Here Are the Best New Cars Coming Soon to Car Dealership Showrooms. There is lots of talk about how SUVs have taken over the new car market. While it is true that there are dozens of new SUV models on the way, there are plenty of new cars and minivans to see, too. Some are all-new, while others are redesigns and refreshes of current models.
On the following pages, we will help you answer that question by exploring what’s coming for 2021 and beyond. Because of the evolving coronavirus pandemic, many of the future cars we expected to see by now are delayed. Some of the announced market arrival dates have been pushed back several months, or even into a new model year.
We will first look at the all-new models set to arrive in showrooms over the next year. Then we will move on to significant redesigns, new trim levels of existing models, refreshes, and rumours of future cars. This story is focused on cars, minivans, and sports cars. Look at our stories on future trucks and future SUVs to get a glimpse of what’s coming soon to those segments.
All-New Models Schedule to Arrive Soon
In normal times, automakers line up to show the world's automotive press their newest wares at the country's largest auto shows. Unfortunately, most of those have been canceled this year, leaving car manufacturers to debut their cars via live webcasts or press releases.
In this section, we've rounded up the all-new models expected in dealerships over the next year or so. Illustrating the industry’s rapid embrace of electricity, there’s only one traditional gas-powered vehicle on the list. The rest are electrified.
2021 Audi e-tron GT
First shown in concept form at the 2018 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the Audi e-tron GT was expected to enter production late this year. A sleek coupe-like sedan, the battery-electric e-tron GT shares its platform with the Porsche Taycan sports car.
The e-tron GT concept car carries an electric motor at each axle, creating a total of 582 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. Audi estimates the all-wheel-drive sports sedan can go from zero to 60 mph in a brisk 3.5 seconds.
The concept’s range is estimated at 248.5+ miles using the European testing cycle. Its range using the EPA’s method would likely be somewhat less. Audi used sustainable materials to outfit the e-tron GT concept’s opulent, tech-laden cabin. Its carpet is made from Econyl yarn, which comes from recycled fishing nets.
We haven’t yet seen a production model of the car, leading us to think that a previously predicted early 2021 arrival in showrooms may be a bit optimistic.
2021 BMW i4
There's a new BMW on the way, and it just may be the quickest BMW sedan on the block. Designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3, the 2021 BMW i4 rides on the same platform as the redesigned 2021 BMW 4 Series but uses electricity alone for propulsion.
It’s unknown whether it will arrive soon enough to be labelled as a 2021 model or as the 2022 BMW i4.
According to BMW, the new i4's electric drivetrain will produce around 530 horsepower, which is more than the twin-turbocharged V8 used in some models. Unlike the V8, however, all of the i4’s torque will be available the moment you hit the accelerator, providing breath-taking acceleration. BMW is predicting a four-second sprint from zero to 62 mph.
The i4 will have a “Gran Coupe” body style, which means that it won’t be a coupe at all. It will be a sleek, low-roofed four-door sedan.
2021 Electra Meccanica Solo
Nothing says socially distanced solo commuting like a car actually called the Solo. A small Vancouver, Canada-based company called Electra Meccanica is set to launch the Solo, a unique single-seat three-wheeled electric vehicle.
From the front, it looks like a small, traditional car. Viewed from the side, it looks more like a giant shoe. There are two wheels up front and one in back.
It offers car-like amenities, including power steering, air conditioning, power windows, and a heated seat. Its interior is vegan and features a vinyl-covered seat, an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, and an LCD instrument cluster.
Weighing in at less than 1,500 pounds, the battery-electric vehicle has a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. With a top speed of 80 mph and the ability to go from zero to 60 mph in 10 seconds, the Solo's ready to tackle city streets and open roads. It takes about three hours to fully charge the vehicle using a Level 2 220-volt charging station.
The Electra Meccanica Solo has a base price of $18,500. In some states, the Solo qualifies for electric vehicle tax and utility incentives. It takes a $250 deposit to reserve your place in line, with initial deliveries expected late in 2020.
2021 Kia K5
For 2021, Kia is replacing the Optima sedan with the 2021 Kia K5. Riding on an all-new platform, the K5 is lower, wider, and longer than the Optima. Most models come with a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine, with the K5 GT trim packing a 290-horsepower turbo-four.
Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available. It’s one of few midsize sedans to offer all-wheel drive.
Inside the K5’s upscale cabin, you’ll find either an 8- or 10.25-inch Kia UVO touch-screen infotainment system. Cars equipped with the smaller screen support wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Opt for the bigger screen, and you’ll still need cables to connect. Two phones can simultaneously connect through the car’s Bluetooth interface.
All K5 models will come standard with automatic emergency braking, driver attention monitoring, and lane-centering assist. A host of other safety and driver-assistance technologies are available.
The K5 is scheduled to arrive in dealerships late this summer. It’s built in West Point, Georgia.
2021 Tesla Roadster
The original Tesla model sold in the U.S. was the Tesla Roadster. It was essentially a Lotus Elise with its gasoline powertrain swapped out for an electric motor and batteries. The Roadster is set to make a comeback, but this time it will be all-Tesla and have incredible performance.
Tesla says that the new all-wheel-drive Roadster will launch from zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds. That’s right, it will go from a dead stop to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Its top speed is expected to exceed 250 mph, and it’s projected to have a range of 620 miles on a single charge.
It seems like guesswork to apply a model year to our prediction of when the Tesla Roadster will arrive. First shown in 2017, the electric supercar has been delayed until Tesla launches more mainstream products and expands its production capabilities. When it will make it into buyers' hands is anyone's guess.
Tesla is currently taking reservations for its new four-seat convertible. You can throw down $50,000 to reserve the base $200,000 Roadster. If you're looking to spend a little extra, you can book the Founder's Series model. It will sell for a cool quarter-million dollars.