What do you like to drive? When you go shopping for a new ride, do you look for space, speed, performance, reliability? All of the above? Whatever you’re looking for, the car manufacturers of the world are working on advances of all the qualities we seek in a new vehicle. The future is bright.
Channeling our inner Nostradamus, we went to work on dreaming up some of the most anticipated cars you can expect to see from automakers in the next few years.
20. 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe
The next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe is poised to make a big change. It will switch from a trucky, solid rear axle to a more carlike independent rear suspension. This should pay dividends in ride quality and handling compared with today’s Tahoe and its longer-wheelbase Suburban sibling. The rest of the Tahoe is predictable stuff—as before, it’s pretty much the SUV version of the Silverado pickup. It most likely will share that truck’s front-end styling.
19. 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ferrari’s follow-up to the twin-turbocharged 488 sports car is the F8 Tributo, which is also twin-turbocharged. The difference, besides fresh bodywork and additional power (the car essentially uses the same 710-hp tune as the outgoing 488’s range-topping, ultra-high-performance Pista model)? Ferrari claims that the upgraded engine delivers more soulful noises than did the 488’s somewhat muffled exhaust tones. Oh, and there’s now a roofless Spider version, too.
18. 2020 Hyundai Sonata
Yes, we know this is a roundup of future vehicles, and the newest Hyundai Sonata is nearly on sale. You wouldn’t know it based on the car’s insane looks, which are expressive beyond anything else sold in the mid-size family sedan segment today. Ample in-car and safety tech is included in this stylish choice, and Hyundai is planning a performance-oriented N variant as well.
17. 2020 Ford Explorer ST
The latest Ford Explorer may look similar to the old one, but it’s an entirely different animal. Unlike the outgoing rig, which was based on a front-drive platform, the 2020 Explorer sits on a rear-wheel-drive platform (all-wheel drive is optional). This has huge effects on the Explorer’s driving dynamics, which can be further upgraded by selecting the sporty ST trim. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 delivers 400 horsepower, and a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.
16. 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche’s iconic 911 is all new for 2020, which means the next few years will see a flood of variants wearing the new duds. Stuff like the GTS, GT3, and this, the new Turbo, will reappear in the redesigned 911’s lineup in, ahem, redesigned form. As before, the Turbo lineup will represent the peak of the not-hard-core 911s (meaning, it’ll be everyday livable but stupid fast).
15. 2021 Rivian R1T
The Rivian R1T will be unlike any other pickup truck on the road when it appears later in 2020, mostly because it won’t require any trips to gasoline or diesel pumps. That’s right, it’s electric. Even though the Rivian name might be new to you, this company has existed for 10 years, employs more than 750 people, and already has a manufacturing facility. The R1T is sized like a mid-size truck but offers up to 754 horsepower from four electric motors and between 230 and 400 miles of driving range, depending on the chosen battery pack. It can also tow up to 11,000 pounds and has a 1764-pound payload capacity. Look out, Tesla.
14. 2021 Tesla Model Y
Speaking of Tesla… Tesla continues to flesh out its lineup, and the latest addition is this, the compact Model Y crossover spun off the Model 3. Mercifully for Tesla, the Y will have four normal doors instead of the larger Model X crossover’s overly complex and finicky motorized gullwing rear doors. Given how Americans just can’t get enough of small, SUV-ish things, the Y is being lobbed like chum into the market’s shark mouth. In other words, it should continue to grow Tesla sales by entering one of the hottest vehicle segments around.
13. 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
A Mustang-inspired electric Ford crossover? It’s a thing—or at least, it will be a thing for 2021. The Mustang Mach-Eis using its Mustang connection, superficial though it may be, to generate appeal. Ford has to find a way to maintain at least the image that it’s committed to the environment, and this EV will do the heavy lifting to help atone for the automaker’s retreat from car sales in favor of an SUV-only lineup. Reserve yours today online for $500.
12. 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
In spite of strong crossover and SUV sales, Mercedes-Benz is sticking with its C-class entry-level luxury sedan. That’s because the four-door makes up a solid share of the company’s global sales. Look for more technology—additional touchscreens and safety bits—as well as updated styling when the new C arrives for 2021.
11. 2021 Audi e-tron GT
Audi’s electric e-tron lineup grows for 2021, with the shapely GT joining today’s e-tron (no name, just e-tron) crossover. There’s no dancing around it: the GT is aimed squarely at Tesla’s Model S. Audi is hoping it will deliver more than 250 miles of driving range and nearly 600 horsepower from a pair of electric motors (one per axle). Underneath its Blade Runner exterior hides the same J1 architecture developed for fellow Volkswagen Group member Porsche, for its Taycan EV.
10. 2021 Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
Volkswagen is readying a tidal wave of electric cars—50 total across its various brands—to debut by 2025. This is the first of those that will reach the U.S., and it’s called the I.D. Crozz. Okay, so that name is pretty weird, but the electric crossover is aimed at the most popular vehicle segment today, compact crossovers. It makes sense: VW needs people to buy in to EVs if it has any hope of success with its plan to release a great many electric vehicles. Giving the people an EV in the size and shape they prefer these days surely will help.
9. 2021 Ram Dakota
Chrysler’s mid-size Dakota pickup is making a comeback! This time, it falls under the Ram brand name (instead of Dodge), and it will cost less than the similarly sized Gladiator that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sells through the Jeep brand. Unsurprisingly, the Ram Dakota will share its underpinnings with that Jeep and likely will be built in the same Toledo, Ohio, facility.
8. 2021 Alfa Romeo GTV
It’s difficult not to love Alfa Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio. In spite of the sports sedan’s tragic reliability record, it’s still an absolute joy to drive and looks incredible. Who wouldn’t want that in even sexier form, like, say, a two-door coupe? Good news! One is on its way, and it will resurrect the iconic GTV name and add electrification to the the Quadrifoglio’s 505-hp twin-turbo V-6. Expect up to 600 horsepower.
7. 2021 Maserati Compact SUV
In the next few years, a Maserati is planning a major expansion. That expansion will include a compact SUV similar to the rendering pictured here. We’re not sure what it will be called, or how much power might be available, but we know it will compete with current compact SUVs like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Porsche Macan.
6. 2022 BMW i4
BMW will add to its two-car electrified “i” lineup, which currently consists of the i3 electric hatchback and the i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car, with the i4 sedan by 2022. Seemingly every new electric car must be contextualized against Tesla, so consider the i4 to be BMW’s take on the mainstream and relatively affordable Model 3, with a $50,000-ish base price.
5. 2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV
Ferrari is finally taking the leap and building an SUV. For a brand that built its reputation on racing (cars, that is), this new project is quite the departure. For now, the creation is being referred to by the Purosangue name, which is Italian for “thoroughbred,” and will go up against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, and Rolls-Royce Cullinan—if not in pure performance, at least in price.
4. 2022 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Today’s Mercedes-Benz SL-class has strayed quite far from its glamorous past. Its predecessors’ grace has given way to ungainly styling and a clunky folding-hardtop mechanism. The 2022 SL is Benz’s attempt at reconnecting with its past, so expect this convertible to be sexier while regaining two rear seats (once an SL option) and switching to a lighter, more regal folding soft top.
3. 2022 Volvo V40
To date, Volvo’s rejuvenated lineup lacks a base-model car. The least-expensive Volvo, then, is the XC40 crossover. Volvo plans to change that by introducing a new-generation V40 by 2022. Reusing the name applied to a long line of compact Volvos, the V40 will incorporate the brand’s latest styling language and serve as an entry point for customers around the globe.
2. 2022 GMC Jimmy
GMC isn’t planning on sitting on its hands while Ford brings back the Bronco SUV to take on Jeep’s iconic Wrangler. With Chevrolet having revived its Blazer—onetime sibling to GMC’s Jimmy—as a car-based crossover, GMC is taking on the task of delivering a “real” SUV to General Motors customers. Unlike the Blazer, the Jimmy is expected to use good old-fashioned body-on-frame construction and have a rugged 4×4 bent.
1. 2024 Toyota MR2
Toyota is on a bit of a sports-car kick of late, having remained committed to the 86, a rear-drive two-door co-developed with Subaru, and having introduced a new Supra (co-developed with BMW). Next, Toyota is looking at resurrecting the midship runabout two-seater known as the MR2. Unlike previous iterations of this mid-engined sports car, the new MR2 likely will be electrified.