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Highlights of the Week: Track Tests for 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Field Review of 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L, and New Details on Kia EV9

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Track testing commenced for the 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, we conducted a real-world driving assessment of the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L, and both pricing and EPA assessments were disclosed for the forthcoming Kia EV9. This summarizes the noteworthy automotive developments of the week.

The 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been taken to the Nürburgring track as it gears up for its final phase of development. The test models showcased wide-body configurations, specialized aerodynamic kits, and enhanced cooling systems for the powertrain. An official unveiling is anticipated in 2024.

In Stuttgart, Germany, at its safety research center, Mercedes-Benz orchestrated a collision test involving two electric vehicles. The purpose of this experiment was to substantiate that electric cars meet the same safety standards as their internal combustion engine counterparts.

Embarking on a fishing journey to Canada, we evaluated the performance of the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L, which was fully loaded with four adults and corresponding equipment. Despite featuring only a six-cylinder engine, the extended version of the Grand Wagoneer outperformed the brand’s robust 6.4-liter V-8 engine. However, the fuel efficiency was somewhat inconsistent.

Volkswagen is in the process of developing the final Golf GTI model powered by a gasoline engine. The revised version has commenced public road and Nürburgring tests. Cosmetic modifications seem minimal, mainly affecting the front and rear exteriors of the car. A larger touchscreen is also expected to be included in the updated interior.

Lastly, the complete 2024 Kia EV9 series had its pricing and EPA range evaluations released prior to the start of deliveries later this year. The base models are priced at $56,395, with the top-end models potentially exceeding $75,000. According to EPA estimations, the model with the longest range will achieve 304 miles on a full charge, while the most economical option will offer a range of 230 miles.

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What vehicles were the focus of this week’s automotive highlights?

The focus was on the 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L, and the 2024 Kia EV9. Other vehicles mentioned include electric cars tested by Mercedes-Benz for safety and the final gas-engine Volkswagen Golf GTI.

When is the 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 expected to make its debut?

The official unveiling of the 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is anticipated to occur in 2024. The vehicle is currently in its final phase of development and has undergone track testing at the Nürburgring.

What was the purpose of Mercedes-Benz’s crash test involving electric cars?

The objective of Mercedes-Benz’s crash test was to demonstrate that electric vehicles meet the same safety standards as vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. The test was conducted at the company’s safety research facility in Stuttgart, Germany.

How did the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L perform during the field review?

The 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L was evaluated during a fishing trip to Canada, loaded with four adults and their gear. Despite having only a six-cylinder engine, it outperformed Jeep’s larger 6.4-liter V-8. However, fuel efficiency was inconsistent.

What information has been released about the 2024 Kia EV9?

The complete 2024 Kia EV9 lineup had its pricing and EPA range evaluations disclosed. The base model is priced at $56,395, with higher-end models potentially exceeding $75,000. The longest-range model is expected to achieve 304 miles on a full charge, while the most economical model will offer a range of 230 miles.

What is the status of the final gas-engine Volkswagen Golf GTI?

The final gasoline-powered Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently under development. The model has begun testing on public roads and at the Nürburgring. Cosmetic updates appear to be minimal, affecting mainly the front and rear exteriors, with a larger touchscreen expected for the interior.

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JeepLuvr91 October 18, 2023 - 12:18 am

Took the Grand Wagoneer for a test drive last week, and I can say it packs a punch. Though it’s got only six cylinders, it feels like it’s got the power of that 6.4 V8. Fuel economy? Meh, but who buys a Jeep for that lol

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GreenMiles October 18, 2023 - 6:17 am

finally, Mercedes is stepping up to prove that EVs are just as safe as gas cars. way overdue if you ask me.

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ClassicCars4Ever October 18, 2023 - 6:48 am

Sad to see the last gas-engine Golf GTI in development. end of an era, but gotta move with the times I suppose.

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TechSavvy October 18, 2023 - 8:32 am

The new Kia EV9 pricing seems a bit steep, doesn’t it? $56k for a base model is quite a lot but I guess you pay for range and tech.

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RaceTrackRoy October 18, 2023 - 12:08 pm

ZR1 on the Nürburgring? That’s gonna set some records, mark my words. Chevy’s not playin around this time.

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Mike_Drives October 18, 2023 - 6:37 pm

Man, can’t wait for that 2025 Corvette ZR1 to hit the road. track testing at the Nürburgring sounds serious! Those wide-bodies and aero kits? Gotta be a monster.

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SUV_Fan October 18, 2023 - 10:58 pm

304 miles on a full charge for the Kia EV9? Not bad, not bad at all. but the base range could be better, 230 is a bit low.

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