Coming soon: executive and luxury cars

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2021 and beyond...

DS 9 front

Executive and luxury cars

DS 9

On sale Early 2021

The first saloon from DS will be “comparable to the BMW 5 Series in every way”, according to insiders at the French brand – and that’s a huge claim, because the 5 Series is our reigning Luxury Car of the Year. The engine range will be shared with the Peugeot 508, consisting of two 1.6-litre petrols plus 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesels. There will also be a plug-in hybrid that should do up to 39 miles on battery power alone.

Jaguar XF

2021 Jaguar XF front

On sale Early 2021

The 2021 XF gets the same sort of updates that were applied to the smaller XE last year: sharper front and rear styling, more efficient engines, smarter interior plastics and twin centre console touchscreens.

Maserati Quattroporte

Facelifted Maserati Quattroporte prototype

On sale Late 2020

While the updated Levante SUV should be the bigger seller, Maserati’s Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons will also receive hybrid power, and updated looks inside and out.

Mercedes C-Class

2021 Mercedes C-Class front

On sale 2021

This all-new C-Class is the final part of a plan that will see Mercedes completely revitalise its saloon range, with it following hot on the heels of this September's facelifted E-Class and the all-new S-Class, which you can read more about below. The 2021 C-Class uses underpinnings designed to support a 48-volt electrical system, allowing for multiple hybrid variants, while adaptive suspension will be standard even on lesser variants in an effort to set a new class standard for ride comfort.

Mercedes S-Class

2020 Mercedes S-class rendering

On sale December

The next generation of Mercedes’ S-Class limousine will feature a huge infotainment touchscreen on its centre console. As well as versions powered by conventional engines, there will be at least one plug-in hybrid, which should be able to cover about 62 miles solely on electric power.

Porsche Panamera

Facelifted Porsche Panamera prototype

On sale December

The mid-life update of Porsche's luxurious five-door is designed to bring its looks into line with those of the latest 911, with the help of new bumpers front and rear and an LED light bar to join the taillights together. In addition, the S and 4S models will get mild hybrid technology, and later there will be a new plug-in hybrid.

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake

On sale Late 2020

Volkswagen was considering an estate version of the Arteon executive car even before the hatchback went on sale, but it's finally decided to put it into production. Called the Shooting Brake, it's likely to be available with the same range of turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines as the regular Arteon, with outputs of up to 276bhp.

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