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5 New Cars to Watch Out for in 2021

Look out for these new cars coming out this year, from redesigned models to brand new ones

A couple and their dog are shown unloading surfboards from a blue 2022 Rivian R1T pickup truck

With the Canadian International Auto Show cancelled this year—among other auto shows—you won’t likely be able to see any new vehicles in person any time soon. But to ensure you don’t miss out on what new cars are generating buzz, here are five of the year’s most hotly–anticipated models. They include an exciting mix of fresh new electric vehicles to updated versions of old favourites.

2021 BMW M3

A matte green BMW M3 is shown driving on a two lane highway with hills in the background

Available: March 2021

Starting from $84,300

Since the late 1980s, the M3 has combined luxury, practicality and racetrack-worthy performance. The deep frameless kidney grille on the all-new sedan is polarizing but the choice of 473- or 503-horsepower engines and a rear- or all-wheel drive chassis should please fans.

2022 Honda Civic

An orange 2022 Honda Civic is shown in an empty parking lot at night

Available: late spring 2021

Price TBD

The Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada for 22 years according to Honda, but that doesn’t mean it can rest on its laurels. The new 11th generation Civic sedan will arrive later this year. Details are scarce, but expect it to have cleaner, more up-market design inside and out.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

A black 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is parked in the dessert with mountains in the background

Available: summer 2021

Price TBD

The electric ID.4 SUV is the tip of the spear for Volkswagen’s first big push into the North American electric vehicle market. The ID.4 is aiming for mainstream appeal with an estimated driving range of 400 kilometres and a (relatively) affordable price—although that key detail has yet to be announced.

2021 Ford Bronco

A yellow 2021 Ford Bronco is parked on rocks off a dirt road

Available: summer 2021

Starting from $40,499

Ford’s revival of the Bronco SUV is about more than just nostalgia. This rugged off-road 4x4 has the venerable Jeep Wrangler in its sights. On paper at least, the Bronco is a worthy rival, featuring a removable roof and doors, water fording abilities, plus optional locking differentials and huge 35-inch knobbly tires.

2022 Rivian R1T

A blue 2022 Rivian R1T pickup truck is shown on a dirt road in a wooded area

Available: late 2021

Price TBD

Rivian, an upstart American automaker, is on track to beat Ford and Tesla to market with an electric pickup truck. The R1T is luxurious, with a price tag to match, and an impressive 483 km driving range. It seems targeted more at families and outdoorsy types than construction crews.

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Image Credit: ©2020 Jeff Johnson, Courtesy of BMW, Courtesy of Honda, Courtesy of Volkswagen, Courtesy of Ford Motor Company, Courtesy of Rivian