This week in information: 20-24 February

We publish a ton of automobile information tales through the working week, and it may be robust to maintain up with the whole lot – which is the rationale behind this weekend listing.

Briefly, listed below are some key articles from our information desk since Monday of this week summarised, simply in case you missed them on the time.

Spy photograph bonanza

This week was a busy one for spy photographers, each skilled and newbie. Automobiles spied included:

Ford F-150 priced for Australia

Orders for the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado-rivalling Ford F-150 pickup have now opened forward of first arrivals within the third quarter of this yr.

The F-150 vary begins at $106,950 earlier than on-road prices for the XLT SWB in Australia, and extends to $140,945 earlier than on-roads for the Lariat LWB.

The primary batch of automobiles set to be remanufactured from left- to right-hand drive is now on a ship to Australia from Dearborn, Michigan.

FULL STORY: Ford F-150 now on sale and it’s cheaper than we anticipated
FULL STORY: 2023 Ford F-150 value and specs

Mini provides manuals a miss

Mini Australia has confirmed it received’t return a guide transmission choice to its current-generation fashions.

This newest growth follows the corporate axing the guide choice as a result of semiconductor and wiring harness shortages in Could final yr and the native division saying it could initially return in early 2023.

FULL STORY: Mini manuals axed: Will they ever return in Australia?

Orders for many present Volkswagen Tiguans could not reopen

Provide of the Volkswagen Tiguan has seen its share of interruptions, and CarExpert understands the German model is selecting to wind up gross sales forward of the arrival of a alternative.

Volkswagen has already confirmed it has paused orders for the all-wheel drive 132TSI, 147TDI and 162TSI, however CarExpert understands these are unlikely to be reopened.

With the debut of a new-generation five-seat Tiguan imminent – as seen in more and more revealing spy pictures, suggesting a reveal this yr – CarExpert understands orders will possible stay paused till the brand new mannequin arrives.

FULL STORY: Orders for many present Volkswagen Tiguans could not reopen

All good issues…

Anybody shopping for a brand new Cupra might want to fork out for servicing from the top of March.

Having launched Down Underneath with three years of free servicing throughout its vary, the Spanish subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group will cost clients $990 for a three-year upkeep pack from March 31, 2023.

That value applies to the Ateca, Formentor, Leon, and incoming Born EV.

FULL STORY: Cupra ending free servicing deal in Australia

BMW reveals up to date hi-po SUV duo

After revealing the updates for the X5 and X6, BMW has proven off their flagship M Competitors variants.

The 2024 BMW X5 M Competitors and X6 M Competitors’s new twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine has 48V mild-hybrid know-how, whereas the hi-po SUVs obtain numerous inside and exterior upgrades like their cheaper stablemates.

Buyer deliveries of the up to date efficiency SUVs are anticipated to start within the third quarter of this yr, with the X5 M Competitors priced at $241,900 earlier than on-road prices and the X6 M Competitors at $247,900 earlier than on-roads.

FULL STORY: 2024 BMW X5 and X6 M Competitors value and specs: V8 mild-hybrids right here this yr

How Bentley is sending off the long-lasting W12

Bentley will finish manufacturing of its iconic W12 engine in April 2024, sending it off within the unique Batur.

Simply 18 examples of the Batur can be handcrafted by the model’s Mulliner division, powered by an uprated model of the twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 producing 552kW of energy at 5500rpm and 1000Nm of torque between 1750 and 5000rpm.

It has obtained reworked consumption, exhaust and cooling methods to unencumber the additional energy and torque, together with a closely revised engine calibration. The transmission has additionally been recalibrated to deal with the additional grunt.

FULL STORY: Bentley plans to ship off its legendary W12 in fashion

2023 Mazda CX-8 costs up in up to date, reshuffled vary

Mazda has priced its up to date CX-8 vary, due in showrooms in March.

The updates largely mirror these utilized to the associated CX-5, together with a brand new Touring Lively trim degree, obtainable within the three-row crossover solely with the two.2-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine.

Nonetheless, this has come on the expense of final yr’s petrol and diesel Touring SP and GT variants, all changed by a GT SP trim.

FULL STORY: 2023 Mazda CX-8 costs up in up to date, reshuffled vary

Mercedes-Benz invitations you to take selfies, watch TikToks in new E-Class

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new E-Class’ tech-loaded inside, with new options equivalent to a selfie digicam, TikTok functionality, and immersive sound know-how.

Preliminary deliveries of the new-generation E-Class will start in Europe within the northern summer time, with the mannequin anticipated to reach regionally nearer to 2024.

The dashboard of the brand new E-Class might be geared up with the MBUX Superscreen which, just like the MBUX Hyperscreen of the EQE and EQS, sees screens cowl the dashboard from pillar-to-pillar.

FULL STORY: 2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class helps you to play TikToks and Offended Birds

ANCAP round-up

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Lexus RX have each obtained five-star rankings from security authority ANCAP.

The previous scored a document excessive 97 per cent within the grownup occupant safety space of evaluation, which places it on par with the Tesla Mannequin Y SUV on this class.

FULL STORY: Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV scores five-star ANCAP security ranking
FULL STORY: Lexus RX receives five-star ANCAP security ranking