Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news where we find the bits that matter and condense them down into one easy read.
This week on Chasing Cars we covered a lot of niche vehicles that are a neat combination of growing trends in the industry and others that are better labelled a ‘persevering movement’.
In the former camp, we had Audi broadening its coupe-style lineup with the announcement of the SQ5 Sportback midsize SUV while in the latter we had Genesis giving us the G70 Shooting Brake at a time when many traditional German brands are losing interest in the long-roof option.
We also saw some heartwarming news with the boss of Lotus flagging that he was open to the possibility of selling off the tooling for the Elise so the beloved lightweight sports car could live on at another manufacturer.
In the shift towards electrification, we saw a leak revealing the Hyundai Motor Group will release an EV version of the Genesis GV70 and the Ioniq 6 sedan in 2022 – while Porsche gave us a look into the testing process of the Macan EV.
We at the Chasing Cars office absolutely love wagons and all of us either currently own or plan to add one to our personal collection – so forgive us for getting a bit excited about Genesis adding a Shooting Brake option to the facelifted G70 in Australia.
Genesis have chosen a very sleek design with a decent sized protruding spoiler to build on the effect, before finishing it up with the Korean brand’s trademark twin lights wrapping around to the tailgate.
While no engines have been confirmed, the facelifted G70 sedan will arrive in the next few months with a slew of petrol engines including a twin-turbo 3.3 litre V6 that puts out 272kW of power and 510Nm of torque that we hope goes in the wagon version.
The Tiguan Allspace largely copies the changes of its smaller sibling with a sleek new look with LED headlights and taillights to build on the already handsome appearance.
Inside, drivers can opt for an eight or 10-inch digital driver’s display while the facelift has also added nice touches such as USB C ports and a wireless charging pad. Expect it here early 2022.
In a special investigation by Chasing Cars we spoke to each state, territory and the federal police force in Australia and found that electric cars are still very much off the cards for now.
Several departments said the charging infrastructure was still too lacking and the average range not good enough to seriously consider as part of their fleet. Still, Victoria Police currently have a Tesla Model X on its fleet that they are testing as a fully-fledged police car.
We showed our figures to Behyad Jafari, the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, who told us despite the low take-up he thought the signs were positive given that the practical demands of police work were so intense.
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