Motoring news November 2016

Holden’s SUV strategy is starting to take shape and it relies heavily on America. The seven-seat GMC Acadia will arrive in 2018 wearing  a Holden badge, finally giving the brand a credible alternative to Mazda CX-9, Toyota Kluger, Nissan Pathfinder, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.

The Acadia will be offered with a V6 petrol engine, although a diesel may also join the line-up.

Before then, Holden will usher in another new nameplate – Equinox – to compete in the popular mid-sized SUV segment dominated by Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4.

Due early in 2017, Equinox partially replaces the underwhelming Captiva and is a crucial new arrival in the fight  to boost Holden’s SUV sales.

Holden has also revealed an updated version of Trax, which competes in the growing small SUV class.

Report: Toby Hagon
Published in RoyalAuto Nov 2016

 Land Rover Discovery

Techno Disco

The fifth generation of Land Rover’s Discovery has broken cover at the Paris Motor Show. Sporting a sleeker exterior inspired by the smaller Discovery Sport, the seven-seat Discovery will focus on technology, with new systems to help it go further off-road, as well as improved connectivity, including up to nine USB ports. A new lighter aluminium body brings significant fuel savings, which will be enhanced with the addition of four-cylinder versions.

The new Discovery arrives in Australia in mid-2017.

Final touches

Mazda continues its safety push with a mild update to CX-5 ahead of an all-new model, expected some time in 2017. The revised range picks up the previously optional Safety Pack on all variants, which incorporates low-speed city auto-braking in forward and reverse and blind-spot monitoring. Previously an option costing about $1200, this adds $700 to the price of all but the flagship Akera, which has long had the Safety Pack.

i-Catching

It’s all about the look with Hyundai’s new i30. Designed and developed in Europe, the new small car evolves the five-door hatchback’s exterior themes but introduces a radical new look inside, dominated by a floating screen on top of a simplified but more elegant dashboard.

Beneath the skin is a choice of three four-cylinder engines: a 2.0-litre petrol, a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel.

The new i30 arrives in Australia in the second quarter of 2017, with a performance i30 N version (with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine) expected later in the year.

These i30s headline a big year for the Korean brand; also arriving in 2017 is the Genesis G70, the Prius-rivalling Ioniq hybrid and a new small SUV.

Haval range grows

Chinese SUV brand Haval has expanded its family with the arrival of the H6. Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, the five-seat H6 is a rival to Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 and sells at an initial launch price of $29,990 drive-away.

As with the H2, H8 and H9 already on sale, the primary sales pitch with the H6 is value. Standard fare includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone ventilation, parking sensors front and rear, smart-key entry and blind-spot monitoring.

For now the only transmission is a manual – ruling out most SUV buyers – but an auto is due in 2017.

Parking trick

Parking is now a whole lot easier, at least for the top end of town. BMW has joined Tesla in offering a remote parking function on its 7-Series limousine.

Controlled via the digital Display Key fob, the feature allows owners to direct the car into a spot that would otherwise not allow the doors to be opened.

Other makers, including Audi and Mercedes-Benz, are working on offering remote parking technology in Australia.

Mazda CX-5
Hyundai i30
Haval SUV
BMW Series 7