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Weekly News Roundup: All-New Niro and Ranger, Hellcats Can't Outrun Progress, More

In this week's news, Kia's latest Niro is revealed, the Mazda CX-3 returns with some feature upgrades, Ford shows off an all-new Ranger midsize pickup, the SRT Hellcats have two years left, and the Cadillac Lyriq has passed a crucial development mark.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams November 29, 2021

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.

2022 Mazda CX3

Ford in Australia revealed the next-generation Ranger pickup. While this is an international reveal, we expect a very similar version of the truck here for 2023, including the new styling that blends Maverick and F-150 into an appealing midsize package. Ford says an upgraded chassis allows for better ride and handling as well as more capability. Inside, it will have Sync 4 infotainment on an available extra-large screen. Longer and wider, the new chassis is designed to accommodate both a new diesel V6 – don’t expect that here – and “helps future-proof the Ranger for other propulsion technologies.” That means electrification and do expect that here.

2022 Ford Ranger

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.

2023 Cadillac Lyric