With 2023 around the corner — and a shift in the automotive industry making electric vehicles (EVs) increasingly popular — new models are making their way onto the market and into dealership showrooms. Each year brings exciting new models and redesigns from various automotive manufacturers, but there’s something different about 2023. From various gas-engine models to reborn icons to refreshing new performance-focused EVs, here are seven highly anticipated vehicles arriving in 2023 that are worth integrating into your content strategy.
2023 Acura Integra
When Acura switched the nameplate on the iconic Integra in 2002 for the North American market — becoming the RSX and remaining the Honda Integra elsewhere in the world — enthusiasts were left wondering if the beloved Integra would ever make a comeback. There was something to be said, and felt, for the “Integra” name whether you loved its reliability for daily driving or its on-track demeanor. The coupe and sedan liftbacks were incredibly popular for their exceptional performance, lightweight body, and innovative technology for the era.
Once again, Acura is making a splash in the industry with the reimagined 2023 Acura Integra. Powered by a high-out 1.5L VTEC® turbocharged engine producing 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque on a sport-tuned chassis, this type of power on a lightweight body is sure to be exciting. The 2023 Integra is also the only car in its segment available with a manual transmission.
Carrying on the liftback design of the previous generations, and becoming the only five-door liftback in its class, the new Integra features an ultra-sleek profile. Signature JewelEye® LED headlights with Chicane™ daytime running lights and a frameless Diamond Pentagon grille — the first Acura model to receive a frameless grille — accentuate the front fascia.
For the first time ever, the Integra will be manufactured in North America at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. The next-generation Acura Integra began arriving in dealerships this summer.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale
When Alfa Romeo first debuted its beautiful Tonale concept in 2019, there was a lot of buzz about the evolution of the luxury Italian brand — hybrids and EVs were rising in popularity. Today, the commitment of the Stellantis brand toward electrification is beginning to make its mark on the industry. For Alfa Romeo, it starts with the all-new 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale.
The new Tonale is a compact SUV that embodies the Italian- and race-inspired heritage of Alfa Romeo. Its dynamic performance is delivered through two powertrains — a turbocharged gas engine and an innovative plug-in hybrid electric engine — each joined to the renowned Alfa Romeo Q4 AWD (all-wheel drive) system for excellent traction and handling.
The innovative plug-in hybrid electric Q4 AWD ensures the Tonale is the most efficient C-SUV in its segment. It’s capable of providing over 30 miles of electric range and delivers best-in-class horsepower — 272 horsepower to be exact — from a 15.5-kWh battery, 90-kW electric motor, and a 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. The Q4 AWD 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine features 256 horsepower — a best-in-class for standard horsepower — and 295 pound-feet of torque as well as stop-start technology.
The Tonale was conceptualized at the Design Studio at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo and the 2023 production model remains true to its origins. Complementing the signature Alfa Romeo V Scudetto grille are brilliant “3+3” adaptive LED Tribolo headlights featuring three-mode signature lighting: daytime running lights, dynamic turn signals, and welcome-goodbye animation.
For the tech-savvy, the Tonale will be equipped with the latest Uconnect® 5 infotainment system and will be available with Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities. And for the first time ever in a vehicle, the Tonale will be linked with non-fungible token (NFT) technology intended to serve as a non-modifiable digital certificate — a move toward enabling more secured maintenance records and other information with the owners’ consent.
The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale will be available in early 2023.
2023 Chevy Corvette Z06
The Chevrolet Corvette has been a legendary American muscle car since its debut in 1953 and continued to receive praise and numerous accolades from the C1 to the C7. When Chevrolet stunned the world by introducing a mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette in 2020, the C8, there were mixed feelings among the purists. Upon release, the C8 Corvette quickly became one of the most popular sports cars around the world and it’s easy to see why. Many also wanted more — when would Chevrolet debut a new generation of the famed Z06 models?
Chevrolet has delivered and stunned the world once again — the new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is as striking as it is powerful. Once just a special equipment package, the Z06 returns as a benchmark model in the Corvette family.
The supercar profile of the C8 Corvette Z06 and its incredibly potent all-new LT6 V8 engine are exceptionally captivating. Engineered for unparalleled performance on and off the track, the heartbeat of the Corvette Z06 is the highest horsepower naturally aspirated V8 in a production vehicle — the LT6 5.5L flat-plane crank V8 engine is expected to deliver a whopping 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission features a 5.56 final drive ratio for short throws and ultra-smooth, quick acceleration. This incredible power enables the Corvette Z06 to reach 0-60 MPH in an astonishing 2.6 seconds.
The growling exhaust notes of the 2023 Corvette Z06 mid-engine supercar are produced from advanced “four-into-two-into-one” stainless steel exhaust headers flowing into exclusively designed floating exhaust bezels.
The intimidating stance of the Corvette Z06 is achieved with wide fender flares, suitable for its unique side air vents for increased airflow and measuring 3.6 inches wider than the 2022 Stingray. The Corvette Z06 also features the largest wheels — a staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged aluminum setup — ever available on a production Corvette and are wrapped in 275/30ZR20 front and 345/25ZR21 rear Michelin® Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires.
2023 also welcomes an all-new Z07 Package for the Corvette Z06 which includes exclusive carbon fiber body elements such as a rear wing and ground effects, unique Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 calibration, Michelin® Cup 2 R ZP tires, Brembo® carbon ceramic brakes, and more.
The all-new 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be available in Summer 2022.
2023 Dodge Hornet
Over the years, Dodge has left a lasting legacy when it comes to performance-focused SUVs. On the horizon is a new era of muscle and performance-focused models, both gas and electric. Paving the way for this evolution in electrified performance is the all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet — a reborn nameplate that’s already making an impression on the industry.
The Dodge Hornet will be available in two models, each featuring unique powertrains. The new Dodge Hornet GT is exclusively available with the new Hurricane4 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the segment’s most powerful gas engine with 265-plus horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Heralded by Stellantis as the “fastest and most powerful compact utility vehicle under $30,000,” the all-new Hornet GT also boasts best-in-class performance.
The Dodge Hornet R/T is available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle producing 285-plus horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque through its combined 15.5-kWh battery and 90-kW electric motor — capable of delivering more than 30 miles of electric range — and 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. When you need a quick burst of power, the class-exclusive PowerShot feature is capable of increasing your horsepower by 25 and decreasing your 0-60 MPH time by one full second.
The innovation continues with Brembo® four-piston calipers, dynamic torque vectoring, and Koni shocks combining to give the Hornet best-in-class dynamic driving features. The Dodge Hornet also offers a best-in-class 12.3-inch digital cockpit cluster screen and 10.25-inch central display, as well as a premium listening experience with the best-in-class Harman Kardon® sound system. Level 2 autonomous driving is also available with intelligent speed assist, traffic sign recognition, driver attention assist, and intelligent adaptive cruise control.
The all-new Hornet design features exclusive styling elements such as LED headlights and, a first-ever for Dodge, vehicle-width tail lights complete with an illuminated Rhombi logo.
The all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet GT will be available in late 2022 and the R/T in spring 2023.
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R™
Born from racing-inspired, sand-blazing trophy trucks over ten years ago, the Ford Raptor™ has become a renowned high-performance truck engineered with terrain-conquering capabilities. It was only a matter of time before Ford would take the Raptor performance to new heights. The all-new 2023 Ford Raptor R™ is finally here — dubbed by Ford as “the most powerful, most extreme high-performance Raptor yet.”
The design, performance, and off-road capabilities of the Raptor R were inspired by the Baja 1000 and the desert-racing trucks that compete in the harsh, boundary-pushing event. Under the hood of the new Raptor R lies a supercharged 5.2L V8 capable of delivering a heart-racing 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same engine previously used in the Mustang Shelby® GT500®, but is Ford Performance-tuned and calibrated for enhanced power and strength.
The rugged capabilities of the Raptor R are made possible by its advanced suspension system, which features 24-inch coil shocks and FOX™ Live Valve semi-active suspension — electronically-controlled dampers with innovative height sensors that actively tune the suspension based on terrain conditions. The suspension paired with the inclusion of meaty 37-inch tires provides the Raptor R with a best-in-class ground clearance of 13.1 inches.
The aggressive appearance of the Raptor R is accentuated by exclusive Code Orange accents inside and out, Recaro® black leather and Alcantara® suede front seats, and genuine tri-axial weaved carbon fiber interior accents. The all-new Ford Raptor R is available in two new Ford colors: Avalanche and Azure Gray Tri-Coat.
The new 2023 Ford Raptor R will be available in late 2022.
2023 Kia EV6 GT
With many automakers moving toward an electric future focused on efficiency and range, others are breaking the mold by releasing eco-friendly performance-focused EVs. That’s exactly what Kia America has done with the all-new 2023 Kia EV6 GT.
The new electric high-performance EV6 GT crossover delivered jaw-dropping performance when it was put next to supercars in a head-to-head race, proving that a new era of electrification is on the horizon for Kia America.
The EV6 GT features a dual-motor — a 160 kW front motor and a 270 kW rear motor — electric AWD powertrain that delivers 576 combined horsepower and 574 pound-feet of torque. This incredible power and instant torque catapults the EV6 GT from 0-60 MPH in a mere 3.4 seconds and achieves a top speed of 161 MPH — numbers found among top supercars.
The supercar-worthy speeds of the EV6 GT are more than just claims. In a 0-60 MPH race against the Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo, the EV6 GT came out as the AMCI-certified winner. And lest we not forget about the time the EV6 GT stayed neck-and-neck in a drag race with other top supercars such as the Ferrari California T, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche 911 Targa 4, Mercedes-AMG® GT, and the McLaren 570S.
The EV6 GT offers the ability to recharge in just under 18- minutes, reaching 10- to 80-percent state-of-charge thanks to ultra-fast DC charging capabilities from a world-first 800-volt multi-charging architecture.
The unique design of the EV6 GT features styling cues from the current EV6 family and is complemented by exclusive neon accents inside and out. Sleek 21-inch wheels are wrapped in Goodyear® Eagle F1 tires for superior traction and handling on and off the track.
The all-new all-electric 2023 Kia EV6 GT will be available in late 2022.
2023 Nissan Z
After 50 years of evolution, and whether you recognize it more recently as the Fairlady Z or the 370Z, the next-generation Nissan Z-car is finally here: the reimagined 2023 Nissan Z. If the name looks different than typical Z-car naming structures, that’s because, for the first time in the U.S. market, the seventh-generation Z sees a refreshing change with the exclusion of the numerical prefix.
The new Nissan Z boasts a 15-percent 0-60 MPG increase over the previous generation thanks to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine. Staying true to the original Z cars, a six-speed manual transmission with an EXEDY® high-performance clutch is standard for ultra-smooth shifts. Z Performance models will enjoy an advanced launch assist control, a first-ever for a rear-wheel drive Nissan vehicle, as well as SynchroRev Match® technology.
Beautifully integrated heritage-inspired design elements of several iconic, previous-generation Z cars are apparent throughout the new Nissan Z. The half-circle LED headlights were inspired by the 1970s 240ZG of Japan, and the rear combination tail and brake lights were inspired by the 1990s Z32 300ZX. The Z Sport will sit on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with Yokohama® ADVAN Sport high-performance tires for superb traction, while Z Performance models receive 19-inch RAYS® lightweight forged aluminum wheels and Bridgestone Potenza® S007 high-performance tires.
The all-new 2023 Nissan Z will be available in summer 2022, available in three grades: Sport, Performance, and 240-unit special limited edition Proto Spec.
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