SUVs dominate the road
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).