New bases and apexes

Herald Sun - Cars Guide - - LAUNCH PAD - CHRIS RI­LEY PRE­VIEWS THE NEXT BUNCH OF CAR DE­BUTS

The new Im­preza holds spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for Subaru — its ver­sa­tile plat­form will un­der­pin the rest of the Subaru range for years to come. The Im­preza is new from the ground up, en­gines and trans­mis­sion in­cluded — there’s no man­ual, just a con­stantly vari­able trans­mis­sion. In line with the brand’s long-stated strat­egy to go pre­mium, the Im­preza won’t be cheap — the start­ing price is $24,990 drive-away and the com­pe­ti­tion is cheaper. Spic­ing up the deal is the in­tro­duc­tory deal of five-year/unlimited kilo­me­tre war­ranty and, for the first time, Ap­ple CarPlay/ Android Auto. Ad­vanced safety gear is re­served for high­er­priced vari­ants. De­liv­er­ies will start in earnest early next month.

MX-5 RF

Mazda is tak­ing or­ders for its new MX-5 re­tractable hard­tops, the RF and RF GT. The start­ing price is $38,550 ($4000 more than the soft-top). The heav­ier RF is pow­ered by the larger MX-5 en­gine, the 2.0-litre four (118kW/200Nm), with sixspeed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sions. The targa-like metal roof opens and closes at the touch of a but­ton at up to 10km/h. The RF pair gains a 4.6-inch colour info dis­play, LED head­lights (with adap­tive front light­ing) and leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel and gear-lever. Ad­di­tional lux­u­ries on the RF in­clude nine-speaker Bose au­dio with in­te­grated head­rest speak­ers, LED tail-lights and heated seats. The GT gets a black painted roof and pre­mium Nappa leather trim. A new colour, Ma­chine Grey metal­lic, com­mands a $250 pre­mium as does Soul Red metal­lic. First de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected to start Fe­bru­ary 1.

VW TIGUAN 162TSI

Volk­swa­gen’s range-top­ping 162TSI Tiguan ar­rives next month. The flag­ship ver­sion of our Cars­guide Car of the Year takes the Tiguan to a new level. In High­line grade it’s priced from $48,490 and can be iden­ti­fied by 18-inch wheels, tinted side and rear win­dows, LED tail-lights and a chrome strip in the front lower air in­take. Safety kit in­cludes front as­sist, city emer­gency brak­ing, lane as­sist, driver fa­tigue de­tec­tion, ac­tive bon­net, multi-col­li­sion brak­ing, park as­sist and rear-view cam­era. The LED head­lights have dy­namic cor­ner­ing, the tail­gate is pow­ered and there are wheel­mounted pad­dle-shifters. The eight-inch screen has sat­nav and com­forts in­clude Vi­enna leather trim, heated sport front seats and driver’s seat with power ad­just­ment and mem­ory set­tings.

Tops and bot­toms: MX-5 RF, above, and VW Tiguan, right; Subaru Im­preza, main pic­ture

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