All-New Range Rover Evoque Convertible breezes through ultimate All-Terrain testing


  • Bold new Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible
  • Exclusive film captures final stage of testing at Land Rover’s challenging all-terrain proving ground –
  • Full suite of advanced on- and off-road technologies showcased
  • The Convertible for all Seasons will be revealed in November and will be on sale in Australia from Quarter 2, 2016

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Whitley, UK, 05 October 2015 – The All-New Range Rover Evoque Convertible will be the most capable convertible in the world when it debuts in November after completing Land Rover’s punishing development and testing programme with flying colours.

Hot on the heels of last week’s London takeover, where six full-scale wireframe sculptures showcased Evoque Convertible’s elegant design at a series of iconic locations, Land Rover has released a film showcasing its all-terrain credentials.

The footage, released today, shows the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible completing the final phase of testing at Land Rover’s legendary Eastnor Castle estate, in Herefordshire, UK. The film demonstrates how Land Rover’s engineers have rigorously tested the four-wheel drive Convertible to ensure it delivers customary all-terrain capability.

Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, said: “Land Rover prides itself on being a class leader when it comes to all-terrain capability and the Evoque Convertible is no different. Thanks to a combination of innovative engineering and the application of advanced technologies, Evoque Convertible will deliver a dynamic and assured SUV experience that has been tested around the world. We call it ‘The Convertible for all Seasons’.”

Land Rover confirmed plans to launch a highly desirable convertible derivative of its multi award-winning Range Rover Evoque at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. The bold addition to the range has just completed its extensive development programme and continues Land Rover’s tradition for creating and leading new market segments.

Travelling the globe, Evoque Convertible has proved its capability and durability in a series of demanding tests before undergoing final sign-off at the famous Eastnor Castle Estate, where all Range Rovers have been put through their paces for the last 45 years.

Launching in November and making its public debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Evoque Convertible will be on sale in Australia from Quarter 2, 2016. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s 4×4 sectors, with 80% of this model range exported to over 170 countries.

The Government’s Regional Growth Fund
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is supported by the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). The Government’s RGF has invested nearly £3 billion to help businesses in England to grow; so far generating over 100,000 jobs. 56 new awards in Round 6 and seven through exceptional RGF support – announced on 12 February 2015, gives £297 million to 63 projects and programmes to create and safeguard thousands more jobs and unlock an additional £1.5 billion private sector investment.

Countdown to convertible begins as Range Rover Evoque Wireframes take over London

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  • Wireframe sculptures preview world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible
  • Prestigious London locations including Harrods host unique models
  • Full-size installations are 1:1 scale representation of Evoque Convertible
  • World’s first compact luxury SUV Convertible to be revealed in November 2015

London UK, Friday 2nd October –Londoners were stopped in their tracks today as Land Rover placed a collection of full-size Range Rover Evoque Convertible ‘wireframe’ sculptures in the iconic streets of the UK’s capital.

The installations were displayed outside prestigious London locations including the world famous Harrods department store on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge and in notable Mayfair addresses.

The bespoke sculptures were designed by Land Rover’s own Design team, using advanced computer modelling to accurately outline the shape of the forthcoming Evoque Convertible. Crafted from aluminium and finished in a range of vibrant colours, the wireframes illustrate the elegant evolution of the Range Rover Evoque’s transformation from coupe to convertible.

Following on from the original Evoque wireframes designed by Benedict Radcliffe back in 2011 and used to launch the Evoque, the 1:1 scale works of art include 3D wheels as well as front and rear seats. Six Convertible wireframes have been produced to give the public a chance to see how the Evoque Convertible will look in its natural urban environment. Each wireframe will now begin a global tour as Land Rover builds up to the introduction in November of the latest addition to the growing Range Rover family.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, said: “The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is perfectly suited to the urban surroundings of a city like London and it’s the perfect place to showcase the world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible. The locations chosen reflect the refined and luxurious lifestyle of an Evoque Convertible customer – two attributes this vehicle will deliver plentifully.”

Editors’ notes:

  • Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s 4×4 sectors, with 80% of this model range exported to over 170 countries.

Last drive of Kia’s Sportage before the new model arrives (plus pics of the new model)


2014 Kia Sportage

It’s been a couple of years since we last drove the Sportage (read about it here). We thought it capable and 2014 Kia Sportageelegant as well as being sexy and well equipped. Kia has so much confidence in their cars that they’ve added an extra couple of years to their already brilliant warranty so you now get 7 years peace of mind. As well as that, you get 7 years of capped price servicing and 7 years roadside assist, plus, a free service after your first 3 months.

The cheap and cheerful tag simply doesn’t apply to a company prepared to back their vehicles for 7 years does it? They’ve thought about your resale value too because these benefits are transferrable to the new owner.

The 5 star rating is the best we can currently have. So, not only do you have 7 worry-free years, but if the unthinkable prang happens you have the best possible chance of coming out of an incident in as good a condition as is possible.

There have been little tweaks here and there but the Sportage is still a brilliant car to drive and is still drop-dead gorgeous. I love it as much as I did when I drove it last time. My one and only reservation now is the 2014 Kia Sportagenew model is just around the corner, so would I buy the old model?

The new models promise much and to be frank from the pictures I’m still preferring the looks of the current car. I mentioned this to my man at Kia and he assures me I’ll love the new car and that it is even better in the flesh. A couple of the chaps have been over to the Mojave desert for a spin in the new car and they liked it very much. With the fabulous new Sorento recently getting all sorts of hurrahs, perhaps they’re right.

All I’ll say is this; the current Sorrento is a huge step up from the old model so I’m expecting the same from2014 Kia Sportage Sportage. If it delivers even a soupçon on that expectation I’ll be a happy bloke. It’s a perfect runaround and the AWD models give you enough chutzpah to attempt a little light off-roading.

I love the Sportage a lot, and always have. However if I was in the market now I’d want to see what the new one looks like before buying myself a runout model.

As always, I look for a car that can take a couple of small bags, and would look good with a handsome young couple, a gingham table cloth with picnic basket bunged in the back. Of course there has to be room for a mischievous puppy too. The performance is perfectly adequate and the handling excellent. I’ve no doubt the new model will have rack mounted steering and a smorgasbord of tasty new extras though. I’m truly torn.


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Holden VFII Ute makes public debut at famous Deniliquin Ute Muster

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  • Holden reveals most powerful Commodore Ute ever built at the 17th annual Deniliquin Ute Muster
  • VFII Ute V8 now boasts new 6.2-litre LS3 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust and mechanical sound enhancer standard on all V8 sports models
  • Fans given opportunity to experience virtual reality test drive of Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground with three-time Bathurst 1000 champion Garth Tander at the wheel

Holden has revealed the most powerful Commodore Ute ever, VFII, for the first time at the legendary Deniliquin Ute Muster.

The public debut of the VFII was reserved for Holden fans at the Ute Muster with the VFII Ute joining its sedan and wagon siblings with the introduction of a new 6.2-litre LS3 engine.  The new V8 engine is capable of delivering a staggering 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque, and producing a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 4.9 seconds, making it the quickest Commodore Ute in history.

Working in harmony with VFII’s new 6.2-litre engine, Holden engineers have spent countless hours developing VFII Ute’s new and unique sound character.  Using a newly introduced bi-modal exhaust, a patent pending Holden designed “Baillie Tip” and a mechanical sound enhancer, the sound package combines to ensure you are likely to hear the car before you see it. 

Holden’s track focused, top of the range, SSV Redline VFII Ute builds on the performance of its LS3 V8 engine, introducing Brembo brakes on all four wheels ensuring exceptional and consistent braking performance when pushed to the limits on the track.

Rounding off the upgrades to VFII, Holden designers have introduced functional design changes in the form of front fascia ducts and hood vents, allowing for aerodynamic benefits and increased engine cooling respectively, as well as a range of new wheel designs.

Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, said the entire team was incredibly proud of what they had achieved and was looking forward to the public’s reaction. 

“This has been an especially exciting project as we’ve wanted this engine in this vehicle for some time now so it’s great that it’s finally here and it certainly won’t disappoint,” said Mr. Trubiani.

“It’s a perfect demonstration of how Holden understands the unique needs of Australian ute drivers who want a functional car for the week but with the added performance and character for an engaging weekend drive.

“The Deniliquin Ute Muster is an ideal place for VFII to make its public debut.  The people that attend this event are fans of the car and the brand and we want to show them that they’re important to us.”

In addition to the technical changes, Commodore VFII Ute also boasts the exceptional refinement and handling that Holden has become famous for thanks to extensive tuning work done at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground and test rides across Victoria. 

Holden’s Chief Engineer, Andrew Holmes, said the years of hard work developing VFII ensure it is a thrilling and engaging ride, and a fitting car to be launched to the 20,000 strong Deniliquin crowd first.

“We’ve been working on this car for a while now and are excited to see it make its debut at Deni. The new 6.2-litre LS3 engine, combined with its unique sound character makes an already thrilling sports vehicle, even more special,” said Mr. Holmes.

“We have tested the Ute alongside sedan and wagon, completing in the region of 250,000kms of development driving and can say this is absolutely the best car we have ever engineered and we know our customers will enjoy driving VFII as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

In addition to the VFII Ute reveal, Holden will invite fans to experience a virtual reality tour of the top secret Lang Lang proving ground with three-time Bathurst 1000 champion, Garth Tander, in the driver’s seat.  Powered by Oculus Rift technology, the drive takes in numerous parts of the test facility whilst allowing fans to still enjoy the entertainment on show at the Ute Muster.

Commodore VFII goes on sale in October with demand for the unbridled V8 variant expected to be extremely strong.  Customers wishing to register their interests can do so at their local Holden dealer or via the Holden website.

New Features to Commodore VFII Ute Range


  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels

SS (above SV6)

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Bi-modal exhaust with mechanical sound enhancer
  • Passive entry / Passive start
  • New front fascia and grille
  • Hood Vents
  • New 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Performance brake option

SSV (above SS)

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Colour Head Up Display
  • New 19 inch alloy wheels

SSV Redline (above SS-V)

  • 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine
  • Rear Brembo brakes
  • New 20 inch forged wheel option

Colour Range

  • Slipstream Blue* (NEW)
  • Phantom Black*
  • Nitrate Silver*
  • Prussian Steel Grey*
  • Jungle Green* – available on sports models only
  • Some Like It Hot Red*
  • Heron White
  • Red Hot
  • Regal Peacock Green*

*premium paint – $550 option (except on Caprice V – no charge)


Recommended retail price^ of the Commodore VFII range is as follows:


  • Evoke, V6 Auto                                               $33,490
  • SV6, V6 Man / Auto                                        $33,990 / $36,190
  • SS, V8 Man / Auto                                          $40,990 / $43,190
  • SSV, V8 Man / Auto                                       $44,490 / $46,690
  • SSV Redline, V8 Man / Auto                           $50,490 / $52,690

Optional performance brakes and 20 inch wheels    

  • Performance brakes (V8s only)                     $350
  • 20 inch forged alloy wheels (redline only)      $1,500

Holden’s Lifetime Capped Price Servicing, the largest of its kind in Australia, will also available on the Commodore VFII range rewarding customers with complete peace of mind.

^ Recommended retail price excluding dealer delivery, on roads costs and government charges

Kia Sorento is not just a pretty face.


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We loved Kia’s Sorento when we drove it in Port Douglas earlier in the year (read about it here). I hoped it would be as nice to drive back home in Sydney. It sounds silly but sometimes a car at launch doesn’t measure up when you drive in in the real world.

I’m happy to report the Sorento Petrol was even better than I remembered it.

There are thoughtful touches such as auto folding mirrors which sense the driver’s approach and gently unfold. The puddle lights and door handles illuminate in preparation for the driver to press the unlock button. I like smart entry and start very much. It means you leave the key in your bag or pocket and never again have to spend hours searching for it. It’s a bit of unexpected but very welcome bling.

The SLi petrol is $50,411 on the road in NSW and for that money there is bags of space but only front wheel drive at that price. It is only noticeable in the wet as she scrambles for grip like a demented woodpecker. The 199kw 3.3 petrol feels leisurely most of the time but gets up and dances when you stick the boot in. The 6 speed auto does the job and is fairly economical especially on the highway giving about 8L/100k. You might be surprised to see this wasn’t far shy of the company claims. Around town we got a little higher at around 15L/100k so the claimed combined of 9.9 combined doesn’t seem out of the ballpark. Given all the hooha over the last few weeks with VW in deep, and very hot water, this is reassuring. The Koreans seem to have it pretty much under control.

On the launch I reported the stereo wasn’t quite as expected and to be fair we didn’t have much time to fettle the controls. This week we gave those knobs a jolly good twiddle. Actually it wasn’t knobs, it was the LCD touch screen interface which was caressed rather than knobs twiddled. Whilst I’m partial to knob twiddling the industry is moving towards leaving greasy paw marks over a screen. It also does most of the other controls as well. Responds in good time and for a change has Satnav that doesn’t require big hugs every time it does something. It’s all fun and games until the time when the light is behind you and all you see is finger marks. C’est la vie (I’d say it in Korean if I knew Korean and had a Korean keyboard). We got the sound to be quite decent by simply returning all the settings to neutral.

We did the city run mostly, throwing in a 100k run along the M5 for good measure at the last minute. After about 400k (ish) in total, we got a pretty good lie of the land. For a big car it’s incredibly easy to get around town in. It’s easy to park but there is no getting away from her ample proportions. She is a buxom lassie and in shopping centre car parks, those lines feel mighty close. Put 3 or 4 SUVs beside each other and you’ll wish you hadn’t had all those counter lunches with beers.

While you’re doing that spot of weekly grocery shopping you’ll find a use to the 3rd row of seats. Leaving them up makes a cosy spot for your Coles bags. There is nothing worse than wasting money on your organic oranges only to have them rolling about like billiard balls. It’s probably the only time a gay boy would use his 3rd row seats, unless of course a night’s clubbing had been particularly successful. Perhaps that’s telling tales out of school.

On the highway the Sorento is magnificent. Remember this is a 50 grand vehicle. You’ll need to keep this in mind because as you cruise at 110k it feels more like a limo costing 3 or 4 times as much. The suspension feels sophisticated giving the passengers a posh ride. We noticed only the very worst ruts transmitted themselves into the bums of those on board. More importantly it didn’t overly upset the steering. I’ve thought of Kia steering as being a bit soulless in the past but the new rack mounted setup means less stress on the steering column itself. I’m told by Kia’s technical bloke that the rack mounting also makes tuning the system easier and more precise. I’ve driven SUVs costing much more which I’ve enjoyed much less. They either wallow all over the place like jelly on springs, or they’re so stiff they feel as if the springs were stolen during the night.

You never feel like you run out of puff. The engine had plenty of poke, but you’re driving a car of nearly 2 tonnes so maneuvers should be done with consideration and planning. As good as it drives, it is not a sports car.

The Platinum comes in at $60,000 ish (on the road NSW) and only comes in a diesel but the Si can be had for a snip at $45,241. The basics are the same with little luxuries being added as you go up the range. What this means is the same uber-comfy ride is had no matter how much you spend. When compared to Toyota’s Kluga ($45,402 to $74,403) and Nissan’s Pathfinder ($44,083 to $74,094), the Sorento compares favourably especially in the price VS trim department. Looks are a matter of taste but I think the Kia is arguably the best looking.

The Sorento is a big roomy 7 seater. It does long distance in great comfort and with great panache. You’d get out after 1,000 k’s feeling fresh as a very daisy. Well, OK you’d feel totally knackered but at least you’d not be crippled from being origamied into a space better suited to a 10 year old.

Looking at the value, the drive and the looks, Kia may have made themselves the yardstick others will chase. For fact and figures see our previous review here.

Would I buy one? Yes, but only if I didn’t require full 4WD which would usually be my first preference.

The All-New Jaguar XF Australian Pricing announced

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Priced from $82 800 for the XF Prestige 20d

  • Deliveries to commence from Q1, 2016
  • Aluminium-intensive architecture
  • Elegant, progressive design combines short overhangs and outstanding proportions with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency: Cd 0.28
  • Lighter and more efficient, with unrivalled refinement, dynamics and design
  • Segment-leading for rear seat space: row-two occupants gain 15mm more legroom, 24mm more knee room and up to 27mm more headroom
  • Powertrains from 132kW Ingenium diesel to 280kW V6 supercharged petrol with eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Double-wishbone and Integral Link suspension deliver exceptional ride comfort, handling, and unrivalled refinement
  • All-Surface Progress Control enables smooth, effortless drive-away on lowfriction surfaces such as snow and ice – all the driver has to do is steer
  • The all-new XF offers a host of additional technology including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, intelligent speed limiter and semi-automated parking
  • All-new optional 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system – InControl Touch Pro – offers door-to-door navigation, and 17-speaker, 825W Meridian digital surround sound. It also features a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster features four visual modes and full-screen navigation display

Sydney Australia, 30th September 2015
Jaguar Australia is pleased to announce that pricing for the all-new Jaguar XF will start at $82 800 for the XF Prestige 20d. The all-new Jaguar XF brings an unrivalled blend of design, luxury, refinement and efficiency to lead the business car segment.

The dynamic, coupé-like design is formed around Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive architecture and combines the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and perfect lines which define all Jaguar cars, with a longer wheelbase, more interior space and exceptionally low aerodynamic drag.

The cabin is a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology, with features such as a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, laser head-up display and the

InControl Touch Pro premium infotainment system
“I believe the all-new XF is the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF is true to the great tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The 2007 XF was a radical step forward for Jaguar – and for the business car segment. Combining a sleek, coupé-like exterior and a luxurious interior, it set the class benchmark for aesthetics and driving dynamics.

Features such as the rotary shift controller, rotating air vents and phosphor blue ambient lighting set the cabin apart from the competition and made the XF a highly desirable, aspirational vehicle. It was like nothing Jaguar had ever made before, and like nothing the competition could offer. The XF went on to become the most awarded Jaguar ever.

The all-new XF retains its predecessor’s core attributes but uses Jaguar’s aluminiumintensive architecture to elevate them to a completely new level. It enables weight savings of up to 190kg and an increase in torsional stiffness of up to 28 per cent. The architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and the proportions so essential to Jaguar design.

The all-new XF is 4,954mm long: at 2,960 the wheelbase is 51mm longer than before, the front overhang 66mm shorter. Though 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the original XF, rear seat space is class-leading thanks to 15mm more legroom, 24mm more knee room and up to 27mm more headroom than before.

The light, stiff body is also fundamental to the all-new XF’s superb vehicle dynamics.

Double wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear suspension – combined with near-50:50 weight distribution – deliver the ideal balance between ride and handling.

“From an engineering perspective, our targets with the all-new XF were bound by one holistic goal – it had to do everything better, and it does.

“It offers even better dynamics, even greater refinement for the comfort of its occupants, it delivers an all-new infotainment system, and it utilises every last mm of packaging to maximise interior space, while exploiting all the weight-saving optimisation offered by our new aluminium-intensive architecture. As a driver you will notice these benefits from the moment you sit behind the wheel, and as a passenger Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XF

Adopting Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) maintains Jaguar’s leadership in steering feel but also reduces fuel consumption by up to two per cent and three per cent for diesel and petrol models respectively. EPAS also enables functions such as camber compensation and advanced driver assistance systems including lane-keep assist, driver condition monitoring and bay- and parallel park-assist.

Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride quality as standard through an extra valve which reduces damping forces at low speeds. For even better control the Adaptive Dynamics system monitors body movement 100 times a second and wheel movement 500 times a second to determine the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions.

Jaguar Configurable Dynamics technology, optional on all V6 models, provides the ultimate in control and enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the dampers, steering, engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

All-Surface Progress Control, developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions, automatically manages the brakes and the throttle to deliver the best possible traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly and without drama: the driver only has to steer. ASPC operates between 3.6km/h and 30km/h, and the desired speed is set by the driver using the cruise control switches.

Infotainment and connectivity is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered. The all new InControl Touch Pro system builds on the intuitive user interface of InControl Touch, and supports all the same features – but offers a 10.2-inch touchscreen and Dual View technology which simultaneously allows the driver to see information such as navigation, while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD.

To enrich the experience there’s also natural voice control, supporting commands such as ‘more like this’ for track selection, and 10GB of the 60GB solid-state drive is dedicated to media storage, enabling Gracenote album art to be displayed. Audio systems include the exceptional 17-speaker, 825W Meridian digital surround sound system.

To minimise driver distraction the all-new XF offers a colour laser head-up display.

Compared to competitor systems, this technology is smaller, lighter, and generates high contrast images which are easier to read in strong sunlight.

Stereo camera technology enables autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist systems. Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist takes the stress out of motorway driving in stop-go traffic by tracking the vehicle in front, at a safe distance.

The all-new XF is also the first Jaguar to offer adaptive full-LED headlights. Featuring two banks of LEDs and reflectors – one for dipped beam, the other for main beam – they generate light with a colour temperature closer to that of daylight than is achievable with Xenon lights, delivering better illumination. At the same time, energy consumption is reduced. So efficient are they that, unlike first-generation designs,
cooling fans are not needed.

If the high-beam assist function is specified, the stereo camera will detect other vehicles in the distance, and the headlights will be dipped automatically as necessary to avoid dazzling other drivers.

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Range summary
The all-new XF range will consist of: XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio, XF S.

The all-new XF powertrain range will consist of: 132kW 2.0-litre diesel automatic;177kW 2.0 petrol automatic; 220kW diesel automatic; 250kW and 280kW 3.0-litre petrol automatic.

Following a £416million investment, the all-new aluminium-intensive Jaguar XF is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the allaluminium F-TYPE sports car and XJ luxury saloon.

The all-new XF joins the Jaguar saloon car range between the XE and XJ model lines.

“The XF nameplate sits at the very heart of Jaguar; the original XF was revolutionary for the brand, and now the all-new aluminium XF represents another innovative stepchange within the business segment.

“Lighter and more efficient, with enhanced space, a greater breadth of powertrains, unrivalled dynamics and refinement and, of course, world-leading design, the all-new XF offers customers a compelling package.”
Steven de Ploey, Brand Director, Jaguar

Model Range – Australia

XF Prestige 20d (132kW 2.0 Ingenium Diesel) $ 82 800
XF Portfolio 25t (177kW 2.0 Petrol) $ 97 800
XF Portfolio 35t (250kW V6SC Petrol) $112 800
XF R-Sport 20d (132kW 2.0 Ingenium Diesel) $ 88 800
XF R-Sport 25t (177kW 2.0 Petrol) $ 89 800
XF R-Sport 35t (250kW 3.0 V6SC Petrol) $104 800
XF S (221kW 3.0 V6 Diesel) $120 700
XF S (280kW 3.0 V6SC Petrol) $128 200
The all-new XF Prestige 20d includes the following standard specification –
• 18” 5-spoke alloy wheels
• Taurus Leather seats (**10×10-way electric front seats w/- 4-way electric lumbar)
• **Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
• Exterior mirrors – **Power-folding, auto-dimming
• Xenon headlamps with signature DRL
• **Memory (mirrors, steering column, driver seat)
• Gloss Black veneer
• Auto dimming interior mirror
• Dual zone climate control
• Interior mood lighting
• **8” capacitive touchscreen
• **380W Meridian sound system w/- 11 speakers + Sub-woofer)
• **InControl touch SD Navigation
• Front & rear parking aids
• Rear camera
• **Lane Departure Warning
• **Autonomous emergency braking
• Keyless start and entry
• **Park assist – parallel & bay, with parking exit

**Specification over and above 15MY XF 2.2 Premium Luxury (RRP $76,500)

BMW Group statement concerning the current discussion of diesel engines

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BMW Group is committed to observing the legal requirements in each country and fulfilling all local testing requirements.

In other words, our exhaust treatment systems are active whether rolling on the test bench or driving on the road.

Clear, binding specifications and processes are in place through all phases of development at the BMW Group in order to avoid wrongdoing.

Two studies carried out by the ICCT (International Council on Clean Transportation) have confirmed that the BMW X5 and 13 other BMW vehicles tested comply with the legal requirements concerning NOx emissions. No discrepancies were found in the X5 between laboratory-test and field-test NOx emissions.

The German magazine Auto Bild has published a clarification of their article released yesterday (September 24) concerning the emissions of a BMW X3 stating: “No evidence of emission manipulation by BMW…. The values mentioned in the document were only generated in a single, one hour-long road test. Auto BILD has no access to the details of this test trail, which might explain the discrepancies to the test cycle NEDC.” (NEDC stands for New European Driving Cycle)

BMW Group is willing to discuss our testing procedures with the relevant authorities and to make our vehicles available for testing at any time.

The importance of diesel engines in achieving CO2 targets

Policymakers worldwide, and in particular in the European Union, are setting tough standards for CO2 and other emissions. The 2020 targets in Europe can only be fulfilled through extensive use of modern diesel engines and further electrification.

The progress achieved so far in CO2 reduction in Europe is largely due to the use of diesel technology. Meeting future requirements will not be feasible without diesel drive trains, since a diesel engine emits roughly 15 to 20 per cent less CO2 on average than a comparable petrol engine.

At the BMW Group, we have invested a great deal in recent years in refining and optimizing diesel technology.

At BMW, diesel vehicles accounted for 38% of vehicles sold worldwide last year: Europe 80%; Germany 73%; US 6%. This represents approx. 20,000 vehicles in the US in 2014.

The Euro 6 emissions standard, which took effect on 1 September 2015 and is binding for all new vehicle registrations, improves both environmental and consumer protection.

To bridge the gap between test results and real-life fuel consumption and emissions, the European Union is working on a new test cycle (WLTP) and an emissions test for real driving situations, known as “real driving emissions” or RDE. We support the swift introduction of the new regulations to create clarity for consumers and the industry as quickly as possible.