Back in October, a Nissan executive confirmed that the long-rumoured Navara-based SUV would be revealed in 2018. And now two fresh (sadly low-resolution) images and a few more details have been leaked in China.
According to Auto Centre, the new SUV will bear the “Terra” nameplate and will be powered by a 2,5-litre petrol engine worth 137 kW engine – in China, anyway. Should the Terra eventually be offered here in South Africa, to take the fight to the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and incoming Isuzu MU-X, we’d expect it to inherit the Navara’s familiar 2,3-litre turbodiesel mill.
The report adds that the Terra measures 4 882 mm long, 1 850 mm wide and 1 835 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2 850 mm. It is expected to be offered with up to seven seats.
Suffering from SUV-fatigue? Look no further than the V90 CC, featured here in Inscription trim…
With a range of new models penned by ex-design chief, Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo Cars has shrugged off its “boxy and staid” persona and undergone something of a renaissance. These vehicles are strikingly unique in their appearance and the subject of this test – the Volvo V90 Cross Country – is no different, being the latest in a long line of rugged station wagons from the Swedish firm. It has few rivals, too, with the only other off-road-capable estates in our market being the Subaru Outback and Volvo’s own V60 CC; other manufacturers have long since abandoned the segment in favour of SUVs.
Based on the V90 and sharing the same SPA-platform underpinnings as other 90 series models, the V90 CC offers all-wheel drive across its four-model range in [...]
We help choose the ideal car for your needs and your budget…
Age: 45 Budget: R125 000 Status: House father/mother Vehicle type: Minibus with 10+ seats
A carer for nine children needs a vehicle with enough seating, plus some luggage space, at an NGO-friendly cost. Mileage will therefore be somewhat high, but these vehicles are reliable. Note that ABS and airbags are absent.
New or used, minibuses generally aren’t cheap and are sought after as taxis and school transport. It’s also quite hard to find something under R125 000 that hasn’t been run into the ground. Most Toyota Hi-Aces fall into this category.
Our choice: Volkswagen Microbus 2,3i
0 to 100 km/h: 15,70 sec Top speed: n/a Power: 90 kW Torque: 180 N.m
Thanks to the downsizing trend, four-cylinder petrol engines are becoming pretty common in premium vehicles … and even in some sportscars. Thing is, these mills tend to disappoint when it comes to sound.
But exhaust specialists Armytrix have come up with a clever setup that lends your average turbocharged four-banger some much-needed aural drama. Still, there’s no denying that a suitably fettled six-cylinder or V8 will still sound better.
As you can see in the video above, the exhaust system’s flap is controlled via a smartphone application, allowing the user to change the vehicle’s tone at the prod of a touchscreen.
And the effects on the G30-generation BMW 530i are marked, taking the German saloon’s 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine from fairly dull to downright head-turning, particularly on pull-away and drive-by.
What do you think of the new four-pot exhaust note? Leave a comment below…