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Car news, 27 Feb ’24: Toyota Australia announces pricing for electric BZ4X, Renault debuts retro 5 E-Tech, and more


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Thanks for joining us this Tuesday, February 27th 2024. Notably in car news today: Toyota announces local Australian pricing for its first-ever EV, the BZ4X, and Renault will launch its new 5 E-Tech retro-electric car in production form this September in Europe.

Browse this issue:

  • Toyota BZ4X priced at $66,000 before on-road costs
  • Renault announced production-ready 5 E-Tech retro electric car 
  • Cheaper, electric MG2 a possibility: report 
  • Reviewed: 2024 Subaru Impreza 2.0S

Toyota’s first electric car, the BZ4X, now priced for Australia  

The new 2024 Toyota BZ4X electric SUV
  • Toyota Australia has today announced pricing for its first electric car to be sold on Australian shores, the BZ4X midsize SUV.
  • Price of entry will start at $66,000 before on-road costs for the base front-wheel drive BZ4X, with the highest-spec BZ4X AWD priced at $74,900 before on-road costs.
  • The BZ4X will compete in the Australian market with rivals such as the Tesla Model Y and the very-much-related Subaru Solterra, which is also set to launch in Australia shortly. 
  • The Toyota BZ4X entry point is $3990 cheaper than the $69,990 base Subaru Solterra, which is only available with dual-motor all-wheel drive. 
  • Claimed electric range is 436km (WLTP) for the 150kW/266Nm FWD version, with peak range dropping to 411km for the dual-motor AWD 160kW/337Nm (combined) version.

Renault 5 E-Tech takes us back to the past with retro EV styling  

Renault has announced its show-stopping 5 E-Tech electric car
  • Renault has confirmed it will be producing the long-awaited 5 E-Tech small electric car, with the model set to launch in Europe in September 2024.
  • The new model with retro-styling made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and has been confirmed to have a maximum battery capacity of 52kWh and a 400km (WLTP) electric range. 
  • Will it come to Australia? Renault’s distributor in Australia, Ateco, could not confirm the new Renault 5 E-Tech, however it did say that “we see great potential for Renault 5 in the Australian market” and that “we are working on the business case for that model”
  • The original Renault 5 was a popular model, selling over 5.5 million units and was, unsurprisingly, France’s most popular car for many years.

MG could build cheaper MG2 electric car: report 

The MG2 could be smaller than the current MG4
  • MG could build an affordable electric car, potentially called MG2, in the future, according to recent reports by Autocar.
  • Targeting a price tag of around £20,000 (AUD$38,000), the MG2 could arrive in Europe and the UK around the end of 2025, or early in 2026. 
  • “There’s a huge opportunity for someone who can get a four-metre EV for around £17,000 … I think that person will clean up with it. And why not us?” MG’s product and planning boss David Allison told Autocar at the Geneva Motor Show.  
  • Allison also remarked that it’s not uncommon in this day and age to see a car go from concept to production “in as little as two years”, so we could see an MG2 sooner rather than later. 
  • This could mean an even cheaper electric car than the current MG4, which currently starts from $39,990 before on-road costs in Australia

2024 Subaru Impreza 2.0S reviewed

Subaru Impreza 2.0S 2024 driving front 6
Adkins behind the wheel of the 2024 Subaru Impreza
  • Chasing Cars journalist Zak Adkins’ review of the 2024 Subaru Impreza 2.0S was published, exploring the model’s iconic all-wheel-drive grip and updated technologies.
  • Adkins found that the updated Impreza small car was good value for money, added an intuitive 11.6-inch screen and had decent around-town ride quality.
  • But the experience wasn’t perfect. The Impreza was let down by an unsuitable engine and CVT pairing, lack of power and suffering thirstier-than-claimed fuel economy.
  • Adkins recommended the Subaru Impreza for those wanting a more involving drive over the related Crosstrek, and commended the model as a safe and grippy alternative to an SUV in 2024. 

READ: Read Zak’s written review of the 2024 Subaru Impreza

WATCH: Watch Zak’s video review on YouTube

The next issue of Car News Today will be published on Wednesday 28th February at 4.30pm Sydney time.