Expectations For 2021 Compact Crossover Market
The COVID19 outburst crashed the market, not only automotive. But, carmakers are suffering a lot of damage. We see no debuts in these tough times. But, there is a good thing – when it ends, we will see one of the most interesting seasons in history. This break will make 2021 compact crossover sales go up.
We can’t take the current year as valid when we compare data. But, some models exploded in the last few seasons. Definitely, we are picking the 2021 compact crossover segment since this is the class with most sales. The best-sellers cannot be compared to Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado trucks, but overall, compact SUVs achieve more sales than pickups. Let’s see what do we expect from the upcoming season.
2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime Upgrades Hybrid Setup
Rav4 is a dominating force in the market for a few years. We expect this model to maintain this position as the best selling 2021 compact crossover. Why? First of all, there are more than 400k buyers of this model each season. Reliability and convenience cannot be matched. Plus, the Japanese carmaker is always bringing something new. Its hybrid unit was the first one to return over 40 mpg. Now, when other carmakers caught up, 2021 Toyota Rav4 is launching something new. The Prime model is the plug-in hybrid crossover with extended mileage, electric range, and boosted power. What would you like more from the small SUV?
The First Update of the 2021 Ford Escape Brings PHEV Model
One of the 2021 compact crossover we expect the most in the upcoming season is Ford Escape. The Blue Oval company is now in the hybrid market with a more efficient unit than Rav4 and Honda CR-V. But, it won’t be enough for the US carmaker. The drop is sales in 2019 is caused by their fans waiting for the new generation. Now, with the cool-looking Escape, Ford is again at the top of the charts. Well, the 2020 season is not representative, and we expect the new crossover to shine next year when the manufacturer brings the PHEV version. Upgrade of the current hybrid configuration might lead to a 50+ mpg outcome, which is a groundbreaking number.
Next-Gen 2021 Nissan Rogue is Already Spied
We already expected to see the first official notices by Nissan, but the Covid19 outburst prolonged the announcement. Still, spy photos are confirming the 2021 Rogue is on the way with a completely new look, outside and inside. The 2021 compact crossover is heavily covered with camo panels. Still, we could see a few things that promise a lot. Well, the company did not plan big updates for 2020, and it seems to be a great decision.
Nissan will have enough time to prepare all its models for 2021, but the priority is a compact crossover. Prototype carried a huge infotainment screen and the standard petrol drivetrain. But, the recent debuts of new concepts promise something big. The Rogue might get an all-electric version based on the Ariya concept. Definitely, a more powerful hybrid will have to be there next year. Crossover’s 35 mpg is not a competitive mileage anymore.
2021 Honda CR-V Might Be Redesigned
We would position the 2021 Honda CR-V higher if we know more about the crossover. The current model was launched in 2017 and this year the carmaker brought a hybrid engine for the US market. The CR-V offers a better gas mileage than Rav4. After three seasons, the crossover might go through a mid-cycle update. Well, with all other debuts, Honda will have to do that if they want to stay among the best 2021 compact crossover models. CR-V achieved the highest sales in recent few years, and its army of fans and enthusiasts expects a lot. Well, the situation is not strange for the Japanese carmaker that set some standards in the automotive industry. Can they surprise us again?
Full review: 2021 Honda CR-V [Hybrid MPG and Price]
Mid-Cycle Update for 2021 Chevy Equinox
Like CR-V, the Chevy Equinox was launched in 2017. The upcoming model is going to suffer significant changes to present a new look. The company already made a peak on its 2021 compact crossover. We know the highlights are the new front fascia, which includes revisited bumper, grille, and headlights. The novelty for the upcoming season is the RS model with a turbocharged engine and larger wheels. The package comes with darker details, outside and inside. The carmaker has a few things to update on the popular model, such as interior layout to provide more space. Lower trim levels are not so exciting, but as we climb up the offer, the offer is richer and more interesting.
2021 Hyundai Tucson Spy Photos Unveil Plenty Of Changes
According to CarScoops, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson will hit the new generation. This is a surprise since the company retuned it recently. But, the speed of changes in this class is incredible and the Korean company is one of the fastest-growing automakers in the US market. However, Hyundai is still not competitive with the best-selling models, but the new Tucson could take another step closer to the Rav4, Escape, CR-V… So far, we know the new design is on the way. Also, we finally expect the N Sport model to become available. But, first of all, the 2021 compact crossover should get a hybrid drivetrain. The manufacturer also thinks forward and prepares an all-electric small SUV. Its partnership with Canoo startup will speed up the process.
2021 Jeep Cherokee Is Mostly Unchanged
Cherokee is still popular, but the recent facelift didn’t manage to make it competitive to the class leaders. For the upcoming season, Jeep is preparing new packages of updates. According to speculations, the 2021 compact crossover will be unchanged, and a larger portion of updates will be ready for 2022. The small SUV is one of the rare units in the segment with a V6 engine. However, it is an optional drivetrain. Still, a 2.4-liter inline-four is capable of delivering an excellent performance. Owners are praising an overall performance, including steering, handling, off-road behavior, and suspension system. The 2021 Jeep Cherokee might become better if it improves fuel economy and the base offer.
E-Boxer Debuts on 2021 Subaru Forester in the US
Forester is a relatively new model in the compact segment. Subaru did a great job by introducing something special to the market. The crossover offers the famous Boxer technology on its flat-four engine. The low center of gravity makes it different from all other models in the 2021 compact crossover class. But, Subaru is not stopping there. The E-Boxer is already presented in Europe and buyers in the US will see it as an update for next season. With 150 hp, it is not one of the most powerful units. But, the fuel economy is going to draw the attention of buyers and make more difference. The price is still unknown, but do not expect the compact SUV to be under $28,000.
2021 Mazda CX-5 Might Be a Surprise of a Season
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 will probably bring serious updates for the upcoming season. The crossover is already one of the best-looking vehicles in the market. Also, Mazda’s SkyActiv technology is something special. It combines elements of the petrol unit’s power and diesel’ consumption. The new series of the CX-5 will be improved in all ways. The look will be more aggressive. The Interior is going to offer more features. High-end models will be premium crossovers. Finally, updates under the hood might include a hybrid unit based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. One thing is missing – an official source to confirm all these rumors.
Tough Year for 2021 Kia Sportage
Another Korean carmaker is elbowing its way into the crossover market. However, Kia is more focused on other nameplates and the 2021 Sportage is not at the top of priorities. In 2019, this model had a peak in sales, with nearly 90k units sold in the US. But, the carmaker is not thinking of refreshing it for 2021. Instead, buyers will see the new Seltos, as well as a larger Sorento. With most of the 2021 compact crossover segment being updated, we don’t think Sportage can keep its upside curve on sales charts. But, the next generation is due for 2022. So, its fans will wait for a year or so for the all-new crossover.
2021 GMC Terrain – Chevy Equinox Mechanical Twin
The new 2021 GMC Terrain is not making big changes. The crossover carries the same engine lineup as its Chevy twin – Equinothe x. However, we didn’t get the confirmation of the turbocharged model as its sibling has for the RS trim. The 2021 compact crossover will also need a hybrid engine to stay competitive. Equinox is among the leaders in sales, even without this kind of drivetrain, while the GMC Terrain cannot brag about the same success. Still, there is enough time for good works until the 2021 YM appears, which is not going to happen until the last quarter of 2020.