January is traditionally the time when we cast aside the past year and look ahead. Here at Gear Patrol's Motoring Desk, that means getting excited about all the new cars coming in 2021. We’ve already told you what we’re excited to drive — but there are other cars (like a bevy of affordable electric crossovers) that may not be the most exhilarating to drive but will be massively important for the industry.
Below are the 14 most important cars we’ll meet for the first time in 2011.
BMW launched one of the first luxury EVs, the i3, back in 2013. This year, we’re finally getting a successor in the form of the iX midsize crossover.
The iX will put out 500 horsepower, deliver a 300-mile range and fast charge to 80 percent in less than 40 minutes. Alas, it is also getting the colossal schnozz of the new M3 and M4.
The Jeep Wrangler hasn’t had much direct competition — until now, with the new Ford Bronco. The pandemic delayed both the launch and production start date after a protracted tease, but Broncos will finally be spotted on the road, on the trail and at dealers this spring.
Buyers like trucks and SUVs, and pay handsomely for them. Affordable buyers want them too, but are forced to choose from comparably drab econo-offerings (who really wants a Ford EcoSport?).
Luckily, there's light on the horizon for them. All signs indicate Ford will debut a compact pickup truck named the Maverick this year, bringing premium Ford truck appeal to those on a budget.
GMC’s Hummer EV looks set to redefine capability in the truck market. The first edition will offer 1,000 horsepower, 350 miles of range, Porsche-like 0-60 mph acceleration with “Watts to Freedom” (a.k.a. WTF) mode and better off-road specs than a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
Hyundai Motor Group has been hitting home runs, taking home nearly every major award of late through its Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands. Next up: launching a new Ioniq sub-brand of EVs.
The first vehicle off the line will be an EV crossover that borrows from Hyundai's stunning 45 concept. We could not be more intrigued.
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Jeep lacked a three-row SUV in 2020, but the company plans to have several on the road by the end of 2021. The fanciest of them will be the Grand Wagoneer, which will compete with vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade and carry a six-figure price tag to match.
We love off-road SUVs, but they tend to be among the worst vehicles you can buy for the environment. Jeep wants to change that with the Wranger 4xe (which they claim is should be pronounced "four-by-E," even if that sounds like four-byeeeeeee) plug-in hybrid. It will offer 25 miles of electric-only range and more torque (470 lb-ft) than the EcoDiesel version.
The Sorento Hybrid treads new ground. It’s a three-row family hauler that is both good-looking and earns about 37 mpg combined. But there’s a plug-in hybrid coming that will have sportier performance, more battery range and fancier finishes, while still keeping a reasonable Kia price tag.
Most car companies are trying to compete with Tesla. Lucid Motors will descend from above with the Air, the world’s most aero-efficient luxury car. Three Air models will arrive in 2021, offering up to 517 miles of range and 1,080 hp.
Mercedes will launch four all-new electric vehicles in 2021. The EQS sedan will not be the first one out of the gate, but, like its S-Class combustion counterpart, it'll be the flagship that defines what the Mercedes brand is — and where it's heading.
Buyers have been waiting for an affordable electric car that looks like a compact crossover, offers Tesla-like 300-mile-plus range, and is, perhaps, a bit fun to drive. Nissan’s new Ariya crossover has a good shot at being that vehicle.
Full-size trucks are the best-selling American vehicles, and three-row family SUVs remain a burgeoning growth market. Rivian will enter both segments with reasonably-priced and super-capable EVs, at a time when many of those vehicles are scrambling to get hybrids launched.
Toyota has major changes to its awesome-but-aging truck and SUV lineup plan over the next few years. The first to get an overhaul will be the Tundra full-size pickup. Will an updated Tundra — potentially offering a hybrid version — give Big Three buyers something to think about besides Toyota’s reputation for build quality?
EVs have mostly been expensive luxury cars or not especially appealing sub-compacts so far. VW wants to change that. The ID.4 will spearhead the brand’s electric vehicle onslaught in the U.S. with a reasonably spacious compact crossover that costs about the same as an Atlas Cross Sport.
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