Another year has come and gone (one that we won’t forget anytime soon) and once again many new vehicles were revealed by automakers including sedans, sporty cars, SUVs and pickups. Unsurprisingly, electrification continues to spread across the industry.
Let’s take a look back at the top 10 new models that made their debut in 2020. Several of them will hit the road in the coming months, so don’t miss them!
2021 Ford Bronco
Originally sold by Ford from 1966 to 1996, the Bronco is back for 2021. As a direct response to the Jeep Wrangler, this new off-road SUV boasts rugged looks and offers a wide selection of features and accessories to meet the needs of customers. In addition to the classic two-door model, you now have the option of a four-door Bronco. The waiting list to get one is quite long, though. Deliveries are scheduled to start next summer.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
The highly anticipated Volkswagen ID.4 is the vehicle that will spearhead the German automaker’s next-generation EVs in North America. Canadian sales will begin early next summer with RWD and AWD variants, each one boasting an 82-kWh battery and “the soul of a Golf GTI.” Expect over 400 kilometres of range, Volkswagen says.
2021 BMW 4 Series
Completely redesigned for 2021, the BMW 4 Series coupe is here with a massive new grille up front and many fans are not too happy about that. But let’s not focus too much on styling. This car serves up a desirable blend of sportiness and technology, especially the M4 performance model delivering up to 503 horsepower in Competition trim.
2021 Toyota Venza
Back after several years off the market, the Toyota Venza is now shaped more like a crossover than a wagon. It’s also exclusively powered by a hybrid system, one that combines a four-cylinder engine with two electric motors for a total of 219 horsepower. The interior is more refined than the RAV4’s and the ride is more comfortable, too.
2021 Cadillac Escalade
Unveiled during Oscars week, the prestigious and iconic Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned and improved from bow to stern for 2021. The brand used a no-compromise approach, as evidenced by features like a gigantic 38-inch curved display that serves as an instrument cluster and infotainment hub. Under the hood, the familiar 6.2-litre V8 engine returns, but customers now also have the option of a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
For those who still care about sedans, the seventh-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers the ultimate in comfort and opulence—especially the Maybach variant which is the next best thing to a limo. As the most spacious and most luxurious sedan in the lineup, it offers a plethora of features and gadgets. You can find up to five digital displays inside.
2022 Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai emphasized styling when redesigning the Tucson for its fourth generation. Seriously, just look at it! Under the hood, in addition to the base engine, customers will have a choice of hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, the latter providing a zero-emission range of about 45 kilometres. Wait, there’s more good news: a performance-focused Tucson N Line will join the lineup at a later date with close to 300 horsepower.
2022 Volkswagen Taos
Volkswagen has long hesitated to offer a small SUV below the Tiguan in North America (the Golf Alltrack notwithstanding) and it won’t bring the eighth-generation Golf to our shores, but the company is confident that the all-new 2022 Taos will quickly make a name for itself and win over many customers. This model comes with a new turbocharged 1.5-litre engine rated at 158 horsepower.
2022 Nissan Ariya
A decade after the launch of the LEAF, Nissan is answering the call of SUV-obsessed customers with the introduction of the brand new Ariya, a model that signals a new era for the Japanese automaker. When it goes on sale in Canada in the second half of 2021, FWD models will use a single motor, while e-4ORCE AWD models will get two. The Ariya’s 63- and 87-kWh batteries provide a range of 321 or 482 kilometres, respectively.
2022 GMC Hummer EV
The Hummer is officially back… as GMC’s first-ever all-electric vehicle. How times have changed! The brand new 2022 GMC Hummer EV features the automaker’s advanced Ultium battery technology and promises a range of more than 560 kilometres. Three separate electric motors combine to generate an estimated 1,000 horsepower, allowing 0-100 km/h performance in approximately three seconds. Be patient, however: the first Canadian units will start rolling off the assembly line in the fall of 2022.