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Recent Vehicle Introductions
2022 Volkswagen Taos
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is a compact crossover slotting below the Tiguan in VW's lineup - it is roughly the size of a Kia Seltos or Chevrolet Trailblazer. The Taos rides on VW's flexible MQB architecture, measuring 175.8 inches long, 72.5 inches wide, and 64.4 inches tall (it's about 9.3 inches shorter than a Tiguan). Once it goes on sale in the summer of 2021, buyers will have three trim levels to choose from (S, SE, and SEL) and prices are likely to start around $22,000.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric
Volkswagen’s first-ever electric SUV is the all-new 2021 ID.4 offering 250 miles of driving range and a 201 hp RWD powertrain. U.S. pricing starts at $39,995 for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro, available 1st quarter 2021 (the first model offered for sale will be the $43,995 RWD ID.4 1st Edition, with a ID.4 AWD Pro launching next year from $43,695. Once US production starts at the Chattanooga Assembly Plant in 2022, base models will be offered with an MSRP of $35,000 (all prices exclude a potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500.)
2022 Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson has been redesigned for 2022 and will introduce radical new styling as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The redesigned compact crossover will be sold in multiple markets, so Hyundai has prepared two different wheelbase lengths and the option of hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The US will only offer the long-wheelbase version when the new Tucson goes on sale in the first half of 2021. An N Line edition will be launched at a later date.
2021 Kia Sorento
Kia has redesigned the Sorento for 2021 - the fourth-generation model will be offering conventional, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The Sorento now rides on the “lighter, stronger, and more flexible” N3 platform - Kia is promising a 3.1-percent drop in overall weight (~119 lbs.). The switch to the N3 platform should also result in improved driving dynamics as well as additional comfort via reductions in noise, vibration, and harshness.
2021 Acura MDX (Updated 12/2020)
The 2022 Acura MDX has been unveiled in production form - looking basically unchanged from the prototype that was shown in October of 2020. The MDX has been completely redesigned from the ground-up as the first vehicle to use a new platform for light-truck use. These underpinnings are not shared with the recently redesigned TLX sedan. Acura notes that the chassis is the stiffest crossover/SUV chassis the company has ever created. The 2022 MDX will go on sale on February 2nd, 2021 with a base price of $47,925.
2021 Acura TLX Sedan
The all-new 2021 TLX sports sedan is Acura's first model to embody their ‘Precision Crafted Performance’ philosophy. Based on an all-new platform developed specifically for it, the 2021 TLX is the most performance-focused sedan Acura has ever offered.
The 2021 Acura TLX 2.0T arrived in dealerships across the U.S. on September 28, 2020, with a starting MSRP of $38,525, including a $1,025 destination charge. The TLX is launching in four distinct trims: TLX, TLX w/Tech pkg, TLX w/A-Spec pkg, and TLX w/Advance pkg. The body of the new TLX is the most rigid ever offered on an Acura sedan and uses 64 percent (by weight) lightweight materials, such as aluminum and press-hardened steel – more than any previous Acura sedan.
2022 Audi A3 Sedan
Audi has redesigned the A3 and will be introducing this model in the U.S. as a 2022 model. This redesigned Audi A3 will compete with the recently redesigned Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class as well as the new BMW 2-series Gran Coupe.
2021 BMW 3-Series Sedan/4-Series Coupe
BMW has introduced redesigned M3 and M4 models - both models will arrive in the United States in March of 2021. Pricing will start at $69,900 for the M3 and $71,800 for the M4 Coupe. The M3 Competition will retail for $72,800 while the M4 Competition will cost $74,700.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan Hybrid
The 2021 Mercedes S-Class has been revealed with an updated look, modern tech, and more power. Mercedes flagship sedan adds several new engineering and tech innovations including two EQ Boost hybrid engine options, a large central touchscreen powered by the latest MBUX infotainment software, and more active safety technology than before.
2021 Ford F-150 Supercrew Hybrid
The 14th generation Ford F-150 has been unveiled for the 2021 model year. The latest F-150 continues to use an extensive amount of aluminum in its body panels, adds several new technologies, sees an updated interior design, and is powered by a revised lineup of engines including an available class-leading hybrid powerplant.
New features aimed at optimizing working out of the F-150 include an optional Interior Work Surface that creates a desk-like flat surface between the front seats by folding the shift lever out of the way while the optional Max Recline Seats fold nearly flat to allow for more comfortable sleeping.