Maserati has been promising a successor to the GranTurismo for a minute, but there's good reason to believe the Alfieri will finally arrive in the next few years. What we originally believed to be the Alfieri ended up being the MC20, a mid-engine sports car. The full reveal was further delayed, though, due to the COVID-19 crisis. That leaves the Alfieri's actual debut hard to predict.
It's been a minute since we heard anything about Lamborghini's rumored sedan, but following its introduction of the Urus SUV, a sedan still seems within the realm of possibility. Such a vehicle would likely share its modular platform with the Porsche Panamera and Audi A7, much as the Urus rides on the same bones as the Cayenne and Q8. Beyond that, though, it's hard to make accurate predictions about Lambo's rumored sedan.
Porsche 911 Hybrid
The current Porsche 911 was designed with electrification in mind. Combine that with multiple rumors about an electrified Carrera, and it's hard to ignore the possibility that Stuttgart's legendary sports car will add electric motors. All signs point to a very powerful vehicle, although we expect to be waiting quite a bit – perhaps until the next-gen 911 debuts – to drive a hybrid Carrera.
A Second Bugatti
New Bugatti models come along sparingly, with the famed automaker instead relying on a single product at a time. But the Chiron, the Veyron’s successor, could get a sibling in the not-so-distant future, and according to company boss Stephan Winkelmann, the new model could be more practical than a hypercar. Speaking to Autocar, Winkelmann indicated that this production-limited second model could be electric designed to “have a different mission” than Chiron.
Cadillac will take another whack at a flagship sedan with the all-electric Celestiq. Originally slated to debut as a concept before the COVID-19 coronavirus derailed the entire auto industry, the new liftback sedan would feature similar styling to the Lyriq crossover, along with the latest line of GM’s Ultium lithium-ion batteries.
Next-Generation Dodge Challenger/Charger
The Dodge Challenger and Charger have been around for ages and will likely last on the market for a few more years, considering their role as sales drivers for the struggling Dodge brand. But new models are in the cards, with FCA design boss Ralph Gilles showing a preview of a (rejected) design for the new Challenger. While we’re left to guess what those vehicles might look like, what’s almost certain is that the current Challenger and Charger will soldier on through 2023.
Infiniti Qs Inspiration
Unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show, and then trotted around the U.S. auto show circuit, the Infiniti Qs Inspiration previews a tall, sharply styled, all-electric sedan, as well as a new styling language for the Infiniti brand. Whether a production-spec Qs Inspiration will arrive in the U.S. is another story – Infiniti has already said it’s designing and building this car for China, where the concept debuted.
Mazda Sports Car
Mazda has flirted with the idea of a larger sports car almost since the RX-8 went out of production, and most of those flirtations involved rotary engines. But a tantalizing rumor suggested that a so-called RX-9 is in development sans Wankel. Instead, it’d feature a turbocharged inline-six engine, along with rear-wheel drive. Attached to Mazda’s beautiful interior and exterior design, such a car could be a big hit for the Japanese brand.
Mercedes-Benz’s EQ brand is slowly but surely being fleshed out. We’ve already driven the EQC electric crossover, and we know both an EQS and EQA are on the way. A fourth vehicle, though, could arrive in the guise of an EQE. Unsurprisingly, this vehicle would be roughly the size of an E-Class, and allegedly will feature four-wheel steering, an air suspension, and the latest in safety gear. What we don’t know is how far it will go on a charge – that said, its anticipated on-sale date in 2023 leaves a lot of time for Mercedes to optimize the EQE’s batteries.
Admittedly, this one seems pretty far out, but Mini’s head of communications hinted at such a vehicle – and not necessarily with a combustion engine – saying that if engineers had the time and resources way, Mini would have a mid-engine sports car. Andreas Lampka event went as far as indicating that the mid-engine Mini could be along the same lines as the gorgeous Superleggera concept.
Nissan GT-R R36
The Nissan GT-R R35 has been around for ages, but there are signs an R36 could be in the cards. Contradicting reports indicate that the current GT-R could soldier on through 2027, although recently, Nissan said we should “expect something soon.” Considering Nissan’s troubles, though, “soon” could mean a number of things. Rumors suggest that at the very least, the next GT-R will feature hybrid power, although a full-electric model is also possible. Hopefully, “soon” really means soon and we’ll have some more info on the next GT-R.
Toyota Corolla GR
When Toyota introduced the Yaris GR, fans lost their minds over the tiny, 257-horsepower hatchback, going as far as petitioning Toyota to bring it to the U.S. That’s almost certainly not going to happen, but rumors from earlier in 2020 suggest the Japanese brand could be preparing a Corolla GR with the same engine for 2023. The hatchback would arrive overseas first, although unlike the Yaris, Europe’s version of the Corolla Hatchback is the same as North America’s. That could make bringing the Corolla GR stateside a realistic option.
Classify the Volkswagen ID.1 as a long-shot for the U.S. market, although it’s still a car worth being excited about. According to reports, the smallest of VW’s ID electric products would be around the same size as the Up! hatchback, but would feature a battery pack capable of covering up to 185 miles on a single charge, making it an ideal vehicle for tight urban confines.
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