When it comes to the design of upcoming SUVs and crossovers, the future is now. Manufacturers are coming up with some truly innovative things that improve the form, function, and carbon footprint of these popular larger vehicles.
In terms of real-world availability, you may need to wait a little while. But you can totally go window shopping now.
The following 2021 SUV and crossover models are spectacular, including a reimagined old favorite from Ford and a bonkers entry from Tesla unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. You’ve got to see these vehicles!
Futuristic features: Pretty much everything about this all-electric vehicle feels like it comes from the future, or else a movie set. With a stainless-steel wedge body shape, up to 500 miles in range, 14,000 pound towing capacity, 17-inch touch screen, digital rearview mirror, and yoke steering wheel, this is truly reimagined transportation.
We don’t typically expect electric cars to have a lot of zip, but the fastest model of the Tesla Cybertruck can easily go from 0-60 in under three seconds. It also has an incredible range of 500 miles between charges. This is despite a stainless-steel body that’s actually bulletproof.
The form of the Cybertruck is super unique, almost military in style. The function is robust, with 14,000 pound towing capacity and 3,500 pound payload capacity. It seats six and offers 100 cubic feet of lockable storage space.
The Cybertruck raises and lowers its height as needed for the terrain, and also has an integrated ramp that lowers to make loading a breeze. Just $8,000 extra gets you Tesla’s famed self-driving capability.
- Available for preorder now, arriving in late 2021
- Base price of $39,900
Ford Bronco Sport
Futuristic features: Designed for off-roading with a nimble crossover platform, its interior is cleverly designed with storage solutions and features a touch screen in the dash.
First things first – the 2021 Ford Bronco has been fully redesigned after having ended production of the old-school model in 1996. The modern update has rounded corners but retains the solid feel of the old Bronco. That upgraded styling transfers to the smaller Bronco Sport, which is entirely new. Unlike the Bronco, it is built on a crossover platform, putting it in the ranks of other large subcompact SUVs.
Don’t hesitate to go off-road with 8.8 inches of ground clearance and a nifty terrain-management system to match several different surfaces. In fact, everything about this vehicle encourages a getaway, especially the innovative cargo management system. It can be configured five different ways and includes a slide-out table. The 400-watt inverter and dual floodlamps in the liftgate are handy when you arrive at your destination after dark.
Though not quite as robust as the full-sized Bronco, the Sport model delivers a hefty 245 horsepower and comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, AWD, and robust safety features.
- Available in late 2020
- Starts at $26,660
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Futuristic features: Volvo’s first all-electric vehicle has a range of about 200 miles per charge. It charges fast, too, reaching 80 percent of its capacity in 40 minutes. Google’s finest support features are built right in, including Google Maps, Assistant, and Store.
Volvo has always been an incredibly safe vehicle, and now the Swedish manufacturer is turning its focus to sustainability. The all-new Volvo XC40 Recharge draws the entirety of its power from electricity and can go a comfortable 200 miles between charges.
The body is based on the established XC40 compact luxury SUV. Under the hood, though, you’ll find electrified powertrain rather than its traditional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. But don’t worry about lackluster performance – this electric engine delivers 402 horsepower and can go 0-60 mph in under five seconds.
The new Volvo also offers premiere infotainment that runs on Google’s Android operating system. If Maps and Assistant aren’t enough to keep you happy while you get where you’re going, use the Store to search up additional apps. If you are completely loyal to your iPhone, CarPlay will be available, too.
- Available in late 2020
- Expected to start under $50,000
Hyundai Genesis GV80
Futuristic features: This brand-new entry from Hyundai lets Android users enter and use the vehicle with their phone, though iPhone owners will need a special key card. The standard infotainment system features a 14.5-inch screen, 12-speaker premium audio system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and four USB ports.
The 2021 Genesis GV80 is all new and features seating for five, unless you choose the optional third row. You can select a 300-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or a 375-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. If you’re looking for AWD, it comes standard on the V6 and is optional on the 4-cylinder, which is otherwise real-wheel drive.
Safety also comes standard, with a comprehensive package of advanced safety features including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot collision assist, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Custom options abound, with ten different trims and options for panoramic roof, wireless phone charger, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, surround-view camera, live-feed blind-spot monitor, Remote Self-Parking Assistant, active noise cancellation, massaging front seats, head-up display, and an electronically controlled suspension with road preview.
- Available in Fall 2020
- Starting at $48,900
If you’re soon to enter the market for a new SUV or crossover, you will certainly have some exciting choices. Manufacturers have put a ton of time into imagining the needs of drivers far into the future, and the result is a strong field of vehicles that strive to pack power, comfort, and entertainment into increasingly eco-friendly packages.