SUVs dom­i­nate the road

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

SUVs are rul­ing the mo­tor­ing world.

Al­most ev­ery ve­hi­cle maker has or will have at least one Sport Util­ity Ve­hi­cle in their range, from Toy­ota to Rolls-Royce.

Only Fer­rari re­fuses to join the party, al­though a new Alfa Romeo SUV has Fer­rari stamped all over it.

Four of the 10 con­tenders for Cars­guide Car of the Year are SUVs – Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-9, Jaguar F-Pace and Volkswagen Tiguan.

New or con­cept SUVs were rolled out at this week’s Los An­ge­les Auto Show.

The elec­tric car wars are spark­ing up as Jaguar launches an SUV chal­lenger to the elec­tric car pi­o­neers from Tesla.

The Bri­tish lux­ury brand is promis­ing to put a plug-in lux­ury SUV on the road by the end of 2018 and is pre­view­ing its bat­tery-pow­ered I-Pace at this week’s Los An­ge­les Auto Show.

It will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model-X, on sale in Aus­tralia from $111,900.

The I-Pace is a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from any pre­vi­ous Jaguar and is de­scribed by de­sign di­rec­tor Ian Cal­lum as the most sig­nif­i­cant new model for the brand since the E-Type sports car in the 1960s.

Mazda un­veiled the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of its pop­u­lar CX-5 at the show with a new body and re­fine­ment to match its big CX-9 sta­ble­mate. Sales of the CX-5 have topped 20,000 here this year and Mazda be­lieves it will reach a new high of more than 25,000 by De­cem­ber 31.

There are no details on price or equip­ment.

The com­ing CX-5 is much the same size as the cur­rent model, with a wider foot­print and the wind­screen pil­lar set fur­ther back for a swoop­ier glasshouse. The em­pha­sis is on class and tech­nol­ogy.

When you’re last in, you bet­ter be best dressed.

Alfa Romeo is poised to make a grand en­trance when it fi­nally joins the boom­ing SUV mar­ket – with a high­per­for­mance model it claims is in­spired by Fer­rari.

The flag­ship Alfa Romeo Stelvio is named af­ter the high­est moun­tain pass in Italy with 75 bends over 20km.

Power comes from a 375kW twin turbo V6 that is claimed to launch the ve­hi­cle from rest to 100km/h in a frac­tion over 4 sec­onds, on the way to a top speed of 285km/h.

The en­gine is shared with Alfa’s com­ing sports sedan “in­spired by Fer­rari tech­nolo­gies and tech­ni­cal know how”.

Par­ent com­pany Fiat also owns Fer­rari.

The Stelvio – de­signed to com­pete with the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC – is “100 per cent rear drive” with up to 60 per cent of the power sent to the front wheels when needed.

NEW CON­CEPT: The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Jaguar’s I-PACE con­cept car (right).

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