After a 12 months wherein a pandemic precipitated all kinds of logistical nightmares and delays for brand new automobile arrivals, 2021 is shaping as much as be a 12 months to sit up for. Automobile makers have loads of thrilling and necessary fashions headed right here over the subsequent 12 months, so we have listed the automobiles most important to Australia.
1. VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE EV
(*denotes an estimated value)
Already recognized for security and constructing sensible wagons, Volvo is ready to carry electrical energy into its fashionable repertoire by way of the XC40 Recharge EV. Sitting above the XC40 Recharge PHEV, the EV model drives all 4 wheels by way of two electrical motors making a mixed 300kW/600Nm.
The sprint to 100km/h takes simply 4.9sec and the claimed vary from its 78kWh battery is north of 400km. Contemplating the XC40 is already one of many marker’s top-selling PHEVs, it bodes nicely for the all-electric model due mid-year.
2. BMW iX
Arriving: This fall
After the smaller BMW iX3 kicks off BMW’s all-electric SUV story earlier within the 12 months, we are able to count on the iX to lob earlier than 12 months’s finish. Nearer in measurement to a BMW X5 (the iX3 is predicated on the X3), the iX makes an enormous electrical assertion, proper all the way down to its buck-toothed grille.
Twin motors mix to ship 367kW to all 4 wheels, and vary from the 100kWh battery is claimed to be greater than 600km, suggesting wonderful power effectivity. Early adopters should head to the BMW web site as a result of the iX is on-line order solely.
3. VW GOLF
Costs soar however the guide gearbox possibility stays. These selecting an auto will do with out the fuel-saving DSGs, Australia as a substitute receiving common torque converters with eight ratios for smoother take-offs. Golf stays on the core of Volkswagen, now selecting up a extra superior IQ driver help system.
Even higher is that the 180kW front-drive GTI will arrive inside weeks of the mainstream vary, offering the primary style of the new hatch vary that in 2022 will embody the 235kW all-paw Golf R.
4. FORD MUSTANG MACH 1
A brand new 12 months and a brand new addition to the Mustang household, this time the Mach 1. For about $10K greater than a daily GT you get revised aerodynamics (together with a rear diffuser), Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber and ample visible trimmings to intensify the muscle.
The 5.0-litre V8 makes the identical 345kW/556Nm however the optionally available 10-speed auto holds onto gears for one more few hundred revs, not solely stepping up the sound but in addition acceleration. Simply 700 are heading right here.
5. BMW M3/M4
Value: $144,900 (M3), $149,900 (M4)
The top of three Collection (and 4) efficiency is an early (and welcome) new arrival that doesn’t mess with a confirmed system. An in-line twin-turbo six-cylinder makes 353kW as a guide or 375kW within the auto Competitors pack.
All-wheel drive (BMW calls it xDrive) will function for the primary time late within the 12 months. The brand new M Observe Mode and Drive Analyser are among the many many tech advances for a automobile that guarantees a slick driving expertise, albeit one which more and more leverages expertise.
6. PEUGEOT 3008 PHEV
The 3008 mid-size SUV will kick off the model’s electrification push in Oz. Early within the 12 months the 3008 will get a facelift, however issues get extra critical within the second half with the 3008 PHEV, in front- or all-wheel drive.
Entrance-drivers pair a 1.6-litre turbo with an 80kW electrical motor, whereas the AWD provides an 83kW rear motor and ups the whole output to 221kW. A 13.2kWh battery is nice for 56km within the FWD or 59km within the Hybrid4.
7. LEXUS UX300E
Luxurious rivals have lengthy provided EV choices, however Lexus has relied on common hybrids as a fuel-saving measure. That each one modifications with the arrival of the UX300e. Utilising the compact SUV physique of the UX, the UX300e replaces the engine with a 150kW/300Nm electrical motor driving the entrance wheels.
It can sit on the high of the UX line-up, suggesting a beginning value round $70K. Fed by a 54kWh battery, it’s good for 300km-plus between costs.
8. MAZDA MX-30
The sixth Mazda SUV mannequin shall be very totally different to the opposite 5. The MX moniker is usually reserved for Mazdas with a little bit of zing – suppose MX-5 and MX-6 – and the MX-30 will add some coupe aptitude to the compact SUV phase, one thing highlighted by the rear-hinged ‘freestyle’ again doorways.
It is usually the primary Mazda EV, however comes with a range-extending petrol sibling pairing a 2.0-litre engine with a gentle hybrid system. The hybrid will arrive by mid-year, adopted by the EV.
9. CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Arriving: This fall
Basic Motors’ presence in Australia switches from true-blue Holden to apple-pie American throughout 2021, within the type of the eighth-generation of a sports activities automobile legend. The primary mid-engined Corvette can be the primary to emerge from the Bowling Inexperienced manufacturing facility with the steering wheel on the precise, taking hefty conversion prices out of the equation.
V8 muscle and supercar DNA will make the Porsche-crushing circa-$150K price ticket tempting for these ready to attempt some two-door muscle from the US of A.
10. MERCEDES-BENZ EQA
That is the 12 months when Mercedes-Benz doubles down on its electrical offensive, with the EQA set to be essentially the most inexpensive of its early EV efforts. Simply as its EQC greater sibling shares a lot with the GLC, the EQA leans on the core design of the GLA.
A closed-off grille and blue highlights will present visible differentiation, whereas a alternative of electrical drivetrains is ready to broaden its EV enchantment in a market phase set to blow up in 2021.
11. NISSAN NAVARA PRO-4X
Simply if you thought the ute market was reaching its peak, alongside comes one other model seeking to increase the enchantment. This time it’s Nissan hoping to capitalise on the motion on the pointy finish of the pick-up class.
Becoming a member of the closely up to date Navara that arrives early within the 12 months shall be a Professional-4X early within the second quarter. Slightly than simply beauty tweaks, the Professional-4X will get extra substance, with all-terrain rubber, a chunkier sports activities bar, black highlights and purple towhooks.
12. RAM TRX
The slicker DT model of the Ram 1500 fleshes out the Ram vary early within the 12 months, promoting alongside the prevailing DS as a premium providing to higher struggle the Chevrolet Silverado. Fashionable lively security equipment will add to its enchantment.
Nevertheless it’s the Hellcat-powered Ram TRX that guarantees to boost the expectations of those that like their utes to not solely carry heavy issues however have the ability to take action with muscle-car acceleration. The 0-100km/h dash takes about 4.8sec, powered by a stonking 523kW/881Nm supercharged 6.2-litre V8.
Not like early personal imports, the right-hand-drive conversions shall be executed by the Walkinshaw Group with manufacturing facility approval. Pricing is a guesstimate for now, however we might count on a price ticket of round $160,000 earlier than on-road prices.
13. SKODA OCTAVIA
It’s lengthy been the Golf various for many who need one thing extra particular person, and the all-new Octavia for 2021 is not any totally different. Barely bigger than the earlier automobile, the brand new Octavia shall be provided as a liftback or wagon, the latter offering a tempting level of distinction on this class, particularly in sporty RS guise.
The 1.4-litre turbo troopers on within the extra inexpensive fashions, which ought to sneak in below $30K, whereas the RS will get the Golf GTI’s 180kW 2.0-litre. As with the Golf 8, count on a step up in customary gear to replicate purchaser preferences.
14. SUBARU OUTBACK
With its Liberty donor automobile now confined to the rising checklist of not too long ago departed household automobiles, the Outback wagon will get extra clear air within the crossover phase. Sharper styling and the bolder use of black highlights modernises the look.
Infotainment is less complicated with a brand new vertical touchscreen, whereas security enhancements add to its household enchantment. Gone is the diesel engine and boxer six-cylinder, a closely revised 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer now the only possibility, mustering 138kW and 234Nm.
15. TOYOTA KLUGER
Toyota plans to construct on its hybrid success with a petrol-electric model of the fourth-gen Kluger. Nearly two years after hitting America, the larger, bolder Kluger’s 2.5-litre hybrid AWD drivetrain guarantees diesel effectivity with efficiency not far off the three.5-litre V6 (which continues as the value chief).
An extended physique unleashes extra baggage room with out impacting area for seven individuals. Toyota hopes it would match the success of the RAV4 Hybrid.
16. KIA NIRO
It’s been a very long time coming, however Kia will unleash its native electrical assault in 2021 within the type of the Niro, a automobile that hopes to steal some gross sales from Toyota’s hard-charging RAV4 Hybrid. Whereas the circa-$60K EV model (the e-Niro) will dominate loads of headlines, it’s the common Niro Hybrid at virtually half that value that may do the heavy lifting sales-wise, offering the identical intelligent packaging.
The small SUV may also be obtainable as a plug-in Hybrid model to supply an entire electrified suite.
17. LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90
One of many many fashions delayed because of Covid, the shorter 90 joins the Defender household in April, bringing with it the selection between coil spring and air suspension (the longer 110 sticks solely with air suspension).
According to updates throughout the Land Rover ranges, there are numerous tweaks and additions, together with the brand new in-line six-cylinder turbo-diesel that replaces the four-cylinder within the Defender 110.
Later within the 12 months count on the coil spring suspension to change into obtainable on some 110 fashions, together with the commercial-focused Onerous High, which does with none rear seats, limiting capability to 2 (or three when you select a centre ‘soar seat’).
18. MAHINDRA THAR
Indian automobile maker Mahindra has made inroads with its Pik-Up ute and plans to make 2021 the 12 months it interprets a few of that rugged simplicity to the underside finish of the 4×4 phase. Just like the rival Suzuki Jimny, off-road is the place the Thar is designed to do its finest work, having a standard ladder-frame chassis and reside rear axle.
Having loads of Jeep affect within the exterior design most likely gained’t damage its trigger, and just like the Wrangler, the roof will be eliminated to carry nature a bit nearer.
19. HYUNDAI IONIQ 5
Ioniq switches to Hyundai’s new all-electric sub-brand in 2021 and will probably be the Ioniq 5 that may lead the cost. Based mostly on the Hyundai 45 EV idea (pictured), the mid-size SUV will utilise the brand new E-GMP bespoke electrical platform deliberate to underpin a trio of Ioniqs over the subsequent 4 years.
Sitting above the Kona Electrical, it would present a extra spacious and upmarket SUV various and flesh out essentially the most expansive electrified line-up within the nation.
20. MG HS AWD/PHEV
The 2020 arrival of Australia’s most inexpensive EV – the ZS EV – was an indicator of MG’s electrical future. This 12 months plug-in hybrid tech joins the household within the mid-size HS, which additionally arrives with an AWD possibility within the first half.
There’s lots happening within the HS PHEV, together with an additional couple of hundred kilos courtesy of a 16.6kWh battery pack that gives 75km of electrical vary. A 1.5-litre turbo and 90kW electrical motor have mixed outputs of 214kW and 480Nm.
21. MASERATI MC20
The primary Maserati supercar in 15 years additionally marks the start of a revival of kinds for the Italian model. It might have fewer cylinders than its direct rivals, however the brand new Maserati-developed dry-sump 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo makes a completely acceptable 463kW and 730Nm.
Constructed round a carbonfibre monocoque wrapped in aluminium panels, the light-weight two-seater guarantees potent efficiency (0-100km/h in 2.8sec) together with track-honed mid-engined dynamics.
A digital rear imaginative and prescient mirror and butterfly doorways add to the expertise of what’s shaping as much as be certainly one of Maserati’s most fun fashions.
22. MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS
The top of Mercedes-Benz luxurious nonetheless delivers on area and beauty, however the all-new mannequin steps up the tech in an enormous method. Augmented actuality, a 3D show and eye monitoring intention to pre-empt what the motive force is considering whereas world-first forward-facing airbags for the rear occupants are indicative of the security innovation.
Computing energy has additionally elevated 50 per cent, partially to assist with the semi-autonomous methods. There’s additionally a brand new rear steering system for long-wheelbase fashions and the requisite further few millimetres of area. All of which is more likely to price a bit greater than at this time’s S.
Later within the 12 months we’ll see the S-Class PHEV – referred to as S580e – which may high 100km on electrical energy alone earlier than reverting to an inline six. By the tip of the 12 months the S-Class’s all-electric sibling will arrive within the type of the EQS, including an EV flagship to the EQ sub-brand.
23. HYUNDAI i20 N
Simple-to-park metropolis hatchbacks could also be a dying breed, however not within the land of sizzling hatches. Scorching on the bumpers of the Fiesta ST and GR Yaris shall be Hyundai’s most inexpensive plaything, the i20 N.
As with its bigger sibling, the i30 N, there shall be a hefty deal with getting it to level assuredly in the direction of an apex and make loads of good noises alongside the best way. Will probably be brisk too; a 1.6 turbo musters a completely helpful 150kW and makes you’re employed for it with a six-speed guide.
24. FERRARI ROMA
It’s all about dwelling the life Ferrari-style within the Roma, a grand tourer with its sights firmly set on the Porsche 911 and Bentley Continental GT. Whereas the luxurious strains will, for a lot of, be the headline act, there’s loads of substance below the pores and skin.
The three.9-litre twin-turbo V8 edges outputs to 456kW and 760Nm, sufficient for 3.4-sec sprints to 100km/h. The Roma additionally introduces new haptic steering wheel controls, the extra suggestions designed to permit drivers to maintain their eyes on the highway.
25. Genesis GV70
Arriving: This fall
Slotting beneath the not too long ago arrived GV80 and with its trio of four- and six-cylinder engines, the GV70 lastly provides fledgling Genesis some firepower. Rear-drive structure claims to ship the requisite sporty dealing with, whereas gear ranges shall be suitably lavish as Genesis tries to muscle in on established mid-size luxurious SUV rivals.
The Hyundai-owned luxurious model hasn’t talked pricing but, however count on it to kick off round $70K the place rivals such because the X3, GLC and Q5 hover.
26. PORSCHE 911 GT3
Porsche’s most track-focused 911 could have a bit extra race automobile in it for 2021, selecting up the double-wishbone front-end from the RSR. In bigger 992 guise there was a extra intense deal with weight financial savings – together with gorilla glass and a carbonfibre bonnet – merely to keep up the 1430kg kerb weight of the 991 it replaces.
Aerodynamics have additionally stepped as much as make use of the broader rubber, a swan neck top-mounted rear wing a spotlight. The wonderful 4.0-litre atmo flat-six is generally unchanged, making a rev-happy 368kW, the efficiency enhancements as a substitute centering on stability and nook velocity.
27. SUBARU BRZ
Extra smoke, extra grunt and extra enjoyable is the promise with the second era of a contemporary Japanese sports activities automobile icon. As soon as once more twinned with the Toyota 86, it’s solely the Subaru that has been proven so far, although the expectation is that the 2 will arrive in Australia at an identical time within the third quarter.
The horizontally opposed four-cylinder has elevated in capability to 2.4 litres, in flip upping max energy to 170kW, a wholesome improve of as much as 16 per cent. A stiffer physique and availability of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres brings huge expectations for dealing with.
28. VW AMAROK W580/W580S
Volkswagen already holds the dealing with excessive floor for utes, and in 2021 is ready to crank issues up with the W580. The results of an in depth native engineering train by Walkinshaw – the identical individuals who beforehand turned Commodores into HSVs – the W580 focuses on muscling up the look whereas making certain it nonetheless delivers over bumps and thru corners.
Pirelli all-terrain rubber and revised suspension raises the experience top 40mm, whereas a novel sail airplane and facet exit exhaust amp up the aesthetics. No change to the 200kW/580Nm V6 diesel, which remains to be the efficiency pinnacle in its class.
29. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE L
Arriving: This fall
By the tip of 2021 there shall be two Grand Cherokees, the newer one selecting up an ‘L’ in its moniker. A considerably greater physique on a brand new monocoque platform lay the foundations to higher take the struggle to Toyota Prado and Land Rover Discovery.
It additionally picks up a 3rd row of seats for the household firepower it so desperately wanted, an enormous emphasis on supplies and finishes within the push upmarket, and improved off-road capability.
30. AUDI E-TRON GT
Driving on the J1 structure additionally underpinning Porsche’s Taycan, the e-tron GT provides some tempo to Audi’s soon-to-grow electrical household. It additionally gives the premise for the primary electrical RS, a sooner mannequin to comply with the common E-Tron.
Just like the Porsche, there’s an even bigger motor on the rear, a part of the motive force focus, whereas an 800V electrical system accepts 270kW charging and delivers 400km-plus vary to tick loads of EV bins and cement the GT as a worthy flagship of the E-Tron line-up.
31. TESLA MODEL Y
Arriving: This fall
Issues usually run late within the Tesla-sphere and the model’s second (and most inexpensive) SUV seems to be following swimsuit. Greatest guesstimates are that the mid-sizer will arrive within the second half of the 12 months.
Borrowing the fundamental structure of the Mannequin 3 four-door fastback sedan, the Mannequin Y has a higher-riding physique and the choice of seven seats. There’s as much as 505km of vary and drive is distributed to all 4 wheels, though a rear-drive mannequin can be within the combine.