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This week on Chasing Cars: Mitsubishi Outlander confirmed, Toyota dominates sales charts, Isuzu MU-X reviewed

John Law

Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news, where we find all the bits that matter and condense them down into one easy read.

Lockdown has been hard on everyone with production cycles pushed back and new-car launches delayed. Still, there have been plenty of stories worth writing about this week including the July sales figures

We also managed to keep reviewing new cars, and found out some big news about one of the oldest medium SUVs on sale in Australia.

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 front
While the old Outlander sold strongly this month, Mitsubishi revealed the all-new model.

That vehicle, of course, is the Mitsubishi Outlander which debuted in its current form in 2012. And yet, despite its age, the Outlander managed to climb back into the top 10 overall sellers in July 2021 in a month that showed promise despite the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to wreak havoc.

But that’s not all for the Outlander, because Mitsubishi confirmed this week that the 2022 Outlander medium SUV would pack seven seats and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain when it arrives early next year.

The Outlander will also share CMFC platform within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance with the new X-Trail when Nissan eventually brings that vehicle to Australia.

Toyota made plenty of noise this week

Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2022
Toyota revealed this week that it is exploring the option of a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain.

Toyota has been busy this week. We posted a report that the marque – famous for its hybrid powertrains since the Prius – could be developing a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain

It will likely utilise a 2.5L diesel engine combined with an electric motor that will likely be employed on the next-generation Land Cruiser Prado and HiLux ute. Sean Hanley, vice president sales and marketing at Toyota Australia confirmed that a diesel hybrid was  “clearly a direction (Toyota) would look to.” 

But Toyota’s biggest seller isn’t a hybrid (yet). The HiLux once again climbed to the top of the sales ladder in July, returning things to normal after the Ford Ranger was top dog last month.

Cars we reviewed this week

This week, we spent some time in the base model Volkswagen Golf to find out whether the German small car in eight-generation guise still offers value at the affordable end of the spectrum. 

Volkswagen Golf base 2021 distance front 3/4
This week we tested the new Volkswagen Golf in entry-level guise.

We took a similar look to the Hyundai Kona range, which has now been split into N Line and ‘the rest’ for 2021. We tested the Elite to see how Hyundai’s second best-selling car is holding up. 

Of course, there is plenty more video content up on our YouTube channel, where we reviewed the new Isuzu MU-X, Jeep Gladiator, Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Toyota HiLux over the last seven days. 

We also wrapped up our long-term liaison with the Genesis GV80 SUV recapping what we liked, and what we didn’t. Finally, we pitched two Toyota Hybrid SUVs against each other: the C-HR and RAV4, to see which offers better value. 

Isuzu MU-X 2021 river crossing
We spent some time testing the all-new Isuzu MU-X this week.

Other car and SUV news we covered this week