December 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Ford Australia has given blue oval fans a treat today with the first teaser image of the new-look 2011 Territory. Due out in around six month’s time the new Territory is set to breath life back into the well aged name plate.
First launched back in 2004 the current Territory is based on the underpinnings of the Falcon sedan and has only received subtle updates throughout its long production life. Now Ford Australia has committed to the Territory until at least 2016.
The new 2011 Territory will continue to make use of the Falcon platform but will use updated global styling inside and out, plus a number of new technologies, including the introduction of turbo-diesel power.
“The Ford Territory set a new benchmark when it was first released and it is set to achieve this again — and more,” said Bob Graziano, President and CEO of Ford Australia. “This is an exceptional SUV. It wears an exciting new look and will boast an extensive list of technical highlights. The Ford Australia team is taking the Territory to an all-new level of performance, refinement and quality, and customers will definitely experience these advancements when they drive it.”
Ford hasn’t released official details on powertrain options for the new Territory but the company had previously announced that the updated Territory would benefit from the introduction of the Ford and Peugeot-Citroen PSA co-developed 2.7-litre V6 turbo diesel motor. It’s also likely that Ford will make use of its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in this application, as the new powerplant has already been confirmed for the Australian market Falcon. Continue reading “2011 Ford Territory – first teaser image revealed” »
December 1st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Rumours of a smaller Porsche SUV have been circulating the web for years now but Porsche has finally ended speculation and officially green-lighted its entry-level Cajun crossover.
Designed to increase sales volumes and attract new, younger customers, the Cajun will be an “efficient and sporty model” with design goals of “typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility.” The new crossover will share a platform with the Audi Q5 and feature styling influenced by VW design boss Walter de’ Silva. It will be given sportier themes and priced around five to ten percent higher than the Audi.
The Cajun is expected to be launched in 2014 and will be a direct and fierce competitor for the Mercedes GLK, BMW X3, and Land Rover Evoque.
Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne
November 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The Internet is rife with rumour and speculation that Lamborghini may be preparing another entry into the lucrative SUV market. The previous Lambo SUV was called the LM002 (picture) and the company had, at one point, plans to throw it into the Dakar Rally battle. But the Lambo LM002 never quite made it that far. Now the Italian supercar maker is working on a model called the LM00X.
The LM00X SUV is expected to be built on the Audi Q5 platform, which will also be used by the upcoming Porsche Cajun. The 4WD Lambo will have a full 4×4 traction system, most likely based on Audi’s award winning quattro.
In terms of engine options a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that will output around 550 hp will make sense. Expected performance figures for the LM00X are around the 4.5 second mark getting to 100 km/h but it remains speculation at this stage. In reality, once loaded with all sorts of luxury equipment it may take around the high 5 seconds range to reach the speed limit.
The LM00X SUV will sit on three-door coupe architecture, with supercar-inspired styling and a swags of carbon fibre trim keeping the weight down.
The price tag will reflect all the R&D that is about to go into it and much change from $220k NZ is unlikely. Expect to see it no earlier than 2012.
November 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Car design studies are generally pretty cool even if they almost never actually reach fruition. The latest carmaker to get some futuristic paper concepts going is kiwi-connected McLaren who has entered into a collaboration with the IED design institute in Turin, Italy. The objective is to create an SUV vehicle for 2020, called the 2020 McLaren SUV, it’s to represent the potential future of the British marque’s lineup. Each design was penned with the following requirements in mind: a hybrid, mid-engined four-wheel drive sport-utility riding on a McLaren chassis with space for two occupants.
After getting some one-on-one face time with McLaren top dogs at the Woking, UK facility, the IED students developed thirty-three concepts in total. After that, the number of proposals was whittled down to eleven cars deemed worthy of “further development”, whatever that really means. Ultimately three winning vehicles were approved for 1:4 scale model production these are called the HOLON, the TOROK, and the BIO RENOVATIO, and can be viewed below along with some of the other concepts in the gallery below. Check it out, there’s even a picture of a futuristic lady in a futuristic jumpsuit included. Continue reading “McLaren commissions design study to pen SUV of the future” »
October 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Ford introduced its all-new 2012 Ranger at the recent Australian Motor Show in Sydney (read news) and while it’s already been well received Ford isn’t stopping there. According to recent reports online, Ford has plans to expand the Ranger Lineup to include an SUV variant. This new SUV isn’t expected till late 2012 at the very earliest.
Being developed in collaboration with Mazda (the Mazda BT50 is a redesigned Ford Ranger), the Japanese manufacturer could be considering a new SUV based on the BT50.
The new SUV is expected to share the same powertrains found on the 2012 Ranger. Ford introduced three new engines on its compact pickup truck: a 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I4 diesel engine with peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110 kW, a 3.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi I5 diesel engine with a powerful 470 Nm of torque and 147 kW of power; and a 2.5-litre Ford Duratec I4 petrol engine with more power at 122 kW.
The new Ford Ranger has been big news here in NZ, so check back as we bring you more info on a possible SUV variant.
May 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
American electric car maker Tesla has announced that it will be introducing an all-electric crossover utility vehicle in 2013.
Seeking brand expansion beyond its current model lineup of the Tesla Roadster and the upcoming Model S sedan, Tesla is developing electric car products clearly targeting the mass market.
But the California-based company may not be quite as ambitious as they initially seem.
Tesla is currently in a partnership with Daimler to supply electric vehicle technology to be used in its vehicles like the Mercedes A-Class and the Smart brand’s range. It does appear more likely that Tesla technology will see a greater road presence in the future through a partner alliance rather than its own products.
December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
A unique commercial for Nissan Qashqai, compact yet tough.
December 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
World class premium Sorento R, a promotional video