Variety is the spice
No less than 25 variants of the new Disco go on sale Monday with a price range from $65,960 for the base model TD4 S to $132,160 for the limited First Edition TD6.
Buyers will have a choice of three turbo diesels: a 2.0-litre with 132kW/430Nm in TD4 variants; a 177kW/500Nm tune of the same engine in SD4 versions and the V6 with 190kW/600Nm in the TD6.
Braked towing capacity is unchanged at 3500kg and all versions are fitted with autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and reversing camera.
The TD4 versions ride on steel springs and adding air suspension costs $2060. Opting for seven seats will cost $3400$4500.
Those wanting ultimate offroader ability will need $1080 for the locking rear diff and $2060 for the “terrain response” software. Connectivity is a big feature of the new model and it can be optioned with up to nine USB ports, a Wi-fi hotspot for eight devices and six 12V outlets. Megane sedans and wagons have joined the hatch in showrooms to give Renault a full mid-size arsenal.
The sedan, powered by a 1.2litre four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, will be sold in Zen and Intens versions. The wagon comes in Zen, GT-Line and GT spec, the latter’s upgrade bringing a 1.6litre four-cylinder and fourwheel steering. Prices range from $28,490 to $39,490.
The Zen wagon and hatch can add autonomous emergency braking and lanedeparture warning for $700. The features are standard on other versions, along with blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control.
Standard gear includes an electronic park brake, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with satnav, eight-speaker audio and auto lights and wipers. The improved “Mark 7.5” Golf goes on sale next week with eight versions of the hatch and six wagons.
Prices for the entry hatch are up by $1000 over the outgoing model but the equipment list has also grown, including a more powerful 1.4-litre turbo (110kW/250Nm), city speed autonomous emergency braking, cruise control, eightinch infotainment screen with Android/Apple smartphone mirroring and seven airbags. A six-speed manual is standard; the seven-speed dual-clutch auto adds $2500.
The Trendline adds auto lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors and a fold-out rear armrest with cupholders for $24,990.
Adaptive cruise control, blind spot and lane departure warnings and semi automated parking are in $1500 bundle on Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants.
Performance versions, including the GTI hatch and all-wheel-drive R wagon, are expected to arrive in August, priced at $41,490 and $52,990 respectively.