big news with the arrival of the new Dacia Duster, Toyota C-HR, Peugeot 3008 and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Mazda MX-30 R-EV
There are no restyling or updates for Mazda’s first 100% electric model. The change is technical in nature, as the engine compartment of the Mazda MX-30 R-EV will have a heating and turning unit, in addition to a 145-horsepower electric motor. It’s a small range-extending Wankel engine. The Mazda MX-30 does suffer from a reduced range of 200km (WLTP) and with this range extender to be used to charge the battery, the range should improve significantly. Remember, BMW did the same thing with the BMW i3, Mazda took the idea by swapping it with Wankel sauce from this German name that developed the rotary engine that Mazda put into a production model for the first time (Mazda Cosmo Sports 110S). ) in 1967. The world premiere of the Mazda MX-30 R-EV SUV should be at the Brussels European Motor Show (open to the public from January 14-24, 2023).
Audi Q3 (restyling)
The Audi Q3 is reaching the middle of its career and will allow for a small facelift. This will include a front end with a modified grille, while at the rear, the light signature, shield design will undergo an evolution. On board, we should see air conditioning buttons instead of the current model’s wheels, and the automatic gearbox lever should give way to a simple, more modern joystick. Engines and handling should not be subject to changes, if the Audi Q3 sells well, there is no need to spoil things for the Ingolstadt manufacturer.
Mercedes GLA (restyling)
A prototype of the Mercedes GLA, decorated with pieces of glue on the back and bow, drives on the road. As for the exterior of the model, the facelift should be minimal and in the front we will find a new internal architecture of the headlights, a slightly modified radiator grille and modified screens. At the rear, modifications will be more limited with different interior graphics of lights. The restyling will also concern the passenger compartment, the Mercedes GLA will have to stop at the Mercedes Class A, whose restyled version will be shown in 2022.
This is the concept car announcing the new Toyota C-HR. Developed by Toyota’s ED² team in the south of France, this concept car showcases the styling of the next generation of Toyota’s compact crossover. This model, which will be presented in the summer and will go on the market at the end of the year, will have a traditional self-charging hybrid engine taken from the latest Toyota Corolla in two power levels: 140 and 196 hp. Also available in Europe will be a 223-horsepower plug-in hybrid with a built-in battery, a plug-in hybrid that will be found in the next Toyota Prius.
Under thick camouflage, the prototype of the next generation of Peugeot 3008 costs on the Scandinavian side. To differentiate itself from the current model, the Peugeot 3008 will feature an SUV coupe look with a retractable roofline and a multi-sloping tailgate. To hide this difference, the prototype shows a special camouflage on the back. Powered by a mild hybrid 48V 136hp petrol engine, this model will feature more diesel under the hood, two new 180hp and 200hp plug-in hybrid engines, and will receive a new dual-clutch electrified gearbox. PSA / Punch Powertrain. There will also be an electric (for Peugeot e-3008) with several power levels, since the Peugeot e-3008 can be equipped with one or two electric motors (all-wheel drive). Autonomy should reach 500 km or even exceed it. The French-built Peugeot 3008 will be supported by the new Peugeot 5008 in 2024, which will retain a more cubic silhouette for better interior space in the rear.
Volkswagen Tiguan 3
Still heavily camouflaged, the new Volkswagen Tiguan is undergoing final testing before it goes on sale later this year. The new Volkswagen Tiguan should see its dimensions become more family-friendly than in the past. Based on the MQB multi-energy platform, this model will still have a wide range of engines. There will be micro-hybrid gasoline and diesel heating units, as well as plug-in hybrids.
Presentation of the new generation of BMW X2, which will be presented in early 2024. This new opus covers the technical base of the BMW X1 as well as its engines. It may also be available in a 100% electric version with the engine and batteries of the BMW iX1. The next-generation BMW X2 will model its styling on the BMW X1 with the differences of the more sloping rear pillars and the receding roofline. This is the BMW X1, which will also feature an interior with two large curved screens, a center console and a dashboard equipped with minimal physical controls.
At the end of the year, Dacia has to introduce a new generation of its favorite model, Dacia Duster. Model whose styling will be inspired by the Dacia Bigster concept car (photo). A new platform for this model, Renault Clio 5 and new engines under the hood, especially the new 130 hp 48 V 1.2 TCe micro-hybrid gasoline unit (Renault Austral model), hybrid 1.6 E-Tech 140 hp. , and for the 4×4 electric version, an electric motor placed on the rear axle combined with a 1.2 TCe driving the front wheels. Thanks to the 1.2 TCe modified for this use, there will still be a 100bhp petrol/LPG offering at launch, followed by 120bhp later. It should be noted that this model will no longer be available with a diesel engine. Slightly larger than the current Dacia Duster, this model will be positioned as an alternative to compact SUVs at the price of an urban SUV, while the seven-seater Dacia Bigster will strengthen Dacia’s SUV offering and compete with family SUVs. The new Dacia Duster, presented at the end of the year, should go on sale in the first half of 2024.
The new generation of the Mazda CX-5 arrives at the end of the year. This SUV will have a long hood to house the six-cylinder inline engine that will also power the next-generation Mazda 6. The presence of this six-cylinder unit will lead to changes in architecture after the new Mazda CX-5. it can be converted to a rear-wheel-drive model, although a four-wheel-drive version is also available. Its styling should be inspired by the Mazda MX-30 electric model. A higher-end model than the current generation, the Mazda CX-5 could later receive a “coupe” body variant that could be called the Mazda CX-50. Both models will use the same engines. That is, six cylinders with 3 liters in gasoline and 3.3 liters in diesel will have 285 horsepower. You will also find 190 hp or 230 hp 2.5 gasoline four-cylinder units under the hood and micro-hybridized units at 48 V, as well as a plug-in hybrid engine.