New, long-awaited stimulus checks are on the way for Americans at the start of 2021. If you’re able to cover your expenses, you might consider investing that cash in a new vehicle.
Automakers were hard at work throughout 2020, and the new year has no shortage of technological marvels and innovative cars in store. Whether you’re looking for a new car or like to gawk at cool cars, you’ll enjoy this list of new cars fresh on the scene in 2021.
1. Got Money? Check Out the 2022 Chevy Corvette Z06
If you have money to spare to the tune of $85,000, take a look at the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Although the name has “2022” in it, it’s set to debut in early 2021.
So, how is this car innovative? It’s a speedy one: The 2022 Z06 is expected to be faster than 2020’s version, which went from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds.
The Z06 has a host of features that help it achieve this goal. It has a sleek, aerodynamic body and a 5.5-liter V-8 engine. Engineers made sure the car is strong enough to handle the speed it’s capable of.
Still, this isn’t a realistic buy for most consumers. Keep reading if you’re looking for new car deals.
2. Electric SUVs Are Here: Consider a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Families and individuals that need lots of room for passengers or gear but can’t afford high gas bills have long bemoaned the lack of fuel-efficient SUVs. The good news is that electric SUVs arrived in the late 2010s, and they keep getting better.
Car shoppers have a wide range of electric SUVs to choose from. Models available these days include the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the Hyundai Kona EV, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E. All the different electric SUVs have various pros and cons to them.
Ford says the Mach-E makes driving fun. When you look at its variety of smart vehicle technologies, you see how innovative this electric SUV is. These driver-assist technologies help people be more informed and cautious on the road. Another benefit of the Mustang Mach-E for some folks is that it comes from an American brand.
The Mustang Mach-E is a more practical buy than the Corvette Z06 for most shoppers. The SUV’s base price comes in around $42,000, but you can get a Federal Tax Credit for buying an electric car that helps you cut it down to a more manageable $35,000. If you want more insight into the Mach-E, check out this guide.
3. Try the Volkswagen ID 4 if You’re Into European Cars
Many enjoy European cars for their luxury status and style. Volkswagen is a German brand offering modern innovative vehicles like the ID 4. It’s an electric SUV with a competitive price—about the same cost as the Ford Mach-E.
The VW ID 4 is similar to the VW Tiguan but has more room overall. It’s a great car for tech lovers with its digital control and infotainment touchscreen. The car has a European luxury feel at a price that many SUV-buyers can afford.
4. Experience the Future in a Mercedes-Benz EQS
Another German electric vehicle coming out in 2021 is the Mercedes-Benz EQS.
Unlike the VW ID 4, the EQS is a sedan. Also unlike Volkswagen’s vehicle, it’s not affordable for most car buyers. If you’re not familiar, Mercedes-Benz is a premier luxury brand, offering only the finest vehicles.
They keep their prices up to keep that reputation—experts say the EQS will cost around $110,000 when it comes out.
Think of it as a European alternative to a luxury Tesla. Many people think of Elon Musk as the king of auto technology innovations. Yet, insider rumors indicate the EQS’s technology will work, unlike much of Tesla’s technology.
5. Try a Chinese Car in 2021: the Byton M-Byte
You don’t see many, if any, Chinese cars in the United States. That lack of representation on the road might end soon. Byton is a Chinese start-up that started operating in 2017.
They’re releasing the M-Byte in the United States in late 2021. This first model of theirs was a concept model up for US buyers until the company planned this release, and some of its features still read like it is.
It’s another kind of Tesla replacement with self-driving features. It also features flashy technology, including its 48-inch infotainment display splayed across the dashboard.
One of the most impressive features is its zippy charging: Up to 80 percent in 35 minutes. Users can also charge it at home, though it may take longer.
It’s planned to cost $45,000 in the United States, but its financing is another “feature” that’s kind-of innovative. Many dealerships offer low down payments as promotions, but M-Byte takes €500 deposits as their everyday price in Europe. The latest news is that they’ll take $500 down payments in the United States, too.
6. The 2022 Toyota GR Corolla Is a Cooler Corolla
If you’ve seen any of Toyota’s advertising lately, you know they’re trying to revive their brand as something cool, sporty, and sexy. To their marketing team’s credit, the 2022 GR Corolla does a pretty good job. This Corolla is part of the 2022 model year but comes out in 2021.
Unlike many of these other cars, the hatchback takes gasoline. It has a 257-hp, 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine. This upgraded engine gives it more power and makes it much faster than the old Corolla.
Like the ads imply, the new Corolla brings some of that glamour to people who aren’t ultra-rich: Everyday drivers can enjoy the 2022 GR Corolla for about $30,000.
Check Out Innovative Cars and Hit the Road in 2021
Now that you know about these innovative cars making their debut in 2021, you know what to keep an eye out for as you travel the road and hit up car shows in a year that we hope is something approximating normal.
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