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This week on Chasing Cars: Toyota Kluger arrives, BMW i4 detailed and Honda EV coupe rumours


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.

It’s been a big week for us on Chasing Cars as we celebrate the launch of our EV range test that was a collective effort over several months and we’re very happy with the result, so once you’re done reading this go check it out.

In the world of cars we had an important landing this week with the Toyota Kluger which arrived with an all-important hybrid option in an effort to replicate the runaway success that is the RAV4 midsize SUV.

Audi e-tron 55 Sportback 2021 blue
We completed a major range test this week where we drove the likes of the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model 3 until they died to find out their true range figures

The latest Australian sales results also came out which showed that the market is booming and the Toyota HiLux is literally unbeatable, pandemic or no pandemic.

In EV news, we caught up with the brains at Chargefox who outlined their future strategy and also had a chat with the folks in the SA Premier’s office who detailed their $13.4 million plan to install 530 chargers around the state.

Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid 2021 front
Toyota launched the Kluger in Australia with a hybrid option and all-wheel drive

Toyota Kluger goes on sale in Australia

It’s the one you’ve all been waiting for. Arriving with a starting price of $47,650 (before on-road costs) the seven-seat SUV is available with three grades that will cost you as much as $75,400 (before on-roads).

Toyota has been smart to bring the hybrid version to Australia but unlike the overseas models or the RAV4 midsize SUV sold here you can’t get one with front-wheel drive which isn’t the end of the world but it does mean the price of entry is likely a bit higher than what it could have been.

Sitting on the same TNGA-K platform as the RAV4 the Kluger is safer, more practical and likely more comfortable and dynamically capable than it has been previously. It also features updated tech such as an eight-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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BMW detailed the i4 which can be had with up to 400kW of power and almost 600km of range

BMW i4 coming this year

The all-electric version of the famous 3-Series has been fulled detailed and while there is yet to be a full-fat M model unveiled, even the base model will likely be a bit of a handful.

Available in three grades the top-spec version is the M50 which channels 400kW of power and 795Nm of torque through all-four wheels, and is good for a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds.

It also looks to have some long legs with up to 590km of WLTP-tested range which will really take the fight to the Tesla Model 3 Performance. Set to arrive in Australia later this year.

Honda Sports EV Concept 2017 presentation
Honda is rumoured to be developing a production version of the Sports EV Concept

Honda’s EV coupe rumours

I should start this by pointing out this is 100 per cent a rumour at this point in time, but it makes a lot of sense and lines up with what Honda big-shots have pointed to previously.

Japanese publication CarSensor said Honda is currently running a production version of the very swish Sports EV Concept around its headquarters in Toyota and could come out as early as next year.

It’s said to sit on the same platform as the Honda e hatch which makes sense since Honda would be unlikely to throw the underpinnings away after just one use.

The Honda e isn’t exactly lightning quick but it does have 100kW of power and 315Nm of torque that it sends exclusively to the rear wheels, and should hopefully be a bit lighter than the current 1.6-tonne curb weight with fewer doors.

Genesis G70 2021 3.3T luxury pack front 3/4
Genesis launched the G70 in Australia with a starting price of $63,000 (before on-road costs)

Other car and SUV news that mattered this week:

  • The Genesis G70 arrived in Australia this week with a starting price of $63,000 (before on-roads) and comes with a pretty extensive standard features list that includes the likes of a panoramic sunroof and a heap of safety and performance tech. 
  • We caught up with Chargefox this week who outlined their future strategy to help curb range anxiety which will see it turn from installing superfast 350kW chargers to 175kW chargers which are often three times cheaper but they will build far more as a result.