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New Cars for 2023 and 2024 

By: Ron Corbett, APA Staff Writer    

While the Covid pandemic caused the cancellation of auto show Press Days where many vehicles are introduced, the vehicles, planned before the troubles of the last few years, keep coming.

Following is a selection of new vehicles that range from the ready-to-release, like the Acura Integra, to the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Silverado BEV, which are well over a year away. 

The irony is that even though the new vehicles have been introduced, the ability of their makers to actually build them and deliver them to paying customers, is frustratingly uncertain. 

Acura reprises the Integra name that helped establish the brand in Canada 

What's new
After a 21 year absence, Acura reprises the name Integra for an entry-level car that replaces the dated and unloved ILX. Like all of the small Acuras sold in Canada since the inception of the brand, the new Integra is based on the popular Honda Civic.

Comments
Built on the same wheelbase as the current Honda Civic, the other dimensions of the new Integra are very close to those of the Civic hatchback. While the overall silhouette is shared by both cars, the Integra, with its Acura five-corner grille and side profile bearing similar themes to the TLX and RDX, the Integra is a unique vehicle. Inside, the driver faces the same basic TFT gauges, but they bear different graphics than they do on the Civic. The segmented, hockey stick style readouts for coolant temperature and fuel level that are used on the Civic are employed in the Integra as well. The climate controls from the Civic are repurposed in an Integra-specific dashboard. Like the Civic, cabin space is good for a vehicle of this size, and fit and finish are impressive. The iOS-Android cellphone interface and the Alexa audio concierge are standard on the Integra.

Power stems from Honda’s familiar 1.5L turbo four. The 1.5T produces 200 horsepower, 12 more than the same engine in the Civic Touring, but imposes the use of premium fuel, a burden for the owner. Power reaches the front wheels via a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic. A higher-performance model should follow at some point.

Pricing
Acura has announced pricing from $34,350 to $42,550 but there are no trim details, so it isn’t possible to assess the value of moving up a trim level.

Reliability
New car, not rated. Predicted reliability is above average, but turbo waste gate failures are cropping up on early 1.5 turbos. 

The Lyriq, Cadillac's sleek spin on GM's Ultium electric car platform

What's new
The new Lyriq is Cadillac’s full-electric crossover based on GM’s universal Ultium platform that will spawn a variety of new models across GM’s brands.

Comments
Compared with its conventional XT5, the Lyriq is built on a 236 mm (9.3 inch) longer wheelbase, is 180 mm (7 inches) longer overall and 74 mm (2.9 inches) wider. The car is fronted by a massive grille flanked by slim, vertically-arrayed headlights, below which are the triangular fascia gashes that are seemingly an obligatory styling feature in our era. The Lyriq’s side profile is a paragon of visual restraint with just enough surface interest to arrest boredom. Like the Range Rover Evoque, shallow side windows lend a racy air but outward visibility will not be panoramic. The roofline transitions to the trunk via a very sporty fastback, with taillights beginning vertically just behind the rear door opening and then turning horizontal they sweeps around the tail.

Like a number of new cars, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the dashboard is dominated by a massive, low-profile computer tablet. Both the tablet and the dashboard itself are formed in a gentle arc to make the readouts more readable and the right side of the touch screen more accessible to the driver. Vehicle-related readouts face the driver, with infotainment functions taken care of by a touch screen on the right side. Climate controls are manipulated by slim line buttons located just under the right side of the tablet. The rest of the cabin is very modern, visually restrained and elegant. With a very long wheelbase, legroom should be impressive, front and rear.

Power for the Lyriq is provided by a 100 kWh Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese-Aluminum battery pack that, according to GM, uses 70 percent less cobalt than in previous GM BEVs. Horsepower is rated at 340, with range predicted to be up to 480 kilometres under ideal conditions. Rear-wheel drive will be standard with all-wheel drive, optional. The Lyriq can be recharged using 115 volt, 240 volt and 400 volt outlets. GM has not yet established recharging times.

Pricing
With L.E.D. headlights, a fixed glass roof panel, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, the Lyric is nicely equipped. Pricing is predicted to be around $70,000, but will likely rise by the time deliveries begin this fall. Lyriqs may not arrive in meaningful numbers before the 2024 calendar year.

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. If the Chevrolet Bolt is a predictor of future reliability, the Lyriq should be reliable.

The Silverado BEV is built on GM's Ultium electric car platform

What's new
Unrelated to Chevrolet's conventional pickup of the same name, the Silverado BEV is built on GM's Ultium platform

Comments
Chevrolet’s future BEV pickup is built on GM’s universal “Ultium” electric architecture which also supports the Cadillac Lyriq and Hummer pickup. While it incorporates the Silverado moniker, it is totally unrelated to GM’s mainstream pickup of the same name. Ford used its conventional F-150 as the base for its full BEV Lightning truck, avoiding the duplication of effort Chevrolet chose and also the confusion of having two totally different trucks using the same name.

The Silverado BEV is roughly the same size as a conventional Silverado with the crewcab, short box body style. While it is identifiable as a Chevrolet, it departs from the traditional, square-rigged styling cues that pickup trucks seem to insist on. The Silverado BEV’s design is a cross between the first-generation Honda Ridgeline pickup and the long-departed Chevrolet Avalanche. Like the Avalanche, there is a configurable wall behind the rear seat (called a Mid-Gate) that can be removed/collapsed to increase cargo bed length up to around three metres (10 feet). While the Silverado BEV looks like it is powered by a conventional engine, there is nothing under the hood except storage, which is accessed via a conventional trunk-like aperture at the front of the truck.

The cabin features a configurable TFT gauge package, to the right of which is a massive, free-standing screen that contains infotainment functions and climate readouts, with the actual climate adjusted by a small panel at the base of the dashboard. Gears are chosen by a column shifter. The Massive size of the Silverado BEV should equate to a roomy cabin.

GM has not released a kWh rating for the Silverado BEV, but the related Cadillac Lyric is rated at 100 kWh. GM has mooted the possibility of a 200 kWh power pack as well. The basic trim, the Work Truck (WT) is currently predicted to put out 510 horsepower, with other versions producing up to 660 horsepower. All-wheel drive, delivered by twin electric motors, is likely. Four-wheel steering will be a feature of the new Silverado BEV. GM’s press release for the new pickup notes that range is predicted to be up to 640 kilometres under ideal conditions. Using a level 3 (400 Volt, D.C. charger) the battery pack has been designed to take on 160 kilometres of range in 10 minutes. Initial towing capacity is stated to be 4534 kilograms (10,000 lbs.), with a model having even greater tow capacity to follow at some point.

Pricing
Some pricing has been released but with the truck not expected until the fall of 2023, they are speculative in the extreme. If the Ford F-150 Lightning is anything to go buy, the Silverado BEV will be very expensive.

The Genesis GV60 BEV 

What's new
The Genesis GV60 BEV is built on the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6

Comments
The GV60 built on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) is the Genesis spin on the components supplied by the very well received Hyundai Ioniq 5. Compared with the Ioniq 5, the GV60 is built on a 100 mm (3.93 inch) shorter wheelbase, is 120 mm (4.7 inches) shorter overall, the same width and marginally lower. With a long wheelbase and minimal overhangs, the GV60 displays very rear-wheel drive proportions.

The front end is dominated by a rounded, aquatic-life-like protrusion where a grille would be traditionally, which rests above a massive air intake. The protrusion is flanked by the twin-bar lighting units which have become a Genesis hallmark. The GV60 hood is short and rounded and the hood shut lines spill over onto the front fenders, which is visually awkward. The styling of the GV60 generally reflects the skill of knowing when to “lift the pen” and is quite elegant.

As with the related Hyundai Ioniq 5, the GV60 driver faces a vertically short but expansively wide computer tablet with vehicle functions in front of the driver and infotainment controls over the centre console. The GV60 features what Genesis refers to as the Chrystal Sphere. When the car is turned on, the flush circle on the console rotates 180 degrees to reveal the sphere, which is a rotary gear selector. The seat heating and cooling controls, and the transmission selector, are located in a control pod cantilevered off the centre console. Dash vents are notched into a wide but slim-line trim element in the midpoint of the dash. An elliptical panel, located at the bottom centre of the dash, controls climate inside the GV60. The rest of the cabin is elegant, with fancier models featuring quilted sew-patterns on the seats. Built on the same wheelbase as the related Kia EV6, cabin space should be more than adequate. Drivers can access the cabin of the GV60 using a Face Connect feature or a finger print scanner.

The sole power source for the GV60 is a 77.4 kWh battery pack. Rear-wheel drive was announced but never made it to the market. All-wheel drive is furnished by a 160 kW rear motor and a 74 kW front motor, for a combined 314 horsepower. With 160 kW in power to front and rear wheels, total system horsepower is 429. The GV60 can be recharged using Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 charging. Genesis alludes to an 800 volt charging capability but few chargers exist in Canada. Genesis notes that charging at 350 kilowatts, the GV60 battery pack can go from 10 percent to 80 percent charged in 18 minutes. The GV60 has a Vehicle to Load (V2L) function which allows it to become a power source for activities such as camping or a street party.

Genesis is taking active safety seriously on the GV60. Forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and driver awareness monitors are standard, as are a lane keep assist system and active cruise control.

Pricing
Two models, the Advanced and Performance, are marketed. The $71,000 Advanced is equipped with Nappa leather, heated seats in both rows, ventilated front seats and a fixed glass roof with a power sunblind. The $79,000 Performance adds more speed, an electronic limited slip differential, electronically-controlled suspension a driver's seat massage system and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. 

Odd front of the Civic-based Honda HR-V

What's new
After a very long seven years, Honda is finally on the verge of releasing a new-generation HR-V.

Comments
Unlike the previous, Honda-Fit-based HR-V, the new one is a spin-off of the Honda Civic. While built on a 125 mm (4.9 inch) longer wheelbase, and considerably longer and wider than the past HR-V, the passenger and cargo volume may not be that much better than before as it no longer uses the wizard-like, space-efficient platform of the Fit.

Other than a somewhat unfortunate grille and oddly-shaped front end, the new HR-V is a neat enough styling job but looks quite anodyne overall. Inside, the driver faces the same gauges as Civic drivers do and interact with the same touch screen and climate controls, but the components are located in a dashboard that is unique to the HR-V. The rest of the cabin looks quite attractive, and if the Civic is any indication, interior materials will be impressive.

Mechanical components are from the Civic parts bin. The base engine is a normally-aspirated 2L four that is estimated to put out 158 horsepower, with the 1.5L turbo rated at 180 horsepower, optional. Honda generally offers a front-wheel drive variant of the HR-V but the majority of buyers will likely select all-wheel drive. The sole transmission offered will be a CVT.

Honda notes that its Honda Sensing system, with forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and a lane keep assist system, will be standard. Blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors will likely be restricted to premium models.

Pricing
No pricing details are available in May of 2023.
 

The new Sportage reflects a radical change of styling philosophy at Kia 

What’s new
Directly related to the Hyundai Tucson that debuted a year ago, the new Sportage went on sale in the spring of 2022.

Comments
Compared with the previous generation Sportage, the new one is built on an 85 mm (3.35 inch) longer wheelbase, is 175 mm (6.9 inches) longer overall and marginally wider and taller than before. Design-wise, the new Sportage represents a transition from the smooth elegance of Kia's from the last decade to something new. The front end is dominated by a massive grille flanked by unusually-shaped headlamps and supplanted by small rectangular air inlets that look like nostrils. The main grille is underlined by yet another air intake, this one being wide and shallow and ringed by a bright trim element. The side profile is a bulkier version of the look that originated by the long-discontinued Mazda CX-7.

The new Sportage dispenses with conventional gauges, replacing them with a wide, shallow, TFT computer tablet display. There is a vehicle info display in front of the driver, with infotainment functions located over the centre console. Climate is adjusted by the use of knobs for the dual climate-control system and touch-control surfaces for the remaining functions. Ultra premium trims feature a push-button gear selector, with lesser models employing a conventional gear lever. The screen and the dashboard it is attached to are slightly banana shaped, with the right side curved slightly toward the driver. The tablet is flanked with bizarrely shaped dash vents. The passenger faces a plain dash that is closer to the windshield at its right side than in the middle. The rest of the cabin looks interesting, with some two-tone cabin combos offered and some interesting shapes and patterns, like the chevron sew patterns on the centre seat panels of premium trims. Essentially a Kia version of the Hyundai Tucson that debuted a year ago, cabin space is ample, as is cargo capacity.

The sole powertrain available in the spring of 2022 is a 187 horsepower, normally-aspirated 2.5L four. Front-wheel drive is offered in the base LX trim, but most Sportages will send power to all wheels via a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission. The corresponding Tucson is offered with a hybrid powertrain, and a Sportage hybrid should eventually be released. Towing capacity is 1134 kilograms (2500 lbs.), high for this category of vehicle.

Pricing
All-wheel drive is standard on all trims save the base LX, where it is a $2000 option. Moving up to the X-Line trim adds a power driver's seat, heated steering wheel, remote starting, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, rear parking sensor, wireless cellphone charging and a number of minor features, but is a bit overpriced for what you get. The EX upgrade adds a panoramic sunroof, navigation, dual-zone climate control, active cruise control and junction turning intervention, and is a bargain of epic proportions. Moving up to the EX Premium model includes a memory system, power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and alloy-accent pedals, and is good value. The X-Line Limited range-topper adds L.E.D. headlights, a Harmon-Kardon audio system, rearward auto braking and a 360 degree camera system, and is reasonably priced if you like the equipment.
  

The 2023 model is a sleek update of Nissan's perennial sports car  

What’s new
After 12 years on the market in its previous form, and a hiatus during 2021 and 2022, the Nissan Z car is renewed for 2023.

Comments
Like the recent Pathfinder update, the new 400Z is not a new car but a thorough update of the previous-generation Z that debuted for 2009. The windshield and sharp rearward angle of the roof where the two meet are the same as previously, but all other panels are new and the car looks sleek and modern. Only the coupe is available to start but a convertible should follow at some point.

Inside, the driver faces a crisply-marked TFT gauge package that is located in a chunky dash which features a large infotainment display located right in the dashboard. The infotainment system is manipulated by two knobs in the display unit as well as an array of small buttons at its base. Three conventional knobs control the climate functions and the top centre of the dash is decorated by three small, circular gauges. The rest of the cabin looks quite chic, with a very interesting curve-topped centre console, better looking materials than before and some attractive two-tone colour combinations available. Given the car is just a rebody, cabin and cargo space are unchanged.

The previous 3.7L, normally-aspirated V6 has been replaced by the 3L turbo V6 also seen in the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport. The 3L produces 400 horsepower, and sends power to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or a new nine-speed automatic.

Pricing
No pricing details are available in early May 2022 but customers don't care as the car is sold out until the end of the year.

Toyota's oddly-named bZ4X

What's new
The bZ4X is the Toyota's spin on the platform that will also spawn the Lexus RZ450e and the Subaru Solterra.

Toyota bZ4X
Built on a unique electric car platform, the bZ4X is the basis for the Subaru Solterra and the Lexus RZ450e. The bZ4X will initially only be sold in Quebec and British Columbia, jurisdictions where substantial taxpayer subsidies are available for electric car buyers.

Built on the same wheelbase as the large Toyota Highlander crossover, the bZ4X is longer than a RAV4 but shorter than the Highlander. Viewed from the front, the plain mass that is the dominant style element is topped with a slim line grille and headlamps and underlined by a large air intake. Black plastic styling elements, like the ones on the original 1996 Ford Ka, emanate from the outward ends of the front fascia and turn into front fender flares. The side profile features small windows and very contemporary Toyota styling cues. With a substantial black lower fascia styling element, large triangular rear lights and a tiny rear window, the rear styling of the bZ4X is quite distinctive. Inside, the driver faces a small digital readout displaying vehicle functions, with a massive, free-standing infotainment screen dominating the top-centre of the dash. The screen is underlined by vents that sit atop a “flying bridge” console that covers a massive open storage space. The rest of the cabin displays some interesting shapes and high-contrast two-toning.


The 71.4 kWh battery pack of the front-wheel drive BZ4X powers a 201 horsepower electric motor. The all-wheel drive variant of the bZ4X is powered by a 72.8 kWh battery pack that sends power to a 107 horsepower motor at the front and another 107 horsepower motor at the rear. Under ideal conditions, the front-wheel drive bZ4X can travel up to 389 kilometres on a single charge, with up to 357 kilometres possible with all-wheel drive.

Pricing
The L and LE trims are exclusively front-wheel drive, with the XLE offered only with all-wheel drive. At around $45,000, the base L trim is only offered with front-wheel drive and is reasonably well equipped. Moving up to the LE trim adds a 12.3 inch infortainment screen, a heated and leather clad steering wheel, power tailgate, rain-sense wipers and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, but is vastly overpriced. Moving up to the XLE brings all-wheel drive, a fixed-glass roof panel, auto-dim rearview mirror, garage door opener, wireless cellphone charger, rear parking sonar, a tonneau cover and rear auto stopping, and is reasonable value. The XLE Technology package includes a JBL-branded audio system, active headlights, a foot-gesture tailgate opener, ventilated front seats, self parking and a 360 degree camera system, is overpriced. 

Lexus RZ450e and Subaru Solterra
Toyota’s luxury division Lexus will sell a version of the bZ4X called the RZ450e, and Subaru will slap a Solterra badge on the vehicle as well. 

Subaru's version of the bZ4X is called the Solterra 

The exterior of the high-performance GR Corolla shares little with the mainstream Corolla hatchback 

What’s new
An all-new Gazoo Racing (GR) version of the Corolla that was instigated by Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s high-performance Guru.

Comments
Based on a the Corolla hatchback, the GR Corolla is a low-volume specialist car hand built on a dedicated GR production line at Toyota’s Motomachi plant.

Installed in a re-inforced platform, the GR Corolla’s 1.6L turbo triple, with multi-oil jet piston cooling, cranks out an astounding 300 horsepower. The GR-Four all-wheel drive system, with Torsen limited-slip differentials front and rear, has driver-selectable front-rear drive splits of 60-40, 50-50 and 30-70. The sole transmission offered in a six-speed manual with rev matching.

With massively enhanced fenders, fascias and hood, the GR Corolla variant only shares the front doors with the mainstream Corolla hatchback. The “Circuit” trim even swaps the steel roof panel for a forged carbon fibre piece.

Toyota is now accepting orders for the GR Corolla. However, like many Toyotas in recent years, the GR Corolla is more likely to become an academic construct rather than be a vehicle Toyota will be happy to build for you.

Pricing
No pricing details were available as of early May 2022.