Time seems to march on faster than ever in the intervening time, which is why we’re already hurtling in direction of March and the bi-annual quantity plate change. Subsequent month marks the introduction of the brand new 21-plate and there’s all method of recent automobiles vying for area in your buying listing.
There are quite a lot of new automobiles to select from, so we’ve picked out a number of the absolute best to get with the brand new quantity plate.
Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro
Abarth seems to deliver out a ‘new’ model of its common hatch each six months, including a brand new trim degree and an elaborate nameplate. The Scorpioneoro is its newest, bringing loads of gold-coloured accents throughout the automotive in addition to new sport seats.
It’s powered by the identical 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine as at all times however boasts a brand new chrome twin-exit exhaust for a sportier sound
Audi e-tron GT
Audi has made waves with its new e-tron GT, bringing a brand new four-door electrical saloon to sit down atop its e-tron vary of EVs. With big efficiency, but retaining a deal with consolation, the e-tron GT appears to be like to be an appropriate flagship for the agency’s electrification plans.
There’s additionally a brand new RS model, which brings added efficiency to the already slightly potent bundle.
There’s nothing fairly just like the arrival of a brand new M3 and it’s honest to say that this new model has already received individuals speaking – principally about its distinguished new ‘face’. However design discussions apart, this newest M3 appears to be like set to be one of the achieved incarnations of the well-known sports activities automotive up to now.
A sleeker two-door M4 will even be obtainable, sharpening the automotive’s already chopping look.
Bentley Flying Spur V8
Bentley’s newest Flying Spur arrived final yr, however it has solely not too long ago launched a model powered by the agency’s high-performance V8 engine. Changing the W12 fitted to the usual Flying Spur, the V8 takes a great deal of weight from this large Bentley and transforms it right into a barely extra driver-focused affair.
That mentioned, it doesn’t miss out on consolation. With well-judged suspension and a superbly crafted inside, it is a automotive that’ll nonetheless monster lengthy journeys.
The brand new Formentor represents Cupra’s first standalone mannequin because it parted firm with Seat. Beforehand, Cupra’s fashions had primarily been go-faster variations of the Spanish agency’s automobiles, however the Formentor is the primary that it has been capable of design from the get-go.
It’s obtainable with a variety of powertrains, too, together with each petrol and plug-in hybrid. A high-performance five-cylinder mannequin can be on the playing cards.
Ford S-Max Hybrid
Ford is on an electrification offensive with its automobiles of late and is within the course of of constructing a lot of its line-up as environment friendly as attainable. It’s why it has ditched diesel fully from its Fiesta line-up, and why a brand new hybrid model of its common S-Max MPV has been launched.
Although the diesel-powered S-Max stays, this new Hybrid model guarantees improved effectivity in addition to decrease emissions.
The Hyundai Kona has proved to be successful for the South Korean agency because of its quirky appears to be like and spectacular degree of ordinary gear. The absolutely electrical model boasts top-of-the-line ranges in the marketplace, too, which solely helps to spice up this automotive’s attraction.
A revised model has been launched for 2021, with costs ranging from simply over £21,000.
Isuzu’s D-Max was a pick-up which didn’t actually should be made extra imposing, however that’s simply what has occurred with this newest version mannequin. It now packs an attention-grabbing entrance grille design, which actually makes much more of a visible impression than earlier than.
Isuzu has additionally boosted the extent of sound insulation to assist with cabin quietness, whereas the suspension has been revised too to make sure a greater experience.
Kia’s newest Sorento is actually a placing wanting factor and solely went on sale not too long ago. Obtainable in a variety of specs, the Sorento can be obtainable as a plug-in hybrid, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electrical motor and batteries.
Very like the remainder of the agency’s vary, the Sorento has a key deal with worth, with all specs bringing a powerful degree of ordinary gear.
Mazda’s CX-5 has sat atop the agency’s vary of SUVs for a short time now, which is why it has handled it to a much-needed replace. In addition to the introduction of a brand new petrol engine, the CX-5 advantages from an upgraded infotainment setup with a bigger display than earlier than.
A brand new limited-edition Kuro Version specification has additionally been added, with simply 155 examples benefitting from the high-value gear line.
Mercedes is one other producer that’s useless set on an electrified future, which is why it has simply launched this – the EQA. Arriving as a extra compact model of the agency’s EQC, the EQA boasts as much as 263 miles of electrical vary from a single cost.
With costs ranging from £40,495 – inclusive of the Authorities’s plug-in automotive grant – the EQA arrives with a aggressive value which undercuts many rivals.
Porsche Taycan rear-wheel-drive
The Taycan has already been on sale for a short time, however in basic Porsche trend it hasn’t stopped there. In reality, it has now launched a rear-wheel-drive model, providing a lighter and barely cheaper entry level into the Taycan vary.
Nonetheless packing critical efficiency, this electrical four-door has head-turning appears to be like and know-how to match.
Skoda Octavia vRS
The Octavia vRS is commonly seen as the perfect on a regular basis efficiency automotive, which is why Skoda has ensured that it brings a very good steadiness of tempo and practicality with its newest mannequin. Primarily based on the most recent Octavia, the vRS arrives with a well-sized boot and a roomy cabin too.
There’s additionally the choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in powertrains, which suggests there’s an engine for all.
Toyota’s Hilux has been given a complete replace, with a brand new 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel engine launched to sit down alongside a smaller 2.4-litre unit. The truck’s suspension has additionally been given a revamp to assist it produce a greater experience.
A brand new infotainment system is offered as nicely, whereas all vehicles boast a very revitalised exterior design with a brand new entrance grille and redesigned taillights.
Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid
Toyota hasn’t simply refreshed its pick-ups, however has been specializing in its common automobiles too. In addition to its new Yaris, Toyota has introduced a plug-in hybrid model of its newest RAV4, boosting the placing SUV’s effectivity ranges.
With a big battery on board, this RAV4 can return a claimed electric-only vary of as much as 46 miles whereas delivering as much as 282.4mpg.
Volkswagen is trying to capitalise on the success of its electrical ID.3 with the introduction of the bigger ID.4. Bringing the identical standout appears to be like because the smaller mannequin however with a barely elevated degree of practicality, the ID.4 will initially be obtainable in high-specification 1st Version trim – although ‘common’ variations will probably be launched down the road.
Due to a 77kWh battery, the ID.4 ought to be able to returning as much as 310 miles from a single cost.