Ferrari has confirmed that even the storied supercar builder will be making a sharp move to electrification very soon. With its first EV set to arrive in 2025 and with hybrid and EV models expected to be 80 per cent of sales by 2030. The automaker expects full EVs to make up 40 per cent of those 2030 sales. Along with that changeover, Ferrari will be launching an unprecedented number of new models and variants. 15 new models are coming in just three years starting next year. Worried about a brand based around screaming petrol engines? "Everything we do will always focus on being distinctively Ferrari," Chairman John Elkann said. "The opportunity set of electrification and electronics will allow us to make even more unique cars."
Silverado gets Bison treatment
Chevrolet, at the opposite end of the automotive spectrum, has just given us a tease of the upcoming Silverado ZR2 Bison. Like the Bison edition of the smaller Colorado, the full-size truck will get a host of upgrades from American Expedition Vehicles to make the off-road truck even more capable. What can we see? New fog lights in what looks like a new bumper, new wheels, and plenty of beefy underbody skid plate protection. The Colorado ZR2 Bison gets a lift, wider fender flares, and a snorkel, all of which would be a great fit here.
Alfa Romeo is giving Canadians a special edition Giulia that's just for us. The Giulia Speciale was revealed along with the Canadian Grand Prix and will be offered in verde Montreal to commemorate the brand's long attachment to the city. Just 15 of the Speciale will be built, all for Canada, based on the 280 hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder AWD trim of the car. Speciale models will include the adaptive suspension from the Quadrifoglio and will have black badges and carbon fibre trim inside and out. The Giulia Speciale hits showrooms later this month from $71,995.
Subaru Ascent gets a refresh
Subaru is upgrading the Ascent three-row SUV for 2023 with a new nose and more tech. The exterior changes are small, but the interior changes are big. Including that 11.6-inch tablet-style screen on all trims that will handle HVAC, multimedia, and car configuration settings. The screen gets wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Subaru has added a Cabin Connect third-row intercom system. The 2023 Ascent will have the upgraded Eyesight system also on Forester and Outback for this year, offering more natural operation and an improved field of view. Ascent is expected to hit dealers in the fall.
Blazer SS EV
Chevrolet has previewed its next fully electric model and the first to get an SS performance variant. The Blazer SS EV is set to debut later this year and hit dealers in the spring. The image revealed on Twitter by GM CEO Mary Barra shows what looks like a larger model than the current gas Blazer, though still clearly influenced by the Camaro in the styling department. Sleeker than any current GM crossover, the Blazer SS has broad shoulders, large wheels, and performance tires. Expect more about the model to come as Chevrolet gets ready for the full reveal.