The difficulties derived from the eternal economic crisis and semiconductor supply problems have been key factors for the automobile market in Spain to close the 2022 financial year with lower sales figures than those obtained last year.
However, the forecasts of novelties for next year invite optimism. Below, we offer a preview of some of the new models that we will be able to enjoy in 2023, with a wide and attractive offer of cars where electrification reaches very high levels.
100% electric cars, protagonists
100% electric propulsion systems continue to gain ground and the offer is increasingly extensive in all segments. In the premium category, the arrival of the Audi Q8 e-tron SUV, also available in a Sportback version, is imminent. They will be able to equip two or three electric motors depending on the version, with powers of up to 370 kW and autonomy that can reach 575 km.
One of its most fearsome rivals will be the Volvo EX 90, a 100% electric SUV that announces up to 600 km of autonomy on a single charge. The launch version will have two electric motors, with a power of 517 hp. Its 111 kWh battery can be charged from 10 to 80% in less than 30 minutes and will incorporate the necessary software for bidirectional charging.
After the success of the Ioniq 5, Hyundai will launch the Ioniq 6 in 2023, a futuristic 100% electric coupé saloon capable of homologating a range of up to 614 km. It will be available with the possibility of ultra-fast charging, two battery configurations -53 or 77.4 kWh- and rear or all-wheel drive versions. The range of another Korean manufacturer, Kia, will also grow with the arrival of the EV9, destined to conquer the segment of large electric SUVs.
Lexus will enhance its electric UX 300e, with the launch in May of a version improved by a high-capacity 72.8 kWh battery that will increase the range up to 450 km. In the case of Volkswagen, the electric range will grow at the end of the year with the ID. AERO, intended for the upper-middle-class saloon segment.
One of the most anticipated models is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, a high-performance version of the Korean firm’s electric model that can set new benchmarks in driving fun in the electric age. However, the maximum exclusivity corresponds to the Rolls-Royce Spectre, the brand’s first fully electric car (430 kW and a range of 520 km), which will be launched on the market during the fourth quarter.
Electricity is also established at Maserati, which has already completed its GranTurismo Folgore Full-Electric coupé model. It will be produced in Italy and will hit the market in 2023. Another manufacturer with a sports DNA, Lotus, will make a complete turnaround in its strategy with the launch of the Eletre electric SUV, with powers starting at 600 HP and a range that could reach 600 km.
The Polestar 3 will be another of the launches scheduled for 2023. It also responds to the concept of a high-performance electric SUV and is expected to be capable of reaching 600 km of electric autonomy. The Mercedes-Benz range will feature its first AMG SUV, the EQE, equipped with two electric motors and powers of up to 687 HP.
In the absence of more details, 2023 could also be the year of the launch of a 100% electric version of the Porsche Macan.
SUVs are the majority
Sales of SUV or crossover-type models have definitively prevailed over traditional segments. A trend that should continue thanks to attractive innovations that are expected in 2023.
Due to its strong personality, one of the most anticipated models is the Ford Bronco, which will arrive in limited numbers at the end of 2023. With extraordinary off-road capability, intelligent technologies, and an unmistakable design, it is inspired by the 1966 original and has been developed thinking about off-road driving.
With an imminent arrival there are models as attractive as the Jeep Avenger or the Ssangyong Torres, the brand’s first model based on a new design philosophy and which will reach European markets during the second half of 2023 as an electric vehicle. Another novelty that will take on an important role will be the new generation of the Mitsubishi ASX, manufactured in Spain, intended for the B segment and available in mild hybrid, hybrid and PHEV versions.
In the case of Honda, it will be the turn of a completely new model that will be located between the HR-V and the CR-V, under the name ZR-V.
In 2023, interesting launches are expected among the most sporty models, led by dream cars such as the Ferrari Purosangue, the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato or the Porsche 911 T.
It will be Ferrari’s debut in the SUV segment and its first five-door. It is equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 naturally aspirated engine of 725 hp, F1 DCT type automatic transmission, dual-clutch and equipped with all-wheel drive with electronic differential, evolved ABS, directional rear axle and carbon-ceramic brakes.
Porsche will expand the range of the 911 with a particularly light version, equipped with very sporty equipment. The rear seats are eliminated, it is equipped with a seven-speed manual transmission, it has a mechanical limited-slip differential and the PASM sports suspension is standard. The twin-turbo six-cylinder boxer engine develops 385 PS and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
The Huracán Sterrato is an off-road supercar with a 5.2-liter V10 engine, 610 HP and all-wheel drive, designed to offer maximum driving pleasure even off-road. The ground clearance is increased by 44 mm compared to the Huracán EVO and aluminum protections on the front underbody.
Slightly more affordable, but equally exciting, BMW will launch the new M2 in April, with a 460 hp 6-cylinder inline engine and an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox, although a manual gearbox will also be offered as an option. The German firm announces a sophisticated chassis technology that will delight the most demanding.
A prominent protagonist will be the Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance, a high-performance hybrid with a two-liter gasoline engine at the front and an electric motor at the rear axle, for a system power of 680 HP.
Renewal in all segments
In a market where segments are mixed to satisfy any need, the compact continues to enjoy good health. One of the bestseller of the season will be the C4 X, manufactured in Spain for everyone and which will have gasoline, diesel and electric engines (ë-C4 X). His arrival is scheduled for the first quarter of the year.
In the urban segment, Mitsubishi will launch the new generation of the Colt in the fall and Ford will put on the market a total renovation of its iconic Mustang, equipped with a more avant-garde style, new V8 engine and a digital instrument panel.
The iconic Type R version of the Civic will be another of the most anticipated novelties, without forgetting the new generation of Volkswagen’s Amarok pick-up or the 100% electric version of the Opel Astra.