The 6 Best Cars Coming in 2021
Posted by: Lydia on 21/12/2020
2021 is set to be a very exciting year in the world of autos. Over the last several months and years, designers and manufacturers have been hard at work developing exciting new rides. These innovations have gone beyond specific vehicles and have been redefining entire vehicle classes as well. For example, today’s 4WDs are more versatile than ever before, and even a straightforward commuter sedan can provide some terrific acceleration and performance to make any trip down the highway amazing.
That’s why the following 6 vehicles are ones to be excited about. They are by tried-and-true brands who have once again found new ways to excite and delight us. It’s important to note, however, that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its complications, the timeline for some of these vehicles could yet change.
But for now, the following are expected in Australia in 2021, and countless car fans are very much looking forward to their local debut.
1. Kia Sportage
Kia has really been kicking goals in recent years within Australia and around the world. Notably, they even picked up a double win at the 2020 World Car Awards. The Sportage has drummed up a lot of excitement thanks to the fine form that Kia has had in recent years, and the strong record that the South Korean company has rapidly established for affordable but innovative vehicles.
With a new exterior that offers a ‘night mode’ option — with black badging, a gloss black radiator frame grille and frame, and black satin windows — the Sportage will make a super stylish contribution to Aussie roads when it launches here in the second half of 2021.
2. Toyota Kluger
Toyota is not only among the biggest manufacturers in the world — and the best-selling brand in Australia with 205,766 vehicles sold in 2019 — but it also enjoys a passionate following within 4WD and SUV circles.
With 7 seats and a self-charging hybrid option, this vehicle is going to do what Toyota has done so very well time and time again: delivering an auto that's sporty, versatile, and fresh. At present, the final details are still being hammered out, but you can expect to see the 2021 Kluger in Australia by the middle of next year.
3. Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is proof that great comebacks can occur. When it first launched in Australia in 2004, it was underpowered and overlooked, but the revamped version that debuted in 2015 has proven very popular ever since.
That’s why the 2021 model is so exciting. The new Tucson will continue to feature the components that have made it a winner since its 2015 comeback — like the 136kW/400Nm 2.0-litre diesel engines in last year’s model — and it’s also going to deliver some enticing upgrades across the board. Alongside a bold new exterior design, there’s an enhanced touchscreen inside, and there's potential for the plug-in hybrid version that will be offered overseas to officially make its way to the Great Southern Land when the new Tucson debuts in the first half of 2021.
4. Jeep Grand Cherokee
This new Jeep is a great example of how we don’t yet know as much as we’d like to about this upcoming auto — but we know more than enough to be excited. This Jeep will feature the next-gen ‘WL’ design that will replace the WK2, which this Detroit motor company has been rolling off the assembly line for the past decade.
So far, we understand that the new WL form will be built (with customisation for Jeep) upon the Giorgio platform, that’s already found use in the Alfa Romeo’s Giulia and Stelvio line. Rumours also persist that the vehicle will be a 7-seater, ensuring that there will be plenty of room for Jeep fans to bring along family and friends for that unforgettable first drive when the vehicle debuts in late 2021.
5. Skoda Octavia RS Wagon
For many years, Skoda was a rare sight in Australia. Today, they are making strong inroads among Aussie car lovers who adore Skoda’s beautiful vehicles, alongside their confident and cheeky identity.
The Octavia RS Wagon has enjoyed solid sales among the Skoda stable in Australia. This latest version will come with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, delivering 180kW like last year’s model, but will also boast a more spacious and comfortable interior. When you’ve already got an outstanding model, it can be a challenge to improve on the form, but Skoda has done that with the new RS Wagon due here early in 2021.
6. Mercedes-Benz S Class
This legendary German manufacturer always promises to turn heads when it has a new local launch. This is especially the case with its S Class series. Going via the codename W223, it’s expected that this car will bring the pinnacle of auto luxury with truly bold and audacious technology.
The W223 will come with an Augmented Reality (AR) display that Mercedes says is akin to having a 77 inch touch screen in front of the car that you can ‘virtually’ interact with. It sounds complex, but you have to see it to believe it — and many Aussies can look forward to seeing it arrive locally around March 2021.
Gearing Up in the 2020s
In the past, many have predicted the 2020s as the decade where we would see a huge shift in the auto world, bigger than any one we’ve seen over the past few decades. Alongside the ongoing growth of hybrid and electric vehicles in the market, our vehicles are becoming more digitised, and we can soon expect to see self-driving cars too. While it is still ‘early days’ in terms of seeing all these changes come about in full, with these new vehicles mentioned here, we can see the foundations of that future.
In the meantime, we also get to enjoy and appreciate the vehicles of this era for what they are: wonderful contributions to the cutting-edge of what is possible with car design and manufacturing today. They will serve as early contributions in 2021 to what is sure to be the start of the most exciting decade in the auto industry yet. And Aussies will certainly enjoy starting the engines on these autos once they make their way Down Under.
What other great cars do you know of that are en route in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.