New cars and hot deals, 20th July 07New 4x4s from Nissan and Peugeot, plus big savings

20 July 2007

Nissan’s new X-Trail boasts ‘evolutionary’ styling

Nissan X-Trail

New X-Trail: the same, but different

Nissan has released pricing and specification for its new X-Trail off-roader.

Despite appearances – which are very close to that of the original car – this is an all-new vehicle, based on the same platform as the company’s Qashqai medium hatch cum 4x4.

From a practical perspective, the biggest interior improvement is to the load area – the new X-Trail’s boot is nearly 50 per cent bigger than before. There are also new engines: two versions of a 2.0-litre, Renault-derived diesel, and a new 2.0-litre petrol. A 2.5-litre petrol continues as before.

It’s priced from £18,795 to £24,595, and on sale in September. Three trim levels are offered: Trek, Sport, and Aventura.

 

Market watch: new and used deals

Grande Punto

Print your own money to spend on Grande Punto

Fiat has launched a new website. Go to the offers page and you’ll find you can print your own £1,000 discount voucher for the Grande Punto. The deal applies to the first 300 customers only, but can be used on any model except special editions and the entry-level Active White.

The imminent arrival of the new Nissan X-Trail has heralded big discounts on the outgoing model. Motorpoint online is offering the 2.2 diesel Aventura at £16,995 while stocks last. That’s nearly £7,000 less than list price.

Mondeo ST

Prices falling on sporty Mondeo ST

Speaking of the impact of new models, used values for the previous generation Ford Mondeo are suffering now its replacement has arrived. Carcraft is offering 56-plate 2.2 diesel Mondeo STs from £14,000 (worth more than £22,500 when new). These are still good cars, and may be worth considering as an alternative to brand-new vehicles from the medium-sized class below.

 

Peugeot 4007: one engine, two trims, too expensive?

Peugeot 4007

4007 is joint venture with Citroën and Mitsubishi

Peugeot’s first off-roader, the 4007, goes on sale in September.

There’s a single engine option – a 2.2-litre diesel with 154bhp at its disposal – and two trim levels: SE at £22,790, and GT at £25,490. Both are well equipped. Interestingly, this pricing exactly matches both variants of Citroën’s C-Crosser – the same car with different styling, using the same engine. Potential buyers would do well to remember Citroën’s reputation for keen discounting, though.

And if you think both are too expensive there’s always the car they’re based on: Mitsubishi’s Outlander. This currently uses a less powerful VW-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine, and starts at £19,449. However, the Peugeot-Citroën 2.2 diesel will also be available in the Outlander from November.

 

Citroën targets young buyers with C2 special edition

C2 special edition

C2 special edition comes with iPod Nano

Citroën has announced a special edition version of its C2 supermini. Based on the £7,995 Airplay+ 1.1i, it comes with a free colour-coded Apple iPod Nano and is available with a £99 a month finance deal aimed specifically at younger buyers. A docking station to play the 4GB iPod through the C2’s stereo system is included.

There are three colours to choose from – Arctic Silver, Black and Sunshine Yellow – and it comes with the usual Airplay+ trimmings, including remote locking and air conditioning. But only two airbags are fitted. The offer requires a £1,299 deposit, and runs until the end of July. Terms and conditions apply.

 

New Suzuki Splash mini MPV

Suzuki Splash

Splash forms basis for new Vauxhall Agila

Suzuki has taken the wraps off its new Splash mini MPV. This car also forms the basis of Vauxhall’s new Agila – but is claimed not to be a direct replacement for Suzuki’s Wagon R+ (on which the current Agila was based), as the Splash has been designed specifically for European tastes.

Key features are a high-seating position, interior space, and safety – including up to six airbags and optional stability control system. There will be three engines available – Suzuki’s own 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrols, plus a Fiat-designed 1.3-litre diesel.

Prices have not yet been announced. Expect more information in September, when the Splash is officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

Kia Carens baby discount

Kia Carens

Free Kia Carens if you can produce quins!

In repeat of the offbeat promotion that launched the current generation Carens MPV, Kia is offering a discount to expectant mothers. This ranges from £100 off list price for one baby to an entirely free Carens for those who give birth to quintuplets – with various other discounts in between.

This scheme is part of a range of summer offers from the Korean manufacturer. There are special edition versions of the Carens, Sorento, Sportage, and Rio, with discounts of up to £1,350 over the standard models they’re based on.

For Kia’s newest model - the impressive Cee’d hatchback - the S, GS, and LS- spec diesels are reduced to the same price as equivalent petrol models. And the Picanto LS city car is available with free insurance.

 

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