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Sports Utility Vehicles, or rather SUVs, are hot in Australia and their popularity is growing because of the way they mix style with convenience, cool and driveability. Aussies love a great SUV because they enjoy sitting high on the road, going on road trips and impressing their friends when arriving at a summer BBQ. If you are looking to buy an extraordinary SUV for the coming year, read on to discover the one’s turning up on Australia’s doorstep in late 2015 ready for an impressive entry into the market in 2016.
Released: October 2015
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The 2016 Renegade is a cheerful and compact car with a nice price to match. This car is cute and fun but with enough beefiness and grunt to give its competitors a run for their money. There’s a lot of style wrapped-up in this SUV as is typical for a Jeep. Features include “My Sky” roof panels and there the interior is clever with “Easter Egg” sprinkles and grille logos throughout.
· Six-speed manual: 160-hp and 1.4-litre turbo
· Nine-speed automatic:180-hp and 2.4-litre engine.
The car comes in both front and four wheel drive and the list of features and specs is impressive. Prices start at $18,990
Released: Q3 2015
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The Hyndai Tucson is a good-looking car and has a strong sheet metal design. Controls on this vehicle are well laid-out, which makes for a pleasant and stress-free driving experience. If you are planning on going over any bumps, the Tuscan’s suspension will make for a superb and comfortable ride. If you are looking for a solid vehicle while relishing in a sense of quality, you might want to take the Hyundai Tucsan for a test drive.
Got kids or going on a trip?
The Tucson has got the space for loading up all your cargo and if you are taking people with you, they’ll enjoy great legroom in the back.
· Six-speed automatic: 164-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder
· Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission: 175-hp 1.6-liter turbo four with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
· All-wheel drive is optional on both models.
View the list of features and specs here. Prices start at $26,990.
Citroen C4 Cactus
Released: Early 2016
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If you fancy a little French workmanship in a car, you might like to consider the Citroen C4 Cactus for a curious, bold and quirky look and feel. This little flavour of France will certainly get you noticed on the streets in Australia with its quirky and innovative exterior stying.
If you’ve been a victim of shopping trolley dings in supermarket car parks, you’ll love the Citreon’s Airbump padding on the side doors.
In true Citreon style the interior features do not disappoint. Features include two digital displays, which separate instruments from temperature and in-car entertainment. Other notable features include an 8.5-litre compartment for storage and roof airbags to accommodate this extra space.
· Five or six-speed manual / six-speed automatic: 1.2-litre three-cylinder engines
· Five or six-speed manual / six-speed automatic: 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel
View the full list of features and specs here. Prices to be advised.
Released: Q3 2015
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If you are a car lover you will know the success Ford achieved with the release of its Ranger. Ford has now taken on the challenge of developing an SUV that has got enthusiasts talking. Everest is quite different from the Ranger in the way it handles itself and although engineered in Melbourne, it has been built with the rugged terrain of Thailand in mind.
The back suspension is coil sprung and engineers at Ford have built a vehicle that handles beautifully, behaves well on both road and off road and keeps its occupants entertained with a 10-speaker sound system. The Everest also offers the many indulgent qualities available, as well as a seven-seat design.
In Ford’s words the Everest is “tough, but not rough” and according to the Motor Report “Australian conditions should be a cakewalk.”
· 2.2- or 3.2-litre diesel engines
· 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo engine
Download Ford’s Everest Brochure. Prices start at $54,990
Released: August 2015
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Volvo’s next generation XC90 will provide fierce competition this year with Chinese company Geely investing heavily in Scandinavia’s icon vehicle. The new Volvo’s interior has been described as ‘breathtaking’ compared to its competitors BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Interior features include a crystal gear knob and ‘diamond-cut’ controls. With space for seven people the new Volvo is also extremely comfortable and affords its passengers a sensational infotainment system called Sensus.
In true Volvo tradition the new Volvo continues to offer a paramount level of safety and practicality in line with Volvo’s 2020 ambition to have nil fatalities by the end of the decade.
· 2.0-liter four-cylinder with turbo and super charging to create 316 hp
· Drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic
· An 80-hp electric motor in plug-in hybrid models
View the full list of features and specs. Prices start at $89,950
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