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-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!
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.
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.
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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