Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

PRICE The Ac­tive petrol ver­sion has a list price of $43,000, up from $41,850, al­though the run-out model has been sell­ing for $40,990 drive-away, about $5000 off. The Ac­tive diesel is $46,000, up from $44,850, while the Elite jumps from $50,990 to $54,000. The big­gest price hike is the High­lander, from $57,090 to $60,500.

TECH The pre­vi­ous model had blind spot and lane wan­der alerts but the new one brakes and steers the car back within its lane. Smart cruise con­trol brings the car to a com­plete stop, the high-beams dip for on­com­ing traf­fic and the horn sounds if you leave a pet or child in the car.

DRIV­ING Re­vised sus­pen­sion and a stiffer body im­prove cor­ner­ing abil­ity while main­tain­ing com­fort. New all-wheel drive varies torque be­tween the front and rear wheels to al­ter the ve­hi­cle be­hav­iour.

PER­FOR­MANCE Petrol and turbo diesel en­gines carry over, the lat­ter now matched to an eight-speed auto for slightly bet­ter fuel con­sump­tion (7.5L/100km, for­merly 7.8L) and im­proved re­sponse. The V6 is dropped for now.

DE­SIGN Ex­tra length lib­er­ates more legroom in the back two rows and there is ex­tra third row head­room. Big­ger win­dows give the cabin an airier feel. Cabin ma­te­ri­als have a higher qual­ity feel, al­though the lower sur­faces in the cabin still have hard plas­tics.

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