2018 has brought us a ton of great green car action, from a wild Formula 1 season that saw Ferrari– finally!– put up a legitimate challenge to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to the CEO of a multi-billion dollar EV company calling a British rescue diver a pedophile on a public forum. It’s been an awesome year, and the green car revolution keeps soldiering on, but some aspects of that march are more exciting than others.
To that end, here are five of the new vehicles set to debut in the coming year that we’re most excited about here at Gas 2. Check out the list, then let us know what new cars or bikes you’re most looking forward to most in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
The New Lynk & Co. 01
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Chinese cars are coming” recently. Of course, Chinese cars are already here, in one form or another– you really think all those touchscreen interiors are made in Arkansas? But the Lynk & Co. 01 is something different. It’s a car that’s made in China, sure, but it’s also a car that’s proud enough to be made in China to wear its own nameplate.
For the uninitiated, the Lynk & Co. 01 is based on the Volvo XC40 platform and will be built alongside its Swedish-branded sibling in China, the US, and Belgium. Both brands are owned by Chinese holdings group, Geely, which plans to market both to different demographics in several markets starting next year.
The First Electric Porsche Taycan
The production version of the all-new, first-of-its-kind electric Porsche Taycan is set to debut late this year. When it lands, the high-end version will carry both a confusing “Turbo” badge and the heavy burden of defending Porsche’s honor (and sales figures) against the über-hot Tesla brand.
Porsche promises the new Taycan will be fast, and is even promising an off-roady, rally-ready, wagon-y version of the new car. The real question, though, is this: is the Taycan faster than a Tesla? And that question can’t be answered until we get them lined up at the track
The First Electric Harley-Davidson Livewire
Before I get too far into this, I should say two things. The first is that I’m not convinced Harley-Davidson is going to make it, as a company, in the long run. The second is that I’m kind of sad about that fact– but, before the storied motorcycle brand goes away for good, I think Harley is going to leave us a very special gift: the Harley-Davidson Livewire.
Harley is putting a ton of effort, energy, and existential fear behind making the production Livewire a success. It would be really surprising, then, if the brand’s first electric motorcycle proved to be anything than the equal of, say, last year’s Zero SR. That is one Hell of a motorcycle, kids– and the Zero brand doesn’t have nearly as many kickass leather accessories available for its fans.
The Retro-tastic SUV of the Year
I know, I know– you all thought I was going to say something about the all-new Ranger-based Ford Bronco here. The problem with that, though, is that I wasn’t much of a Bronco guy as a kid. I was all about the Chevy Blazer, and the Blazer is coming back this year, too!
The Blazer will launch with either a 2.5 liter 4 cyl. or a 300+ HP 3.6 liter V6, which should make it a stormer. The more exciting prospect, though, is the possibility of a GMC version that mimics the legendary GMC Typhoon SUV of the early 1990s– if that thing gets built (no promises), expect me to go absolutely bonkers and buy the first one that lands at Castle Buick-GMC.
Hell, the old GMC Typhoon only had 280 HP … with 300+ on tap from the starting block, I may have to run out and buy one on day one, regardless!
You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda
Before we talk about how great the new SuperCub is and what it might mean to Honda, I want to talk about Harley-Davidson. Remember what I said about Harley being a storied brand and having thousands of leather jackets with its name on them? HD has spent decades– generations, even– selling nostalgia. You can hardly spend ten minutes talking about Harleys without someone mentioning Marlon Brando in the Wild Ones or Sonny Barger and his Hell’s Angels. In the last few years, though, you also started to hear about something else, too: South Park.
What I’m saying is that the Harley brand has baggage. Some of it’s good, in an “assless chaps are for everyone” sort of way. Some of it’s bad, too. Harley’s problem, however, is that you can’t buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle without taking that baggage on– but Honda doesn’t have that problem. Honda’s heritage? Honda’s nostalgia?
Well, you meet the nicest people on a Honda, don’t you? You have fun on a Honda. You get from A to B on a Honda, and a Honda is as reliable as the sun rising in the East … the Grom was just the beginning, and the Monkey and SuperCub are just Act 2. Stay tuned.
Original content from Gas 2.