If you’re in the market for a new set of wheels in 2021, then you’re in for a treat.
From SUVs to supercars, dozens of new models will hit our showrooms, with electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids leading the charge.
We’ve decided to highlight just 10 new cars from the more affordable end of the market, but other notable newcomers worth looking out for include the BMW iX, Toyota Yaris Cross, Tesla Model Y, Cupra el-Born, Lotus Evija and Maserati MC20.
A decade on from the pioneering pure electric Leaf, Nissan’s first electric 4×4 comes with bold, futuristic looks, up to 310 miles of range and serious performance in top-of-the-range trim (0-62mph in 5.1 seconds). With a stylish, minimalistic interior packed with tech (two 12.3-inch screen stretched across the dashboard), Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system will also be available. Prices are expected to start at around £40,000 when the Ariya goes on sale, and judging by the pictures, it’s going to give premium rivals from Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz a run for their money.
Skoda Enyaq iV
Skoda’s first purpose-built 100% electric SUV promises a range of up to 316 miles. In terms of size, it fits in between the Karoq and Kodiaq, and it’s available with a 62kWh battery and 132kW motor (177bhp) or an 82kWh battery pack and 150kW (201bhp) motor – both sending power to the rear wheels alone. Competitively priced from £33,450, it’s spacious, well equipped and sharply styled. A full charge from a 7kW wall box will take between six to eight hours, while a 125kW rapid charger will deliver 10% to 80% in just 38 minutes.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford’s first fully electric car, the Mustang Mach-E, will be available as a rear-wheel drive or 4×4 with 75kWh and 98kWh battery options, offering impressive claimed ranges of between 248-379 miles. Sized between the Jaguar I-Pace and a Mercedes EQC, there’s some serious ‘Stang DNA on display with its low nose, long bonnet, muscular haunches and lift-back boot-lid. Priced from £40,350- £58,080, it’s capable of sprinting to 62mph from standstill in just 3.7 seconds. A 50kW DC charger can deliver up to 80% charge in 90 minutes, while a high-power 150kW DC charger can add around 73 miles in just 10 minutes.