Lots of pricing, lots of specs, not many manuals

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks.

To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here. Check them out, and let us know what caught your eye.


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti announced from $78,900

After accidentally giving the world a peek at its plans earlier this year, Alfa Romeo has unveiled the Australian-market Stelvio Ti. It's powered by the 206kW four-cylinder engine from the Giulia Veloce, and priced from $78,900 before on-road costs.

Get the full breakdown here


2018 Renault Megane RS pricing leaked

A leaked dealer bulletin has revealed Renault Megane RS pricing, ahead of the car's official arrival later this year. You'll pay $44,990 before on-roads for the RS280 manual, or $47,490 for the dual-clutch, plus another $1490 for the Cup Pack on manual vehicles.

Get excited for this French hottie here


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Trim becomes standard for MY19

All Australian-delivered Volkswagen Golf GTIs from October will get a 180kW/370Nm engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an electro-mechanical front differential lock. That's about it... except it isn't, because there's no manual option. WE REPEAT, NO MANUAL.

Read it and weep


2018 Audi RS4 Avant pricing and specs

Who loves a hot wagon? Audi is known for its powerful load-luggers, and the RS4 Avant fits the mould perfectly. All-wheel drive, 331kW and pumped-up guards – what more could you ask for?

Salivate here


2019 Ford Ranger pricing and specs

The Ranger is available with autonomous-emergency braking for the first time, bringing it closer to the Mercedes-Benz X-Class in spec. It won't be cheap, but it's not going to be X-Class money either.

Get learned here


2019 Kia Sportage unveiled

It looks similar to before, but the new Sportage packs some interesting tech under the skin. With a new hybrid system and a revised turbo-diesel engine, the car promises to be quicker and more efficient than before.

It also has a lovely steering wheel


Lexus LC Morphic Blue limited edition arrives from $192,500

 Headlining the Morphic Blue Limited Edition is its exterior finish – Morphic Blue, naturally – which the company says is the product of 15 years of "painstaking advanced technology research" to develop a finish that is "deeper, more lustrous and more blue" than any similar colour seen before it.

Oh, it has a pretty colourful interior, too