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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will undergo Australian testing and tuning

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will undergo Australian testing and tuning

Jeep has revealed that the soon-to-land new Grand Cherokee will undergo pre-production testing in Australia, before hitting showroom floors late 2021. It’s a move that has paid dividends for the likes of Kia, Hyundai and Toyota, who have followed up off-shore vehicle development with smaller, localised testing and validation programmes...

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Jeep Wrangler V8 and 4Xe plug-in hybrid still a chance for Australia
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Jeep Wrangler V8 and 4Xe plug-in hybrid still a chance for Australia

There is still a chance that Australia will get V8-powered and plug-in hybrid variants of the iconic Jeep Wrangler, as the American manufacturer rolls out new models and electrified powertrains around the world...


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Petrol and hybrid only, no diesel
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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Petrol and hybrid only, no diesel

The upcoming 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come to Australia with petrol and hybrid engines – with diesel power to be dropped for the new model. This has been confirmed by Jeep global boss Christian Meunier, who told CarAdvice that Jeep is hellbent on becoming a market leader in electrified SUVs, both in Australia and around the world...


Jeep Grand Wagoneer ruled out for Australia
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Jeep Grand Wagoneer ruled out for Australia

The 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer won't be coming to Australia, as the new large luxury SUV will be only produced in left-hand-drive. While going on the record as ‘very committed’ to expanding the range of right-hand drive vehicles coming to markets like Australia, global Jeep head Christian Meunier broke the news about the brand’s forthcoming large luxury SUV in a recent interview with CarAdvice...


Jeep remains committed to right-hand-drive markets, including Australia
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Jeep remains committed to right-hand-drive markets, including Australia

Jeep has reaffirmed its commitment to right-hand drive markets around the world – including Australia – and has ambitious plans to become a top-10 brand. This comes as Jeep is embarks on a major line-up overhaul – including new models and electrified powertrains – many of which are coming to Australia...


2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL review
Rating: 810 /10
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2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GXL review

Toyota's perennial off-road SUV has been updated, including a decent tickle under the bonnet. Is it enough to keep this Australian favourite up to date?

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2020 Ram 1500 Warlock off-road review
Rating: 810 /10
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2020 Ram 1500 Warlock off-road review

Big, brash and brutish. But can the Ram 1500 survive a weekend bashing around in the bush?


2021 Jeep Gladiator pricing to start from $65,000 with new entry model – UPDATE: Due Q1 2021
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2021 Jeep Gladiator pricing to start from $65,000 with new entry model – UPDATE: Due Q1 2021

UPDATE, 15 January 2021: Jeep missed the initial 'late 2020' arrival date for the Gladiator Sport S, but has confirmed to CarAdvice that the new entry-level variant will arrive by the end of March (Q1) 2021. 18 June 2020: Jeep has slashed $10,000 off the starting price of the 2021 Gladiator ute range, just weeks after the model went on sale in Australia...


Black Bullet: GWM Cannon ute to take on Ranger Raptor
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Black Bullet: GWM Cannon ute to take on Ranger Raptor

GWM (previously Great Wall Motors) has unveiled the Black Bullet concept ute at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show – a potential challenger to the high-performance four-wheel drive pick-up market dominated by Ford's Ranger Raptor. The Black Bullet is based on the all-new four-wheel drive GWM Ute, which is beginning to arrive in Australian showrooms...


Project Cars: 2001 Land Rover Defender 130 – Update

Project Cars: 2001 Land Rover Defender 130 – Update

The first introduction of my old Land Rover Defender was brief, without too much detail or history. In this instalment, we delve into the story of buying and modifying the Defender, and some of the adventures we've had since. After my 1971 Series IIA Land Rover – my daily driver at the time – failed its annual roadworthy test in spectacular form many years ago, I decided to get something a little bit newer...


2020 Jeep Compass long-term update: Infotainment and tech

2020 Jeep Compass long-term update: Infotainment and tech

Base by name, but not by nature. The Compass Night Eagle has some solid inclusion of tech.


Toyota and BHP begin trialling electric LandCruiser 70 Series
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Toyota and BHP begin trialling electric LandCruiser 70 Series

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, and Australian mining giant BHP, have begun trialling an electric-powered Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series for usage in the mining industry. Converted to full electric power by Toyota's Product Planning and Development division in Port Melbourne, the LandCruiser looks to use the diesel production car's existing live axles and front coil/rear leaf suspension setup...


2021 Kia Niro confirmed, order books open soon
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2021 Kia Niro confirmed, order books open soon

The 2021 Kia Niro has been officially confirmed for Australia, with order books set to open between April and June this year. Along with the fully electric E-Niro, Australia will also get Kia's small SUV in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the Niro. The closed-loop hybrid is expected to be the volume-seller, as Kia is keen to tap into Australia’s appetite for efficient, electrified SUVs...


2021 Kia Carnival review: Australian first drive
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2021 Kia Carnival review: Australian first drive

Thinking about buying a large SUV for your growing family, with no plans of going off-road? Don't. Buy this instead.

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2021 Kia Carnival still a chance for five stars, despite no centre airbag
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2021 Kia Carnival still a chance for five stars, despite no centre airbag

The 2021 Kia Carnival is still a chance for a five-star ANCAP safety rating – despite not being fitted with a centre airbag. Becoming increasingly common in new cars, the centre airbag is used to reduce the impact between the two front occupants during the new Far Side Impact Test...