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New, redesigned, and refreshed 2021 cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs

The Chevrolet Tahoe has been completely redesigned from the ground up for the 2021 model year.

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Audi RS 5Many cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans have gotten upgrades for the 2021 model year. There are a a variety of terms you'll frequently see associated with a description of a vehicle for its annual changeover. Here's how AutomotiveMap defines them:

  • New - These models are entering the market for the first time.
  • Carryover - There have been no major changes from one model year to the other. It is common that the year after a new or refreshed model is introduced, it will be a carryover.
  • Refreshed - Commonly occurring three to four years after the new generation of a model is introduced, a refresh usually includes new fascia, perhaps an engine lineup change or tech upgrade, and usually the addition of safety system upgrades.
  • Redesign - This term signals a generation change in the model. This usually requires an architecture change and all new body panels, engine lineup, tech offerings, and the introduction of new packages, trim levels, and pricing. Redesigns typically happens every seven to nine years.

The models on this list are new or have either been redesigned or refreshed for the 2021 model year. This list will grow as more information becomes available.

2021 Honda Odyssey

2021 Hoda Odyssey

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The Honda Odyssey has gotten a refresh for the 2021 model year. Its fascia has been revised, as has its interior, which now includes more high-tech features and premium upholstery in higher grades. The 2021 Honda Odyssey will go on sale later this year.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant

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It's the wagon that makes your heart go pitty-pat. The 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant is new for 2021 in the U.S. it has a 591-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 under the hood and enough athleticism to make it a good time. Plus, it has all the Audi electronics in the cabin that rank as some of the best in the industry.

2021 Audi Q5

2021 Audi Q5

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Minor detail changes to exterior and interior styling mark the refresh Audi has put upon their popular Q5 crossover. A wider Singleframe grille that brings the design more in line with the rest of the lineup is perhaps the most noticeable exterior detail, while the new MIB 3 infotainment system is standard – with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2021 BMW 330e and 330e xDrive

The new 2021 BMW 330e ad 330e xDrive are plug-in hybrid electric variants of the popular 3 Series sedan. They're new for the 2021 model year. The 330e xDrive is the all-wheel drive model. BMW has given the car 22 miles of all-electric range and an estimated 75 MPGe rating (67 MPGe with all-wheel drive). The car goes on sale later this year.

2021 GMC Terrain AT4

2021 GMC Terrain AT4

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GMC has committed to giving its entire lineup an AT4 trim level and at this point, the Terrain is the lone hold out. That all changes with the introduction of the new 2021 GMC Terrain AT4, a version of the SUV with blacked out features and badging. It will be available in the autumn.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer isn't the old Trailblazer. This new model is a completely different beast that's a subcompact SUV slotting below the Equinox in Chevy's lineup. It's on sale now.

2021 Audi RS 5

2021 Aud RS 5 Ascari launch edition Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The Audi RS 5 has been refreshed with more aggressive looks than their lesser A5 and S5 siblings. A flatter grille, wider wheelarches, and new standard LED headlights distinguish the updated RS 5 and RS 5 Sportback. The new 10.1-inch infotainment screen now comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2021 Kia Sorento

2021 Kia Sorento

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The Kia Sorento has gotten an upscale redesign for the 2021 model year. Its body is a blend of the Seltos and Telluride while its interior delivers some of the best design and appointments Kia offers. Pricing is expected to remain similar to the 2020 model when it goes on sale later this year.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

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The Bronco Sport is the second of Ford's two pronged attack on the offroad SUV segment. The Bronco Sport shares butch styling cues with the standard Bronco, but is based on the Escape crossover. It won't be the hardcore offroad tool that the Bronco is, but with a pair of turbocharged engines, a terrain management system, and on some trims optional skidplates, it should acquit itself better than most softroaders.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The eight-generation Golf GTI was unveiled earlier this year. The completely redesigned model features a number of variants with modern fuel sources, evolved hot hatch design, and the latest roster of VW technology. Inevitably it will still be fun to drive.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

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The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is more rugged or more stylish than the Chevy Silverado, depending on which trim level you get. Like the Suburban, it has fantastic passenger space, improved driving dynamics, and is expected to go on sale this summer.

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 Cadillac Escalade

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The Suburban, Tahoe, and Yukon were all announced as being upgraded for the 2021 model year so it was inevitable that the 2021 Cadillac Escalade would follow suite. It seems that the Escalade truly takes luxury up a notch with this new model, which is designed to compete squarely with the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2020.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

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Chrysler launched a significantly refreshed 2021 Pacifica at the Chicago Auto Show this year. The model has a new face, updated tech, available all-wheel drive, and a new top-tier trim - Pinnacle.

2021 BMW M5

2021 BMW X5 Competition

BMW's M5 super sedan has seen some styling tweaks, but the essence of the hot family hauler remains – that 600 horsepower twin-turbo V8 is a beast that turns this into a rocketship. The grille has been slightly enlarged, with a touch of chrome highlighting those twin kidneys. A couple of new paint colors are available as well.

2021 Ram ProMaster

2020 Ram ProMaster City

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The refreshed 2021 Ram ProMaster was unveiled at the 2020 Work Truck Show in March. It now comes with a segment-exclusive available rearview camera mirror. Crosswinds Assist comes standard now, and a wide variety of safety features, traditionally reserved for cars and SUVs, are available. The truck will be available later this summer.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is brand new. The all-electric crossover is said to have power and performance that rivals a Tesla. The model is on sale now and deliveries are expected to start near the end of the year.

2021 Audi RS 7

2021 Audi RS 7

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It's a fastback that's fast. Now the redesigned RS 7 takes sport a step further, sharing just four body parts with the Audi A7, making it more than just a trim level. It has six drive modes, typical Audi athleticism, and 591 horsepower. The 2021 Audi RS 7 will go on sale later this year.

2021 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai completely redesigned the Elantra for the 2021 model year, giving it sleek, Sonata-like looks, more aggressive performance, and a hybrid variant with impressive fuel economy figures. The 2021 Hyundai Elantra will arrive on dealership lots later this year.

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Seltos

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Kia introduced the new Seltos earlier this year, quickly brining it to market to compete directly with the Hyundai Kona and Chevrolet Trailblazer. It's a funky little crossover that fits well into its segment.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

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The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is fresh and fierce, wearing Silverado-like fascia (but better) and and interior that competes with what you'll find in other large SUVs, like the Ford Expedition. It has class-leading interior space and better driving dynamics than the last-gen model.

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX Photo courtesy of Acura

Acura has redesigned their midsized TLX sports sedan for 2021, with the standard model now in dealerships. With more dramatic styling, the TLX has Honda's traditional double-wishbone front suspension and a more powerful two-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine paired with a ten-speed automatic. Coming in early 2021 is the hot TLX Type S, with a turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive.

2021 Jaguar F-Type

2021 Jaguar F-Type

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The Jaguar F-Type was already good. It just got better. The 2021 F-Type sports a fresh exterior, refreshed interior, and new engine options with heightened performance. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type will go on sale in 2021. Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date.

2021 Genesis GV80

2021 Genesis GV80 Photo courtesy of Genesis

The new 2021 Genesis GV80 is a fresh, luxurious take on the modern SUV for buyers looking for value and high-quality appointments. Genesis will offer the GV80 in 10 different grades with pricing to be in a league similar to other luxury models.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevrolet's venerable Colorado mid-sized pickup has been freshened with three new fascia styling options that, depending on the trim, will better resemble the full-sized Silverado or Silverado HD. Some shuffling of trim levels raised the base price of the least-expensive model – as there is no longer a base trim package. The drivetrain options have not changed.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen has refreshed the Atlas for the 2021 model year with new tech, a fresh face, and upgraded interior features. VW will sell nine different grades of the model, which will start at about the same price as the 2020 model.

2021 Audi A3

2021 Audi A3 Photo courtesy of Audi

Coming soon to Audi showrooms is the newly-redesigned A3 compact sedan. With striking new styling that resembles the rest of Audi's sedan lineup, the A3 will be powered by Audi's familiar two-liter four cylinder, producing 184 horsepower in the front-wheel drive model, and 228hp in the quattro all-wheel drive edition.

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 GMC Yukon

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GMC unveiled the top-to-bottom redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon earlier this year in Vail, Colorado AutomotiveMap was there and saw the Yukon Denali and Yukon AT4 models up close. This is the first model year where GMC has sold an AT4 variant of the model. The new Yukon is expected to go on sale later this year.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition

2021 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition

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Chevrolet is bringing back the Silverado Realtree Edition for the 2021 model year. The special edition is based on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss and comes with a lift, on- and off-road tires, a Realtree graphics package, and more. It's slated to go on sale this summer.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE

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Toyota introduced a redesigned Highlander for 2020. In 2021, the Highlander will be offered in a new XSE trim. Toyota has made the XSE a sportiest model with equipment designed to make it a more athletic drive. The 2021 Highlander will go on sale later this year.

2021 Genesis G80

2021 Genesis G80

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Genesis has redesigned the G80 sedan to have many of the same design attributes as its big brother, the G90. The new sedan is more luxurious than many of its rivals, delivering a luxury level ride for a premium price. Genesis expects the G80 to go on sale later this year.

2021 Porsche 911 S Turbo

2021 Porsche 911 S Turbo

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The 2021 Porsche 911 S Turbo is the fastest and most dynamic 911 to date. It has a host of specialty equipment under its hood, front, and rear, to make it athletic on the road and track. The previous iteration of the Porsche 911 Turbo S started at $190,700. The 2021 model is likely to be priced similarly.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Mercedes-Benz has refreshed the E-Class for the 2021 model year and chosen to send both the sedan and wagon to the U.S. market. It has a revised exterior and interior, electric hybrid system, and the new Mercedes dual-screen/single planel infotainment screen setup. It will go on sale later this year.

2021 Bentley Bentayga

2021 Bentley Bentayga

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Every single exterior panel of Bentley's Bentayga has been tweaked to bring the styling more in line with the Continental GT and Flying Spur stablemates. New elliptical headlamps have a crystal design that appears to sparkle even when not lit. New powertrain options are coming – both a plug-in hybrid option, and a Bentayga Speed model with a six-liter W12 engine.

2021 BMW 4 Series

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Photo by Fabian Kirchbauer Photography

BMW has revealed a new 4-Series coupe that is longer, lower, and wider than the model it replaces. There will be no mistaking this for the older model – nor for any other car on the road – as the company's trademark twin kidney grilles have been enlarged to almost comical proportions. The 4-Series has two engines – either a turbocharged four cylinder, or a twin-turbo six cylinder with a mild hybrid system.

2021 Ford Bronco

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The return of the Bronco nameplate has been one of the most hyped product reveals in the automotive sphere in years. Ford is targeting Jeep's evergreen Wrangler with the two and four-door Bronco – with seven different trim packages that vary with the customer's intended use. Two engines are available – a 270hp turbo four that can be paired with a 10-speed automatic or seven-speed manual, and a 310hp turbo V6 mated to the automatic only.

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The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is coming soon to a LEGO store near you.

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The Jeep Wrangler has fans the world over. For those fans whose extracurricular activities include LEGO building along with Jeeping, there's a new LEGO Technic model they'll want to take a look at. The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the first LEGO model of a Jeep SUV.

Ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and they'll tell you that their vehicle is just a bigger version of this new LEGO set," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design. "The design of the Jeep Wrangler allows them to take it apart, top off, doors off, reconfigure it, add new pieces from our Mopar team, and then put it back together again. This LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler should bring a new level of joy to our Jeep enthusiasts and help inspire future designers to the brand."

LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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The 665-piece model features all the classic Jeep hallmarks - a performance 4x4 system, rugged tires, fold-down rear seats, and a seven-slot grille. It features a button operated front steering system and axle-articulation suspension. It has a yellow-and-black color scheme.

"The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in the off-road world" says Lars Thygesen, Designer, LEGO Technic. "The Rubicon has a lot of the iconic details loved by 4x4 fans the world over, so it was important to me to pack as many of the authentic, powerful features of the real vehicle into the LEGO Technic replica. I hope LEGO fans and vehicle lovers enjoy all aspects including the suspension, winch and open air design that we developed alongside the talented Jeep design team."

The LEGO Technic Jeep Wrangler is designed for Jeep and LEGO fans alike, aged 9 and above. It will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at [49.99€/49.99$/£44.99].

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Audi is only making the car for U.S. customers.

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The 2021 Audi R8 Panther special edition is one of the rarer gifts you can get for your garage this holiday season. With a limited run of 30 coupes in the works, the R8 Panther edition models are the first available units in the R8 rear-wheel-drive model line and available only for U.S. customers.

If the name sounds familiar to you, that's because it should. The R8 Panther edition joins the 2019 RS 5 Panther edition, which was also a limited run and featured the same paint color and interior upholstery.

2021 Audi R8 Panther The hallmarks of the model include its black paint job and red-edged wheels.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The unique 2021 R8 Panther comes covered in an Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. Its badging has been coated in black. The model rides on 20-inch five-double-spoke dynamic design wheels that have been milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim, and wrapped in summer performance tires.

Your neighbors will hear you leaving the cul-de-sac thanks to the car's sport exhaust system, which amplifies the sound of the V10 engine. LED headlights and LED taillights, with dynamic turn signals will help their eyes follow your path on the way out as they peer out their windows.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V1 engine that produces 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It has a top track speed of 201 mph.

The chassis of the R8 Panther edition has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive, including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber.

2021 Audi R8 Panther

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The model has a full black leather interior with Crimson red stitching. Its racing shells seats are covered in red Nappa leather and have power height and manual fore/art seat adjustment. The car's gear selector and parcel shelf are covered in Alcantara, and the headliner features a diamond-stitched Alcantara. Audi has given the model a brand-exclusive steering wheel with leather/Alcantara and 12 o'clock marker as well as exclusive R8 floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box with signal booster, navigation, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system, and illuminated door sill inlays are included.

A carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma sideblades while the carbon interior package adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the center console.

The 2021 R8 Panther edition will be available in select dealerships this month with an MSRP of $183,300. There is an additional $1,495 destination charge, $1,700 gas guzzler tax, sales taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

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