You’ve mostly likely heard of the CX-5, Mazda’s popular compact crossover SUV, and maybe you’ve even taken notice of the little CX-3 subcompact crossover, not to mention both models’ larger CX-9…

Mazda prices all-new off-road capable 2023 CX-50

2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo
The new 2023 CX-50 provides on-road refinement with more off-road capability than any previous Mazda SUV.

You’ve mostly likely heard of the CX-5, Mazda’s popular compact crossover SUV, and maybe you’ve even taken notice of the little CX-3 subcompact crossover, not to mention both models’ larger CX-9 mid-size seven-passenger utility. If you’re really car savvy you’ll also know that Mazda offers the sporty CX-30 between the CX-3 and CX-5, not to mention the new MX-30 electric crossover that’s sized similarly to the CX-30, but were you aware the new compact CX-50 is on its way?

If you’re CX-confused right about now we’ll understand, because the independent Japanese automaker hasn’t exactly tiptoed lightly into the crossover SUV sector, even having a long-discontinued model (in our market) dubbed CX-7 to its credit. So far, all CX models (including the lone MX-30) have been for pavement and light-duty off-road use only, but Mazda is changing things up with the new 2023 CX-50, and beefing up the brand’s styling while they’re at it.

New CX-50 offers plenty more SUV for many more dollars

2023 Mazda CX-50
Mazda is targeting the new CX-50 at those who are more serious about their outdoor lifestyles.

Ushering in a new look for Mazda’s SUV lineup, the CX-50 joins the CX-30 in previewing an entirely new naming scheme for Mazda’s SUV lineup, which will eventually be followed by the two-row CX-70 and three-row CX-90 mid-size models. The compact CX-50 is sized similarly to the current CX-5, yet it’s priced higher at $37,900 in base GS-L trim, making it $7,700 pricier than today’s base CX-5. Likewise, the CX-50 GT will start at $42,850, which makes it $3,900 more expensive than the equivalent 2022 CX-5 GT AWD.

For that we can expect even more premium finishings and features, plus, as noted earlier, the ability to venture farther off the beaten path than its more city-centric sibling. Some standard 2023 CX-50 GX-L features include LED headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear rooftop spoiler, a 7.0-inch driver’s display, a 10.25-inch Mazda Connect infotainment touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, heatable front seats and a heated steering wheel rim, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, a panoramic glass sunroof, and a powered rear liftgate. Additionally, standard driver assist systems will include emergency front braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

GT and Meridian Edition trims should be popular

2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo
The CX-50 will be available with with 187 hp and 256 hp engine options, plus standard AWD.

The CX-50 GT further adds adaptive cornering headlamps, a head-up display system, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a 360-degree surround parking camera, ventilated front seats, a powered front passenger seat, leather upholstery, premium audio, a navigation system, wireless phone charging, and rear emergency braking.

Later this year, Mazda will also offer a CX-50 Turbo Meridian Edition, featuring exclusive 18-inch rims on all-terrain rubber, beefier headlight and rocker panel protective cladding, and available “outdoor-specific” accessories. We can expect pricing for this model to arrive closer to its availability.

Longer and leaner CX-50 provides an athletic stance

2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo
Top-tier CX-5’s are already quite luxurious, with Nappa leather upholstery and real hardwood trim, but the CX-50 should still see improvements.

While some literature claims the CX-50 as a mid-size model, in North America it will be considered a compact as it’s only slightly larger than our current CX-5 and shares the compact model’s transverse platform underpinnings, which also gets utilized by the even smaller CX-30 and fourth-generation Mazda3. All in all, the CX-50 measures 4,719 mm (185.8 in) long with a 2,814-mm (110.8-in) wheelbase, plus it’s 1,852 mm (72.9 in) wide and between 1,613 and 1,623 mm (63.5–63.9 in) tall, depending on the trim.

This makes the CX-50 169 mm (6.6 in) longer than the CX-5, with 116 mm (4.5 mm) of added wheelbase for significant growth from nose to tail, but it’s only 10 mm (0.4 in) wider, the key measurement when comparing compact to mid-size models. What’s more, even at its tallest the CX-50 is a considerable 57 mm (2.2 in) lower than the CX-5, which helps make it appear longer, leaner and thus, sportier.

CX-50 performance and fuel economy should remain similar to the CX-5

2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo
The CX-50 will come standard with a 7.0-inch digital driver’s display.

Whether it actually feels sportier off the line will be another story, being that the CX-50 utilizes the same standard 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine as the CX-5, rated at an identical 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, although it comes standard with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation. It also features the same six-speed automatic transmission and standard i-Activ all-wheel-drive system, yet the CX-50 weighs in at 1,681 to 1,772 kg (3,706–3,907 lbs), depending on trim, a weighty 176 to 113 kg (388–249 lbs) more than the lightest and heaviest CX-5.

In GT Turbo trim, the CX-50 will receive the CX-5’s optional 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, and thus should help minimize any performance differences, although take note that engine output is reduced to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft when running 87-octane regular unleaded fuel.

Standard “Mi-Drive” system includes Off-Road driving mode

2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo
The CX-50 is considerably longer than today’s CX-5, with greater wheelbase too, so we can expect more rear seat legroom.

The 2023 CX-50 GT Turbo will start at $45,350, and like the other trims will receive various standard “Mi-Drive” driving modes including Sport, Off-Road and Tow settings, while the CX-50’s trailering capacity is average for the class at 907 kg (2,000 lbs) when fitted with the naturally aspirated engine, but up to 1,587 kg (3,500 lbs) with the turbo.

As for fuel economy, the CX-5 may not offer greater relief at the pump unless the 2023 model receives some transmission updates, because the current cylinder-deactivated all-wheel drive model is rated at 9.8 L/100km in the city, 7.9 on the highway and 9.0 combined, compared to the CX-50’s claimed estimate of 9.7 L/100 km city, 7.9 highway and 8.9 combined. Yes, you read that correctly. The new CX-50 is thriftier on fuel than the much lighter CX-5. Let’s see how these two come out in the wash, so to speak, because the CX-50 really should go through slightly more fuel, unless its longer, lower shape allows for big aerodynamic improvements on the highway.

New U.S.-built CX-50 to arrive in May

All said, the 2023 CX-50, which will be built on a separate line alongside the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross at the new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing joint-venture plant in Huntsville, Alabama, will go on sale in May of this year. The new plant will be capable of building up to 300,000 units per year, split between the two automakers.

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Porsche is bringing its Platinum Edition back to the Cayenne lineup for 2022, after three years off the market. The 2016–2018 trim level was popular in its day, and by all accounts should be even more…

Porsche brings back Cayenne Platinum Edition for 2022

2022 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition
The new Platinum Edition combines the the Cayenne’s sporty character traits with a little more city-slicker class.

Porsche is bringing its Platinum Edition back to the Cayenne lineup for 2022, after three years off the market. The 2016–2018 trim level was popular in its day, and by all accounts should be even more so now.

Unlike the previous version, which was only available in one body style, the updated Platinum Edition can now be had in both the regular Cayenne and the more recently added Cayenne Coupe, plus it’s now available with three different V6 powertrains, including the 335-horsepower base model, the 455-hp E-Hybrid, and the 405-hp S trim.

Satin-silver details plus extra standard features combine for an upscale design

2022 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition
A special set of wheels and unique trim separate the Platinum Edition from its stable mates.

Unique Platinum Edition features include special satin-finish Platinum paint on key trim areas, such as the front fascia air intake slats, the headlight bezels, the exclusive 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, the “PORSCHE” lettering across the centre portion of the rear LED tail lamp, and the model designation just underneath. Additionally, the Platinum Edition gets sporty black side window garnishes and blackened sport exhaust pipes.

Of note, standard colours include solid white and black, while available metallics are Jet Black, Carrara White, Mahogany, Moonlight Blue, and Chalk, with the latter grey tone being a higher-priced special colour.

Platinum Edition boasts unique interior trim plus a number of key upgrades

2022 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition
Stepping inside, these model designation door sill plates greet you.

When entering the Platinum Edition you’ll need to step over an aluminum door sill etched with the scripted “Platinum Edition” logo, while other niceties include special textured aluminum inlays as well as silver trim, plus Chalk-coloured seat belts.

The Platinum Edition also benefits from standard LED headlights with the cornering-capable Dynamic Light System (PDLS), plus a set of eight-way-powered leather sport seats featuring embossed Porsche crests in the front and rear outboard headrests. Additionally, the Platinum Edition adds a modern analogue clock to the dash-top, plus a Bose surround-sound stereo system, ambient lighting, privacy glass, and last but hardly least, a panoramic sunroof.

A reasonable price bump for all the added style and features

2022 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition
Attractive textured metal inlays join more aluminum trim and plenty of other upgrades (check the gallery for more photos).

Pricing for the 2022 Platinum Edition begins at $92,800 for the base Cayenne model and $97,500 for the same engine with the Cayenne Coupe, while package upgrade starts at $109,100 in the regular Cayenne when powered by the E-Hybrid drivetrain, or $110,500 when this engine is matched to the Coupe. Lastly, the Cayenne S starts at $109,300, while the Cayenne S Coupe can be had for $112,000.

Porsche Canada will start delivering the new 2022 Cayenne Platinum Edition models this summer, but if you can’t wait that long take note that Porsche Canada is currently offering new 2022 Cayenne models with factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent. Check out CarCostCanada for all the details, plus see how their unique system can save you thousands on your next new vehicle purchase, and make sure to download their free app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

 

 

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Porsche is adding a new “T” trim line to its most popular Macan model for 2023, and it looks to be an ideal combination of fuel-efficiency and agility. The Macan, which was updated midway through…

Porsche Canada introduces sporty new Macan T for 2023

2023 Porsche Macan T
The new 2023 Macan T adds sporty styling and sharper handling performance to the more affordable four-cylinder model.

Porsche is adding a new “T” trim line to its most popular Macan model for 2023, and it looks to be an ideal combination of fuel-efficiency and agility.

The Macan, which was updated midway through 2021 for the current 2022 model year, gets refreshed exterior styling as well as an updated interior. Key details inside include a new centre stack and console, incorporating a 10.9-inch touchscreen filled with a fully-networked Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment interface up top, plus a stylish glass-like interface with touch-sensitive switchgear below.

Macan T adds special styling details

2023 Porsche Macan T
Grey Agate metallic and high-gloss black trim, plus 20-inch grey alloys from the Macan S add some aggression to the new T’s visual character.

The new 2023 Macan T adds some nice exterior and interior design details such as Agate Grey metallic trim elements outside, specifically on the front fascia, mirror caps, side blades (which also include “Macan T” script), the rooftop spoiler, and the rear bumper cap, plus glossy black exterior window trim and exhaust pipes, as well as Dark Titanium 20-inch Macan S alloy wheels and the choice of 13 plain, metallic and special colours.

Stepping inside reveals “Macan T” branded black aluminum door sill plates, a multifunction GT steering wheel featuring a heated leather-wrapped rim (that can optionally be covered in Race-Tex), and heatable eight-way powered sport seats with grey pinstriped Sport-Tex centre panels and embossed Porsche crests on the front headrests. This exclusive upholstery is based on the Macan’s Black leather package, and therefore features silver stitching on the seat bolsters, headrests, and steering wheel rim.

Lightweight four-cylinder Macan prioritizes handling

2023 Porsche Macan T
The mirror caps get the Grey Agate metallic treatment for a sportier look.

Up until now the “T” designation has never been used outside of Porsche’s 718 and 911 sports cars lines, and due to this the Macan T is the first Porsche with steel suspension components to bear the name, plus the first four-door model to do so. T, which stands for Touring in Porsche-speak, was originally used for the 1968 911 T, but now is a trim level that designates lightweight, affordable performance, particularly emphasizing handling dynamics.

To this end the new Macan T’s suspension is lowered by 15 mm and comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), although take note that a further 10 mm drop can be achieved by opting for the brand’s adaptive air suspension. Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive is also standard, which is expected, but it receives more rear torque bias in the Macan T in order to improve at-the-limit cornering. Additional standard features include stiffer front anti-roll bars and specific chassis tuning that Porsche says is “the perfect suspension for the vehicle and powertrain.” Additionally, those opting for the Macan T’s available Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system will find that it’s been further retuned to enhance performance through tight, fast-paced curves.

Upgraded powertrain is identical to entry-level 2022 Macan

2023 Porsche Macan T
Here’s a badge you’ve never seen before… It dares you to keep up in the corners.

As part of its 2022 refresh, the base four-cylinder engine received a bump up from 248 horsepower to 261 hp, and 273 lb-ft of torque to 295 lb-ft, which translates into much stronger get-up-and-go. In fact, the model’s zero to 100 km/h sprint time has been reduced by 0.2 seconds, from 6.7 seconds to 6.5 in the new model, while base models upgraded with the Sport Chrono package see their sprint times drop from 6.4 seconds to 6.2. The Macan T comes standard with the Sport Chrono package, so it benefits from quicker acceleration, while its top track speed is limited to 232 km/h.

Along with the Sport Chrono package is a dash-top mounted stopwatch/lap timer, plus a convenient steering wheel-mounted Sport Response button that makes switching between drive modes quick and easy. This can be used to shorten the shift increments of its standard seven-speed dual-clutch automated Porsche’s Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, the latter standard across the entire Macan line.

Speaking of alternative Macan models, those wanting more straight-line performance can choose the revised 348-hp 2022 Macan S that hightails it from zero to 100 km/h in only 4.8 seconds, while the latest 434-hp Macan GTS blasts from standstill to the same speed in just 4.5 seconds, which incidentally was the previous Macan Turbo’s sprint time.

Macan T slots in between base Macan and Macan S trims

2023 Porsche Macan T
Macan T script on the black aluminum door sill guards greets driver and passengers upon entry.

The Macan GTS costs a cool $85,500, by the way, which is fair value considering its performance and Porsche pedigree, while the Macan S will set owners back a much more affordable $70,600. The new Macan T will fit right in between the S and base model, the latter of which starts at just $58,500, plus it benefits from the four-cylinder engine’s considerably lower running costs when it comes to fuel-efficiency. Currently we only have the base model’s numbers of 12.2 L/100km in the city, 10.2 on the highway and 11.3 combined, but these shouldn’t change in its transition to T trim, whereas the 2022 Macan S is rated at 13.1 in the city, 9.6 on the highway and 11.5 combined, and GTS at 13.5 city, 10.5 highway and 12.2 combined.

2023 Porsche Macan T
The seats get Porsche crests on the headrests and grey pinstriped Race-Tex inserts.

Macan T pricing and detailed ordering info will be announced early this spring, but take note that all of the other models mentioned can currently be had with factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent. Check out CarCostCanada’s 2022 Porsche Macan Canada Prices page for more detailed info, plus the ability to price out each Macan trim including options on their configuration tool. CarCostCanada will also keep you apprised of any other manufacturer deals, like rebates, if you become a member, and you’ll always have access to dealer invoice pricing info, which can help you save thousands when negotiating your next new vehicle deal. In fact, CarCostCanada members are saving an average of $1,250 when purchasing the new Macan, impressive considering how tight inventories are these days, so be sure to check out how their system works and definitely download their free app from the Google Play store or Apple Store.

 

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Nissan’s Leaf has a permanent place in history for being one of the first modern-day mass-production electric vehicles available anywhere, and arguably the first practical EV (sorry Mitsubishi), so…

Nissan to build two all-new EVs at its Canton, Mississippi plant

2021 Nissan Leaf
Nissan’s Leaf was one of the first mass-market electric cars of this modern age, and up until recently the best-selling EV globally.

Nissan’s Leaf has a permanent place in history for being one of the first modern-day mass-production electric vehicles available anywhere, and arguably the first practical EV (sorry Mitsubishi), so it’s no wonder the compact hatchback quickly became the best-selling electric vehicle in the world.

Nevertheless, as good as the first-generation Leaf was in its day, and as important as it was for reducing “range anxiety” with its second-generation model for 2018, plus eliminating such concerns completely when introducing its “Plus” trim level in 2019 that increased range from an EPA rating of 243 km (151 miles) to 364 km (226 miles), it’s no longer the coolest, quickest or most capable EV on the block.

Once best-selling Leaf sales are waning due to strong competition

2021 Nissan Leaf
While still a strong contender due to pricing, the Leaf is starting to lose out to more capable and exciting competitors.

Knowing this, as evidenced by just 14,239 deliveries effectively dropping the Leaf’s popularity to sixth in the U.S. last year (fifth in Canada), behind the Tesla Model Y with 172,700 units sold, the Tesla Model 3 with 128,600 new buyers, the Ford Mustang Mach-E with 27,140 sales, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV with 24,803 deliveries, and the new Volkswagen ID.4 with 16,742 unit-sales (Model 3 was first last year in Canada, and Model Y second), plus appreciating that Hyundai’s Kona Electric also made the U.S. top-10 EV list with 8,936 units sold, while that Korean brand’s new Ioniq5 is just getting started, and its sister brand Kia’s EV6 is set to debut next month, not to mention other electric models soon to arrive from nearly every legacy brand, the Japanese automaker understands it’s time to build on the past with more models for the future.

Nissan investing half a billion into US EV manufacturing and technology operations

2022 Nissan Frontier
Nissan is updating its Canton plant, where the new 2022 Frontier (shown) and Titan are produced, for full-EV production.

Therefore, Nissan is investing $500 million USD to partially transform its Canton, Mississippi assembly plant into an electric vehicle production facility, so that it will be capable of producing new Nissan and Infiniti EV models by 2025. This will include retraining and upskilling approximately 2,000 workers from the plant’s current 5,000 employee total, a process that will result in the Canton plant being Nissan’s centre for EV manufacturing and technology.

“Today’s announcement is the first of several new investments that will drive the EV revolution in the United States,” said Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer for Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd. “Nissan is making a strong investment in Canton’s future, bringing the latest technology, training and process to create a truly best-in-class EV manufacturing team.”

Nissan Ambition 2030 project responds to massive EV growth expectations

2019 Nissan Ariya Concept
The updated Canton facility will likely produce Nissan’s new Ariya.

While it’s only part of a $13.5-billion overall investment in Nissan’s U.S. manufacturing operations to date, of which $4-billion was previously invested in the Canton facility alone, the company is betting on industry estimates that 40 percent of new vehicle purchases will be fully electric by 2030.

There are certain to be even more electrified models sold as hybrids and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles in the near future too, which is why the “Nissan Ambition 2030” project is targeting 23 electrified models within the Nissan and Infiniti brands globally by 2030, of which 15 will be fully electric.

Two new electric mid-size crossover SUVs are the likely candidates for Canton

2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept
An Infiniti model, possibly designed like 2019’s QX Inspiration Concept, may be built alongside the Ariya.

The 19-year-old Canton assembly plant, which currently produces four Nissan models, including the Altima, Frontier, Titan and Titan XD, and has built almost five million vehicles since opening in 2003, will have two entirely new fully electric models in production by 2025.

The Leaf, which is currently built in Smyrna, Tennessee for U.S. consumption (and the Oppama Plant in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan for Asian markets, plus NMUK in Sunderland, UK for European buyers), won’t be transferring production to the revised Mississippi plant, so it’s likely the two new models will be the upcoming Nissan Ariya and something similar to the Infiniti QX Inspiration, both mid-size crossover SUVs that will target large segments of both mainstream volume-branded and premium markets.

Combining EV and truck production could result in future electrified Frontier

2014 Nissan Xterra
Could a modern interpretation of the much-loved Nissan Xterra (last seen in 2014) be based on the new Frontier, featuring an electrified drivetrain?

This said, combining EV and truck production could eventually result in electrified off-road models, similar to how Toyota has hybridized its new Tundra, plus Ford and Chevrolet are bringing out fully electric versions of their respective F-Series (Lightning) and Silverado pickup trucks, as is GMC with its renewed Hummer sub-brand.

Following this theme, Hybrid and all-electric versions of the new Frontier make sense, as would electrified Titan trims, if that model (which was recently cancelled in Canada) is permitted to continue in the U.S. Likewise, future 4×4-capable SUVs built on the backs of these pickup trucks, potentially going up against the mid-size Toyota 4Runner and full-size Sequoia (the latter of which has been completely redesigned for 2023), which could potentially bring back the once-popular Xterra nameplate, could be profitable for the Japanese automaker.

2021 Nissan NV Cargo
A range of electric cargo vans might be a good way for Nissan to develop its autonomous driving program.

Electrified commercial vans are also a possibility, being that Nissan was selling its full-size NV Cargo and NV Passenger vans, plus its NV200 compact cargo van up until September of 2021, when they were discontinued as part of Nissan’s new Business Advantage plan. A fleet of new electric vans could revitalize this segment for the automaker, and simultaneously expand Nissan’s important fleet customer base for its “Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM)” driving technologies, a more advanced version of its ProPilot Assist system that’s already available in many Nissan and Infiniti retail models.

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Car sales have been slip-sliding away when compared to crossover SUV deliveries lately, with BMW selling less than half of its 3 and 4 Series models than it did a decade ago, and Mercedes-Benz’ C-Class…

Tesla Model 3 nearly triples BMW 3 Series sales for 2021

2022 Tesla Model 3
Tesla’s Model 3 compact luxury car is the best-selling D-segment entry by a long shot.

Car sales have been slip-sliding away when compared to crossover SUV deliveries lately, with BMW selling less than half of its 3 and 4 Series models than it did a decade ago, and Mercedes-Benz’ C-Class down to a third of its 2010 numbers. Tesla’s all-electric Model 3 is bucking the trend, however, with a total of 12,800 Canadian deliveries in 2021, compared to just 4,348 for the 3 Series, and 3,010 sales of the C-Class.

The Model 3 outsold every other D-segment competitor last year in the U.S. market too, with 121,610 deliveries compared to 49,461 BMW 3 Series (or 72,398 including the 4 Series) and just 30,815 Mercedes C-Class models (which include three body styles).

2022 Tesla Model 3
The Model 3 provides a good balance of performance, efficiency, EV range capability, luxury and technology.

If the Model 3’s clean sweep of its category in North American markets wasn’t enough, last year it outsold the 3 Series in 28 European countries as well. In fact, with 141,429 deliveries under throughout 2021, Tesla’s entry-level car sold more units in Europe than the Canadian and U.S. markets combined, according to JATO Dynamics. Comparatively, the 3 Series only found 116,250 European buyers during the same period,

Back to Canada, the Tesla Model Y compact luxury crossover SUV didn’t fare as well as the Model 3 last year, both in total sales and when compared to rivals, due to just 6,400 examples sold for a sixth-place ranking in the compact luxury crossover SUV segment. Ahead of the Model Y was the Audi Q5 in first with 9,968 deliveries, while the Acura RDX came in second with 7,976 unit-sales. Third was the BMW X3 with 7,506 deliveries, while fourth was taken by Lexus’ NX with 7,283 new Canadian buyers, and finally Mercedes-Benz’ GLC-Class took fifth with 6,887 units sold.

2022 Tesla Model 3
Spacious, luxurious and a tech leader, Canadian luxury car buyers have spoken with their wallets, making the Model 3 number one in its class.

In the U.S., mind you, the Model Y was far and away number one in its class thanks to 161,529 deliveries compared to 86,478 combined BMW X3 and X4 sales (made up of 75,858 X3s and 10,620 X4s), so being that Canada often mirrors American sales in this category, albeit by approximately 10 percent of the volume, it’s likely that Tesla’s compact crossover would have placed much higher if enough units were made available (allocation is often the culprit). Whether or not calendar year 2022 will see a Canadian adoption of this U.S. market trend won’t be known until Tesla’s quarterly numbers start arriving in early April, and even if it’s not on top after Q1, it would be unwise to bet against Tesla being number one in Canada’s compact luxury crossover SUV class by the close of this year.

2022 Tesla Model Y
Tesla’s Model Y should follow the Model 3 into the compact luxury SUV segment’s top sales spot.

Currently, Tesla has factory leasing and financing rates on the Model 3 and Model Y from zero percent, so be sure to check out CarCostCanada to find out all the details. You can also configure your Model 3, Model Y, Model S and Model X within the CarCostCanada site or via their free app.

Notably, BMW is fighting back to reclaim some market share with its new 4 Series-based i4, while also targeting Tesla’s Model X mid-size crossover SUV (and Audi’s E-tron) with its similarly sized iX. Find out more about the two Bavarian electrics by clicking here

 

 

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With a focus on having 25 electrified models in its lineup as early as next year, half of which will be fully electric, BMW is wasting no time putting its plans into action. Before we get too excited,…

BMW Canada confirms EV range for new i4 and iX electric sport sedan and SUV

2022 BMW i4 eDrive40
BMW has hit the electric road running with the all-new i4 based on the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

With a focus on having 25 electrified models in its lineup as early as next year, half of which will be fully electric, BMW is wasting no time putting its plans into action. Before we get too excited, however, not all of these BEVs will be sold into the Canadian market, evidenced by the German brand’s Chinese-made iX3 crossover SUV only being offered in China and Europe for the immediate future.

Nevertheless, Canada will be the recipient of BMW’s new 2022 i4 sport sedan and iX crossover SUV, the former joining the automaker’s D-segment-sized 4 Series family, and the latter positioned closer to the popular X5 crossover SUV, while both are based on the brand’s ultra-versatile Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform that underpins everything from the diminutive 2 Series to the executive-class 7, X7 and 8 Series models.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50
The iX, shown here in 2022 xDrive50 trim, is an all-electric crossover SUV sized similarly to the X5.

The i4, which utilizes the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s four-door liftback body style and starts at $54,990 (not including incentives or destination fees), will be available in two different trims, including the eDrive40 and M50 xDrive. The former uses a single rear-wheel drive (RWD) electric motor good for 335 horsepower, while the latter, which starts at $72,990, combines both front and rear motors for all-wheel drive (AWD) and makes a total of 516 horsepower. Both models come fitted with the same 83.9-kWh battery.

As for performance and range, BMW claims the i4 eDrive40 is capable of 340 km on a single full charge, but not if you’re constantly testing its 5.7-second zero to 100 km/h sprint time, while the M50 xDrive will zip from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and can drive for approximately 510 km after completely recharging. That latter number gets the i4 close to the Tesla Model 3’s 576 km maximum range, a car the i4 has clearly in its sights.

2022 BMW i4 M50
The 516-hp i4 M50 hits 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and travels up to 510 km on a full charge.

Of note, the similarly sized yet more conservatively penned BMW 3 Series lineup continues forward into 2022 with its 330e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model, offering an electrified alternative that the Texas-based tech company doesn’t.

Likewise, BMW Canada also offers the X3 xDrive30e PHEV, but unfortunately, as noted above, the iX3 won’t be giving Tesla’s Model Y a run for its money in Canada anytime soon. Moving up a size category, BMW also makes its 389-horsepower X5 xDrive45e PHEV available for 2022, once again offering an electrified alternative not available from Tesla.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50
The mid-size iX directly targets Tesla’s Model X.

The new iX targets Tesla’s Model X directly, however, and while it doesn’t offer gullwing doors for rear passengers, it does provide a similarly mid-sized two-row layout for up to five passengers and their gear. A total of three iX trims are dubbed xDrive40, xDrive50 and M60, each of which incorporate standard front and rear motors for AWD.

To be clear, the iX xDrive50 is the only trim available for 2022, which means the xDrive40 and M60 will arrive later this year as 2023 models. The iX xDrive40, which will start at $79,990, makes 322 horsepower, can sprint to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, and has a range of 340 km, whereas the current $89,990 xDrive50 makes 516 horsepower, can hit 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, and can be driven for up to 521 km before requiring a recharge. Lastly, the 610-horsepower M60 starts at $121,750, can scoot to 100 km/h from standstill in a scant 3.8 seconds, and can cover up to 450 km of ground before recharging.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50
Both i4 and iX models (iX shown) provide advanced interiors with all the latest tech (see the photo gallery for more photos).

What’s more, unlike smartphones, tablets, laptops and plenty of EVs that have been on the market over the past few years, BMW’s new BEVs don’t suffer from much if any battery degradation, which means the various claimed range estimates mentioned above will still hold up after years and even a decade’s use. In other words, the batteries in these new BMW EVs are designed to last the life of the vehicle, or more specifically up to 1,500 full charge cycles, which is enough for more than 500,000 km of driving.

CarCostCanada has full pricing and trim information for the 2022 i4 as well as 2022 and 2023 iX models, including all options that you can build out in their car configurator. On top of this, you’ll receive any available information regarding manufacturer rebates, factory financing and lease rate deals (both i4 and iX models currently have in-house financing/lease rates from 4.49 percent), plus you’ll receive dealer invoice pricing that can help you negotiate a better deal on any new vehicle. Find out how the CarCostCanada membership can benefit you, and be sure to download their free app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Speaking of money, BMW Canada is also claiming that both i4 trims are eligible for provincial zero-emission incentives in BC, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, plus the base i4 eDrive40 qualifies for the federal iZEV rebate. Unfortunately, the iX’ higher base price disqualifies it from any provincial or national government rebates.

The new i4 and iX will start arriving at Canadian BMW dealerships next month.

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To say the electrical vehicle market is heating up would be an understatement of monumental proportions. As of calendar year 2021’s close, zero emission vehicle (ZEV) ownership in Canada is up to 5.6…

Kia Canada releases pricing on impressive new EV6 electric

2022 Kia EV6
The 2022 Kia EV6 is one exciting new battery electric entry.

To say the electrical vehicle market is heating up would be an understatement of monumental proportions. As of calendar year 2021’s close, zero emission vehicle (ZEV) ownership in Canada is up to 5.6 percent, which is a considerable 1.8-percent higher than it was this time last year.

BC leads the charge with 13 percent of all-new car registrations being zero emission over the past year, Vancouver being slightly higher at 15 percent, whereas Montreal came in second with a 10.7-percent ZEV take-rate in 2021, and Toronto third with 4.3 percent.

2022 Kia EV6
Whether you want to call it a crossover or hatchback, one thing is for sure, the 2022 Kia EV6 has style in spades.

While Tesla is far and away the battery electric vehicle (BEV) leader in Canada, with more than 32,000 cars and crossovers currently registered, others are nibbling away at the U.S. firm’s dominance. Porsche’s new Taycan showed strength in the premium sector by overtaking Tesla Model S deliveries last year (732 deliveries to 602), while Tesla’s Model 3 (at 12,800 units) made up almost 62 percent of Canada’s entire dedicated electric vehicle market.

The Model Y (with 4,352 unit-sales in 2021) placed fourth behind Chevy’s regular Bolt and new Bolt EUV (which achieved combined sales of 4,675 units last year), and that was despite GM halting sales for most of Q4 due to battery recall issues, while the top-10 list finished off with Nissan’s Leaf in fifth (with 1,224 units), Tesla’s Model X in sixth (with 997 units), Porsche’s Taycan in seventh, Audi’s E-Tron in eighth (with 731 units), Tesla’s Model S in ninth, and finally Volkswagen’s ID.4 in 10th (with 536 units).

2022 Kia EV6
The EV6′ interior is more conventional than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 it shares underpinnings with.

The new 2022 EV6, Kia’s first dedicated BEV, probably competes closest with VW’s ID.4 and Nissan’s Leaf, for size, while some potential Mazda MX-30 prospects (a model that sold 148 examples over the last quarter of 2022) and Bolt EUV customers might also cross-shop these small crossover SUVs. This said it directly targets Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 (which sold 232 units in Q4 of 2021) that shares the South Korean automaker’s new E-GMP (Electric-Global Modular Platform) architecture, which will also prop up the new Genesis GV60 luxury crossover.

2022 Kia EV6
As expected, there’s no shortage of digital displays in the new EV6.

Of note, the 2022 Kia EV6 is priced almost identically to the Ioniq 5, both of which will be significantly more affordable than the GV60’s expected MSRP. The EV6 starts at $44,995 for the base Standard Range RWD version, with prices increasing to $52,995 for the Long Range RWD, $54,995 for the Long Range AWD, $57,995 for the Long Range AWD with the GT-Line Package 1, and $61,995 for the Long Range AWD with GT-Line Package 2. Comparatively, the base 2022 Ioniq 5 Essential RWD starts at $44,999 (which is $5 more than the EV6), while the same model’s top-line Preferred AWD Long Range trim with its Ultimate Package is available from $59,999 (which is $1,996 less than the top-tier EV6).

2022 Kia EV6
Rear seat roominess appears generous.

The differences in the just-noted trims include more performance and range, starting with the base RWD EV6 that includes a 58.0 kWh battery with a 125kW rear motor capable of up to 373 km of range; which is followed up by Long Range RWD trim featuring a 77.4 kWh battery with a 168kW rear motor for up to 499 km of range. The other two AWD power units utilize the same 77.4 kWh battery as the latter model, but the first trim incorporates a 74kW front motor and a 165kW rear motor for up to 441 km of range, whereas the most potent combination boasts a 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor for up to 499 kms of range.

Speaking of trims, the EV6’ standard centre display measures 12.3 inches diagonally, while Canadian buyers will also benefit from a heat pump system for maintaining range during cold winter conditions.

2022 Kia EV6
Camping trip anyone?

Of course, plenty of advanced driver assistance and convenience systems will be included too, such as forward collision avoidance assist, blind spot avoidance assist, automated parking assistance, driver attention warning, intelligent speed limit assist, highway driving assist, navigation-based smart cruise control-curve, and high beam assist.

The new EV6 also includes ultra-fast DC charging at 800V and 400V, without the need for a separate controller, which allows the battery to be topped up to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

2022 Kia EV6
The EV6 can power external devices, making it ideal for small job sites and camping.

Additionally, campers, do-it-yourselfers, and the like, will appreciate the EV6’ available Vehicle to Load (V2L) feature, which transforms the new SUV into a direct power source for just about anything, from personal electronics and appliances, to even the ability to charge another BEV.

The new 2022 Kia EV6, which will arrive at Canadian Kia dealerships next month, will qualify for the $5,000 national iZEV rebate thanks to being priced below $45,000. Provincial rebates may decrease its price even further, with Quebec’s $8,000 incentive dropping the point of entry below $32,000.

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Think back to 2008. It’s not a year everyone will remember fondly, due to the housing crisis that was followed up by a short-erm financial freeze, plus numerous banking bailouts, and reasonable fear…

Toyota reveals long-awaited redesign of its full-size Sequoia SUV

2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone
Toyota is giving its upcoming 2023 Sequoia a new top-tier Capstone trim line, and it looks to be very luxurious.

Think back to 2008. It’s not a year everyone will remember fondly, due to the housing crisis that was followed up by a short-erm financial freeze, plus numerous banking bailouts, and reasonable fear of economic woes ahead, but on the positive it was also an Summer Olympic year, held in Beijing, China (déjà vu all over again), and while that subject might be too political for some to dwell upon in an automotive story, 2008 was also the year that Conservative leader Stephen Harper eked out a minority up here in Canada, and Barack Obama was victorious south of the 49th. Even more momentous, it would take another month for Bitcoin to be introduced in January of 2009.

Why all the references to a past that’s now hardly recognizable from today’s world? Because that’s when Toyota’s full-size Sequoia SUV received its last major update. The first-generation Sequoia lasted a rather lengthy seven years, incidentally, and received its redesign with the advent of the second-gen Tundra, but today’s model, which will be replaced later this year, needed to wait a lot longer for its redesigned Tundra donor platform to arrive.

2023 Toyota Sequoia Limited
The new Sequoia will be available in five trims, including this mid-range Limited model.

Amazingly, the first-generation Venza was new that year too, as was the tiny Scion iQ (remember Scion?). The iQ’s been off the market for seven years already, and, after a three-year hiatus the Venza was wholly renewed for 2020, but the Sequoia soldiered on unchanged. It’ll be 14 years old when it arrives later this year as a 2023 model, but from what we can see here, the long wait has not been in vain.

After all, it looks similar to the new Tundra that’s received plenty of praise for its brash, bold styling, or at least its headlamps and the basic outline of its grille do. The new Sequoia’s grille is more restrained, and I think the better for it. It pulls cues from the Tacoma, of course, as well as the latest RAV4, no bad thing either, while sharing visual ties to the Highlander and new Corolla Cross as well. We can guess this look hints at the new 4Runner’s design approach too, an even more important SUV from a sales perspective, and one we’ll see in redesigned form soon.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
Off-road enthusiasts will be most interested in the TRD Pro.

This said there’s nothing radically unexpected about the new Sequoia’s styling. It appears rugged and tough, yet clean and refined, while all the time being respectful of Toyota’s SUV lineage. The hood domes nicely at centre, and either features cool looking matte plastic, vent-like garnishes on its outer rear edges when upgraded to “TRD PRO” trim, complete with trim designation, or gets a smaller chromed “i FORCE MAX” engine plaque in the same spot for other models. Additional visual separation includes some chrome embellishment down each side of the new top-tier Capstone trim line, brightening the new Sequoia’s deeply sculpted flanks, while the SUV’s upright rear design certainly shouldn’t offend any traditional SUV lover’s tastes.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
TRD Pro models get some rugged styling details to make it stand out from the rest of the Sequoia crowd.

Speaking of the trims, a total of five include TRD Off-Road, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and just-noted Capstone, the latter initially introduced with the new Tundra, and representing a more luxurious level above Platinum. First, congrats to Toyota for coming up with something more original than Limited and Platinum to designate fanciest trim, and second, this model really does appear to deliver on its near-premium promise.

The Sequoia Capstone provides a black and white motif inside, with plenty of higher-quality semi-aniline leather throughout, while Toyota has even improved soundproofing. Those familiar with the outgoing Sequoia will already know its most luxurious Platinum variant lacked some its rivals’ refinements, especially for an SUV in the $80k range. Pampering won’t be a problem in the new 2023 version, however, even in lesser trims that will likely go up in price from their current model’s $70k starting point.

2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone
The Sequoia’s standard i-Force Max hybrid V6 makes 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque.

In the U.S., this new Sequoia effectively replaces the full-size Land Cruiser that was discontinued, so it had better deliver at a high level and be fully capable off-road. Certainly, Lexus’ redesigned LX, which once again is based on the Land Cruiser, will toe the line as far as full-size luxury utes go, but just like some wristwatch buyers would rather wear a dive watch bearing the famed Seiko name than lesser-known Grand Seiko (which is respected more for dressier timepieces), yet still want similar levels of finishing and movement accuracy/quality and are willing to pay premium prices for it, there are SUV buyers who’d more proudly own a Toyota-badged utility than one gussied up in Lexus duds. To that end, the off-road-oriented SUV industry is as much about heritage and respect as it is utility, but isn’t necessarily turned on by premium badging.

2023 Toyota Sequoia Limited
The new Sequoia can tow up to 9,000 lbs.

The i-Force Max engine noted a moment ago was also introduced with the Tundra, but in the pickup truck it’s an option, and with the Sequoia it comes standard. Interestingly, it’s a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid drivetrain, so, just like Toyota did with the aforementioned Venza and their newest Sienna minivan, it’s hybrid or the highway, so to speak. Of course, there may be additional options moving forward, but more likely a pure electric variant than anything without electrification. As it is, the Sequoia’s mill makes a substantive 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque, and feeds its power down to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission, which includes the usual Eco, Normal and Sport drive modes.

The actual hybrid component is a generator motor positioned between the internal combustion portion of the drivetrain and gearbox, a tried and tested solution, so we should expect much improved fuel economy along with Toyota’s already legendary hybrid reliability and longevity.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
The Sequoia’s rear styling certainly shouldn’t offend.

With each trim basically set up with the same drivetrain capabilities, performance differences will come down to suspension options, whether optimized for handling and comfort or off-road prowess. All should provide enough stability and manoeuvrability to keep the engine power in check on fast-paced curving roadways, however, achievable via a combination of improved chassis design and rigidity, plus a new independent front suspension design and new rack-mounted electronic power steering system, which is said to enhance feel. A more advanced multi-link rear suspension has also been added to the mix, plus Sequoia owners can option their rigs out with an adaptive variable suspension setup, which adds Comfort, Sport S, Sport S+ and Custom settings to the Drive Mode Select system’s menu, and a height-adjustable air suspension with load leveling, which is especially helpful when lifting heavy items into the cargo area.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
A nicely outfitted interior, this one in TRD Pro trim, shows off a large 14-inch centre touchscreen.

Also impressive is the new Sequoia’s 9,000-lb (4,080-kg) towing capacity. This is almost 22-percent more than the current model, and therefore allows for much larger camp trailers and boats, which is a key reason that buyers buck up for larger utilities in the first place. Along with its upgraded tow rating, the Sequoia will utilize features shown first with the new Tundra when choosing its Tow Tech Package, such as Trailer Backup Guide that makes it easier to reverse with a trailer, and Straight Path Assist that, via the steering system, helps keep the trailer straight when backing up. Additionally, the power mirrors now include automatic extensions for seeing around the sides of wider loads.

Some additional features include standard heated front seats and a standard heatable steering wheel rim, Toyota’s proprietary breathable Softex leatherette, a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch wheels, and the TSS 2.5 suite of convenience and safety features.

2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone
Second-row seating looks spacious, plus this Capstone model features exclusive black and white semi-aniline leather upholstery.

An available 14-inch centre touchscreen improves the Sequoia’s digital experience, including a Panoramic View Monitor that makes parking easier, especially with a trailer, while a digital display rearview mirror is also available, as is a fully digital and very colourful driver’s display.

As for the Sequoia’s cabin layout, it comes with three rows including a bench for the second row, but can be optioned with second-row captain’s chairs. Additionally, the third row can slide back and forth up to 150 mm (6.0 in), plus provides reclining backrests, while Toyota provides a unique parcel shelf in the cargo area that covers those seatbacks when folded down, resulting in a totally flat load floor. For hauling taller items, the parcel shelf can be fitted back into the floor, or alternatively it can be raised higher to act as a cargo cover. Smart.

2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone
A massive panoramic sunroof will come standard.

While it might take some time for the new Sequoia to catch on, Toyota is probably looking to its loyal 4Runner, Highlander, and to some extent, Tacoma owner base to fill order books. While news about the new 2023 Sequoia will create some excitement, the nameplate isn’t strong enough to pull many conquest buyers away from the big three, despite having been around since 2001. Toyota just hasn’t updated it enough to create any kind of long-term growth, and certainly hasn’t marketed much, other than featuring it on its retail website.

The result has been slow, but steady sales. The 418 units sold into Canada through 2021 was less than half of its all-time Canadian high of 912 deliveries in 2010. The numbers remained just above or just below 700 per year until 2018, before dipping downward over the last few years. In case you were wondering, the Nissan Armada, which is the Sequoia’s most obvious challenger, only sold 413 units in 2010, yet, due to a major second-generation redesign (that’s really a global-market Patrol, the full-size Land Cruiser’s main rival in other markets), saw its deliveries rise to a high of 1,435 units in 2018, before falling down to Sequoia levels for the last three years.

2023 Toyota Sequoia Limited
The third row (shown in Limited trim) offers reclining backrests and fore and aft sliding adjustability.

Of course, neither set of numbers would cause a carmaker to invest the necessary money to develop and market an all-new model, which should make us Canadians grateful to our friends south of the border that have 10 times the purchasing pool. To be clear, while we were selling just over 400 Sequoias here in Canada, the U.S. market delivered 22,815. Even that number would have to increase to make a business case viable, but there’s a lot of potential upside when looking at the rest of the full-size SUV market.

Last year it totaled 21,999 units in Canada and 388,294 in the U.S., and General Motors walked away with almost three quarters of Canada’s full-size SUV deliveries, at 15,307 units, plus a staggering 275,421 new buyers in the States. GMC’s Yukon was number one in Canada’s market with 8,338 examples sold, its two body-style line beating both the Chevy Tahoe (4,590) and Suburban (2,379) by a wide margin, while Ford’s Expedition ended up second from a model perspective, with 4,878 individual deliveries. While all this is good for GM and Ford, the new Sequoia could slice off a larger section from that lucrative pie.

2023 Toyota Sequoia Limited
A height-adjustable cargo shelf expands into a completely flat load floor.

Helping Toyota’s cause is the highest retained value in the Canadian Black Book’s “Full-size Crossover-SUV” category, plus the top podium in the “Large SUV/Crossover” category for Vincentric’s Best Value in Canada Awards. The Sequoia also topped J.D. Power and Associate’s 2021 Initial Quality Study, which doesn’t hurt matters. It almost makes a person want to buy the outgoing Sequoia, which is still available with factory leasing and financing rates from 2.99 percent. Check out CarCostCanada for details, plus find out how accessing dealer invoice pricing could you save thousands off retail, plus remember to download their free app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

The new Sequoia will be available this summer, with orders starting sooner. Contact your local Toyota dealer for more info.

 

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