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.
For many years people have been making predictions of a time when legacy car manufacturers would finally catch up to Tesla in their development of electric vehicles and it feels like it’s finally happened.
In yet another week of back-to-back EV announcements, it feels like every second car that is coming out runs on electricity, not petrol or diesel – even if they only make up less than one per cent of sales here in Australia the decision is being made for us it seems.
Mercedes-Benz will bring the EQS sedan and EQB midsize SUV to Australia and even Toyota has finally rolled on its sleeves and announced it will launch 15 EVs before 2025. Talk about making up for lost time.
Outside of battery-related matters we saw Ford is bringing a plush new version of the Focus ST to Australia and BMW will bring the all-paw versions of its controversially-styled M3 sedan and M4 coupe.
Nothing much has changed, save for some uber-cool gold 19-inch BBS forged aluminium wheels but the model marks the end of not just the current generation WRX that has been around since 2014, but the iconic EJ25 engine which has been around for a lot longer.
Call me nostalgic, but as a child growing up in the 00s it feels like a big moment, some would call the current WRX outdated but the kinder folk would say it’s one of the last remaining cars that retains a simplistic layout that actually provides mechanical feedback.
With rumors swirling around that the new all-paw four-door could arrive with anything from an all-electric drivetrain to a manual transmission we don’t know what to believe, but we won’t have to wait long now to find out.
Stuttgart is now announcing so many EVs it can’t even fit a week between them and we aren’t expecting them to slow down any time soon.
First was the EQS, which is pitched to replace the S-Class, which boasts some incredible range figures at 770km (WLTP) but sadly the same design that has seen it stamped as the world most aerodynamic car has also seen widespread comparisons to a computer mouse and the ninth-generation Honda Civic. Ouch.
While Toyota has been hugely successful with hybrid technology it has taken until now for them to go all in on electric drivetrains.
The first one announced is the bZ4X concept which is a midsize SUV that will be coming to Australia in a production form. The bZ stands for beyond Zero which will be a new sub-brand under Toyota that will develop seven EVs before 2025.
Those new models will help make up a total of 15 EVs that will be built before 2025, with all sitting on a new EV architecture named e-TNGA platform.
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