It was an exciting week in automotive news, especially in South Africa. This past week, an array of new and facelifted models has been introduced to our shores, with Lexus launching the LC 500 Convertible and updated LS 500, and Jaguar the facelifted F-Pace SVR and XF R-Dynamic Black. Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), meanwhile, has announced the engine options for the upcoming Corolla Cross. We look back at this week’s top five motoring-related news stories…

1. Toyota Corolla Cross engine details confirmed

Corolla Cross
Two engine options will be on offer, a petrol and hybrid.

TSAM has announced the engine line-up and drivetrain details of the upcoming Corolla Cross, with the local arm of the Japanese manufacturer saying they are “proud to announce the inclusion of both conventional petrol and hybrid powertrains”.

2. GALLERY: Unique Porsche 911 by artist Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo Porsche 911
The rear bumper is one of several hand-painted items…

Nelson Makamo, a world-renowned South Africa artist, has recently taken delivery of one of his most personal canvasses yet, a unique 992-generation Porsche 911 Carrera coupé. Named “My Life in Motion”, with this project, Makamo hopes to spark the imagination of African children – to help every young girl and boy see that it is possible to find success through their own passion based on talent, resilience, hard work and the unwavering support of family.

3. Updated, more refined Lexus LS debuts in SA!

Lexus LS 500
The LS 500 is powered by a 3,5-litre V6.

Now more refined than ever, the updated Lexus LS 500 – in Luxury and F Sport guise – has arrived in South Africa, with the local arm of the of the Japanese luxury motor manufacturer revealing pricing for its flagship saloon range.

4. Updated Jaguar F-Pace SVR arrives in SA. We have pricing…

F-Pace SVR
Torque has been increased by 20 N.m.

Boasting more torque and a quicker zero to 100 km/h acceleration time, the facelifted Jaguar F-Pace SVR has blasted into South Africa.

5. Toyota Hilux GR Sport debuts with “motorsport DNA”

Toyota Hilux GR Sport
A duo of Hilux GR Sport bakkies have been unveiled in Thailand…

Toyota Motors Thailand has revealed a duo of Hilux GR Sport derivatives, each “produced with the DNA of motorsports” and sporting a “touch of sportscar style”.