If you're looking to buy yourself a new car this year, then brace yourself for the dozens of brilliant designs and models hitting showrooms in 2021.
From new, environmentally friendly electric cars to award-winning SUVs, here's our pick of 11 of the best new cars being released this year.
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Features: Mazda's first electric car is a distinctive coupe crossover with rear-hinged back doors (a throwback to the classic Mazda RX-8). It features a modest 36kWh battery, which gives it a range of 124 miles. Swift and smooth, the MX-30 is a fun and fascinating addition to the electric vehicle scene. It can be charged up to 80% in 36 minutes (via a 50kW rapid charger) or from home in under five hours. Price: From £25,545.
Features: The all-new C4 also boasts striking SUV coupe looks, but it's available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, plus an all-electric version (badged e-C4). The C4 range sumptuous 'Advanced Comfort' seats, plenty of space for adults in the back and a cool, minimalist dashboard. The e-C4 is the one to go for. It has a claimed 217-mile range and the battery can be charged at home overnight using a 7.4kW wall box. Price: From £20,990.
Alfa Romeo Tonale
Features: The concept version of this stunning compact SUV has already scooped two prestigious design prizes. It will come with a choice of conventional petrol and diesel engines, plus a plug-in hybrid with an electric-only range of about 30 miles. Price: Around £35,000.
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Features: The all-new Fiat 500's cute design stays true to the first two generations of the iconic people's car, but this time round there will be no petrol or diesel versions. Instead, it's powered by a 42kWh battery which has a claimed range of 199 miles of range. Most importantly of all, it’s one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market. Its city car EV rivals include the MINI Electric and Honda E. Price: From £19,995.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Features: Ford's first fully electric car will be available with rear or all-wheel drive and either 75kWh or 98kWh battery packs, offering claimed ranges of between 248-379 miles. Fans will be pleased that there's some serious Mustang DNA on display - just look at that low nose, long bonnet, muscular haunches and lift-back boot-lid. It's capable of sprinting to 62mph from standstill in just 3.7 seconds. Price: From £40,350- £58,080.
Features: Nissan’s first electric 4x4 comes with bold styling, up to 310 miles of range and impressive performance in top-of-the-range spec (0-62mph in 5.1 seconds). With a stylish, minimalistic interior packed with tech (two 12.3-inch screen stretched across the dashboard), we wouldn't be surprised to see the Ariya give some premium rivals from Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz a run for their money. Price: Expected to start from £40,000.
Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray
Features: This year, for the first time ever, a right-hand drive version of this iconic car will be officially available in the UK. Powered by a mighty 6.2-litre V8 mounted behind the driver (unlike any other Corvette in history), it can complete the 0-60mph dash in just 3.2 seconds. The C8 Stingray will be available as both a coupe and convertible. Price: From £81,700 - £87,110.
Tesla Model Y
Features: The Model 3, Tesla's most affordable car to date, has been one of 2020's biggest global EV successes. Next up is the SUV version (the Model Y), offering a range of up to 314 miles. Available in Standard, Long Range and Performance versions, there's the option of rear-wheel drive or Dual Motor four-wheel drive on more expensive models. The Model Y looks like a cross between the 3 and the epic Model X SUV. Price: Expected to start at around £45,000.
Features: Meet Hyundai's dramatic fourth generation Tucson SUV. Squaring up against the likes of other family favourites including the Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008 and Volkswagen Tiguan, it features unique "hidden lights" (invisible when off), plus "jewel-like" running lights - just about all physical knobs and buttons have been eliminated in the cool interior, which is dominated by a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Initially available with petrol/mild hybrid engines, a plug-in hybrid will follow. Price: From £28,495.
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Features: Futuristically designed inside and out, this is Volkswagen's 100% electric family-sized SUV. Available with 52kW or 77kW battery packs, it has a range of up to 323 miles. A bigger brother to the impressive ID.3 hatchback launched in 2020, it's a classy addition to an increasingly competitive sector. Price: Prices have yet to be revealed, but don't expect much change from £45,000.
Features: This spectacular Italian mid-engined McLaren rival is powered by a powerful 3.0-litre V6 engine (an electric all-wheel-drive version will follow), giving it a 0-62mph time below three seconds and a top speed exceeding 200mph. Boasting show-stopping butterfly wing doors, the cabin is minimalist, driver-focused and packed with tech. Price: From £187,230.
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