Kia has revealed the second generation of its electrified Niro crossover. With styling borrowed from the HabaNiro concept of 2019 and featuring Audi-like rear side blades and U-shaped LEDs on the nose. Materials inside include fabrics made from eucalyptus leaves and the doors are painted with a lower-emissions paint that is free from benzene, toluene, and xylene. The model will be offered starting next year with hybrid, PHEV, and EV powertrains, much like the current version of the Niro. Styling inside is more conventionally Kia, offering large screens linked through a common bezel as well as a two-spoke steering wheel.
Mazda’s CX-3 subcompact crossover, gone from the U.S. market and expected to have disappeared here as well, continues for 2022. The CX-3 will arrive at dealers next month and will see new standard features as well as more colour choices, starting from $21,800. Rain-sensing wipers and auto headlights are added to the standard equipment list. All models also offer a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GX model will continue to be offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed auto, both front-drive only, with GS and up automatic-only and offering all-wheel drive.
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis has said that if you want a Hellcat V8 from the brand, your time is running out. “I will have this car, this platform, this powertrain as we know it through the end of ’23,” he told Motor Authority, addressing the current Charger and Challenger and that supercharged V8. “There’s two more years to buy a Hellcat, then it’s history.” Starting in 2024, Dodge plans to (along with the rest of Stellantis) move on with new platforms, new cars, and electrification. A concept version of that 2024 electric muscle car is expected to be revealed early next year with two more new model reveals set for 2022.
Cadillac’s first EV, the Lyriq, is getting closer to production. The automaker says its engineers have completed what it calls the “80 per cent validation drive.” This marks the point where GM has finished the main engineering and is now “fine-tuning Lyriq’s touchpoints,” said executive chief engineer Jamie Brewer. It’s time to iron out the details of the 2023 Lyriq, set to start production next spring and launch with a Debut Edition complete with 100.4 kWh battery pack and rear-wheel drive with 340 hp and a 483 km range.