Best new cars coming in 2023
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Best SUVs coming in 2023
The BMW X2 has long been a slightly sleeker version of the X1 SUV, however, for its second generation, BMW’s compact coupe-SUV will get an even more svelte silhouette, similar to that of the larger BMW X4. Buyers can expect to see BMW’s latest iDrive OS8 infotainment system with its ‘Curved Panel’ display setup as well as an electrified range of powertrains. Like the X1, an all-electric iX2 is likely to be in the works, with a range of around 280 miles on a single charge.
The family SUV space is a competitive one and Ford’s offering has slowly started to feel outdated amongst cutting-edge competition. A new version of the Kuga is set to arrive in the next year or so and will feature a revised design with a front LED light bar. Another big change will come in the form of an expansive 13.2-inch central touchscreen running Ford’s SYNC4 software, although the current car’s range of petrol, self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will likely stay the same.
Already having made its debut in Japan, the new Honda ZR-V will sit between the CR-V and HR-V in the brand’s lineup and will only be available with a self-charging hybrid powertrain. The ZR-V takes many of its styling cues from the latest-generation Honda Civic, with a sharp-looking exterior and a classy interior featuring a 10.2-inch set of digital dials. In Japan, the ZR-V will be available with both front and all-wheel-drive, however, it’s unconfirmed at this stage whether this will be the same for UK models.
Mercedes EQE SUV
Squint hard and you’ll realise that Mercedes’ latest electric SUV isn’t a rebadged version of the range-topping EQS SUV, but actually a smaller crossover built to rival the BMW iX, dubbed the EQE SUV. Sharing many of its parts with the EQE saloon, the EQE SUV has a range of up to 342 miles and is due to go on sale in early 2023. Like many of the German brand’s high-end electric models, buyers have the choice of specifying Mercedes’ giant Hyperscreen infotainment system – though this is likely to cost multiple thousand pounds.
The Polestar 3 is the Swedish brand’s first SUV and is also the first to sit on the brand’s all-new EV underpinnings. A rival for the likes of the BMW iX and Mercedes EQE SUV, the 3 is available in two different configurations, with the entry-level Long Range model able to achieve 379 miles on a single charge. Overall, the design of the Polestar 3 is suitably Swedish and minimalist, while it’s also available with a plethora of sustainable interior fabrics. Starting at around £80,000, the Polestar will be one of the most premium electric SUVs when it goes on sale in 2023.
The Volvo EX90 is an all-electric spiritual successor to the brand’s flagship SUV, the XC90. Intended to be sold alongside its combustion-engined and plug-in hybrid counterpart before the brand goes EV-only, the EX90 gets a modernised version of the XC90’s design, with a blocked-off grille and sleeker proportions. On the inside, it gets Volvo’s latest infotainment system which comprises an enormous 14.5-inch touchscreen as well as upholstery made of recycled plastic bottles and bio-based materials. With an electric range of over 360 miles and a price tag of almost £100,000, this is a bit of a niche offering though, and Volvo plans to release less-expensive electric SUVs down the line.
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