We post a ton of automotive news during the work week, and it can be hard to keep up with it all – that’s what this weekend list is all about.
In short, here are some key articles from our news desk since Monday of this week 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 an Australian launch before the end of 2023.
The concept debuted in late 2021, and while most of the design has remained the same on the outside, Kia has completely refreshed the interior of its latest EV.
In a world premiere later this month, Kia will detail all the specs for the upcoming flagship.
Kia Australia confirmed CarExpert earlier this year that 400 EV9s are already allocated to Australia for 2023 and will arrive in the later stages of this year.
FULL STORY : Kia’s new flagship EV looks like the concept
Volkswagen unveils concept for new entry-level electric vehicle
Volkswagen says it is once again becoming “a brand for the people” by unveiling its new affordable compact electric vehicle (EV), the ID. 2all.
The identity. The 2all concept car unveiled at the world premiere on Wednesday evening will launch in 2025 with an expected starting price of less than €25,000 (AU$40,000).
The recurring message was that the ID. 2all will be “on the inside as spacious as a Golf, but on the outside as cute and small as a Polo”, measuring just 4050mm long.
FULL STORY : Volkswagen unveils $40,000 electric vehicle concept ‘for the people’
IDENTIFIER. 2all not cheap enough? Volkswagen has something else planned
Volkswagen has announced “despite all the challenges” its intention to launch an electric vehicle (EV) even more affordable than the ID. 2all compact electric vehicle concept.
The German automaker said it would launch by 2026 and cost less than €20,000, which when converted directly to Australian dollars equates to nearly $32,000.
For context, the production version of the ID. 2all will start at less than €25,000, which converts directly to almost A$40,000.
FULL STORY : Volkswagen plans entry-level electric vehicle at polo prices
Chevy’s Updated Silverado Pricing
The updated Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has landed in Australia.
Opening the updated lineup is the ZR2, which combines a suite of tougher exterior parts with a range of hardware upgrades designed to take the Silverado deeper into the wild.
The updated Silverado also gets a new, more luxurious interior.
FULL STORY : 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Price and Specs
BMW slugs iX1 with price hike ahead of launch
Turns out we were wrong – the BMW iX1 was subject to price increases like its combustion-powered X1 sibling before it even hit local showrooms.
Following confirmation of increases of up to $6,000 for the standard X1 lineup, CarExpert confirmed that the all-electric iX1 xDrive30 is now $2,000 more, priced at $84,900 plus road charges.
It also looks like the iX1 has lost some standard equipment as well.
FULL STORY : BMW’s smallest EV now costs $2,000 more before hitting dealerships
Mercedes-Benz refreshes its smallest SUVs
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its updated GLA and GLB ranges, with refreshed styling and a range of electrified powertrains.
The updates closely mirror those already applied to the updated Class A and CLA ranges.
The updated GLB range will arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2023.
FULL STORY : Mercedes-Benz’s smallest SUV gets an update
FULL STORY : Mercedes-Benz updates its smallest three-row SUV
New Passat, Tiguan here this year
Volkswagen will launch its next-generation midsize SUV in 2023.
The company has confirmed that the next Tiguan will debut this year in Europe, hinting at a potential local launch in 2024.
As for the Passat, it will also debut this year in Europe, but it’s not guaranteed to come here.
FULL STORY : When the next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is launched
FULL STORY : The next Volkswagen Passat will debut soon, but will it come here?
SsangYong unveils bold new electric SUV
SsangYong has unveiled the electric version of its Torres SUV and plans to introduce many more new models later this month.
Previously named U100, the new Torres EVX will slot above the Korando e-Motion in the SsangYong lineup.
The company has released exterior and interior images of the new electric vehicle ahead of an in-person reveal at the 2023 Seoul Mobility Show, which runs from March 30 to April 9.
FULL STORY : SsangYong unveils bold new electric SUV
Mercedes-Benz unveils sleeker GLC Coupe
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe has been unveiled and, as before, it marries the GLC crossover front with a fastback-style rear.
Like its more practical sibling, the GLC Coupe has a more rounded and sportier body, and rides on the rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive MRA platform.
A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson has confirmed that the GLC Coupe will arrive in Q4 2023, with details to be announced closer to that date.
FULL STORY : Mercedes-Benz unveils sleek new BMW X4 rival
Porsche Cayenne goes green
Porsche said it expects 80% of total sales to be all-electric vehicles by the end of the decade, with the automaker launching at least four new electric vehicles before 2030.
In order to achieve its electric vehicle goal, the Zuffenhausen-based automaker has confirmed that 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 which could be a derivative of the scalable systems platform designed to unify the Volkswagen Group’s EV architectures.
FULL STORY : Porsche sales will be almost all-electric by 2030, Cayenne EV coming soon
Audi’s electric vehicle rollout will continue with a new entry-level model
Audi’s annual press conference recaps a banner year for the company, along with the announcement of an upcoming entry-level electric vehicle (EV) that will sit below the Q4 e-tron.
In the annual review, CEO Markus Duesmann confirmed that Audi will launch 20 new vehicles by 2025, 10 of which will be electric vehicles.
“By 2027, we aim to offer an all-electric vehicle in every major segment,” Duesmann said.
FULL STORY : Audi plans attack on electric vehicles, including replacement of the A3
Ferrari unveils new convertible grand tourer
Much like the Colosseum, the Ferrari Roma is now open to the elements.
Revealed overnight, the first customer deliveries of the new Roma Spider in Australia will begin in late 2023 or early 2024.
It has a fabric top that can be lowered in 13.5 seconds and at speeds of up to 60 km/h. Ferrari claims that the Roma’s five-layer fabric roof “provides acoustic comfort comparable to that of retractable hardtops”.
FULL STORY : Ferrari drops the roof of its Roma grand tourer