Here Are Some of the Most Anticipated Cars, Trucks, and EV’s of 2021-2022.
With so much to look forward to in 2021, we turn our eyes to the most exciting new cars rolling out later this year, most likely as 2022 models. Popular favorites such as the Acura and Jeep will go up against new entrants such as the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer. 2022 might just be the year of the electric truck.
That extends to the electric version of America’s bestselling vehicle, the Ford F-150. Ford already took the crown for the model year 2021, with the Ford Mustang Mach-E winning our top Best Car To Buy 2021. But Ford made important advancements across its product line, with hybrid variants of the 2021 F-150 representing a more sustainable step forward for large vehicles, and the 2021 Bronco Sport bridging the gap between off-road wants and on-road needs with a more alluring style than the multitude of compact crossovers out there.
Pandemic-induced delays booted some 2021 models into 2022, and the arrival of others might be more speculative. As such, we’ll skip rumored but not confirmed vehicles.
Expected this spring, this off-road competitor to the Jeep Wrangler will have a removable roof and removable doors in two-door or four-door configurations. Available with either a 270-hp 2.3-liter turbo-4 or a 310-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6, the new Bronco and its four-wheel-drive system can ford nearly 3 feet of water.
This design hasn’t been used in 30 years but despite the blocky style and square rear end, it is a tech powerhouse that can be fitted with up to seven screens, including four upfront. Engine choices will be confirmed later this year.
The redesigned 2022 Acura MDX comes on a larger unibody light-duty truck platform with a new double-wishbone front suspension, a longer nose, an upgraded interior, and the same 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6. The changes include new safety and convenience features as well, like a standard panoramic sunroof and a 12.3-inch display screen.
Only the performance-oriented GTI and R models return are set to the U.S. for 2022 in the 8th-generation hot hatch. The lower, longer hatchback will be powered by a more potent 242-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 with a 6-speed manual or available 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and it’ll ride with a revised independent suspension and interior overhaul.
The affordable sports coupes return for a second generation with a larger 228-hp 2.4-liter flat-4, a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Subaru says the BRZ rides with a stiffer suspension for more balanced cornering when it arrives this Fall.
Arguably the most exciting new vehicle of this year comes from Detroit-based electric vehicle startup Rivian, which will launch the R1T mid-size pickup and R1S crossover SUV this year. Starting at $67,500, the pickup uses a 135-kWh battery pack with an estimated 300-mile range, though a 180-kWh "Max pack" can provide up to 400 miles of range for an extra $10,000.
With a great plot twist, Hummer returns as an electric pickup truck with a three-motor setup and an estimated 350-mile range from its 200-kWh battery pack. The off-road-ready truck comes with all kinds of cutting-edge features, such as the ability to crab walk, as well as classic elements such as removable roof panels.
The 5-seat electric crossover SUV targets a 300-mile range and a $40,000 starting price when it arrives in the latter half of the year.
Volkswagen’s own 5-seat electric crossover SUV targets a 250-mile range and a $40,000 price, and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant arrive late this year.
Ranging in price from $77,000 to $169,000, the flagship electric sedan of the Lucid startup encounters a much more crowded market than when it was announced four years ago. The range is estimated at 400 to 500 miles, depending on the battery pack.
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