News this week: March 13-17
We publish a lot of car news during the work week and it can be difficult to keep everything up to date – that’s the reason behind this weekend’s list.
In short, here are some of the key articles from our news desk as of this Monday summarized, just in case you missed them at the time.
Kia goes big and bold with its electric flagship
Kia has unveiled its latest all-electric offering, the EV9 SUV, ahead of its Australian launch before the end of 2023.
The concept first debuted in late 2021, and while much of the exterior design has remained the same, Kia has completely refreshed the interior of its latest EV.
At a global launch event later this month, Kia will detail all the specifications of the upcoming flagship.
Kia Australia confirmed auto expert Earlier this year, 400 EV9s were allocated to Australia by 2023 and will arrive towards the end of this year.
FULL STORY: Kia’s new flagship electric car looks like a concept
Volkswagen reveals concept of new entry-level EV
Volkswagen says it’s once again “the people’s brand” as it unveils a new affordable compact electric vehicle (EV) model, the ID. 2 all.
ID. 2All concept cars unveiled at the world premiere on Wednesday night will be launched in 2025 with an expected starting price of under €25,000 (AU$40,000).
Recurring notifications are IDs. 2all will be “spacious inside like a Golf, but cute and small like a Polo on the outside”, with a length of only 4050mm.
FULL STORY: Volkswagen unveils $40,000 EV concept ‘for the people’
IDENTIFICATION. 2 all not cheap enough? Volkswagen has other plans
Volkswagen has announced “despite all the challenges” it is planning to launch an electric vehicle (EV) that will be even more affordable than the ID. 2all compact EV concept.
The German carmaker says it will launch in 2026 and costs less than €20,000, which, when converted directly to Australian dollars, is close to $32,000.
For context, the production version of the ID. 2all will start at under €25,000, converting directly to almost AU$40,000.
FULL STORY: Volkswagen plans entry-level EV Polo
Chevrolet updates Silverado prices
The updated Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is now available in Australia.
Kicking off the update range is the ZR2, which combines a host of sturdier exteriors with a host of hardware upgrades designed to take the Silverado deeper into the wilderness.
The updated Silverado also has a new, more luxurious interior.
FULL STORY: Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2023 price and specifications
BMW iX1 slug increases in price before launch date
Turns out we were wrong – the BMW iX1 was overpriced just like its internal-combustion-powered brother X1 before it even hit local showrooms.
After confirmation of up to $6000 for the standard X1 range, auto expert confirmed that the all-electric iX1 xDrive30 is now $2000 more expensive – starting at $84,900 plus on-road costs.
It seems that the iX1 also lost some standard equipment.
FULL STORY: BMW’s Smallest EV Now $2000 More Expensive Before Reaching Dealers
Mercedes-Benz refreshes its smallest SUVs
Mercedes-Benz has revealed its updated GLA and GLB lines, with fresh styling and a range of electrified powertrains.
The updates closely reflect those that have been applied to the updated A-Class and CLA lines.
The updated GLB range will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2023.
FULL STORY: The smallest Mercedes-Benz SUV receives an update
FULL STORY: Mercedes-Benz updates its smallest three-row SUV
New Passat, Tiguan here this year
Volkswagen will launch the next-generation mid-size SUV around 2023.
The company has already confirmed the next Tiguan will launch this year in Europe, which suggests a potential local launch in 2024.
As for the Passat, it will also launch this year in Europe, but it’s not guaranteed to arrive here.
FULL STORY: When the next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan arrives
FULL STORY: The next Volkswagen Passat is coming, but will it be here?
SsangYong unveils bold new electric SUV
SsangYong has unveiled an electric version of its Torres SUV and plans to introduce more new models later this month.
Formerly codenamed U100, the new Torres EVX will top the Korando e-Motion in SsangYong’s lineup.
The company has released images of the new EV’s exterior and interior ahead of its live debut at the 2023 Seoul Mobile Show, which runs from March 30 to April 9.
FULL STORY: SsangYong unveils bold new electric SUV
Mercedes-Benz reveals sleeker GLC Coupe
The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has been launched, and as before, it combines the front end of the GLC crossover with a fastback-style rear end.
Like its more practical brother, the GLC Coupe has a more rounded and sportier body, and operates on the rear- and four-wheel drive MRA platform.
A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the GLC Coupe will launch in the fourth quarter of 2023, and details will be announced closer to that.
FULL STORY: Mercedes-Benz reveals sleek new BMW X4 rival
Porsche Cayenne turns blue
Porsche says it expects 80% of all sales to be all-electric vehicles by the end of the decade, with the automaker expected to launch at least four new electric models by 2030. .
To make its EV goals a reality, the Zuffenhausen-based automaker has confirmed the fourth-generation Cayenne will be a purely electric model.
The new Cayenne EV will be based on the all-electric SSP Sport architecture developed by Porsche and could be a derivative of the Scalable Systems Platform designed to unify the Group’s EV architecture. Volkswagen group.
FULL STORY: Porsche sales will be almost entirely electric by 2030, Cayenne EV coming soon
Audi’s EV rollout to continue with new entry-level model
Audi’s annual media conference summed up the company’s record year, as well as the announcement of an upcoming entry-level electric vehicle (EV) that will fall behind the Q4 e-tron.
During the annual review, CEO Markus Duesmann confirmed that Audi will launch 20 new vehicles by 2025, 10 of which will be electric.
“By 2027, we seek to deliver an all-electric vehicle in each of our core segments,” said Duesmann.
FULL STORY: Audi plans EV assault, including A3 . replacement
Ferrari unveils new convertible grand tourer
Just like the Colosseum, the Ferrari Roma is now open to the elements.
Revealed overnight, deliveries to the first customers of the new Roma Spider in Australia will begin in late 2023 or early 2024.
It has a fabric soft top that can be lowered in 13.5 seconds and at speeds up to 60 km/h. Ferrari claims the Roma’s five-layer fabric roof “boasts the same sonic comfort as a retractable hardtop”.
FULL STORY: Ferrari drops rank on the big touring Roma