While COVID-19 has caused supply-chain and manufacturing issues for car manufacturers, there are still plans for several new models to launch.

2021 Kia K5

Replacing the Optima, the K5 adds a distinct and aggressive front end and a more upscale interior. A 290-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available and all models come equipped with some cutting-edge safety tech, including automatic emergency braking, lane-centering assist, and driver-attention monitoring. It’s on showroom floors now and starts at $23,390.

2021 Lexus LC Convertible

I’ve been fortunate to wax poetic about how wonderful the Lexus grand touring car is, and Lexus is now gracing our roads with a convertible version. Priced from $101,000, you get all of the niceties of the luxurious interior with the wind now whipping through your hair. Worried about the Houston heat? Lexus has developed the Lexus Climate Concierge which manages the air conditioning, neck heaters, steering wheel heater, and heated/cooled seats to provide you comfort even when exposed to the elements.

2021 Genesis GV80

Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis is launching their first SUV this fall. Originally planned for a summer launch, buyers will soon get access to the luxurious SUV. Pricing will range from $49,925-$71,975 and is destined to provide a tremendous value in the luxury SUV segment. Genesis announced that they currently have nearly 15,000 reservations for the car, and if the warm reception of Hyundai’s other large SUV, the Palisade, is anything to go by, the GV80 is destined to be a huge hit as well.

2021 Polestar 2

You might not have heard of Polestar before, but it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Volvo and they are launching in the U.S. with a five-door hatchback electric car with a 292-mile range and 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. With an MSRP of approximately $60,000 before federal or state tax rebates, this Tesla competitor is following a similar distribution model with cars currently only available for purchase on Polestar.com.

2021 Audi RS6 Avant

OK, this one may have limited appeal, but how often do twin-turbocharged station wagons with 591 horsepower get launched? Priced from an eye-watering $109,000, you’ll have no problem carting around the entire family and their gear while also accelerating from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds on the weekend.

Wilson Calvert
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I am a long-time Houstonian and am obsessed with cars, soccer, traveling, bourbon and airplanes. I write a regular car review column for The Tribune and travel articles a few times per year.

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