5 expected new cars worth saving for in 2024
If you’re in the market for a new car and have $60,000 to $80,000 to spend, it’s morally wrong not to wait until 2025 to get your first Corvette SUV from Chevy — unless you desperately need new wheels in 2024.
If this is the case, don’t worry. Next year promises a lot of exciting and eye-catching cars that are worth saving for too. Some of the following models are the first of their kind. Others challenge tradition or represent a radical departure from tradition
Either way, everyone deserves every penny of the expected MSRP.
Before you blow your savings on a crappy trip, consider these innovative and unusual upcoming models, which will define their categories for years to come.
- Expected start of MSRP: At least $50,000
Industry publications expect Dodge to deliver its first-ever electric Charger in mid-2024. Less certain is whether faithfuls will accept a battery-powered version of a vehicle you might have assumed would be the industry’s last ICE disruptor.
Dodge seems intent on smashing the idea of an “electric muscle car” as an oxymoron. No other automaker has accomplished such a feat, including Mustang, whose Mach-E couldn’t be mistaken for anything but a crossover SUV.
According to Car and Driver, the entry-level Charger 340 will make 455 horsepower and the midrange 440 will generate 590. Both are powered by 400 volts. If that’s not enough to convince the most skeptical hardcore enthusiasts, the 800-volt Banshee might be enough.
Dodge kept the Banshee’s power specs a secret, but promised it would outperform the ubiquitous gas-powered Hellcat — and thanks to a 126-decibel amplified “exhaust” chamber, you wouldn’t have to live without its trademark roar.
- Expected start of MSRP: $58,000
Volkswagen ID. Buzz is a tribute to an icon, but the electrifying return of the Microbus is about much more than just rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia. Measuring 16.25 feet long and approximately 6.5 feet high and wide, it is an old ID card but brand new. Buzz carries seven people in three rows.
The redesigned 1960s hippie hauler was a hit in Europe and is coming to America for the 2025 model year, but is scheduled to arrive in mid-2024. Bright colors and two-tone patterns nod to the aesthetics of old Haight-Ashbury, but contemporary technology keeps modern drivers comfortable and connected.
Available all-electric powertrains include a single 282-hp rear-wheel drive motor and a 330-hp dual-motor all-wheel drive option.
- Expected start of MSRP: $60,000
Well, the bad news first. There is no option for a manual transmission in the all-new Nissan Z Nismo, a track-ready muscle car that only requires a stick.
Aside from that, there’s not much to complain about.
Outpacing and outperforming every current Z car, the 2024 Nismo — due later this fall — packs a 420-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. On the outside, the aerodynamic design is sleeker than the standard Z model, taking inspiration from the legendary GT500 race car. Although you might be tempted to use a non-existent transmission, the nine-speed automatic comes with NISMO-only clutch packs that overdrive downshifts.
- Expected start of MSRP: $95,000
When you think of a Mercedes-AMG, a 2-liter four-cylinder engine shouldn’t come to mind. After all, the high-performance version of the C-Class is powered by no less than a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that generates either 469 or 503 horsepower.
But the German automaker is not bringing some V-4 variety to the radical reboot for 2024. Mercedes is cutting the AMG’s eight-cylinder in half by adding an electric motor to the 2.0’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The result is a hybrid with an impressive 671 horsepower.
The board achieved this by bringing its inner speed demons into the layout room. According to Car and Driver, the C63’s electrically operated turbocharger system comes from Mercedes-AMG’s Formula 1 race car.
- Expected start of MSRP: $248,086
If you’ve been saving up for a $250,000 machine that strikes an impeccable balance between beauty and power, a 2024 Aston Martin DB12 could be on your way before the new year. The coupe’s strikingly elegant, low-slung aesthetics belie its raw power. Although the industry was surprised by the lack of a V-12, the 4.0-liter V-8 — which produces 671 horsepower — is enough to propel it to well over 200 mph, with first 60 coming in 3.3 seconds.
While the back seats are too cramped for adults to enjoy, the interior is a work of art of premium materials that provide all the luxury and comfort that even the most discerning motorists could ask for from a full-size sports car. Soft, creamy, hand-stitched leather adorns nearly every exposed surface from the dashboard to the seats inside what Aston Martin describes as “the world’s first supertourer.”
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