Forced to a halt during the first wave of COVID-19, the auto industry has not been idle since the fall, and even the second wave does not seem to be slowing it down.
Powered by pickup trucks, SUVs and electric vehicles, the demand for which is increasing, manufacturers are busy preparing their future unveilings.
Moreover, the month of February will be very busy. Question to whet your appetite, The Car Guide offers you here an overview of the novelties that we will discover in February.
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing
From the first day of the month, we’ll see Cadillac’s new high-performance sports sedans, which will hit the market this summer as 2022 models. The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will include lots of 3D printed parts. and a standard six-speed manual transmission. Their engine is unknown for now, but be aware that prototypes completed laps of the Virginia International Raceway faster than the old ATS-V (464 hp) and CTS-V (640 hp). It promises!
Ford F-150 Raptor
Less than a year after the unveiling of the next-generation F-150, Ford will present the dreaded Raptor version on February 3. The team of Car guide was also invited to a technical presentation. Everyone wants to know how this truck will replicate the new 702 horsepower Hellcat-powered Ram 1500 TRX. There are rumors that it will adopt the 5.2L V8 from the Mustang Shelby GT500, but it ultimately looks like the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will be back. Will Ford offer two engine choices with the F-150 Raptor? To be continued.
Nissan Frontier and Pathfinder
Nissan’s mid-size pickup and three-row SUV are among the oldest models in the industry, so definitely a new generation! The Frontier and Pathfinder will have a lot to do, as competition is fiercer than ever in their respective categories due to the recent arrival of new high caliber players who have won several awards. They will be unveiled the same day, February 4.
Audi e-tron GT
Photo: Audi Sport
Five days later, on February 9, a long-awaited electric car that we have been telling you about for a long time will finally be unveiled in its production version. Sharing some components with the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT (the name may change) is already announced with a 0 to 100 km / h time in less than 3.5 seconds. It will be a powerful car but more focused on grand tourism. In fact, production has already started to meet demand which will undoubtedly be quite strong.
Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV
Chevrolet gives us a gift for Valentine’s Day with two unveilings. The redesigned Bolt EV will have a slightly sportier look, a modernized interior with more comfortable seats and a few other upgrades. For its part, the Bolt EUV crossover will take on slightly larger dimensions and it will be the first model outside the Cadillac banner to offer Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology. Neither takes advantage of GM’s new Ultium battery architecture, however. Their production will begin in the summer of 2021 as 2022 models.
Hyundai IONIQ 5
The exact date is yet to be confirmed, but it’s February that we’ll see the IONIQ 5 electric crossover, the production version of the Hyundai 45 concept and the first model to be based on the Korean automaker’s new global electric modular platform. The design will remain very futuristic and the vehicle can even be used as a 3.5 kilowatt generator to power electrical devices operating on 110 or 220 volts.
On the side of sister company Kia, an all-new electric crossover is also set to debut this winter. It will be after IONIQ 5, but in February or March?
GMC Hummer EV SUV
Interviewed during a virtual General Motors presentation in November, the SUV version of the new GMC Hummer EV is set to appear in an ad that will air during the Super Bowl on February 7 (as the van did in 2020). On condition of anonymity, dealers have mentioned to the site Detroit Free Press that the official unveiling will take place somewhere in the month.
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