An unprecedented line up of new 4x4 was unveiled at the Sydney show.
The sleek Mazda CX-7 SUV is an exercise in sporty design resulting in a vehicle with car-like raked windscreen and dimensions. The mid-sizedvehicle goes on sale in November and is powered by a 2.3 direct injection turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 170kW/350Nm, driving through a six speed automatic.
Competing against the Mazda is Subaru's new seven seat Tribeca wagon. It features a 3.0-litre six cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. The Tribeca will be the largest vehicle in the Subaru range. Other new models previewed included the 3-door Pajero, Audi's Q7 wagon, SsangYong Actyon SUV and Volvo's V8 powered XC90.
Land Rover Freelander II
The Land Rover Freelander II shares little with its predecessor other than name. The new Freelander is powered by either a 3.2-litre straight six petrol engine or a 2.2-litre common rail diesel, that delivers a massive 400Nm of torque. One body is offered - a five door wagon, with seating for up to seven. Freelander also gains the terrain response system from Discovery.
Mercedes-Benz GL Class
Mercedes debuted its premium off-roader, the GL in V6 diesel or V8 petrol guises. The large wagon features loads of clever features and a towing capacity of 3.1 tonnes. Prices start at $103,900 for the 3.2-litre V6 turbo diesel and $146,900 for the 5.5-litre V8 GL500.
The Ranger is Ford's replacement for the Courier commercial utility. The more aggressive looking ute will be powered by new 2.5 and 3.0-litre CRD engines.