5 New Versions of Existing Car Models Arriving Soon and Why You Should Look Forward to Them
The new model year brings many refreshed cars from multiple automakers. Among them, Chevrolet, Genesis, Honda, and Toyota will soon debut revamped versions. Here are five redesigned car models that are worth the wait.
2023 Honda Civic Type R
The newly redesigned Civic Type R is “the most powerful vehicle ever to wear the Honda badge in America,” U.S. News notes. Honda boasts that the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine harnesses 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s 9 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque more than the previous Civic Type R.
The revamped Type R takes plenty of cues from the latest Civic generation. This newest iteration debuted for the 2022 model year for the 11th generation. Compared with the previous generation, the redesigned car model is smoother and less angular. The folks at Car and Driver call the updated look more grown-up and the interior more streamlined and less cluttered. A large rear wing and triple exhaust are the main giveaways that the Type R a isn’t your standard Civic.
2023 Genesis G80 Electrified
Hyundai’s luxury brand is expanding its sedan offerings to include a fully electric Genesis G80. U.S. News expects the new EV to keep the gas-powered model’s looks, boast all-wheel drive, and get a range of 265 miles on a full charge.
U.S. News notes the new model will include the 400/800V rapid-charging system. Thanks to its vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability, it can also power external devices. Sustainability will also be emphasized, with trims using recycled materials and naturally dyed upholstery.
2023 Toyota GR Corolla
Toyota’s new hot hatch enters the segment as a competitor to the Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R. The 2023 GR Corolla’s turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-three produces 300 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. AWD is standard, as is a six-speed manual transmission. Drivers can decide how much power is distributed between the front and back wheels.
Visually, the 2023 GR Corolla boasts more aggressive styling than the standard Corolla hatchback. Wider fenders, a large rear wing, and air vents add to the sportier appearance. The 18-inch wheels also get Michelin summer tires.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The redesigned Chevy Corvette Z06 is the first Z06 with a mid-engine configuration. Horsepower is up over the standard C8: The 5.5-liter V8 generates 670 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This more track-focused version can challenge European supercars in performance, C/D says.
Compared with the standard C8, the Z06 is 3.6 inches wider, with 20-inch wheels in the front and 21-inch wheels in the rear, U.S. News reports. However, an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is the only option for the Z06. Drivers wanting better performance can upgrade to the Z07 performance package.
Chevrolet Corvette hybrid
In addition to unveiling the redesigned Z06, Chevrolet also announced a hybrid Corvette. It’s unknown whether it will be a traditional hybrid or a plug-in version, but the new car model will be the first Corvette with AWD. U.S. News speculates a V8 would pair with electric motors to produce more than the Z06’s 670 hp.
C/D reports a fully electric Corvette, tentatively named E-Ray, will arrive after the hybrid’s release.
How much will these redesigned car models cost?
The price for these new car models varies from the high $30,000s to over $100,000.
C/D estimates the Honda Civic Type R will start at $39,000. That’s much higher than the 2022 Civic’s $22,550 MSRP.
Genesis states the electric G80 will start at $79,825.
And Toyota GR Corolla prices run the gamut across three trims. MSRPs start at $36,995 for the standard Core, $43,995 for the mid-range Circuit, and $50,995 for the top-tier Morizo Edition.
The folks at Car and Driver say the Corvette Z06’s base 1LZ coupe will carry a $109,295 price tag. C/D hasn’t ventured a guess about the hybrid’s MSRP but estimates the EV will start at $100,000.