In the 1960s, the Jetson cartoon showed a space-age family in 2062 riding around in flying cars.
Well, we aren’t quite there – yet. However, when it comes to futuristic design and technology in automobiles, you don’t need a crystal ball to predict what will be rolling off the assembly lines. From Ford to Mercedes, the next few years promise to be fully “charged” with Electric Vehicle (EV) options.
Current buying statistics illustrate that electric and hybrid cars, SUVs, and trucks will continue to dominate the market. According to Motor Intelligence data, the purchasing of EVs nearly doubled from 308,000 in 2020 to 608,000 in 2021.
In addition to the electric car trend, cars in the next few years will see more aerodynamic body designs that will allow for better mileage and therefore contribute to a smaller carbon footprint. Car manufacturers are also looking towards improving safety, connectivity, and convenience using state-of-the-art technology that would impress George Jetson himself including driverless technology, augmented reality (AR) dashboards, and heads-up displays (HUD) on the windshield.
So, buckle your seatbelt, and let’s take a look at what the next few years will look like in showrooms across the world.
Mini Cooper – 2024
The 2024 Cooper Electric will retain its Mini design, but open up the hood to find an ultra-modern new look. The car offers a single electric motor with a large battery and a longer driving range. Whether the 184-hp Cooper E or the 218-hp Cooper SE, expect to see redesigned interiors including a large circular infotainment display in the middle of the dashboard. Visit www.miniusa.com
Dodge Charger Daytona SRT – 2025
The Charger Daytona SRT EV will take its place next to her predecessors - the current Charger and Challenger. Touting staying power up to 600 hp and an 800-volt electrical system, the newest Charger on the road, appropriately named, will deliver drivers about a 500-mile range before needing a charge. Visit dodge.com
Toyota GR Electric Sports Car – 2026
When you think about electric cars, quiet comes to mind. However, Toyota plans to offer sports cars expected "engine noises" and a simulated manual gearbox! Look for the same characteristics in the new Lexus EV sports cars as well. Visit https://www.toyota.com/
Genesis GV90 – 2024
Due out next year, the Hyundai GV90 will use the biggest version of its Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), to produce a large three-row electric SUV. Using the E-GMP platform means it will have a flat floor thanks to the dedicated electric architecture. No specs have been provided yet, but it’s a good bet the GV90 will feature dual motors and all-wheel drive. Visit https://www.genesis.com/
Lincoln Star EV – 2024
Picture a Lincoln Navigator on sleek and stylish steroids, and you get the Star EV. In addition to EV technology, the new Lincoln will offer an upscale experience for passengers as well as drivers – a huge glass roof and rotating front seats that can face the back of the vehicle. Visit https://www.lincoln.com/
Scout Electric SUV – 2026
This newly established American company, an independent subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, produces electric vehicles in the off-road capable style. By 2026, the company hopes to have two all-electric SUVs resembling the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler. Visit https://www.scoutmotors.com/
GMC Sierra EV – 2024
The starting price for a GMC Denali Edition 1 EV easily hovers at the $100,000 plus range. Luckily, more affordable options are on the way for EV trucks. Fully charged, GMC’s Sierra trucks will have a 400-mile range and up to 754 hp. Yes, in a truck! Visit https://www.gmc.com/
Ram 1500 Rev – 2024
Ram will soon introduce its first battery power truck with the 1500 Rev. Using the Stellantis (STLA) architecture, designed for body-on-frame EVs, the Ram 1500 will offer two motors totaling an impressive output of 654 hp and up to 500 miles of range. Visit Ram Trucks
Canoo Electric Pickup – 2024
Canoo, an American automotive startup out of California, develops and manufactures electric vehicles. The Canoo electric pickups are ultra sleek and Star Wars-like in design. The compact truck offers up to 500 hp and at least 200 miles of range in six- or eight-foot bed configurations. Visit https://www.canoo.com/pickup/