Kia’s will debut its dedicated electric platform early this year in the form of the EV6 SUV. The platform is shared with Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, though Kia has adopted a more conventional look than its stablemate.
Equipment details are yet to be released , though Kia has confirmed the vehicle will be available in base, GT-Line and GT versions.
Buyers can choose from rear or all-wheel-drive variants, both being powered by the “long-range” 77.4kWh battery pack.
The top-spec dual-motor, all-wheel-drive EV6 GT is good for 430kW and 740Nm and a 0-100km/h time of just 3.5 seconds. Expect that version to come close to six figures.
If you can afford the projected $150,000 cost, Mercedes is wheeling out an E-Class sized electric sedan late next year. The Mercedes-Benz EQE comes with some impressive tricks, from a 55-inch “Hyperscreen” display across the entire facia of the car to a driving range of more than 600km.
The EQE350 is powered by a 215kW/530Nm electric motor driving the rear wheels. A 90kWh battery pack built provides between 545km and 660km of range and is capable of accepting a 170kW recharging rate, which should see the car fully charged in just over 30 minutes.
The Z isn’t expected to arrive until the back end of 2022 but it will be cause for celebrations when it does. The two-seat sports car replaces the venerable 370Z and, while pricing has yet to be announced, is tipped to cost more than $70,000.
A 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 sends 298kW and 475Nm to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or nine-speed automatic transmission. A mechanical limited-slip diff is standard fit.
Interior niceties include an eight-inch infotainment screen, heated seats and a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display with three modes to match the driving mood (Normal, Enhanced and Sport).
The arrival of a new Rangie is always well received, even if most buyers will never tap the luxury SUVs profoundly good off-road abilities.
This time around the British marque will have a hybrid version on offer, pairing a six-cylinder petrol engine with a 105kW motor and a 38.2kWh battery pack that is good for up to 100km of electrified driving.
If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford to shop for one. For the record, they start at $220,200 and climb as high as $304,700.
The WRX epitomised affordable performance sedans when it launched in 1992. The fifth generation of the iconic all-wheel-drive sedan will arrive mid-year. There’s still the signature boxer engine but displacement is up to 2.4 litres producing 202kW and 350Nm. Buyers will have the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable auto transmission.
Inside there’s there an 11.6-inch infotainment screen with inbuilt satnav and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Subaru says this version has 28 per cent more torsional rigidity than the previous model and revised suspension geometry and components for reduced body roll and improved handling. Adaptive dampers and a mechanical centre diff will be available on high-end variants.
Toyota Corolla Cross
The Toyota Corolla Cross is tipped to land in the second half of 2022 and will showcase the latest version of the company’s hybrid powertrain.
The vehicle’s dimensions position it between the C-HR and RAV4 and it will be sold in front and all-wheel-drive versions.
Toyota says the lithium-ion battery pack system is more powerful and 40 per cent lighter than before.
The front-wheel drive 2.0 litre hybrid powertrain generates 146kW, delivering 0-100km/h acceleration in 8.1 seconds.
The AWD version adds a 30.6kW electric motor to the rear axle, which automatically engages in low-grip conditions.
Volkswagen Caddy California
COVID-19 restrictions have eased but most Australians are still wary of jumping on a plane and flying overseas. That’s why caravan and campervan sales have soared and Volkswagen has set up camp to satisfy the domestic travel demand with the arrival of the Caddy California.
Built off the Caddy Maxi people-mover variant, the California is powered by a 90kW/320Nm diesel engine hooked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The vehicle is fitted out with a pair of folding seats that convert to a double bed, window curtains and flyscreens for the driver and front passenger windows, along with a fold-out table and a pair of chairs.
The Caddy California follows last year’s launch of the Multivan California. VW was allocated 150 of the $100,000 vehicles, and sold out before they’d hit our shores.