This means that 2023 is set to be one of the biggest years for new car releases we’ve seen in recent history, with an interesting mix of family-friendly SUVs, sports cars, luxury cars, and battery-electric vehicles set to make their debut.
Join us as we take a look at some of the best new cars coming to Australia in 2023 to give you an idea of your options next year.
One of the most interesting releases from Toyota comes in the form of the Toyota Corolla Cross, which follows the hugely-successful formula of the Yaris Cross compact SUV in a slightly larger package.
That means that interior space and practicality are top priorities for the upcoming Corolla Cross, which will head into one of the most competitive segments of the market.
While the first deliveries have already taken place, the order books have filled up quickly which means that the majority of Corolla Cross deliveries will be taking place in early 2023, with a mix of petrol and hybrid engine options available for buyers.
Alfa Romeo Tonale
Premium European brand, Alfa Romeo, is set to throw its hat into the luxury compact SUV ring with the 2023 release of the Tonale SUV.
Set to arrive here in Australia in February, the Alfa Romeo Tonale comes competitively priced and receives mild hybrid engine tech across the range, which will be joined by a plug-in hybrid and fully-electric Tonale in the near future.
The Tonale range will be split into two main grades, with the entry-level Ti receiving a generous amount of entertainment and safety features as standard, and the range-topping Tonale Veloce receiving more premium appointments.
A major shake-up for the large SUV segment in 2023 comes in the form of the all-new Mazda CX-60, which will be offered in Australia with hybrid engines across the range.
The CX-60 rides on an all-new platform, and sits above the current CX-5 and CX-8 as a larger and more premium family-friendly SUV, although it’s not quite as large as the CX-9.
Interestingly, Mazda’s entry-level engine pairs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder with an 100kW electric motor and a 17.8kWh battery pack, which will make it not only a very usable plug-in hybrid SUV, but also Mazda’s most powerful road car we’ve ever seen when it arrives in the first half of 2023.
Performance enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Toyota has announced 500 units of the GR Corolla that are set to arrive in the first quarter of 2023.
The GR Corolla takes the same rally-inspired approach that saw the GR Yaris become an instant cult classic, adding some more size and performance to the mix.
That means you can expect a more powerful tune of the Yaris’ turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 220kW of power and 370Nm that is thrown to all four wheels via a six-speed manual.
2023 will also see the return of BMW’s first pure M model in forty-years, with the release of its new XM plug-in hybrid SUV in the middle of 2023.
The XM boasts one of the most complex and powerful engines you’ll find in any SUV, a futuristic styling package, a modern interior design, and a huge amount of space for growing families.
It comes powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine paired with an electric motor that produces a massive 480kW of power and 800Nm of torque which means this family-friendly SUV can sprint to 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds.
With the help of a 25.7kWh battery pack, the BMW XM returns fuel economy figures of 1.6L/100km and can travel 88km on electric power alone.
Kia has announced plans to update its almighty family mover, the Carnival MPV, with a facelifted styling package, more entertainment, and safety features as standard headlining the updates for the Carnival’s 2023 model year.
Atop the styling refresh and added technology, there’s also word that Kia may add a new hybrid variant to the Carnival’s engine lineup, alongside existing petrol and diesel variants.
This would add some variety to the line-up, and give fuel-conscious buyers even more food for thought within one of the most versatile and practical people-mover packages you’ll find on the Australian market.
For Australian buyers looking at their options in the ute segment, a major player, the Volkswagen Amarok has received a major update and is set to hit the road in early 2023.
The Amarok has received a major styling refresh, and a brand new platform that it actually shares with the Ford Ranger, which means it’ll be a serious workhorse and off-road performer when it arrives in March, 2023.
The MY23 Amarok features a mix of turbo petrol and diesel engines, paired with both manual and automatic transmissions and a 4x4 system and a massively overhauled interior design featuring a digital driver’s display and vertical infotainment system.
Hyundai has been spotted testing out a second-generation replacement for its charming little Kona SUV, which is expected to debut in the second half of 2023.
Aside from a styling overhaul, the Kona range will likely gain an updated battery-electric variant, and a range of fuel-efficient petrol and hybrid engines for its compact SUV.
For reference, the current Kona electric variant offers a choice of 39.2kWh and 64kWh battery packs, each producing 100kW/395Nm and 150kW/395Nm respectively, which means we’ll see either power or range figures over these benchmarks when it arrives in the latter stages of 2023.
Earlier this year, Ford took the wraps off the next-generation Mustang that the company says will arrive in Australia in late 2023.
The latest, seventh-generation Mustang, otherwise known as the S650, receives a top-to-bottom styling refresh, a range of new engines, and a heap of added technology as standard, with Ford sticking by its 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and the 5.0-litre Coyote V8 to power the Mustang range.
For those looking for even more power, Ford says it will add a ‘Dark Horse’ performance flagship to the range at some point in the future, which increases power from the V8 to 368kW.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
Following the sales momentum of the Ioniq 5 crossover SUV, Hyundai is set to introduce a fully-electric four-door coupe to the market in early 2023, known as the Ioniq 6.
The Ioniq 6 rides on the same E-GMP platform as its predecessor, and the Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60, and receives a 77.4kWh battery pack that offers 614km of driving range in the long-range 2WD variant, which drops to 583km in the all-wheel drive variant.
Inside, the Ioniq 6 features a high-tech cabin filled with large displays, while interior space and packaging are set to be very impressive from the new electric architecture that allows for even more interior space.
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