Racing start to 2017
NEXT year the year starts off with a bang for the motor industry.
The new Impreza holds special significance for Subaru. Its versatile platform will underpin the rest of the Subaru range for years to come.
The Impreza is new from the ground up, engines and transmission included, but there’s no manual, just a constantly variable transmission.
In line with the brand’s longstated strategy to go premium, the Impreza won’t be cheap. The starting price is $24,990 drive-away and the competition is cheaper. Spicing up the deal is the introductory deal of fiveyear/unlimited kilometre warranty and, for the first time, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Advanced safety gear is reserved for higher-priced variants. Deliveries will start in earnest early next month.
Mazda is taking orders for its new MX-5 retractable hardtops, the RF and RF GT. The starting price is $38,550 ($4000 more than the soft-top).
The heavier RF is powered by the larger MX-5 engine, the 2.0-litre four (118kW/200Nm), with six-speed manual or sixspeed automatic transmissions.
The targa-like metal roof opens and closes at the touch of a button at up to 10km/h. The RF pair gains a 4.6-inch colour info display, LED headlights (with adaptive front lighting) and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-lever.
Additional luxuries on the RF include nine-speaker Bose audio with integrated headrest speakers, LED tail-lights and heated seats. The GT gets a black painted roof and premium Nappa leather trim. A new colour, Machine Grey metallic, commands a $250 premium as does Soul Red metallic. First deliveries are expected to start February 1.
Volkswagen’s range-topping 162TSI Tiguan arrives next month.
The flagship version of our Carsguide Car of the Year takes the Tiguan to a new level.
In Highline grade it’s priced from $48,490 and can be identified by 18in wheels, tinted side and rear windows, LED tail-lights and a chrome strip in the front lower air intake.