With the auto industry, it can be easy to become frozen with indecision. Since there are always new and exciting models on the horizon, if you keep waiting for the next big thing, then you’ll simply always be waiting. That being said, if you’re looking at new cars right now and nothing seems to really catch your eye, then perhaps you should wait for something different. There are certainly plenty of fantastic vehicles available right now, but there are a number of models coming in the next few years that will really revolutionize the industry.
Today, I’m going to take you through a selection of these vehicles from a wide range of manufacturers that could definitely be worth waiting for. If you really need a new car right now, then your situation might not allow you to hold off. However, if you’re interested in bold innovation, improved power and technology, and enjoying an automotive experience that you simply can’t find right now, then waiting makes sense. The following are presented in no particular order––it’s just how I chose to list them.
Rivian R1T and R1S
One of the big names amongst the many (perhaps too many) electric startups out there right now is Rivian, and its first two vehicles are the R1T and R1S. They’re both built on the same platform and offer similar performance options; the R1T is a truck, and the R1S is an SUV. Rivian is offering different battery configurations that deliver varying levels of performance, but early word on these vehicles has all been good. While Launch Edition models are supposed to start rolling out this year, everyone else will need to wait until 2022 to pick one up.
Here are some words I never expected to say: Ferrari has an SUV on the horizon, so if that’s something you’re interested in, then you’re in luck. They might prefer to call it a “Ferrari Utility Vehicle,” but let’s be honest: it’s an SUV, and that’s okay. Official information on this model is quite limited for now, but it’s expected to launch sometime next year, probably with a turbocharged V8 (though a V12 isn’t impossible) and all-wheel drive. The name “Purosangue” is not an official release model-name, just what the project is currently called at Ferrari (it means “thoroughbred” in Italian). So if you want a high-performance SUV at a six-figure price tag, then the future is bright for you.
Slated as the “first electric SUV for everyone,” the Volkswagen ID.4 pretty well lives up to its description as VW’s first EV SUV with a modest price tag. Performance looks great with the ID.4, thanks to a rear-mounted motor that makes it a lot of fun to drive. Much like with the Rivian vehicles, you could possibly see the VW ID.4 on the road sometime later this year, but for most people, next year is the earliest you’ll be able to buy one.
This is cheating a little bit because so far, VW has said the ID.BUZZ won’t be coming here to the US, but I remain optimistic. The ID.BUZZ is an all-electric successor to the legendary Microbus, with a sleek design that’s as fun and sporty as you could hope for. It’s supposed to go into production next year for release in EU markets, but some of us are holding out hope that it will find its way to our shores in the next few years.
The original Tesla Roadster was great, but the all-new Roadster is an electric supercar that has taken performance to an entirely new level. According to Tesla, it can go from 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds, has a top speed of over 250 mph, and has up to 620 miles of range available from a full charge. Not enough? Well, it runs the quarter-mile in 8.8 seconds, can go from 0 to 100 in 4.2 seconds, features all-wheel drive, and has up to 10,000 Nm of wheel torque. That’s just nuts; only 1,000 of them are available for reservation as part of the Founders Series. Everyone else is going to have to wait a while to strap into one of these beasts.
One of several electric trucks coming in the next year or two, the Tesla Cybertruck is certainly the most interesting looking of those that we’ve seen so far. Some people love it, some people hate it, and there might be a few folks who are pretty indifferent––but it’s certainly something. Looks aside, there’s still plenty of great innovation here, including performance that can shame some sports cars out there (0 to 60 in less than 2.9 seconds with a tri-motor configuration), more than 14,000 lbs of towing capacity, and up to 16 inches of ground clearance. This pickup won’t be for everyone, but if you want something truly unique, then it’s one to wait for.
Chevy Electric Truck
Not to be outdone by up-and-comers, Chevy will be joining other manufacturers with an EV pickup of its own. While early details were scarce (and we still don’t know a lot), Chevy has confirmed that it will be an electric version of its popular Silverado series. This means it will be a full-size truck, built using GM’s Ultium battery platform, which will give it an estimated range of more than 400 miles when fully charged. If you like Chevy trucks and you’re interested in going electric, then I don’t have to tell you that this is the one to wait for.
GMC Hummer EV
After many years away, the Hummer is back, and most people would argue it’s better than ever. While the original Hummer was legendary for its gas-guzzling capabilities, the all-new GMC Hummer is being called “The world’s first all-electric super-truck.” That’s right, the Hummer is now an EV (like so many of the impressive models worth waiting for), offering more than 300 miles of range from a full charge and up to 1,000 hp. While the truck version of the Hummer EV will be the first to release, in the next few years, it will be joined by an SUV variant.
Ford Electric F-150
The Mustang Mach-E might be Ford’s first push into the new EV market, but it’s certainly not the only one they’ve unveiled. Since the F-150 has been the best selling truck in America for about 40 years now, and other manufacturers are coming out with EV pickups, it’s no surprise that Ford is answering with their own option. Some sources have claimed it will be called the Ford F-150 Lightning, but that’s yet to be confirmed. All I know is that many people who were turned off by the design of the Cybertruck will be more than happy to check this one out.
Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
Although the “Jeep” name might have been dropped, the all-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer look to be true successors to the legacy that goes along with their name. Both of these new models are stunning and will be available with some of the most impressive technology and performance out there. With up to 10,000 lbs of towing capacity available, power-deployable running boards, and up to three available front-row displays (yeah, there’s a 10-inch front-passenger screen available), the Grand Wagoneer is going to change what people expect from a luxury SUV.
What A Great Time to Buy New Cars
Honestly, I could continue, but you already get the idea. There are some amazing vehicles coming out in the next few years––so if you can wait; you’re going to be rewarded with features and performance that you simply cannot get right now. The only challenge will be deciding on which one is right for you.