Thanks primarily to the pandemic, 2020 hasn’t been a great year for anyone. That includes car manufacturers, but they’re working overtime to ensure the following year is going to be a good one. With new innovations and slick designs, car enthusiasts and drivers alike should forward to these models in 2021.
Audi e-tron GT
Take one look at the wheel design or smooth lines and you’ll see why “tron” was chosen. Battery-electric, featuring these motors at each axle, this GT pumps out 582 horsepower with 612 pound-feet of torque. It’s all-wheel-drive, hits 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds, and provided over 248 miles on a single charge. Finally, its construction is sustainably sourced and the cabin is loaded with tech you’re sure to love.
Even more futuristic looking than the e-tron, the new i4 aims to compete with the Tesla Model 3. Fully electric with 530 horsepower, you’ll receive the full force of this car’s torque the minute you touch the gas pedal. As a “Gran Coupe,” you’ll also have plenty of space in the cabin.
Electra Meccanica Solo
Taking social distancing to a whole new level, the Electra Meccanica Solo holds just one seat and only three wheels. The third wheel is in the back. In-car amenities are an impressive list, featuring everything from vegan vinyl seats to full Bluetooth connectivity.
It weighs less than 1,500 lbs., is fully battery operated with a range of 100 miles, and hits a top speed of 80mph. At only $18.5 thousand for the base model, it’s a cheap car for the tech it offers. Plus, there are tax and utility incentives for its energy ratings.
The Optima sedan is making way for the K5, a new platform packing 180 or 260 horsepower depending on the options you choose. All-wheel-drive is available, but it’s Kia’s included tech highlighted here. A 10.25-inch UVO touch-screen, wireless Android and Apple accessibility, and the ability to connect two phones at once via Bluetooth are just the beginning.
The K5 also comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane-centering assist, and driver attention monitoring for increased safety. Those are just the start of safety offerings, too. Drivers have a plethora of add-options.
New to the industry, Lucid just topped the 500-mile marker with its electric engine. That means their luxury sedan is about to make shockwaves in the market. The interior is elegant and packed with tech, while the exterior is sleek yet refined. Hitting 60 in 2.5 seconds and topping 200mph, drivers will have to see what else this car is capable of in the year to come.
Modernizing the SUV, the Ariya is an electric model with futuristic looks. It’s maximum range of 300 miles is decent for the size of this vehicle, especially the tech it packs in the cabin. The latest version of Pro Pilot Assist offers hands-off driving (at certain times), outperforming similar offerings from other companies that have led to the need for these wrongful death lawyers in San Francisco.
It also offers a combined charging system, seating for five, and an extended-range battery pack option. All-wheel-drive and front-wheel models will be available. Furthermore, the design allows for a completely flat floor to increase cabin space.