This week on Chasing Vehicles: T6.2 Ranger reviewed, Civic Sort R and X-Path hybrid revealed

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Welcome again to your weekly wrap up of automobile information and opinions, the place we discover all one of the best tales of the week and condense them down into one straightforward learn

How do you enhance on the right automobile? Properly, Honda appears to assume you begin by making it lots much less ‘difficult’ to have a look at, as we noticed this week when it unveiled the new-gen Civic Sort R.

Seems are subjective after all however I don’t assume I used to be alone in my aid when the covers lastly got here off, although what actually issues is the oily bits beneath, which we’ll leap into in a second because the reveal of the Sort R was removed from the one vital occasion this week.

Nissan Patrol 2019 front
The Nissan Patrol affords lots for the cash, as we discovered in our evaluation

This week we noticed a variety of business information with Bosch working exhausting to hurry up semiconductor manufacturing, ANCAP rolling out new security standards and we noticed extra prototypes of the inbound Mitsubishi Triton being put to the take a look at on public roads.

On the evaluation entrance, we put the Nissan Patrol to the take a look at off-road, took our first drive within the Cupra Born and most significantly – drove Ford’s T6.2 Ranger for the primary time.

This week we lastly received to evaluation the T6.2 Ranger

New-gen Ford Ranger reviewed

The outgoing Ford Ranger is the second best-selling automobile in Australia, and as we discovered on our dual-cab mega take a look at, one of the best ute available on the market, so how does the brand new one stack up?

Contributor Iain Curry examined out the Ranger Vary on the official launch and got here away impressed with the strong driving dynamics and modernised cabin which integrates new tech with out making your life tougher. To not point out, that new V6 turbo-diesel engine is a peach.

Ford Ranger Sport 2022 rear offroading
We’ve reviewed the entire Ranger line-up

It wasn’t all excellent news although, the leaf-sprung rear finish nonetheless affords a jittery experience and the Ranger is a little more costly than it was however it’s clearly a worth Aussies are prepared to pay.

We’ve revealed each a written and video evaluation of the Ranger – together with a separate written evaluation of the Wildtrak V6 variant. 

Honda Civic Sort R revealed

After a lot teasing, Honda lastly unveiled the Civic Sort R this week debuting a much more conservative look – which continues to be a bit spicy because of its black spoiler.

The inside is trimmed in a traditional shade of crimson and we all know from testing the common Civic that the contact and really feel of the cabin needs to be noticeably higher on the brand new Sort R.

Honda unveiled the Civic Sort R with a extra mature appears

New know-how like a digital instrument cluster sits beside the long-lasting billet shift knob, displaying you can modernise a automobile whereas retaining custom.

A six-speed handbook transmission stays and is mated to Honda’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC engine which is alleged to be extra highly effective than outdated mannequin which boasted outputs of 228kW/400Nm.

Nissan X-Path Hybrid unveiled

Nissan unveiled the fourth-generation X-Path for the Japanese market this week and armed it solely with its ePower hybrid system which is predicted to reach in Australia in 2023. 

With Nissan’s Variable Compression petrol engine performing as a generator for the 150kW/330Nm entrance and 100kW/195Nm rear electrical motor, the X-Path’s ePower system operates greater than an EV than a conventional hybrid like a Toyota RAV4, however we don’t but know which setup is extra environment friendly. 

Nissan X-Trail ePower 2022 front 3/4 driving
Nissan unveiled the X-Path hybrid with a potent AWD system

These outputs are nothing to be made gentle of, and will make the X-Path a really fast SUV, particularly contemplating Nissan’s eForce know-how proves the motors with the flexibleness to ship extra energy to the surface wheel throughout corners to tighten your driving line.

A alternative of FWD and AWD choices will probably be obtainable in Japan – together with the choice of each five- and seven-seats, although what specification involves Australia stays to be seen.

All of the automobiles and SUVs we reviewed this week:

We love a Toyota LC300 however bloody hell are they costly; enter the Nissan Patrol Ti, a fully-loaded and V8-equipped base mannequin that has gained a variety of hearts in Australia – so is it well worth the reward?

The Isuzu MU-X sits within the highly regarded phase of seven-seat 4WDs however units itself aside by correctly specializing in providing an enormous quantity of inside house and security that makes it a really interesting possibility for household patrons – in addition to an excellent journey automobile. 

Kia Niro Electric GT-Line-4
The second-generation Kia Niro affords a comparatively inexpensive manner into EV motoring

The Cupra Born is on its technique to Australia and editor Tom Baker scored our first abroad drive to seek out out if the RWD sizzling hatch was any good. 

Kia’s second-generation Niro Electrical has now landed in Australia and affords a (comparatively) inexpensive manner for Aussies to get right into a fully-electric small SUV, with the brand new mannequin displaying a real enchancment over its predecessor in terms of on a regular basis livability. 

Different automobile and SUV information we lined this week:


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