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From EVs and crossovers to rad new sportscars, here are the models you need to watch out for in 2023
We are well into 2022 and we have already seen most of what we can expect, in terms of new models. That said, 2023 is expected to be even more interesting as a lot of carmakers bring out completely different models from their usual portfolio. Moreover, some of our iconic models will undergo substantial changes. With this in mind, here are some new cars for 2023, you should be most excited about.
2022 is the last year of the current, S550-generation Ford Mustang. In March 2023, the next S650 generation of the pony car is going to hit the road.
Both the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 are available. However, they will be part of a hybrid system. This could also mean all-wheel drive for the S650 Mustang, but at this point, it is too early to tell. The 10-speed automatic is expected to make a comeback, but nothing is being said about the manual version, yet. Ford is keeping a tight lip about the extent of hybridization, but it’s almost certainly going to be a plug-in or a full hybrid.
Porsche is in an interesting place at the moment. The company’s work on synthetic fuels proves that it is not fully committed to a fully electric future. That said, Porsche still plans to capitalize on the increasingly popular EV segment, by expanding its EV lineup, and the Macan is the first model to make the transition from internal combustion to electricity, starting in 2023.
At the time of writing this, Porsche is still clearing some quirks, as the electric Macan was spotted multiple times, during cold-weather testing At the same time, we know that the internal combustion-powered Macan is getting axed in 2024, which confirms that the future of Porsche’s compact SUV is purely electric.
While EVs, hybrids, and fuel economy seem to be the focal points of 2023, there are still plenty of new models that rely on internal combustion engines. BMW may have come up with the XM hybrid SUV but in 2023, it’s going to give us another full-size SUV model – the BMW X8. BMW has made it a habit of offering a coupe version of all its SUV models and the X8 is just that.
BMW X8 shares a platform with the X7 and is, essentially, a coupe version of it. Like the X7, the X8 will be powered by a variety of inline-six and V-8 engines, some of which as part of a mild-hybrid system. The sportier look of the X8 comes at the cost of some cargo space and third-row seats, which the X7 has. The BWM X8 will be revealed towards the end of 2022, with sales commencing in 2023.
The C8 Corvette is the first mid-engine production Corvette and as such, it’s one of the hottest sports cars currently on sale. Now, almost two years later, its hotter version, the C8 Z06, debuts and brings another novelty. The 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 has been ditched for a Ferrari-sounding, 5.5-liter, V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft.
The new C8 Z06 mill is good for 670 horsepower at 8,400 RPM and 470 pound-feet (637 Nm) at 6,300 RPM. The gearbox is, once again, an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Production of the Corvette C8 Z06 is scheduled to start in the summer of 2022, which means the first batch of cars will reach customers around 2023.
Hyundai is making good progress, in terms of electrification, and its sub-brand, Ioniq, is about to add a third model to its lineup. After the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, the Korean EV brand brings out the Ioniq 7 – a full-size, three-row SUV that would sit at the top of the model lineup. So far, we know that the Ioniq 7 will offer 350 Kw rapid-charge capability that would allow for 62 miles of range in just five minutes.
The Ioniq 7 is based on Hyundai-Kia’s E-GMP scalable EV platform and would offer up to 100 kWh thanks to Hyundai’s advancement in battery density. Hyundai is yet to reveal power figures, but we do know that the setup will be good for 400 miles (644 km) of range. Hyundai’s electric SUV is expected to debut in the second half of 2023.
Mazda recently confirmed that it is canceling the highly anticipated Mazda 6 sedan, but the only silver lining to this story is that the underpinnings designated for the mid-sized sedan will find their way into the brand’s upcoming CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs. The news was confirmed by Mazda Europe's head of engineering and development, Joachim Kunz, that the Mazda 6 sedan was canceled to make way for a series of crossover SUVs that will prove to be more profitable for the brand.
The new SUVs will feature a widebody design and they will replace the aging Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 SUVs by bringing in a more modern powertrain which will comprise an inline-six as well as a turbo four-cylinder plug-in hybrid variant on an RWD architecture with AWD expected to be standard across the range. Expected to launch in the first half of 2023, the CX70 which is the smaller crossover will feature a 5-seat layout, and the bigger CX90 with a 7-seat layout will take the fight to other three-row premium SUVs like the Telluride and Palisade.
A hot hatchback from Toyota is a rare thing nowadays, but it seems Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s racing division, is on a row, churning out one exciting model after another. After the GR Supra, GR86, and the rally-bred GR Yaris, Toyota recently unveiled the highly-anticipated GR Corolla after the delays caused by COVID 19 but it’s finally here, and it’s arguably the most exciting hot hatch of the year.
The GR Corolla is powered by an amped-up version of the 1.6-liter, inline-three that debuted with the GR Yaris. In this application, it is good for 300 horsepower channeling power to all four wheels, and best of all, it is only available with a six-speed manual. With prices estimated to start at $32,000 for the entry-level model and circuit edition expected to be $40,000, the 2023 GR Corolla will arrive in dealerships by the end of 2022.
The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5, codenamed ND, has been around since 2016. The latest iteration of Mazda’s nimble, light roadster already received an update in 2018 (ND2), but it seems, Mazda isn’t done yet. December 2022 will see the Mazda MX-5 ND3, which will bring a lot more than just a small bump in power for the Miata. This means that the updated ND3 Miata will be on sale in 2023.
At 2,028 pounds (920 kg), the ND3 Miata will be even lighter than the ND2, which weighs 2,182 pounds (990 kg). However, while not confirmed, there have been talks about downsizing and a 1.2-liter. On the plus side, we know that the 2.0 and 1.5-liter units are not going anywhere just yet and the Miata will still come with a six-speed manual, at least until the fully-electric one comes out in 2025.
Vanquish is an old name in the history of Aston Martin models. Among one of the most exciting 2023 cars to debut is the upcoming Vanquish, which will be completely different from any other before it. That’s because the upcoming Aston Martin Vanquish will be a mid-engine supercar that would rival the likes of McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo.
It shares some of its aesthetics with the Aston Martin Valhalla, although a bit less radical. The Vanquish will rely on a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine with 700 horsepower. Production of the 2024 Vanquish will start in 2023, with a starting price of $300,000.
The first Ferrari SUV is a big deal, especially considering the brand’s earlier statements that it will never make one. As far as 2023 cars go, this has to be one of the most unusual ones due in part to the fact, it is barely an SUV. The Purosangue is expected to debut in the first half of 2022, as a 2023 model, and will be the first of several Ferrari models to be unveiled before 2023.
Engine-wise, Ferrari Purosangue will still offer a normally-aspirated V-12. Later, a V-8 version and even a V-6 hybrid are said to be available for the SUV, which Ferrari refers to as an FUV. The expected starting price for the Purosangue is over $300,000.
Audi's recently unveiled the A6 E-Tron Avant Concept which is a major upcoming entrant for Audi in the EV space. This new all-electric version of the A6 is based on the VW group’s latest skateboard architecture similar to the ones that underpin vehicles like the E-Tron SUV and the upcoming Macan EV.} The A6 E-Tron will go head to head with the Mercedes EQE and BMW's highly anticipated i5 sedan.
The E-Tron Avant concept suggests a 100 kWh battery will be the primary power source which should lend it around 430 miles of range on a WLTP cycle, so expect similar figures from the sedan as well With both a sedan and estate version and single as well as dual-motor versions expected at the time of launch, the A6 E-Tron range should arrive in dealerships by early 2023, expect a starting price of around $75,000 with RS models joining the line-up by early 2024 packing a potent dual-motor setup with up to 476 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That sums up our list of some of the new vehicles for 2023.