Most of us will be happy to put 2020 in the rear view and look forward to the coming year. It may be of small solace, but at least when it comes to new cars – both electric and gasoline – this year is shaping up to be a good one.In addition to the deluge of new high-performance machinery for enthusiasts, there are major updates coming for two of the perennial best-selling vehicles in Canada, as well as a long list of new electric cars and SUVs. Here are some of the most-anticipated new models you can expect to see in showrooms this year.
The Honda Civic is a favourite of young and first-time car buyers, but the all-new 2022 Civic appears to have grown up. The new version of Canada’s most popular passenger car is slightly larger and less aggressive-looking. The company hasn’t revealed many details yet, but the car should go on sale in Canada in March or April.The Ford F-150 has maintained its position as the best-selling light truck in the country, according to market-research firm DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, but Ford is not resting on its laurels. The revamped 2021 F-150 is available with a new hybrid powertrain that’s 19 per cent more fuel-efficient than its non-hybrid counterpart.
Cars For Enthusiasts
Among gearheads, the big news is that 2021 will bring all-new versions of two cult favourites: the Porsche 911 GT3 and BMW M3. The GT3 is keeping the flame alive for driving purists with a naturally-aspirated 500-horsepower engine, rear-drive chassis and manual gearbox. Photos of the prototype model indicate it’ll have a comically large rear wing, even by Porsche standards.
The all-new BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe look even more outlandish. The new nostril-like grille on both cars is best described as, well, ugly. But the fact they’ll be available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions for the first time will invariably broaden their appeal.Cadillac’s CT4-V and CT5-V were somewhat underwhelming, but the new Blackwing-badged versions of these two sport sedans should please gearheads. Arriving in 2021 with a V8 engine and a manual gearbox, the Blackwing sedans could offer a genuine alternative to the likes of M and AMG.
For enthusiasts on a budget, a revised Subaru BRZ coupe will arrive in the fall as a 2022 model-year vehicle. It looks much the same as before but gets a bigger 2.4-litre engine with more power and torque, which is what the car desperately needed. With any luck, Subaru can keep the price under $30,000.
Vehicles For Families
This year will see the return of classic SUVs such as the new Ford Bronco as well as the two-door Land Rover Defender 90. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer, first produced in 1962 and beloved for its wood-panel siding, will be reborn as a three-row luxury SUV in 2021.
As if more proof were needed that drivers are looking for more spacious automobiles, both Kia and Hyundai have new SUVs that are larger than the models they replace. Kia’s popular seven-seat Sorento has been redesigned with an optional new plug-in-hybrid powertrain, and Hyundai will only sell the larger, long-wheelbase version of its all-new 2022 Tucson SUV in Canada. Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, will have two new SUVs in showrooms: the 2021 mid-size GV80 and the smaller 2022 GV70. The latter is expected to arrive in the second half of the year.
Even Aston Martin is finally getting in on the SUV craze in 2021. The British brand, and its new owners, will be counting on the new DBX SUV to bolster the company’s bottom line. SUVs will rule the road this year, but minivans are not yet extinct (although they are definitely an endangered species). The Toyota Sienna had gone without an overhaul for 10 years, but finally, in December, 2020, an all-new version of this minivan arrived in showrooms. It’s not like the minivans of your youth though; this one is only available as a hybrid and starts at nearly $40,000.