CAR Condensed: your weekly news briefing

Published: 27 September 2019

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Welcome to CAR Condensed, our weekly round-up of the key news stories, new cars and announcements from the past seven days. From driving the landmark Porsche Taycan electric car to hearing more spec details of the new Aston Martin SUV,  it's all in our handy look back at the past week.

1. Aston Martin's DBX will be one quick SUV

Aston Martin DBX news

More details dropped of the new DBX super-crossover this week, as Aston counts down to its world debut this winter. We now know that it'll be powered by the same raucous 4.0-litre AMG-supplied twin-turbo V8 as the Vantage junior supercar, producing 543bhp and 516lb ft here to make the DBX one of the brawniest SUVs on sale. Get the full story here.

2. Porsche Taycan driven

Porsche Taycan review

This one's been a long time coming: the first all-electric Porsche has had a long gestation since that landmark first Mission E saloon was shown back in 2016 - but they've finally launched the production version and we drove it this week. 'The Taycan is an incredible technical achievement,' gushed Adam Binnie. 'It does the things we all enjoy about driving – accelerating, braking, going around corners - with supreme alacrity, and features a massive well of capability largely untapped by normal driving.' Click here for our full review.

3. Volvo XC40 gets an electric sibling

Volvo XC40 electric news

From e-Porsches to battery-powered Volvos. We've always known there'd be an all-electric version of the XC40 - and this week we saw it for the first time. It'll be unveiled at an event in Los Angeles in October 2019 and the Swedes gave us a glimpse of the skateboard chassis and clever battery cell packaging. Click here for more on the Volvo XC40.

4. The Japanese do an Allroad: the Corolla Trek is here

Toyota Corolla Trek

It's not just Volvo, Subaru and the VW Group who can do toughed-up estate cars, you know... we saw the Japanese take on the genre this week in the shape of the knobblier, higher Toyota Corolla Trek Estate. Done in conjunction with the mountain bike brand, this is a series production car but done as something of a special edition for now. We'll watch its commerical success with interest... More here

5. Maserati goes electric

Maserati Alfieri: one of the first electrified Masers

Nobody can ignore the trend for electrification - and even top-end Maserati, on the outer fringes of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) empire, can escape the drive for silent motoring. This Modena laid out its plans for a series of electric Masers and you can read all about it in our handy explainer here.

6. Audi's RS7 blunderbuss

Audi RS7: driven this week

It's not all electric this and battery that. Audi Sport proved there's still life yet in the old petrol engine with its sledgehammer RS7 Sportback, powered by an old-school V8. 'Fast, comfortable, sounds great and has agile handling - and as long as you don’t feel guilty about driving it, you’ll find it a very capable all-rounder capable of raising a smile,' reckoned our road tester Keith Adams. Read our full review right here.

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