Kia unveiled an all-new version of its mainline midsize sedan today, and with it a new model name. “Out” is the Optima nameplate, replaced by a badge that Kia uses for this car in global markets: K5. “In” is dramatic new styling, available all-wheel drive, a choice of two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, and fresh technology features.
When the best-selling vehicle in America gets a full redesign, it’s a big deal—even in the midst of a global pandemic. Ford officially took the wraps off the new, fourteenth-generation F-150 full-size light-duty pickup this evening via a streamed digital-reveal event.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have put the kibosh on traditional auto shows for the near future, but automakers still have new and redesigned products poised to hit the market, and those manufacturers are increasingly turning to the Internet to debut their soon-to-arrive new vehicles. Today there were two online unveilings, in fact—Nissan took the wraps off its redesigned 2021 Rogue compact SUV this morning, and this evening Lexus debuted a revamped version of its rear-drive-based compact sport sedan via a Facebook Live webcast.
Nissan revealed the third generation of its popular compact SUV today via an online presentation. The redesigned-for-2021 Nissan Rogue gets new features, a bit more horsepower, and wears fresh styling that is a bit sharper-edged than before.
Toyota’s Sienna minivan is currently one of the oldest contenders in its segment, with a basic design that dates back to the 2010 model year. That’s about to change in the near future; Toyota unveiled the all-new fourth-generation version of its long-running minivan today via an online webcast. The 2021 Toyota Sienna is redesigned from the ground up, gaining flashier styling, a topline Platinum trim level, a host of new comfort and safety features, and a standard hybrid powertrain on all models.
Though it pales in comparison to the many human tragedies that have been caused by the Coronavirus, there’s one more toll the pandemic has taken that’s sure to be felt by American sports-car enthusiasts: shutting down production of the landmark new Chevrolet C8 Corvette just as it was getting rolling in earnest.
The Jeep Wrangler is easily one of the most popular new vehicles for aftermarket accessorizing; Jeep says that more than 90 percent of Wrangler owners buy at least one accessory for their vehicle. Naturally, Jeep’s parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recognizes this thriving market, and offers a broad array of more than 200 official factory-engineered parts and accessories through its Mopar parts division and the Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) brand. Now, Jeep is taking the accessorized Wrangler concept one step further with the introduction of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler JPP 20 at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
Jaguar’s two-seat sports car sees its first significant styling update for 2021, and the refreshed car made its North American debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The 2021 Jaguar F-Type gets some nicely executed exterior design revisions, and a few other updates.
Volkswagen took the wraps off of a freshened 2021 version of its “plus-size” three-row midsize SUV at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets updated styling, new driver assistance features, and the availability of 4Motion all-wheel drive on both V6 and 4-cylinder models.