Va­ri­ety is the spice

Herald Sun - Motoring - - LAUNCH PAD -

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.

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