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Car news, 19 Mar ’24: Audi debuts its PPE-based Q6 E-Tron SUV, Mazda trademarks new EV names in China, and more


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Thanks for joining us this Tuesday March 19th 2024. Notably in car news today: Audi debuts its anticipated Q6 E-Tron on new PPE platform, and Mazda has trademarked a new set of model names in China.

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Audi debuts its next electric car, the Q6 E-Tron

2024 Audi Q6 E-Tron rear 3/4
The 2024 Audi Q6 E-Tron
  • Audi has announced its highly-anticipated Q6 E-Tron SUV which will be the first model under the Audi banner to use the Volkswagen Group’s new PPE platform.
  • Sharing its underpinnings with the upcoming Porsche Macan EV, the Q6-Tron will use dual electric motors and a large 94.4kWh usable battery pack to deliver up to 625km of electric range.
  • A spicier SQ6 E-tron will also be available and will be capable of producing up to 380kW of power. 
  • The model has been confirmed for Australia, but while Audi’s local arm couldn’t pin down a release date, pricing is expected to start from around $90,000.

Mazda trademarks ‘EZ-6’ and ‘EZ-60’ nameplates in China

Mazda China future product BEV and PHEV models
Mazda has teased press with future BEV and PHEV models
  • Mazda has filed trademarks for two new vehicle names in China, according to local media reports, potentially pointing to an electric Mazda 6 replacement.
  • Autohome reports that trademarks have been filed for two models, an EZ-6 and EZ-60. Both nameplates are speculated to be allocated to electric vehicles to be jointly developed by Mazda and Chinese auto manufacturer Changan, as part of a joint venture. 
  • It’s possible that both nameplates are one or two of the unnamed vehicles that Changan Mazda teased last year, with images from a presentation at the Shanghai motor show circulating on social media at the time.
  • The new models are understood to be built on Changan’s EPA platform which is compatible electric and hybrid powertrains, with the report speculating a model reveal at the Beijing Motor Show in April. 
  • It’s not known whether the nameplates will exclusively feature on China-only Changan Mazda models, or if they could point to future Mazdas that might make their way to Australia.

Mercedes-AMG to go head to head with Porsche Taycan with future electric flagship

2024 Mercedes-AMG EA electric platform mule
This electric AMG doesn’t have a name yet, but watch out Porsche Taycan!
  • Mercedes-AMG has given us a first glimpse of its upcoming AMG EA electric project.
  • The brand has teased two images of the new flagship electric car, which is set to use AMG’s own electric architecture.
  • The brand states that the model, which is still unnamed, will be based on more advanced axial-flux motor technology, offering “an unparalleled mix of power density, size and weight”.
  • The biggest competitors for this type of vehicle are likely to be the recently updated Porsche Taycan, as well as BMW’s future-planned quad-motor electric M3/M4.   

Mercedes-AMG G63 to get $50,000 limited Grand Edition add-on in Australia 

2024 Mercedes-AMG G63 Grand Edition front 3/4 static studio shot 2
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG G63 Grand Edition
  • Mercedes-AMG has added even more flair to its popular G wagen model, the G63.
  • Finished in Night Black Magneto paintwork, the Grand Edition package adds gold exterior trim to contrast, including for the paint covering the unique 22-inch AMG-forged alloy wheels.
  • Inside, gold contrast stitching for the seats, gold AMG plaques for the seat backs and finished with a Grand Edition badge.
  • Only 1000 of these special editions will be built, with Mercedes-Benz confirming only a limited number of cars will be available in Australia. 
  • The AMG G63 Grand Edition package is priced at $50,000, on top of the regular list price of $363,561 before on-road costs. 

Mazda CX-60 long-term review conclusion

Mazda CX-60 D50e Azami 2023 front 3/4 offset
Tom Baker drove a Mazda CX-60 diesel for six months
  • Chasing Cars editor Tom Baker’s long-term review of the Mazda CX-60 D50e Azami was published after a six-month testing period.
  • The CX-60 impressed Baker with its keen pricing in comparison to rivals, smooth straight-six engine and frugal fuel consumption.
  • However the poorly tuned suspension and transmission stood out as significant negatives in the experience.
  • In closing, Baker said he would not recommend the CX-60 to buyers until its many major issues, including those mentioned above, were fixed.

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