Best new cars coming in 2021 and beyond
What can you expect to see in showrooms in the next couple of years? Our guide reveals all
- Page 1 - Superminis and family hatchbacks
- Page 2 - Small SUVs and family SUVs
- Page 3 - Large SUVs and fast SUVs
- Page 4 - Coupes, convertibles, saloons and estates
- Page 5 - Hot hatchbacks, MPVs and supercars
- Page 6 - Cars coming in 2022 and beyond
Small SUVs coming in 2021
BMW X2 facelift
The BMW X2 is set to get a few changes next year. Bigger grilles will feature, alongside a number of other styling tweaks that mirror the facelifted BMW X1. You’ll be able to use the iDrive system as a touchscreen for the first time, while a plug-in hybrid that debuted this year will continue in the facelifted car.
A new Hyundai SUV is in the pipeline, and the Bayon will sit below the Kona. It’ll be heavily based on the Hyundai i20 hatchback, and is likely to only come with petrol engines. As a result, we expect the next-generation Kona to be offered with only electric power.
Hyundai Kona facelift
Hyundai’s current smallest SUV has been refreshed for 2021, with a new face that streamlines the car’s styling. It’s on sale from January, and comes in a new set of trim levels including a sporty N Line model.
Lexus UX 300e
Lexus has had hybrid models in its range for over a decade, and now every one of its cars is available as a hybrid. The brand’s first electric car will be a version of the UX, its small SUV, which will return 196 miles of range and have 50kW fast-charging capability. Reservations are open now (customer deliveries start in March 2021) and the UX 300e costs from £40,900 after the plug-in car grant.
Renault is set to bolster its SUV line-up next year with a new Arkana coupe model. It’s based on the Renault Captur and gets swooping fastback styling but still has a large boot. The E-Tech hybrid engine is going to be offered alongside mild-hybrid engines, and we’re told up to 80% of journeys around town can be done on electric power.
The next Vauxhall Mokka will be offered with petrol and diesel engines but the main focus will be on a new pure electric model. Sitting on the same platform as the Peugeot e-2008, the electric Mokka-e offers 201 miles of range and fast-charging. The interior is dominated by screens; there are few physical buttons.
Family SUVs coming in 2021
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron
Recently shown in concept form, the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron will join the forthcoming Q4 e-tron in showrooms next year. It’ll rival the Tesla Model Y and Skoda Enyaq, and will cost almost £50,000. You can expect a 310-mile range and a hi-tech interior, while fast-charging will give 80% battery charge in half an hour.
Audi Q5 Sportback
Coupe SUVs are very popular right now and the German brands have released quite a few in the last few years. The latest is the Audi Q5 Sportback, which rivals the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. Besides the rakish coupe look, the interior and powertrains will be shared with the regular Audi Q5 SUV, but the Sportback will have a more athletic focus with sports suspension fitted as standard.
After the electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and the plug-in hybrid DS 7 Crossback, DS seems to be working on another SUV to slot between its current models. It’ll aim to rival the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, and should arrive as a plug-in hybrid. Originally set to be launched in September 2020, it’s likely the event will now be pushed back to 2021.
At the LA Motor Show in November 2019, Hyundai revealed a boldly styled family-size SUV called the Vision T. Many dismissed it as a concept, but the production-ready model gets a similarly striking design. When it goes on sale, it’ll have a redesigned interior and be available as a plug-in hybrid.
Ioniq 5 (Hyundai 45)
Hyundai is working on a production version of its ‘45’ concept SUV, which is set to head up a new 'Ioniq' sub-brand. The retro-styled SUV is inspired by Hyundai’s 1974 Pony concept, but an electric powertrain will ensure it’s bang up to date. A range of 300 miles is expected, and 350kW recharging will allow the battery to be topped up to 80% capacity in under 20 minutes.
Jaguar E-Pace plug-in hybrid
The Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are now available as plug-in hybrids, and the same will happen for the Jaguar E-Pace, another JLR-owned model, next year. An update to the E-Pace range will see it sit on a new platform in order to accomodate electrified powertrains.
Nissan has launched an electric SUV called the Ariya. It’ll be a similar size to the Nissan X-Trail SUV but more of a swooping roofline will mean it’s a spacious five-seater instead of a seven-seater. We expect Nissan’s next-generation ProPilot driver assistance to be fitted, perhaps giving the car self-driving capability.
A new generation of Nissan’s now-iconic family SUV will be revealed in 2021, in a bid to steal sales back from the Qashqai’s long list of rivals. Spy shots hint at a completely new styling direction, while a premium and hi-tech interior has been teased.
Porsche Macan EV
Now that the Porsche Taycan is in showrooms, the company is turning its attention to an all-electric Macan SUV to replace the current generation. Details are scarce at the moment, but we do know that it’ll feature ultra-rapid charging capability to reduce the time needed to refill the batteries. The Macan EV will open the floodgates for a range of electrified Porsche models - the company says half its sales will be hybrid or electric by 2022.
Range Rover Crossover
A new Range Rover model called the Crossover will become part of the line-up in 2021. It’ll be as opulent as the full-size model but with a lower, sleeker shape. Just like the Range Rover, it’ll come with a range of mainly electrified powertrains.
Renault Megane eVision
The Renault Megane is a swish looking family hatchback, but ultimately it’ll never set the world on fire in its current form. Buyers have generally chosen a rival or an SUV instead, so the next Megane will morph into a trendy crossover.
Skoda is set to launch its first electric SUV, called the Enyaq. A range of 316 miles is confirmed for the range-topping version, and all will have a spacious interior. It looks set to be noticeably cheaper than the Volkswagen ID.4, with prices starting from £30,450 after the plug-in car grant. There’ll be a vRS performance version, and an Enyaq Coupe with more rakish styling.
Skoda Karoq facelift
The midsize Skoda Karoq SUV is set to be updated next year with a series of styling tweaks, updated technology and an engine with mild-hybrid assistance similar to those seen in the new Volkswagen Golf. A prototype has already been spotted testing, and while it gives little away, we’d expect the new Karoq to get an updated interior, along with the latest technology and safety features from the new Skoda Octavia.
SsangYong Korando E100 electric model
SsangYong’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai will be available as an electric model soon. A 61.5kWh battery will power the car (possibly called the Korando E100), and 200 miles on a full charge is the target. A price tag in the region of £30-£35,000 is expected.
Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid
A new plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 is launching in spring 2021, promising an impressive 46-mile electric range and the same power output as a Cupra Ateca or Mercedes-AMG GLA 35. The RAV4 PHEV should be a hit with business and private buyers, although it is quite a bit more expensive than the hybrid version.
The electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV will follow the ID.3 hatchback into showrooms next year. After several disguised teaser images were revealed by VW, images of the new car surfaced online, along with several technical details. It’ll be capable of between 200-300 miles of range, depending on the size of the battery, and be similar in size to a Volkswagen Tiguan SUV. Fast-charging capability is also expected to feature, meaning topping the battery up to 80% capacity will take around half an hour.
The ID.4 will be joined by a bigger ID.6 electric SUV towards the end of next year, which will have the option of seven seats. It’ll have few direct rivals at the time of launch, and will offer bigger motors and batteries than the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback. Nearly all models are expected to have a motor on each axle, giving four-wheel drive.