The year 2020 is finally coming to a long-awaited end. We all know that it’s been a rough year for most, and the prospect of a new year is exciting for more reasons than I care to count. This article, however, will focus on just one of those reasons to be excited: all the new cars coming out in 2021! Each new year brings with it a whole slew of new and redesigned car models, and 2021 will be no different. So, let’s take a look at the models we’re most excited for in 2021.
- All-new BMW M3 and M4
BMW’s M3 and M4 models, the ultra high-performance variants of the 3 and 4 series respectively, are all new for 2021. The new M3 and M4 are, in typical BMW fashion, powered by an inline six (dubbed the S58), and a doubly turbocharged one at that. They’re also able to be optioned with a manual transmission, a feature that is largely absent in new high-performance cars today. (Two-pedaled M3s and M4s will come with a traditional 8-speed automatic gearbox.) And finally, the new M3 and M4 are the first of those models to have available all-wheel drive—though rear-wheel drive only models will still be available. So aside from the polarizingly massive grilles, the new M cars have quite a lot to like.
2. All-new Audi RS6 Avant
Audi has, much to the chagrin of American enthusiasts, held back on bringing many of their high-performance RS-badged cars stateside for quite some time. However, they seem to be breaking the habit, as they’re finally (!!) bringing an RS6 wagon to the U.S. Audi hasn’t sold an RS6 in the U.S. since 2003, and that was a sedan, so the arrival of the RS6 Avant in the U.S. is something car enthusiasts—and wagon lovers especially—are sure to be excited about. The new RS6 Avant will be powered by the same 4.0L twin-turbo V8 used in the RS7, Porsche Panamera, Lamborghini Urus, and other sporting VW group products.
3. All-new Ford Bronco
The all-new Ford Bronco is perhaps the most hotly anticipated car of the year, and for good reason. For just about as long as I’ve been alive, Americans who wanted a true factory off-roader defaulted to buying a Jeep Wrangler, and the Wrangler has dominated this off-road segment with effectively zero competition.
However, Ford has finally come up with an answer to the Wrangler, and that answer is the all-new Bronco. The Bronco combines retro looks with modern tech and, in the right trim, serious off-road capabilities. With the popularity of off-road capable vehicles continuing to rise in the U.S., expect the Bronco to sell very well, and expect Jeep to be putting in the extra hours to combat the Bronco’s assault on the Wrangler’s market share.
4. All New Hummer EV
While Hummer was known in the 2000s as being the maker of exclusively gas-guzzling SUVs, they appear to be changing course with their all-electric Hummer EV, slated for release in the fall of 2021. The Hummer EV is a full-cab pickup, with some truly astounding features and performance numbers. The Hummer EV’s electric motors generate 1,000 hp and a claimed 11,500 lb-ft of torque, though that torque figure is quite dramatically inflated using some clever math compared to what it will actually output on the road. Regardless, those numbers are impressive, as are the Hummer’s advanced (and standard) electric AWD, adaptive air suspension, and 35-inch tires. Oh, and it can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in about 3 seconds.
5. All New Ford Mustang Mach E
While Ford and Mustang enthusiasts may be offended at the idea of an electric crossover bearing that iconic name, they should also be excited at the potential for this new model to bring in big revenue for their favorite brand. The Mach E will check a lot of boxes for a lot of people, and if all goes smoothly, I’d expect the Mach E to do relatively well for Ford.
The Mustang Mach E is an all-electric crossover designed to compete with the Tesla Model X and Y, and it comes with some interesting styling cues taken from the actual Mustang, and a variety of powertrain options that will yield varying levels of performance. These range from typical crossover levels of performance, to levels of performance that are a bit more in line with the Mustang nameplate. While electric crossovers aren’t typically something to get excited about, it is exciting to see brands doing what they can to make these types of cars more interesting, which Ford has certainly done with the Mach E.
This list is far from including every single new car set to be released in 2021, but it is a strong representation of what the class of 2021 as a whole will look like. Don’t expect all that many new gas-burning performance cars, and instead, expect off-road oriented SUVs, family-pleasing crossovers, and electric vehicles. In the past, these types of cars weren’t usually worth getting excited about, and while an electric pickup will never get me as excited as an all-new M3, it is clear that automakers are doing everything that they can to change that. And I think they’re starting to do a rather good job.