Motoring writer Chris Nixon talks about Bentley’s new style approach, and Suzuki’s latest contender in the SUV market.
Suzuki joins the SUV rush:
If you’re in the market for a new car, chances are it will be a compact SUV. More buyers are choosing these to conventional cars and manufacturers are rushing to fill the demand. The latest contender is the S-Cross from Suzuki, a company with cred in small off-roaders. The 1.6 litre S-Cross is a neatly-styled wagon available in two-wheel or all-wheel drive and three equipment levels, priced from $22,990. The cheapest AWD is the GLX automatic, at $32,990. The superseded 2.0 litre SX4 cost much less, especially in AWD form, but Suzuki emphasises the S-Cross is far superior – safer, roomier and better equipped. The 2WD’s 5.8 litres per 100 kms average fuel consumption is better than 13 main rivals, Suzuki says.
In bed with Bentley:
If you love your Bentley so much you could live in it (you do have a Bentley, don’t you?), you now have the chance. Instead of bunking in the $9500 a night Bentley suite at the New York St Regis Hotel, furnish your home from the car maker’s own interior collection. Introduced recently at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris, the collection features beds, sofas, armchairs, a sideboard and accessories such as mink-edged blankets. Materials include quilted leather, burr walnut, ebony, marble and textiles with houndstooth and pinstripe patterns. The local dealer will be happy to quote for a complete fitout, and meanwhile sell you a custom Brietling watch and some very smart cufflinks.