The new year 2023 has just begun, and so far it has done without high-profile premieres. There is no doubt that automakers will bet on the development of an electric car segment that has nothing to do with the usual models. In this selection, we decided to select mass crossovers and sedans with internal combustion engines, which will have a generation change in the horizon of 12 months. The list includes the BMW 5 Series, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Toyota Camry.
The BMW 5-Series family is about to undergo some of the biggest changes in its half-century history. In the eighth generation, the “five” will be offered not only with gasoline and diesel, but also with an electric power plant. Prototypes of fuel (5-Series) and “battery” (i5) sedans and wagons are being tested in parallel, and each engine type will also have a “charged” version from the M division.
An example of a revolutionary approach to design is the new Hyundai Santa Fe. The mid-size Korean crossover will become much more brutal: judging by the almost vertical nose and chopped body, the Land Rover Defender served as a source of inspiration. Inside, the resemblance to British SUVs will only increase: Hyundai did not hesitate to copy the climate control unit, steering wheel and even door cards!
Judging by the minimal camouflage, there are only a few weeks left before the premiere of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. By tradition, in Stuttgart, the exterior of the C-, E- and S-Class will be designed in the same way, but the interior will be completely different: they abandoned the scheme with a portrait-oriented touchscreen in favor of a horizontally elongated display. Other innovations include retractable door handles and more aerodynamic wheels.
Prototypes of the new Toyota Camry have not been seen by American and European paparazzi at all, but the debut of the XV80 sedan is also expected this year. According to preliminary data, the novelty will be designed in the spirit of the Crown family, that is, the exterior will change significantly, and conservatives will not dislike Toyota in the cabin: both the “physical” buttons and the traditional architecture of the front panel will remain.
Author: Sergey Ilyin