Car announcements – August 2022

Published on August 23rd, 2022 | by Matthew Albutt

August has been filled with more vehicle updates than announcements which now include release dates. This month we take a look at 4 announcements/updates from a range of manufacturers that will suit a number of different needs.

  • Ford Ranger Raptor

    The next generation Ford Ranger Raptor has arrived. Developed by Ford Performance this Raptor introduces an all new twin turn 3.0 litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine, tuned to produce 288PS and 491Nm of torque.

    Compared to the other models in the range, the Raptor has a unique chassis with specific mounts and reinforcements, along with redesigned suspension to make it a real off-road vehicle ready for anything. There’s an anti-lag system which boosts throttle response and keeps the turbo spinning when the driver lifts off, and is similar to the setup seen in the Ford GT.

    Visually, the Raptor has a bespoke grille with massive badging which has been inspired by the F-150 Raptor currently sold in the US. You also get flared wheel arches, 17in alloy wheels with chunky all-terrain tyres, and matrix LED headlights.

    Find out more on the Ford press site here.

  • Mazda CX-60

    Orders for the brand new Mazda CX-60 are already live. It’s a giant step for Mazda as it brings it’s first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) to the UK market. First impressions also look impressive.

    The Mazda CX-60 combines a Skyactiv-G 2.5 litre four cylinder petrol engine with a 100kW electric motor and a 17.8kWh high capacity battery. This offers a WLTP combined fuel consumption of 188mpg and a WLTP combined CO2 emissions of only 33g/km. The electric motor offers 39 miles of pure electric powered driving with the car running at 62mph or less. Twinned with the petrol engine the CX-60 can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds.

    The Mazda CX-60 follows the same design principles as other Mazda’s with a human-centric approach.

    The UK market has three trim levels available; Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi. This is also enhanced with the ability to add two options packs; Convenience Pack and Driver Assistance Pack.

    The range starts with 18″ wheels on the Exclusive-Line, which increases to 20″ on the other two trim levels. Standard level of equipment is really good across all trim levels with automatic headlights and wipers, power liftgate, smart keyless entry, blind spot monitoring and a bunch more safety equipment.

    Find more on the Mazda CX-60 here.

  • Dodge Charger SRT EV

    Although just a concept at the moment, the Dodge Charge Daytona SRT is actually an electric vehicle, and if it goes into production, will be the first electric muscle car on the market.

    It’s claimed to be more powerful than the current Hellcat with the option for power to come from two electric motors – although official figures haven’t been shared.

    One of the most interesting features is the Dodge actually makes the noise of a V8 thanks to something called the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system. This allows the throttle to control a speaker up to 126dB, which should be as loud as the Hellcat V8 on full throttle.

    We are hoping that Dodge decide to put the Charger Daytona EV into production, and if they do, we really hope they keep many of the features and design elements from the concept version. We also hope it will be available in the UK market.

    For more information visit the Dodge US site here.

  • MG4 EV

    The MG4 EV is the first of a series of MG models using advanced Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), which utilises state of the art battery architecture that will underpin the next generation of MG models.

    Initially the MG4 will be launched with battery capacities from 51kWh to 64kWh and between 218-281 miles range on the WLTP cycle.

    Standard features include a 10.25″ colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, iSMART app connectivity, and the MG Pilot suite of driver assistance systems.

    For more information on the MG4 EV click here.

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