2022 North American International Auto Show
After a two-year hiatus, the North American International Auto Show has made its way back to Detroit, and with it some once in a generation reveals.
Make that the 7th generation of America’s original pony car as the 2024 Mustang was publicly unveiled in Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Good news for fans, Mustang continues the V8 legacy by offering the most powerful 5.0-liter GT yet, still with a manual transmission standard, as well as a stronger EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder. Aside from the new looks inside, the cabin has also been revamped; big screens, tech-savvy and with enhanced materials throughout.
The 2024 Mustang is expected to go on sale Summer 2023.
Jeep introduced two new 2023 models, each pulling from the automaker’s rich heritage.
The Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary Edition and the Wrangler 4xe Willys silently crawled up onto the Jeep stage. As the names suggest, both utilize the brand’s plug-in hybrid system along with special appearance accents. The Grand Cherokee will arrive in dealers early 2023 in limited quantities, whereas the Willys will arrive late 2022.
Chevrolet charged forward with an electrified showcase and one showing internal combustion is far from history.
That reveal was the 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition. Its 6.2-liter V8 rates 433 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque; a slight increase over the regular RST. Other components were taken by the pursuit-rated police Tahoe.
Alongside it the Equinox EV, with its recently confirmed starting price of “around thirty-thousand dollars” and a standard range of 250 miles. The upcoming Blazer EV and Silverado EV were also on display.
And that does it for this week’s MotorNews!
Chevy Reveals Updated Traverse, Hyundai Launches New Santa Fe, & JD Power to Set EV BenchmarksAugust 14, 2023
It’s been an incredible summer for reveals, from SUVs to sports cars.
Chevrolet debuted the 2024 Traverse. This third-generation model is powered by a new turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 making an estimated 315 horsepower. A new off-road-focused Z71 trim packs all-terrain tires, extra ground clearance, skid plates and more.
Hyundai also took to the web to showcase the fifth-generation Santa Fe. This midsize SUV features a radical redesign both inside and out, with modern, EV-like cues throughout. No exact details on powertrain or pricing just yet.
Subaru made an exciting BRZ reveal at Subiefest in California…
The BRZ will soon receive a tS trim, featuring track-oriented upgrades. This means STI-tuned dampers, gold-painted Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires on 18-inch wheels. The tS comes with a six-speed manual only.
Nissan is spicing up their own coupe with the Z NISMO. Underneath the trim-specific bodywork, Nissan fitted better brakes, suspension components and Dunlop performance tires. The twin-turbo V6 sees a power increase, now 420 horsepower and 384 lb-ft. The Z’s nine-speed automatic is standard.
Finally, in electric vehicle news, the U.S. Department of Energy has selected JD Power to monitor the nation’s EV progress…
The DOE has enlisted JD Power’s EV Index to set benchmarks and monitor rising infrastructure development. The EV Index is an analytic tool used to track the nation’s growing electric vehicle market.
The Index tracks millions of data points across six categories, updated monthly.
According to JD Power, a lack of public charging infrastructure has consistently been a top consumer barrier to EV adoption.
And that’s it for this week’s Motor News.