Spe­cial edi­tions un­veiled

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Anum­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Kia, Peu­geot, Maserati and Alpine have re­vealed spe­cial-edi­tion mod­els at the Geneva mo­tor show, and some of them could even­tu­ally make their way into Aus­tralian show­rooms.

Maserati has shown its Ghi­bli, Qu­at­tro­porte and Le­vante mod­els in blacked-out Neris­simo Edi­tion form, a vari­ant based on the Grans­port trim that adds a num­ber of dark trim el­e­ments.

Neris­simo Edi­tions score a deep black body paint colour, black chrome trim on the up­per part of the grille frame, Tri­dent badge, side air vents, boot and badg­ing on the C-pil­lars and rear of the ve­hi­cle.

Mean­while, the grille bars, door han­dles, ex­haust tips and win­dow trim are also fin­ished in black.

Ghi­bli and Qu­at­tropotre ver­sions come with a dark fin­ish on the LED head­lights, and the choice of 20-inch Urano or 21-inch Ti­tano al­loy hoops fin­ished in gloss black, while the Le­vante gains front and rear un­der­body pro­tec­tion, black fog­light rings and the choice of two black 20-inch and one 21-inch al­loys.

Inside, the Ghi­bli re­ceives heated front and rear sport seats, heated steer­ing wheel, tinted win­dows, power rear sun­blind and ‘dark mir­ror’ in­te­rior fin­ish, with Black Pi­ano and car­bon-fi­bre trims avail­able as op­tions.

The Qu­at­tro­porte comes with ei­ther car­bon-fi­bre or Black Pi­ano trim, as well as tinted win­dows, rearview cam­era power bootlid, Homelink sys­tem and key­less en­try for rear doors.

Fi­nally, the Le­vante also gets the sport seats shared with the Ghi­bli, four-zone au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol, power foot ped­als and the Easy En­try sys­tem.

Maserati Aus­tralia has con­firmed the Qu­at­tro­porte Neris­simo will lob mid year, while the Le­vante and Ghi­bli ver­sions will hit show­rooms in Oc­to­ber.

Peu­geot has un­veiled a first edi­tion ver­sion of its all-new 508 mid-size lift­back, with a num­ber of en­hance­ments over the reg­u­lar ver­sion that is set for an Aus­tralian de­but, as new lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor Inch­cape goes about re­viv­ing the brand Down Un­der.

The 508 First Edi­tion comes in two ex­te­rior paint hues – dark blue and ul­ti­mate red – and scores 19-inch Au­gusta al­loys in two di­a­mond-set hues with a grey dust coat­ing.

Its in­te­rior is made with ze­bra­n­otype wood deco­rum, Al­can­tara trim and black leather up­hol­stery with cop­per stitch­ing lines.

Peu­geot Citroen Aus­tralia na­tional PR and cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Tyson Bowen said there was cur­rently no plan to bring the first edi­tion to Aus­tralia, how­ever, the im­porter would con­sider bring­ing it based on its re­cep­tion in other mar­kets.

Kia showed off its Euro­pean-spec, Slo­vakian-built Cee’d Sportswago­n, but given Kia Aus­tralia sources its small car, the Cer­ato, from South Korea, the Cee’d is not des­tined for Aus­tralia.

One model un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for Aus­tralia is the Rio Gt-line, which adds a num­ber of vis­ual touches over the reg­u­lar ver­sion of the light hatch that cur­rently tops out with the $22,990 SLI vari­ant.

The Gt-line adds 17-inch al­loy wheels, gloss black and chrome ‘tiger nose’ grille, ice cube LED fog­lights, twin ex­haust tips, LED day­time run- ning lights, chrome win­dow trim, gloss black roof spoiler and sill high­lights.

In Europe, the Gt-line will be pow­ered by a 1.0-litre tur­bocharged three­cylin­der en­gine, how­ever, if it makes it to Aus­tralia, it will likely re­tain the 1.4-litre as­pi­rated four-pot mated to a four-speed au­to­matic used in the ma­jor­ity of the range.

Re­nault’s re­born French sportscar brand Alpine has shown off two road­go­ing ver­sions of its new A110 coupe, as well as one spe­cially de­signed for the race­track.

The two road ver­sions in­clude the driver-fo­cused Pure and more com­fort-ori­ented Le­gende, how­ever, it is too early to de­ter­mine if they will come to Aus­tralia as the reg­u­lar ver­sion is still yet to hit lo­cal show­rooms.

Pure ver­sions come stripped back with 17-inch wheels and weight­sav­ing Sa­belt sport seats that weigh 13.1kg each, while buy­ers can op­tion Brembo brakes, 18-inch hoops, sixway ad­justable com­fort seats and two Fo­cal au­dio sys­tems.

The Le­gende scores the afore­men­tioned sports seats, leather up­hol­stery, car­bon-fi­bre in­te­rior trim, Fo­cal au­dio sys­tem, front and rear park­ing sen­sors with re­vers­ing cam­era and two-tone Le­gende al­loy wheels.

Mean­while the A110 GT4 racer has been made to mark Alpine’s re­turn to mo­tor­sport and fea­tures ag­gres­sive bodykit and an up­rated ver­sion of the A110’s 1.8-litre tur­bocharged en­gine.

RIO GRANDE: Kia Aus­tralia could po­ten­tially add the top-spec Gt-line, re­vealed at the Geneva mo­tor show, to its Rio line-up.

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