Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news and reviews, where we find all the bits that matter and condense them down into one easy read.
From November onwards I’m considering renaming our wrap up to the Chasing Cars Christmas Wish List because I’m pretty sure that’s how you all treat it anyway.
Because the fact is when you blather on to your significant other about the Isuzu MU-X’s approach angle they’ll fall asleep before your rehearsed pitch is out – but start with its new five-star ANCAP rating and you might just win them over.
We at Chasing Cars take pride in equipping you with the tools to convince yourself and those around you that your expensive ‘want’ is in fact a ‘need’. And we speak from personal experience.
We saw the seven-seat Jeep Grand Cherokee L back in January this year but it’s taken until now to see the five-seat version, and it didn’t disappoint.
Both are coming to Australia with the Grand Cherokee here a few months after the Grand Cherokee L lands in the first half of 2022 and they are more different than you might expect.
The shorter Grand Cherokee will also be released in a 4xe plug-in hybrid version offering around 40km of pure electric driving.
Turns out that combining a turbo-petrol engine with two electric motors has also made it pretty damn quick with a combined power output of 280kW, matched with 637Nm of torque. Grunty V6 and V8 options will also be offered.
Jeep has put a lot of effort into making this Grand Cherokee better built than the last, putting it through a range of torture tests all over the world – and even in outback Australia – to help improve the less than stellar reputation of its predecessor.
The fifth-generation Subaru Forester has been a strong seller in Australia due to its extensive safety equipment, real-world practicality and off road capability.
All three have been improved in the recent facelift and with a starting price of $35,990 before on-road costs, it won’t even break the bank.
This week the full list of inclusions on each variant was released, with Subaru Australia opting to include equipment like a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen and swivelling LED headlights as standard.
The first few 2022 Foresters are arriving on dealership lots now but sadly the on-sale date has been pushed back from October to November due to ongoing supply issues.
A lot of Toyota Supra reviews out there dwell on a lot of hot air surrounding the origin of that car and while its BMW underpinnings may not have that iconic Toyota DNA, the end result is a bloody fine sports car as we found out.
With a turbocharged straight-six up front and power sent to the rear, the Supra is part of a dying breed and could be the last coupe we see from Toyota without electrical assistance of some form.
Churning out a fairly frightening 285kW and 500Nm at peak boost, the Supra is bloody quick on the straights. And turn into a corner at speed and you’ll find the short length and wide stance give the Toyota a phenomenal amount of mechanical grip.
Overall we thought the Supra was a damn fine sports car, especially in its latest form. Head to our YouTube channel to see the full review.
Alongside the Toyota Supra, we had a look at a number of SUVs which all had their own unique twist.
Over on the Chasing Cars YouTube channel, contributor John Law reviewed the Hyundai Venue Active small SUV which offers a lot of safety and handy features for not much cash.
Deputy Editor Nathan Ponchard spent some time with Mazda’s first EV, the MX-30 small SUV, to see if it could redeem its very restrictive driving range of 200km.
Editor Tom Baker reviewed the recently updated Mazda CX-30 small SUV which is an incredibly attractive buy if you can get over the – in my opinion – absurd amount of plastic cladding glued on the sides.
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