FORD EVEREST From $47,990 plus on-roads
Ascending to Everest ownership is $6000 cheaper with a reardrive five-seater. The launch of the $47,990 Everest Ambiente (third row seats add $1000) coincides with trimmed prices for the range. The Ambiente 4WD with five seats is $52,990 and the seven-seater has been trimmed by $1000 to $53,990. Step up to the Trend versions and prices are down by $2000, to $53,990 for the rear-driver and $58,990 for the 4WD. The Titanium headliner is down from $76,705 to $74,990. Standard gear on all variants includes eight-inch touchscreen, Apple/ Android mirroring, 10-speaker stereo, reversing camera, running boards and 3000kg towing capacity. The new versions are on sale from May 2.
MAZDA2 From $16,990 drive-away
The facelifted baby hatch and sedan remain among the better buys for those who enjoy driving and there’s now more kit for no extra cost. All 2017 Mazda2s have city-speed autonomous emergency braking, which will help sway safety-conscious owners. The base Neo still makes do with reversing sensors rather than a camera. The Maxx costs $2700 more and adds a slightly more powerful but much more efficient engine, upgraded cloth trim and seven-inch infotainment screen. The Genki then adds satnav, larger wheels, LED headlamps, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert for $22,690 on the road. The new GT variant tops the range and bolsters the Genki’s looks with leather upholstery for $23,680 drive-away. Swapping the standard six-speed manual gearbox for a six-speed auto adds $2000. In dealerships now.
INFINITI Q60 From $88,900
The coupe’s 298kW/475Nm “halo” version has just gone on sale. The Red Sport uses a twinturbo V6 with similar technology to that of the Nissan GT-R. The electronics suite includes autonomous emergency braking, steer-bywire, adaptive suspension and active blind-spot and lanedeparture. In terms of looks and performance, the Infiniti is a rival for the likes of the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, BMW 440i and Mercedes C43 AMG. Infiniti hasn’t had a performance car to hang its dynamic credentials on and it needed one. This car partly addresses this but also highlights the potential for the Japanese brand to create a genuine alternative to the outright sports cars its rivals already have on showroom floors. The Q60 Red Sport’s cabin fitment includes Nappa leather trim, 13-speaker audio, carbon-fibre bling and dualscreen infotainment displays (eight inches and seven inches respectively).
Ferry five: Ford Everest, main picture; Mazda2, left; Infiniti Q60 Red Sport