Coming soon: new cars worth waiting for
Our ultimate guide to the new models coming in the second half of 2021 and beyond, plus how much you can save on their predecessors...
Planning to buy a new car? Think you know what you want? Well, before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you read our round-up of the models coming soon. There are lots that could be worth waiting for, whether you're after something small, something spacious or something stylish.
In this guide we look at every type of car. We not only reveal what's coming when – continuing coronavirus and semiconductor chip delays permitting – but what's special about each of the newcomers, and how much you can save on the current model, if applicable, through our New Car Buying service. First up: small and family SUVs.
Small and family SUVs
Alfa Romeo Tonale | November 2021
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is the most highly anticipated new car of 2021 – and that's not just our opinion, it's yours too. You see, this plug-in hybrid family SUV won our Reader Award back in January. It's expected to combine a 1.3-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, and should be capable of travelling for at least 30 miles between charges. Expect an exterior design similar to the concept car pictured above, and a high-end interior designed to rival the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40.
Dacia Bigster | Late 2022
The Bigster will be the largest car in Dacia's range, sitting above the current Duster and rivalling other large SUVs including the Seat Tarraco, Skoda Kodiaq and class-leading Kia Sorento – although it's expected to undercut them all on price by a significant margin. Conventional petrol engines and hybrid power are both on the cards, as is four-wheel drive in some models. Don't expect too many luxuries inside, but there should be seating for seven.
Fiat 500X Cabriolet | October 2021
Fiat has just launched a new version of the 500X SUV and is now turning its attentions to a convertible version designed to rival the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet. We expect it to keep the same engines and equipment as the regular 500X, but it's likely to weigh significantly more than the standard car because of the extra body strengthening convertibles require. This is one of three new SUVs planned by Fiat's parent, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles. The other two are the Alfa Romeo Tonale above, and the upcoming Maserati Grecale.
Fiat Panda | Summer 2022
Fiat wowed visitors to the 2019 Geneva motor show with its all-electric Centoventi concept car, which showed how a futuristic Fiat Panda replacement might look. Well, that car is indeed coming to a showroom soon, and could offer a Volkswagen ID.3-rivalling 310 miles of range when it goes on sale. The Centoventi is designed to be modular and adaptable, and that means its rear seats could be used for everything from baby-changing facilities to laptop tables, depending on customer requirements.
Honda HR-V | November 2021
Set to be priced from around £22,000, this new version of the small SUV gets more aggressive styling than its predecessor, plus hybrid power, which means it can run for short distances without using any fuel. Inside, there's a new version of Honda's infotainment system running on a 9.0in touchscreen, plus the flip-up, cinemas-style "magic" rear seats which have made other Honda models so practical.
Based on the same underpinnings as the latest i20 hatchback, the Bayon is Hyundai's smallest SUV and will compete with rivals including the Ford Puma and Skoda Kamiq. There are three petrol engines to choose from, ranging from 99bhp to 118bhp, and most also have fuel-saving mild-hybrid technology. Factor in a 411-litre boot and a high-tech interior, and it could be one to watch in the small SUV market.
Kia Sportage | December 2021
We've long been big fans of the practical Kia Sportage, and this latest version looks set to continue that trend, with bolder looks inspired by the EV6 electric car and more options for personalisation. Power is likely to come from a core 1.6-litre petrol engine paired with varying degrees of electrification. Indeed, the new Sportage should be available in mild, full and plug-in hybrid forms. Prices are likely to start at around £24,000 when sales begin towards the end of this year.
MG E-Motion | December 2021
The revitalised MG wants to sell a million cars a year worldwide by 2024, and to help it do that it's launching a new range-topping sporty coupé. The E-Motion is fully electric, and was first shown in concept form at the Shanghai motor show in 2017. Power is drawn from a 44.5kWh battery pack and sent to two electric motors, allowing the car to reach 62mph in less than four seconds. Range should be around 300 miles – which is far further than the current MG ZS electric SUV can manage.
Seat Arona | August 2021
This updated Seat Arona small SUV sports tougher looks than the current car, and features a larger infotainment screen inside as well as better safety kit. Elsewhere, not a lot has changed, and that means our recommended engine choice is likely to remain as the mid-range 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol. Prices are expected to rise slightly on today's car, to around £19,500, but that means the Arona will still be cheaper than the class-leading Ford Puma.
Tesla Model Y | Early 2022
The hype surrounding the launch of any new Tesla product is massive, and the Y has the potential to be the company's best-selling model. Smaller than the existing Model X but more practical than the Model 3 thanks to its SUV shape, the Model Y has a range of up to 336 miles on a single charge, and is every bit as pared-back and futuristic inside as we've come to expect from the American brand. Buyers will also benefit from access to Tesla's superfast Supercharger electric car charging network.
Vauxhall Grandland | September 2021
Vauxhall's family SUV has lost the X from its name, but gained a bold new look inspired by the new Mokka. It features digital instruments inside for the first time, plus a larger infotainment interface and a host of extra safety and driver assistance kit. The engine line-up is still to be confirmed, as is the price, but we'd expect there to be minimal changes over what's offered today.
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