Despite a difficult year so far for the motor industry, it is preparing for more new cars to be available in the UK during the second half of 2021.
We’ve already looked at some of the new cars arriving in 2021, but plenty more will be on our roads before the end of the year. These are our highlights…
Sharing its CMF-B platform with the big-selling Clio and Captur, Renault’s latest family car certainly stands out thanks to coupe-esque styling. A range of powertrains will be available, including a mild-hybrid 1.3 petrol unit and a frugal E-TECH hybrid, whilst the new model boasts an impressive array of connectivity and driver assistance tech. Equipment levels are generous, too, with LED lighting and a 360-degree camera amongst the standard features.
Audi’s latest electric car is being offered in conventional SUV and Sportback body styles, and prices start from £40,750. Buyers can pick from 52kWh and 77kWh battery sizes and there’s a choice of power outputs – the entry-level 125kW and mid-range 150kW versions feature a single motor and rear-wheel drive with the 220kW model getting dual motors and quattro all-wheel drive. A tech-rich cabin and top-notch build quality complete the package.
If you like the idea of a Nissan Leaf but want more space then this distinctively-styled coupe-crossover could be for you. The Ariya will be available in two-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive form, whilst the larger 87kWh battery (there’s a 63kWh option) should offer a range of up to 310 miles. You’re unlikely to be disappointed with the levels of connectivity and equipment, with the former including Amazon Alexa Auto.
Essentially an electric X3 – hence the familiar looks – it’s marked out by 20-inch aerodynamic wheels, a different grille and blue exterior highlights. Rear-wheel drive only, the 80kWh battery allows a claimed range of 285 miles with 0-62mph achieved in 6.8 seconds, and 150kW charging allows fast top-ups. Inside, it’s spacious, comfortable and plush with all the kit you’re likely to need and in Premier Edition trim it’s priced at £58,850.
This all-electric, all-wheel drive hypercar has been eagerly awaited and the specification is certainly mouth-watering. With almost 2000bhp, it should exceed 200mph with 0-62mph in less than 3 seconds. Featuring a mid-mounted battery pack and constructed using a carbon-fibre monocoque, it’s both aerodynamic and stunning to look at, and it’s also going to be very exclusive with just 130 examples produced. And if you were wondering, it’s pronounced ‘E-vi-ya’.
Mercedes’ range of electrified EQ models continues to grow, and while plenty of them will be SUVs there’s also this luxury saloon. Supremely comfortable and packed with technology, it promises to be a hugely relaxing way to travel. It’s unlikely the UK will get the four-wheel drive 580 4MATIC version at first, but the EQS 450+ will pack a 245kW motor for strong performance, along with an impressive range.
This stylish addition to the EV ranks is priced from £40,895 in the UK, that money bagging the entry-level version with a 226bhp motor and rear-wheel drive. The more powerful GT-Line model gets 321bhp and four-wheel drive, while 2022 will see the launch of the 577bhp EV6 GT. For now, all versions feature a 77kWh battery with 800v charging, so replenishing the battery from 10-80% takes just 18 minutes.
This first model from Hyundai’s IONIQ EV sub-brand certainly stands out thanks to sharp styling, but it’s just as impressive beneath the skin. Priced from £36,995, there’s a choice of 58kWh or 73kWh battery packs with rear- or all-wheel drive and a range of up to 300 miles. 800v charging capability means rapid battery top-ups, too. Available in SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate trims there’s also an impressive warranty package.
McLaren’s desirable Sports Series models have come to end, so we can now look forward to this all-new hybrid instead. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 paired with a lightweight Axial Flux E-motor and a 7.4kWh battery, and driving the rear wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox it results in a 0-62mph time of 3.0 seconds. Available in standard, Performance, TechLux and Vision versions prices start at £185,500.
The electrified version of the forthcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe should appeal to traditional BMW buyers, and two versions will be offered initially. The eDrive40 gets a rear-mounted motor, 335bhp and a range of 367 miles while the M50 gets both front and rear motors with an output of 537bhp, along with M sport styling cues and adaptive suspension. Both get a cabin dominated by digital displays and prices start at £51,905.
This large saloon will join the DS3 and DS7 models in the range, with prices starting from £40,615 when it hits UK roads. Buyers will have the choice of a PureTech petrol engine or an E-TENSE plug-in hybrid powertrain that should offer an electric-only range of around 34 miles. And alongside the sleek looks the DS9 will major on space, comfort and luxury as well offering plenty of personalisation options.
The latest model to get the performance-focused N treatment, the compact SUV boats more muscular exterior styling and a potent turbocharged petrol engine producing 276bhp. Driving through an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, engaging launch control results in a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds. Uprated brakes and suspension also feature, along with selectable driving modes, and the N Corner Carving Differential (an electronically-controlled limited-slip diff) helps in deploying the fire power on offer.
This is the brand’s first EV and one that majors on sporty looks, performance and handling. Underpinned by the VW Group’s MEB platform, there’s a range of power outputs and battery sizes with the most powerful producing up to 228bhp with e-Boost and a range of 335 miles. Some versions also offer 125kW re-charging. Tech features include an augmented reality display, while the SEAQUAL-trimmed bucket seats use recycled marine plastic.
Hyundai’s upmarket luxury brand arrives in the UK and Europe soon, and leading the charge will be the G80 saloon and GV80 SUV. The former costs from £37,460 and is available in Premium and Luxury Line trims, both of which feature a lengthy kit list, whilst power comes from 2.2 diesel or 2.5 petrol engines. Prices for the SUV start at £56,715, whilst additional models will follow in due course.