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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 21st 2009
4— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 21, 2009 Time for a little more fun M BMWis taking its big selling Mini off-road tomakeitoneof the world’s smallest crossovers, writes KeithDidhamfromGermany INI is joining the all- road fun set and its first all-wheel drive, which will become one of the world’s smallest crossovers, looks set to go on sale in Australia late in 2011. The yet-to-be-named crossover, which is nearly production-ready, is likely to be launched at the Detroit MotorShowin January and go on sale in Europe and the United States late next year. It should arrive in Australia six to nine months after that. It had been tipped that the wagon would be shown at the Geneva motor show in March, but Mini has reserved that spotlight to launch a JCW version of its sexy new cabrio which is coming to Australia next year. Mini is still remaining coy about the crossover, the first Mini not to be built at its traditional home in Oxford, England. Instead it will come off the same production line as the existing BMW X3 at the Magna Steyr plant in Austria. The X3 will soon shift to Spartan- burg to make way for the crossover which will be built on an all new and larger 4.1-metre platform. It had been tipped Mini would use BMW’s new X1 platform but Mini insiders say this has been dis- counted as impractical. What we do know is the cross- over will use a modified version of BMW’s full-time xDrive system which proportions drive between front and rear axles. Mini engineers have had to con- vert it from having a rear-wheel drive bias as inBMW’sX3 andX5 to fit Mini’s primarily front-wheel drive layout. As for the name, forget Cross- man, as widely reported byGerman media. It definitely won’t be called that. ‘‘We had issues withMANtrucks over the Clubman name so we won’t go there,’’ said Andreas Hof- mann,the head of Mini’s marketing communications. ‘‘We are still working on the name and choice of engines.’’ The engine range is expected to matchthose under the bonnet of the existing Mini lineup but Hofmann hinted a diesel was more than likely for some markets including ours. Production costs will mean the crossover will come as a conven- tional four-door wagon which is VERSATILE: Mini’s first all-wheel drive. cheaper to build, although the design of the tailgate whether a single door, two barn doors or a split lift up, drop- down design still has to be signed off. Mini has been studying several tailgates on the crossover test mule, which has kept the media guessing. ‘‘We will be making a final decision on the design within three months,’’ Hofman says. One crossover concept, shown at the Paris Motor Show, had a sliding rear passenger dooronone side and a conventional door on the other. WINNINGCARS. SPOTONPRICES. NOW FROM 2009 TUCSON DRIVE AWAY $22,990 • 2.0 CVVT TWIN CAM ENGINE • 8.0L/100KM^ • BLUETOOTH AUDIO • AIR CON WITH POLLEN FILTER • ABS WITH EBD • ALLOYS • POWER WINDOWS • ESP STABILITY CONTROL • TRACTION CONTROL B NOW FROM 2009 i30 $ WINNER AUSTRALIA’S BEST MID SIZE CAR UNDER $ 19,990 DRIVE AWAY 28,000 A • 7.2L/ 100KM^ • ESP STABILITY CONTROL • TRACTION CONTROL • ABS WITH EBD • POWER WINDOWS • iPOD & USB CONNECTIVITY • GLOVEBOX DRINKS COOLER • AIR CON WITH POLLEN FILTER hyundai.com.au/offers or call 1800 186 306 NOW FROM 2009 GETZ DRIVE AWAY 2009 MOST AFFORDABLE LIGHT CAR TO OWN & RUN# • 6.1L/100KM^ • BLUETOOTH AUDIO • POWER WINDOWS • AIR CON WITH POLLEN FILTER • FULL SIZE SPARE • REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY • IMMOBILISER & ALARM $12,990 C MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1 February and 28 February 2009. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain highmileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. ^ADR81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Recommended Drive away price for i30 petrol SXmanual. Metallic paint $320 extra. B) Recommended Drive away price for Tucson City SXmanual. Metallic/mica paint $320 extra. C) Recommended Drive away price for Getz 1.4 3 door manual. Metallic/mica paint $320 extra. #2009 NRMA Vehicle Operating Cost Survey for Getz 1.4 S manual model. HYUN1610/HM_14/02/09
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