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2017 Mini JCW Countryman review

The 2017 Mini JCW Countryman is pretty much what we've come to expect from the go-fast arm of the BMW-owned British brand – and it's more practical than ever before.

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2018 Mazda CX-9 pricing and specs
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2018 Mazda CX-9 pricing and specs

The Mazda CX-9 has received a 2018 model-year update just over a year since its initial release, bringing new technologies like the company's G-Vectoring control system, along with a new colour. Announced this week, the entire CX-9 range gets G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which adjusts engine torque in response to steering inputs, which the company claims helps to deliver "unified control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration g-forces, enhancing the vertical load on each wheel"...


2018 Hyundai 'FE' fuel-cell SUV revealed, hits Australian Alps for testing
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2018 Hyundai 'FE' fuel-cell SUV revealed, hits Australian Alps for testing

The upcoming Hyundai 'FE' fuel-cell SUV has been revealed in near-production form in Seoul this week, ahead of its official launch "early next year". Serving as the replacement for the current ix35 Fuel Cell, the 'Next Generation FCEV' (official name to be announced in January) will be the company's second commercially-produced fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), and will be powered by Hyundai's fourth-generation hydrogen fuel-cell technology...


2018 Volkswagen T-Roc design teased ahead of August debut - video
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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc design teased ahead of August debut - video

The upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc SUV has been teased again this week, following the release of a less revealing video earlier in the month. The look of the new T-Roc, set to be unveiled on August 23, will walk the line between the light Polo hatch and larger Tiguan SUV, showing more of Volkswagen's new-generation styling themes...


2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed PHEV review
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed PHEV review

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is an economical SUV for the daily grind. But how does it handle towing and long distance?


2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report four – off-road weekend
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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Comfortline review: Long-term report four – off-road weekend

I slide into the dark coloured Volkswagen Tiguan under a cobalt blue sky and head as quickly as possible out of Sydney, doing my best to avoid the never-ending snake-like peak hour traffic rolling ever forward at the mind boggling speed of 12km/hour. It pays to have a comfortable car in Sydney and I'm thankful the Tiguan is just that, with a sturdy sports-esque manually adjusted cloth seat that has just the right amount of support...


2018 BMW X2 teased again
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2018 BMW X2 teased again

The upcoming 2018 BMW X2 has been teased in a new set of camouflaged photos handed down this week. Lifestyle blog Highsnobiety had first dibs on the new small SUV, this time wrapped in an army-style black/orange/yellow disguise. This is our best look yet at a physical example of the production-spec X2, after patent renderings were leaked just over a month ago...


2007-12 Mitsubishi Outlander recalled for wiper fix
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2007-12 Mitsubishi Outlander recalled for wiper fix

Mitsubishi has issued a recall for 46,263 examples of its previous-generation 2007 to 2012 model-year 'ZG' and 'ZH' Outlander SUVs over concerns the windscreen wipers could rust and stop working. The manufacturer reports that the structure of the vehicle's front deck allows water intrusion into the wiper motor, which could cause it to rust or seize...


2012-16 Hyundai Santa Fe recalled for bonnet fix: 30,000 vehicles affected
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2012-16 Hyundai Santa Fe recalled for bonnet fix: 30,000 vehicles affected

Hyundai has issued a recall for 30,450 examples of its 2012 to 2016 Santa Fe SUV over concerns a faulty latch cable could cause the bonnet to open while driving. The Korean manufacturer reports that the secondary bonnet latch cable has a risk of being corroded, in turn failing to engage the secondary latch...


Renault Koleos Diesel priced from $46,990, here in September
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Renault Koleos Diesel priced from $46,990, here in September

The Renault Koleos has added a new turbo-diesel engine to its range, in a single-specification variant that sits atop the range - starting at $46,990 before on-road costs. It's the same 130kW/380Nm 2.0-litre oiler that is offered in the related Nissan X-Trail, sending drive to an on-demand all-wheel drive system via a continuously-variable transmission (CVT)...


2011 Kia Sorento, Sportage recalled for fire risk
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2011 Kia Sorento, Sportage recalled for fire risk

Kia has issued a recall for 106 vehicles across its previous-generation diesel-powered 2011 model-year 'XM' Sorento and 'SL' Sportage model lines over concerns a fuel hose leak could pose a fire risk. The Korean manufacturer reports that vehicles equipped with the Euro 5 'R' turbo-diesel engine may exhibit premature deterioration of the fatigue-resistance and oil-proofing of the fuel feed hose...


BMW X7 fuel-cell concept to debut in Frankfurt - report
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BMW X7 fuel-cell concept to debut in Frankfurt - report

The upcoming BMW X7 SUV flagship is set to be previewed by a concept version at this year's Frankfurt motor show in September, complete with a fuel-cell powertrain - according to a new report. BMW Blog claims the 'Concept X7' fuel-cell will make its debut at the event, and if the company's previous concept cars are anything to go by - see X2 and 8 Series - it will very likely be close to production ready...


2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross undergoing local tuning
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross undergoing local tuning

Mitsubishi has released initial details of the work going into local preparation for its upcoming 2018 Eclipse Cross, set to debut in local showrooms by the end of the year. The company says the new SUV is undergoing suspension and steering calibration, powertrain assessment and noise vibration harshness (NVH) control to ensure it "meets the requirements of Australian customers"...


2017 Mazda CX-3 Akari AWD review
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2017 Mazda CX-3 Akari AWD review

Does the Mazda CX-3's recent update keep it at the top of the small SUV class? In flagship Akari spec, possibly not.


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe detailed: Active safety now standard across the range
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe detailed: Active safety now standard across the range

The new model-year updates continue this week, with Hyundai announcing its upgraded 2018 Santa Fe range. Headlining the changes for 2018 include the Hyundai SmartSense active safety suite being equipped as standard across the range - including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and radar-guided smart cruise control - previously limited to the flagship Highlander model...


2017 Haval H9 Premium tuned by Ironman 4x4 review: Quick drive
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2017 Haval H9 Premium tuned by Ironman 4x4 review: Quick drive

The Haval H9 is China's answer to an array of large off-roaders like the Toyota Prado, but at a fraction of the price. The company revealed in Darwin last week, it has been working with Aussie company Ironman 4x4 on a local tuning program – similar to how Hyundai and Kia tune their models specifically for our market...


2017 Nissan Juke Ti-S AWD review
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2017 Nissan Juke Ti-S AWD review

The Nissan Juke Ti-S blends controversial styling with turbo power. With a new-generation model imminent, does the current car still stack up in the small SUV segment?


2018 Honda CR-V pricing and specs: Turbo five- and seven-seat SUV arrives
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2018 Honda CR-V pricing and specs: Turbo five- and seven-seat SUV arrives

The new 2018 Honda CR-V range is now on sale in Australia, bringing turbo power and, for the first time, seven-seat versatility to the company's popular medium SUV line-up. Starting from $30,690 (all prices before on-road costs), the price of entry raises by $900 over the previous fourth-generation model, though Honda argues that the new version brings between $2600 and $4350 in added value, depending on variant...


2018 Mazda CX-8 styling revealed
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2018 Mazda CX-8 styling revealed

A new look at the upcoming Mazda CX-8 has been handed down today, revealing its exterior styling for the first time. For now, the view is limited to the CX-8's profile, showing a subtly tapered roofline and a bolder kink in the glasshouse at the D-pillar. But, as the below image of its CX-9 sibling shows, the difference between the two is far less distinct than pundits might have expected...


Haval, Ironman 4x4 working on Australian tuning program - UPDATE
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Haval, Ironman 4x4 working on Australian tuning program - UPDATE

Update - The original version of this article stated the updated 2018 Haval H9 was the base car for the company's local tuning prototype. This is not the case, as it is the pre-update model Chinese SUV specialist Haval has revealed it is in the first stages of implementing an Australian tuning program for its local line-up, starting with its largest model, the H9...