Future SUVs Worth Waiting for in 2021 and Beyond


Aston Martin DBX front view

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin has unveiled its first SUV, and it’s set to arrive in America later this year. The 2021 Aston Martin DBX blends the company’s performance and luxury heritage with the capabilities demanded from a crossover with a starting price of $189,900.

The company reached out to the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz to source the snarling 542-horsepower twin-turbo V8 housed under the hood of the DBX. It’s good for a 4.5-second sprint from zero to 62 mph, on the way to a top speed of 181 mph. The DBX also employs a version of the Mercedes COMAND system with a 10.25-inch rotary dial controller for infotainment duty.

Adjustable air suspension and hill descent control give the DBX a bit of off-road cred, but it’s really designed for the street.

Inside the DBX, you’ll find the appointments and quality expected from a high-dollar supercar. There’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel display and tri-zone automatic climate control. Of course, the base price is only a start. Adding sumptuous high-grade leathers and other interior appointments can add substantially to the vehicle’s price.

The 2021 Aston Martin DBX is manufactured in Wales, UK.

2022 Fisker Ocean 

California-based electric vehicle startup Fisker used the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show to debut its new SUV offering. The 2020 Fisker Ocean EV is a two-row, five-seat crossover with an electric range estimated by the company to be 250 to 300 miles on a single charge.

They expect 300-horsepower performance from the all-wheel-drive model of the Ocean, with a zero to 60 mph time under 3 seconds from a limited-edition high-performance model.

The crossover’s unique “California Mode” will lower all nine of the vehicle’s windows and sunroof panels at the press of a single button. Unlike most SUVs, the Ocean’s rear-hatch window can be lowered to complete the open-air experience or accommodate long cargo.

Offered on the Ocean will be an off-road-focused Force-E package, with increased torque, a lifted suspension, auxiliary lighting, tow hooks, and all-terrain tires. A power plug box will allow the Ocean to rescue other SUVs with depleted batteries.

The company has priced the Ocean from $37,499, with leases starting at $379 per month, with $2,999 due at signing. You can reserve a Fisker Ocean by making a $250 deposit at Fiskerinc.com or the Fisker Flexee app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.


Rivian R1S front 3/4 view

Rivian R1S

While many are talking about electric vehicle startup Rivian’s impressive R1T pickup, it’s easy to overlook that it also has an SUV on the way. The Rivian R1S is a two- or three-row SUV with impressive power, range, and cargo-carrying capabilities.

According to Rivian, the R1S will have power options as high as 750 horsepower, with independently operating electric motors at each wheel. That’s enough power to give the R1S a 3-second launch from zero to 60 mph. Range is estimated to top 400 miles when equipped with an extended-range battery pack. The performance numbers have not yet been independently verified.

The SUV’s off-road capabilities are expected to be formidable, with steep approach and departure angles, 14.5 inches of ground clearance, and the ability to ford water that’s 42.7 inches deep. In addition to its rear cargo area, the R1S features an 11 cubic-foot front trunk, or frunk, and as much as 7,700 pounds of towing capability.

The Rivian R1S will be built in Normal, Illinois, with a projected production start date that has been delayed into 2021. Pricing is expected to start at $72,500.

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