2021 Luxury Cars

There is little contention against the argument that luxury cars are essentially status symbols and a way to let everyone know that you have arrived. Agreed but luxury cars are also the innovators’ playground. Someone once said if you want to know what features will come in everyday cars 10 years down the line, just look at the current Mercedes S-Class.

Any new tech that makes the occupants’ lives easier is usually seen on luxury cars first before the tech trickles down to lesser automobiles. Same goes for better cabin materials and convenience features. So it is only natural that the luxury segment is held high in aspirational value. With the 2020 model year a lot of manufacturers made significant updates to their models. And as engine technology improved engine capacities have reduced and the luxury segment has not been spared either.

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Pros and Cons of Luxury Cars

Pros:

  • Innovation
  • Premium materials
  • Comfort
  • Engine refinement
  • NVH

Cons:

  • Expensive to buy and maintain
  • The high cost of insurance
  • High rate of depreciation

What’s New in Luxury Cars for 2020?

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe BMW debuted the four-door version of the two-door version of the four-door 1 Series for the 2020 model year. And unlike most cars in the BMW lineup, the 2 Series GC is a front-wheel-drive car. It is available in two trims, the 228i and M235i. Though they share the same powertrain, the outputs differ. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while the M235i makes 301 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The basic pricing for the 228i and M235i starts at $38,495 and $46,495 respectively. With all the options included, you can look to add about $10,000 to the overall price.
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BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe front 8 Series is the new BMW flagship model. Though in the coupe guise it is to the 7 Series what the S-Class coupe is to the S-Class. But unlike the S-Class coupe, the 8 Series also gets its own Gran Coupe version. Available in three trims, four, if you count the M8, the 8 Series Gran Coupe lineup starts with the 840i which starts from $85,895 for the sDrive and from $88,795 for the xDrive. Both trims are powered by the same 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that puts out 335 hp of max power and 368 lb-ft of torque. Going up a notch with the M850i, you will have to part with at least $109,895 as the M850i ups its performance game with the 4.4-liter V8 that produces 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. At the priciest end of the Gran Coupe spectrum sits the M8. It is powered by the same 4.4-liter engine as the 850 but here it makes 600hp and in the competition pack, the power is bumped to 617 hp. Pricing? Starting at $109,995 for the ‘standard’ version and at $146,995 for the Competition version.
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Audi A4

Audi refreshed its bread and butter luxury sedan for the 2020 model year. Though it is a mid-cycle facelift, the redesign isn’t insignificant. Audi has refreshed the face of the A4 and given it a more aggressive look thanks to the new LED DRLs that look like growing eyebrows sitting atop the headlamps. The tail lamp design has been overhauled in accordance with the front fascia as well. The biggest update though is inside the cabin. Audi has gotten rid of the rotary dial used for the infotainment system and replaced it with air. The new infotainment system is now a touchscreen unit and slides out of the dash. Powertrains remain unchanged, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine is available in two versions, 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI. It makes 188 hp and 236 lb-ft in the 40 and 248 hp and 276 lb-ft in the 45. Also, the 40 is available with FWD only while the 45 comes with Quattro AWD as standard. All three trims, however, are available with both powertrains. Pricing starts at $38,395 for the 40 TFSI and from $41,895 for the 45 TFSI. For the 2021 model year, Aud will offer the Quattro AWD as standard on both the A4 and the A5. Plus, both powertrains will also get a 13 hp boost over 2020 MY.
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Audi A6 allroad

2020 Audi A6 Allroad Quattro After a hiatus of a decade and a half, Audi has introduced the A6 allroad back to the North American market. The A6 wagon is available with one powertrain only, the 55 TFSI. Power is delivered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 7-speed DCT. All-wheel-drive Quattro comes in as standard. The cabin will be similar to the A6 sedan but it gets a lot more kit as standard including Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Plus, a 15-speaker Bang and Olufsen Speaker system and the new infotainment system. Only two trims are available on the allroad, Premium Plus and Prestige. Prices start from $66,895.
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Genesis G90

Hyundai’s luxury arm has carved its own niche in the full-size luxury sedan segment and has been taking the fight to bigger brands since the brand’s inception. The G90 is Genesis’ flagship luxury sedan and its recent makeover has resulted in one of the most stately sedans on the market today. Despite being a mid-life facelift, Genesis has completely overhauled the design of the G90. In fact even the dimensions are now slightly different. It now sports a large grille up front along with split headlamps and the rear now sports tail lamps that run the width of the car. The cabin too gets serious upgrades. The leather quality is now better and there is a lot more wood as well that has replaced the plastic in the center console and on the dash. The G90 is available with the choice of a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 5.0-liter V8. The Pricing for the G90 starts from $73,225 for the V6 and from $76,725 for the V8 versions.
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Genesis G80

While the G90 got a major facelift, its more affordable sibling received a generation change. The new G80 sedan is based on the new platform that also underpins the new GV80 SUV. Just like the GV80 and G90, the smaller sedan (relatively speaking) also receives the massive grille along with the split headlamps. In-cabin luxury quotient is much higher as well compared to the old car. Leather and wood abound along with the 14.5-inch infotainment system and the 12.3-inch multi-information display from the GV80. Set to go on sale later this year, it will come with a choice of two powertrains, a 2.5-liter four-pot and the faithful 3.3-liter V6.
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Mercedes E-Class

Mercedes-Benz has given its most popular sedan a big update for the 2021 model year. Apart from the new and more elegant headlamps, the new E-Class also sports a more CLS-eque grille. But the biggest change by far is to the powertrains. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 of the E450 has been replaced by a 3.0-liter V6 with EQ Boost mild-hybrid though the output remains identical at 362 hp and 369 lb-ft. North America will also get a new E 350e plug-in hybrid that utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor hooked up to a 90kW motor that makes 315 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Along with the sedan Mercedes also introduced the E-Class All Terrain for the North American market as well. It powered by the aforementioned 450e powertrain with the mild hybrid and will replace the E-Class wagon in the US. 2021 E-Class range would have debut by autumn but the launch could be delayed to winter of 2021.
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Cadillac CT4

Aimed as the ATS replacement, the Cadillac CT4 made its debut late last year and is the entry-level entrant in the luxury segment for the American automaker. Available in five trims and three separate powertrains, the CT4 has quite a portfolio. Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trims are powered by the 2.0-liter turbo-four making 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and pairs with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Premium Luxury gets the 2.7-liter engine which is standard on the CT4-V as an option. But where it makes 325 hp and 380 lb-ft in the V it is limited to 309 hp and 348 lb-ft in the Premium Luxury trim. CT-4 will also get a Blackwing trim which replaces the V as the high-performance version of the luxury sedan. Prices start from $33,990 for the 2.0-liter trims while the CT-4 V is priced from $45,490. Details of the Blackwing remain elusive.
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Cadillac CT5

Like the CT-4 replaces the ATS, the CT5 is the CTS replacement even if the names are frustratingly similar. But that’s about where the similarities end. Where the CTS pricing started from over $46,000 the CT5 starts from $37,890. The price gap also entails a massive trade off. The base of the CT5 is not as well equipped as the car it replaces. Plus, its standard engine is the same 2.0-liter unit from the CT4. A 3.0-liter V6 is available but in the CT5V and as an option on the Premium Luxury both of which start at $42,685 and $48,690 respectively. Both engines in the CT5 come with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The V6 makes 335 hp / 405 lb-ft in the Premium Luxury trim and 360 hp / 405 lb-ft in the V trim. A Blackwing version has also been confirmed for the CT5 which will reportedly make over 600 hp and come with a supercharged V8.
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Audi A3

2021 Audi A3 Sedan Audi has pulled the wraps off its all-new 2021 Audi A3 sedan which will arrive at the North American shores by the end of this year. The car was showcased with three engines including a 1.5-liter TFSI engine with an optional 48volt mild hybrid system and a new diesel powertrain. The cabin receives a complete redesign as well. It will get Audi’s virtual cockpit and the new modular infotainment system as well. The German Automaker has also rid the A3 of a gear lever and the knob has now been replaced with a gear selector. When the A3 arrives in the US, it will certainly not get the diesel and neither will, in all probability, the 1.5-liter powertrain. Expect it to be powered by the ubiquitous 2.0-liter TFSI motor making close to 200 hp.
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Jaguar XE

Jaguar has updated its entry-level luxury sedan, the XE for the 2020 model year. Though Jaguar has added a few new features to the car, it has also made some omissions. For the improvements, the XE now gets the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system from the futuristic IPace. Though an optional extra the feature is worth the extra price as it seamlessly integrates the infotainment system with the HVAC. The omission, a glaring one is of the V6 engine that debuted with the XE back in 2017. Now, the XE is powered by the single 2.0-liter four-cylinder with two states of tune, the P250 making 250 hp and the P300 making 300 hp. Jaguar has also simplified the XE lineup by offering only three trims, the XE S, XE S AWD and the XE R Dynamic that comes with the P300 tune. Prices start from $40,895
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What’s Coming in Luxury Cars?

Jaguar XJ

The next-generation flagship Jaguar luxury sedan will be all-electric and was scheduled to make its debut late this year but it will be delayed to next year. Expect futuristic features and a range upwards of 300 miles and a 90kW battery pack. Jaguar’s luxury yacht will rival the Tesla Model S, Porsche Tycan, and the Audi e-tron GT.

Mercedes S-Class

It was 2014 when Mercedes introduced the current S-Class and the quintessential luxury sedan is now due for an update. The next generation of S-Class has been spotted testing will probably not make its debut till 2022. Expect it to feature EQ electric boost and level 3 autonomy and of course, class leading comfort and interiors.
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BMW 4 Series

After the new 3 Series, the 4 Series is due for an update too and it is likely that the new generation 4 Series will feature the polarising elephantine grille. Apart from the design, it should share its powertrains with the 3 Series as it currently does. The most popular model will likely be the Gran Coupe.
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Genesis G70

The compact luxury sedan from the Korean automaker should also be getting a significant mid-life facelift soon. If reports are to be believed, the G70 will adopt the new ‘two line’ design as seen on other Genesis models. In addition, it could also get the 2.5-liter engine from the G80 while the 2.0-liter gets the boot. Reports also suggest that the updated G70 will also get a new and larger infotainment screen and an updated interior.
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