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This week on Chasing Cars: top-spec G-Class gets $30k price hike, GV70 detailed and Kona N teased


Welcome back. It’s been a big week of announcements in the world of cars – from special editions to game-changing new models, you’ll read it all here in our weekly news wrap up.

Depending on which end of the tax bracket you sit on or what your favourite automotive flavour is, this may have been a good or bad week for you.

On the good end, we had rising star Genesis announcing more details of the Australian-specification GV70 midsize SUV while established rival Lexus also announced the LX 570 S large SUV which puts a slightly updated spin on a proven model.

Mercedes-AMG G63 2021 driving dirt
Mercedes gave the G-Class range a reshuffle this week with the G63 get a steep price hike and a cheaper variant

Mercedes-Benz was a bit of a mixed bag this week, with the arrival of a cheaper new G400d variant of the G-Wagon matched with the AMG G63 version getting a $30,000 price bump. Ouch!

It wasn’t all bad however, bargain hunters should sniff out the new Volkswagen T-Cross CityLife and especially the Skoda Fabia Run-Out Edition.

Genesis GV70 2021 front
Genesis detailed the GV70 midsize SUV which is set to arrive in Australia within months

Genesis GV70 detailed

Genesis detailed the Australian-specification of the GV70 midsize SUV which could be its most important car yet when it launches into our hotly-contested market where it will take on established rivals such as the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC

Thankfully, it comes loaded with a huge range of standard features including 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic roof and a 14.5-inch centre touchscreen.

We at Chasing Cars are particularly keen to see the GV70 when it comes out later this year, after being impressed with the GV80 large SUV that currently sits in our long term fleet.

Mercedes-Benz G400d 2021 climbing
The Mercedes-Benz G400d will act as the new starting point for the G-Class range with a price of $233,900 before on-roads

Mercedes-Benz G-Class reshuffle

For some people, there is no vehicle quite like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Loaded with capable off-road technology, luxury and imposing looks it certainly stands out in the over-saturated SUV market.

To help make this very expensive SUV slightly more accessible, Mercedes-Benz announced a cheaper G400d variant which costs around $50,000 less than the AMG version with a price of  $233,900 (before on-roads).

At the same time, Mercedes-AMG also jacked up the price of the top-spec G63 by over $30,000 to $289,900 (before on-roads), in a move that was blamed on a global shortage of models.

Hyundai Kona N 2021 front end preview
Hyundai continues to grow its N Performance brand with the Kona N on its way

Hyundai Kona N sneak peek

Hyundai is continuing to expand its N Performance vehicles beyond the i30 N with the arrival of the i20 N hot-hatch and soon the Kona N small SUV.

In a sneak peek of the hotted-up SUV, the Korean-brand showed off a sharper and more aggressive appearance than that of the recent model facelift, packing rear rally lights and fatter tyres to show it means business.

The Kona N will use the i30 N’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder making 206kW of power and 392Nm of torque and is expected to be matched exclusively to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Lexus added the LX 570 S the lineup which gives the large SUV a slightly updated appearance

Other car and SUV news that happened this week:

  • Volkswagen announced the limited edition T-Cross CityLife edition which slots into the middle of what was a two-grade range. Starting from $30,390 (before on-roads) it brings bamboo themed styling and more safety features.
  • Skoda announced the Fabia Run-Out Edition to see off the range before a new one is announced. The special edition packs many of the features found in the more expensive variants with a price that starts at $21,990 driveaway.