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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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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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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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A HAPPY RETURN FOR AN AUDI ICON

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The expressive exterior is only a taste of what the Audi RS 3 Sedan has to offer. 

A HAPPY RETURN FOR AN AUDI ICON

By DEREK OGDEN

Audi RS 3

Audi RS 3 Sportback, featuring the legendary 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine.

The Audi RS 3 went AWOL more than 18 months ago due to delays that Audi said were brought about by the implementation of new WLTP homologation rules in Europe.

Now the Audi icon, truly a thing of worship to some enthusiasts, is back with its 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine fired up and ready to go. With a heritage that dates back to the legendary Sport quattro S1 Group B rally car of the early 1980s, the RS 3 makes a return as a Sedan and Sportback, the latter, Audi’s take on a performance hatchback.

The RS 3 develops 294 kW and 480 Nm from its 2480 cc capacity engine to offer outstanding performance, sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, while returning a combined fuel consumption of 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

Prices start at $83,800 for the Audi RS 3 Sportback, RS 3 Sedan tips the scales at $86,500, both without on-road costs. Capping off the dynamic duo, the RS 3 offers exclusive Carbon editions for $3400, featuring a range of styling elements in gloss black to enhance their sporting characteristics.

STYLING

Based on A3 architecture, the exterior design of the RS 3 Sedan that Audi tells us is  aimed to give an aggressive stance. Up front, bold ‘quattro’ branding takes pride of place beneath a modern single-frame grille, while large intakes feed more air to satisfy cooling demands of the powerful engine.

Thin beams of light projected by LED headlamps and taillights are also there to emphasise the car’s attitude.

Metallic paint comes standard. Also adding further to the RS 3 character are 19-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels in five-arm blade design in matt titanium look, gloss turned finish with 235/35 tyres.

INTERIOR

The RS 3 Sedan cabin puts the enthusiastic driver in the box seat from the start with RS sport front seats, upholstered in Nappa leather, with diamond-patterned stitching, while the flat-bottom sports steering wheel features an Alcantara and leather combination that’s comfortable to grip.

An acoustic windscreen is standard, while further measures to reduce interior noise, even at high speed, include wheel housing shells made of non-woven material.

INFOTAINMENT

Audi took the traditional dial-based instrument panel and replaced it with the virtual cockpit, which allows the driver to control what information, navigation data and infotainment functions are displayed in high-definition.

A selectable sport mode features a central rev counter and performance-oriented secondary displays such as lap timer, power/torque output or charge pressure. This is supplemented by RS-specific functions such as G-Meter, shift light and tyre pressure.

Infotainment is provided through an electronically retractable colour display, including MMI navigation plus and the Audi smartphone interface for easy connection. There’s wireless phone charging, two USB ports and DAB digital radio and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 14 speakers.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS

The transverse five-cylinder engine develops a 294 kW and 480 Nm from its 2480 cc capacity. It has a lot of advanced technology, with an aluminium crankcase, dual injection, the valve-lift system and a high-pressure 1.35 bar turbocharger.

Coupled to an advanced seven-speed S tronic transmission with its virtually instantaneous gear changes and quattro all-wheel drive system are capable of redirecting huge power and torque in milliseconds to the wheels with the most traction for more dynamic, safer and involved handling.

SAFETY

The RS 3 Sedan brings a host of advanced driver assistance safety systems as standard, including side assist, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control (with Stop & Go) and rear cross traffic assist. The range has been awarded a five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.

Audi RS 3

Audi RS 3 Sportback, featuring the legendary 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine.

DRIVING

With an output of 294 kW and peak torque of 480 Nm on tap as low as 1700 rpm and constant all the way to 5850 revs, the new turbocharged engine is capable of spearing the RS 3 Sedan to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and to the top of the class.

Audi claims a combined urban / highway fuel consumption of 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres. On test the RS 3 Sedan recorded 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres on a mix of city work and highway hauling.

The sound of the powerplant, with its 1-2-4-5-3 firing order, is amplified through the standard RS exhaust system, with active baffles in the rear muffler that can be activated via Audi drive select.

The Audi RS 3 Sportback and RS 3 Sedan utilise a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission, delivering speedy shifts. The transmission will operate automatically or with the driver manually shifting gear through steering wheel-mounted paddles.

There are two driving modes in automatic – D mode is optimised for stop / start traffic, while S mode has the vehicle in more agile mood with changes at higher revs. Here launch-control is at optimum traction getting the best out of the car’s acceleration.

The tuning of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, where the torque delivery is distributed quickly and precisely via an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch, automatically sending more drive to the rear wheels during dynamic driving, to ensure ideal cornering balance.

The RS 3 Sedan features RS sport suspension and Audi magnetic ride as standard. RS 3 Sedan occupants can take advantage of Audi Drive Select which will dial up a range of handling characteristics from comfort, or auto to dynamic or individual, while also working on the accelerator pedal, steering and exhaust flaps.

In dynamic mode, the Audi magnetic ride resists braking and cornering forces on the car’s attitude, heightening agile and responsive handling. It’s strictly for trackwork.

As for ‘comfort’, it’s comfort, Jim, but not as we know it. On anything but a billiard table-top smooth road surface the RS 3 Sedan bumps and bangs its way over even minor blemishes.

Black eight-piston brake calipers clamp (and I mean ‘clamp’) 370 mm ventilated rotors at the front of the RS 3, with 310 mm discs at the rear, providing powerful stopping performance inside 19-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in 235/35 tyres as standard.

The RS 3 Sedan is capable of carrying 315 litres of luggage in the boot, or 770 litres with the rear bench seat back folded.

SUMMARY

Nothing much has changed since the RS 3 Sportback and Sedan first appeared in 2017, which may be quite a comfort to its army of admirers, who will no doubt not be put off with the near $2000 price rise due to currency movements.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL LINE-UP

Audi RS 3 Sportback: $83,800

Audi RS 3 Sedan: $86,500

Audi RS 3 Sportback Carbon Edition: $87,200

Audi RS 3 Sedan Carbon Edition: $89,900

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

SPECIFICATIONS (Audi RS 3 2.5L TFSI Turbo 5-cylinder petrol, 7sp automatic Quattro Sedan)

ENGINE:

Capacity: 2.480 litres

Configuration: Five cylinders in line

Maximum Power: 294 kW @ 5850-7000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 480 Nm @ 1950-5850 rpm

Fuel Type: Petrol 98 RON

Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 8.5 L/100km

CO2 emissions: 194g / km

DRIVELINE: Seven-speed automatic, Quattro AWD

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:

Length: 4479 mm

Wheelbase: 2631 mm

Width: 1960 mm

Height: 1399 mm

Turning Circle: 11.0 metres

Kerb Mass: 1510 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 litres

BRAKES:

Front: Ventilated disc

Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:

Three years / unlimited kilometres

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