Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future Cars! 2021 And Beyond

Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future Cars! 2021 And Beyond

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Everything seems to be changing by the hour as the global health crisis completely upends the way the world works, but while automakers are making face shields and ventilators, the core of the business—designing and engineering cars to (someday) sell—continues apace. It may be happening in home offices and otherwise socially distanced manners, but these machines are just too complicated to completely shut down research and development and restart it later. Plus, suppliers have been contracted to make everything from shock absorbers to stamping dies—and they need to get paid.

The cars on sale today and coming to a dealer near you in the next year have been in development for the past five to 10 years. The ones you’ll be able to buy a few years from now are already deep in the development process. Cars you won’t be able to buy for the better part of a decade are already being approved, with a design freeze in progress. This industry runs on a multiyear cycle, so even when it’s disrupted, there’s always more on the way. One note: The arrival dates are subject to change based on the duration of quarantines in various regions.

From the SUVs, trucks, and cars already confirmed for production when the factories reopen to those waiting to have the sheet pulled later this year and the ones still in the concept phase, we have more than 50 of the most interesting and exciting new vehicles coming to your streets and driveways. Endless variations of SUVs, radical trucks, cars of the future, and all manner of cleaner, safer technology are coming, and we have the goods on all of it. – Scott Evans

Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future SUVs: What’s NOW

Whether it’s cheap gas, perceived safety, or just collective preference, SUVs and crossovers are the fastest-growing segment of the vehicle market, mostly at the expense of cars. American shoppers can’t get enough of ’em, and automakers are happy to design as many of these higher-profit margin vehicles as they can to meet the demand.

Much as cars used to offer a wide variety of body styles and functions appealing to all sorts of buyers, SUVs and crossovers today come in seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and powertrains. From EVs to rock crawlers, there’s something for everyone coming to your local showroom soon.

Toyota Venza

What’s New: After a brief break, the Toyota Venza is back as a sleek, high-tech, high-efficiency SUV. No longer a tall wagon, the Venza isn’t an off-roader, but rather a lifestyle vehicle. Powered exclusively by a hybrid drivetrain, it’ll get up to 40 mpg while offering standard all-wheel drive by mounting an electric motor on the rear axle. Brake torque vectoring and sport-tuned suspension should make it fun to drive for a crossover, and touches like an option panoramic electrochromatic glass roof that brightens or darkens with the push of a button give it luxury appeal.

What’s Not: The Venza shares a platform, drivetrain, and key components such as the infotainment system with other Toyota products.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $30,000 (est)

Ford Mustang Mach-E

What’s New: The latest addition to the Mustang model line is a battery-electric crossover four-door SUV. Really. Although the Mach-E looks nothing like any Mustang before it, the Blue Oval’s EV certainly packs the straight-line punch to woo pony car fans. The most powerful model—the nearly 460-hp Mach-E GT—aims to scoot from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The slinky crossover relies on one of two available battery packs to power its standard rear-axle motor and optional front-axle motor: a 76-kW-hr Standard Range pack or a 99-kW-hr Extended Range setup. Ford estimates a maximum driving range of 300 miles between charges for rear-drive Mach-Es equipped with the Extended Range battery, though a heavy right foot will surely drag down that distance.

What’s Not: Save for its Mustang nomenclature, the Mach-E shares little else with any Ford before it.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $44,995

Genesis GV80

What’s New: At long last, the Genesis brand’s first SUV is launching for the 2021 model year. The GV80 is a midsize, rear-drive-based SUV with seating for five. The GV80 will be plenty luxurious in base form, offering extra-posh features such as diamond-stitched leather, ash wood trim, augmented reality navigation, and more at a competitive price. Engine choices for the U.S. will include a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4 making 300 hp and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 good for 375 hp. Both engines will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

What’s Not: The GV80 is all-new from the ground up, but the design hasn’t changed much from the excellent concept we first saw in 2017.

When: Summer 2020

How Much: $49,925

Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV

What’s New: Cadillac shares its stretched, independently suspended architecture, 6.2-liter V-8 and I-6 diesel engines, and 10-speed transmission with the Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon. It justifies its hefty price premium with such tech treasures as 38 inches of curved OLED display screen, augmented reality navigation, Super Cruise, night vision, and AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker sound. New for 2021, a Sport model features blackout trim. Cadillac offers eight interior color themes that can be decorated with myriad woods and leather sew patterns. Standard-wheelbase versions will launch late this year, with the Suburban-size ESV following in early 2021.

What’s Not: Platinum remains the ne plus ultra trim grade.

When: Late 2020 (ESV early 2021)

How Much: $77,500-$102,000 (est)

Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

What’s New: Nearly everything, but most important: an independent rear suspension. This change, plus the addition of 4.9 and 6.8 inches to the Tahoe’s wheelbase and length (Suburban adds 4.1 and 1.3 inches) aims to again wrest dimensional and ride/handling superiority from Ford’s Expedition/Max. Fourth-gen magnetic ride control shocks are optional, with the upper trims getting MR plus height-adjustable air suspension. There’s a new 270-hp, 460-lb-ft 3.0-liter I-6 diesel option, and all models get a 10-speed automatic. The fancier High Country trim helps keep the Chevy faithful from straying to Yukon Denalis.

What’s Not: The 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8s continue, adding DFM cylinder deactivation; 2500 and 3500 variants are dropped.

When: Mid-2020

How Much: $50,295-$70,895 (Tahoe), $52,995-$73,595 (Suburban)

GMC Yukon/Yukon XL

What’s New: To everything mentioned in Chevy’s Tahoe/Suburban entry, add GMC’s AT4 off-road-optimized package, which builds on Chevy’s Z71 hardware, for both Yukons. It adds Active Response 4WD electronics plus an electric-locking limited-slip differential, red tow hooks, and more luxurious interior trim. Denali models (60 percent of sales) get a unique dash with integrated touchscreen—rather than one perched on top. There are also real wood inserts, a 15-inch color head-up display, four color themes, and a GMC-exclusive power-sliding center console with a “safe drawer.”

What’s Not: The level of exterior bling on Denali models.

When: Early Summer 2020

How Much: $51,995-$54,595 (Yukon), $54,695-$75,395 (XL)

Ford Bronco Sport

What’s New: The Ford Bronco Sport is the rugged cousin to the Ford Escape, which it shares underpinnings with. The off-road-focused compact SUV is unibody and front-wheel-drive based, but Ford considers it part of the Bronco family, and as such it shares some styling cues with the larger, body-on-frame Bronco. The Bronco Sport is expected to have the 180-hp 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder as its base engine and an optional 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will likely be standard. The look is boxier and more upright than the rounded, urban Escape—with shorter overhangs, underbody protection, a two-piece liftgate, chunky roof rails, and black plastic fenders. In keeping with Ford’s overall plans, there will be a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version.

What’s Not: It shares its front-wheel-drive platform and its engines with the Ford Escape.

When: late 2020

How Much: $30,000 (est)

Nissan Rogue

What’s New: Nissan’s best-seller is moving to a new platform shared with Renault and Mitsubishi alliance to keep it among the top 10 best-selling vehicles in America. What you’ll see and touch has been brought into line with Nissan’s latest styling language inside and out. We expect Nissan’s latest 2.5-liter inline-four under the hood driving the front (or all four) wheels, and there’s also the possibility Nissan will put its clever VC-Turbo inline-four under the hood of a sporty model. No matter what, expect a continuously variable transmission. Inside, look for an optional digital dash and a 9.0-inch infotainment screen borrowed from the new Titan.

What’s Not: We expect the new Rogue to ride on the same platform as before, and a number of its parts and features will be shared from other Nissan products.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $27,000 (est)

Volkswagen Tiguan

What’s New: Volkswagen’s global best-seller is due up for a refresh, and you’ll recognize it right away with its sportier nose job and all-LED external lighting front and back. Inside, the Tiguan gets a sportier steering wheel, borrowed from the larger Atlas Cross Sport, and VW’s latest infotainment system with over-the-air update capability. Also available: multicolor interior ambient lighting to set the mood.

What’s Not: Everything else. Volkswagen is considering a plug-in hybrid drivetrain option for the next-generation Tiguan, but for now, it sticks with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic.

When: Fall 2021

How Much: $26,000 (est)

Alfa Romeo Tonale

What’s New: Alfa needs to expand its lineup, and fast. SUVs are hot, so next up is the subcompact Tonale to slot under the compact Stelvio. We expect it to be front-drive based with the option of all-wheel drive, and it will use FCA’s small SUV architecture. The Tonale Concept was powered by an unspecified plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which we think could be the 1.3-liter turbo-four in front and electric motor in the rear used by the Europe-only Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid, which makes 240 hp total. We also think the Alfa will get a non-hybrid option, probably a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4.

What’s Not: The Tonale will share a platform and likely powertrains with other FCA small crossovers, such as the Jeep Renegade.

When: Early 2021

How Much: $35,000 (est)

Audi E-Tron Sportback

What’s New: Although it’s essentially a fastback version of the E-Tron SUV, with a new roof, new rear quarter panels, and a new tailgate, the E-Tron Sportback has a more carlike presence, like a tall hatchback rather than an SUV trying to look sporty. The Sportback will benefit from a number of technical upgrades from Audi designed to boost range. The front motor will disengage under normal driving, the 95-kW-hr battery’s thermal management system has been made more efficient, and the battery’s usable capacity has been increased to 86.5 kW-hr. As with the regular E-Tron, the well-equipped Sportback will be available in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.

What’s Not: The powertrain is the same as the regular E-Tron, with a 187-hp, 231-lb-ft motor at the rear axle and a 168-hp, 182-lb-ft motor up front. Total system output is 355 hp and 413 lb-ft, and an overboost mode gives 402 hp and 490 lb-ft for 8 seconds.

When: 2021

How Much: $80,000 (est)

Kia Sorento

What’s New: Completely redesigned, the Sorento receives a new windswept exterior design. Kia also upgrades the interior with a large screen and sleek controls. Expect ride quality to improve now that the SUV sits on a new platform. New engine options should give the Sorento an extra pep in its step. A 1.6-liter turbo-four works with an electric motor to produce 227 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.5-liter turbo-four makes 277 hp and 311 lb-ft.

What’s Not: Some styling cues reference the Telluride, including the vertical taillights.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $30,000 (est)

Volkswagen ID 4

What’s New: Volkswagen has learned Americans aren’t much interested in hatchbacks, which is why the first of its all-electric MEB-platform vehicles to arrive stateside will be an SUV. The ID 4 is about the size of Tiguan, but the interior is much roomier. The MEB architecture follows the now-familiar skateboard platform, with a large battery pack between the wheels and motors at the axles. The base ID 4 is likely to be a single-motor rear-drive model, with a GTX version offering two motors, all-wheel drive, and more performance. Top-end ID 4s are expected to have a range of close to 300 miles.

What’s Not: The interior hardware is shared with the ID 3 hatch recently launched in Europe, with a compact digital instrument panel in front of the driver and a large centrally mounted touchscreen for infotainment and HVAC functions.

When: 2021

How Much: $35,000 (est)

Volvo XC40 Recharge

What’s New: The XC40 Recharge marks the debut of Volvo’s first-ever all-electric powertrain. The Recharge shares Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture with the regular XC40, but there’s a liquid-cooled 78-kW-hr battery pack under the floor and a motor on each axle. Volvo claims 408 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. As with all new Volvos, top speed will be limited to 112 mph. Volvo does its own battery research and development in-house and says the available capacity of the battery pack will be 75 kW-hr, which should easily give the XC40 Recharge a range of 240 miles or more.

What’s Not: Apart from the blanked-off grille, the XC40 Recharge looks just like a regular XC40. That’s no bad thing, as Volvo’s entry-level SUV is one of the most stylish in the segment.

When: 2021

How Much: $55,000 (est)

Polestar 2

What’s New: Polestar 2 is the second model for the Scandinavian brand spun off from Volvo to concentrate on performance electric vehicles. Polestar 1 was a plug-in hybrid, but Polestar 2 is a mainstream all-electric premium four-door sedan to battle the Tesla Model 3. The 2 will have a range of about 275 miles with the 78-kW-hr battery in the floor. Front and rear motors provide a combined output of 400 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. A vegan interior is optional, the infotainment system uses an Android operating system to run Google automotive services, and the advanced tech allows the car to try to anticipate the occupants’ needs.

What’s Not: It features an adaptation of the Volvo CMA architecture used by the Volvo XC40 and the Volvo 11-inch Sensus infotainment screen.

When: Summer 2020

How Much: $63,000 (est)

Fisker Ocean

What’s New: Longtime BMW and Aston Martin designer—and creator of the ill-fated Fisker Karma—Henrik Fisker has bounced back with a green-friendly, five-passenger EV crossover called the Ocean. The Ocean checks all the contemporary EV boxes—up to 300 miles of range, battery capacity north of 80 kW-hr, base 2WD and available AWD, a cool 16-inch center-mounted touchscreen with a haptic touchpad, and a charging partnership with Electrify America. Fun features? A novel multilink rear suspension, a roll-down rear-hatch window for carrying long objects, and karaoke words displayed on the head-up display. The Ocean will be significantly composed of recycled materials such as retrieved ocean plastics and old fishing net.

What’s Not: Although the Fisker name is familiar, everything about the Ocean is new, including the company behind the name.

When: Summer 2022

How Much: $37,499

Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future SUVS: What’s NEXT

The SUV and crossover craze shows no sign of slowing down, and automakers are doing their level best to feed the fire with all sorts of new models in the pipeline. They’ll be greener, higher-tech, and more luxurious than ever. Some will even question what it means to be a driver, as opposed to a mere occupant. Whether you plug them in or fill them up, whether you drive them or they drive you, there will be more options than ever for an off-road-looking vehicle in the years to come.

Cadillac Lyriq

What’s New: The Cadillac Lyriq is an electric midsize crossover with a long wheelbase, wide stance, fastback roof, big air inlets, body-flush door handles, and 23-inch wheels—at least on the concept. The traditional grille is replaced with backlit lines in a precision pattern with Cadillac’s iconic crest between vertical headlights. There are vertical taillights beneath an upper set of lights, called a “sail tail,” that start behind each D-pillar and flow into the directional lights on the tailgate. It will be Cadillac’s first pure EV, using GM’s BEV3 dedicated electric vehicle architecture and Ultium fast-charging batteries. All-wheel drive will be available. The five-passenger vehicle has a 34-inch curved LED touchscreen that dominates the dashboard.

What’s Not: It takes its styling cues from the Cadillac Escala concept.

When: 2022

How Much: $75,000 (est)

Cruise Origin

What’s New: The Cruise Origin is a boxy, six-passenger, electric, autonomous ride-hail van developed by Cruise in collaboration with General Motors. The robotaxi has two big sliding doors and a low load floor for easy access. The six passengers sit facing each other, with room for their luggage. There is no driver; sensors, cameras, radar, and lidar assess the surroundings and make the driving decisions. The Origin uses GM’s BEV3 dedicated electric vehicle architecture and likely GM’s Ultium fast-charging batteries. It will be a commercial vehicle only, for use in ride-hail services, with plans to also build a delivery van.

What’s Not: Everything is new.

When: 2022

How Much: $50,000 (commercial sale only)

Jeep Wagoneer/Jeep Grand Wagoneer

What’s New: FCA is going all-in on full-size three-row SUVs with the Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The former, designed to be more mainstream, will go up against the Tahoes and Expeditions of the world. The latter will be a luxury flagship for the Jeep brand, set to square off against the revitalized Escalade and Navigator. Expect the Jeep’s unique selling proposition to be exceptional off-road capability and a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Here’s hoping for the return of wood paneling, too.

What’s Not: If the modified Ram 1500 test mules that frequently pass by our Los Angeles headquarters are any indication, the Jeep Wagoneers will share much with our 2019 Truck of the Year. The two Wagoneers will be built on a modified Ram 1500 platform in Michigan with a ride-enhancing independent rear suspension. Expect a 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8—likely both with emissions-reducing eTorque motors—and an eight-speed automatic to be borrowed from the Ram, too.

When: Late 2021

How Much: $50,000 (Wagoneer) (est); $75,000 (Grand Wagoneer) (est)

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

What’s New: For the 2022 model year, Chevrolet will expand the Bolt lineup to include the new Bolt EUV, a larger, more SUV-like Bolt variant that is front-drive only. The wheelbase is 3 inches longer for more room in the back seat. Overall the vehicle is 5 to 6 inches longer. The look is more upright and in line with Chevrolet’s latest styling language. It will be the first non-Cadillac to get Super Cruise, the hands-free highway driving system. It also has a push-button gearshift and a button for one-pedal driving. Also available: a sunroof, unlike the standard Bolt.

What’s Not: The new EUV rides on the same BEV2 platform, with the same 66-kW-hr batteries as the current Bolt EV, not GM’s new BEV3 dedicated EV architecture or Ultium battery system for longer range and faster charging.

When: 2021

How Much: $41,000 (est)

Hyundai Tucson

What’s New: The Hyundai Vision T Concept seen here is essentially the next-generation Tucson, introducing the brand’s future SUV design language. Along with a new platform, new powertrains include a hybrid and possibly a sporty N-Line model with the same 2.5-liter turbo I-4 in the Sonata N-Line. Expect plenty of driver assistance features to come standard. A huge 10.3-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster should be on the menu, too.

What’s Not: Hyundai’s user-friendly infotainment system remains. That’s a good thing because it’s one of the brand’s biggest strengths, especially as screen sizes increase.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $22,000 (est)

Lexus LQ

What’s New: Ultra-premium, ultra-expensive SUVs have exploded in popularity and profit margin, and Lexus doesn’t want to be left out. In fact, the brand has already shown us what it’s going to do with the LF-1 Limitless Concept. When it goes into production, expect it to remain a big, roomy two-row luxury SUV with an opulent interior and the next generation of Lexus design language. As for its name, all current Lexus SUVs use a two-letter name with an X as the second letter, but this won’t replace the existing LX. However, Toyota applied for the “LQ” trademark in 2018—right after the Limitless concept made its debut at the Detroit auto show.

What’s Not: Built on Toyota’s new TNGA-L platform, we expect the flagship to carry the new LS 500h’s 3.5-liter V-6, which currently makes 354 hp, and CVT and four-speed automatic hybrid transmission.

When: 2022

How Much: $100,000

Infiniti QX55

What’s New: Infiniti is entering the now-popular SUV coupe game with the QX55. Based on the QX50, the QX55 was inspired by the original, groundbreaking FX, and instead of having a swooping silhouette like the Mercedes-Benz GLE, its profile is nearly identical to the FX. The rear glass has a steep angle, which gives the QX55 that coupelike shape at the expense of some cargo capacity. Expect enormous Infiniti logos and lettering on the hatch and other cool details.

What’s Not: The powertrain. We expect the QX55 to be powered by the same 2.0-liter variable-compression turbo engine, which means its 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque would be sent to the front or all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $40,000 (est)

Porsche Macan EV

What’s New: Porsche’s Taycan delivers shocking electric performance, but that vehicle’s price and layout give it niche appeal. How can the brand apply its EV learnings to a mass-market offering? By electrifying its best-selling Macan. Trouble is, the MLB platform it rides on wasn’t designed for battery propulsion (though Audi adapted it for the E-Tron crossover). As such, the Macan will be built on the PPE architecture that provides the basis for the Volkswagen Group’s premium electric cars.

What’s Not: Electric hardware and software developed for the Taycan will be adapted for use in the Macan EV—not like that’s a bad thing.

When: 2022

How Much: $65,000 (est)

Volvo XC100

What’s New: Volvo needs a halo car to show its commitment to and capabilities with electric propulsion. That’ll manifest in the XC100, a flagship luxury SUV. Although it’ll be mechanically similar to the family-oriented next-gen XC90, the XC100 will take a more indulgent approach. Expect a four-seat layout, comfort-tuned dynamics, autonomous capabilities, and dramatic styling intended to distinguish Volvo from its Polestar performance division. Volvo might continue to build a hybrid XC90, but the XC100 will be purely electric to show the brand’s dedication to a gasoline-free future.

What’s Not: The new SPA-II architecture will be the basis for all of Volvo’s SUVs, from the XC40 to the XC100. Also shared: the Android infotainment system that’s making its way into Volvo and Polestar cars.

When: 2022

How Much: $85,000 (est)

Byton M-Byte

What’s New: Byton’s first offering, the battery-electric M-Byte, is an automotive Rorschach test. Some see the natural evolution of the automobile into a connected, interactive, technology-loaded mobility platform. Others are aghast by its dash-spanning 48-inch screen and de-emphasis of driving (the front seats even swivel toward each other by 10 degrees to ease conversation). Although the Level 4 autonomy it anticipates has been delayed, the China-based company is carrying on undaunted. Like many other new EV entries, Byton is partnering with Electrify America for public charging.

What’s Not: The M-Byte is brand new from the ground to its roof.

When: Fall 2021

How Much: $45,000 (est)

Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future Cars: What’s NOW

They’re losing market share to trucks and SUVs, but traditional passenger cars are far from dead. Although some automakers (ahem, Detroit) aren’t even trying to sell sedans and coupes anymore, all the car companies remaining are working twice as hard to make their offerings sleeker, more compelling alternatives to the taller, truckier versions of the same underlying vehicles. Whether it’s sexier styling, more power, or more batteries, there’s a car for anyone not taken by the SUV craze.

Ferrari Roma

What’s New: Roma is the first car to come off an all-new modular vehicle architecture that will eventually underpin next-gen versions of the Portofino and GTC4Lusso, as well as the long-awaited Ferrari Purosange SUV. Critically, this architecture has been designed from the outset to accommodate a plug-in hybrid powertrain, though the Roma will launch only with internal combustion engine power. The 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 under the Roma’s hood makes 612 hp and 593 lb-ft, enough to scoot it from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.2 seconds, and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Ferrari claims the best weight-to-power ratio in the class. The Roma will feature the latest version of the company’s excellent Side Slip Control, with a drift mode that uses brake pressure to adjust the yaw angles.

What’s Not: The engine is an upgraded version of the V-8 used in the Portofino and GTC4Lusso T, and the transmission comes from the SF90.

When: 2020

How Much: $230,000 (est)

Honda Civic

What’s New: Everything. If you take a look at previous life cycles, the Honda Civic has been replaced roughly every five years—and if the New York auto show had happened in April as scheduled, we would have pictures by now. We expect the 11th generation to be completely redesigned for the 2021 model year, with new styling and technology and upgraded powertrains. Given the popularity of the coupe and hatchback, we think Honda will continue to offer those body styles, along with the popular four-door sedan. Expect to see the traditional trims first, followed by the performance-oriented Si and Type R in later year models.

What’s Not: It’s likely we’ll see at least one engine carried over from the current model and parts shared with other Honda products.

When: Late 2020

How much: $22,000 (est)

Hyundai Elantra

What’s New: The new Elantra continues Hyundai’s design revolution with its odd new mug, lots of triangular themes, and an all-new compact car platform underpinning it. In true Hyundai fashion, the 2021 Elantra is available with an overload of tech features, including two 10.3-inch displays, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and phone-as-key capability. For the first time, a hybrid model joins the lineup, and it brings fuel economy of more than 50 mpg. Expect an N-Line and full-fledged N model to follow the standard Elantra and the hybrid.

What’s Not: The base 2.0-liter I-4 and CVT carry over from the previous-generation Elantra.

When: Fall 2020

How Much: $19,000 (est)

Genesis G80

What’s New: Underpinned by a new Genesis-exclusive RWD platform shared with the GV80 SUV, the second-generation G80 returns with an assertive new look. Two new turbocharged engines, also shared with the GV80, offer 300 hp or more, powering the rear wheels (or all four). Step inside, and you’re greeted with a minimalist yet stylish design highlighted by the infotainment system’s massive 14.5-inch screen.

What’s Not: The standard eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2021 Genesis G80 is an updated version of the same unit found in the G70 and G90.

When: Summer 2020

How Much: $49,000 (est)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

What’s New: It’s basically a refresh of the current E-Class, with a new grille and front bumper, a new hood with twin power domes, new LED rear lights and rear bumper, and the latest generation of the MBUX user interface. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 that powers today’s E 450 is gone, replaced by the 3.0-liter turbocharged mild hybrid inline-six that produces the same 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. And the plug-in hybrid E 350e sedan joins the lineup with a powertrain composed of the 2.0-liter turbo-four from the E 350 augmented by a 120-hp electric motor that contributes to a combined output of 315 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

What’s Not: The entry-level 255-hp, 273-lb-ft 2.0-liter turbo-four is unchanged. This engine, which shares its architecture and 48-volt mild hybrid system with the new inline-six, arrives in the U.S. with refreshes of the C-Class sedan and GLC SUV.

When: 2020

How Much: $55,000 (est)

BMW 4 Series

What’s New: Yes, they’re really going with that grille. Make peace with it, because BMW isn’t backing down. Behind it, the 4 Series will be nearly identical mechanically to the 3 Series. For the U.S., this means turbocharged gasoline four- and six-cylinder inline engines with eight-speed automatic transmissions and rear- or all-wheel drive. The M4 is expected to use the new twin-turbo inline-six from the X3 M. The manual transmission is likely dead for this market.

What’s Not: Body styles are expected to remain the same: coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe hatchback.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $45,000-$70,000 (est)

Acura TLX

What’s New: The TLX has been completely revamped for 2021 and gone back to its roots as a proper sport sedan. Now built on an exclusive platform, it features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 272 hp and 280 lb-ft standard. It drives a 10-speed automatic and the front or all four wheels with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The Type S model returns after a hiatus with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, which we expect to make at least 350 hp. It, too, uses the 10-speed and comes with SH-AWD standard. The brakes and suspension, meanwhile, have been redesigned for sportier driving. Inside, it’s an evolution of Acura’s latest design seen previously in the RDX crossover.

What’s Not: Despite its more cab-rearward proportions, the Acura TLX will continue to ride on a front-drive-based platform, though it’s now an exclusive platform.

When: Fall 2020 (base, Spring 2021 for Type S)

How Much: $35,000 (est)

Jaguar XJ

What’s New: The very last Jaguar XJ sedan powered by an internal combustion engine rolled off the line in July 2019, ending 51 years of continuous production of the iconic nameplate. Replacing it is an all-new, all-electric Jaguar flagship that will be a more conventionally styled car than the company’s groundbreaking I-Pace, with a low-slung sedan profile, though it will have a large rear hatch instead of a conventional trunk. The new car won’t share its underpinnings with the I-Pace, either, but will be built on Jaguar’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture, which is designed to accommodate mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains in addition to a BEV powertrain. Top-spec models are said to be equipped with a 100-kW-hr battery and four motors developing a total of 800 hp.

What’s Not: Everything else is new, but Jaguar’s flagship retains the XJ name.

When: 2021

How Much: $90,000 (est)

Toyota Mirai

What’s New: Every beautiful inch of this car is thoroughly (and thoughtfully) reimagined and designed (a word that scarcely applied to its predecessor) to appeal to a vastly broader audience and command a higher price tag. Longer, lower, and wider (by about 3 inches each), it rides on new rear-drive architecture and 20-inch rolling stock. We’re promised unprecedented driving dynamics apropos of the Lexus-look four-door-coupe styling. Expect a quieter cabin, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, and comfortable seating for five. Slicker aerodynamics, improvements in efficiency of the next-gen fuel cell stack, and a larger hydrogen tank will extend the driving range of this bigger, faster, better-handling car to about 400 miles.

What’s Not: The name, which means “future” in Japanese.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $60,000 (est)

Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future Cars: What’s NEXT

They may be out of favor right now, but traditional three-box cars will never go away. To make sure, automakers around the world are pouring enormous resources into design and engineering to keep sedans, coupes, and convertibles as interesting and as compelling as possible. Whether they’re built for fun, luxury, a bit of both, or just to get you where you need to go, the cars of the near future will offer more style and technology than ever as they try to woo you away from joining the SUV herd.

Cadillac Celestiq

What’s New: The Celestiq is a massive four-door, four-passenger, full-size electric car with big wheels and a hatch instead of a trunk. It will be a hand-built grand tourer with tons of executive-style space in the very wide back seat. A tinted glass roof extends from the windshield to the rear hatch. Each bespoke sedan will have rich detailing such as flower petals embedded int the acrylic décor. The Celestiq rides on GM’s new BEV3 dedicated electric vehicle architecture, which uses fast-charging Ultium batteries, placed under the floor.

What’s Not: Design takes some cues from the Cadillac Escala concept. Banner technology such as Super Cruise will likely be standard.

When: 2022

How much: $200,000 (est)

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

What’s New: Code-named W223, the new S-Class is a major redesign of the flagship Mercedes sedan. The exterior features taut, elegant surfacing, a long dash-to-axle ratio, and a more rakish C-pillar. Up front, high-tech digital headlights flank a new grille. The lavish new interior features a dramatic dash design and two screens; the horizontal one in front of the driver is similar to the one used in the current S-Class, and a Tesla-sized vertical screen extends upward from the center console. Powertrains will include the recently launched 3.0-liter straight-six and the AMG-developed 4.0-liter V-8—both featuring a 48-volt mild hybrid system—and there will be a plug-in hybrid version. The new S-Class will also boast Level 3 autonomous capability.

What’s Not: Of course there’s a Mercedes-AMG version in the wings. Expect a big-horsepower version of the 4.0-liter V-8, all-wheel drive, and available carbon-fiber trim inside.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $95,000 (est)

Hyundai Prophecy Concept

What’s New: As its description implies, this is a concept car—and a design you’ll never drive. Evidence? Its steering wheel has been replaced by twin joysticks, a perennial dream car crowd-pleaser. However, note that its name is Prophecy—and we suspect that’s no random choice. It’s a concept, yes, but also a shape that could very likely predict that of a future battery-electric production version. Most notably, Hyundai’s designers have gone to great lengths to minimize aero drag to maximize its range. For instance, note its strikingly Model 3-like nose (except for its multipoint “Pixel” headlights) and that carefully swept-back tail to keep airflow attached as long as possible. Don’t be surprised to see this shape someday sitting atop the skateboard platform created by EV startup and Hyundai partner Canoo.

What’s Not: Being a concept car, the Prophecy was penned on a clean piece of paper.

When: N/A

How Much: N/A

Lexus IS

What’s New: The IS is a midcycle refresh of Lexus’ entry-level sedan, last revised in 2016. Although the outside will certainly look different, with more LS-inspired styling, the IS’ underpinnings will be the same, albeit with revised suspension tuning and an improved chassis. The interior will be updated to reflect current design language, as well. Because this isn’t a wheels-up redesign, some elements will be familiar, but changes to the dashboard and infotainment setups will give the IS a fresh look inside.

What’s Not: We expect the powertrains to remain the same. That means a 2.0-liter I-4 making 241 hp in the base model, a 3.5-liter V-6 making 260 hp in AWD versions, and an uprated 3.5-liter V-6 making 311 hp in pricier trims.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $40,000 (est)

Subaru WRX And WRX STI

What’s New: Subaru’s aging WRX and WRX STI high-performance sedans move to the scalable Subaru Global Platform. Despite the cars’ new underpinnings and redesigned bodywork, the two rally-inspired sedans evolve the formula of past WRX and WRX STI models by maintaining staple features such as standard all-wheel drive and a powerful turbocharged flat-four engine. Look for the run-of-the-mill WRX to trade the current car’s 268-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder for a larger, slightly more powerful 2.4-liter unit that mates to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an available CVT. The big-winged, stick-shift-only WRX STI, meanwhile, is due to feature a nearly 400-hp variant of its sibling’s 2.4-liter four-pot.

What’s Not: Both the platform and the basic engine already underpin several other Subaru products.

When: Early 2021

How Much: $30,000 (est)

Toyota GR86

What’s New: Toyota and Subaru are making big changes for the second coming of the co-developed Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. A new powerplant will steal the most headlines, likely the 2.4-liter turbocharged unit that makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft in the Subaru Ascent—that would have the upcoming two-door making 55 hp and 122 lb-ft (!) more than the current Toyobaru. The replacement 86 will be rebranded as the GR86, similar to the GR Supra, to strengthen Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance arm. Toyota is expected to supply the underpinnings for the new coupes, likely a version of the automaker’s modular TNGA platform.

What’s Not: Although it hasn’t been confirmed, we’re praying these two will retain a manual gearbox option.

When: Summer 2021

How Much: $30,000 (est)

Mazda6

What’s Not: The design of the new 6 may be hiding in plain sight, previewed by the Vision Coupe Concept shown here (which is actually a sedan, or four-door coupe in modern marketing speak).

When: 2022

How Much: $28,000 (est)

BMW I4

What’s New: The i4 is BMW’s first stab at a midsize EV, and its first job is to take the fight to the Tesla Model 3. Everything from the massive kidney grill to the funky rear taillights will be new. BMW says it will have an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles on a full charge and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The i4 will also be ready to (mostly) drive itself with radar, lidar, and other sensors hiding behind those inflamed kidneys. It’ll seat up to four, feature BMW’s swoopy Gran Coupe fastback styling, and be the first car to wear BMW’s redesigned logo.

What’s Not: BMW’s i and M brands still aren’t combining their efforts, so no performance models.

When: Early 2022

How Much: $55,000 (est)

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

What’s New: Having drifted far from its Super-Leicht roots, the completely redesigned SL is starting over as an AMG, built on the next generation of the performance brand’s exclusive sports car platform under the GT S, GT C, and GT R supercars. Differentiating itself, the SL will get a folding hard-top convertible roof and 2+2 seating, straddling the divide between the AMG GT roadster and the dying S-Class Cabriolet.

What’s Not: A slew of AMG engines are lined up for duty, from turbocharged and mild hybrid inline-fours and -sixes to twin-turbocharged and mild hybrid V-8s. Both rear- and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive will be offered, indicating a nine-speed automatic rather than the GT’s racy dual-clutch.

When: Late 2021

How Much: $100,000 (est)

Lucid Air

What’s New: Coming from much of the brain trust that created the Tesla Model S and every battery used in Formula E, the Lucid Air is in many ways the now-aging Model S’ spiritual successor. The car is a technology powerhouse, initially with 1,000 hp (and potentially 1,200 hp) from its dual electric motors—with a three-motor version in the plans. A key advance is its motors’ operation at a soaring 900 volts, miniaturizing the drivetrain. The result is unexpected passenger room inside, cloaked in a sublime shape penned by ex-Mazda design chief Derek Jenkins.

What’s Not: As Lucid’s from-the-ground-up first offering, it shares nothing with anything before it.

When: Fall 2021

How Much: $60,000 (est)

Mercedes-Benz EQS

What’s New: The EQS is the first of four mid- to large-sized electric vehicles—two cars and two SUVs—scheduled to come off Daimler’s new modular BEV architecture. As the name suggests, this is intended to be the electric equivalent of an S-Class and is roughly the same overall size as the current flagship Mercedes sedan. Despite a sporty roofline inspired by the CLS and AMG GT 4-Door, the BEV architecture follows the familiar skateboard format with a central underfloor battery pack and motors at each axle, which affords significantly more room for passengers and their stuff. The dramatic interior features a full-width screen spanning the dash and extending down to the center console.

What’s Not: Assorted pieces of suspension and brake hardware. The flush door handles and next-gen MBUX system will be shared with the new W223 S-Class.

When: 2021

How Much: $110,000 (est)

Audi TT E-Tron

What’s New: Audi’s shifting priorities killed off the TT as we know it, but the iconic coupe will live on in spirit with battery power. Although Audi and Porsche are working on the PPE platform for large premium EVs and the Taycan’s J1 platform will support Porsche electric sports cars, Volkswagen’s MEB platform will underpin the TT E-Tron. MEB’s dual-motor capability will provide Quattro electric all-wheel drive. As before, the TT EV will have snazzy styling, a practical hatchback, and a drop-top variant.

What’s Not: Like its combustion forebear, the Audi TT E-Tron will share parts with common Volkswagens from the MEB platform.

When: 2023

How Much: $50,000 (est)

Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future Trucks and Vans: What’s NOW

Pickup trucks are still the best-selling vehicles in America. Millions and millions sell every year, for moving furniture, hauling construction gear, or towing your boat to the river. Throw in higher profit margins than SUVs or cars, and you have a vehicle segment the automakers will always covet and want to expand. A ton (or half-ton) of redesigned trucks have hit the market in the past few years, but there are still more to come in this highly competitive segment.

Meanwhile, minivans may still be fighting to shed their image of parental capitulation, but it’s a fiercely fought segment all the same. We may not be buying as many crumb cruncher carriers as we used to, but when we do, we want them to be the absolute pinnacle of family transportation. So work continues to make them more comfortable, more functional, and more kid-friendly than ever.

Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon

What’s New: Updated exterior designs are in store for the refreshed trucks. The Colorado’s previous base trim has been discontinued, making the Work Truck the new entry model and raising the truck’s starting price. On the Canyon, the AT4 trim replaces the All Terrain, and the Denali receives minor updates, including a new grille design and interior color theme.

What’s Not: Mechanical bits stay the same. Engine options will continue to include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V-6, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel.

When: Late Spring 2020

How Much: $26,395

Toyota Sienna

What’s New: The 2021 Toyota Sienna marks the model’s first redesign in a decade. Resting on a variant of the Toyota New Global Architecture TNGA-K platform that also underpins the likes of the Toyota Camry sedan and Highlander crossover SUV, the fourth-generation Sienna trades its predecessor’s upright styling and 296-horsepower V-6 engine for lower-slung looks and a standard hybrid powertrain that relies on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to produce 243 hp. A third motor mounts to the rear axle on all-wheel-drive models. Yep, it’s hybrid only, which will mean 33 mpg fuel economy in the combined cycle, better than the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, and far better than the gas-only minivan pack. Standard safety and convenience items include automatic front braking with pedestrian protection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane centering. Along with its polarizingly muscular styling, the latest Sienna welcomes available niceties like a vacuum cleaner, a refrigerator, kick-activated sliding doors, and second-row “Super Long Slide” bucket seats with 25 inches of fore-and-aft travel.

What’s Not: Save for its name and minivan body style, the 2021 Sienna shares little else with its forebear.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $35,000 (est.)

Chrysler Pacifica

What’s New: A new all-wheel-drive option, Pinnacle trim level, front and rear styling revisions, and a major upgrade to the speed and capability of the Uconnect system highlight this midcycle refresh. Available only on gas models, the AWD system preserves Stow ‘N Go seating and can idle the driveshaft to save fuel. Pinnacle models get opulent quilted leather seats and pillows, a suede headliner, and platinum chrome exterior trim. Uconnect 5.0 is five times faster and features Alexa integration plus a higher-resolution 10.1-inch screen that can mirror two Android or Apple phones.

What’s Not: The powertrains remain the same, as does styling on lower-spec Voyager models, which replace the Dodge Grand Caravan.

When: Fall 2020

How Much: $35,500-$52,000 (est)

Honda Odyssey

What’s New: You’ll see numerous safety, technology, and design upgrades. With a redesigned front fascia, grille, and new housings for the foglights, the Odyssey is receiving a pretty extensive midcycle upgrade. The second-row seats can now fold flat (a packaging boo-boo now fixed), allowing more room for larger objects. The Odyssey is also getting a new rear-seat reminder that works with the CabinWatch camera to alert drivers what still resides behind them when they turn off the engine. As with all recently updated Hondas, Honda Sensing is standard on all 2021 Odysseys.

What’s Not: The engine, platform, and infotainment system are the same. All Odysseys will continue to be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic will continue to sFuture Trucks and Minivans coming soon concept carsend power to the front wheels.

When: Fall 2020

How Much: $33,000 (est)

Stick Vacuum Cleaner Future Trucks: What’s NEXT

Trucks are the best-selling vehicles in America, and we don’t expect that to change any time soon, certainly not before these trucks of the future become the trucks of today. From electric trucks with monster power and zero emissions to small trucks that fit in your garage to a total rethink of what a pickup can be, there will be a lot of ways to move your friends’ furniture in the years to come.

Tesla Cybertruck

What’s New: Tesla’s take on the pickup truck is more than just its stealth-bomber styling. Its sheetmetal is 3mm-thick unpainted stainless steel that’s bent into shape, instead of stamped as with traditional trucks. Its F-150-sized frame has a front and rear trunk, a 6.5-foot bed, and built-in storage in its bed buttresses. Inside are two rows of bench seats with seating for six. Tesla says the Cybertruck can travel up to 500 miles on a charge when packaged with a new “double-stacked” battery.

What’s Not: Its motors—it’s available with single-motor rear drive, dual-motor all-wheel drive, and tri-motor all-wheel drive—are borrowed from the Model S (with the latter setup making around 800 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque). The Cybertruck’s air suspension, which is both load-leveling and capable of tilting the back toward the ground so you can drive ATVs directly into the bed, comes from the Model X. From the Model 3 and Model Y, the Cybertruck gets Tesla’s familiar horizontal tablet infotainment setup.

When: Early 2022

How Much: $39,900 (single-motor); $49,900 (dual-motor); $69,900 (tri-motor)

GMC Hummer SUT and SUV

What’s New: General Motors brings back the Hummer name on a GMC full-size electric pickup it calls an SUT (sport utility truck), to be followed by an electric SUV. Both Hummers will be intimidating: squared-off and boxy with short overhangs and upright windshields, available in short- and long-wheelbase configurations, with an adjustable independent air suspension, giant off-road tires, rugged running boards, and a removable targa top that can be stored in the frunk (front trunk). They ride on GM’s BEV3 dedicated electric vehicle architecture with up to three drive motors (AWD) and Ultium fast-charging batteries in a choice of pack sizes in the floor. The most powerful will provide up to 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of axle torque. Inside is an upright 15-inch touchscreen, beefy steering wheel, and huge gearshift.

What’s Not: Some Hummer design DNA.

When: Fall 2021

How Much: $70,000 (est)

Ram Dakota

What’s New: The decision to bring back the Dakota after a decade off is largely in response to positive reception of the Chevrolet Colorado, the return of the Ford Ranger, and the continued success of the Toyota Tacoma. It will likely feature a scaled-down version of the design language seen on the Ram 1500 and a similar interior design, complete with a large tablet-style touchscreen display. Expect it to feature gas and diesel options, as well as a possible hybrid powertrains.

What’s Not: Powertrains will almost certainly be borrowed from the larger Ram 1500.

When: 2021

How Much: $21,500-$45,000 (est)

Ford F-150

What’s New: It’s easy to focus on the new front end and a mix of styling cues from the recently refreshed Super Duty trucks and the next-generation Ranger. But the real changes are deeper. A new platform supports a hybrid powertrain with a 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 and electric motors, as well as an all-electric model expected after the standard trucks go on sale. All current engines continue, with updates expected to the diesel V-6 and the gas V-8. An updated dashboard gets an all-digital instrument cluster and an enormous touchscreen infotainment system on higher trims.

What’s Not: Aside from the new front end and taillights, bodywork is basically the same. Most powertrains carry over, each using the 10-speed automatic.

When: Late 2020

How Much: $30,000-$70,000

Chevrolet Silverado EV

What’s New: General Motors has confirmed there will be a fullsize electric pickup for Chevrolet, but it might not be called the Silverado and the timeframe is not being disclosed. The Chevy will use using GM’s BEV3 dedicated electric vehicle architecture and Ultium fast-charging batteries. Like the GMC Hummer SUT electric sport utility pickup, it could offer different numbers of electric motors and assorted sizes of battery packs to offer base models as well as additional performance and capability. One concept has an 18-inch touchscreen inside a High Country trim level with lots of brown leather.

What’s Not: No carryover from current Silverado, not even the name.

When: 2025

How Much: $60,000 (est)

Ford Courier/Maverick

What’s New: Ford is adding a compact unibody pickup truck to the lineup based on the same platform underpinning the Focus and Fiesta, which are no longer sold in the U.S. Rumored to be named Courier, the trucklet fills the gap left by the cancelled Focus Active crossover. Unlike the Brazilian-built Courier sold in other markets, the new small Ford truck will look the part, taking cues from the next Ranger and new Bronco Sport. Drivetrain options will likely include a range of four-cylinder engines and perhaps even Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder.

What’s Not: The name. If Ford does go with the Courier moniker, it would revive a nameplate last used on a badge-engineered Mazda pickup in the 1970s. An alternate choice, Maverick (also from the ’70s, but on a coupe) has also been posited.

When: 2021

How Much: $20,000 (est)

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