It took over three and a half years plus a few canceled planned reboots, but finally, the North American International Auto Show is ready to come back.
Ford Motor Company intends to make a splash and although many OEMs won’t be present, there will be a good mix of brands, as well as several world firsts.
General Engines has yet to reveal official details, but a world premiere for Chevrolet is expected. It could well be a prototype of the Just announced 2024 Equinox EV. Or it could be the gas-powered ’24 Equinox what was announced in January.
Many Stellantis brands will have displays, including Ram, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo and Fiat. For Dodge, the world premieres are the Hornet as well as the first four of seven Last Call editions for the brand’s two- and four-door muscle cars.
The novelty of 2023 Super Bee Feeder comes in two forms; as Scat Pack (painted B5 blue) and as Widebody Scat Pack (crazy plum). Stellantis will build 500 of each.
Even though it turns 15 in January, the coupe equivalent of the Charger is still on, with Dodge also just announcing the 2023 Challenger Shakedown. There will be 1,000 examples of this careach distinguished by red ‘392’ decals on the front fender/fender, ‘Shakedown’ spoiler stripe and graphic with red accent, six-piston red Brembo brakes, ‘Shakedown’ IP badging, as well as Alcantara seats with red stitching.
To dodge also announced the 2023 Swinger Challenger Scat Pack and Scat Pack Swinger Charger: the third and fourth special editions of the Last Call series.
The Horneta compact SUV, was revealed to the media in August, with the NAIAS being its public premiere. Aside from the front and rear ends, this SUV is virtually identical to the Alfa Romeo Tonale. Production is in the same Italian factory (Giambattista Vico/Pomigliano d’Arco). The front and all-wheel-drive platform is SUSW.
In addition to the 265 hp, 295 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine standard for the Hornet GT, there is also a plug-in hybrid. This one, the Hornet R/T, will have an estimated power of over 285 hp (to be confirmed by the EPA) and a torque of 383 lb-ft. Dodge calls a “PowerShot” boost feature. This allows an additional 25 horsepower to assist with acceleration although the driver must wait fifteen seconds between each activation. The rear axle motor produces 90 kW and the battery has a capacity of 15.5 kWh.
The GT is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships in late 2022, and the R/T will follow in March or April.
It has already generated a lot of online publicity for the brand, so the Daytona SRT concept charger should be a big drawcard to the show. The large coupe harks back the Charger name to its two-door past, but with the particularity that it’s a VE.
We’re still not sure if the on-off hybrid development program has really been canceled, but the S650 Mustang is definitely coming and will be powered by updated gasoline engines. Ford has yet to say whether it will be a 23 or 24 model year car, calling it only the seventh generation Mustang.
Prototypes photographed numerous times in 2022 seem to show a car that retains the general silhouette of the existing model. Production will remain at the Flat Rock, Michigan plant with fastback (coupe) and convertible bodies again expected. Labor 1 is believed to be on track for March. The platform is an update of CD6.
There will be updates to this article as more information becomes official.
Given the importance of the United States to Subarua new XV (Crossing in its largest market) will likely be revealed at the show. Subaru Corporation announces that it will announce ‘a new SUV‘ at 2:00 p.m. JST on September 15. Curiously, Subaru of America made no equivalent statement to the media.