Cars Worth Waiting For: Arriving 2020 To 2025
We know: it's tough to plan out what you're doing this weekend, let alone five years from now. Luckily, car purchases tend not to come up all that frequently for most Americans, meaning it is probably a lot easier to think longer term about your next ride. We can help. So, to get you excited for what might be coming down the pike in the coming years, we've gathered this list together of the cars we'd hold out for. Whether you're thinking of buying a sports car, an SUV, or a fully electric car in the coming years, read through for the ones to keep your eyes on from now until 2025.
2021 Alfa Romeo GTV
It's difficult not to love Alfa Romeo's Giulia Quadrifoglio. In spite of the sports sedan's tragic reliability record, it's still an absolute joy to drive and looks incredible. Who wouldn't want that in even sexier form, like, say, a two-door coupe? Good news! One is on its way, and it will resurrect the iconic GTV name and add electrification to the the Quadrifoglio's 505-hp twin-turbo V-6. Expect up to 600 horsepower.
2021 Audi e-tron GT
Audi's electric e-tron lineup grows for 2021, with the shapely GT joining today's e-tron (no name, just e-tron) crossover. There's no dancing around it: the GT is aimed squarely at Tesla's Model S. Audi is hoping it will deliver more than 250 miles of driving range and nearly 600 horsepower from a pair of electric motors (one per axle). Underneath its Blade Runner exterior hides the same J1 architecture developed for fellow Volkswagen Group member Porsche, for its Taycan EV.
2022 BMW i4
BMW will add to its two-car electrified "i" lineup, which currently consists of the i3 electric hatchback and the i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car, with the i4 sedan by 2022. Seemingly every new electric car must be contextualized against Tesla, so consider the i4 to be BMW's take on the mainstream and relatively affordable Model 3, with a $50,000-ish base price.
2021 BMW M3 / M4
Whenever BMW introduces a new 3-series—as it just did for 2020—you can bet that, within a year or two, it'll roll out a hotter, higher-output M version. The newest M3 and its two-door M4 sibling are expected to deliver more than 500 horsepower from a turbocharged inline-six engine and an altogether more hard-core experience than the regular 3- and 4-series.
2020 Chevrolet Tahoe
The next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe is poised to make a big change. It will switch from a trucky, solid rear axle to a more carlike independent rear suspension. This should pay dividends in ride quality and handling compared with today's Tahoe and its longer-wheelbase Suburban sibling. The rest of the Tahoe is predictable stuff—as before, it's pretty much the SUV version of the Silverado pickup. As our speculative rendering shows, it most likely will share that truck's front-end styling.
2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo
Ferrari's followup to the twin-turbocharged 488 sports car is the F8 Tributo, which is also twin-turbocharged. The difference, besides fresh bodywork and additional power (the car essentially uses the same 710-hp tune as the outgoing 488's range-topping, ultra-high-performance Pista model)? Ferrari claims that the upgraded engine delivers more soulful noises than did the 488's somewhat muffled exhaust tones. Oh, and there's now a roofless Spider version, too.
2022 Ferrari Purosangue SUV
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.
2020 Ford Explorer ST
The latest Ford Explorer may look similar to the old one, but it's an entirely different animal. Unlike the outgoing rig, which was based on a front-drive platform, the 2020 Explorer sits on a rear-wheel-drive platform (all-wheel drive is optional). This has huge effects on the Explorer's driving dynamics, which can be further upgraded by selecting the sporty ST trim. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 delivers 400 horsepower, and a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.
2021 Ford Mach E
A Mustang-inspired electric Ford crossover? It's a thing—or at least, it will be a thing for 2021. The Mach E (not a final name, by the way) is using its Mustang connection, superficial though it may be, to generate appeal. Ford has to find a way to maintain at least the image that it's committed to the environment, and this EV will do the heavy lifting to help atone for the automaker's retreat from car sales in favor of an SUV-only lineup.
2022 GMC Jimmy
GMC isn't planning on sitting on its hands while Ford brings back the Bronco SUV to take on Jeep's iconic Wrangler. With Chevrolet having revived its Blazer—onetime sibling to GMC's Jimmy—as a car-based crossover, GMC is taking on the task of delivering a "real" SUV to General Motors customers. Unlike the Blazer, the Jimmy is expected to use good old-fashioned body-on-frame construction and have a rugged 4x4 bent.