With a new year comes lots of exciting new cars and this year is no exception. From Alfas to Vauxhalls, stylish family hatchbacks to high-performance sports cars, there’s something for every need.
So here’s our look at the new cars of 2023 coming before the summer.
The stylish saloon has received a nip-and-tuck to keep things fresh. Most obvious are new LED Adaptive Matrix headlights while the Trilobo grille has also been revised. Inside there’s now a digital instrument panel in place of the traditional dials, while connectivity has been improved, too. The diesel engine has been dropped, so it’s a 276bhp 2.0 petrol unit for now but expect to see the hot Quadrifoglio model updated in due course.
The R turns the brilliant French sports car into something much more focused, with less weight and an increase in aerodynamic downforce. The lowered and stiffed suspension features adjustable dampers, and there’s composite brake discs and carbon-fibre wheels that are 12.5kg lighter than the regular alloys. Power comes from the same turbocharged engine which gets a revised exhaust system and performance is still thrilling – 0-62mph is achieved in 3.9 seconds.
It’s what lies beneath the muscular bodywork that makes the new M2 such an exciting machine. The twin-turbocharged straight-six makes 460bhp which is enough for 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, although the latter can be raised to 177mph with the optional M Race Track Package. Buyers can choose from 6-speed manual or 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmissions. There’s plenty of tech and prices start from £61,495.
Car designer, Henrik Fisker, brings us this all-electric SUV that features sharp looks and a focus on sustainability; the cabin trim makes use of recycled plastics. The top-spec Extreme version features a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain that provides a claimed range of around 350 miles, but this can be increased thanks to power generated by the ‘SolarSky’ roof. There’s no word yet on prices, but buyers can expect all the latest in-car technology.
Swoopy, aerodynamic styling marks out Hyundai’s second Ioniq model which will cost £54,995 when it arrives in First Edition form. The dual-motor powertrain drives all four wheels and with a 77.4kWh battery is claimed to achieve a range of up to 320 miles. Charging at up to 350kW is possible, too, thanks to the 800v electrical architecture. Premium and Ultimate trims will also be available, and all feature sustainable interior materials.
This is the first all-electric SUV from the iconic American brand and the company say it will still have plenty of the famed off-road ability. That’s thanks to the Selec-Terrain system that offers six different modes. The electric motor produces 156bhp, and with a 54kWh battery the claimed range is 250 miles; a 20-80% charge should take around 24 minutes. A digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment screen feature inside.
Already one of the more stylish family hatchbacks, the 308 (and SW estate) gains an electric variant for 2023. The 54kWh battery provides a range of close to 250 miles, while 100kW charging ability should allow for fairly quick top-ups. The new model features the same stylish cabin and premium-feeling materials as all 308s, and there’s plenty of infotainment and driver assistance tech. The i-Cockpit layout remains a bit of an acquired taste, though.
As part of a re-naming strategy, the e-tron becomes the Q8 which buyers can choose in conventional SUV or more aerodynamic Sportback forms. The 50 model makes 335bhp and manages up to 305 miles, while the 55 and S get a larger 114kWh battery with 402bhp and 496bhp respectively; the latter means 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. There’s plenty of space inside, while build quality and equipment levels are as impressive as ever.
Vauxhall’s popular family crossover gains a new performance plug-in variant with the GSe, and thanks to a 1.6 turbo engine, a pair of motors and 296bhp it’s good for 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds. It’s still efficient, though, with claimed economy of 217.3mpg and 29-31g/km CO2 emissions. There are 19-inch alloy wheels while revised steering and firmer suspension should improve the dynamics, and the interior benefits from some unique elements including Alcantara-trimmed sports seats.
The M brand’s first electrified model is this big SUV, and there’s certainly no shortage of punch. The twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor produce a combined 653bhp for 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, while opting for the M Driver’s Package sees top speed raised to 168mph. BMW claim an electric-only range of 51-55 miles. The luxurious cabin is packed with tech, but all of this comes at a price – £144,980 to be precise.