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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 13th 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 Right car at the right time COMFORT FOCUS: Mitsubishi's all-new RVR soft-roader. Nothing is more important to Mitsubishi right now than its all-new RVR. Peter Lyon reports from Japan M ITSUBISHI'S new RVR is the Japanese manu- facturer's most import- ant arrival since the latest Lancer, which has now been in showrooms for around five years. The RVR --- or ASX, for Active Sports Crossover, also being con- sidered for Australia --- should be Down Under by the middle of the year with the sharp looks to take it head-to- head against the Subaru Forester, Volkswagen Tiguan and value-for- money Nissan Dualis. Pricing is still to be announced, but a Mitsubishi source suggests the RVR will undercut all rivals from around $25,000 with an almost identical driv- ing experience and class-leading ride comfort levels. The new Mitsubishi was born as a concept car called the cX in 2007 and now emerges as a development from the Outlander, which is also the basis for the classy Lancer Evolution X. The RVR is 345mm shorter than the Outlander and 200kg lighter, but looks familiar because it shares the latest ''brand face'' for Mitsubishi. But there is more to the newcomer than just a good look. ''We are confident that the RVR is the right car for the right time,'' says project manager Hiroshi Fujii, who just happens to be the chief engineer of the last two Lancer Evolutions. ''This car perfectly blends the high- level chassis stability of the Evo with the utility and comfort of the Out- lander, but packaged into a more compact size.'' He could be right as a brief test drive, just east of Tokyo, shows the five-seater RVR has good looks, a solid chassis, high quality interior, and superb ride and comfort levels. All models are fitted with stability control, anti-skid brakes, hill-start assist and a brake energy regenerat- ive system. This channels the energy generated during deceleration and braking to the battery for use by the idle-stop system. The new Mitsubishi crossover also incorporates a three-mode, electroni- cally controlled four-wheel drive sys- tem inherited from the Outlander. It allows drivers the choice of front, all and locked driving modes. Internal safety tests point to a five- star NCAP result with seven airbags, including one for the driver's knees, as standard. Australian cars will be powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine and have either five-speed manual or CVT gearboxes. No power or emissions figures are available yet. Still, based on Euro- pean engine numbers the emissions numbers for CO2 should be in the 139-145g/km range. Expect power and torque figures to be revealed closer to the mid-year launch, although I am told that all engines clear Euro 4 and Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions regulations and the RVR will be sold with both two and four- wheel drive. Inside, Mitsubishi has lifted trim levels with high-quality plastics, and added a powered leather seat option, a Rosford Fosgate audio system and a large panorama glass roof. But whether that will meet inter- national roll-over crash standards is still being determined. There is tilt-and-telescope steering adjustment, while the car's seats are firm and comfortable although rear seat headroom caters to those under 180cm tall. And it gets seven cu- pholders, five for front-seat occupants. Engineers are especially proud of the RVR's newly fitted super-wide HID headlight coverage which doub- les the area of road lit on both sides. driving BASED on a Mitsubishi engineers comments, the Aussie-spec version with the 2.0 litre and five-speed manual combination will be the one to go for, and will deliver more driving enjoyment than the model I drove in Japan. The new RVR employs the current Outlander's platform and the Lancer's five-speed gearbox, modified to fit the new diesel and a sharp, aggressive road presence. My test car was a four-wheel-drive, Japan-specification model powered by a MIVEC 1.8-litre petrol engine with CVT generating 102 kW/172Nm. Reaching 100 km/h from rest in around nine seconds, the five-seater RVR is no bullet, but it does its job efficiently thanks to a CVT with paddle-shift fitted six-speed sports mode that is relatively high geared and reads 2100 revs in sixth at 100km/h. When I floor the throttle the RVR has enough punch to satisfy highway drivers. CVT drivers wanting quicker acceleration will use the paddles. Yet to have the car move along at the desired rate, especially coming out of tight corners, it is necessary to keep the RVR spinning at over 3500 revs --- although this will not be the case with the five-speed manual in Australia. Target buyers prefer comfort over performance so the Mitsubishi crossover uses clever noise-and- vibration isolation and ride quality that's more comfortable than the Forester or Dualis. It turns on cue with good weight and steering feel, and suffers from less understeer and body roll than the Outlander due to its lighter 1420kg and revised front McPherson strut and rear multi-link setup. The RVR pulls up adequately thanks to its front-vented disc brakes with less than expected nose dive. PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS www.performanceautomobiles.com.au A/H: Nick Clark 0419 503 683 ALL 4 AMAZING MARCH DEALS STANDARD FEATURES PLUS: > Roof cross bars > Bonnet and headlamp protectors > Rear step panel > Cargo tray > Carpet mat set > Bluetooth mobile phone kit > Offer valued at $1500RRP fitted MUST-HAVE FORESTER X ACCESSORY OFFER3 STANDARD FEATURES PLUS: > Factory bonuses available on all non-turbo models. See your Retailer for details. > Registration included > Stamp duty included > CTP insurance included > Dealer delivery included IMPREZA R $24,990RRP4 DRIVEAWAY All March offers end 31 March 2010 and all vehicles must be sold and delivered during March to qualify. 1. Offer excludes government buyers. Vehicles may only be purchased from Authorised Subaru Retailers. 2. Price is the manufacturer s recommended all-inclusive retail price and may vary between retailers. Price is based on a private purchaser with a good driving record and may be higher for other purchasers.Vehicles may only be purchased from Authorised Subaru Retailers. Offer excludes fleet and government buyers. 3. Offer excludes government buyers and Forester X Columbia special edition vehicles. Only valid for purchases of new or demonstrator Forester X ordered and delivered by 31 March 2010 from Authorised Subaru Retailers. Offer is not redeemable for cash or any other consideration and not available in conjunction with any other offer. 4. Price is the manufacturer s recommended all-inclusive retail price for manual transmission and may vary between retailers. Price is based on a private purchaser with a good driving record and may be higher for other purchasers.Vehicles may only be purchased from Authorised Subaru Retailers. Offer excludes fleet and government buyers. STANDARD FEATURES PLUS: > Registration included > Stamp duty included > CTP insurance included STANDARD FEATURES PLUS: > Free registration > Free stamp duty > Free CTP insurance > Fr ee Dealer delivery TRIBECA $58,990RRP2 DRIVEAWAY DEMONSTRATOR SALE1 LIBERTY/OUTBACK/LIBERTY EXIGA Visit Performance Automobiles to book a test drive today. 20th Anniversary Event B Surprised! www.mbhobart.com.au PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS, HOBART 6210 7000 2010 B-Class Model Limited time only. Price refers to B180 manual petrol model. Drive away from$39,990 6210 7000
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