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
With most of NSW and Victoria unleashed from lockdown, car launches have been coming thick and fast with lots of new cars set to launch before the year’s end.
The SEMA show took place this week in Las Vegas, and that meant a whole heap of awesome concept cars from Ford and Jeep – some of which are even coming in production form.
On the review front, we pitched two snarling performance SUVs from Jaguar and Alfa Romeo head-to-head and had a look at the very swish Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE large SUV. There’s lots more to cover so without further ado let’s jump into it.
Audi unveiled the facelifted version of the A8 that has been updated with new exterior styling. Starting at the front, the A8 now boasts more sensitive Matrix LED headlights that can accurately light up the lane ahead without blinding other drives. New and the rear OLED taillights alert inattentive drivers by flashing prior to a potential rear-end collision
The A8 is also 18mm longer (5190mm) in short-wheelbase form, while the long-wheelbase A8 L stretches a further 140mm (5,330mm) for added legroom in the rear seats.
Of course, the latest updates and appearance will carry over to the brutally fast S8 with its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 420kW of power and 800Nm of torque.
With around 60 percent of all A8s sold in China, Audi has cooked up the market-exclusive A8 L Horch that adds even more length and luxury in the second row – hinting at a potential Maybach-like brand that could be rolled out across the range.
The latest vehicle to be spawned from Volkswagen’s MEB platform is the ID5 that offers a coupe-shaped alternative to the ID4 with up to 520km of range.
Inside the ID5 is just as striking, with a modern interior design that features a huge 12.0-inch touchscreen in the centre with in-built software to guide users to charging stations along their journey.
Volkswagen will offer a single-motor version with a 77kWh battery along with the more performance-orientated AWD ID5 GTX that can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds.
After previously revealing its plans exclusively to Chasing Cars, Peugeot has kicked off its foray into electric vehicles with plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 midsize SUV and 508 sedan, with both slated to arrive early next year.
The 3008 is likely to be the more popular of the two and is available exclusively in top-spec GT Sport trim with a sticker price of $79,990 (before on-road costs).
Likewise, the 508 GT Fastback will be the only variant available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain priced from $76,990 before on-road costs.
Peugeot claims an all-electric range of 60km for the 3008, and 55km for the 508 which should be enough for most to complete the daily commute.
In 2022, Peugeot has promised to bring its first all-electric vehicle to Australia and while nothing and yet been decided the e-2008 small SUV, e-208 hatch and EV commercial van range are all under consideration.
Over on the Chasing Cars YouTube channel, we put out five reviews and one news video this week covering reports that the Ioniq 5’s battery will grow in 2022.
Kicking off the week of reviews, we had a mega comparison between the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio which are two fantastic but often overlooked performance SUVs.
Next, we put the new Mitsubishi Outlander under the microscope in both video and written form, and while it has some issues there is a lot to like inside and out – plus it’s more affordable than many of its rivals.
Next, we turned to the Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE to find out how much seven-seater you get for $69,290 (before on-road costs).
We also reviewed the Skoda Octavia Limited Edition, which isn’t cheap at $50,490 driveaway, but what you get is a well-specified, comfortable sedan with a huge amount of practicality.
Finally, deputy editor Nathan Ponchard reviewed the facelifted Audi SQ5 Sportback that has been enormously popular in previous years due to its sheer grunt and stylish look.
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