Best new cars coming in 2021 and beyond (J-Z)

Here's the second half of our best new cars 2021 and beyond round-up, with all the cars from J to Z

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Jaguar F-Pace facelift

  • Price: From £37,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

A revised version of the Jaguar F-Pace is months away from its official unveiling, and our spy photographers have already spotted the updated BMW X3 rival undergoing testing. These camouflaged prototypes show that Jaguar won’t play around with its SUV’s handsome looks too much; at most we’d expect some revised lighting graphics and new bumpers. 

The bigger changes to the car look set to come elsewhere. In particular, the cabin is likely to be fitted with JLR’s latest infotainment technology, as seen in the recently updated F-Type. Meanwhile, electrification of the powertrain is expected to consist of both mild and plug-in hybrid options in a bid to slash the car’s fuel consumption.

Jaguar XF

  • Price: From £33,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

Jaguar is hoping that mid-life tweaks to its likeable but often-overlooked mid-sized executive contender, the XF, will help it steal sales from the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. While each of the prototypes we’ve seen have been heavily disguised, it’s likely that the subtle changes will include slimmer headlights and revised bumpers. 

A big boost in technology should introduce a dual-touchscreen arrangement on the dashboard, while a digital rear-view mirror is also likely to feature. As in the current XF range, a mix of four and six-cylinder powertrains will feature.

Jaguar XJ

  • Price: From £80,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

Jaguar’s answer to the BMW 7 Series is set to take a radical approach to the luxury car formula when it launches in 2021. The XJ flagship will switch to electric power, riding on Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new MLA platform. 

As a result, “gliding in elegance” and “tranquillity” will become the next XJ’s strong points, according to JLR boss Ralf Speth. Our exclusive image hints at the new saloon’s striking looks, and the fresh body will boast more dramatic proportions. The sleek roof clearly links to the outgoing car, but sits above an extended wheelbase made possible by the electric architecture.

Lexus UX 300e

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

Lexus is a brand that has long kept a strong affiliation with hybrid models, but it will add a pure-electric car to its range for the first time with the launch of the UX 300e.

The brand-new compact SUV will take on the Volvo XC40 Recharge when it arrives at the start of 2021, and it will come equipped with a 54.3kWh battery for a range of 186 miles. This sends energy to a 201bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, which means that the UX 300e is good for a 7.5-second 0-62mph sprint. 

Elsewhere, the 300e will be similar to the rest of the UX range, with the same well finished cabin – although it will get a new gear selector and EV-specific menus on its digital dials.

Lexus LC F

  • Price: From £100,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

The stunning Lexus LC coupé looks set to get a hot range-topper wearing the brand’s F performance badge. Our spy photographers have snapped a prototype testing close to the Nürburgring in Germany, but the camouflage covering the front end barely hides the introduction of vastly enlarged air intakes and wider front wings, accommodating bigger lightweight wheels. To the rear of the car, there’s a deeper tail diffuser to boost downforce, and the quad tailpipes exit through this as well. 

Sources at the manufacturer have told Auto Express that the LC F is likely to be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant producing as much as 600bhp. This is backed up by the fact that Lexus competed at the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hour race with an LC fitted with just such an engine.

Mercedes EQS

  • Price: From £90,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

Mercedes is a little late to the game with its fully electric EQS saloon, set to launch some nine years after the Tesla Model S first arrived. Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait: the Vision EQS concept previews a luxury vehicle with 480bhp and 700Nm of torque derived from two electric motors. 

The battery measures in excess of 100kWh, and Mercedes’ engineers are targeting a range of up to 400 miles for the model. The concept is 5.3 metres long, so there’s lots of passenger space inside, and there’s no clutter on the dashboard, with all of the car’s functions controlled via a single display. Mercedes insists that the production model will look very similar when it goes on sale, but we’d expect the usual toning down of the design.

MG E-Motion

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

The MG E-Motion concept is set to become a reality in 2021, with the brand lining up a two-door, electric coupé as its ‘halo’ model. 

Some of the more outlandish features – the scissor doors and curved glass roof, for a start – are unlikely to make it into production, but the electric dual-motor powertrain could well be retained. It’d offer some 250 miles of range and – if the concept is anything to go by – hit 0-62mph in less than four seconds. 

Cutting-edge technology also includes touch-sensitive digital controls adorning the concept’s interior. With a similar approach to the production car, it could push MG into the more desirable, upmarket territory that this manufacturer desperately wants to occupy.

Nissan Qashqai

  • Price: From £22,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2021 (est)

A heavily revised version of the all-conquering Nissan Qashqai is due to go on sale from late next year, and our exclusive image below shows what you can expect.

The most interesting thing to note is that the new car won’t be offered as an EV. That distinction will be kept for a separate SUV model with a fresh, all-electric platform. 

Instead, two new hybrid systems will feature: one from the Japanese-spec Nissan Note (this uses the engine to charge the batteries, which then power the car) and the other being the plug-in hybrid system from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. This is also likely to spell the end for diesel power in the Qashqai as the fuel continues to lose favour with buyers.

Porsche 911 GT3

  • Price: From £120,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

You’d almost think that Porsche wanted us to see its ‘secret’ new track-focused 911. Not only have our snappers spied the car out testing, but the brand also featured the model in the background of its official advert during the 2020 Superbowl.

This would make sense, because the GT3 is hardly shy and retiring. All the evidence so far points to a huge rear spoiler for maximum visual effect – not to mention downforce – along with gaping air intakes, flared wheelarches and central-exit exhausts. Power is likely to come from the 493bhp naturally aspirated flat-six engine found in the limited-run 911 Speedster, and both manual and PDK dual-clutch versions are expected.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

  • Price: From £85,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

IT seems as though no car is immune from the influence of the SUV. Porsche has only just delivered its epic all-electric sports saloon – the Taycan – to an eager public, but an SUV-style spin-off has already been announced, in the form of the Cross Turismo.

Due in showrooms in the first half of 2021, the new arrival will be a four-door, four-seat estate version of the Taycan, just as the Panamera Sport Turismo is related to the standard Panamera. However, the Cross Turismo will also throw in a jacked-up ride height and chunkier exterior cladding for a rather more rugged feel. But underneath, it’ll be all Taycan, so you can expect the same devastating performance, physics-defying handling and plush cabin as that model offers.

Peugeot 508 performance hybrid

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

Peugeot has confirmed that the 508 Sport Engineered concept car will make full production, albeit in a slightly toned-down form. The plug-in hybrid concept, shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, used a 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors to produce around 400bhp. However, while no figures have yet been confirmed for the production car, we’ve been told to expect around 350bhp. It’s not yet known what the plug-in hybrid’s electric-only range will be, either.

Visually the car will have plenty to mark it out from more modest 508s, with a redesigned front bumper, carbon-fibre door mirrors, large side skirts and unique alloy wheels.

Range Rover EV

  • Price: From £80,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2021 (est)

Previous Range Rovers have always delivered the same cocktail of off-road brilliance mixed with effortless luxury, but the next generation of the car will need to change things up a bit, and for two reasons.  

Firstly, increased competition from the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan means that Land Rover needs to push its flagship product even further upmarket. The look of the car – as previewed in our exclusive image (below) – will play a big part in that.

Secondly, with the whole automotive market moving towards electrification, the Range Rover needs to follow suit. To that end, the newcomer will be built on a new platform known as MLA that is able to accommodate mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric powertrains.

SEAT El-Born

  • Price: From £25,000 (est)
  • On sale: Early 2021 (est)

The el-Born concept car made its debut at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, and we don’t have long to wait until the production version of SEAT’s first dedicated electric car arrives here in the UK.

Built on the same MEB electric platform as Volkswagen’s ID.3, the el-Born should slot in between the Leon and Ateca on size. It’ll also be offered with the same 62kWh battery as the ID.3, making it capable of 261 miles on a full charge. That should stand it in pretty good stead against rivals such as the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Kia e-Niro. So will a power output of up to 201bhp – although more modest set-ups will also be available.

Skoda Enyaq

  • Price: From £35,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Summer 2021

When Skoda unveiled its all-electric SUV concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, the car was called the Vision iV. However, since then the Czech manufacturer has confirmed that the production version will be known as the Enyaq, derived from the Irish name ‘Enya’, meaning ‘source of life’.

The concept used two electric motors – one located on either axle – to deliver four-wheel drive, but there’s no word yet on whether that’ll be the case on the Enyaq

We do know, however, that Skoda’s newcomer will be built on the same MEB platform as a variety of forthcoming electric models from the Volkswagen Group, including the VW ID.3 and SEAT el-Born. It will be Skoda’s second all-electric car after the Citigo-e iV.

Skoda Fabia

  • Price: From £14,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

Skoda has been busy over the past couple of years, bringing out a wide range of all-new models and comprehensively refreshing most of its existing ones. The poor old Fabia, meanwhile, has been somewhat left behind, but that’s about to change.

The fourth-generation Skoda supermini will swap the current car’s ageing mechanicals for the same MQB AO platform that underpins the latest versions of the Audi A1, SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo. There’ll be more striking looks, too – you’ll notice more than a hint of Karoq in our exclusive picture (below) – plus upgraded engine and safety technology. Also expect comprehensively improved infotainment.

Tesla Model Y

  • Price: From £36,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Early 2021 (est)

Strangely for an all-new model, Tesla’s baby SUV already feels very familiar. Aesthetically, it shares plenty with the firm’s bigger Model X SUV, such as its smooth nose, narrow LED headlights and neat duck-tail spoiler. The ‘Falcon Wing’ doors haven’t been carried over, though, presumably to help reduce complexity and cost.

The interior, meanwhile, is pretty much the same as the Model 3 hatchback’s, with a minimalist dashboard and an enormous infotainment screen that controls pretty much everything. Like other Teslas, the Model Y will be offered with a variety of electric drivetrains with varying levels of power and range. But even the most basic version will crack 0-62mph in less than six seconds and cover 230 miles on a full charge.

Tesla Roadster

  • Price: From £175,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

IT was the original Roadster that launched the Tesla brand, both into the automotive market and into space (yes, really, thanks to Elon Musk’s fondness for a PR stunt). So no one should be taken aback to hear that a second iteration is coming.

Interestingly, though, boss Musk’s thirst for headlines could also result in the Roadster becoming the world’s fastest-accelerating car. That’s certainly the aim; Tesla claims that the ‘base’ model sprints from 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, and its top speed is said to be around 250mph. The figures are similar to those of the Pininfarina Battista, another all-electric supercar, so it’s still not clear who will finally win the bragging rights.

Vauxhall Mokka X EV

  • Price: From £28,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2021 (est)

Vauxhall reckons it won’t be long before the electric versions of its cars become the default choice for buyers, ahead of petrol and diesel versions. 

That means the upcoming Mokka X EV is expected to be the mainstay of the range. It will use the same platform and electric drivetrain found in the Corsa-e, Peugeot e-208 and DS 3 E-Tense, meaning it should be good for a range of around 200 miles. As our spy image shows, it’s likely to adopt a slinkier shape than before – in line with the GT X Experimental concept car from which it takes much of its styling – to further differentiate it from the boxier Crossland X.

Volkswagen ID.4

  • Price: From £29,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2021

If you were to pick the two buzzwords in motoring right now, one of them would be ‘SUV’ and the other would be ‘electric’.

So could the ID.4, a new electric SUV from Volkswagen, be any better placed to capture the current automotive zeitgeist? Built on the same platform as the upcoming ID.3 hatchback, the ID.4 looks similar in both its silhouette and its styling details. To begin with it’ll be offered only in the same rear-drive format, but being an SUV, the ID.4 will also become available with four-wheel drive in time. VW has also confirmed that this flagship model will be able to cover up to 311 miles on a single charge.

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