It’s a Corvette but not as we know it. For starters, the ‘Vette has undergone its most dramatic evolution in 66 years and is now mid-engined. Second, she is officially heading to the UK as a right-wing prostitute. Don’t panic, though: the 6.2-liter V8 stays on, delivering 0-62mph in under three seconds. UK cars will start at £ 81,700 and come standard with manually adjustable suspension, electronic limited slip differential and high performance exhaust. The 911 has a new rival.
The Genesis G70 Shooting Brake, the station wagon model of the G70 sedan, will hit UK roads shortly. It is the company’s first model developed specifically for the European market, offered with a choice of 2.0-liter turbo petrol or 2.2-liter diesel engines, with a potential V6 offering currently under discussion. Pricing information has yet to be disclosed.
The third-generation Honda HR-V is a radical departure, stylistically and mechanically, from the second-generation car, which went out for sale at the end of 2020. Now referred to as the HR-V e: HEV, it is available exclusively with a hybrid powertrain, derived from the petrol-electric trim available in the larger CR-V and Jazz supermini. It retains its raised ground clearance, but adopts a coupe-style sloping roofline and newly designed front to match the next-generation Civic sedan.
A 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine is mated to a pair of electric motors for a combined output of 129 hp and 187 pounds, slightly more than the Jazz, likely due to the HR-V’s larger size . Honda has yet to confirm performance or efficiency data, but based on the Jazz’s WLTP performance, a combined MPG score in the 1950s is likely, with CO2 emissions around 100g / km. Expect a 0-62mph time of around 10.0 seconds and a top speed just north of 100mph.
Lexus used the second-generation version of its NX crossover, which got a 302hp plug-in hybrid option along with a bold new cabin design and evolved exterior styling. The latest iteration of Lexus’ best-selling model in Europe comes shortly after the brand’s announcement that it will ramp up its electrification efforts with 10 new hybrid, PHEV and purely electric models by 2025.