2019 is almost in the metaphorical books, and it’s been quite a year in the automotive world. Toyota launched the new Supra. Land Rover unveiled a new Defender. Ford produced a Mustang electric crossover. Kia offered the potentially brand-redefining Telluride SUV.
With the year ending, it’s natural to look ahead. Here are 12 cars we’re excited to meet and/or drive for the first time next year.
2021 Ford Bronco
It’s been almost three years since Ford first teased the all-new Bronco. Ford gave us a pretty good preview with this badass race truck earlier this year, but 2020 should be when we get to see the real deal. Whether it’s the “Baby Bronco” compact crossover or the honest-to-God Jeep Wrangler competitor, something with a Bronco nameplate should show its face by early 2020.
Next-Gen Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 is America’s best-selling passenger vehicle. The last generation set a high bar for competitors, making widespread use of light-weight materials like aluminum and utilizing turbocharged V6 powertrains in place of big V8s. The next generation could offer even more radical changes for the truck, including hybrid and pure electric powertrains.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet’s all-new, all-different Corvette was revealed to the world earlier this year, but it doesn’t formally go on sale (and we don’t get to drive it) until next year. We’re looking forward to trying out both its supercar-rivaling performance and its unusual interior.
2021 BMW M3 / M4
BMW has long purported to sell “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” The purest distillation of that vision, historically, has been the M3 (and its coupe version, now called the M4). BMW is making some dramatic changes for the next generation — although BMW purists will still be able to get a stick shift and rear-wheel-drive.
All-New Cadillac Escalade
Lincoln came on strong with the awesome new Navigator for 2018. Now, we wait for Cadillac’s retort, with its new flagship SUV expected to arrive for the 2021 model year. It should look…well, like an Escalade. Though the underpinnings will be significantly changed, even perhaps including an electric powertrain.
2020 Land Rover Defender
Opinions on the new Defender were mixed before it came out, and they’re still mixed now that we’ve seen it in the flesh. The real question, however, is what it’ll be like from behind the wheel — something we’ll find out in 2020.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
Volkswagen is going all-in on electric vehicles. Europe is getting the stunning ID.3 Golf successor hatchback, but the first Volkswagen EV to arrive in America will likely be the crossover-based ID.4. Early camouflaged images are encouraging, to say the least.
All-New Alfa Romeo Tonale
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Alfa Romeo’s reintroduction to the American market has gone much better than Fiat’s did. The Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV are among the best-looking, most compelling driver’s cars in their segments (at least, when they’re not in the shop). Let’s see what Alfa can do with the small crossover category.
All-New Jaguar XJ
Jaguar’s iconic XJ nameplate will return in 2021. But it will be powered by electricity, not a V8. It may not even be a traditional? sedan.
2021 Tesla Roadster
Tesla has been promising to revive the Roadster since 2017. Elon Musk has been touting a sub-1.9-second 0-60 mph time, a top speed of 250 mph and an astounding 620-mile range. We’re guessing not all of those things can happen at the same time.
All-New Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The S-Class represents the pinnacle of Mercedes technology. It often defines where Mercedes (and, a few years later, the rest of the car market) will be heading. How will Mercedes reinterpret its flagship for these interesting times?
2020 Audi RS6 Avant
It’s a 592-hp, all-wheel-drive super sports car that also happens to be a capacious five-seat station wagon. Better yet, it’s also being sold in the U.S. for the first time. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Even in a year that’s been packed with controversial new models, few cars have drummed up as much of a stir as Ford’s electric crossover wearing the iconic Mustang name. We’re looking forward to seeing if the performance lives up to its moniker.
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