Autocar June 23, 2021

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1 min
will bollore’s bold vision save jaguar?

JAGUAR’S DRAMATIC change of course was the undoubted headline of the blockbuster Reimagine presentation by JLR CEO Thierry Bolloré back in February about the future of the company. Jaguar was to go not only all-electric but also push upmarket and leave behind its entire BMW-aping current range. Upmarket doesn’t mean moving Jaguar’s target from BMW to Bentley, as Bolloré revealed to us this week in his first interview since then (p8), but instead moving into that sweet spot where Range Rovers exist: uniquely styled and positioned premium products that wear luxury price tags. In the meantime, Jaguar has relatively new and entirely differently positioned models it needs to sell with a cloud hanging over their relevance. Bolloré knows Jaguar’s current cars are objectively as good as they’ve ever been, but they’re still…

4 min
new lexus ev blazes a trail for performance-led line-up

Lexus has vowed to offer a dynamic driving experience in its future models as part of a rapid and wide-reaching electrification programme – and it will kick off its new-era line-up in 2022 with its first dedicated electric car. The Japanese luxury brand’s new EV, previewed by the radical LFZ Electrified concept, will be its second pure-electric model, following the UX 300e. It’s also set to be the first Lexus to use the new e-TNGA architecture jointly developed by parent company Toyota and technical partner Subaru. As such, it will initiate a new era of design for Lexus models and usher in a raft of new technological solutions, which, the brand hopes, will help it to drastically expand its sales footprint. Lexus will launch 10 new hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric models…

1 min
hydrogen fuel cell lexus possible

Lexus parent company Toyota remains committed to developing hydrogen fuel cell technology as an alternative to battery electrification and recently launched the second generation of its Mirai FCEV saloon. The Mirai uses the same lengthened version of the GA platform as Lexus’s LC coupé and LS saloon, suggesting the fuel cell powertrain could also make its way into one of the premium brand’s models. Pascal Ruch said: “Possibly, one day, you will see a Lexus fuel cell. It’s not impossible.” However, he refused to be drawn on which segment such a vehicle could occupy and emphasised that it “would have to be different” from the Mirai. In 2016, Lexus showed the sleek, hydrogen-fuelled LF-FC saloon concept (above) as a preview of a production model that was originally planned for launch by 2020.…

1 min
subaru and toyota plot siblings

SUBARU SOLTERRA Subaru collaborated with Toyota on the development of the e-TNGA architecture and will first use the underpinnings for its new Solterra SUV, due in 2022. Positioned as a C-segment SUV of a similar size to the ICE-fuelled Forester, it will mark a drastic styling evolution for the Japanese brand and is likely to offer front-, rear- and four-wheel-drive layouts. TOYOTA bZ4X Angular, RAV4-inspired styling cues and a spacious interior will mark out Toyota’s electric SUV – previewed by a near-ready concept earlier this year – from its Subaru and Lexus siblings. It will set a new design tone for the firm and promises to offer a competitive range, thanks in part to its on-board solar charging system.…

1 min
we ride shotgun in the new rs3

“We’ve been given the freedom to develop a much more agile car,” says Norbert Gösl, grinning, as we start the third lap of Audi’s test track. The RS3 devours trickier sections with the enthusiasm of a dedicated sports car, its five-cylinder engine pulling hard down the short straights and out of the corners, while breathing noisily through the new exhaust in a manner reminiscent of the old Audi Quattro. From the passenger seat, I sense a new-found eagerness to the RS3. It corners relatively flat, the reworked suspension controlling lean angles as lateral forces rise. I can also feel exactly what Audi Sport set out to achieve in providing torque vectoring functionality for the rear axle. The handling response and overall grip are considerable. It feels incredibly sharp and nimble from where I’m…

5 min
drift mode for faster new rs3

Audi’s upcoming third-generation RS3 has adopted a new four-wheel drive system to deliver enhanced performance and greater agility over the outgoing car, as well as a dedicated drift mode for use on the track. Audi Sport’s smallest RS model is set for UK delivery in hatchback and saloon bodystyles in September and is the first in a series of the performance division’s models to gain a new torque splitter, supplied by Magna. It replaces the multi-plate disc clutch and rear differential of the previous RS3’s Haldex four-wheel drive system. Comprising two electronically controlled clutches – one on each of the rear driveshafts – it provides the soon-to-be-unveiled new RS3 with faster and more accurate apportioning of drive between the front and rear axles. It also enables individual torque allocation to each of…