the specially strengthened six-speed manual transmission, upgraded clutch, larger intercooler and new twin-scroll turbocharger. The exhaust has also been modified; linked to the draw of the engine’s air intake, it features an enhanced ‘sound system’ to amplify the sporting character of the new RCZ R’s engine.

A Torsen® differential has been added to provide additional grip. The front track has been widened to boost traction. Other upgrades include revised dampers settings and increased stiffness in the springs. Aerodynamic efficiency and high-speed stability have been improved, thanks to a new fixed boot spoiler which aids rear downforce.

The Peugeot RCZ R rides on unique two-tone 19-inch alloys which accommodate new larger four-piston brakes. They feature red calipers at the front bearing the Peugeot Sport name. Discs with a diameter of 380mm and thickness of 32mm are mounted on an aluminium hub, contributing to increased weight-saving and cooling. They are shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 235/40 R19 tyres for outstanding road-holding.

In more than 120 years of manufacturing cars, the RCZ R is a Peugeot like no other. Its exceptional performance and agility are the result of countless hours of bespoke development and attention to detail, followed by validation on and off the track with Peugeot Sport’s experienced test drivers in control.

The result is a sports performance coupé with outstanding acceleration, braking and cornering stability. The RCZ R is a Peugeot with the aggression of a lion at its heart, measured at more than two seconds per kilometre quicker than the 147kW car at the famous Nürburgring test track. The difference was even greater in wet conditions.

The Peugeot RCZ R goes on sale today and is available in four colours – Moroccan Red, Perla Nera Black, Mercury Grey and Opal White.

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R

Peugeot RCZ R