Ute’s bags and basics
TOYOTA’S hard-as-nails LandCruiser 70 Series is back, with star power and a stronger safety story to tell. Aussie engineers have given the extreme off-road work ute a new lease of life, adding much needed safety gear to earn a five-star crash rating. The ute is a favourite with farmers and mining companies but, without five stars, work and safety regulations preclude purchase. The updated model goes on sale from the end of the month, with the focus on the single cabchassis model which now has five airbags, plus traction and stability control. Other versions stick with two airbags so won’t qualify for five stars. It’s the same 4.5-litre V8 turbo diesel and manual transmission but it now meets Euro 5 emissions standards and has better lowend response. No word on pricing but Toyota has invested heavily in the project so expect a substantial increase. The current model is from $56,990.
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A new wave of AMG sixcylinder high-performance SUVs is now on sale. The GLC 43, GLC 43 Coupe, GLE 43 and GLE 43 Coupe are powered by the same twin turbo 3.0-litre V6 that develops a healthy 270kW/ 520Nm. The GLC pair goes from rest to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Prices start from $101,400 for the GLC 43, which comes with 21-inch wheels, AMG body kit, drive modes, air suspension, adaptive dampers, active cornering and Harman Kardon audio.
Nissan keeps the Infiniti prestige variants coming thick and fast. Hot on the heels of the Q30 hatch and companion QX30 compact SUV, the Q60 due late next month is a replacement for the ageing rear-drive G37 Coupe. The Q60 is Infiniti’s version of Nissan’s iconic 370Z, though the prospect of paying more for an Infiniti badge (there’s no word on pricing yet) is a bit bewildering. The two-door will be powered by a 2.0-litre fourcylinder turbo initially, with a new 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo to follow early next year. The four comes from Benz and is paired with its seven-speed twinclutch transmission.
LANDCRUISER 70 SERIES
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GLC 43