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A quick guide to future cars and trucks

Hyundai Prophecy In late 2022, look for the Ioniq 6 EV, which will likely be based on the Hyundai Prophecy concept vehicle (pictured). | Photo courtesy Hyundai

Change, of course, is the dynamic of the auto industry. Until 2020, most industry changes consisted of variations and cycles that came largely from within: the birth of new models, the demise of old ones; ongoing technological advances, such as the invention of LED headlights and advanced safety features; and shifting consumer preferences, such as Americans’ wholesale desertion of midsize sedans in favor of SUVs. Such changes are generally predictable and somewhat controllable.

The changes that emerged in 2020 and 2021, by comparison, came largely from outside the industry and were far less predictable, less controllable, and therefore more unsettling to both the industry and potential car buyers.

The biggest change, of course, was the COVID-19 pandemic and, for the purposes of this article, its effect on driving and car buying. Collectively, people drove a lot less in 2020, and car sales dropped from about 17 million to 14.6 million.

A pandemic-induced microchip shortage continued heading into summer 2022, and no one knows when that will change, allowing “normal” auto production to resume.

The degree to which COVID-19 will continue to affect our lives, and in what ways, is as unclear as what will happen with microchip production. Most likely, both the pandemic and the microchip situation might be more of an influence on when a new vehicle will be released—if it will be delayed for 6 months, for example—rather than if it will be released at all.

These 2 factors will also affect how people purchase cars and interact with dealerships; some of the virtual and contactless sales and service practices will likely continue. Vehicle inventories and pricing will also continue to be affected.

Despite this uncertainty, we can still make some reasonable guesses about what’s coming down the automotive pipeline in the next couple of years:

1.   Improved and more widely available advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)Automakers know that equipping their vehicles with standard ADAS features is in their best interest, not only because competitors are doing it but because customers, governments, and safety organizations demand it.

2.   More electrified vehicles. As Detroit Free Press columnist Mark Phelan put it, “Virtually the entire creative energy of the auto industry is focused on EVs at the moment—every engineer, every designer.” And sizable numbers of the public are following suit.

It’s pretty much a given these days that if an automaker announces an exciting new EV—like the Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer EV SUV, or Cadillac Lyriq crossover—it’s immediately flooded with hundreds of thousands of deposits. Still doubtful? Fully two-thirds of the future vehicles in this article are EVs.

3.   More crossovers and pickups—especially midsize pickups like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz. Sales of traditional cars have lost out to crossover sales for 6 straight years, and there are no signs of change in the wind. This article lists, according to powertrain, 43 cars and light trucks that are likely to debut in 2022, 2023, and beyond.

Gasoline-Powered Vehicles

Acura Integra

Acura Integra

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The new Integra might be the most fun Acura anyone’s seen in decades. Acura has revived a storied nameplate to replace its dated ILX sedan. An entry-level luxury sporty 4-door hatchback, the reborn Integra will share a platform with the redesigned Honda Civic. The base version will borrow a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (210 hp) from the Civic Si; if there’s an S variant, it’ll get the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo mill (300-plus hp). A CVT automatic transmission is standard; a 6-speed manual transmission is available. Front-wheel drive will be the only setup. Pricing will start at about $30,000 when the Integra goes on sale in summer 2022 as a 2023 model.

BMW 7 Series

BMW 7 Series

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BMW engineers are redesigning the 7 Series large sedan, shown here during winter testing in Sweden. The seventh-generation 7 will replace the 2022 edition, last redesigned in 2016. It will share a platform with the i4 EV, have Level 3 autonomous features, and be offered in multiple powertrains: turbocharged inline 6 and V8 gas engines, possibly a PHEV, and an all-electric version dubbed the i7, with 2 motors (500 hp total), a 100-kWh battery, and 300-plus miles of range. The base price will start around $90,000 and top out at about $140,000. Look for the big Bimmer to arrive in summer 2022 as a 2023 model.

Genesis G90

For 2023, the automaker’s G90 flagship sedan gets a complete makeover. Noteworthy exterior design elements include a new crest-shaped grille; a 2-line headlamp and taillight design; eye-catching wheels; and a clamshell hood. The old V6 and V8 engines have been replaced by a new 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 (375 hp), also available in the updated G80 sedan and GV80 crossover; it’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Inside, there’s a minimalist dashboard, back-seat touch screens, and quilted leather seats, among other finery. Rear-wheel drive will be standard; all-wheel drive will be optional. The new G90 should arrive in late 2022 as a 2023 model, with pricing starting at about $80,000.

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

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Honda’s iconic hot hatch, the Civic Type R, will arrive sometime in mid- to late 2022. Based on the redesigned 11th-gen 2022 Civic, and shown here in camo garb, it will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but likely one with more oomph than the current version’s 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Standard features will include a body kit, rear-deck wing, 6-speed stick shift, 3 exhaust tips, 10-spoke black wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires, and Brembo brakes. A dual-clutch automatic might be an option. Pricing is likely to start around $39,000.

Lexus LQ

Lexus LQ

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The bold, elegant LQ will become the automaker’s flagship SUV when it debuts in early 2023. Based on the LF-1 Limitless concept (pictured), it will have the same gasoline and hybrid powertrain options as the LS 500 sedan: a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (416 hp) with a 10-speed automatic and a 3.4-liter V6 with 2 electric motors (354 hp) and a CVT. It will also feature a bold (yet tasteful) spindle grille and the new Lexus Interface touch-screen infotainment system. Rear-wheel drive will be standard; all-wheel drive will be an option. Pricing will start around $85,000 and exceed $100,000 for the top trim levels.

Mazda Mazda6

Mazda Mazda6

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Arguably the sportiest affordable midsize sedan, Mazda’s Mazda6 dropped out of the U.S. market after 2021, but there’s a good chance a redesigned fourth-generation version will reappear in 2023, hopefully inspired by the automaker’s beyond-gorgeous Vision Coupe concept (pictured). Unlike previous versions, the new, more luxurious 6 will likely be based on Mazda’s Large Architecture platform, have rear-wheel drive, and be equipped with a longitudinal, supercharged inline 6-cylinder engine with SkyActiv-X technology instead of a transverse turbocharged 4-cylinder and front-wheel drive. A new 8-speed automatic is also in the works, plus an all-wheel-drive option and perhaps a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Pricing should start around $35,000.

Toyota GR Corolla Hatchback

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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It’s no insult to Toyota to say Corolla = bland, vanilla, mundane. That’s been built into the car’s DNA since Day 1. Unless you’re talking about the GR Corolla Hatchback, that is. Due in the States sometime in 2022, the GR (for Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s factory race team) will be equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that pumps out 257 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, a 6-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. In addition, it’ll get aggressive body cladding, a stiffer suspension, more powerful brakes, and larger wheels than the standard Corolla hatch (pictured). The interior will feature lots of soft-touch materials and racy sport seats. Pricing will start around $30,000.

Hybrids/Plug-in Hybrids

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale

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Loyal Alfa fans are still waiting for the arrival of the Tonale, the small luxury crossover that debuted in concept form (pictured) at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The Tonale features a PHEV powertrain with a 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which drives the front wheels, and a rear-mounted electric motor. In total, the combo generates 272 hp, with an electric-only range of about 30 miles. The Tonale’s interior will feature a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch infotainment touch screen. Pricing will start at around $35,000 when the Tonale debuts, hopefully in the first quarter of 2023.

BMW Concept XM

BMW Concept XM

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In late 2021, BMW announced that beginning in late 2022 it would build an M model SUV at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant. The new vehicle will be based on the Concept XM (pictured) and will be available only as an M model—the first time that’s happened since the 1970s-era BMW M1—and as a plug-in hybrid. It will be powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor, developing 750 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque, and will have an all-electric range of up to 50 miles. Pricing will start well above $100,000.

Kia Sportage Plug-in Hybrid

Kia Sportage

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The redesigned 2023 Sportage has upped its game with bolder styling and a more upscale interior, which includes a digital instrument cluster and wide-screen infotainment system. The first Sportage Hybrid was released earlier this year, and a PHEV version is scheduled for a fall release. Like the hybrid, the Sportage’s powertrain will consist of a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine, a 90-hp electric motor (261 hp total), a 6-speed automatic—and a larger battery pack. Kia estimates the Sportage PHEV will be able to travel up to 32 miles on electricity alone, get 39 mpg combined in hybrid mode, and have an MPGe rating of 79.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

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In late 2022, Mitsubishi will roll out its 2023 Outlander PHEV, a much-improved vehicle in both its aesthetics and performance. The new PHEV is powered by an updated version of the existing 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is complemented by 2 electric motors, 1 on each axle. Mitsubishi claims a 40% increase in output from the motors, as well as a 40% increase in battery size (20 kWh versus 13.8 kWh). The Outlander’s all-electric range will increase from 24 to an estimated 33 miles, too. All-wheel drive and 7 drive modes are standard; third-row seating is an option. The base price for the new Outlander PHEV will start at about $38,000.

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Audi A6 e-tron

Audi A6 E Tron

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The A6 e-tron (pictured in concept form) is an EV version of the automaker’s A6 midsize luxury sedan. Substantial, stylish, and sleek, with a fastback roofline, the A6 e-tron rides on a new EV platform developed with Porsche. The A6 e-tron will be powered by either 1 or 2 electric motors; the 2-motor setup will produce 469 hp total and 590 lb-ft of torque. Its 100-kWh battery should provide close to 400 miles of range. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available. Production is scheduled to begin in spring 2023; the price for a 2-motor A6 will start at about $80,000.

BMW i4

BMW i4

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The BMW i4 is a stylish midsize electric sports sedan that comes in 2 flavors: the i4 eDrive40 (1 electric motor, 335 hp, rear-wheel drive) and the i4 M50 (2 electric motors, 530 hp, all-wheel drive). Inside, the minimalist cabin features a 15-inch curved infotainment touch screen, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and the iDrive 8 infotainment system. Estimated range: 300 miles for the eDrive40, 245 miles for the M50. Ten minutes of DC fast charging yields up to 108 miles of range for the eDrive40 and 88 miles for the M50. Pricing for the eDrive40 will start at $56,400 (and about $66,900 for the M50). Both cars are slated to arrive in dealerships in summer 2022.


The new iX is poised to become BMW’s flagship SUV when it arrives in the U.S. in summer 2022. About the size of an X5, the iX is available in 2 trim levels: the XDrive 50 and the high-performance M60. The xDrive 50 is powered by 2 electric motors (516 hp) and will have all-wheel drive. The M60 will debut later; its 2 motors will produce more than 600 hp. High-tech options include air suspension and rear-wheel steering. The iX’s 106-kWh battery pack provides about 300 miles of driving between charges; DC fast-charging (80% capacity in 35 minutes) is standard. Pricing for the xDrive 50 will start at about $84,000.

Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac Lyriq

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The 2023 Lyriq will lead Cadillac to its all-EV future. We predict this handsome SUV has the mojo to persuade legions of Cadillac buyers to plug in. For starters, it’s as gorgeous as any Caddy ever built, and the Lyriq’s base price (about $60,000) is competitive with that of a gasoline-powered version. Its single electric motor (340 hp) powers the rear wheels; an all-wheel drive model will arrive later. Its 100-kWh battery pack should provide more than 300 miles of range. The high-tech interior features a 33-inch LED display; Super Cruise hands-free driving assist is an option. Arrival date: summer 2022.

Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle, Pickup, and Delivery Van

Canoo Delivery an

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Canoo is an ambitious startup: It’s got 3 EVs in the works—a “lifestyle” vehicle (pictured), a pickup, and a delivery van. All ride on the same electric skateboard chassis. Power comes from a 300-hp rear motor or front and rear motors good for 600 hp (and all-wheel drive). An 80-kWh battery provides from 200 to 500 miles of range, depending on the vehicle. The Southern California–based company is building an assembly plant in Pryor, Oklahoma. Base pricing is expected to range from $35,000 to $50,000. First up: the lifestyle vehicle, due in spring 2023.

Chevrolet Equinox EV

As part of GM’s pledge to introduce 30 EVs by 2025, the popular Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV will be redesigned and have an EV variant; it will go on sale in fall 2023 as a 2024 model. Based on GM’s Ultium EV platform, the Equinox EV will be offered in LT and RS trim levels. The interior is expected to feature several large display screens. Powertrain details and battery capacity weren’t available at press time, but its range is expected to be about 300 miles; pricing will start around $30,000. A Chevy Blazer EV, also scheduled for a spring 2023 release, is in the planning stages.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

Chevy Silverado EV

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Chevy’s new Silverado EV full-size pickup will be designed from the ground up on GM’s Ultium EV platform and will come out in fall 2023 as a 2024 model. It will deliver up to 664 hp, more than 780 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-to-60 mph time under 4.5 seconds. The range is expected to be more than 400 miles on a full charge; DC fast charging will be standard. Maximum towing capacity will be 10,000 pounds, with a maximum payload of up to 1,300 pounds. All-wheel steering will be an option. Pricing for fleet models is expected to start at around $40,000; a fully loaded RST model will top $105,000.

Fisker Ocean

Fisker Ocean

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Fisker’s chunky, boldly styled midsize Ocean crossover will have either 1 or 2 electric motors producing up to 300 hp, a 0-to-60-mph time of about 3 seconds, a battery capacity of at least 80 kWh, a driving range of up to 350 miles, and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Additional features will include 20-inch wheels, optional third-row seating, a rotatable 17-inch center touch screen and digital-gauge instrument cluster, advanced safety features, an interior made with recycled materials, the capacity to charge other EVs or a home backup, and a full-length solar roof for recharging the battery. Production is scheduled to begin in Q4 of 2022; pricing will start at about $39,000 and top out close to $70,000.

Genesis Electrified G80

Genesis Electrified G80

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The classy-looking Genesis Electrified G80 midsize sedan, which will be available in the first half of 2022, is powered by 2 electric motors that produce 365 hp total and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Electrified G80 looks virtually identical to the gasoline-powered version, which was redesigned for 2021. All-wheel drive is standard, as is a battery architecture that enables ultrafast charging. The estimated range between charges is 310 miles. A host of advanced safety features is standard, as is 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance (including valet service) and 5 years of complimentary roadside assistance. Pricing for the Electrified G80 will start at around $60,000.

Genesis Electrified GV70

The well-received Genesis GV70 compact SUV will receive a virtually identical EV sibling, the Electrified GV70, toward the end of 2022. It will be powered by 2 electric motors (483 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque). All-wheel drive will be standard. A 77-kWh battery pack will produce 250-plus miles of range, and a rapid-charging system will take the battery from 10% to 80% capacity in less than 20 minutes. The GV70 EV will also have a boost mode, active suspension, and 1-pedal driving capability. Its interior will feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-way power driver’s seat, and a 15-inch touch screen infotainment system. Pricing for the Electrified GV70 will start around $65,000.

Genesis GV60

The GV60 will be available in 1- and 2-motor setups, producing 225 hp and 430 hp, respectively. Similarly, the 77-kWh battery will yield ranges of 280 miles and 230 miles. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available. A rapid-charging system allows the GV60 to charge its battery pack from 10% to 80% in about 20 minutes. Cool features include plant-based leather interior materials, 20-beam LED headlights, a face-recognition/fingerprint sensor unlocking/starting system, a glass roof, and a drift mode. The GV60 will go on sale in mid-2022; pricing will start at around $60,000.



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The Hummer has always been a study in excess, and the Hummer EV SUV continues that tradition. Following in the tire tracks of its pickup sibling, which was released in December 2021, the 5-passenger SUV version will have either 2 or 3 electric motors (up to 830 hp), a 0-to-60 time of as few as 3.5 seconds, 250 to 300 miles of range, a removable roof, Super Cruise hands-free driving assist, all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, and fast-charging capabilities, among other amenities. Prices will range from about $80,000 to $106,000, with the most expensive trims produced first. Hummer EV SUVs should start reaching enthusiastic customers in early 2023.

Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6

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Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis are getting into EVs in a big way. Case in point: the Ioniq 6, from Hyundai’s Ioniq electric sub-brand, following hot on the heels of the Ioniq 5, released in late 2021. Sharing the Ioniq 5’s architecture, the Ioniq 6 will be a 4-door luxury coupe, a production version of the Prophecy concept (pictured). The 77-kWh battery will produce a driving range of just over 300 miles. Powertrain specifics were scarce at press time, but a dual-motor setup (front and rear, all-wheel drive) and a minimalist cabin with large infotainment screens are likely features. The Ioniq 6 is scheduled to come out in late 2022, with a base price of around $50,000.

Ioniq 7

Hyundai Ioniq 7

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Sometime in 2024, look for a large EV crossover, the Ioniq 7, which will be based on the Ioniq Seven concept. About the size of the Hyundai Palisade, the Ioniq 7 will become the brand’s flagship. Riding on the same platform as the Ioniq 5 and 6, the 7 is likely to have 2 electric motors that produce about 300 hp, plus a 100-kWh battery pack good for 300 miles of driving. DC fast-charging capability will be standard. Following the examples set by the Ioniq 5 and 6, the Ioniq 7 is likely to have a minimalist, high-tech interior with multiple touch screens. The Ioniq 7’s estimated base price will be about $50,000.

Kia EV9

Kia EV9

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A boxy, angular EV from Kia should arrive in 2023 or 2024. Based on the Concept EV9 (pictured), revealed at the L.A. Auto Show in fall 2021, the Telluride-size SUV will share a platform with whatever vehicle develops from the Ioniq 7 concept. Powertrain and battery details for the EV9 hadn’t been released at press time, but it’s likely the EV9 will be offered in single- and dual-motor configurations (rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive), with a choice of battery packs, fast-charging capability, and 300 miles of range. Available third-row seating is likely, plus a 27-inch infotainment display, a panoramic sunroof, and “sustainable” materials for the cabin.

Kia Niro

The Niro has always been a staid little crossover, available as a hybrid, PHEV, and EV. That will all change with the introduction of the boldly styled second-generation 2023 Niro. Powertrain details hadn’t been released at press time, but likely features include 2-tone body panels; EV ranges longer than the 25 and 239 miles of the current PHEV and EV, respectively; eco-friendly interior materials; a digital instrument panel; and a rotary gear shifter. It’s uncertain which Niro variant will be released first in the U.S. market, but we’re betting that the hybrid will be here by the end of the year. Pricing will start at around $26,000 for the hybrid and $42,000 for the EV.

Lucid Gravity

Lucid Gravity

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After what seemed like interminable delays, Lucid Motors began delivering its luxury EV sedan, the Air, to customers on October 30, 2021. With up to 1,111 hp and a 520-mile range, the Air received near-unanimous acclaim, including Motor Trend’s Best Car of the Year award. Next up for the automaker is its Gravity luxury SUV, which will likely share the same platform as the Air. Powertrain specs are a guess at this point, but options include a single-motor (480 or 620 hp) or dual-motor (800 or 1,080 hp) configuration and from 350 to 450 miles of range. Lucid says it will start deliveries in 2023; prices will likely range from about $85,000 to $180,000.

Mercedes-Benz EQA

Mercedes-Benz EQA

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The EQA will be Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level EV, based on the subcompact GLA crossover. Power will come from either a single-motor front-wheel drive (188 hp) or dual-motor all-wheel drive (268 hp) setup. Its 67-kWh battery pack will likely deliver a driving range of between 200 and 250 miles. Inside, the 5-seat EQA’s interior is basically identical to the GLA’s and will feature the newest MBUX infotainment system and a full complement of advanced safety features. Look for the EQA sometime in the latter half of 2022. Pricing will start around $57,000.

Mercedes-Benz EQB

The EQB will be offered in 2 dual-motor versions: the EQB 300 4MATIC (225 hp) and the EQB 350 4MATIC (288 hp), both with all-wheel drive. The first EQBs will come with a 67-kWh battery pack, good for a range of about 200 miles. EQBs with longer-range batteries will arrive sometime later, so if you’re not really antsy, waiting is probably a good idea. A year’s worth of charging is complimentary. The EQB’s interior features a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and the option of third-row seating. The EQB will likely be available in mid-2022, with prices starting at about $57,000.

Mercedes-Benz EQE

The EQE midsize EV sedan, announced at the 2021 Munich Motor Show, corresponds to the gasoline-powered E-Class in Mercedes’ lineup but is constructed on its purpose-built Electric Vehicle Architecture. Initially, it will be available as the EQE 350, with a single electric motor (288 hp); a 2-motor version with more than 400 hp and all-wheel drive will follow. The 91-kWh battery pack should deliver a range exceeding 300 miles. The EQE’s futuristic interior features an optional 56-inch-wide Hyperscreen that stretches the width of the cabin and incorporates multiple displays. The EQE will go on sale in 2023; pricing will start at about $65,000.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Arkya

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Nissan’s Ariya (pronounced “ah-ree-uh”) is the automaker’s new rugged-looking crossover, with futuristic headlights, sharp sheet-metal creases, big wheels, and prominent body cladding. It will be available as a single-motor, front-wheel-drive setup (238 hp) or in dual-motor, all-wheel-drive form (389 hp), both with an 87-kWh battery pack. Ranges vary from 265 to 300 miles, depending on the model. Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 package of advanced safety features is standard. The Ariya will be sold by reservation only; deliveries are expected to start in fall 2022. Prices will start at just over $47,000.

Porsche Macan EV

Porsche Macan EV

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The Macan has been a hit ever since its 2014 debut, so its electrification, due sometime in 2023, should come as no surprise. The Macan EV will be built on the Premium Platform Electric developed with Audi, with the same 800-volt electric architecture used in the Taycan EV sedan. The compact crossover will likely share the Taycan’s electric motors (429 hp, 482 hp, and 616 hp) in 1-, 2-, or 3-configuration setups. A 93-kWh (or larger) battery pack will be spec’d for the U.S. market. The gasoline-powered Macan (pictured) will remain in the lineup for a few years. Pricing for the Macan EV will start at about $75,000.

Subaru Solterra/Toyota bZ4X

Subau Solterra/Toyota bZ4X

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Subaru and Toyota have partnered to produce their first dedicated EV compact crossovers, the Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X. The 2 vehicles look nearly identical, except for the grille area and wheels. They’re both available in twin-motor (215 hp) versions; the bZ4X also comes in a single-motor (201 hp) front-wheel-drive version. The bZ4X has a 64-kWh battery pack; the Solterra, a 71-kWh. Estimated ranges for both are more than 200 miles and vary by model. The bZ4X comes with either front- wheel drive or all-wheel drive; the Solterra is all-wheel drive only. Both receive Subaru’s X-Mode and Grip Control, which improve traction and handling, and DC fast charging. They’ll be available in mid-2022, with pricing starting just below $40,000.

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla’s wild Cybertruck has been described as a cross between a DeLorean and a doorstop. Its wedge-shaped weirdness certainly is like nothing else out there. Its promises—up to 3 electric motors, a stainless-steel exoskeleton, a minimalist cabin with a huge center touch screen, a 3,500-pound payload and a 14,000-pound towing capacity, a sub-3-second 0-to-60 time, more than 500 miles of range, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive—are daunting, to say nothing of its production challenges. Word is it will be built in a new Texas factory, alongside an updated Model Y, with production starting in 2023. Base pricing will range from $40,000 to $70,000.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

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In 2011, the first Tesla Roadster departed the automotive scene after just 4 years. Many Tesla enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting a Roadster revival . . . and they’re gonna have to wait some more. A 2nd-generation prototype of the Roadster was revealed in November 2017: a stunning 2+2 coupe with a removable glass roof, 3 electric motors, a 200-kWh battery, and all-wheel drive, giving it a 0-to-60 time of 1.9 seconds, a 600-mile range, and a top speed of 250 mph. It was expected to arrive, with a price tag of about $200,000, in late 2020. But in both May 2020 and September 2021 it was pushed back yet again. The current production date is 2023.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

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An EV version of VW’s iconic Microbus is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in 2023, 5 years after its debut as a concept (pictured). How cool is that? The new minivan’s appearance will be toned down from the concept’s; it will share a platform with the current ID.4 crossover. The Buzz will likely be offered in 2 versions: a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup with about 200 hp and a dual-motor version producing about 300 hp. VW is aiming for a range of 340 miles per charge. A ride-hailing version, commercial van, and automated-vehicle version are also in the works. Estimated base price: $50,000.

Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion

At the L.A. Auto Show in November 2021, Volkswagen unveiled the ID. Space Vizzion concept, a wagon-like crossover. It’s likely to be powered by a rear-mounted electric motor (275 hp); a dual-motor all-wheel drive version (355 hp) might also be produced. The Space Vizzion’s 82-kWh battery pack should be good for a range of 300 miles. The interior will feature environmentally friendly materials such as vegan leather, a large head-up display, and a 16-inch touch screen on the center console. VW seems committed to a production version of the Space Vizzion, but pricing and production information weren’t available at press time.

Excerpted and adapted from the AAA Car Guide, available in hard copy at AAA branches.

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