Ute’s bags and ba­sics

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARSGUIDE - CHRIS RI­LEY PRE­VIEWS THE NEXT BUNCH OF CAR DE­BUTS

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.

SIX OF THE BEST

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.

AD IN­FINI­TUM

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

IN­FINITI Q60

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GLC 43

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