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THE next big thing in SUVs . . . well, isn’t that big.
As SUV sales grow, the cars themselves are shrinking, or at least those in the newest wave.
Mini SUVs built on city car
This one started it all. The
(from $24,900 est)
The Mokka will launch locally in the third quarter with a 1.4-litre turbo engine paired with six-speed manual or sixspeed automatic transmission.
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Built in India using the Fiesta platform, the EcoSport gets here in the last quarter, debuting the 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo engine. Sounds weedy but Carsguide drove it last year in the bigger Focus and praised its performance. Ford Australia’s Brad Brownell talks up the EcoSport’s ‘‘ premium seating and functionality, car-like ride and handling’’.
‘‘ Previous SUVs were trucks but (with) these things you feel like you are driving a car,’’ Brownell says.
It is what a lot of customers are looking for.’’
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You don’t see so many SUVs in Europe, so this sticks out— in a good way. Nissan’s excited’’ about adding the Juke to its local list towards the end of this year but there’s no confirmed engine line-up. The new Pulsar SSS powerplant, a 1.6-litre turbo petrol, is a strong chance. platforms still provide the allimportant elevated driving position but within a tighter, easier-parking package.
They’re cheap to develop and profitable to sell (more so because most go without the extra mechanicals needed for all-wheel drive) and you’ll see a lot more of them soon.
Generally they’ll be priced up to— and not much beyond —$25,000. Japanese maker has built this crossover since 2007.
We’ll have the new one here by the end of this year,’’ Suzuki’s Andrew Ellis says.
Sixty per cent of sales are FWD, though the diesel version of the new SX4 is set to be only all-wheel-drive. But that’s going to be far from commonplace in this new SUV sub-segment, as the bulk of the models poised to roll on to our docks between now and the end of the year won’t have driven rear axles. It will be available with frontwheel drive and Opel’s adaptive all-wheel-drive technology. Its safety kit includes adaptive forward lighting system, hill start assist and hill descent control, front camera with forward collision alert and lane departure warning. A reversing camera is also standard. Holden’s had a few cracks at the mini-SUV thing. Its last one was the Suzukisourced Cruze (which is no relation whatsoever to the current car). This is its version of the global Trax, a twin under the skin of Opel’s Mokka. Built in South Korea on the same platform as the little Barina, it arrives in the third quarter to slot in
below the Mokka.