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Best new cars coming in 2021 and beyond

The new Alfa Romeo Tonale, Aston Martin Valhalla and Fiat 500 Electric are just a few of the cars set to arrive in 2021...

Whether you're a fan of electric cars or can't wait to see the next supercar, there should be something for everyone coming in 2021 and beyond. 

It’s no surprise to see EVs dominate, but Aston Martin is set to provide something for the enthusiasts in the coming years with the new Valhalla hypercar.

However, just one look at the list of new cars coming in 2021 and beyond and you will see that the SUV boom will continue to gather pace with the likes of Alfa Romeo launching the Tonale and BMW pulling the covers of its all-electric iNEXT. Plus, the sporty SUV segment will increase further with the introduction of the Hyundai Kona N.

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Dacia's new electric car should provide emission-free motoring at the cheaper end of the market, while Audi will expand its electric e-tron portfolio with the sleek e-tron GT and Q4 e-tron SUV.

Scroll down below to see our list of the best new cars coming in 2021 and beyond, with information on pricing and when we can expect to see them hit showrooms... 

Alfa Romeo Tonale

  • Price: From £23,000 (est) 
  • On sale: January 2021 (est)

The Tonale might have been around – in concept form at least – for the past 12 months, but time hasn’t dulled the visual impact of Alfa Romeo’s compact SUV. The Volkswagen T-Cross-rivalling Tonale will be the latest chapter in the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) crossover offensive when it arrives on the market early next year.  Named after the Tonale Pass in northern Italy, the C-sector SUV shares its platform with the Jeep Renegade. However, bespoke suspension and brakes point to a greater focus on on-road dynamics than in its American cousin. Significantly, it will become Alfa’s first plug-in hybrid, although we expect most buyers will choose more familiar FCA powerplants such as the Firefly petrol engine from the Fiat 500X.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Gta

  • Price: From £100,000 (est)
  • On sale: Early 2021 (est)
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The Giulia GTA is Alfa’s 110th birthday present to itself. It’s based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio super-saloon, but the GTA sees power increased from 503bhp to 533bhp, while weight drops by 100kg.  Highlights include an aggressive new look, an Akrapovic exhaust and extensive use of carbon fibre for mechanical components and body panels. A hardcore GTAm version will also be offered, which sees the standard seats replaced with carbon-fibre items and the rear bench removed completely.

All of this combines to create sensational performance; Alfa claims a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds, which matches the Porsche 911. Only 500 examples of the GTA and GTAm will be produced.

Aston Martin Valhalla

  • Price: From £1million 
  • On sale: 2021

There’s no shortage of people who are willing to spend £1m on a supercar. In fact, Aston Martin thinks there are 500 of them, because that’s how many Valhallas will be built when it goes on sale next year. 

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Andy Palmer, Aston’s boss, says that while it’s priced like a LaFerrari or McLaren Senna, the Valhalla is in “a different world altogether”. Aston has collaborated with Red Bull Racing on the Valhalla, which means Formula One tech such as a hybrid KERS system will be paired up to the car’s V6 engine. If that wasn’t enough, the Valhalla will also appear in the new James Bond movie, No Time to Die. 

Audi e-tron GT

  • Price: From £100,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021
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Audi’s new all-electric flagship, previewed by the e-tron GT concept, should make its debut before the end of the year – possibly at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The e-tron GT sits on the same J1 platform as the Porsche Taycan and will share many of that car’s features, including the potential to charge at up to 350kW, replenishing 80 per cent of its battery capacity in only 20 minutes.

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Expect a total power output of around 580bhp, with an electric motor on each axle delivering quattro four-wheel drive. That should give this super-saloon a 0-62mph time of less than four seconds and a top speed of around 150mph.

Audi Q4 e-tron

  • Price: From £40,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

Audi thinks SUVs are the perfect models for electrification, and the production version of the Q4 e-tron concept will be the fourth model in its line-up. 

It will be the first Audi to use the VW Group’s MEB electric-vehicle architecture, and will house a battery as large as 82kWh for a range of 279 miles. Audi says the Q4 e-tron can accept a 125kW rapid charge, which will top up the battery to 80 per cent in half an hour. As its name suggests, the Q4 e-tron will be slightly larger than the Q3, and the design of the production car is expected to stay close to the concept.

Audi Q5

  • Price: From £42,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021
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Audi’s family SUV is due a mid-life refresh, and when the car is revealed in the final months of this year, it should get more than the usual nip and tuck.

That’s not to say that the external styling is set for a major overhaul; expect fresh bumpers front and rear, new headlight units and a revised honeycomb grille. The core metal panels will remain the same. Inside, though, there should be a few notable upgrades. This will include a fresh 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a couple of touchscreens for infotainment, since the Q5 borrows tech from the larger Q7. 

Under the bonnet, the Q5 will get more hybrid technology – extending beyond the current plug-in hybrid to include mild-hybrid assistance on the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Bentley Bentayga

  • Price: From £135,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Summer 2021

The Bentayga has been a big hit for Bentley, so the marque is keen to prepare an update that will bring the jumbo SUV in line with more recent models from Crewe, such as the Continental GT and Flying Spur. The refreshed Bentayga will arrive later this year, with a new grille, reworked bumpers and headlights, and– unusually for a mid-life facelift – tweaked front wings.

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Inside, the car will get the rotating three-sided dashboard/infotainment panel that we’ve seen in the Continental and Flying Spur, and under the bonnet it should receive the VW Group’s latest 4.0-litre V8 engine, complete with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to help improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. More efficient plug-in hybrid and more powerful Speed models will also be on the cards.

BMW 4 Series

  • Price: From £30,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

BMW has been busy wheeling out saloon and estate variants of its latest 3 Series, but the firm hasn’t forgotten those who want a coupé – so next year will see the debut of the 4 Series.

The new two-door car will take much of the looks of the Concept 4 that was at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. That means sharper headlights than we’ve seen before, as well as an enlarged, vertical grille designed to make this car stand apart from the  sister saloon. BMW said the concept was ‘80 per cent’ the finished thing. 

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Expect 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol power, along with straight-six motors in performance variants. At the top of the line-up will be an all-new M4, which will have more than 500bhp and selectable four-wheel drive.

BMW i4

  • Price: From £50,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021
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BMW has waited a long time to develop its bespoke i brand further, but that should change in 2021 when the production version of the Concept i4 hits showrooms.  This Tesla Model 3 rival will put up to 500bhp through a single rear-mounted motor for a 0-62mph time of around four seconds. The 80kWh battery in the concept delivers a claimed range of around 370 miles, and we expect the production model – built on BMW’s modular CLAR platform – to achieve something similar.

As for the controversial looks, they won’t make it over to the road car entirely – but senior BMW sources say this model is 80 per cent of the finished item. That could include much of the polarising front-end styling.

BMW iNEXT

  • Price: From £120,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2021
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All of the German brands are working on pure-electric flagship models, and BMW is no exception. The iNEXT SUV should pack in everything that the Bavarian company knows about battery and autonomous technology when it arrives in the second half of 2021.

The iNEXT will be designed to give high-end X5 and X7 customers the possibility of switching to pure-electric power. That means a price tag comfortably north of £100,000 and a huge 120kWh battery that should deliver a range, under the WLTP test regime, of around 360 miles. The concept’s wacky touches, such as the rear-hinged back doors and cameras instead of door mirrors, will be dropped for production. But this is still a vehicle that’s designed to make a statement.

Citroen Crossover

  • Price: From £24,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021
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An all-new Citroen is on the cards, and the compact hatch-sized model will act as a replacement for the quirky C4 CactusThe model will undergo a significant overhaul when compared with the Cactus, though, morphing into a coupé-SUV and adopting PSA’s latest combustion engines and all-electric powertrains.

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The mule in this image uses PSA’s EV underpinnings, as indicated by the “electric testing vehicle” warning sticker fixed to the window. We expect the production car will use the same 50kWh battery pack and front-mounted electric motor as the Peugeot e-2008, and offer a similar range of around 200 miles. 

Charge times should also be comparable, with a 10–80 per cent top-up taking around eight hours when plugged into a 7.4kW wallbox charger.

Citroen AMI

  • Price: From €6,000 (£5,050)
  • On sale: January 2021 (est)

Citroen has launched a production version of the radical AMI One Concept, which we first saw at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Ami, it’s an all-electric two-seat quadricycle with boxy styling, a compact footprint and a pair of opposingly hinged doors. It’s designed to be used in the planet’s increasingly congested cities.

It’s powered by a 5.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a dinky electric motor, which offer a maximum claimed range of 44 miles and a top speed of 28mph. These relatively pedestrian performance figures, coupled with the Ami’s official classification as a quadricycle, mean that the Citroen can also be driven by 14-year-olds in some European countries. Roll-out of the car will start this year, but the UK won’t get it until 2021 at the earliest.

Cupra Tavascan

  • Price: From £40,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021
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Cupra will soon join sister brand Volkswagen on the all-electric bandwagon with a fleet of new EVs, and the Tavascan SUV will be the first. There’s no word yet on whether the production car will look or perform the same as this concept vehicle (below), but SEAT’s head of design, Alejandro Mesonero, recently told Auto Express that something “extremely similar” is likely to be launched in the next few years.

The Tavascan is set to be based on the same MEB platform as its Volkswagen ID.4 cousin – but in its position as Cupra’s halo model, in this instance it will pack the most potent drivetrain the chassis can handle. We are expecting a four-wheel-drive, twin-motor set-up that offers 302bhp and an impressive 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds. A 77kWh battery pack also promises a 280-mile range for the Spanish company’s new model.

Dacia EV

  • Price: From £16,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021
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Budget brand Dacia will enter the electric-car market next year – and the Spring Electric concept offers a thinly veiled preview of the Romanian company’s first EV.

In effect, it’s a rebadged version of the Renault K-ZE, which is currently on sale only in China. When it’s rebadged as a Dacia, it is expected to become one of the cheapest electric cars in Europe. The Spring Electric measures 3.73 metres long, which puts it between the Volkswagen up! and the MINI hatchback – although the Dacia gets more of an SUV look. Specs have yet to be confirmed, but the K-ZE uses a 26.8kWh battery and a front-mounted electric motor that delivers a top speed of 65mph.

Fiat 500 Electric

  • Price: £29,000
  • On sale: Early 2021
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The market is awash with quirky, low-range EVs. Now Fiat is throwing its hat into the ring with the all-new, all-electric 500. The car is built on a fresh platform that features a 42kWh battery, enough for up to 199 miles of range. It’s also fitted with an 85kW DC charger, which means it’ll recharge from empty to 80 per cent capacity in only 35 minutes.

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The 500 EV is being launched as a convertible, which Fiat hopes will be a unique selling point, because there’s currently no comparable all-electric drop-top on the market. The new platform should also bring a jump in interior quality, with a cleaner dashboard design, a fresh digital instrument binnacle and a new 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment system.

Fisker Ocean

  • Price: From £40,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

US EV brand Fisker will soon launch the Ocean – a rival for the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X. The Chinese-built car will be powered by an 80kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which Fisker says will offer a range of 250-300 miles. More than 200 miles can be added from a mere 30 minutes of conventional fast charging – and there’s an optional solar roof panel that can trickle-charge the batteries on sunny days.

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The Ocean is as eco-friendly as possible. Its seats are trimmed in recycled polyester fibres, while its carpets are made from recycled nylon sourced from abandoned fishing nets.

Hyundai 45

  • Price: From £35,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2021
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The striking Hyundai 45 might look like a pure flight of fancy, but bosses have hinted that this concept is closer to reality than it might seem. The new model’s looks are said to be about 80-per cent representative of an upcoming all-electric hatchback from the Korean maker. 

The eventual production version of the 45 will be the first Hyundai to ride on the brand’s scaleable electric car platform, which will eventually go on to underpin a range of B and C-segment vehicles. Specifications have still to be confirmed, but the current Kona Electric’s circa-270-mile real-world range offers great promise for the new model.

Hyundai Kona N

  • Price: From £32,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

The hot crossover class appears to be hitting its stride now. Following hard on the heels of the Volkswagen T-Roc R and Audi SQ2, Hyundai will enter the segment with the Kona N, previewed in our exclusive image. 

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We’re already fans of the brand’s first attempt at a performance hatchback, and the Kona is expected to share much with the i30 N, so expect a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine mustering up as much as 271bhp. Hyundai’s N brand boss Albert Biermann said it will have “different specifications on suspension and steering” from the i30, but share its front-wheel-drive layout and six-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai Tucson

  • Price: From £25,000
  • On sale: 2021

Towards the end of last year, Hyundai hinted at the look of the next-generation Tucson with the striking Vision T SUV concept car. While some of the extravagant surfacing across the Vision T’s body will be toned down for the production car, the concept teases us with details that will arrive in showrooms in the first half of next year. 

Camouflaged prototypes have revealed enough to confirm that the front grille and integrated headlights will be carried over. Beyond the cosmetics, expect an overhauled infotainment system and digital driver’s display inside. Finally, plug-in hybrid power is set to feature in the Tucson range for the very first time.

Which car are you most looking forward to seeing on the road? Let us know your thoughts below...

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