2021 Cars: The Ultimate Guide to Upcoming New Cars, Trucks, and SUVs

What cars are coming out in 2021? That’s a good question, and if you’re looking for even more information about future cars, trucks, and SUVs, you’ll find it here. With a focus on brand new models, redesigned vehicles, and those receiving substantial refreshes, this is your ultimate guide to new car models for 2021.

Let’s define a few terms before we get into the details:

What is a new car model? New car models wear nameplates that either didn’t exist before or are resurrected from the past. Examples among 2021 model-year vehicles include the Kia Seltos, a new nameplate, and the Ford Bronco, a resurrected nameplate. Sometimes, a new model is based on an existing vehicle but has a dramatically different mission, such as the new Ram 1500 TRX or the Volvo XC40 Recharge P8.

What is a redesigned car model? Redesigned models are vehicles that have been completely or substantially redesigned or re-engineered in a way that they look and drive nothing like the vehicle they replace. Redesigned cars for 2021 include the Hyundai Elantra and the Nissan Rogue. Often, car companies will refer to an updated vehicle as a redesign when it actually isn’t. We won’t include such models, like the 2021 Honda Odyssey, in this guide.

What is a substantially refreshed model? Substantially refreshed models are existing vehicles receiving significant engineering, design, or technology updates. Because complete redesigns cost a big pile of money, car companies sometimes take what is a fundamentally sound design and give it a major makeover. Think of it as the difference between rebuilding your home or remodeling it. Examples for 2021 include the the Lexus IS.

Now that you know what to expect from this guide, let’s dig into the details about all of the new 2021 trucks and SUVs and cars, as well as those coming for 2022 and beyond.

Oh, and if you’re curious about cars discontinued for 2021, we have you covered on that front, too.

Upcoming New Trucks

In addition to the new 2021 trucks listed below in alphabetical order, there is a long list of upcoming electric pickups on the way from a number of non-traditional electric vehicle companies. Those that appear close to production or have a realistic chance of reaching the end of an assembly line include the Bollinger B2, Lordstown Endurance, Nikola Badger, Rivian R1T, and Tesla Cybertruck. Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC are also planning electrified trucks in the near future, including a resurrection of the Hummer nameplate.

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2021 Ford F-150

Ford takes trucks seriously. After all, they provide the bulk of the automaker’s profit, so getting these products right is crucial to Ford’s survival. No doubt the redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 will continue as not only the best-selling large light-duty pickup truck in America but also as the automaker’s cash cow.

2021 Ford F-150 Release Date: Fall of 2020

2021 Ford F-150 Price: $28,940 + $1,695 destination

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2021 Ram 1500 TRX

Think of the new Ram 1500 TRX as a Hellcat truck, and you’ll understand what this new version of the company’s popular light-duty pickup is all about: performance. From its all-terrain tires and fully-fortified frame to its 702-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is built for both serious work and serious play.

2021 Ram TRX Release Date: Fall of 2020

2021 Ram TRX Price: $69,995 + $1,695 destination

Upcoming New SUV Models

Which SUV is redesigned in 2021? The better question might be: which one isn’t? Clearly, consumers want SUVs, and car companies are more than happy to create and build as many as customers will buy. Upcoming electric SUVs from non-traditional companies are also on the way, such as the Bollinger B1 and Rivian R1S, and many other SUVs will be adding electrification in one form or another. In the section that follows, you’ll find the new SUVs for 2021, and beyond.

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2021 Buick Envision

With the demise of the Regal, Buick is now a premium SUV company. The redesigned 2021 Buick Envision occupies the compact slot in the lineup, and it’s a handsome thing, inside and out. With a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the latest in safety and infotainment systems, and an available luxury Avenir trim level, expect more people to envision themselves in a Buick.

2021 Buick Envision release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Buick Envision price: $32,995 + $1,195 destination

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2021 Cadillac Escalade

With the new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, the luxury automaker resolves issues with passenger and cargo space while dramatically improving the SUV in terms of technological sophistication. Available in standard and extended-length body styles, the new Escalade offers a choice between a familiar V-8 engine and a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel inline 6-cylinder engine.

2021 Cadillac Escalade release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Cadillac Escalade price: $76,195 + $1,295 destination

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

One of several electric trucks and SUVs that General Motors will introduce in the next few years, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is based on GM’s new EV platform and uses the company’s Ultium battery pack. This midsize SUV is the first of several Cadillacs with “iq” in its name, and the automaker estimates it will provide up to 300 miles of driving range.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq release date: Fall of 2022

2023 Cadillac Lyriq price: Reportedly under $60,000

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

A new small electric utility vehicle (EUV), the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is based on a stretched version of the existing Bolt EV’s platform, but is equipped with a new battery pack that should provide about 250 miles of driving range. Longer and larger than the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV offers more passenger and cargo space than its smaller sibling.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV release date: Fall of 2021 (estimated)

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV price: $42,500 (estimated)

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2021 Chevrolet Suburban

With the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, the company resolves key complaints about the full-size SUV. Now, it has competitive second-row and third-row passenger space and comfort, coupled with robust cargo-area measurements. More safety, more technology, and more luxury also accompany the new Suburban’s redesign.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban release date: On sale now

2021 Chevrolet Suburban price: $51,700 + $1,295 destination

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

Slightly shorter in terms of length, a little less expensive, and more popular than the big Chevy Suburban, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe also gets a redesign for the new year. And as is true of its roomier sibling, the all-new Tahoe boasts big gains in terms of passenger and cargo space, as well as technology.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe release date: On sale now

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe price: $49,000 + $1,295 destination

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

A new small crossover SUV, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer offers a choice between two turbocharged 3-cylinder engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and five trim levels. At the upper end of the model range, the rugged Activ is made for traveling off of the pavement, while the sporty RS is meant for use in the concrete jungle.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer release date: On sale now

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer price: $19,000 + $995 destination

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands

With the 2021 Ford Bronco, an iconic model name is resurrected to do battle against the Jeep Wrangler for off-roading supremacy. Available in 2-door and 4-door body styles, and equipped with a removable top and doors, the retro-styled 2021 Bronco offers significant off-roading talent combined with turbocharged 4-cylinder or V-6 engines.

2021 Ford Bronco release date: Spring of 2021

2021 Ford Bronco price: $28,500 + $1,495 destination

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport

People seeking a small SUV that’s less extreme than the new Bronco, but is still capable when the going gets rough, can choose the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. It’s based on the same platform as the Ford Escape, comes with standard all-wheel drive, and features a choice between two different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Ford Bronco Sport price: $26,660 + $1,495 destination

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

An electric vehicle with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and a 5-door sportback design for maximum utility, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is positioned as an SUV by the automaker. You can be the judge as to whether it meets the standard. Four trims and two battery packs offering up to 300 miles of range make this Mustang-influenced EV a clear Tesla competitor. 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E release date: November 2020

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E price: $43,895 + $1,100 destination

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2021 Genesis GV80 Silver Front View Action

Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, is set to launch its first SUV for 2021. Called the GV80, the midsize performance-oriented SUV has rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 4-cylinder or turbocharged V-6 engine. Additionally, Advanced, Advanced+, and Prestige trim packages are available.

2021 Genesis GV80 release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Genesis GV80 price: $48,900 + $1,025 destination

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2021 GMC Yukon

Redesigned this year, the 2021 GMC Yukon comes in standard and extended-length versions, the latter known as the Yukon XL. With this new SUV, GMC dramatically increases interior space, making it more comfortable for passengers and more accommodating of cargo. Naturally, in addition to SLE and SLT trim, the popular Denali returns, along with a new AT4 off-road model.

2021 GMC Yukon release date: On sale now

2021 GMC Yukon price: $50,700 + $1,295 destination charge

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2022 Hyundai Tucson rear view

A dramatically redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson is coming, with a clear emphasis on style and technology. It will also grow in size and should come with a choice between 4-cylinder engines, one of which is undoubtedly turbocharged for use in an expected N Line version. As is expected of any crossover SUV, all-wheel drive will be available.

2022 Hyundai Tucson release date: Spring of 2021 (est.)

2022 Hyundai Tucson price: $26,000 (est.)

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The last time Jeep sold a Grand Wagoneer was in 1991. Now, 30 years later, the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is returning as a large, 3-row SUV expected to compete with luxury models such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Expect V-8 engines, the latest in technology, and classic Jeep design cues. 

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer release date: Fall of 2021 (est.)

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer price: $75,000 (est.)

2022 Jeep Wagoneer

2022 Jeep Wagoneer Grille

While the resurrected Grand Wagoneer is aimed at luxury SUVs, the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer will give full-size mainstream-brand SUV buyers an alternative to the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and others. Rumors put the new Wagoneer on the Ram 1500 pickup platform, equipped with V-6 and V-8 engines with Jeep’s eTorque electrification technology.

2022 Jeep Wagoneer release date: Fall of 2021 (est.)

2022 Jeep Wagoneer price: $50,000 (est.)

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

Ever wanted a plug-in hybrid version of the Jeep Wrangler? Well, you’re in luck. One is coming for the 2021 model year. It’s the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe, and it’s based on the Wrangler Unlimited 4-door. Visually, aside from the power port and blue accents, it looks just like any other Jeep. But underneath, it’s a different beast altogether.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe release date: Early 2021

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe price: $42,500 (est.)

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2021 Kia Seltos

A new small crossover SUV, the 2021 Kia Seltos offers style, sophistication, and value at a compelling price. Choose between a 147-horsepower 4-cylinder and a 195-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, front-wheel and all-wheel drive, and five different trim levels running the gamut from the low to the high $20,000 range.

2021 Kia Seltos release date: On sale now

2021 Kia Seltos price: $21,990 + $1,120 destination

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2021 Kia Sorento

Though the company has been tight-lipped about a redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento for the U.S. market, information for the global model suggests it will be larger inside, more capable off-road, and feature a range of engines including hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Expect next-generation infotainment and safety tech, too.

2021 Kia Sorento release date: Fall of 2020 (est.)

2021 Kia Sorento price: $28,500 (est.)

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC White Front View

Originally, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC was planned as an early launch for the 2021 model year, but the automaker pushed back its plans. Now, the electric luxury SUV is expected in the U.S. by spring of 2021. About the size of the Mercedes GLC, the EQC is a 5-passenger SUV and the first of a range of EQ-branded EVs from the automaker.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC release date: Spring of 2021

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC price: $67,900 + $1,050 destination (est.)

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2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

As a part of the refreshed 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup, the station wagon model series gains a new variant called the E-Class All Terrain. Equipped with a 362-horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with a turbocharger and electrification, the All-Terrain includes standard all-wheel drive and a suspension lift for added ground clearance.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain price: $72,500 (est.)

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2021 Mercedes Benz GLA 250 Front View

The smallest of the company’s SUVs, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is completely redesigned. Though it looks similar on the outside, the interior takes a big step forward in terms of design and technology. Initially, GLA 250 models are available, but an AMG performance-tuned version is coming soon.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA release date: On sale now

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA price: $36,230 + $1,050 destination charge

2022 Nissan Ariya

2022 Nissan Ariya

A decade ago, Nissan was one of the first car companies to offer an electric vehicle to the general public. Now, the automaker expands beyond the small Leaf hatchback with the debut of the 2022 Nissan Ariya. A 5-passenger compact SUV, the electric Ariya should provide about 300 miles of driving on a full battery charge.

2022 Nissan Ariya release date: Fall of 2021

2022 Nissan Ariya price: $40,000 (est.)

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2021 Nissan Rogue

Nissan’s most popular model gets a redesign for the new model year. The 2021 Nissan Rogue is about the same size as before, and offers a similar 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission, but it gets improved design, safety, and technology – plus a luxurious Platinum trim level.

2021 Nissan Rogue release date: October 2020

2021 Nissan Rogue price: $26,500 (est.)

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2021 Polestar 2

Volvo previously used Polestar to define its performance-tuned vehicles. That remains true today (Polestar Engineered), but now it is also a stand-alone brand for the automaker’s high-end electric vehicles. The Polestar 2 is a 5-door fastback that sits high off the ground like an SUV and can travel up to 275 miles on a single charge. You can order one today.

2021 Polestar 2 release date: September 2020

2021 Polestar 2 price: $59,900 + $1,300 destination

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2021 Toyota Venza

A 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV, the 2021 Toyota Venza comes only with a hybrid powertrain. It squeezes into the Toyota SUV lineup between the RAV4 Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid, and it should return 40 mpg according to the automaker. Trim choices include LE, XLE, and Limited, and all-wheel-drive is standard.

2021 Toyota Venza release date: On sale now

2021 Toyota Venza price: $32,470 + $1,175 destination

2021 Volkswagen ID4

2021 Volkswagen ID4

Volkswagen is preparing to introduce the first of several electric vehicles to the U.S. market. The first one is the 2021 Volkswagen ID4, a compact 5-passenger SUV that starts arriving just before we ring in the new year. Volkswagen ID4 ordering kicks off in September, when more details about the electric SUV will become available.

2021 Volkswagen ID4 release date: December 2020

2021 Volkswagen ID4 price: $50,000 (est.)

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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 Front View

Volvo is getting ready to introduce the 2021 XC40 Recharge P8, an electric version of its smallest SUV. The XC40 Recharge P8 will supply over 200 miles of driving range, and aside from a body-color grille insert it looks just like a standard XC40. It will offer more than 400 horsepower, instant electric motor torque, and 2,000 pounds of towing capacity.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 release date: Early 2021

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 price: $55,000 (est.)

Upcoming New Cars

There is more to modern vehicles than pickup trucks and SUVs. Some people still want to buy cars, which tend to be less expensive, more efficient, and better to drive on paved roads. Naturally, there isn’t as much activity in this space as there used to be, but we’ve got the new cars for 2021 listed here in alphabetical order. And, as time progresses, be sure to look for electric vehicles from non-traditional car companies, such as the high-end Lucid Air, which appears set to compete head-to-head with the Tesla Model S and others.

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2021 Acura TLX

Acura is clipping the apex of its reinvention as a performance-oriented premium automaker. The NSX kicked the transformation off a few years ago, followed by the RDX SUV. Now, the 2021 Acura TLX distills the company’s current design and performance ethos in 4-door sedan format with turbocharged engines and available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

2021 Acura TLX release date: September 2020

2021 Acura TLX price: $37,500 + $1,025 destination

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2022 Audi S3

A redesigned Audi A3 and Audi S3 are coming to the U.S., but it appears the vehicles are delayed until the first half of 2021, which means they’ll likely be 2022s. In any case, when the new car makes its way to the States it will have appealing new styling, an upgraded interior with new tech, and an electrified powertrain for improved performance and efficiency.

2022 Audi A3 release date: Spring 2021 (est.)

2022 Audi A3 price: $35,000 (est.)

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2021 BMW 4 Series

With an emphasis on bold grille design to distinguish it from the pack, the 2021 BMW 4 Series is unmistakable for anything but a BMW. Turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and an automatic-only transmission summarize the drivetrain choices. For now.

2021 BMW 4 Series release date: October 2020

2021 BMW 4 Series price: $45,600 + $995 destination

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2021 Genesis G80

Dramatically redesigned, the 2021 Genesis G80 is nothing if not stylish. The midsize luxury sedan has a distinctive appearance, and it comes with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and a choice between a turbocharged 4-cylinder or turbocharged V-6 engine. A Prestige package improves equipment, and the cabin is loaded with quality materials and high-tech features.

2021 Genesis G80 release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Genesis G80 price: $47,700 + $1,025 destination

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2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line

When the 2021 Hyundai Elantra goes on sale, it might just set new standards within the compact car class. Unusual but not unappealing, the car will offer plenty of technology, plenty of efficiency (thanks to a new Elantra Hybrid), and plenty of performance (thanks to a new Elantra N Line). Note that the Elantra GT hatchback is cancelled for 2021.

2021 Hyundai Elantra release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Hyundai Elantra price: $20,000 (est.)

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2021 Kia K5

When Kia decided to redesign the Optima midsize sedan, it also elected to change the car’s name. Thus, meet the 2021 Kia K5. It comes in four different trim levels and with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. In November 2020, the lineup expands with the arrival of the 290-horsepower K5 GT.

2021 Kia K5 release date: On sale now

2021 Kia K5 price: $23,490 + $965 destination

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2021 Lexus IS

Though based on the existing Lexus IS, which debuted for the 2014 model year, you’d need to look closely at the 2021 Lexus IS in order to tell. It’s more obvious on the inside, and the car is basically identical when it comes to powertrains. But Lexus swears it has fine-tuned the ride and handling to make this the most fun-to-drive IS ever. Well, except perhaps for the IS F.

2021 Lexus IS release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Lexus IS price: $40,000 (est.)

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

A redesigned flagship Mercedes-Benz sedan is coming soon, and it promises to set lofty standards in terms of design, comfort, quality, safety, and technology. From its active ambient cabin lighting and Energizing seat kinetics to its My MBUX digital assistant and augmented reality head-up display, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be the full-size luxury sedan against which all competitors are measured.

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class release date: Early 2021

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class price: $99,000 (est.)

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2021 Toyota Sienna

Minivans might be down, but they’re not out. And after letting a decade pass without a redesign, the 2021 Toyota Sienna is all-new for the year. Bold in terms of style, Toyota takes a different path in terms of powertrain, making all Siennas fuel-efficient hybrids. All-wheel drive remains available, and Toyota packs the new Sienna with lots of family-friendly features.

2021 Toyota Sienna release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Toyota Sienna price: $37,500 (est.)

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2021 Toyota Mirai Blue Front View

First to market with a fuel-cell vehicle sold in more than handfuls of numbers, Toyota made the original Mirai sedan a technological but not physical beauty. That changes with the redesigned 2021 Toyota Mirai, which offers compelling design in addition to its brilliant fuel-cell powertrain. Really, it ought to be a Lexus. 

2021 Toyota Mirai release date: Fall of 2020

2021 Toyota Mirai price: $60,000 (est.)

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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI

In 2022, Volkswagen is discontinuing the Golf for the U.S. market, leaving only the Golf GTI and the more powerful Golf R available to American driving enthusiasts. The recipe for the redesigned 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a familiar one, and the car get more expensive thanks to improved performance, technology, and a move back to a German factory.

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI release date: Summer of 2021

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI price: $31,000 (est.)

The information in this article is from the automakers and trusted publications, and it contains some speculation on the authors’ part. It was last updated on August 28, 2020 but may have changed since that date.