2020 was an interesting year for the motoring industry. Aside from all of the disruption caused by the pandemic, there were a series of ground-breaking new cars from major manufacturers, many of them crammed to bursting with advanced features and impressive engineering.
In this respect, 2021 looks likely to be even more eventful. Let’s take a look at five eye-catching new entries due to arrive in showrooms at some point this year.
Landing early in the year is another entry into the all-conquering C-class line-up, from Mercedes. It will include 48-volt electronics, allowing for snappier plug-in variants. You can also expect the interior to more closely match that of the latest A-class, including its impressive infotainment system. If you’re thinking of picking one up brand new, then consider picking up the right GAP insurance to go along with it.
Audi E-tron GT
The E-tron GT represents a big leap forward for Audi’s all-electric line-up. It’ll function as an alternative to the A7 sportsback. There’s also an RS version of the same vehicle to look forward to, which suggests that the future of Audi is unashamedly electric.
Alfa Romeo Tonale
The Tonale first came to the world’s attention as a concept car back in 2019. Since then, the design has evolved considerably. It’s set to make an imminent foray onto the production line, pitched as a small SUV in the same vein as the BMW X1 or the Audi Q3. According to Roberta Zerbi, the manufacturer’s brand leader in Europe, the company expects the Tonale to become its best-selling car. “we expect to have a car to suit the needs of around 80% of all European car buyers by 2024,” she told journalists at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. It remains to be seen whether this claim will stand up to the difficult market conditions.
BMW 2 Series Coupé
The two-door coupé is an important market for BMW, and thus the 2-Series is a formula that they’re going to play it safe with this year. Expect incremental improvements here, rather than the total reinvention you might find in other models. Unlike the Gran Coupé, the 2-series is going to stick with rear-wheel drive for the upcoming model.
BMW is another major manufacturer looking to expand its electric line-up. The ‘i’ variant of the X3 is due to arrive in summer, when it will compete directly with larger electric SUVs from Tesla and Mercedes. With its 80kWh battery, this is a unit which should theoretically give you nearly 280 miles on a single charge.