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This week on Chasing Cars: Lexus NX, Navara Warrior unveiled and i30 N priced


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.

I’m not sure about you lot but if there’s one thing I’ve noticed as I get older and financial realities sink in, there is nothing more interesting than a car I can actually afford.

Sure I lust after the facelifted Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door and I’m genuinely happy that those who can afford such metal will get to do so with an increasingly luxurious car that sets benchmark performance.

Skoda Kamiq 110TSI Monte Carlo 2021 front
Skoda is bringing a beefier base model version of the Kamiq to Australia

But what about the surprisingly fun, affordable little hatchbacks like the Kia Cerato and Hyundai i30 N? Or even the Skoda Kamiq which is getting a new grade with a bigger engine because supply is limited for the smaller one, oh what a travesty. 

Moving away from performance to more serious matters we saw the Toyota Kluger score a five-star safety rating under the strict new ANCAP standards, and all in an affordable family vehicle – bravo I say.

It seems cars are getting better all the time, and we expect the same from the new Subaru Forester and the Honda Civic, both of which we should hear more about very soon. But without further ado let’s get into it.

Lexus NX450h+ 2022 rear 3/4
Lexus unveiled the new NX midsize SUV that will be available with a number of hybrid options

Lexus NX revealed

Lexus debuted the NX midsize SUV this week. The company said the new premium midsize SUV will evolve the Toyota RAV4’s already outstanding chassis dynamics to a new level.

Engineers have made a slew of clever choices like shifting the hybrid’s battery in front of the rear wheels instead of behind them, meaning the NX should handle even better than the RAV4.

And did I mention hybrids? The NX will be getting a traditional self-charging one in Australia and a NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid with 75km of electric-only range is also in the works but not confirmed for us just yet.

The interior has also been given a revamp with clever new door handles and Lexus has thrown out its trackpad for a touchscreen that is mounted closer so it’s easy to reach.

Nissan Navara 2021 PRO-4X Warrior 2022 aerial view driving
The Nissan Navara 2021 PRO-4X Warrior is in its final stages of testing and looks to be wearing a lot of upgrades

Navara PRO-4X Warrior by Premcar coming soon

Armed with a long name and likely an even longer list of upgrades the Navara Warrior (for short) debuted its gruff looking appearance this week and gave us a strong hint at what’s been tinkered with.

Built by Aussie tuning house Premcar in Victoria, the Navara Warrior is in its final stages of testing and pictures show it wearing a number of upgrades to make it a proper off road bruiser.

This starts with a substantial bullbar at the front which not only integrates a light bar but also works perfectly with the Navara’s AEB system which is good for peace of mind.

Other changes include a bash plate with new shocks and springs underneath raising the height and the wider wheel arches help fit the huge off road tyres.

Hyundai i30 N 2021 rear
The facelifted Hyundai i30 N will go on sale with a starting price of $44,500 (before on-roads)

Hyundai i30 N price and specs

The Hyundai i30 N hot hatch hurt some feelings when it first launched onto the market and the facelift is set to broaden appeal with the introduction of an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch as a $3,000 option.

Fear not, the six-speed manual shifter will remains but the coupe-like Fastback will not and has been ditched for Australia. The entry price is up by $3,100 to $44,500 (before on-roads) which is still pretty good in the hot hatch world.

Power from the 2.0L turbocharged four-banger is slightly up at 206kW and torque has been given a 39Nm boost to 392Nm, and will spring from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds with the DCT which is up 0.5 seconds over the old manual.

Hyundai has also fitted lighter forged alloy wheels that shaves 14.4kg off in of unsprung weight. Buyers will also be able to option lightweight bucket seats in the i30 N Premium.

Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI R-Line 2021 side profile
Volkswagen is facing shortages on a number of models including the Tiguan 162TSI in R-Line guise

Other car and SUV news that mattered this week:

  • In more Kia news the Cerato debuted this week wearing the brand’s new badge, a handsome new face with a slew of new tech on the inside including a 10.25-inch screen. Prices start at $25,990 driveaway.
  • Famous American outfit Singer announced it would be coming to Australia to offer properly restored Porsche 911s downunder and will operate out of Melbourne-based Zagame Automotive.
  • The range of the Porsche Taycan is also set to expand in both the super sedan and wagon-ish Cross Turismo, with a cheaper base model and more middling grades now available.
  • Images leaked detailing the interior of the all-electric Genesis GV60 that will sit on the EV-dedicated E-GMP platform and added a third SUV to the lineup.
  • The Porsche Cayenne Coupe clocked the Nurburgring ring in an astonishing 7 minutes and 38 seconds this week, which makes it faster than a 911 Turbo 997 despite its high centre of gravity.
  • Likewise, the go-fast versions in the X3 M and X4 M have received similar upgrades with power steady at 375kW but torque has now climbed to 650Nm and it will get you to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds.