Even in the age of next-day delivery, self-checkout, and gigabit internet, some things can't be rushed. The cars, trucks, and SUVs seen here won't reach dealer lots for anywhere from a few months to a few years. Some of them are about to roll down the assembly line. Others haven't emerged from the design studio yet. We're telling you about them now, though, because these are the vehicles that will matter, regardless of how many boring crossovers automakers puke out. These are worth the wait.
The reporting for this story was completed before the auto industry began feeling major effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As many automakers are now delaying or pausing development programs, the debut and on-sale dates reported here may change.
Yes, you read that right. Acura is bringing back the iconic Integra nameplate. This time around, it'll be applied to a new four-door hatchback model that should slot in below the TLX sedan in terms of size and price. We're expecting it to share its platform with the 11th-generation Honda Civic, and we hope that means that the rumored Type S model will use the Civic Type R's 300-plus-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four. It will debut in 2022 and go on sale as a 2023 model.
The upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale promises to be a rare beauty in a sea of luxury-subcompact crossovers. Plus it's Alfa Romeo's first hybrid model. Previewed by a concept model at last year's Geneva auto show, the production version should arrive later this year, starting around $35,000.
Aston Martin's next Vanquish will be a mid-engine supercar targeting the defining dream machines of the moment—cars such as the Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini's Huracán replacement, and the McLaren 720S and 765LT. Previewed by a concept car at the 2019 Geneva auto show (pictured), the Vanquish should start just north of $300,000 when it arrives in 2023.
BMW is working on a follow-up to the plug-in-hybrid i8 halo car, which in and of itself never really lived up to expectations. Previewed by the 2019 BMW Vision M Next concept car, this yet-to-be-named replacement (we've taken to calling it the i8 M) should place greater emphasis on performance than its predecessor did. It could also set the Bimmer world on fire with its retro M1-inspired style—it could have rear louvers, people!
Cadillac's new EV lineup will start with the 2023 Lyriq SUV and will continue with a flagship sedan called the Celestiq, set to arrive in 2025. So far, we know that it will have an all-wheel-drive electric drivetrain and boast a driving range of more than 300 miles. It's likely to command a six-figure price and have the technology and luxury to match.
The upcoming Chevy Corvette Z06 will be the first of several upcoming ultra-high-performance variants of the C8 Corvette. We expect it to go on sale in early 2022 as a 2023 model, starting at about $85,000. It will use a naturally aspirated DOHC 32-valve 5.5-liter V-8. Plus, it has a flat-plane crank, just like a Ferrari V-8. It should rev to between 8500 and 9000 rpm, spit out 600-plus horsepower, and shriek like something from Ferrari.
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.
The return of the Ford Bronco is one of the biggest headlines of the new decade, and Ford says it's only getting started. The automaker announced that the off-road SUV will be getting a high-performance Raptor variant and it will arrive next year. Initially rumored to be called the Warthog, it will have Fox Live Wire dampers from the F-150 Raptor, available 37-inch all-terrain tires, beefier axles, rear anti-roll bar, and a much wider and taller stance compared to the standard Bronco. We think that the Bronco Raptor will use a similar powertrain setup as the Raptor pickup: a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The Raptor is likely to only be available in a four-door configuration with a hardtop, and we should know more details in the coming months.
Selling a station wagon in an American car market infatuated with SUVs is a risky play for a manufacturer. But once Ford kills off the Fusion sedan later this year or early next year, a lifted version of that stigmatized-yet-highly-practical type of vehicle will soon be as close as shoppers will come to finding a new family car in a Blue Oval showroom. Enter the Ford Fusion Active, which we've seen in spy photos and leaked images so far.
In an amazing twist of fate, General Motors' gas-guzzling middle-finger-flying Hummer brand, discontinued in 2010, is poised to make a comeback for 2022 as an all-electric sub-brand of GMC. The GMC Hummer EV SUT pickup truck offers up to 1000 horsepower and GMC claims it's capable of blasting from zero to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. It's set to go on sale at the end of 2021 in loaded First Edition form, with an SUV version to follow.
Honda confirmed that a new Civic Type R is on the way, and it should have a more mature look as previewed by a photos of a camouflaged prototype model. The second red-badged Civic to arrive in the U.S. will have a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood—hopefully with a better soundtrack—mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and Honda didn't rule out a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission, either. We've heard rumors about a hybrid all-wheel-drive powertrain, but we think it's unlikely—at least at launch, which should be sometime in 2022.
Honda has confirmed that it will introduce a new electric crossover for the U.S. market. It will arrive in 2023 for the 2024 model year and will use GM's Ultium battery platform as part of a joint agreement between the two automakers. We think it may look similar to this concept car, and there will also be an Acura version with more luxurious appointments and a different design.
Of all the newcomers to the mid-engine segment, no vehicle highlights the current sports-car zeitgeist quite like a mid-engine Hyundai, which could be called the RM20 N. When it arrives in two or three years, expect the Hyundai to bring mid-engine dynamics to a new level of affordability. As we understand it, the decision makers in South Korea are still weighing whether their car should be a $40,000 Hyundai or a $70,000 Genesis. In our minds, there's no question. It's too soon for Genesis to challenge Corvettes and Porsches, but a proper sports car could validate both N and Hyundai.
The upcoming Defender 80 is a new baby Land Rover set to be positioned below the recently revived Defender in the brand hierarchy. If it reaches the U.S. market, it could provide a more affordable entry point to the off-road-oriented Defender range. U.K. media reports have named it the 80—given that Land Rover calls the two- and four-door Defenders the 90 and the 110, respectively—although there is no confirmation of that.
For its next mid-size sedan, Mazda plans to adopt the blueprint of a full luxury model and hang a lower price on it. The next-generation Mazda 6, which should be on sale by the end of 2022, is set to get a full Bavarian, transitioning to a longitudinal-engine platform with rear-wheel drive and an inline-six.
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 and more athletic while switching to a lighter, more regal folding soft top. It'll also be called a Mercedes-AMG SL, as the performance division has taken over development of this new model. All-wheel drive will be newly available.
Nissan is finally give the Z-car the attention it deserves by introducing a successor to the ancient 370Z. The new Z, code-named Z35, isn't be a ground-up rethink. It continues on the latest version of Nissan's FM platform and share components with the Infiniti Q60 coupe. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 400 horsepower is under the hood, and a six-speed manual transmission will be standard. It will reach production soon, going on sale in 2022.
The upcoming Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is a lighter, more powerful, and even more track-capable version of one of the great sports cars of the moment. It is set to arrive in late 2021 or early 2022, starting around $130,000. The GT4 reintroduced Porsche's flat-six to the Cayman line after the latest redesign replaced it with a turbocharged flat-four. That 4.0-liter makes 414 horsepower. The RS's six will also displace 4.0 liters, but in the vein of the 690-hp 911 GT2 RS, figure on output approaching 500.
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 Stellantis 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.
As the first of a new family of electric cars that will wear the bZ moniker, Toyota's new bZ4X is a battery-powered crossover similar to the RAV4 in size. There's not much information available yet about the powertrain, but we do know it will have all-wheel drive as standard. It will arrive in the U.S. in mid-2022 and should start around $37,000. It will also have a twin called the Subaru Solterra.
A hot-hatch version of the Corolla is coming soon wearing a GR badge (for "Gazoo Racing"). It'll be Toyota's first sporty compact since the high-revving Corolla XRS from the mid-2000s. The GR Corolla also will serve as an apology to Americans who are upset that we're not getting the awesome rally-inspired GR Yaris. The GR Corolla should land in 2022, with a starting price around $30,000. It will use the mighty turbocharged hamster wheel from the GR Yaris that pumps out 257 horsepower from just three cylinders displacing 1.6 liters.
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.
Toyota just revealed the 2022 Tundra pickup, and the next-generation Sequoia three-row SUV will be closely related to the new pickup. That means it'll likely share a new body-on-frame platform and twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 gas and hybrid powertrain offerings. There will be an off-road-focused TRD Pro model (illustrated here). It will have a significantly improved cabin with a new 14.0-inch touchscreen with Toyota's new infotainment system and more connectivity features including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Expect to hear more about the 2023 Toyota Sequoia by the end of next year.
The highly anticipated revival of Volkswagen's iconic Microbus is really happening. VW has confirmed that it will be sold in the U.S. starting in 2023 as a 2024 model. An all-electric van, the Buzz will be part of the company's expanding ID EV lineup. The version sold here will be a long-wheelbase passenger configuration, while Europe will get commercial versions as well. It should offer around 200 horsepower in rear-wheel-drive base form and 300 horsepower in a more expensive all-wheel-drive configuration.