Jeep gets luxurious with a new addition to its Grand Cherokee line. Borrowing design queues from the Grand Wagoneer concept, this SUV has three rows, and is offered with quilted leather seats, walnut trim, a 10.1″ touchscreen, and a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system. It’s still off-road capable and can ford up to 24″ of water.
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Jaguar’s potent SUV is faster than ever. Its 550 hp supercharged V8 gets a torque boost to 516 lb-ft, launching it from 0-to-60 mph in just 3.8 sec. Aerodynamics, braking, suspension, and steering have all seen refinements, and the interior is all-new, with luxurious materials, an 11.4″ curved glass touchscreen, and a new gear shifter.
Luxury automaker Genesis continues to step up their game with the 2021 G80. Their mid-size executive sedan is new from top to bottom, with even more sophisticated styling, top-notch materials, powerful drivetrains, deluxe materials, and tech for days. This elegant and comfy ride made us feel like royalty behind the wheel.
Hyundai’s very nice Sonata sedan gets a big performance boost. The N Line packs a 2.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 290 hp and 311 lb-ft. of torque, an 8-speed “wet” DCT, a sport-tuned suspension, and performance brakes. It also has stiffer engine and transmission mounts, and “N” sport seats with Nappa leather and suede inserts.
Jaguar’s compact SUV gets tweaks to its grille and LED headlights with slick double J-blade running lights. Inside, there’s a new 11.4″ curved glass touchscreen, a streamlined center console with a new shifter, and an optional digital rearview mirror. Available in 246 hp and 296 hp mild-hybrid variants with 2.0L turbo engines.
To honor first responders who have relied on Broncos for decades, Ford and Filson created a special Bronco Badlands SUV. It’s painted in U.S. Forest Service colors, and packs a rescue skid, fire hose, water tank, and pump. Its seats are made from Filson jacket leather, while its top and cargo divider are made of fireproof ripstop nylon.
Boldly innovative, the powerful 2021 Escalade is Cadillac’s most impressive luxury SUV yet, thanks to ground-breaking tech and a wealth of surprises. Prestigious perks include the industry’s first curved 38” OLED display, 36-speaker AKG Studio audio, and Enhanced Super Cruise with Lane-change for hands-free highway driving.
Taking inspiration from past-gen Nissan Z cars, the Z Proto looks to the future as well. Teasing what is likely to become the new 400Z, the sports coupe as a twin-turbo V6, and a 6-speed manual by default. Among its design highlights are the curved front accent lights, its 300ZX inspired taillights, and the classic triple-gauge cluster inside.
Jaguar’s excellent and sporty AWD crossover gets refreshed with slim new quad LED headlights, a more modern and refined new interior with an 11.4″ curved glass touchscreen, and updated 3.0L supercharged engines with 48V hybrid tech, making either 335 hp or 395 hp, as well as a torquey 2.0L turbo-4 that makes 246 hp.
Building upon the TRX concept, Ram is finally making a production version of this powerful off-road truck. It packs a monster 6.2L supercharged V8 that makes 702hp, launching the truck from 0 to 60 in 4.5 sec. The lifted truck has 11.8″ of clearance, is 6″ wider than a standard Ram 1500, and rides on massive 35″ all-terrain tires.
The new Bronco is here, and it’s ready to tear up the trails. It comes in both 2-door and 4-door models, with a 2.3L turbo-4 @270hp or a 2.7L turbo-6 @310hp. 4WD and a 2-speed transfer case are standard, and the SUV has removable doors, roof sections, and body panels. Reservations start 7.13.20 at 8pm EDT on Ford.com.
Since its redesign in 2019, the Toyota RAV4 has been one of our favorite family vehicles, combining style, versatility, and dynamic handling in a package that won’t bust your wallet. The new RAV4 Prime is the best of the bunch, with amazing fuel economy, a 302 hp drivetrain, and the ability to drive entirely on electric power.
Dodge continues to cram its Hellcat V8 into more vehicles, this time bestowing the three-row Durango SUV with the 6.2-liter supercharged engine, making 710 hp and 645 lb-ft. of torque. It can launch from 0-to-60 in just 3.5 sec., and do a 1/4-mile in 11.5 sec on its way to a 180 mph top speed. Oh, and it can tow 8,700 pounds.
Kia says goodbye to the Optima, and hello to the K5. The sedan features an all-new platform, a slick new fastback look, and a lower, longer, and wider stance. Two turbo-4 engines will be available: a 1.6L with 180 hp and 195 lb-ft. torque (FWD or AWD), and a 2.5L with 290 hp and 311 lb-ft. torque, which comes standard on the K5 GT.
Ford’s popular F-150 pickup truck has a bold new exterior and interior, and can be equipped with all kinds of goodies, like a PowerBoost hybrid engine that goes 700 mi per tank and tows 12,000 lb, a Pro Power system which lets you plug in power tools in the bed, a tailgate work surface, and a huge 12″ touchscreen among other things.
Inspired by GMC’s badass sports pickup trucks of the early ’90s, Specialty Vehicle Engineering’s modern take is based on a 2021 GMC Canyon, bestowed with a supercharged 5.3L V8 that makes 750hp and 600 lb-ft. of torque. Its suspension has been lowered, and it has all-wheel drive for fast launches and confident handling.
BMW’s hot sports sedan has a sharp new look for its front and rear end, while keeping its powerful 4.4L twin-turbo V8 that makes up to 617hp in Competition trim, launching the 5-seater to 60mph in just 3.1 sec. Also new for 2021 is a 12.3 touchscreen display, wireless Android Auto, and a track mode for the M5 Competition.
After a 17 year break, the powerful and dramatically-styled Mustang Mach 1 is back. It rocks a 5.0L V8 that makes 480 hp, upgraded cooling and aero components, magnetic adaptive dampers, and either a Tremec 6-speed manual, or a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic. The black accents and racing stripes are Mach 1 staples.
Lexus’ long-running sports sedan gets a crisp new look, along with upgrades to its handling and dynamics. The car has seen enhancements to its chassis and suspension for a more connected and refined feel. It’s more than an inch longer and wider than before, and can now be equipped with 19″ wheels for greater grip.
Porsche’s understated supercar doesn’t look that different, but she’s got it where it counts. It’s wider, has staggered wheels, 10-piston carbon ceramic brakes, enhanced aero, and can go 0-to-62 in 2.7 sec, thanks to its massively-upgraded 641 bhp, 3.8L twin-turbo flat-6. With AWD and rear-wheel steering it’s precise too.
For 2021, the already fun to drive Toyota GR Supra 3.0 gets a power bump to 382hp, shaving 2/10ths off its 0-to-60 time, down to 3.9 sec. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 version is also on tap with 255hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque, as well as an A91 special edition with carbon fiber bits, matte black wheels, and a sweet new Refraction Blue paint color.
Jaguar’s sexy 2-seat beast gets a new front end with a more aggressive, linear look, with LED headlights and a new clamshell hood. The supercharged V8 F-TYPE R jumps to 575 hp and 516 lb-ft. torque and gets suspension refinements. Inside, there’s a new 12.3″ digital instrument cluster, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard.
Audi’s pure electric crossover is expected to produce up to 350hp, with a range somewhere around 277 miles per charge. Like the recently-revealed Mustang Mach-E, it has an aerodynamic side profile with fastback looks, and is packed with the latest tech. The AWD e-tron Sportback 55 quattro can do 0-to-62 mph in 5.7 seconds.
Lexus presents a drop-top version of its sexy and powerful LC 500 Coupe. It’s still got concept car looks and that growly 471 hp V8, but now you can enjoy the exhaust note with the wind in you hair. Limited to 100 units, the Inspiration Series gets Structural Blue paint, a beautiful white leather interior, and chrome/black 21-inch wheels.
Chevrolet’s updated Colorado ZR2 off-road truck features a bold and aggressive new fascia and standard red tow hooks, while retaining its impressive Multimatic DSSV dampers, 2-inch lift, wide track, front and rear locking diffs, skid plates, and more. The truck will make its public debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
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