While supply chain issues continue to hamper automotive production and sales, they have not stopped automakers from announcing new and redesigned models.
A slew of fully electric vehicles is coming in 2023, and while these seem to be the hot new trend, there are plenty of gas-powered and hybrid vehicles hitting the market, too.
We look at the most notable releases due to appear on our roads this year.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale
On sale: Q1 2023
Pricing: Starting at $46,590 for the entry Ti trim or $49,090 for the more luxurious Veloce trim.
Finally on sale in Q1 of this year, the Alfa Romeo Tonale will be available after debuting almost 4 years ago. The compact Tonale crossover adds a much needed third model to Alfa’s line-up. Handsomely Alfa, but on a smaller scale, it appears more hatchback than SUV, compared to its bigger sibling, the Stelvio.
It will be available as a plug-in hybrid only after Alfa dropped the 2.0-liter gas engine option to reduce Co2 emissions. Estimated range is 320 miles, 30 miles of which are on electricity alone.
2023 BMW M2
On Sale: Q2 2023
Yes, the M2 has a racier exterior than the regular 2-series coupe, but its twin-turbocharged inline-six also pumps out 453 horsepower—just 20 horsepower shy of the M3’s standard engine. BMW estimates it will be capable of hitting 60 mph in under four seconds when equipped with the eight-speed automatic.
BMW purists will be thankful that the M2 does not feature the aggressive large grille of the M3 sedan or M4 coupe.
2023 Ferrari Purosangue
On Sale: Sometime this year
The wait has been long, but the first ever SUV in Ferrari’s history, the Purosangue, arrives this year. Reports say that the automaker has been overwhelmed with orders and has already accrued a two-year waiting list. So, while the Purosangue is on the way, even if you have the financial means to buy this $400k plus vehicle, you are unlikely to get one if you're not on that list. Not for a few years, anyway.
Skeptical fans of Ferrari need not worry whether an SUV model can produce the same supercar performance – the Purosangue’s roaring 6.5-liter, 715-hp twelve-cylinder engine, can power it to 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 193 mph.
We will leave judgment on the Purosangue's looks to you.
2024 Ford Mustang
On Sale: Orders being taken Summer 2023
Pricing: $30,000 estimated starting
Mustang enthusiasts will be delighted that Ford has decided to bring forward a 7th generation gas-powered Mustang in a market where other muscle car makers are ditching gas in favor of electric. The styling of the 2024 Mustang exterior remains largely unchanged and is more a modern interpretation of the classic looks but with increased power and more technology. It will be offered in both hardtop coupe and soft top convertible body styles.
2023 Honda Accord
On Sale: Late January 2023
Pricing: $27,295 starting
Is this the best-looking Accord ever? We think so! The 11th generation Accord has a fastback roofline and blacked out grille which gives it the looks of an upscale vehicle, while having a price tag sub $35K. The cabin also gets a big tech upgrade with a new modern and sporty feel. The powerful hybrid-electric system, offered on the Sport model and higher trims, is a key step in Honda's electrification strategy and achieves impressive fuel economy of up 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg combined (EX-L trim).
2023 Lexus RZ 450e
On sale: Early 2023
Pricing: $55k approx.
The first fully electric Lexus – the brand’s own version of the Toyota bZ4X – comes with the usual luxury trappings expected from Lexus, however its range lags well behind its competitors. With just 200-225 miles on a single charge, it is lower than the likes of Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 which can go 300 miles between charges. If range is less of an issue, then the upscale interior cabin may make the RZ more attractive. With a large 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, panoramic roof, and radiant heating, the interior also comes with an option steering ‘yoke’ (more motorcycle handlebars than wheel), which features no top section, allowing better visibility of both the instruments and the road.
2023 Toyota Crown
On Sale: Early 2023
Pricing: $39,950 starting price.
The Crown comes into the US market for the first time since 1972 and is slated to replace Toyota’s Avalon sedan. However, its looks are a far cry from the dull dad-mobile styling of the Avalon. At 4.1 inches taller than an Avalon, the Crown features a sportback shape and hovers between the look of a luxurious sedan but with the elevated cabin of a SUV. All models come with a hybrid powertrain, although a plug-in hybrid is also expected.
While the bold design might not be to everyone’s taste, especially with the two-tone paint option, the Crown offers something new and innovative in today’s car market for those looking for a roomy, 5-passenger vehicle.
2023 Toyota Prius
On Sale: Q1 2023
Pricing: $28,545 - $39,090
The 5th generation of the Prius is quite a looker. No longer do you have to decide between looks and saving the planet. Its striking new styling from front to back (albeit 1.4” less headroom) and a more powerful engine, might just mean the new Prius may finally be the cool we want to own. The most powerful version of the Prius to date, there are considerable gains in performance, with 0 to 60 mph achieved in around 7 seconds: much quicker than the 10.7 seconds of the last model. And, fuel efficiency? How does 57mpg (57 city/56 highway) grab you?
The 2024 Corvette E-Ray will go on sale later this year. It will be the first Corvette with a hybrid engine and the first to feature all-wheel drive. No longer will owners have to store their Corvette over the winter. With all-season tires, too, the E-Ray will handle all weather challenges, be it snow, rain, mud or ice. It will also be the fastest-accelerating Corvette model ever, with a 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Starting price is $104,000.
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