THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO UPCOMING NEW CARS, TRUCKS, AND SUVS
What cars are coming out in 2021? That’s a good question, and if you’re looking for even more information about future cars, trucks, and SUVs, you’ll find it here. With a focus on brand new models, redesigned vehicles, and those receiving substantial refreshes, this is your ultimate guide to new car models for 2021. Let’s define a few terms before we get into the details: What is the new car model? New car models wear nameplates that either didn’t exist before or are resurrected from the past. Examples among 2021 model-year vehicles include the Kia Seltos, a new nameplate, and the Ford Bronco, a resurrected nameplate. Sometimes, a new model is based on an existing vehicle but has a dramatically different mission, such as the new Ram 1500 TRX or the Volvo XC40 Recharge P8. What is a redesigned car model? Redesigned models are vehicles that have been completely or substantially redesigned or re-engineered in a way that they look and drive nothing like the vehicle they replace. Redesigned cars for 2021 include the Hyundai Elantra and the Nissan Rogue. Often, car companies will refer to an updated vehicle as a redesign when it isn’t. We won’t include such models, like the 2021 Honda Odyssey, in this guide. What is a substantially refreshed model? Substantially refreshed models are existing vehicles receiving significant engineering, design, or technology updates. Because complete redesigns cost a big pile of money, car companies sometimes take what is a fundamentally sound design and give it a major makeover. Think of it as the difference between rebuilding your home or remodeling it. Examples for 2021 include the Lexus IS. Now that you know what to expect from this guide, let’s dig into the details about all of the new 2021 trucks and SUVs and cars, as well as those coming for 2022 and beyond. Oh, and if you’re curious about cars discontinued for 2021, we have you covered on that front, too. Upcoming New Trucks In addition to the new 2021 trucks listed below in alphabetical order, there is a long list of upcoming electric pickups on the way from several non-traditional electric vehicle companies. Those that appear close to production or have a realistic chance of reaching the end of an assembly line include the Bollinger B2, Lordstown Endurance, Nikola Badger, Rivian R1T, and Tesla Cybertruck. Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC are also planning electrified trucks shortly, including a resurrection of the Hummer nameplate. Rivian R1T Tesla’s wedge-shaped, stainless steel-clad Cybertruck is a bit of an acquired taste. This means people who just want a normal electric pickup truck have to look elsewhere. The Rivian R1T is the most promising alternative yet, with appealing, fully modern styling without crossing the line into cartoon sideshow. It’s also going to be a killer ride, with four-motor all-wheel-drive, three feet of wading capability, and a startling 0-60 time of 3 seconds. It’s also been tested across some wild terrain recently, including competing in the off-road Rebelle Rally in the U.S. and playing a cameo role in a 13,000-mile South American adventure featured in the Long Way Up television series with Ewan McGregor. The truck should debut in June, at $75,000 for the Launch Edition, bringing 300 miles of (unverified, as yet) range, and semi-autonomous drive capability thanks to 11 cameras, five radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. One of the big questions with utility and recreational vehicles such as these is how badly cold weather compromises their range—though Rivian says it has tested the battery between 130 and -25 degrees. On the other hand, that 14 inches of ground clearance and 11,000-pound towing capability will undoubtedly raise the eyebrows of many pickup fans.
2021 Ford F-150 Ford takes trucks seriously. After all, they provide the bulk of the automaker’s profit, so getting these products right is crucial to Ford’s survival. No doubt the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 will continue as not only the best-selling large light-duty pickup truck in America but also as the automaker’s cash cow. 2021 Ford F-150 Release Date: On sale now 2021 Ford F-150 Price: $28,940 + $1,695 destination 2022 GMC Hummer EV The long-awaited 2022 GMC Hummer EV electric pickup truck finally broke cover, and it looks fantastic, as it should for its price. It arrives first in Edition 1 specification with 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb.-ft. of torque, and a battery delivering 350 miles of range. Future versions will start as low as $79,995 but will have less equipment and capability. 2022 GMC Hummer EV Release Date: Fall of 2021 2022 GMC Hummer EV Price: $112,595 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Think of the new Ram 1500 TRX as a Hellcat truck, and you’ll understand what this new version of the company’s popular light-duty pickup is all about: performance. From its all-terrain tires and fully-fortified frame to its 702-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is built for both serious work and serious play. 2021 Ram TRX Release Date: On sale now 2021 Ram TRX Price: $69,995 + $1,695 destination 2022 Acura MDX The Acura MDX is, according to its maker, the most successful 7-passenger luxury SUV in history. Now, the 2022 Acura MDX is about to arrive, improving on its predecessor in terms of power, performance, technology, and safety. It looks more upscale inside and out, too, and in the top specification will offer a 25-speaker high-end audio system. A 3.5-liter V-6 will be standard, with a twin-turbocharged V-6 in the racy Type S model. 2022 Acura MDX Release Date: Early 2021 2022 Acura MDX Price: $47,500 (est.)
2022 BMW iX Sized like a BMW X5, the new 2022 BMW iX is an electric midsize luxury SUV with room for five people and a driving range measuring an estimated 300 miles. Designed to aerodynamic requirements, and constructed using ecologically conscious methods and materials, the BMW iX is geometrically shaped, inside and out. Next-generation electronics power the infotainment and safety systems and the iX is compatible with 200-kW DC fast chargers. 2022 BMW iX Release Date: Early 2021 2022 BMW iX Price: $75,000 (est.) 2021 Buick Envision With the demise of the Regal, Buick is now a premium SUV company. The redesigned 2021 Buick Envision occupies the compact slot in the lineup, and it’s a handsome thing, inside and out. With a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the latest in safety and infotainment systems, and an available luxury Avenir trim level, expect more people to envision themselves in a Buick. 2021 Buick Envision release date: Early 2021 2021 Buick Envision price: $32,995 + $1,195 destination 2021 Cadillac Escalade With the new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, the luxury automaker resolves issues with passenger and cargo space while dramatically improving the SUV in terms of technological sophistication. Available in standard and extended-length body styles, the new Escalade offers a choice between a familiar V-8 engine and a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel inline 6-cylinder engine. 2021 Cadillac Escalade release date: On sale now 2021 Cadillac Escalade price: $76,195 + $1,295 destination 2023 Cadillac Lyriq One of several electric trucks and SUVs that General Motors will introduce in the next few years, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is based on GM’s new EV platform and uses the company’s Ultium battery pack. This midsize SUV is the first of several Cadillacs with “IQ” in its name, and the automaker estimates it will provide up to 300 miles of driving range. 2023 Cadillac Lyriq release date: Spring of 2022 2023 Cadillac Lyriq price: Reportedly under $60,000 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV A new small electric utility vehicle (EUV), the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is based on a stretched version of the existing Bolt EV’s platform but is equipped with a new battery pack that should provide about 250 miles of driving range. Longer and larger than the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV offers more passenger and cargo space than its smaller sibling. 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV release date: Fall of 2021 (estimated) 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV price: $42,500 (estimated) 2021 Chevrolet Suburban With the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, the company resolves key complaints about the full-size SUV. Now, it has competitive second-row and third-row passenger space and comfort, coupled with robust cargo-area measurements. More safety, more technology, and more luxury also accompany the new Suburban’s redesign. 2021 Chevrolet Suburban release date: On sale now 2021 Chevrolet Suburban price: $51,700 + $1,295 destination 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Slightly shorter in terms of length, a little less expensive, and more popular than the big Chevy Suburban, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe also gets a redesign for the new year. And as is true of its roomier sibling, the all-new Tahoe boasts big gains in terms of passenger and cargo space, as well as technology. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe release date: On sale now 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe price: $49,000 + $1,295 destination 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer A new small crossover SUV, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer offers a choice between two turbocharged 3-cylinder engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and five trim levels. At the upper end of the model range, the rugged Activ is made for traveling off of the pavement, while the sporty RS is meant for use in the concrete jungle. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer release date: On sale now 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer price: $19,000 + $995 destination 2021 Ford Bronco Ford revealed the new line of Bronco off-roaders in July 2020, when everyone was at peak quarantine fatigue. It would’ve been a big hit for that reason alone, but the burly, retro SUVs like this already have so much going for them. The available 35-inch tires, a broad range of off-road modes for all types of terrain, and a new, advanced 4x4 system have customers already throwing down for reservations for when Broncos arrive at dealers in mid-2021. That 4x4 system is key. It will keep novices out of trouble and allow off-road pros to push their trail bashing to the limit. An electromechanical transfer case shifts automatically between 2H and 4H, eliminating uncertainty about when to engage the former, while electronic front differential locking permits tackling of the gnarliest terrain. Rock-crawling—where precise throttle and brake application is essential—will become easier thanks to a single-pedal drive mechanism that manages both. The seven-speed manual's 94.75:1 crawl ratio will make rough terrain even easier. If you can’t wait to get your mitts on anything Bronco, you can always pony up for the Bronco Sport, which is out now and is smaller and more affordable. It lacks some of the off-road prowess of the main model, but it certainly won't be a slouch on the trails. With the 2021 Ford Bronco, an iconic model name is resurrected to do battle against the Jeep Wrangler for off-roading supremacy. Available in 2-door and 4-door body styles, and equipped with a removable top and doors, the retro-styled 2021 Bronco offers significant off-roading talent combined with turbocharged 4-cylinder or V-6 engines. 2021 Ford Bronco release date: Spring of 2021 2021 Ford Bronco Price: $28,500 + $1,495 destination 2021 Ford Bronco Sport People seeking a small SUV that’s less extreme than the new Bronco, but is still capable when the going gets rough, can choose the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. It’s based on the same platform as the Ford Escape, comes with standard all-wheel drive, and features a choice between two different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. 2021 Ford Bronco Sport release date: On sale now 2021 Ford Bronco Sport price: $26,660 + $1,495 destination 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E An electric vehicle with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and a 5-door Sportback design for maximum utility, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is positioned as an SUV by the automaker. You can be the judge as to whether it meets the standard. Four trims and two battery packs offering up to 300 miles of range make this Mustang-influenced EV a clear Tesla competitor. 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E release date: December 2020 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E price: $42,895 + $1,100 destination 2022 Genesis GV70 Genesis is finally fleshing out its lineup with the kinds of vehicles people want to buy: SUVs. The new 2022 Genesis GV70 is a smaller sibling to the company’s first SUV, the GV80. Details are scarce, but it’s expected to share a platform and powertrains with the company’s G70 sedan. Highlights include a rakish roofline and a new approach to interior design that blends high-technology with themes and forms of the past. 2022 Genesis GV70 release date: Summer of 2021 (est.) 2022 Genesis GV70 Price: $42,500 (est.) 2021 Genesis GV80 As a still-new luxury car manufacturer—parent company Hyundai launched the brand in 2017—Genesis has yet to fully embed itself in the collective consciousness of American car buyers. Through its first three sedans, the G70, G80, and G90 have been critical hits and propelled the company to the top of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality survey in 2018, the new GV80 SUV is likely the car that announces Genesis to the United States market. This has as much to do with U.S. enthusiasm for all things SUV as it does for the look and feel of the car itself. It’s a stylish cruiser with all the luxury amenities you’d expect—a sleek infotainment system, aromatic leather—and it’s arrived with a starting price of $48,900, which makes all that a bit more accessible. Available with either a 2.5-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder generating 300 horsepower or a 375-hp, 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6, the GV80 delivers in performance and efficiency. But it’s the greatest trick that might be something you hardly notice: intense silence. The GV80 uses microphones embedded in each wheel well to detect highway tire roar and silence it by half, making the cabin up to three decibels quieter. Noise cancellation such as this—in which computers analyze incoming sound and generate “opposite” waves through the car’s speakers—has been in vehicles for a while, but mostly to negate engine noise, which is predictable. Tire noise varies based on the road surface and the condition of the tires, so an advanced system was required for the GV80. The result will likely be a supremely soothing drive, no matter how rough the road. Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, is set to launch its first SUV for 2021. Called the GV80, the midsize performance-oriented SUV has rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 4-cylinder or turbocharged V-6 engine. Additionally, Advanced, Advanced+, and Prestige trim packages are available. 2021 Genesis GV80 release date: December 2020 2021 Genesis GV80 Price: $48,900 + $1,025 destination 2021 GMC Yukon Redesigned this year, the 2021 GMC Yukon comes in standard and extended-length versions, the latter known as the Yukon XL. With this new SUV, GMC dramatically increases interior space, making it more comfortable for passengers and more accommodating of cargo. Naturally, in addition to SLE and SLT trim, the popular Denali returns, along with a new AT4 off-road model. 2021 GMC Yukon release date: On sale now 2021 GMC Yukon price: $50,700 + $1,295 destination 2022 Hyundai Tucson A dramatically redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson is coming, with a clear emphasis on style and technology. It also grows in size and comes with a choice between gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. As is expected of any crossover SUV, all-wheel drive will be available. Hyundai says a turbocharged N Line sport-tuned version is coming sometime after the SUV goes on sale. 2022 Hyundai Tucson release date: Spring of 2021 (est.) 2022 Hyundai Tucson price: $26,000 (est.)
2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new mid-engine ’Vette, which landed this year and took our Car of the Year award, will likely earn another round of accolades when the track-oriented Z06 arrives later in 2021. The car will deliver more than 600 horsepower from its naturally aspirated V8 (up from the 500 in the conventional Stingray), include wider tires and bigger brakes, and come with boosted chassis strength and a newly tuned suspension. Make no mistake: This variation is a big deal. It takes the “argument” of the base Corvette—that you can have world-class design and engineering delivering thrilling, perfectly balanced performance without the price tag associated with Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and McLarens—and puts a bow on it. It’s not just the engine placement that’s new, either. The Z06 benefits from modernized sensors for monitoring vehicle dynamics, smoother power delivery thanks to engine geometry improvements, better cooling courtesy of improved airflow, and greater downforce as a result of better aerodynamics. Most critically, according to analyst estimates and previous pricing histories, we expect the Z06 to remain under $100,000, (Remember, as well, that when this generation of Corvette was announced as having a mid-engine, people assumed it would cost at least $150,000, given the enhancement and the challenging construction.) In the world of supercars, especially mid-engine supercars, it could be considered a steal.
2021 Volkswagen ID4 Volkswagen’s first purpose-built electric car—debuting the brand’s widely adaptable, all-electric MEB platform, which is modular for greater adaptability to different vehicle types and designed to simplify electric powertrain hardware—is shaping up to be the EV surprise of the year. First, it’s got a striking design, at once sleek and perhaps a little toy-like, but eye-catching and attractive. The profile rises toward the rear, lending the car an unmistakably athletic posture, and its interior is clean and bright thanks to the optional glass roof. Second, its electric chops will go a lot further toward winning over consumers than most of the affordable EVs that have debuted thus far. Arriving as a crossover certainly gives it a leg up, but its 201-horsepower, the 82-kWh powertrain will make it energetic—though perhaps not a ton of true fun—while delivering an estimated 250 miles of driving range. The magic number for EVs is 300 miles nowadays, but few hit that mark, and 250 is more than enough to match people’s daily driving needs. Plus, its $32,495 starting point—taking into account federal incentives—bring it within reach of most car buyers. To sweeten the pot, VW throws in three years of free, unlimited DC fast-charging at Electrify America stations. Under the right conditions, the car can pull in 60 miles of driving range in 10 minutes, or go from 5 percent to 80 percent in 38 minutes—another incentive for those wary of making the jump to electric power. For these reasons, the ID.4 could very well be the first truly mass-market EV. Volkswagen is preparing to introduce the first of several electric vehicles to the U.S. market. The first one is the 2021 Volkswagen ID4, a compact 5-passenger SUV that starts arriving just before we ring in the new year. Volkswagen ID4 ordering is open, and the EV should deliver 250 miles of driving on a single battery charge. 2021 Volkswagen ID4 release date: Early 2021 2021 Volkswagen ID4 price: $39,995 Tesla Roadster Tesla unveiled its new hypercar in 2017, promising production by 2020. Since then, the company has been silent, apart from occasional tweets from CEO Elon Musk. The truth is that the car has been delayed, in part due to technical challenges surrounding its three-motor powertrain, which will need to be addressed to propel the vehicle to its claimed top speed of more than 250 mph, but also because the Roadster simply isn’t a top priority at Tesla. Instead, Musk told podcaster Joe Rogan in May, the company needs to push the Cybertruck across the finish line, ramp up Model Y production, and finish battery manufacturing centers in Berlin and Shanghai. We’ll hope to be able to experience the car’s withering 1.9-second 0-60 time in the real world soon.