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7 Future Cars Worth Waiting For

The auto industry is in the midst of a huge transformation, meaning the next few years will be full of exciting and game-changing new vehicle debuts. As automakers revamp their lineups to adapt to electric vehicle (EV) mandates and evolving consumer preferences, a few models that will be here in the near future are giving us a lot to look forward to.

We don’t have all the details on the future vehicles listed here and don’t know if they will go on sale in the next few months or years, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate. Alphabetically, here are the future vehicles we think are worth waiting for.

2024 Cadillac Celestiq

Created from a desire to reclaim its former reputation for being the “Standard of the World,” General Motors’ Cadillac luxury brand’s all-new Celestiq flagship looks to grab some of those ultra-luxury buyers who would usually be seen driving (or, more likely, being chauffeured) in a Bentley, Mercedes-Maybach, or Rolls-Royce. The few that can afford the massive Cadillac’s equally hefty US$340,000 starting price will get a hand-built all-electric sedan boasting 600 horsepower and more avant-garde styling than the more traditional rivals mentioned above. If you live in the right neighbourhood, expect to see the first Celetiqs on the roads in early 2024.

2025 Dodge Charger EV

Will traditional driving enthusiasts who love the smell of burning fossil fuels in the morning ever embrace EVs? That’s the gamble Dodge is betting on with its forthcoming Charger battery-electric muscle car. Previewed by the Charger Daytona SRT concept, the production version will debut in late 2024 for the 2025 model year and will be assembled in the Ontario plant that’s been building the outgoing Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300 models. Dodge has announced that the production Charger EV will use an 800-volt electrical architecture with a trio of power ratings: 455 horsepower for the 340 model, 590 hp for the 440, and a topline Banshee version that promises to beat the gas-powered Hellcat V8’s numbers.

2025 Jeep Recon

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Wrangler 4xe has proven buyers will accept a Jeep with a plug. But the future Jeep Recon will push that electrified off-roader concept further. As a pure-electric two-row mid-size SUV, the Recon resembles a Tesla Model Y rival, but Jeep claims Recon owners will be able to be more adventurous off-road than a typical EV SUV driver. A retractable roof, removable cabin glass, doors, and rear-mounted spare complete the Recon’s Jeep DNA. Production specs haven’t been released yet, but expect the all-wheel drive (AWD) Recon to get extra road clearance, off-road tires, underbody protection, and locking differentials to give it Jeep’s famous trail-rated credentials.

2025 Mercedes-Benz EQG

Filed in the “Any off-road EV you can do, we can do better” folder, Mercedes-Benz will release a battery-electric version of its iconic Geländewagen, aka G-Wagen or G-Class. Following up on the 2021 concept, the production 2025 EQG is expected to be powered by a quartet of individually controlled electric motors, one at each wheel. If the concept’s looks migrate to the production EQG, the G-Wagen’s traditional boxy styling will continue. As most existing G-Class owners rarely venture from paved urban environs, we think an electrified version will continue to make the big Benz SUV a status symbol for those who can afford the expected $200,000-plus pricing.

2024 Porsche Macan EV

From Porsche confirming in 2019 that the next Macan would be battery-electric to the release of some basic specs (595 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque from a 100-kWh battery pack) to ride-along programs with journalists in pre-production prototypes, the next step for the German automaker’s first electric SUV is it to go on sale in 2024. Building on Porsche’s experience with its Taycan EV, the electric version of the popular compact SUV will be available in rear- or AWD and use an 800-volt architecture to help recharge the battery from five to 80 per cent in under 25 minutes. Of the number of future electric SUVs listed here, the Porsche looks like the model worth waiting for if you love driving.

2026 Scout SUV and Pickup EVs

More than a new model, the Volkswagen Group is resurrecting International Harvester’s Scout nameplate as an all-new sub-brand of rugged electric trucks and SUVs specifically designed for North American buyers. Production will start in 2026 in a U.S. facility, but final production details are still a few years away. VW has released a teaser sketch of its planned Sout models, one SUV and one pickup, with chunky styling that resembles the 1961 to 1980 IH Scouts. We also know the new Scouts will use battery power on a body-on-frame platform.

2025 Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Volkswagen has been teasing a revival of the classic Type 2 Microbus from the 1950s and ’60s since 2001. Four concepts and a quarter of a century later, the modern battery-electric VW ID. Buzz minivan will be sold in Canada starting in 2024 as a 2025 model. VW’s electric minivan is already on sale in Europe, so we know what it looks like and many of its capabilities. But the North American version will be longer, adding a third row of seats. We don’t have any official range estimates, but expect two powertrains: a base 282-hp rear-drive version and a dual-motor, 330-hp trim with AWD.