With even stricter emission laws on the horizon, the automotive industry faces its biggest challenge since its inception. The next few years will be crucial for developing future propulsion technologies, and most carmakers are ready to show us the results in 2021.
From hybrid, battery-electric, and hydrogen-electric vehicles to gas-burning sports cars, 2021 is certainly ready to impress. Moreover, the year would be a sort of redemption for the industry since we expect, hopefully, that the pandemic will be no more. With that said, here are all the models to look forward to in 2021 and all the information we have on them.
Porsche was the first company from the Volkswagen Group to launch a high-performance electric vehicle with the Taycan. Now, Audi will use the same platform for its e-tron GT electric sports sedan in 2021. The carmaker already revealed the design, and it looks quite attractive.
Beneath the surface, the e-tron GT has Tesla-fighting internals. At first, the car will come with a 590 HP dual-motor configuration, enough for a 0-60mph launch of 3.5 seconds. Later, Audi might also launch an “RS” version, which should have over 700 HP and a 0-60mph sprint of around 2.5 seconds.
The Bavarian carmaker launched EVs even before Tesla started grabbing market share. Since then, though, BMW hasn’t really pushed the technology forward. Fortunately, that will change next year with the introduction of the BMW i4. The electric sedan will be based on the BMW 3 Series and will compete directly with the Tesla Model 3.
BMW already showed the i4 in concept form and gave us some preliminary information. The concept features a 525 HP electric motor at the rear axle, which should provide BMW’s signature driving experience. As a result, the i4 sprints from 0-60mph in just 4 seconds and reaches 124 mph. Moreover, the 80-kWh battery pack provides a maximum range of 373 miles.
Nissan had success with the electric hatchback Leaf, but the modern market wants crossovers and SUVs. Answering to the demand, the Japanese carmaker will launch the Ariya in 2021. The electric SUV will compete directly with the Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Kona Electric, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Customers will have a choice of 63-kWh and 87-kWh battery packs and front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations. Nissan aims for a 300-mile range for the bigger battery, which is very competitive. The company will also emphasize interior space and comfort, while the outer styling should follow the Ariya concept it showed in 2019.
Chevrolet was one of the first manufacturers to answer Tesla’s onslaught of EVs. However, its Bolt didn’t exactly lure customers in showrooms. Chevy immediately got back to the drawing board, preparing a much more enticing prospect – the Bolt EUV. Being an SUV, the new EV should attract many more customers.
We still don’t have the exact numbers about the range but expect at least 300-miles with one charge. The Bolt EUV will also be the first Chevy to utilize GM’s Super Cruise technology, a Level 2 autonomous driving system. Production should start in summer 2021, with first deliveries at the end of the year.
When Elon Musk first showed the Cybertruck, the internet went wild. Half of the audience hated it; the other half went nuts for it. One thing was clear, though – Tesla caught the public attention once again. That’s mostly thanks to the sci-fi design with cyberpunk aesthetics.
The truck is even more impressive when you look deeper. Tesla says that the Cybertruck has an exoskeleton made of Ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel, which should provide it with outstanding toughness. Furthermore, the company will offer three versions. The most powerful model will have three electric motors, a 0-60mph time of 2.9 seconds, 14,000+ lbs towing capacity, and 500+ miles of range.
Ford showed us it bets big on electric power with the launch of the Mustang Mach-E. In 2021, the carmaker will take things even further by announcing the F-150 electric pickup truck. The car will go head-to-head with Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck and should have a significant market presence.
We still don’t know the exact numbers, but the F-150 Electric should have more than 300-miles of electric-only range. Moreover, Ford promised a large frunk, in addition to the large bed. Also, the F-150 Electric would be the most powerful Ford truck to date, thanks to the dual-motor configuration. 2021 will be a busy year for electric trucks, indeed.
Mercedes-Benz is set for a large EV offensive in 2021. Perhaps the car that will be most popular on the market is the EQA, an electric-only version of the GLA Class crossover. The EQA will borrow most of the design cues from the concept version, but it will definitely sit higher from the ground.
Moreover, the sub-compact electric crossover should provide a range of around 250-miles and a 0-60 mph time of around 6 seconds. The numbers are certainly not ground-breaking, especially in 2021. However, Mercedes will ensure that the model is priced accordingly and play upon its strengths, like a super-luxurious and hi-tech interior.
The Porsche Taycan is one of the most accomplished EVs currently available on the market. However, it has one big flaw – the 366-liter trunk is on the small side. Porsche knows that and works on a “wagon” version of the Taycan, which they’ll call the Cross Turismo.
The more practical Taycan will probably feature the same internals. Thus, we should get a Turbo S version with 750 HP and 774 lb-ft of torque, enough for a 0-60mph time of 2.8 seconds. Porsche will even launch a raised version for off-road lovers, which reminds us of the outstanding 959 Dakar racer. Still no information on the trunk size, though.
Hydrogen-electric vehicles are another solution for the increased CO2 emissions, at least that’s what Toyota thinks. The company already launched a production HEV car in 2014, which they called the Mirai. Now, Toyota’s hydrogen car enters its second generation, and we must admit, it looks quite stunning.
Gone are the quirky looks of the first generation, replaced with Lexus GS-like sporty styling. The second-gen Mirai will also have an electric motor on the rear wheels for better handling and drivability. Moreover, the new model will have the most advanced fuel-cell system to date. As a result, the new model could have over 420-miles of range with one tank of hydrogen. The best feature, though, is the 5-minute refueling time.
Lexus has some of the most beloved SUVs on the market. However, they still don’t have a flagship competitor to the BMW X7, Audi Q8, and Mercedes-Benz GLS. We will finally get the long-awaited vehicle next year. It will bear the name LQ, and judging by the concept model; it will be quite the looker.
The Lexus LQ will probably borrow the powertrains from the LS. The gas engine will be a 3.4-liter V6 twin-turbocharged unit with 416 HP. Meanwhile, the hybrid version will use a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 with two electric motors, pumping out 354 HP. Both versions will be available with AWD.
Jeep will finally re-enter the luxury SUV market with its Wagoneer nameplate. To make an even bigger impression on the market, Jeep will launch two versions – the regular Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer. The difference will probably be in the seating arrangement, with the latter featuring eight seats. Both SUVs should be toe-to-toe with the BMW X7, Ford Expedition, and Chevy Tahoe.
Curiously, Jeep will use a body-on-frame architecture derived from Ram 1500. However, the rear suspension will be independent for better road compliance and handling. As for engines, expect the same lineup from the Ram 1500, including transmission options. The styling should be similar to the Wagoneer Concept.
Alfa Romeo, a company that operates under the same roof as Ferrari, also looks to bolster its SUV lineup in 2021. The Tonale will be the smallest such vehicle from the company, competing with BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Volvo XC40. Judging by the Tonale concept, the production version should be quite the looker.
However, looks won’t be enough to dethrone the Germans. For that reason, Alfa Romeo decided to offer a plug-in hybrid version, along with a plethora of turbocharged gas engines. Customers can also opt for an all-wheel-drive version, but we’re more interested in the sporty Quadrifoglio that should arrive a bit later.
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