Some of the world’s most sought after performance and luxury cars can be yours for under AU$100,000…if you know where to look.
The price of used cars has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, however there are still bargains around if you know where to look. Here are six exotic luxury and performance classics currently listed in the Australian classifieds for significantly less than you might have expected…
The hard-top sports car – which was priced from $192,200 (plus options) when new – has 213,500km on the clock, and is, according to the seller, “running strong.”
Featuring a tan leather interior and a trip computer, this 911 is highly-specified and registered until January 2022. The 996 was the first 911 to be water-cooled, making it less desirable among many Porsche fans, and helping to keep prices down.
The ‘fried egg’ headlights weren’t too popular with many fans and buyers of the Stuttgart-based brand, either.
Its rear-mounted 3.4-litre naturally-aspirated six-cylinder petrol engine produces 221kW and 350Nm, sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.
This allows for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.0 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 314km/h.
While that’s not exactly cheap by most people’s metric, buying James Bond’s car – or at least one that looks similar to it, given the Vantage never officially starred in a Bond movie – for the price of a new Audi TT does seem enticing.
The car – which was priced from $258,737 (plus options) when new – has 55,000km on the clock, and, according to the seller, is in “good” condition.
Its 4.3-litre V8 petrol engine produces 283kW/410Nm, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
This allows for a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.0 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 299km/h. Fold in the mirrors and you’d probably clip 300km/h…
The car – which was priced from $395,500 (plus options) when new – has 52,392km on the clock and, according to the seller, has “just completed [a] recent major service [which] includes [a new] drive belt and timing belt, and [an] exhaust upgrade.”
It has also been fitted with a touchscreen, Bluetooth and a satellite navigation system, as well as an upgraded sound system.
Its 3.6-litre V8 petrol engine produces 294kW/373Nm, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
This enables it to cover the 0-100km/h dash in 4.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 294km/h.
2008 Audi R8 Quattro – $114,750
Located in Queensland, this 2008 Audi R8 could be yours for just $114,750 – a relative ‘bargain’ for a mid-engined, manual transmission supercar.
The car – which was priced from $277,196 (plus options) when new – has just 42,937km on the clock.
Its 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine produces 309kW/430Nm, sent to all four wheels via a six-speed ‘gated’ manual transmission.
This allows for a 0-100km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 297km/h.
Eddie Murphy‘s Coming 2 Americais sure to be a family affair. The sequel to 1988’s Coming to America follows Murphy’s character, Prince Akeem, as he discovers he has a long-lost son, but it also features his real-life daughter, Bella, whom he shares with ex-wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy. Not only does the role mark her feature film debut, but the 19-year-old actually plays one of Prince Akeem and Lisa McDowell’s three daughters, Omma.
However, just because Bella is Eddie’s daughter doesn’t mean she got special treatment. In fact, Eddie was adamant about her auditioning for the role. “She had to audition for Craig Brewer, who directed the movie,” Eddie told Good Morning America. “I wasn’t musclin’ my kid into the movie. She had to really be able to — you know, to deliver. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have gotten the role.”
Bella added that she really went to “be good” in the role. “I didn’t want people to watch it and be like, ‘Oh, that must be his daughter ’cause she can’t keep up with everyone else,'” she said. “I just really wanted to do the best that I could,” she added. “And I’m really proud with how it turned out.”
Obviously, Eddie feels the same way. While chatting with Today‘s Al Roker, he couldn’t help but go into proud dad mode. “I can’t even put into words, Al,” he said. “You know, if you have children, your child could do like a school play, and your heart will burst with pride. To look over on the set, seeing her, I had a big giant proud papa moment every day.” We can’t wait to see the father-daughter duo share the screen when the film hits Amazon Prime Video on March 5.
A rep for actress Emma Watson has spoken out after a bogus report regarding her career quickly spread through the internet.
In the article published in the Daily Mail, the Harry Potter alum was said to be quitting acting after an unnamed source told the outlet she was focusing on settling down with her boyfriend, businessman Leo Robinton.
“Emma Watson has gone ‘dormant’ according to her agent. That appears to be movie-speak for she’s ‘given up acting,'” the article read, with the source quoted as saying, “Emma has gone underground, she is settling down with Leo. They’re laying low. Maybe she wants a family.”
The outlet pointed out that the 30-year-old hasn’t posted on Instagram since June 2020 and her last tweet on Twitter was in August.
Watson also hasn’t publicly announced any future projects — her last movie was in 2019 when she played Meg March in the remake of Little Women.
However, Watson’s manager, Jason Weinberg, has since flat out denied the claims.
But the denial came after Watson was already trending on Twitter, with many fans tweeting about their heartbreak upon hearing the ‘news’.
“Emma Watson, Thank you for being our Hermione, Belle, Nicki, Sam, Meg March & many more. Thank you for your work, for being our muse & for being a role model. I’m hoping one day you choose to return to film, but for now, I wish you all the best & we support & love you dearly,” one wrote.
Another commented, “I cannot stressed enough on how I paused this exact scene so I can cry and eat chicken nuggets because of how well Emma Watson delivered the lines in Little Women. Congratulations on your retirement! We will miss you.”
Meanwhile, yet another reminisced that they were “in the sixth grade and inspired by Hermione Granger so much so that I had begun learning English. It changed my life resplendently. Thank you #EmmaWatson.”
However, it’s Watson’s prerogative should she choose to step away from acting. The actress — who starred in the Harry Potter films from nine years old — is currently sitting pretty on a nest egg of US$80 million (approx. $101 million).
In a previous interview, she wondered why “someone my age needs this much money?”, while also revealing she’s not certain if acting is for her.
“I’ve always felt uncertain that acting is what I wanted to do, especially compared to [Harry Potter co-stars] Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint],” she said. “I think that’s because I was nine years old when I was given the part without even going to acting school.
“I didn’t know I wanted to be an actress, they just found me out of nowhere … I’ve come from a background of lawyers and academics. We didn’t watch films in our household.
“So I’m educating myself by watching more films and becoming very passionate about them. But it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be acting forever.”
A controversial proposal to mine for sand on a stretch of picturesque NSW coastline has been withdrawn, for now, due to an unexpected issue.
An application for an mining exploration license that caused outrage in an NSW south coast community has been withdrawn after an error was discovered in the paperwork.
The bid to explore whether the area – which includes sensitive and endangered ecosystems, as well as private property – could be suitable to extract sand for construction projects sparked a fierce backlash among local residents.
The area of interest, as shown on a government website, includes part of Swan Lake, part of the community of Sussex Inlet, as well as a strip of sand dune covered in endangered bangalay sand forest, a bioregion that is listed as threatened.
The application by the company Geosciences Australia Pty Ltd – not the federal agency of the same name – was lodged in January, but locals only found out about it this week after an ad was placed in the South Coast Register.
“The community backlash has been quite remarkable,” Independent MP Justin Field said.
While he represents the entire state as a member of the upper house, he lives in the area and used part of his time at a budget estimates hearing on Friday to grill a senior public servant with responsibility for mining on the issue.
However, when NCA NewsWire contacted a management company hired by Geosciences Australia Pty Ltd on Friday evening to ask about the application, it was revealed it had been withdrawn.
“An application has been lodged to withdraw the exploration licence application,” said Adam Walters, senior mining title consultant with Austwide Mining Title Management.
The reason it was withdrawn is because the application was accidentally lodged for a group of minerals that doesn’t include construction sand, he said.
It was a discrepancy eagle-eyed locals had already discovered.
Comparing the South Coast Register ad with an online government notice of the application, community members discussing the issue in a Facebook group noticed the two didn’t add up.
The mining bureaucrat answering questions in parliament on Friday also alluded to that fact.
Georgina Beattie, Deputy Secretary for Mining, Exploration and Geoscience with the Department of Regional NSW, told the hearing the application had been put on hold because of the error.
“We’ve gone back to the applicant to understand a bit more, so for the time being, it’s on hold,” she said.
It’s understood Geosciences Australia Pty Ltd is Western Australia-based and was incorporated shortly before the application was lodged.
The company has been contacted for comment.
While the January application has been withdrawn, it is possible the company could come back with another application for the same area.
“What I would say is, error or not – the company would be foolish to reapply to explore for minerals in this area,” Mr Field said.
“It will get a strong community backlash, and they will have difficulty getting agreements with landholders.”
Fourth-gen light hatch to undergo growth spurt and gain new technology, thanks to a new MQB A0 platform shared with its Volkswagen Group peers.
A range of technical details of the 2022 Skoda Fabia have been released overnight, ahead of the next-generation city car’s full debut in the northern spring of 2021 (March to May inclusive).
As part of a prototype drive event with European media, Skoda confirmed the fourth generation of its city hatchback will measure 4107mm long,1780mm wide and 1460mm tall, with a 2564mm wheelbase – 110mm longer in overall length, 48mm wider, 7mm lower and 94mm longer in wheelbase than the outgoing, third-generation Fabia.
Despite the dimensional increases – which will also enable a larger boot, increasing by 50 litres to a total of 380 litres with the rear seats in place – the Czech brand claims there has been no notable increase in weight, with the new car likely to stick close to its predecessor’s circa-1110kg kerb weight.
Making the above possible is the new Fabia’s switch to the Volkswagen Group‘s newer MQB A0 platform, replacing the ageing PQ26 architecture employed by the outgoing Skoda city car since 2014.
The new platform will allow the fitment of the Group’s latest interior technologies, with overseas media reporting a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster will be optional on higher grades, alongside a choice of 6.8- and 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreens.
Nine airbags will be available – including front knee and rear side airbags, though these will be optional in Europe – joining a roster of advanced safety technologies including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keep assist, traffic-sign recognition, and semi-autonomous parking.
Isofix anchor points will also be fitted to all four passenger seats.
While the images released by Skoda still show the new city car clothed in stylised camouflage, design highlights peeking though the wrap include LED headlights and tail-lights, a slimmer front grille reminiscent of the latest Skoda Octavia, and a sporty rear roof spoiler.
Wheel sizes ranging from 14 to 18 inches in diameter will be available, while aero-optimised wheel designs, active cooling slats in the front bumper (which can open or close to improve aerodynamics), the aforementioned rear spoiler and additional underbody panels help lower the drag coefficient from 0.32 to 0.28Cd – said to be best in class.
43 of Skoda’s signature ‘Simply Clever’ practicality touches will feature, including a USB-C port in the rear-view mirror to power a dashcam, a car park swipe card holder, a pocket on the underside of the parcel shelf capable of supporting up to 3.5kg, a removable cupholder, and smartphone storage pockets in the front seatbacks.
Power in European markets will come from one of five engine options, as per the Skoda’s Volkswagen Polo and Europe-only Seat Ibiza platform-mates, with all mills said to be compliant with Europe’s latest emissions regulations.
Opening the range on the Continent will be a 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine, available in 48kW/95Nm or 59kW/95Nm guises, paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Most likely of the quintet to reach Australian shores is the pair of 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol three-cylinder engines – which are shared with the related Volkswagen Polo, albeit in different states of tune.
70kW/175Nm and 81kW/200Nm variants will be on offer, the former fitted exclusively with a five-speed manual, and the latter offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
Sitting atop the line-up will be a 1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder, sending 110kW and 250Nm to the front wheels (like all Fabia models) through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto as standard.
Diesel power has been axed due to declining sales, while mild-hybrid and full hybrid powertrains are understood to be off the table at launch, in order to reduce costs and maintain the current Fabia’s strong value proposition.
The 2022 Skoda Fabia will be unveiled between March and May 2021, with an Australian launch locked in for the next 12 months (by February 2022).
The fan-favourite Fabia wagon is expected to return in new-generation form, though European media reports an unveiling isn’t slated until the second half of 2022 – meaning we likely won’t see the fourth-generation long-roof in Australia until at least 2023.
2022 Skoda Fabia previewed: New city car to grow in size with new platform, more tech
Gone are the days of just a few streaming services — today, it seems like new platforms pop up constantly! It can be tough to figure out what the best TV streaming services are, and the answer is probably different for different tastes. While the old standbys like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu still have the largest libraries, they don’t cover everything, and in many cases, some of their biggest licensed titles are reverting to their original owners to be placed on new, network-affiliated platforms.
On top of that, there are several options starting to appear that may allow you to cut the cord altogether and leave the days of cable behind. According to a 2020 study in USA Today, the average pay TV customer pays around $110 per month to watch TV. With more streaming services offering packages that even include live TV add-ons, there’s a good chance that you could subscribe to a few of your favorite streamers — and even add in one or two smaller niche platforms — and still save money. While it’s possible that your internet bill could go up if you rely wholly on streaming, there’s still a pretty good chance you could save at least a little bit of money every month.
It’s a lot to keep up with and a lot to consider, and that’s why we’ve put together this guide to streaming just for you! We’ve got a complete rundown of all the major streaming services you should be aware of (plus a few niche ones, too), how much they cost, and what their programming looks like. Keep reading to find your streaming perfect match.
Britney Spears‘ mum, Lynne, has denied claims she called a former backup dancer the N-word back in 2003.
Dancer-turned-actor Columbus Short made the allegations in his autobiography Short Stories released last September, while also further detailing the alleged incident in a YouTube interview earlier this month.
In a statement to Page Six this week, Lynne, 65, said she did not call the 38-year-old by that derogatory word all those years ago.
“I want to be very clear. Those terrible words are not remotely in my vocabulary,” said Lynne, a former schoolteacher. “I would never say that to anyone, much less my daughter. Ever.”
In his book, Short shared intimate moments from his fling with the pop star. At the time, he was closely working as Spears’ dancer and producer. He said the singer pursued him and their relationship became intimate one night while on tour in Rome.
Soon after he overheard Spears talking on the phone with her mum Lynne and dad Jamie, and it was then they allegedly referred to him as the N-word.
“I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker,” he said, before claiming Spears’ parents then asked, “‘Why are you f–ing that n—-r?’ Britney looked at me so apologetically, knowing I’d heard it. I shook my head and didn’t say anything, because what was there to say?”
Short shared more details earlier this month during an appearance on online personality Jazzie Belle’s YouTube show, Inside Hollywood.
“I wasn’t shocked when it happened,” said Short, who choreographed Spears’ 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour. “Look, where they’re from, they’re from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless. Like, that’s how they speak.
“I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t hurt by it. I was just like, ‘Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here.'”
For much of Australia, summer has barely begun and now it’s over. If you were hoping for a change in autumn, you’ll be disappointed.
The defining feature of summer, particularly on the east coast, has been the rain, with La Nina lashing the continent.
Autumn begins on Monday, so you might be hoping for a change. Well, that’s not going to happen.
There could be glimpses of summer like weather in the upcoming season, but what’s more likely is more miserable and soggy conditions. That’s according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) autumn weather outlook that’s just been released.
The La Nina climate driver has seen moisture pushed on to east coast states from the Pacific. That situation might not last for all that much longer though.
“La Nina is past its peak with the tropical Pacific likely to return to ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation) conditions during the autumn,” said BOM senior meteorologist Dr Andrew Watkins.
But it could take until May for La Nina to finally bid Australia adieu.
The upshot is above average rainfall across New South Wales, Queensland, parts of South Australia and eastern Tasmania in March and April and that lessening in May.
Most of Victoria, as well as Western Australia and the Northern Territory should see average rain.
It could be hotter this autumn with the mercury rising across Australia’s north, Tasmania, south west Western Australia around Perth and southern Victoria including Melbourne. That’s no change for WA which has seen runs of scorching temperatures this summer.
But parts of NSW close to Sydney and the ACT could actually see a slightly cooler than average autumn.
“Of all the capital cities, Canberra has shown the strongest autumn daytime warming trend over the past 50 years and Hobart the weakest. However, the autumn outlook suggests Hobart is the capital city with the highest chance of warmer than normal days while Canberra has the highest odds of below average temperatures.
“Compared to averages for the past few decades, we’re seeing temperatures much closer to average in early 2021 because of La Nina – but this is a brief reprieve, and we can expect warming trends to continue into the future.
“Sixteen of the last 20 autumns have been warmer than average over Australia and this is largely a consequence of increasing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.”
In the season finale, Emily finally faces her future in epic standoffs with Sam and Sue that change the course of her life forever.
And so the end is here. In the final episode of Dickinson season 2, everything comes to a head for the Dickinson siblings, especially for Emily. The famous poet finally makes the choices that lead to her ultimate legacy, after two intense confrontations with Sam, her editor, and Sue, her true love.
But our story starts at Amherst church. The whole town has come together to celebrate the christening of Jane’s baby — everyone, that is, but Emily, whose absence is quickly noticed by Sue. She confesses to Austin that she hasn’t seen Emily at all since she’s been published. Feeling intensely loyal to his sister and knowing of Sue’s betrayal of them both, Austin can’t hide his contempt as he warns Sue to leave Emily alone. He then rushes off to Jane to stand with her at the front of the church as the baby’s Godfather. Meanwhile, the reunited Ship and Vinnie look blissfully happy as they take their seats for the service – until Ship drops a bomb that he’s bought a house and he’s moving them to New Orleans — sorry, NOLA! — as soon as they’re married.
Back at the house, Emily watches as Sam arrives unannounced. He enters with his normal swagger, bossing around Maggie, the maid, to fetch him some food, and looking for the family to say goodbye to before he leaves town. Emily coldly invites him into the parlor while refusing to look at him, her rage barely contained. She asks, too formally and too politely for Emily, for him to give back her collection of poems. As luck would have it, he has them in the bag he brought in with him, but he refuses to give them up. At first, he tries to flatter her again, calling her work ‘first class’, but then, his true colors seep through, and he attempts to mansplain his way into keeping her work. He tells her if she stops getting in her own way, she’ll help him build an empire with his newspaper. That’s where she loses it.
She lays into him: about her work, about his schemes, but also, about Sue. Assuming this is all coming from a place of jealousy over his affair with Sue, Sam turns cruel, admitting he never had feelings for Emily and as a woman, she should be thankful he’s taken an interest in her work at all. He calls her weird and warped and strange, but claims her ‘womanly emotions’ are what make her poems great. In fact, he’s already sent one into the office to be printed in the evening edition. She makes a mad dash for his bag to get the rest of them, but Sam gets to it first. He runs to the door, jumping onto the back of moving carriage to be out of reach of Emily. “You’re the devil,” she screams. “I’m a feminist!” he screams back, as he escapes with her work.
Or does he? Turns out, Sam actually left empty handed as, in the middle of the argument, Maggie managed to steal Emily’s poems out of his bag. And so, Emily’s legacy is back in its rightful hands and as she settles at her desk write, the ghost of Frazier Stern arrives to remind her the cost of seeking of fame and glory. Emily finally seems at peace with being a ‘nobody’ in this life, but Frazier lets her know as he leaves that she’ll be the bravest, most brilliant nobody who ever existed.
At the church, Sue watches as Austin stands as Jane’s side, the pair sneaking tortured looks at each other. Whether it’s the pain of seeing Austin with another’s child after her own miscarriage or her longing to be with Emily, something pushes Sue to leave. She sneaks out, passing the Newman girls playing on the floor, not noticing they have matches in their hands. Suddenly, one the matches starts an uncontrollable fire, and everyone must flee. With his family safe, Austin finds the Newman girls and quickly realizes they’re responsible. But he immediately puts them at ease, promising not to rat them out. “It’s the 1850s,” he says. “Things burn down all the time.” He invites everyone, including his parents and Vinnie, back to the Evergreens, and takes charge, providing food for his neighbors and organizing donations to rebuild the church. He finally seems to becoming a man he can be proud of and respected by others. When his mother asks about Sue, he comfortably says she’s off living her life, and he plans to do the same, with a look over at Jane.
Meanwhile, Vinnie confronts Ship about his insane plan to move them to Louisiana. While he paints a charming picture of their life together, Vinnie knows the reality and refuses to move to the ‘wrong side of history.’ Having spent all his money on the shack in NOLA, Ship tells her he’s going with or without her. Despite her friends telling her she’ll end up a full blown spinster if she doesn’t go with him — spoiler alert, they’re right on the money — Vinnie let’s him leave, but not without one last passionate kiss to remind him that she will always be the most interesting girl he’s ever loved. Take that, Lola Montez!
Elsewhere, Mr. Dickinson makes a shocking confession to his wife. He admits that he dreamed of the church burning down the night before and he’s that it was an omen of things to come. Mrs. Dickinson brushes his fears aside, insisting he sounds just as crazy as Emily. But Mr. Dickinson remains convinced there’s more horror on the way.
With her whole family at Austin’s, Emily is alone in her room writing when Sue arrives. Yes, this is the scene EmiSue fans have been waiting all season for, and Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Hunt more than deliver.
While Sue looks relieved to finally be alone with her, Emily can’t bring herself to even look at her sister-in-law. Sue pleads with Emily to listen, to let her explain, but Emily insists there’s nothing left to say. She accuses Sue of forcing her to fall in love with Sam, even though she was in love with him all along. When Sue denies this, Emily demands to know why then she slept with him and why she wanted Emily to give him all her poems.
It’s sometimes hard to remember, between the modern vernacular, the pop music breaks and the Wiz Khalifa cameos, but this story is being told in the 1800s, a time when being queer was labeled as sinful and very dangerous. As Sue explains, after she married Austin, the only bond she had with Emily was reading her poetry — her deeply personal, often romantically inspired by Sue poetry. She calls Emily’s words snakes that coil around her heart and that Emily herself grips her and poisons her in a way that became all too overwhelming. Watching Sue break down like this is a testament to Ella Hunt’s performance throughout the season, because watching Sue finally be honest about her feelings shows just how hard it’s been to keep them locked up all this time.
Sue freely admits that she pushed Emily away because she can’t face her feelings for her and hurt, Emily tells her to leave because she’s succeeded; she won’t be her problem anymore. Sue turns to leave, the end looking in sight, but she stops herself at the door. She turns back to Emily and finally confesses her hopeless, incredible love for her. Emily lashes out, calls her a liar, and even lunges for her throat, because hearing these words from Sue, the words she’s wanted to hear for so long, but can’t believe in the moment, are too painful. But as she looks into Sue’s eyes as she’s their love the only true thing she’ll ever feel, Emily gives in.
The rage and fear finally melt away and Sue kisses Emily fiercely, with all the passion she’s been pushing down for over a year. And with the house to themselves, they make up for all that lost time, in almost every room of the house, no less! In the last moments of the episode, the lie together in Emily’s conservatory and admit that all they need is each other to be truly happy. Nothing else — not fame or fancy salons or even other people — will ever mean more to them then each other.
New mid-size SUV to offer three model grades, all with advanced safety technology as standard, a centre airbag and the option of a sporty N Line package.
2021 Hyundai Tucson features and specs detailed
Three variants and three engines for new family SUV
Sporty N Line package optional across the range
Pricing still yet to be confirmed, ahead of its launch between March and May
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be offered in a choice of three variants and three engines when it goes on sale in Australia between April and June 2021 – all offering the option of a sporty N Line styling package.
Preliminary specification details released by Hyundai show the fourth-generation Tucson will be available in base ‘Tucson’, mid-spec Elite and flagship Highlander grades, all available with a sporty N Line package adding unique styling and premium luxury and technology features.
While full equipment details have been confirmed, the Korean brand has yet to announce pricing – for reference, the current model retails from around $30,000 to $50,000 before on-road costs.
Three four-cylinder engines will be available with the new Tucson in Australia which, while similar in outputs and capacity to those that powered the outgoing model, are overhauled units belonging to Hyundai’s new ‘SmartStream’ engine family.
Above and throughout, unless stated: Overseas-market Hyundai Tucson shown, roughly equivalent to Australia’s Highlander grade.
A 115kW/192Nm 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder driving the front wheels is standard across the range, paired solely to a six-speed automatic transmission – with the outgoing model’s six-speed manual no longer on offer.
Elite and Highlander models are also available with a choice of all-wheel-drivepowertrain options: a 132kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, or a 137kW/416Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-pot coupled with a conventional eight-speed automatic.
Opening the new 2021 Hyundai Tucson range is the eponymous ‘Tucson’ variant, available solely with the aforementioned 2.0-litre petrol engine.
Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch driver’s information display, manual air conditioning, cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, keyless entry (but no push-button start), automatic halogen headlights, LED daytime-running lights, and power-adjustable door mirrors.
There’s also a set of 17-inch alloy wheels – with a full-size spare wheel, unlike many rivals with space-saver spares or tyre repair kits – plus rear air vents, folding second-row seats, tinted windows, an acoustic windscreen, manual front seats (but with power driver lumbar support), roof rails, a drive mode selector, four USB ports and the ‘trailer package’.
Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking (with support for intersections), lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, a speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring, and rear parking sensors.
Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-following assist and rear cross-traffic alert are also expected to be standard across the range, however Hyundai Australia has yet to officially lock in their inclusion.
Driver attention monitoring is standard, while other safety features are expected to include Safe Exit Warning (which reminds passengers to check for oncoming hazards before opening their door) and multi-collision braking (which applies the brakes after a collision to prevent subsequent impacts).
Above: European-market Hyundai Tucson N Line.
Seven airbags are standard across the range, including a centre airbag between the front seats – deemed necessary by some manufacturers for a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2021.
Available on all new Tucson models is the N Line Option Pack which, unlike N Line versions of the Hyundai i30, Kona and Sonata, doesn’t increase performance – instead, it adds a range of sporty styling tweaks and high-spec luxury features.
The N Line pack is headlined by a range of N Line-specific tweaks, including a new exterior body kit with sportier bumpers and side skirts, a gloss black grille with ‘hidden’ daytime-running lights, 19-inch N Line alloy wheels, silver N Line skid plates, and an N Line steering wheel.
The pack also adds LED headlights, LED ‘combination’ tail-lights, a unique leather/suede trimmed interior and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
Stepping up to the mid-spec Tucson Elite – available with all three engine choices – adds a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring and satellite navigation, leather seat trim, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, front seat heating, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.
Elite models also score auto up/down functionality for the rear windows, push-button start, a ‘smart’ key, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-seat alert (notifying drivers if passengers have been left in the rear seats), front and rear parking sensors, and braking functionality for the blind-spot monitoring system.
Elite variants equipped with either of the turbocharged engines also feature paddle shifters and a shift-by-wire gear selector.
Sitting atop the range is the Tucson Highlander, which gains unique 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail-lights, a dark chrome grille. a silver skid plate, chrome trim, a power-operated tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
Inside the cabin, additions include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient LED mood lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, memory for the driver’s seat, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a Bose premium sound system and an easy-entry passenger ‘walk-in’ feature.
It also gains a 360-degree camera, the Blind-Spot View Monitor (which projects a rear-facing camera feed from the side mirrors into the instrument cluster when changing lanes), an electrochromatic rear-view mirror and low-speed rear autonomous emergency braking.
Tucson Highlander diesel variants exclusively pick up Remote Smart Park Assist, allowing the vehicle to be moved backwards and forwards into a tight parking space via the key fob, when standing next to the car.
Eight colours are available – White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, Titan Grey, Crimson Red, Deep Sea (blue), Silky Bronze and Amazon Grey – though certain hues are unique to different variants.
In addition to the standard black leather interior trim detailed above, the Highlander will be available with dark brown or light grey leather options (both with black accents).
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will go on sale between March and May 2021 (second quarter of the year). Pricing details, along with final specifications, will be confirmed closer to launch.
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