There are only a few days left in 2020, and many of us are anxious for the year to end. A new year generally means new goals, new year’s resolutions, fresh starts, and new beginnings. With everything we have endured this year, a fresh start (hopefully) could not be more welcoming. Countless small businesses, especially in the restaurant industry, suffered greatly this year, and it is truly heartbreaking to see. In the auto industry, we are fortunate not to have fared so poorly during this pandemic, and in this, we should count our blessings.
As we look forward to 2021, the industry moves forward with many new toys for the road. We will be introduced to several recent redesigns, new SUVs, and EVs. Let’s take a moment to highlight some of the things to come.
Let’s start with some of the redesigns we should expect to see in 2021: Acura’s MDX will debut with a new platform, styling, and of course, a redesigned interior. We will see a new BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe in the spring. Chevrolet will show us freshened versions of the Bolt, the Silverado, and the GMC Sierra, adding new technology and minor exterior changes. Honda will give us a brand new Civic, along with a restyled HR-V. Hyundai will have the Tuscan's 2022 model in the second quarter and the Santa Cruz in the third quarter. Lexus has the NX and Mercedes with a redesigned S-Class in February. Mitsubishi has its Outlander and Porsche with the 911 Turbo and Panamera. In the fall, we should see the revamped 2022 BRZ Coupe. The Toyota Tundra will see its first refresher since 2007 with the F1 body-on-frame platform, allowing for improvements in safety, electronics, and efficiency.
As more manufacturers dabble into the EV sector, we should also be looking out for many soon entering our streets. Alfa Romeo will begin production of the Tonale plug-in hybrid. Audi first introduced the E-tron back in 2019 and will continue to compete in the EV market to launch the Q4 E-tron and E-tron GT. Genesis will also give us a peek of an EV as well, though I’m not sure what it is just yet. GMC will end 2021 with a bang and possibly showcase the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV – and electronic pickup. Production begins in the fall, so depending, we might see this vehicle by the end of the year. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will launch in the fall. Kia will also step into the EV market for the first. In May, we should see the McLaren Artura, and Mercedes will send out a few EVs that include the EQA, EQB, and EQS.
While Porsche is releasing a new Panamera, they are also including a new 4S E-Hybrid variant in the spring and later in the year, the Taycan Cross Turismo EV. 2021 will be a massive year for Rivian as they present the long-awaited battery-electric pickup and the R1S electric SUV. Both will be released sometime during the summer. Tesla is launching what I would call a massive tank. The Cybertruck. However, we may not see it until 2022 as their plant in Austin, TX, is still under construction. And lastly, both Volkswagen and Volvo will launch EVs next year – the VW ID4 EV and the Volvo sporty C40.
And let’s close this out by doing a quick rundown of some of the new vehicles we should expect to see. Aston Martin will release two cars for a limited run – the Valkryie and V12 Speedster. Audi will introduce us to a new Q5 Sportback. Bentley with the Bentayga Speed and Bacalar roadster. Cadillac will debut the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing. Dodge, of course, with performance vehicles in the Durango SRT HellCat and Charger SRT HellCat RedEye. The most coveted Ford Bronco SUV also makes a comeback, now estimated for the summer due to the pandemic. Infiniti will also launch their newest model, the QX55, which is a coupe-style crossover. If you are a Jeep fan, there will be the new Jeep Rubicon 392 early in the year and the Grand Wagoneer later on. Maserati will grace us with the MC20 sports car and the Grecale crossover. Along with that, Mercedes will have its AMG One.
I’m sure many vehicles I have missed, but 2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the auto industry. There are several things to look forward to, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us. Happy New Year to all!