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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

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