Coming soon: the new cars in 2024 worth waiting for

Don't buy a car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models going on sale between now and the end of 2024...

Coming soon - Alpine hot hatch concept

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, because there's an awful lot of new metal that could be worth waiting for, whether you're after something small, spacious, sporty or stylish.

Here are the hottest new arrivals coming in 2024. Keep this page bookmarked, because we'll be keeping it up to date with all the most exciting new releases as soon as we know about them.

Spring 2024

Aiways U5

Aiways U5 driving front 2023

Our first drive of the Aiways U5 suggested that this Chinese electric SUV is competent and cable in most respects, and highly impressive when it comes to space and tech. It should cost around £40,000 in fully loaded form, which is the sort of money you'll pay for the entry-level versions of better-known rivals.

Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin Valhalla front studio

The Aston Martin Valhalla will be the firm's first plug-in hybrid model, but the primary reason for electrifying it is to boost performance rather than efficiency. The looks are pure concept car, while learnings from the Aston Martin F1 team are said to have inspired the aerodynamics.

BMW X2 and iX2

2024 BMW X2 spy shot

Complementing the latest BMW X1 family SUV and its iX1 electric sibling, the new BMW X2 wraps the same mechanical package in a shape that's more akin to the bigger (and pricier) BMW X4 and X6 coupé SUVs. Alongside engines shared by the X1, the X2 will offer a hot M35i variant with more than 300bhp. An all-electric iX2 will follow the X2 into showrooms later.

Fisker Ocean

2023 Fisker Ocean front

You might not have heard of Fisker before, but the Fisker Ocean SUV's headline statistics are enough to make you stop and take notice. First up is its range: up to 390 miles on a charge. Then there's its performance, with even the entry-level version getting 275bhp from a single electric motor, which is enough to take you to 60mph in 6.6sec. As for the flagship model, this can cover the same sprint in just 3.3sec.

Lexus LBX

Lexus LBX front in studio

Hopes are high for Lexus’s first small SUV; after all, the bigger NX holds our five-star rating, and the fact that the Lexus LBX shares hybrid underpinnings with the Toyota Yaris Cross means it ought to be extremely fuel-efficient. Expect front-wheel drive at first, with four-wheel drive models arriving later.

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper coming soon

The name ‘Cooper’ – previously a mere trim level – will apply to every version of BMW’s new Fiat 500 rival.  The word ‘Mini’ gains new relevance, too; the new small car will be shorter and narrower than the previous model. The new Mini Cooper will offer petrol or electric power choices, while a new circular central touchscreen mirrors the central speedometer that was once a Mini hallmark.

Mini Countryman

Mini Countryman 2024 front three quarter

Bigger is better, the old saying tells us, and Mini apparently agrees when it comes to the Countryman, because the new version will be the brand’s biggest and most practical car ever. ‘Level 2’ autonomous driving technology will be offered an option, meaning the driver can take their hands o the steering wheel where it’s safe and legal to do so.

Peugeot e-3008

New cars 2024 Peugeot e-3008

This third-generation version of Peugeot’s electric family SUV features a more coupélike roofline than its predecessors. Plus, interior quality appears to have taken another leap forward. However, the biggest news is that there will be a version with an official range of 435 miles. True, this won’t be available at launch, but a 326-mile variant will be.

Polestar 3

Polestar 3 2023 front

The Polestar 3 will enter the Sino-Swedish brand into the popular electric SUV segment, placing it up against cars such as the BMW iX. Powering the 3 will be two electric motors (making it four-wheel drive) with 483bhp in Long Range form, with a 107kWh (usable) battery that gives an official range of 379 miles. An optional Performance Pack boosts power to 510bhp, but range dips to 347 miles. With a peak charging rate of 250kW, a 10-80% battery charge should take around 30 minutes via a suitably powerful charger.

Porsche Macan EV

New Cars 2024 Porsche Macan EV

A facelifted version of today's Porsche Macan was recently launched, but a fully electric Macan is also planned; it will be sold alongside the existing car, at least to start with. Using the same name for two different models is unusual – not to mention a little confusing – but Porsche appears to have made the decision based on the fact that these two SUVs are a similar size, even though they're not closely related under the skin.

Renault Scenic E-Tech

Renault Scenic charging

Fans of the French brand will recognise this new model's name, but the 2024 Renault Scenic will be an SUV rather than an MPV. Slotting in at the top of the range, the Scenic will not only be bigger than the Megane E-Tech, but it'll also have a longer range. Indeed, in 'High Range' form, the Scenic is offered with a 87kWh battery that gives an official range of 385 miles.

Rolls-Royce Spectre

Rolls-Royce Spectre left tracking

The Specture is first fully electric Rolls-Royce and will replace the Phantom coupé in the luxury marque’s range. It will be powered by two electric motors (that combine to produce 576bhp) and a 102kWh battery that gives an official range of 329 miles. Of course, being electric, it should be very quiet on the move – just as a Rolls-Royce should be.

Skoda Kodiaq

2024 Skoda Kodiaq driving front

A new Skoda Kodiaq is about to arrive on the scene. It features a bolder look than before, with bright LED headlights and more aggressive front and rear bumpers, plus a slight increase in length. Engine options include two petrols, two diesels and a plug-in hybrid version (that can manage 62 miles officially between charges).

Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb Estate front

Unlike the new Volkswagen Passat (see below), to which it’s closely related, the replacement for today’s Skoda Superb executive car will be offered as both a hatchback and an estate. Whichever bodystyle you go for, you get limo-like rear leg room and an enormous boot. However, if you want plug-in hybrid power – and the 62-mile electric range that comes with it – the estate version is your only option.

Smart #3

2023 Smart #3 front tracking

Based on the same underpinnings as the Smart #1, the Smart #3 (pronounced hashtag 3) will use the same 268bhp single motor and 66kWh batter. However, thanks to its more aerodynamic shape, it's expected to have an official range of just over 300 miles, compared with 273 for its less curvaceous sibling. A maximum charging speed of 150kW means a 10-80% top-up should be possible in around 30 minutes.

Toyota CH-R

New Cars 2024 Toyota CH-R

While the outgoing C-HR is sold only as a conventional hybrid, this replacement will also come as a plug-in hybrid that’s able to travel much farther on electric power: 41 miles (offcially), to be exact. Otherwise, it’s a familiar recipe, with the new C-HR offering sleek looks and an enjoyable drive but having less rear space than rivals, such as the Skoda Karoq.

Volkswagen ID 7

New Cars 2024 Volkswagen ID 7

First unveiled in concept form back in 2018, the Volkswagen ID 7 is a crucial part of the firm's electric car plans. It will be a rival to the Tesla Model 3 and is expected to offer a range of up to 431 miles between charges. As with most other ID-badged models, the range will be crowned by a GTX performance version. 

Summer 2024

Alfa Romeo Small SUV

New Cars 2024 Alfa Romeo small SUV

While its name is still to be confirmed, we do know that Alfa Romeo’s first electric car will be an SUV based on the same underpinnings as the Jeep Avenger. That suggests it will have a 154bhp motor and a 51kWh (usable) battery that delivers a range of around 250 miles.

Audi Q6 e-tron

New cars 2024 Audi Q6 e-tron

A sister car to the upcoming electric Porsche Macan, the Audi Q6 e-tron will (as its name suggests) sit between the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q8 e-tron in the brand's electric SUV line-up. Like the Audi E-tron GT, the Q6 e-tron should feature 800-volt charging functionality, allowing it to take on electricity at speeds of up to 270kW. That’s fast enough to get the battery from 10-80% in around 20 minutes (if you can find a suitably powerful charging point, of course).


New Cars 2024 BMW X3

The new X3 won't be a radical departure from today's car, but to alter such a proven formula would be reckless on the part of BMW. Expect 2.0-litre mild hybrid petrol and diesel engines, performance-oriented M40i and M40d variants, and an xDrive 30e plug-in hybrid with at least 30 miles of official electric range. A new all-electric BMW iX3 is expected to follow in due course.

Chery Jaecoo 7

Coming Soon Chery Jaecoo 7

Chery is likely to be the biggest car brand you've never heard of. In fact, the brand's Jaecoo 7 is already well established in its native China, and the seven-seat SUV is set to land in the UK early in 2024, rivalling the Hyundai Tucson. Electric power will be offered with a range of plug-in hybrid and petrol engines, with four-wheel drive offered. 

Chery Omoda 5 

Chery Omoda 5 Coming Soon

The Jaecoo 7 mentioned above will share showroom floorspace with the sleeker, coupé-style five-seat Omoda 5. Pure electric and combustion-powered versions will be offered, the latter arriving first. Specification is yet to be confirmed, but Australian-market Omoda 5 models use 1.5-litre mild hybrid and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines. 

Citroën e-C3

2024 Citroën e-C3 front driving

If you think electric cars are too expensive, the e-C3 could be the model to change your mind. Indeed, with an expected starting price of around £22,500, this small SUV will undercut most rivals by thousands. Despite this, the e-C3 is equipped with a 44kWh (usable capacity) battery that delivers a respectable official range of up to 199 miles.

Cupra Terramar

2024 Cupra Terramar

This will be Cupra’s final non-electric car, offering a range of mild hybrid petrol and plug-in hybrid options. The latter will be capable of around 60 miles of zero-emissions motoring, a range that’s comparable with the best-performing rivals on sale today. The Terramar is about the same size as the Audi Q3, and indeed will be built in the same factory as that model.

Cupra Tavascan

Cupra Tavascan front left static

It already offers the Cupra Born, but Seat’s performance brand is planning a second electric car: the Tavascan coupé SUV. An expected starting price of around £60,000 would see it undercut premium-badged rivals such as the Audi E-tron Sportback and Jaguar I-Pace, while a predicted range of 279 miles between charges is respectable, if not class leading.

Dacia Spring

Dacia Spring front left driving

The idea of a 'people's car' is nothing new, but cheap electric cars have been a long time coming. The Dacia Spring, though, is intended to put zero-emissions motoring within the reach of more people than ever before. To do so, it uses small motors (44bhp or 66bhp), and a compact battery; the less powerful version offers an official range of 149 miles. 

Fiat Topolino

Fiat Topolino front static

The Fiat Topolino – Italian for "little mouse"  – is much smaller than any Minnie. In fact, it's not technically a car, but a quadricycle, and that means you can drive one if you're 16 or older and hold an AM (50CC moped) license. If its proportions seem familiar, that's because it's closely related to the Citroën Ami and will share that car's 8bhp electric motor and 5.5kWh battery. Top speed is 28mph, and a range of around 46 miles is expected.

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer EV front

With Ford having dipped its toe in the electric car water with the Ford Mustang Mach-e, the Ford Explorer is its smaller stablemate, and a rival to the Kia Niro EV. Two rear-wheel drive versions are expected, with 168bhp and 282bhp, and a four-wheel drive version with 335bhp will top the range. Speaking of the latter word, the line-up is expected to be topped by a Max version that can officially travel 300 miles on a charge.

Ford Mustang

2023 Ford Mustang front tracking

Not to be confused with the fully electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, this new, seventh-generation version of the classic Ford Mustang muscle car will be sold with the familiar 5.0-litre V8 engine, albeit tweaked to improve performance and fuel efficiency. 

Ford Puma Electric

Ford Puma electric

Ford is planning an electric version of its sharphandling small SUV to take on the Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka Electric, although it will be interesting to see if this new variant feels as agile as its petrol siblings, given that it will be heavier. A 10-80% top-up of the 55kWh battery should take 35 minutes, or 54 miles of range can be added in around 10 minutes.

Hyundai Santa Fe

New Cars 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

Bearing hints of the retro-futuristic styling theme already seen on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car, the Hyundai Santa Fe flagship SUV is all-new for 2024. It's bigger than the outgoing car, with the promise of more interior space f0r up to seven occupants. Expect electrified engine, including the same 1.6-litre T-GDi hybrid with 226bhp, as well as the 261bhp plug-in hybrid version. Front and four-wheel-drive versions will be offered. Being bigger than the outgoing Santa Fe, we expect the new model to be pricier, too.

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Coming Soon

With an all-electric SUV flagship, the Kia EV9, on its way, the brand's rival to the Hyundai Santa-Fe and Nissan X-Trail will be facelifted later this year. Externally, the Kia Sorento gains something of a family resemblance to the EV9 and the smaller Kia Sportage, while the interior materials will get a quality boost and tech changes, including new controls for the climate control system. The engine line-up is unlikely to change, with 1.6-litre hybrid and plug-in hybrids, and a 2.2-litre diesel remaining.

MG Cyberster

MG Cyberster front right static

The first all-new MG convertible since the 1995 MGF packs four times the power in range-topping form: 536bhp. Even by sports car standards, that’s a lot; the fastest Porsche 718 Boxster – the 4.0-litre GTS – makes do with ‘just’ 395bhp. There’s no word yet on what size of battery you’ll get, but we’d expect an official range of at least 300 miles

Renault Rafale

Renault Rafale front

Named after a French fighter jet, the Rafale is more upmarket than the brand’s Arkana coupé SUV, making it a direct rival for the Cupra Formentor and Peugeot 408. The hybrid Rafale shares underpinnings with the Renault Austral family SUV, including its 1.2-litre petrol engine and two electric motors. Official fuel economy is 60.1mpg.

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck front

At 5.87 metres long, Tesla's first foray into the pick-up truck market is around the same length as conventional rivals in the US, but slightly longer than the models we currently get in the UK. It features a radical wedge-shaped design that's a major departure from the styling of other Teslas – and indeed pretty much everything else on the road. Plus, buyers will be able to spec it with one, two or three electric motors.

Volkswagen Tiguan

New Cars 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan

While it’s still related to the current Volkswagen Tiguan, the ‘new’ Tiguan has been restyled and significantly upgraded under the skin. There will be a choice of petrol and diesel engines from launch, plus 201bhp and 268bhp plug-in hybrid models with a big enough battery for 62 miles of electric running. The interior is dominated by a central touchscreen measuring either 12.9in or 15.0in.

Volkswagen Passat

New Cars 2024 Volkswagen Passat Estate

While other brands seem to have lost faith with the estate car format, Volkswagen seems to have done the opposite. Indeed, the Passat saloon is no longer a thing (effectively replaced by the Volkswagen ID 7), but the Passat name continues in estate form only. Expect  a 148bhp 1.5-litre mild hybrid petrol engine, and 201bhp and 268bhp plug-in hybrid models. As ever, practicality will rank high among the Passat's virtues, including a boot which – at 690 litres, dwarfs that of the rival Peugeot 508 SW.

Late 2024

Alpine A290

New Cars 2024 Alpine A290

Previewing the electric Renault 5 that replaces today's Renault Zoe, the Alpine A290 will be an electric hot hatch with more than 200hp, using an electric motor related to that of the Renault Megane E-Tech. A battery similar in capacity to the Zoe's 52kWh unit is expected, as is a similar range of around 240 miles.

Audi A6 Avant e-tron

2022 Audi A6 Avant e-tron front tracking

Set to become Audi's first fully electric estate car, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron is capable of travelling for up to 435 miles between charges, and can replenish its batteries in less than 25 minutes – if you can find a charging point capable of providing enough juice. In concept form, the car's headlights double as projectors, allowing drivers to display games and movies against walls or flat surfaces when the car is parked up, but these aren't expected to make it onto the production version.

BYD Seal U

New Cars 2024 BYD Seal U

Just as the Tesla Model Y is essentially a jacked up, SUV version of the Model 3 saloon, the BYD Seal U is the SUV sister to the lower-slung BYD Seal executive car. Due to its less aerodynamic shape, the Seal U is unlikely to match the 354-mile maximum range of the regular Seal, but more than 300 miles seems realistic. Expect a starting price of around £60,000.

Fiat Panda

New cars 2024 Fiat Panda concept

While the current Fiat Panda has too many compromises for us to recommend it, its electric successor should be right on the pace. Details are scarce, but the new car is expected to echo the same boxy style, and it’ll share tech with the forthcoming Jeep Avenger. That means an official range of around 250 miles is likely, as is a choice of front or four-wheel drive.

Fisker Ronin

New Cars 2024 Fisker Ronin

This rival to the Mercedes-Benz EQE and Porsche Taycan actually puts a different slant on sporty electric cars; it has a folding metal roof, so four can enjoy wind-in-the-hair electric motoring. And, with Fisker aiming for an official range of 660 miles, those roof-down trips could be long ones. A sub two-second 0-60mph time is on the cards, too.

Hyundai Ioniq 7

Hyundai Ioniq 7 front

Following the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and – you guessed it – the Ioniq 6, comes this flagship SUV. Similar in size and proportions to the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe, the Ioniq 7 has yet to be revealed as a production car (the image above depicts the concept). 

Kia EV3

Kia Concept EV3 front left static

Understudy to the EV6 and EV9 SUVs in Kia’s electric line-up is the new EV3. Replacing today's Kia Soul EV, it could come in below the £30,000 barrier when it goes on sale. Expected to look very similar to the concept model depicted in our photo above, the EV3 blends the looks of the seven-seat EV9 and Soul EV. Single and twin-motor versions will be offered, with front and rear-wheel drive.

Lotus Emeya

Lotus Emeya front static

Complementing the Lotus Electre SUV as the second prong of Lotus's assault on the luxury electric car market, this the Emeya is a four-door Porsche Taycan rival. In its most powerful form it packs 905bhp and four-wheel drive, with tech from Lotus's sister company, Polestar. Further details are scarce, but rumours suggest that an estate version could also be on the cars. 

Mercedes-Benz EQX

Mercedes EQXX side

Designed to show just what’s possible with today’s technology, the EQX is likely to have the longest range of any electric car on sale. Indeed, the EQXX concept on which it’s based was capable of up to 620 miles between charges – enough to get from London to Mercedes’ headquarters in Stuttgart without you suffering any range anxiety.

MG 3

New Cars 2023 MG 3

Trademark filings for the exterior design of the second-generation MG 3 small car show that it has been heavily influenced by the larger, fully electric MG 4. However, the MG 3 will remain petrol powered in order to ensure that it remains one of the cheapest new cars on sale in the UK. Expect it to adopt emissions-reducing mild hybrid technology.

Nio EL6

New Cars 2024 Nio EL6

A name you may not be familiar with, premium Chinese brand Nio, is set to make its UK debut with a rival to the Tesla Model 3. The Nio EL6 is a rival to the Audi Q4 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC. Expect twin electric motors, four-wheel drive and a total of 482bhp, and one interesting feature that those two had never thought of: swappable batterie. You simply visit a battery swap station when your battery is out of charge and swap it for a fully-topped up one. There's no word yet on how many such stations there will be in the UK, though.

Polestar 4

Coming Soon Polestar 4

Filling the gap between the Polestar 2 hatchback and upcoming 3 SUV, the Polestar 4 is a coupé SUV to rival the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV. Sharing underpinnings with the 2, the 4 is likely to offer a choice of rear or four-wheel drive, with as much as 536bhp in its most potent form. A 373-mile range is rumoured, too.

Renault 5 

Renault 5 concept rear

Of all the new cars due to go on sale during 2024, What Car? readers voted the Renault 5 as the one they were the most excited by, during our 2023 Electric Car awards. Seen only in concept form thus far, the new 5 takes visual clues from the petrol-engined car of the same name, which was sold in the UK from 1972 until 1996. Expect a 134bhp electric motor and a 40kWh battery on entry-level models, and an official range of around 200 miles. Renault is aiming for an official range of 249 miles with the optional, larger 52kWh battery. Possibly the most exciting thing about the 5 is its price; the entry-level model could cost as little as £22,000. 

Suzuki Swift

Blue Suzuki Swift concept car front left static

Although the finished design of Suzuki’s next small hatchback is still to be revealed, it’s likely to stick closely to that of the Swift concept (pictured) revealed at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show. We expect prices to remain close to those of today’s car, which costs from £17,199, and for power to come from an updated version of the current mild hybrid petrol engine

Toyota bZ3X

Toyota bZ3X concept

The bZ range of electric cars will expand with a smaller sister to the Toyota bZ4X, and under its more streamlined bodywork it’s expected to share that model’s 71.4kWh battery. That means it’s likely to match or beat its sibling’s official range of 317 miles, putting it slightly ahead of its Volvo C40 rival. Among innovations are a yoke-style steering wheel shared with the Lexus RZ.

Vauxhall Insignia

New Cars 2024 Vauxhall Insignia

The next Vauxhall Insignia is in line for some big changes, gaining chunkier styling and a beefier look as it transitions to become a halfway house between an executive car and an SUV. It's essentially a Vauxhall version of the Citroën C5 X and Peugeot 408, with at least one plug-in hybrid variant set to be available from launch. Expect a dramatically overhauled interior, too.

Volvo EX90

Volvo EX90 front

The Volvo EX90 is an upcoming fully electric seven-seater. From launch, two versions will be available: a 402bhp Twin Motor and a 510bhp Twin Motor Performance. Both will be powered by the same 107kWh (usable) battery that's used in the closely-related Polestar 3. Unsurprisingly, both cars will have similar official ranges: 364 miles for the Twin Motor and 360 miles for the Twin Motor Performance.

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