Everything you may have missed from the last 24 hours of automotive news.
Good morning, guten tag, hola, and bonjour to you. Welcome to Cold Start, your daily roundup of all the preceding day's biggest news stories. This is installment #10, and it's a big one. This week, we've found proof that the Ford Maverick and Ranger are going all-electric soon, discovered how the Nissan Z will be sold, and unpacked the NHTSA's ruling on how EVs must sound. All are important stories, but our focus today lies elsewhere.
Honda Japan accidentally leaked the 2023 Civic Type R, Cadillac has revealed the spectacular interior of the upcoming Celestiq, and an Italian coachbuilder has unveiled its Alfa Romeo Giulia-based homage to the original Giulia. In addition, the design of the next Honda Accord has come to light and Hyundai has given us more Ioniq 6 details. Let's get on with it.
While the rest of the hot hatch niche seems to think that AWD is the only way to have fun, Honda has been keeping us happy by doggedly sticking with a front-drive setup that requires skill to master and can be enjoyed at low speed. The Japanese automaker has been seen testing the car at various racetracks and has been teasing us with glimpses of the new car for months. Thankfully, we now know that the new Civic Type R will be revealed on July 20. But ahead of that, the company's Japanese website temporarily showed the design of the new Type R online. The error has been fixed, but we had more than enough time to save the image.
No, really. When we were at the launch event for the Cadillac Lyriq, the automaker's man in charge of interior design, Tristan Murphy, told us that "the Celestiq will have materials you haven't seen in a Bugatti or Koenigsegg." Hopefully, Murphy wasn't alluding to snakeskin or buffalo leather, but we'll know soon enough. In the meantime, Cadillac has revealed more and more of the cabin, with the latest images confirming that a truly unique luxury experience awaits those who can afford its Rolls-Royce-rivalling price tag. At times like these, we can't help but wish GM would give us a Caddy with similar quality at a reasonable price.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a rather pretty thing, but there's no denying that Alfa's best designs were seen in the Sixties. Thankfully, despite Alfa deciding to move away from emotional products into a more mainstream avenue, there are those who are still fired up with Italian passion, and that includes ErreErre Fuoriserie. The Italian coachbuilding company has just revealed its take on the Giulia, incorporating design elements from the original of 60 years ago. We think it's slightly quirky but still spectacular and would jump at the opportunity to own one, but it's not cheap - $330,000 is what you can expect to pay for a full build.
Thanks to some design patents filed with the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property, we have been given a sneak preview of what to expect from the new Honda Accord. The design appears to be fairly straightforward, and while this is no bad thing for some, others prefer the distinctive look of the current model. Once we see real-life images of the car, we'll be able to make a fairer call, but it's clear that Honda's designs are starting to show some uniformity. That said, the image of the rear carries more than a passing resemblance to the Audi A7. Hmmm...
Hyundai has already begun teasing a high-performance variant of the all-electric Ioniq 6, but before yesterday, we had no idea what the "regular" Ioniq 6 produces. Hyundai has continued to frustrate us by keeping details on the single-motor variant a mystery, but the dual-motor model will produce 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0-62 mph takes 5.1 seconds, says Hyundai, but real-world figures will likely be more impressive. As for range, the WLTP rating is 379 miles. The EPA will likely give a rating of around 340 miles. As for charging, the quickest setup will take the battery pack from 10-80% capacity in just 18 minutes.