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This week on Chasing Cars: Everest revealed, EV6 reviewed and RAV4 price increases


Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news and reviews, where we find all the best stories of the week and condense them down into one easy read

Some weeks we drive fast cars, other weeks we gasp at the big business moves from industry players. But this week we spent our time pouring over spreadsheets and making phone calls to find out the information that actually matters to you, the buyer.

Continuing our campaign to sniff out the real-world wait times on some of Australia’s most popular cars, we turned our attention to Subaru and Kia who gave us some honest and detailed answers.

Elsewhere in the car world, we delved into pricing on the 2022 Toyota RAV4 midsize SUV, Kia Sorento large SUV and even the highly anticipated Ineos Grenadier 4WD.

Subaru Forester 2.5i-S 2022-3
Subaru says owners should expect average wait times of between four to five months when buying a Forester

We also reviewed some important cars this week including the new-generation W206 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the unstoppable Toyota Land Cruiser 76 series wagon.

But there’s much more to cover so let’s get into the nitty-gritty.

Ford Everest revealed

After extensive teasing Ford finally unveiled the third-generation Everest this week, which is likely to go on sale in the Australian market around late July or early August.

The most significant change to this Ranger ute-based 4WD wagon is the addition of a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 with predicted outputs of 190kW and 600Nm.

The existing 2.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel four-cylinder will still be available, with both paired exclusively to a 10-speed automatic and a full-time four-wheel-drive system in Australia.

Ford Everest 2022 Sport front
Ford unveiled the third-generation Everest with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel under the bonnet

While the full Everest specification is yet to be revealed, Aussie buyers will be offered a choice of four grades with the Everest Ambiente opening the range, followed by the Trend, Sport and new Platinum grade.

The latter of those appears to be more plush than what we’ve come to expect from the last-generation Everest (and the Titanium it supersedes) and appears to be custom-made to snare buyers away from the Toyota Prado in top-spec Kakadu guise. 

We have covered the Everest extensively this week and you can find all the information you need to know in the following article.

Kia EV6 reviewed

After a few scrappy years of innovation and experimentation, EVs seem to be improving at a rapid pace and the Kia EV6 is the latest great example of this trend.

The EV6 is coming to Australia in limited numbers for now but that will change over time, and this midsize SUV (of sorts) is shaping up to be a real delight, according to editor Tom Baker.

The EV6 is coming to Australia in limited numbers in 2022

Reviewing the EV6 GT-Line, Tom praised the entertaining RWD dynamics of the EV as well as it’s 350kW fast-charging ability and conservative energy use around town.

Less impressive is the lack of wireless smartphone charging and the quality of the Meridian audio system but in general Tom was very impressed with what the EV6 had to offer. 

For more information, check out our full review in both written and video forms.  

Toyota RAV4 prices increase 

This week the Toyota RAV4 became the latest vehicle to see a price increase in response to the rising costs of making cars and shipping them to Australia.

All grades saw an increase of some kind, with the entry-level GX hit with a $100 bump, followed by the GXL (+$125), XSE (+$425), Cruiser (+$750) and Edge (+$380), despite no apparent changes in the equipment offered. 

Toyota RAV4 Edge Hybrid 2022 driving
Toyota increased the price of the RAV4 across all grades

Chasing Cars reached out to Toyota Australia for clarity around the issue who explained they had “reluctantly” put up the price of the RAV4 and made it clear that any orders placed before 1 March, 2022, would be not affected.

“Toyota strives to avoid price changes beyond model updates and the introduction of new and expanded features; however, from time to time, such changes are made necessary by other factors that can include currency, shipping and manufacturing costs,” said the Toyota spokesperson.

All the cars and SUVs we reviewed this week:

We reviewed two Toyota Land Cruisers this week and we had a very different verdict on each.

First up was the Prado in top-spec Kakadu guise that journalist John Law said had preserved its reputation thanks to the series of tweaks made over the years that have kept this ’Cruiser fresh even 13 years on. For more, check out our review in either video or written form.

Sadly the same could not be said for the 76 Series Land Cruiser that deputy editor Nathan Ponchard said suffered from a juddering ride matched with uncomfortable seats, though it’s not without its charm. 

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC76 70th Anniversary Edition Wagon 1
Deputy editor Nathan Ponchard reviewed the 76 Series Land Cruiser

The launch of a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is always a special thing and editor Tom Baker set out to determine if this new W206 generation is a return to form for the brand. 

The Peugeot 3008 GT Sport plug-in hybrid is now available to buy in Australia and while it’s a very appealing buy on paper, the near $80,000 cost required is hard to swallow. So is it a deal-breaker? Read or watch our review to find out. 

Mazda has updated the MX-5 with a nifty new braking system that is said to cut down on the convertible’s trademark body roll without ruining the experience for purists.

The Ineo Grenadier is set to arrive in Australia in July this year

Other car and SUV news we covered this week: