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GENESIS G70 SHOOTING BRAKE

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GENESIS G70 SHOOTING BRAKE
New Genesis G70 wagon looks like a streamlined five-door hatch.

GENESIS G70 SHOOTING BRAKE

By EWAN KENNEDY

GENESIS G70 SHOOTING BRAKEGenesis G70 Shooting Brake is based on the G70 sedan and is aimed at those wanting enhanced practicality in an upmarket Korean car.

The Shooting Brake body is normally called a station wagon in Australia though we feel it’s very likely that it will be called a Shooting Brake here. In some ways it almost looks like a streamlined five-door hatch rather than a bland station wagon. We love the shape in the photographs and certainly look forward to seeing it in the metal.

It is 4,685mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,400mm tall, with a 2,835mm wheelbase. The luggage space is 40 percent larger than the Genesis G70 sedan and its rear seats can be split-folded 4:2:4 to let you juggle passenger / luggage space.

Its front is pretty much the same as the G70 sedan, with the Crest Grille that’s lower than the headlights. Genesis tells us it “spreads outward to evoke a sprinter’s pre-race posture and highlight the model’s athletic design”. So there …

Dominique Boesch, Managing Director of Genesis Motor Europe, said: “We are delighted to reveal this bespoke product – tailored for our European customers – so soon after revealing news of our arrival into the region.

“The G70 Shooting Brake marries luxury and European automotive heritage with our design philosophy of Athletic Elegance. Our fifth car in Europe, the Shooting Brake will stand apart through its unique design; it is a clear statement of our commitment to the region.”

Genesis G70 Shooting Brake is set to launch in Australia in the third quarter of 2021. We will bring local details closer the time of the launch and follow that up with a road test.

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 49 is out today as usual it is available from all Newsagents, leading Service Stations, General Stores and Woolworths Supermarkets from Coffs Harbour to Southport and as far west as Tenterfield, every town in the northern rivers. A very full 80 pages to read on these rainy and cold days ahead with over 32 pages of local news, 4 page lift out TV Guide, 2 pages of puzzles, 7-8 pages of local sports, 7 page of Rural news, 4 pages of Local Entertainment, trades and professional services, funerals, community news and events and a special 7 Pages on Lismore’s the Star Court Theatre 100 year Anniversary. This is a brilliant edition and all of our readers will absolutely love it from page 1 to page 80. Only $2. But HURRY as last weeks edition 48 sold out all copies within 3 days.

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JEEP 80TH ANNIVERSARY

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition.

JEEP 80TH ANNIVERSARY

By EWAN KENNEDY

80th Anniversary Special Edition Jeep, the vehicle that helped win a war.

Jeep Australia has introduced a limited run of 80th Anniversary Special Edition models across the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited ranges.

“Since 1941, Jeep SUV’s have been renowned for their unparalleled off-road capability and freedom. Today, the Jeep range continues to drive best in class 4×4 leadership, as well as leading safety and convenience features, premium craftsmanship and exceptional on-road dynamics,” said Kevin Flynn, Jeep Australia Managing Director.

“We’re excited to mark eight decades of the Jeep brand with these limited-edition models and give Jeep customers the opportunity to own a piece of history.”

They feature Granite Crystal accents, badging and wheels. There’s an 80th Anniversary exterior badge, featuring the side profile of the original open air Willys Jeep and “80th”.

Inside there’s black leather upholstery complemented by Light Tungsten accent stitching and an 80th Anniversary seat tag for the front seats. The upgraded Berber floor mats also include 80th Anniversary tags, which feature the original Willys Jeep profile.

The 80th Anniversary interior applique is on the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee instrument panel, and across the console inside the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The Wrangler Unlimited features an exclusive Jeep 80th Anniversary swing gate plaque.

The 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen says “Since 1941” across its infotainment welcome screen each time they start the engine of their collector’s model.

To further celebrate the 80th anniversary, Jeep Australia has launched Jeep Wave. This is Capped Price Servicing program for new vehicles, Lifetime Roadside Assistance when you service through Jeep and 5 Year/ 100,000km Factory Warranty.

JEEP CHEROKEE

The Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 80 units for the Australian market, and is priced at $51,941 MSRP. It is available in Bright White, Granite Crystal and Diamond Black.

It is based on the Jeep Cherokee Limited 3.2L. The features below are in addition to or replacing standard Jeep Cherokee Limited specification unless otherwise specified.

2021 Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

2021 Jeep Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

Exterior

  • 18-inch wheels with Granite Crystal finish
  • Granite Crystal Rear Fascia Applique
  • Rear Fascia Lower Valance Matte Black
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Commemorative Badges
  • Granite Crystal Grille Surrounds
  • Body Colour Fascias
  • Black Day Light Opening Moldings
  • Body Colour Wheel Flares
  • Body Colour Exterior Sill Moldings
  • Body Colour Door Claddings
  • Granite Crystal Roof Rails
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Badging
  • Exterior Accents-Granite Crystal
  • Granite Chrystal Exterior Mirrors

Interior

  • Premium Black Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching
  • 80th Anniversary Front Seat Tags
  • Light Tungsten Interior Accents
  • Berber Floor Mats with 80th Anniversary Tag
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Instrument Panel Applique
  • Anodized Gun Metal Interior Accents
  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

The Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 160 units for the Australian market, and is priced at $66,941 MSRP. It is available in Bright White, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black and Slate Blue.

It is based on the Grand Cherokee Limited 3.6L.
The features below are in addition to standard Grand Cherokee Limited specification unless otherwise stated.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition.

Exterior

  • 20-inch wheels with Granite Crystal finish
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Commemorative Badges
  • Dark Lens Tail lamps
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Mirror Caps
  • Granite Crystal / Black Grille
  • Front and Rear Accent/Body Colour Fascia
  • Dark Day Light Opening Mouldings
  • Body Colour Door Handles
  • Body Colour Claddings
  • Black Roof Molding
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Badging
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Accents

Interior

  • Black Leather seats and Light Tungsten interior accents
  • 80th Anniversary Front Seat Tags
  • Piano Black/Anodized Gun Metal Interior Accents
  • Berber Floor Mats with 80th Anniversary Tag
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Instrument Panel Applique
  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof

JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 80th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to just 160 units for the Australian market, and is priced at $71,941 MSRP. It is available in Bright White, Granite Crystal, Diamond Black and Sarge Green.
The Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Special Editions are based on the Wrangler Overland 3.6L. The features below are in addition to the standard Jeep Overland specification unless otherwise stated.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary Edition.

Exterior

  • 18-inch wheels in Granite Crystal
  • Mold in Colour Bumper with Neutral Gray
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Commemorative Badges
  • Body Colour/Accent Colour Grille
  • Gray/Black Jeep Badges
  • Gray/Black Trail Rated Badge
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Swing Gate Plaque

Interior

  • Premium Black Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching
  • 80th Anniversary Front Seat Tags
  • Light Tungsten Interior Accents
  • Jeep 80th Anniversary Console badge
  • Open Air Freedom
  • Sky-One-Touch Power Top

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2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 COUPE

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AMG Line body-enhancement pack on the E300 Coupe adds sporting flair.

2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 COUPE

By EWAN KENNEDY

AMG Line body-enhancement pack on the E300 Coupe adds sporting flair.

For the 2021 season the Mercedes E-Class Coupe has had a solid overhaul with an emphasis on sporting look and upgrades in many departments.

For a start it has the AMG Line body-enhancement pack that was once an option is now standard in all variants.

Meaning that you get the looks of a sporting coupe but can opt for the Comfort settings if that’s more your style of things.

2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 STYLING
Mercedes E-Class Coupe is a long handsome machine that gained some envious looks on several occasions during our week’s road test.

As well as the AMG grille there’s a new headlight design, widened wheel arches a larger front splitter. The rear has a split taillight design. There’s what looks like diffuser in the tail though we’re not sure it actually acts as aero aid. Perhaps it would nail down the rear if we were cruising in Germany at 180 plus km/h, though…

INTERIOR
It has genuine high-quality leather that we have praised in all topline models of all the prestigious German company’s topline models for many years of road testing them.

There’s a redesigned flat-bottom steering wheel looks good and provides a little more belly-room for owners who aren’t as slim as they once were.

The rear seats are for two occupants only and there is good leg- and elbow-room because there’s no need to squeeze a third seat in there. The rear seats fold in 40:20:40 to give a choice of human/cargo room.

INFOTAINMENT
A 12.3-inch infotainment screen is operated by a touchpad on the centre console and isn’t the easiest to use. Calling out “Hey Mercedes” makes life simpler as it responds to voice commands – I’ve seldom had any problems getting the system to work, though others I’ve spoken others who don’t have much joy. It can also be controlled by capacitive pads on the steering wheel.

The very-wide instrument/infotainment layout didn’t appeal to me when I first used it in other Mercs, but I’ve grown to like it.

The Mercedes MBUX native satellite navigation system worked well there are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Connectivity is provided by multiple USB-C points at the front and rear.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
Power comes from four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo-petrol that provides 190kW (out that’s only there between 5800 and 6100rpm. That’s well balanced out by it having 370Nm all the way from 1800 to 4000rpm. The nine-speed automatic drives the rear wheels.

2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E300 SAFETY
Mercedes has been working on car safety since the early 1940s and continues to be one of the leaders in the field. It has nine airbags and has high five-star ratings.

To avoid the need to use the nine (yes, nine!) airbags the E300 Coupe has active brake assist with cross-traffic detection, lane-change and blind-spot assist. Should the driver not be paying attention to the road steering assist will nudge the car back onto line.

DRIVING
The front seats are well-shaped and comfortable and support well without being too aggressive, after all this is a touring car not a sports machine.

Getting into the rear seats isn’t always easy as this is a large car with big doors and you’re sometimes pretty close to cars alongside in tight parking spots. Once you’re in there they are nice and comfortable as they are tailored for two.

Drive modes range from Comfort to Sport and Sport+. And there is an Individual mode to let you choose your own settings).

Sport and Sport+ sharpen up throttle response and keeps the engine in lower gears for longer before automatically changing up. It also reduces some of the steering wheel assist to give the driver added feedback.

The adaptive air suspension gives the feeling of being on a magic carpet in its softest setting.

Mercedes claims a combined fuel consumption of 8.0 litres per hundred kilometres. We typically used about nine to eleven litres around town and it was easy to get it under eight litres per hundred on motorways and easy country running.

SUMMING UP
Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe is a pleasant car for day-to-day driving as well as long country trips or weekends away. Though it can be used by four, somehow we feel it’s best used for two as luxurious personal transportation.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE
E 200 Coupe: $103,700
E 300 Coupe: $117,400
E 350 Coupe: $128,200
AMG E 53 Coupe: $164,800

Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe 2.0-litre turbo-petrol two-door coupe)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 1.991 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 190 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 370 Nm @ 1800 rpm
Fuel Type: Premium unleaded
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 8.0 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 182 g/km

DRIVELINE: Nine-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4841 mm
Wheelbase: 2873 mm
Width: 1860 mm
Height: 1457 mm
Turning Circle: Not supplied
Kerb Mass: 1700 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 66 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Five years / Unlimited kilometres

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