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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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Many 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 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 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 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 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 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 ZR2

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevy is refreshing the 2021 Colorado for the new model year. It gets a variety of fascia and equipment upgrades. Pricing for the Wentzville, Missouri-built truck will be announced closer to its on-sale date this summer.

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 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.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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