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New cars and hot deals, 21st December 2007

Save £3k on brand-new Impreza; BMW reveals new X6

Market Watch – new and used deals

Subaru Impreza WRX

New Impreza savings

The new Subaru Impreza hatchback has been on sale in the UK for less than a month, yet Motorpoint already has several WRX versions in stock with delivery miles at only £15,999. List price is £19,995 so that’s nearly £3,000 off. Subaru UK only plans to import limited numbers of these, so it’s still quite a deal.

Nissan Note

Note mini-MPV

Here’s a Best Buy bargain – a used Nissan Note. Trade Sales has ‘07’ plate examples from just £7,999 – good value for this clever mini-MPV.

The Audi A6 Avant is also a Best Buy. We spotted a 1,000-mile used example registered in September 2007. It’s a 2.0-litre diesel with the desirable S-line package, ‘57’ registration, and ‘Multitronic’ gearbox, on sale via All Approved Cars. At £30,495, it saves you £1,375 over buying brand new – very nearly what the auto upgrade costs.


Toyota New Year specials

Toyota RAV-4

RAV-4 with more

Toyota is ushering in the New Year with a trio of special editions.

The RAV4 XT-R and Yaris TR are based on existing models, and effectively become permanent derivatives in their respective ranges. Like all of Toyota’s TR designation cars, they both offer considerable value: they actually cost less than the vehicles they are based on.

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris TR

The Yaris TR supermini adds £1,050 in equipment to the Yaris T3 specification, yet starting at £9,895 for the 1.3 petrol makes it £600 cheaper than the equivalent T3 at current prices. Upgrades include 15-inch alloys and chrome trim, while nine airbags and air conditioning are already standard. An economical 1.4-litre diesel is also available, and you can have the TR in three- or five-door body styles.

The RAV4 XT-R off-roader is based on the RAV4 XT4, and includes £1,565 in extra equipment – with highlights being parking sensors, Bluetooth phone connection, cruise control and new alloy wheels. This is on top of the XT4’s dual-zone air-conditioning, nine airbags and six-CD autochanger. Available as a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel, the XT-R starts at £19,995 – £1,600 cheaper than the equivalent XT4.

Toyota Aygo

Special edition Aygo

Finally, there is also a new special-edition Aygo city car. Badged Platinum, it features 14-inch alloys, leather and Alcantara interior, and unique metallic silver paint. The upgrades are worth £1,555, yet the Aygo Platinum costs only £550 more than the regular Aygo+. Priced from £7,995, it’s available as a three- or five-door, with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. All three are on sale in January 2008.


Vauxhall announces improved new Agila

Vauxhall Agila

New Agila coming soon

The all-new Vauxhall Agila arrives here in April, with a low 120g/km CO2 rating, and much improved styling and interior design.

Sharing much with the forthcoming Suzuki Splash, the Agila should suit European tastes more than the previous boxy version of this mini-MPV. Vauxhall is also claiming plenty of luggage space and full-size seating for five despite its compact, easy-to-park size.

Annual road tax on the 1.0-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel will be just £35 a year thanks to the low CO2 emissions which are under 120g/km. There will also be a 1.2-litre petrol, with an optional automatic gearbox. Three trim levels will be on offer, with prices starting at £7,595.


BMW X6 ‘Sports Activity Coupé’



BMW has officially taken the wraps off the production version of its new X6 ‘Sports Activity Coupé’.

The SAC is a ‘soft roader’ with the off-roading equivalent of a coupé body design, a world first according to BMW, although their world seems to have forgotten Suzuki’s ill-fated X-90 ‘coupé-off-roader’ of 1996.

Unusually for BMW, the entire range is turbocharged. A pair of turbodiesels – dubbed xDrive30d and xDrive35d – are joined by BMW’s existing 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol, and a new twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol – the xDrive35i and xDrive50i, respectively.


BMW’s ‘Activity Coupe’

Performance is clearly a priority – with the xDrive50i delivering 402bhp, 443lb ft of torque from just 1,800rpm, and 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds. However, all feature BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology, for better environmental cleanliness (the 50i still only manages 22.6mpg, though). Another innovation is the new Dynamic Performance Control system, which goes beyond the usual stability control system by actually enabling the SAC to corner faster.

Prices start at £41,995 for the xDrive30d, so it isn’t cheap (the xDrive50i’s cost is still to be confirmed). Demand when it goes on sale in May is likely to be high.


Nissan off-roading specials

Nissan Navara

Long Way Down special-edition

‘Long Way Down’ versions of the Navara pick-up and Patrol 4×4 have been launched. These commemorate Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s 15,000-mile charity motorbike journey from John o’Groat’s to Cape Town, for which Nissan provided the support vehicles. Both include extra equipment, and special Long Way Down badges, decals and mats.

Pathfinder Mammoth

‘Mammoth’ special-edition Pathfinder

The Navara is also available as a ‘Mammoth’ special edition, alongside the Pathfinder. These are designed to emphasise ‘family adventures’. As such the Pathfinder Mammoth gets a DVD entertainment system and unique ten-speaker Bose stereo, while the Navara comes as a doublecab only, with dual-zone air-cone and CD-changer.

The Long Way Down Navara starts at £17,995 (plus VAT), the Mammoth version at £16,995 (plus VAT). The Long Way Down Patrol is £25,995, and the Mammoth Pathfinder £27,995.


Mitsubishi Evo prices; Focus RS rumours

Mitsubishi Evo X

Mitsubishi Evo X

Anyone who likes performance upgraded family transportation should be pleased by a couple of announcements this week.

Firstly, pricing for the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X starts at £27,499 for the base GS version. It faces stiff competition from Subaru’s Impreza STi, which costs £2,500 less. A six-speed dual-clutch semi-auto is optional, while FQ-330 and FQ-360 performance upgrades will be available from launch. The equipment list is impressive and new four-wheel drive hardware promises an even more exciting drive than its predecessors.

Pricing for the regular Lancer has also been unveiled, ranging from £12,499 for the 1.5-litre petrol GS1 to £18,499 for the 2.0-litre diesel GS4. There will also be a ‘Ralliart’ model, with a detuned version of the 2.0-litre turbo engine from the Evo, which looks set to go head-to-head with the Impreza WRX. Pricing for this is yet to be announced, although expect the Lancer in showrooms from early 2008.

Ford Focus RS II

2nd generation Focus RS

Finally, Ford has confirmed it is building a new Focus RS. No technical details yet, but we are expecting four-wheel drive although the engine details have yet to be confirmed. It launches in 2009, with a concept design appearing publicly in mid-2008.


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