New year, new gear

Herald Sun - Motoring - - LAUNCH PAD -


A mi­cro SUV for in­ner-city ur­ban­ites who want to ven­ture out of the week­ends is the brief for the Ignis.

It de­liv­ers with front and all­wheel drive vari­ants and seat­ing for four. The de­sign dares to be dif­fer­ent and with some vivid paints to pick from, the Ignis will cer­tainly stand out in carparks.

The wheels are pushed out to the cor­ners of the car to max­imise space, lead­ing to 204 litres of ca­pac­ity in the AWD ver­sions.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions haven’t been re­leased but the likes of a sev­eninch touch­screen, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing, lanede­par­ture warn­ing and adap­tive cruise con­trol can be found on top-spec overseas ver­sions.

Power comes from a 1.2-litre four-cylin­der en­gine with 67kW/120Nm matched to a man­ual gear­box or CVT. Cars­guide ex­pects prices to start at about $17,000 when the baby Suzuki crossover goes on sale next week.


The hard­top ver­sion of Mazda’s road­ster will cost from $38,550 when sales be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 1. That’s about $4000 dearer than a com­pa­ra­ble man­u­ally op­er­ated fab­ric-roofed MX-5, mean­ing you ei­ther re­ally like the look of the RF or re­ally are lazy enough to in­sist on a pow­ered roof.

The RF (Re­tractable Fast­back) es­chews the soft top’s en­try level 1.5-litre en­gine in favour of the 118kW/200Nm 2.0-litre mill. A six-speed man­ual gear­box is stan­dard, the six-speed auto adds $2000.

All ver­sions come with the elec­tri­cally op­er­ated roof, LED head­lamps with adap­tive light­ing, a 4.6-inch colour TFT in­stru­ment dis­play and leather­wrapped steer­ing wheel. Step­ping up to the GT el­e­vates the price to $43,890 and adds tan or black leather up­hol­stery, LED tail lamps, heated seats and a nine-speaker Bose sound sys­tem. GT ver­sions can also be had with a black roof and nappa leather for an ex­tra $1000.


The Tiguan 162 is best de­scribed as the SUV in­car­na­tion of the Golf GTI. The head­line act in the Tiguan en­sem­ble — which has just earned the Cars­guide Car of the Year ac­co­lade — uses a 2.0-litre turbo en­gine and a seven-speed dual-clutch auto to knock off the triple-digit­triple- digit sprint in 6.5 sec­onds.

It is priced at $48,490 but more than 70 per cent of those who have pre-or­dered the car have opted for the $4000 RLine pack which bun­dles adap­tive chas­sis con­trol and vari­able steer­ing with in­te­rior and ex­te­rior bling. Vi­enna leather cov­ers the heated front seats, there’s a pow­ered tail­gate, an eight-inch in­fo­tain­ment dis­play, cruise con­trol, tinted rear­win­dows­rear win­dows and three- three-zone­zone air­con. Driv­ing aids in­clude AEB, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, and driver fa­tigue de­tec­tion. Ex­pect to see the top-spec Tiguan ap­pear­ing in deal­er­ships from next week.



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