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This week on Chasing Cars: Outback lands, Ioniq 5 unveiled and Golf GTI priced


Welcome back! Facebook has finally let us out of the naughty corner and so it’s time to wrap up this week in news.

Some of you may have missed us this week after Facebook took us offline but fear not we have been bashing away at our keyboards covering all the car news that matters.

Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance 2021 rear
Lexus unveiled the IS 500 F Sport Performance but has cruelly slapped down any chance of the muscle car coming to Australia

From international reveals of the Ioniq 5 EV giving us a solid glimpse into the future to Lexus stubbornly refusing to let the naturally aspirated V8 die and plonking on in their IS 500, this week has shown the sheer scale of appetites car manufactures have to cover.

We also saw Volkswagen drop the Australian pricing of its feisty new Mk8 Golf GTI and Subaru doing the same with their new Outback, with both expected to attract a lot of attention at the dealership.

Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance 2021 above
The IS 500 uses a ballistic V8 making 352kW of power and 536Nm of torque, which is all sent to the rear wheels

Lexus IS 500 snubs Australia

In a move that no doubt triggered tantrum throwing across the country, Lexus unveiled the IS 500 that crams a huge V8, making 352kW of power and 536Nm of torque, between the shock towers – but decided to leave Australia off the invite list.

The IS 500 is an extreme car to say the least, for starters the five-litre V8 barely fits and Lexus had to raise the bonnet five-centimetres and hammer down the edges to make it work. 

Couple that to a chassis that we’ve seen in the IS 350 is plenty capable of handling a bit of hooliganism, then clean it up with a rear limited-slip differential and a handling package that includes Yamaha-developed dampers and you have a serious performance car on your hands. 

Subaru Outback Sport 2021 driving
Subaru unveiled the Outback with a long list of standard features at a surprisingly cheap entry price

Subaru Outback 2021 launched

You might have already seen a few of them driving around the suburbs and sitting in dealerships but the sixth-generation Subaru Outback was only officially unveiled this week.

The new Outback is impressive to say the least and with a starting price of $39,990 before on-roads for the base model packed full of standard features like a 11.6-inch portrait touchscreen, two-tonne towing and a huge list of safety features.

In saying that we – and apparently many of you – are very disappointed Australia has been denied the lusty 2.4-litre turbo flat-four (194kW/375Nm) with the wheezy naturally aspirated 2.5-litre flat-four (138kW/245Nm) now our sole powertrain option.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022-7
The Ioniq 5 was officially unveiled which sits in the crucial midsize SUV segment

Ioniq 5 EV unveiled

It’s not every day that a new car from an entirely new brand is launched so don’t dismiss the fully-electric Ioniq 5 as ‘just another midsize SUV’.

The Ioniq 5 sits on the Hyundai Motor Group’s bespoke EV platform known as E-GMP and will get around 470 kilometres of range on a single charge.

Available in both a rear and all-wheel-drive configuration, making 160kW/350Nm and 225kW/605Nm respectively, the Ioniq 5 is no slouch and is expected to arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2021.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 sedan and wagon
Mercedes-Benz also unveiled the new C-Class in sedan and wagon form

Other car and SUV news we covered this week

  • Chevrolet released the new Bolt which is available as a hatchback and a small SUV. Both can do 400km on a single charge and cost around $40k Australian, so will it come here? Not right now at least.
  • Lexus announced the UX 200 Crafted Edition which adds some new trimmings and gives you a gateway into a very cool ownership experience that could see you loaning out the likes of an LC 500 or many other high-end Lexus models for a weekend away. 
  • The Lexus RX Crafted Edition also includes the car swapping experience but is sadly only available in the five-seat configuration but with two powertrain options.