The automotive industry has figured one thing out: when the weather is nice, people like to buy cars. With this month’s onslaught of new vehicle announcements and releases, we can all get excited that summer is right around the corner. Once again, the electric and hybrid vehicle trend looms large, as multiple brands are adding to their repertoire. There are also some exciting luxury releases and our first convertible in this series.
Let’s run through the April 2021 New Cars on the Block.
2022 Honda Civic
We’ve all heard of the Honda Civic. Tried. True. Reliable. However, the upgrades on the 2022 Honda Civic are noteworthy. Honda reduced the space needed to provide modern-day automotive technology, which increases the space available for the driver and passengers. There’s nothing better than extra leg room! The 2022 Honda Civic will be available starting this summer. Do you think the 2022 Honda Civic has upgraded enough to distance itself from previous generations?
Upstart EV manufacturer Polestar recently announced not one, but two, new versions of the Polestar 2 EV: the single motor Polestar 2 and the dual motor Polestar 2. Both feature a longer range than prior versions (up to 260 miles), and owners can add a heat pump which further increasesrange by up to 10%. Polestar made it clear that two new versions provide drivers with more choices to fit their needs and a more accessible base price. These new versions will arrive in the United States at the end of 2021, so if this EV is on your wish list, it could make a great holiday gift… to yourself. Can Polestar challenge Tesla for EV supremacy in the US?
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
“THIS IS NOT A TRUCK.” (is Hyundai yelling at us?) Either way, we stipulate that the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is NOT a truck, and we agree we will call it a Sports Adventure vehicle, which is apparently an SUV with a truck bed. But it kind of looks like a truck? At any rate, we think the Santa Cruz is pretty sweet. The non-truck, uh, truck bed has ultra-functionality, allowing drivers complete flexibility in how they utilize all their extra space. Hyundai has created a new category of vehicle. We look forward to seeing the Hyundai Santa Cruz’s performance in the automotive space.
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible
There are two kinds of people in the world. People who want a luxury convertible in their garage…and liars! For the former, the Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible is available to order and ready to hit the road. The luxury convertible features advanced brake and steering technology, such as carbon ceramic brakes for extra stopping power and all-wheel steering. Looking for speed? Think about driving a max speed of 208 mph with the top down (we DO advise following all relevant traffic laws, by the way). Well, Bentley doesn’t call this convertible the Continental GT Speed for no reason! Drivers are offered a variety of customization options, such as seven different roof colors to pick from, for the off chance you get stuck in inclement weather and can’t outrace it. This vehicle is the epitome of luxury and would look great on the road this summer.
2022 Cadillac LYRIQ
What is that? Ah yes, another EV. The electric vehicles cannot be stopped! Cadillac announced the debut of the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ this month to mark the brand’s dedication to an electric future. This electric SUV will not be available for purchase until the first half of 2022. The LYRIQ will have 300+ miles of range when fully charged and an estimated 340 horsepower. The wide, low-set body shape brings a sense of luxury and modern design. Would you consider requesting an electric Cadillac?
2022 Lexus ES
The 2022 Lexus ES is refreshed and better than ever. Curious about updates? Drivers now have more color and style options, as well as safety technology enhancements. With the refreshed Lexus ES, there is a new F SPORT model, as well as a new ES 300h F SPORT trim level. Lexus prides itself on providing driver-centric cockpits, and the Lexus ES is no exception. What are your thoughts on this fresh sedan?