Check now on the spec levels you’re getting with your new car

WATCH OUT . . . . car companies are taking orders for new cars for next year now and some are already revealing updates to their specification for the future models.

ome of the changes apply for this year, more particularly the back end of 2022, and some are for the 2023 sales year.

So it is important that you benefit from the higher-spec versions if that is at all possible. 

The secret is to ask whichmodels have been given the upgrade treatment and whichhave not.

In the main, carmakers up the ante on specs so they can call next year’s car Model Year 2023 by adding bits and pieces.

Indeed, some go quite far with the refurbishment and extend it to engine, transmission or suspension updates. So it will definitely benefit you to shop around to see what’s on offer.

Obviously, the higher the spec levels the more comfortable and dynamic the car can be.

This is part of engendering the ‘feel-good’ factor that encourages people to opt for one version as opposed to another.

Specification and equipment levels are important, too, in helping a car to hold its resale value as it dips into the three- or four-year stage of its life span.

Buyers/dealers at that stage will look extremely closely at what is on the car by way of specs.

Also, it is no harm to ask your dealer if the model you are buying benefits from the latest upgrading, and what exactly is involved.

There is the off-chance that you could be fobbed off with a 2022 level of equipment in a car that wasn’t sold for the latter end of this year.

A little bit of prior knowledge is king in buying a car. An important lesson, therefore, is to ask for details of changes yet to come so you are in a position to compare specs with others in the lead-up to buying.

Right now, a number of companies are announcing details – and several more will over the course of the next few months.

Skoda, for example, is revealing detailed items in its 2023 spec ENYAQ electric SUV. It gets a revised system with infotainment software that enables over-the-air-updates. There are also improvements to the heating and ventilation infotainment displays.

Critically for the electric SUV, better software for battery management is claimed to maximise driving range.

And there is a new option pack structure across the range.

Remote access for three years is now standard on all ENYAQ iV models – that was previously an option.

It will now allow you to pinpoint your parking position and status with your smartphone.

This adds to the current app features which include remote charging, climate control, etc.

The brand is also simplifying option packages to four levels.


The updated Peugeot 2008 will have better styling and more equipment

Peugeot has also announced model year updates for the 2008 and e-2008.

The new trim line-up means more equipment and styling changes.

Despite that, there will be no price increases.

The updates apply to the 2008 1.2-litre petrol engines as well as the fully electric e-2008 (50kWh battery and 100kW electric motor). 

The Irish distributors say there will be some spec changes next year but they don’t yet have the details. 

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