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POLESTAR 2 THE SWEDISH ALL-ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE CAR

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POLESTAR 2, THE SWEDISH ALL-ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE CAR
Polestar 2 is very Swedish in its clean lines.

POLESTAR 2, THE SWEDISH ALL-ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE CAR

By EWAN KENNEDY

Pricing and specifications for Polestar 2, the Swedish all-electric performance car which goes on sale in Australia in January 2022.

The Polestar 2 electric model range will start from $59,900 for the standard range single electric motor and $64,900 for the long-range single motor.

POLESTAR 2, THE SWEDISH ALL-ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE CAR

Polestar 2 is very Swedish in its clean lines.

Both single motor variants fall under the threshold for the $3,000 Electric Vehicle Rebate in New South Wales and Victoria, as well as significant stamp duty savings.

The Polestar 2 Long range dual motor variant will launch at $69,900.

Samantha Johnson, Head of Polestar Australia, comments: “We are delighted to be able to offer Australian customers such a compelling ownership proposition with our first foray into the Australian market. True to the Polestar brand identity, our aim is to offer a premium, all-electric solution at an attainable level for a great proportion of Australian motorists.

“We know that consumers in our market are very receptive to new technology and have a desire for a high-quality product with superb attention to detail and an engaging drive. We are confident that the Polestar brand experience will hit the right note with Australian EV enthusiasts, and we anticipate that the Polestar 2 with its compelling ownership proposition will attract many more Australians to all-electric mobility.”

POLESTAR 2, THE SWEDISH ALL-ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE CAR

Polestar 2 is very Swedish in its clean lines.

Constant development also means that new features and system upgrades can be deployed via Over-the-Air updates, without the need to visit a service point.

Polestar will offer a direct-to-consumer online sales model as well as physical retail presence of Polestar Spaces and Destinations in various cities around Australia from early 2022.

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KIA SORENTO PLUG-IN HYBRID INTRODUCED

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Kia Sorento now comes with electric boost for the first time

KIA SORENTO PLUG-IN HYBRID INTRODUCED

By EWAN KENNEDY

The Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid GT-Line is a low emissions version of the big selling Korean SUV. It’s the first electrified model in the Sorento line-up with its powertrain combining a turbocharged engine with a high-capacity battery pack and high output electric motor.

KIA SORENTO PLUG-IN HYBRID INTRODUCED

Kia Sorento now comes with electric boost for the first time

With a fully charged battery pack, the powertrain enables drivers to complete shorter drives on all-electric, zero-emissions power. Thus, you can drive a Sorento out of covered carparks such as those in major shopping centres and high-rise apartments.

The fourth generation Sorento was designed from the outset to accommodate electrified powertrains.

“The Sorento PHEV promises to push boundaries as one of the most versatile, practical and spacious plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market, and with the Sorento being an award-winning package, I couldn’t think of a better time to introduce the PHEV into the line-up,” said Kia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith.

KIA SORENTO PLUG-IN HYBRID INTRODUCED

Kia Sorento now comes with electric boost for the first time

“Along with Niro range, the Sorento PHEV is another stride in the right direction towards a greener future. With the introduction of Sorento HEV and the highly anticipated EV6 next year, Kia will be lifting the electric vehicle benchmark to an all-time high.”

Sorento PHEV’s 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine and electric motor between them have 195kW of power and 350Nm of torque.

Energy storage is managed by a 14kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery pack located under the vehicle floor. The large battery capacity allows the PHEV to travel up to 68km on electric power alone.

With the integrated Type 2 charging socket, you can use the standard 3-pin cable supplied with the PHEV – Type 2 to Type 2 cable or the charging point’s own cable. The 10.25-inch navigation unit displays nearby charging station locations and information.

The 12.3-inch driver digital cluster providing the status of the hybrid charging system, including fuel and battery levels.

New for the fourth generation and standard on the PHEV GT-Line variant, the latest Sorento models offer enhanced all-terrain capability thanks to a new Terrain Mode. Drivers can choose from ‘Mud’, ‘Snow’ and ‘Sand’ modes.

For Kia’s General Manager of Product Planning, Roland Rivero, the fourth generation Sorento is a game-changer in the Australian market.

“The Sorento has been a great success in Australia providing five-star safety and exceptional convenience levels in its segment, and the PHEV will continue to take the story forward,” said Rivero.

“Supply limitations impacting the automotive industry as a whole, combined with Sorento’s global popularity, has steered us to offering the Sorento PHEV in only the top of the range GT-Line for now.”

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RAM 3500 LARAMIE

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RAM 3500 LARAMIE

By EWAN KENNEDY

RAM Trucks Australia has released its all-new RAM 3500 Laramie, completing the roll-out of the range of RAM trucks here.

RAM 3500 LARAMIE

Big truck for a big country. RAM is not exactly a sinking violet.

Following on the heels of the recent 2500 heavy-duty and earlier in 2021, the new 1500 Laramie and Limited models RAM Trucks Australia now claims to have the most comprehensive range of official, factory-authorised, fit-for-purpose full-size pick-up trucks in the country.

The all-new 3500 Laramie underwent the same wide-ranging design, homologation, and manufacture processes that both the 2500 and 1500 models passed. For reference it included 50,000 hours of pre-build development hours; 80,000km of rolling road testing; 50,000km of real-world road driving; and a 20,000km full vehicle durability test.

“The all-new 3500 completes the task we set ourselves at the start of 2021: to deliver a full range of fit-for-purpose vehicles for the Australian consumer,” says RAM Trucks Australia National Manager Jeff Barber.

RAM 3500 LARAMIE

Big truck for a big country. RAM is not exactly a sinking violet.

“The 3500 is a remarkable vehicle that cements our product offering in 2021. Only RAM Trucks Australia can deliver such a vehicle thanks to our robust and detailed planning, development, remanufacturing, and testing programme in conjunction with our local and global partners including Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, US).”

Powered by a 6.7-litre inline-six Cummins turbo-diesel, the 3500 delivers 276 kW and 1152 Nm. It has a max braked towing capacity of up to 8.0 tonnes (Conditions apply contact RAM Trucks Australia for details).

With the same bold interior, engine, suspension, four-wheel drive system and specification, the all-new 3500 differs in its capabilities thanks to its two-stage longitudinal leaf solid axle. This allows a mammoth payload of up to 1724 kg.

With its braked towing capacity of up to 8.0 tonnes*, if you’re looking for a seriously luxurious towing vehicle nothing else comes close.

RAM Trucks Australia is the world’s only RAM-authorised manufacturer of right-hand drive RAM trucks. The relationship with RAM Trucks in the US began back in 2013 and continues to innovate to deliver a no-compromise, full-size pick-up truck that leads in durability, technology and efficiency.

All RAM Trucks Australia vehicles are international-spec vehicles, uniquely coded for the Australian market and the local build process. With over 400 locally-sourced new parts involved in its transformation journey from left- to right-hand drive, the all-new RAM 2500 sets new benchmarks in the full-size pick-up truck segment – a segment RAM Trucks Australia first created more than six years ago.

The all-new RAM 3500 starts at $162,950 plus on-road costs for Laramie Crew Cab.

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GRAND ENTRANCE BY GRANVIA

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2019 Toyota Granvia.
The Granvia shoulders the load previously taken by the Toyota Tarago people-mover.

GRAND ENTRANCE BY GRANVIA

By DEREK OGDEN

It’s ta-ta, Tarago; and a big hello to the Granvia. ‘Big’ being the operative word, for at more than five metres long, almost two metres tall, and tipping the scales at more than two-and-a-half tonnes, the new Toyota people-mover is no shrinking Violet.

While the Tarago paid its dues in the people mover market for 36 years, the Granvia takes the vehicle far beyond the friendly family transporter into the high-end hospitality and corporate buyers who appreciate style, cabin comfort and premium features.

The Granvia has six or eight seats, quality cabin and advanced safety systems that take the vehicle into modern minibus territory.

Available in two specification levels – Granvia and Granvia VX – the entry-level six-seater comes to market for $62,990, plus on-road costs, while the range-topping VX six and eight seaters share the $74,990 price tag.

All make us of the same engine, a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The six-seater flagship VX was on test.

STYLING

2019 Toyota Granvia.

The Granvia shoulders the load previously taken by the Toyota Tarago people-mover.

Forget the run-of-the-mill people movers such as the Carnival, Odyssey and assorted Mercs and VWs, Granvia has a style all of its own. The radiator sets the trend with a truck-like grille with chrome finish.

The slab sides enable sliding doors on either side to open and shut smoothly, under electric power in the VX, while large windows let in lots of light to highlight the light-coloured upholstery the test VX and give all six occupants an expansive view of the passing scenery.

A high-lift tailgate opens up to give access to the cargo area – but more of that later. Up-to-the-minute touches, including auto LED headlights, taillights, fog lamps and daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and chrome garnishes add premium touches to proceedings.

INTERIOR

2019 Toyota Granvia.

The Granvia shoulders the load previously taken by the Toyota Tarago people-mover.

Comfort and convenience take top billing in the Granvia VX cabin. The six-seater features a spacious rear cabin with four individual captain’s chairs with armrests, reclining backrests and a sliding seat base of more than 50 cm ensuring easy access and the ability to accommodate a variety of passengers in comfort.

The four captain’s chairs, along with the driver’s seat, are all power-operated with the rear seats incorporating a power ottoman leg rest, adjustable headrest and solid armrests with all seats finished in a luxe quilted leather-accent upholstery.

Further welcome additions include keyless smart entry and start, front and rear climate control, rear sun shade blinds, nanoe dehumidifier, leather-accented / woodgrain-look steering wheel, synthetic leather / woodgrain-look door trim, front and rear, 12-volt accessory sockets and six rear USB power points.

INFOTAINMENT
A 7-inch touchscreen display takes in satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic, Bluetooth connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus 12-speaker Pioneer audio with AM / FM / digital radio and CD player.

Voice recognition and Siri Eyes Free are available and Aux and one front and six rear USB ports make up the options.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
As befits a people moving limo, the Granvia is powered by a refined 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine that delivers 130 kW of power at 3400 rpm and 450 Nm between 1600 and 2400 rpm to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota says, thanks to stop / start engine system, fuel consumption is just 8 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined urban / highway cycle, while emitting 211 g/km carbon dioxide.

SAFETY
All Granvias tap into Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance features, which include pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection (day and night) and cyclist detection (day only), high-speed active cruise control; lane departure alert; road sign assist; and automatic high beam.

Other advanced safety inclusions are blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with guidelines, panoramic view monitor, auto-dimming digital rear-view mirror and nine airbags.

DRIVING
The beefy Granvia takes up a good ‘acreage’ on the road and has a wide 12 metre turning circle, so a clear view all round is important. Front and sides are okay but it runs into trouble behind, with the plush seats blocking the majority of the rear window.

And, while entry and exit through the two automatic sliding side doors is made easier by the up to 50 cm opening, while access to the rear luggage area is a different matter. The absence of power to the liftgate makes opening and closing a hefty task.

On the move, there’s little fault to the Granvia, apart from pedestrian take-off. Things look up as the minibus stretches its legs. Wind noise intrudes at higher speeds and watch the speed on tight bends – understeer and body roll are twin traps for the unwary.

Pulling up is safely taken care of large ventilated discs on each wheel, with twin-pot callipers up front and single calliper brakes on the rear. Braking system is backed up by a range of technologies including anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability control, traction control, hill-start assist and trailer sway control.

Also on board is an electronically-controlled limited-slip diff that applies the brakes to individual wheels to ensure drive torque is delivered to the rear wheel with the most grip.

SUMMARY
I cannot see many Granvias parked in the average suburban driveway, let alone tucked away in garages. They are more likely to be on duty on premium hotel forecourts. However, for those who are loath to leave the comfort of the lounge, the VX ticks the majority of boxes.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL LINE-UP
Granvia 6-seat $62,990
Granvia 8-seat $64,990
Granvia VX 6-seat $74,990
Granvia VX 8-seat $74,990
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Toyota dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Toyota Granvia VX 2.8L turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel, 6sp automatic, RWD, people mover)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 2.755 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 130 kW @ 3400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 450 Nm @ 1600-2400 rpm
Fuel Type: Diesel
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 8.0 L/100km
CO2 emissions 211 g / km

DRIVELINE: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 5300 mm
Wheelbase: 3210 mm
Width: 1970 mm
Height: 1990 mm
Turning Circle: 12.0 metres
Kerb Mass: 2605 kg (6 seat)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 70 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Ventilated disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Five years / unlimited kilometres

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