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10 Most Significant New Models for 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, it’s time to look ahead at the new and exciting models already here or coming to Canadian showrooms for the 2021 model year. While automakers are planning to introduce over 50 all-new or redesigned cars, trucks and SUVs for 2021, alphabetically, here are the 10 most significant all-new 2021 vehicles according to our Kelley Blue Book experts.

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2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe


Since it arrived in 2014, the BMW 4 Series has carved out its own identity as the 4-passenger coupe version of the 3 Series sedan it’s based upon. For 2021, an all-new, 2nd-generation 2-door 4 Series Coupe arrives with more aggressive styling (just look at that front grille!), power, torque and performance. On-sale now, the new 430i xDrive Coupe gets an updated 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 255 horsepower. The sportier M440i xDrive trim is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre 6-cylinder engine with 382 horsepower. All-wheel-drive is standard, as is an 8-speed automatic transmission.

 

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer


Joining the smaller Trax and larger Equinox at the entry end of Chevrolet’s small SUV lineup earlier this year, the 2021 Trailblazer sub-compact SUV is notably more modern than the truck-based 2002 to 2009 TrailBlazer (with a capital “B”) mid-size SUV. The new 5-passenger Trailblazer competes with small SUVs like the also-new Kia Seltos, Hyundai Venue and Nissan Kicks. Front-wheel-drive versions use a turbocharged 137 horsepower 1.2-litre 3-cylinder backed by a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). All-wheel-drive Trailblazers receive a 155 horsepower turbocharged 1.3-litre 4-cylinder engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

 

2021 Ford Bronco Family


A trio of new Ford SUVs is being targeted at Jeep owners. The first two Broncos are reincarnations of the original Ford Bronco SUV from the 1960s, aimed directly at the 2-door Jeep Wrangler and 4-door Wrangler Unlimited mid-size SUVs. The third all-new member of the Bronco family is the Ford Bronco Sport. While the 4-door, 5-passenger Bronco Sport shares some platform components with the Ford Escape compact SUV, the body, interior, and off-road capability are unique. Consider the Bronco Sport as a rugged  SUV built for an outdoor adventure lifestyle and the Escape as the larger family transport vehicle for around town.

 

2021 Ford F-150


Canada’s perennially best-selling new vehicle gets a comprehensive redesign for 2021, promising to deliver the most maximum towing, payload, torque and horsepower of any full-size light-duty pickup. Ford updated the F-150’s styling and redesigned the interior, which now features a new infotainment system and more work and storage solutions. There’s also a new hybrid powertrain option and the availability of an onboard generator, and the company has updated almost every engine in the lineup. Even though Ford has made changes to every piece of the 2021 F-150’s sheet metal, the result is a truck that looks remarkably similar to the outgoing generation.

 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E


Ford considers the new Mach-E battery electric vehicle (BEV) to be a true Mustang, not a Mustang-inspired electric SUV. As the first vehicle based on Ford’s Global Electric Architecture, Ford says the 5-passenger Mustang Mach-E’s standard 76- kilowatt battery will provide a targeted electric range of 380 kilometres for rear-wheel-drive models or 350 kilometres with all-wheel-drive. A 99-kilowatt extended-range battery pack will also be available, delivering over 500 kilometres of range in rear-wheel-drive models. With the extended range battery, the all-wheel-drive Mustang Mach-E will produce 346 horsepower. 

 

2021 Genesis GV80


Since its launch in 2015, Hyundai’s Genesis luxury brand has only had sedans to sell. No more. The 2021 Genesis GV80 is a brand-new vehicle and Genesis’ first SUV. Most versions of the mid-size GV80 have two rows and seating for five, though one model can be had with seating for seven via a small, optional third row. Buyers get a choice of turbocharged engines—a 300-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or a 375-horsepower 6-cylinder. All models use an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rivals include the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Lexus RX, Lincoln Aviator, and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

 

2021 Hyundai Elantra


A bit longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model, the all-new, 7th-generation Hyundai Elantra compact sedan has been almost totally redesigned for 2021. Enveloped in an edgy exterior body, the 5-passenger Elantra’s base, 147-horsepower 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine is a carryover. The new Elantra Hybrid gets a 1.6-litre gas engine and electric motor for a 139 horsepower total system output and a combined city/highway fuel economy estimate of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres. The high-performance Elantra N Line is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder with a stout 201 horsepower rating.

 

2021 Nissan Rogue


Nissan Canada’s best-selling model gets a total redesign for 2021 to stay competitive in the crowded compact SUV class. Although it’s a more upright design than before, the 3rd-generation 5-passenger Rogue is slightly more aerodynamic. Larger on the inside, the Rogue’s drag coefficient has been improved by 5%, thanks in part to active grille shutters, front air curtains, and underbody covers. On-sale now, the new Rogue is powered by an updated 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that puts out 181 horsepower. An improved continuously variable transmission and ProPilot Assist (a hands-on, driver-assist technology) also arrive for 2021.

 

2021 Tesla Model Y


Sharing the majority of its componentry with the Tesla Model 3 4-door sedan, the new Model Y battery electric vehicle is a 7-passenger mid-size SUV that is smaller and less technically complex than the existing and larger Model X (for example, no “Falcon” doors). The Y’s interior delivers a feeling of spaciousness thanks to an oversized panoramic glass roof. The base Model Y Standard Range offers an estimated 380 kilometres of range. The Performance and Dual Motor AWD variants each promise a range of around 460 kilometres and the Long Range Model Y boasts up to 500 kilometres between charges.

 

2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid


The new, 4th-generation Sienna Hybrid is the first minivan to be offered across the board with a conventional gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain. The new 2021 Sienna Hybrid uses a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine and up to three electric motors, producing a total system output of 243 horsepower while delivering a Toyota estimate of 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres combined city and highway fuel economy rating. The front-wheel-drive versions have two electric motors, with all-wheel-drive Sienna Hybrids getting the same powertrain up front along with a third electric motor to power the rear wheels to deliver on-demand all-wheel-drive.

 

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