The best new cars coming in 2021-2022

Graham King and Sam Naylor
January 12, 2021

There are plenty of all-new cars lining up for launch in the not-too-distant future, despite 2020’s complications. Read on to find out some of our top picks.

Click on the links below to see new cars from each brand that’ll arrive before 2022.

Read on for our roundup of some of the best new cars coming in the next few years.

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Audi e-tron GT

Watch our Audi e-tron GT review

The Audi e-tron is an SUV, but the e-tron GT is the name for a totally different electric car from the German brand. It’s a four-door coupe that’s related to the Porsche Taycan and should provide a similar driving experience: all-electric power with lots of torque alongside an electric range of around 250 miles. The production version should be revealed soon along with an even faster RS e-tron GT version. Watch the video above to see more on that car.

Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback

The new Q4 e-tron will be available in standard (above) and Sportback (below) body styles.

The Audi Q4 e-tron is only a concept for now, but a production version, along with a slinky-looking Q4 e-tron Sportback, will be along soon. Both are electric cars that, in concept form, deliver 310 miles of range, around 300hp and can go from 0-60mph in around six seconds. Expect similar for the road cars, which will be practical electric SUVs aimed at families.

New BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

This 4 Series Gran Coupe prototype is the M440i model. 

BMW is getting ready to launch the new 4 Series Gran Coupe – a more practical alternative to the 4 Series Coupe that’ll look sportier than the 3 Series saloon. It’ll come with the same range of engines as the new BMW 4 Series, including a 374hp 3.0-litre straight-six in M440i models. You’ll need around £35,000 to park a new 4 Series Gran Coupe on your driveway when it arrives in 2022.

New BMW i3 (electric 3 Series)

Plug-in hybrid versions of the popular BMW 3 Series have been available for some time and now there’s a full-electric model in the works that could be called i3. It’s expected to use the same battery pack and 286hp electric motor as the iX3 electric SUV. That should give the i3 a range of around 285 miles and it’ll be compatible with 150kW fast chargers. There’s also the potential for a high-performance version with the 530hp motors from the upcoming BMW i4.

New BMW i4

Watch our BMW i4 video

The BMW i4 will arrive later in 2021. It’s an alternative to the Tesla Model 3, and will look a lot like the BMW Concept i4, shown in the video above. It will have a range of around 373 miles, and BMW has confirmed that hotter M-badged models will be available as well.

New BMW iX3

The new iX3 is based on the standard X3, so looks quite similar. 

Unlike a lot of BMW’s i-branded models, the BMW iX3 will be very similar in style to the normal X3 SUV. As with the BMW i3 and upcoming i4, however, it’ll be an all-electric model with no combustion engines. It’s coming in 2021 and will have an electric range of around 285 miles.

New BMW i7

The BMW i7 is the 7 Series saloon’s electric twin brother. It’s been spotted out testing despite not being officially confirmed yet – but it’s expected to be announced in 2021. It will have a range of around 380 miles and will be one of the first fully-electric cars in the large luxury saloon class.

New BMW iX

Watch our BMW iX review

The new BMW iX is powered by two electric motors producing 500hp and gets a 100kWh battery that’ll serve up an impressive 375-mile range. Its minimalist interior has the latest version of BMW’s infotainment system, complete with built-in 5G tech, allowing the iX to ‘talk’ to other cars and road infrastructure. It should prove more eco-friendly than most electric cars, too, thanks to its fully recyclable body and batteries, and its motors that don’t use any rare-earth metals. The BMW iX goes on sale late in 2021 and is set to cost from around £70,000.

New BMW M3 and M4

Watch our BMW M3 & M4 video

The covers have finally been pulled from the new BMW M3 and M4. These toothy sports cars come with 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engines producing – in UK-spec Competition guise – 510hp. Six-speed manual gearboxes are available in European models, but you’ll get an eight-speed automatic ‘box as standard in the UK. Optional four-wheel drive will arrive in 2021, along with an M4 Convertible and an M3 Touring estate.

New BMW X8

The BMW X8 will be a (slightly) sleeker, more aggressive coupe-styled version of the gigantic X7 SUV. The steeply sloping roofline means the X8 won’t be available with seven seats and rear seat headroom will be reduced, but it’s still an enormous car that should be practical enough for most people. Engine choices should mirror the X7, so you’ll be able to get a plug-in hybrid and a high-performance, 620hp X8 M. It’ll likely cost from around £80,000.

New Cupra Formentor

The Cupra Formentor will be the brand’s first standalone model.

The Cupra Formentor will be the brand’s first unique car – previous Cupra models have been re-badged, hotted-up SEAT cars and SUVs. It will be available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a plug-in hybrid set-up with a 1.4-litre petrol and an electric motor, both producing plenty of power in order to keep it competitive with alternatives such as the Audi SQ2.

Ford Mustang Mach-e

The Mustang Mach E is Ford’s first mass-market electric car. 

The Ford Mustang Mach-e shares a name but very little else with the Mustang muscle car. It’s Ford’s alternative to the Tesla Model Y, and with a claimed range of 370 miles on some models it’ll be a genuinely usable electric car. There are four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive versions with varying levels of performance, and a GT variant in 2022 that will go from 0-60mph in less than four seconds.

New Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Ioniq 5 will be a retro-inspired electric SUV.

Hyundai is getting ready to launch a range of new electric cars under the Ioniq name. The first will be a small SUV called the Hyundai Ioniq 5. It’s expected to deliver an impressive 300 miles of range and its design will be inspired by the super-minimalist 45 Concept from a few years ago. It’ll go on sale in 2021 and will likely cost from around £40,000.

New Hyundai Ioniq 6

See the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 here

The Hyundai Prophecy concept was more than just a pretty face – it showed us how a future all-electric car called the Ioniq 6 could look when it comes out in the coming years. There’s no grille – the electric motors don’t need one – and the car is low, sleek and sporty. Self-driving tech features too, although expect the road car to be toned down slightly.

New Hyundai i20 N

The i20 N is Hyundai’s first supermini-size hot hatch. Under the bonnet is a turbocharged, 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 204hp and 270Nm of torque – enough to do 0-62mph in 6.7secs and top out at 143mph. This puts it in the same performance ballpark as the Ford Fiesta ST and VW Polo GTi. A six-speed manual gearbox, launch control, and a limited-slip differential should mean it’s a bundle of fun to drive, too. Expect to pay £20,000 to £25,000.

New Hyundai Kona N

Get a sneak peek at the Kona N

Hyundai will add a sporty SUV to its range of N-badged cars in 2021 with the new Kona N. This alternative to the likes of the Ford Puma ST will come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine (borrowed from the i30 N) with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Expect it to cost from around £30,000 when it goes on sale before 2022.

New Mercedes-AMG C63

It seems that the next Mercedes-AMG C63 is set to lose its signature V8 engine, controversially. Instead, reports suggest it will use the same turbocharged, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine as the AMG A45, paired with an electric motor producing at least 100hp. The C63 is likely to become four-wheel-drive, albeit with a two-wheel-drive ‘drift mode’. There should be the usual choice of saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet versions. Prices could be hefty, thanks to the hybrid tech, possibly in the £80,000 ballpark.

New Mercedes-AMG S63

Mercedes’ latest hotrod limo will add hybrid assistance to its twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine. The electric motor will reportedly produce 136hp, giving a total output of over 700hp. Advanced four-wheel-drive should make this new S63 feel sportier than ever to drive, despite weighing well over two tonnes. As ever, the interior will be extremely luxurious and bursting with gadgets. Expect to pay at least £125,000 for one.

New Mercedes C-Class Saloon and Estate

A new Mercedes C-Class has been spotted testing in saloon and estate form before these cars are officially revealed in 2021. The new practical family car will feature a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, and should be even more spacious than before. New styling will bring it up to date to match the recently revised E-Class and new S-Class, and it will feature an upgraded infotainment system. It’ll be a luxurious alternative to the BMW 3 Series Touring.

New Mercedes EQA

The EQA will take design inspiration from this concept car. 

The Mercedes EQA is the next model to join Mercedes’ all-electric EQ range. A prototype has been spotted testing and it’s likely Mercedes will reveal the finished car in early 2021. It’ll be based on the new Mercedes GLA crossover, and you can expect it to have a range of around 250 miles on a charge. You’ll need to set aside around £40,000 to get your hands on one when it goes on sale in late 2021.

New Mercedes EQB

The EQB will be an electric version of Mercedes’ GLB compact SUV. The EQB’s batteries are packaged under the floor, so the interior is no less spacious than the standard GLB. Crucially, it also means that the EQB should be available with seven seats – just like the upcoming Tesla Model Y. No details on the battery/motor set-up have been released but expect top-spec models being capable of going around 250-300 miles on a single charge. Entry-level models will likely cost more than £40,000.

New Mercedes EQE

The EQE will be one of Mercedes’ most important electric cars when it goes on sale in 2021 or 2022. In many ways, it’ll be a scaled-down version of the S-Class-size EQS, and will share that car’s batteries and electric motors. It even looks like a scaled-down EQS and the interior is likely to be much the same too, both in terms of design and technology. A number of battery/motor combinations will be available; high-spec models will have two motors providing four-wheel-drive and a range of over 400 miles. It’s expected to cost from around £65,000.

New Mercedes EQS

This teaser image gives you your best look yet at the new EQS.

The Mercedes EQS is a high-end electric car that will sit at the top of the Mercedes’ electric-only EQ range. It’ll be an alternative to the likes of the Audi e-tron GT and the Porsche Taycan when it arrives in 2021 and it will be the first car to feature Mercedes’ new ‘Hyperscreen’ MBUX infotainment tech. Expect it to have a range of 435 miles and cost from £80,000 when it arrives in 2021.

New Mercedes EQS SUV

As the name suggests, this is the SUV version of Mercedes’ EQS electric car. Top spec models will feature four-wheel-drive and a 100kWh battery pack, giving a claimed range of more than 400 miles. It’ll likely be compatible with the latest 350kW fast chargers, which can add 350 miles of range in just 20 minutes. Expect to pay at least £100,000 when it goes on sale in 2021.

New Nissan Ariya

See the new Nissan Ariya here

The Nissan Ariya Concept isn’t a confirmed production car yet, but expect it to appear as an alternative to cars such as the Kia e-Niro in 2021. The Ariya will be electric only and feature dramatic styling to match the concept car. A minimalist interior, similar to ones we’ve seen in other EVs such as the Honda e and Tesla Model 3, will be a prominent and interesting feature of Nissan’s upcoming electric SUV.

New Nissan Qashqai

The new Nissan Qashqai will be revealed early in 2021. 

Nissan is gearing up to reveal a new Qashqai SUV in early 2021. This will replace the current model, which is one of the most popular cars in the UK. It’ll be an alternative to the likes of the VW Tiguan, Kia Sportage and Ford Kuga, and is set to be available with petrol engines and a range of hybrid options. It’ll also feature Nissan’s latest driver assistance systems. Expect it to go on sale in mid-2021 and cost from around £22,000.

New Peugeot 508 PSE by PeugeotSport

The Peugeot 508 PSE Sport Engineered comes as both a saloon and an estate car.

The Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered (PSE) will go into production in 2021 and will be the fastest car in the Peugeot range, with a 200hp petrol engine and two 110hp electric motors. Its 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds is impressive, and the 508 should also handle well thanks to input from the firm’s PeugeotSport tuning division.

New Polestar Precept

The Polestar Precept is a sporty looking four-door coupe, similar to the Porsche Taycan.

The Polestar Precept was originally intended to show how new Polestar cars would look rather than pointing to one specific model, but the reaction to the concept car was so good that the brand has decided to launch a production version. It won’t be around for a while – 2022 at the earliest – but expect it to share much with the sleek concept version, which looks almost road-ready.

New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

This estate version of Porsche’s brilliant electric car will have more rear headroom and a bigger boot than the regular Taycan. The Cross Turismo model line up should mirror the saloon’s, including the 761hp Turbo S, and its electric range shouldn’t be far off the standard Taycan’s 280 miles, too. Expect to pay a four-figure premium over the equivalent Taycan.

New Range Rover

The fifth-generation Range Rover won’t look too different from the current car, but it’ll be entirely new under the skin. It’ll likely have an ultra-high-tech interior and advanced driver-assistance systems, too. There will be a choice of mild hybrid-assisted petrol and diesel engines, plus a plug-in hybrid. A full-electric version using technology co-developed with BMW is anticipated, as well. The signature split tailgate remains, thankfully. It should cost from around £90,000.

New Renault Megane eVision

The new Renault Megane eVision has only been shown in concept form so far. It’ll be around 30cm shorter than the current Megane, but Renault claims the interior is more spacious. Underneath, it uses a 60kWh battery that’s shared with Nissan and Mitsubishi to provide 280 miles of range, and a 217hp, 300Nm electric motor. Using a 130kW fast charger, a 0-80% charge takes half an hour. It’s likely the Megane eVision will be an addition to the Renault range and not actually replace the conventional Megane, at least for the time being.

New Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq iV is Skoda’s first standalone electric SUV.

The Skoda Enyaq is the brand’s first purpose-built electric car, and it’s due early 2021. The car will have a 316-mile range, and costs from £33,450. That should make it one of the most affordable family SUVs in the electric car market, alongside the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric. The Skoda will feature plenty of kit inside including a 13-inch touchscreen and a minimalist design like many other modern EVs. You’ll also be able to buy a more stylish coupe version in due course.

New Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is already on sale in the US and will reach the UK soon.

The Tesla Model Y is already on sale in the US, so us Brits are eagerly anticipating this smaller SUV from Tesla. It has up to 314 miles of range, compatibility with rapid 250kW chargers and a typical minimalist interior with the option of five or seven seats. There will be long-range and performance models available depending on what you want from your Tesla – practicality or face-melting speed. Expect to see it in UK showrooms in 2022.

New VW ID.4

The second piece in VW’s electric car puzzle after the ID.3 is the Tiguan-sized ID.4. The curvy body conceals a spacious, minimalist, five-seat interior (the bigger ID.6 fills the seven-seater role). Most ID.4 models are rear-wheel-drive with a single 204hp electric motor providing. VW quotes a range of 320 miles from the 77kWh battery. A 306hp four-wheel-drive version will also be available. The entry-level model, with 210 miles of range, will cost around £34,000.

New VW ID.5

The VW ID.5 is a coupe version of the ID.4 electric SUV, with a sweeping roofline and a more aggressive front-end. Inevitably, it won’t be as spacious or practical as the ID.4, but it’ll use the same battery packs and electric motors as the ID.4. Most models will be rear-wheel-drive with a 77kWh battery and a 204hp motor. More powerful four-wheel-drive models are expected to follow. Entry-level models have a range of around 210 miles, rising to 320 miles on the range-toppers. All will be compatible with 125kW fast chargers. The ID.5 will command a premium in the order of £5,000 to £6,000 over the equivalent ID.4.

New VW ID.6

The Volkswagen ID range was kicked off by the ID.3, a VW Golf-sized electric car. Now, Volkswagen will press ahead with the rest of the all-electric range, and that includes this, the ID.6. It’s a seven-seater family car with a range of 200-300 miles and will go on sale in 2021. It’s likely to have similar design features to the ID.3 and ID.4 models, but scaled up to fit on this larger car that will be a similar size to the brand’s Touareg.

New VW Touareg R

Watch our VW Touareg R video

The VW Touareg R is a huge 462hp SUV that will delight fast 4×4 fans. It will feature four-wheel drive as well as a plug-in hybrid motor that means you can plug in at home and drive to work on pure electric power. However, there is also a turbocharged V6 engine that will provide the rest of the power and deliver the kind of performance you’d expect of a car with VW’s R badge.

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