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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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