Last Updated: 26th May 2021
Please note that we will be updating this article continuously till the end of 2021 so that the information in this guide piece remains relevant and helpful to buyers and consumers alike. Watch this space for more updates.
The Japanese car giant has brought the Yaris out in full force. Domestically, the brand has introduced the latest generation of the Yaris hatchback and Yaris Cross SUV. The former arrived in the market with a staggering $9,000 price hike over the outgoing model with Toyota Australia insisting the city-runabout will not be canned from the local line-up, even though the Yaris Cross SUV is slated to outsell the hatchback.
However, it’s the hotted up variants that’s caught most of our attention. We’re talking ‘bout the GR Yaris and GR Yaris Rallye Edition. As reported by Toyota locally, both versions of the performance hatch have sold like hot cakes, so much so that deliveries have been pushed as far back as 2022.
Porsche 911 (992) GT3
High-performance homologation models from Porsche have always been special and the latest generation of the GT3 is no different. Australian arrivals will receive many standard features, much of which are optional in Europe. Both PDK and manual transmission versions are offered.
The new 992 GT3 is powered by a 375kW 4.0-litre atmospheric flat-six petrol engine, capable of rocketing the homologation special to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds (PDK).
The Juke isn’t a new addition to the market for the 2021 model year, as it was outed last year. What’s new to the Juke is the addition of ST-L+ and Ti Energy Orange trim variants.
The former variant gets an eight-speaker Bose stereo system and a reworked interior while the latter gets all the fixings of the Ti in addition to the Energy Orange and black leather-accented interior.
Haval H6 & Haval Jolion
The all-new Haval H6 lands here in three trim levels, starting from $30,990. All variants are powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and sends drive via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The H6 also gets, as standard, a whole suite of driver assistance features such as AEB, blind-spot monitoring and seven airbags.
The Jolion is a brand-new offering from same the Chinese brand and is sold here in two trim levels. However, for the time being, both variants will be labelled under the Launch Edition brand and is limited to just 300 units combined, nationwide. The full range is expected to arrive at a later time.
Update: (20th May 2021) The 300 unit allocation has all but been snapped up and thus allowing the brand to bring in its line-up for the 2021 model year. In Launch Edition guise, Haval brought in Lux and Ultra variants only. Now, though, the entry-level Premium variant is part of the local offering.
Prices start from $25,490 for the aforementioned variant. Buyers will get a seven-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and five years of capped-price servicing. Service intervals are scheduled every 12 months of 15,000km.
Kia has outed the updated K3 or as its better known around these parts – the Cerato. Things have been streamlined a bit for the 2022 Model Year which sees the elimination of the manual transmission option from the line-up. Even the CVT gets a pass in favour of a six-ratio conventional slush-box. Furthermore, the Cerato gets a revamped exterior and better tech. The optional Safety Pack adds on upgraded active safety systems to the car such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and more.
Four variants of the Cerato will be offered locally, namely the S, Sport, Sport + and GT. The Cerato is offered in both hatchback and saloon body styles. All versions are already on sale here with exception to the GT, which will arrive sometime in June.
The 2022 model will also be the first Kia sold in the country with the brand’s latest logo design.
Alpina B8 Gran Coupe
To many, Alpina is just another German ‘tuner’ that takes factory-line BMW’s and does it up a bit. Which isn’t the case or true for that matter. Mind you, they’re some of the best driving machines ever made.
The Alpina B8 Gran Coupe is an example of just that. The B8 is based on the M850i xDrive which is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 chucking out 457kW and 800Nm of twist. Drive is sent to all paws via the 8-speed ZF slush-box. It completes the century sprint in just 3.4 second and will rocket onto a top speed of 324km/h. Alpina has given the B8 a better handling ride thanks to stiffer Eibach springs, Bilstein dampers and an improved front sway bar.
The exterior of the B8 features styling unique to Alpina, such as wheels, bumpers, lip spoiler and badging. The B8 is yours for $322,900.
Last Updated: 26th May 2021
2020 was definitely a hard hitting year for every one of us and was indeed difficult for the car industry. Australia’s most prolific automaker, Holden, shuttered its doors for the last time as they exited the market, taking HSV with them. It was the year that kept on taking.
Infiniti suffered the same fate as Holden as they too exited the market by the end of the fiscal year. The pandemic of course forced showrooms into lock down. April saw a sales decline of almost 50 percent which saw the overall market decline by 13.7 percent by the end of the year.
That said, the local car industry did see a steady increase in new models being poured onto the market. Furthermore, sales of utes and SUV’s saw an up take as more and more Australians opted to holiday at home. This surge even caused a small shortage of bullbars and other popular accessories as reported by CarAdvice.
Putting 2020 aside, this year we are poised to receive several different offerings from a plethora of manufacturers. We thought it be a great idea to run down some of the different cars that we’ll (hopefully) be seeing more of as the year wears on.
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4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo
Both body styles have been already discontinued, however, the brand will be bringing a handful to Australia as part of its final production run. No mechanical changes come with the Tributo, save for a commemorative badge, plaque etc.
Reports are unconfirmed of how many of the limited-build run will reach Australia. What we do know is that Alfa has gone to town removing as much weight as possible.
Carbon composite materials have been applied to the construction of the driveshaft, bonnet, sports seats, roof and front wheel-arches. Even the front and rear side glass has been replaced with lightweight polycarbonate Lexan. Stay tuned for more in this mad Alfa.
Updated: (26th May 2021) Both the GTA and the hardcore GTAm have been confirmed for Australia. Sadly though, only 18 examples (out of 500 offered globally) are slated to arrive on our shores. The limited-run super saloons will be priced from $268,000 for the GTA and $288,000 for the GTAm version.
Reports indicate that all 18 cars arriving in Australia will come with the “Experience Pack” which means owners get a personalised helmet with the car’s build number, certificate of authenticity and a Goodwool car cover. GTAm buyers will additionally receive a racing suit from famed Italian outfitters – Alpinestars.
The mad 2.9-litre twin-turbo Alfa Romeo duo will only reach customers late in the year.
The brand’s first ever SUV and it’s said to be a make-or-break model for the British company. Some examples have already been delivered in late 2020, but is expected to go into full swing in Q1 2021.
Launched globally in 2020 and slated to arrive locally in Q1. However, beneath the skin it’s oily bits are identical to the Coupe version. It also claims the fastest roof mechanism in the business right now at 6.7-6.8 seconds, while driving at speeds of up to 50km/h.
Facelift version to land here in Q1 2021. Upgraded interior trim and tech. Exterior gets refreshed with world-first (optional) OLED tail-lights. SQ5 and Sportback versions to hit our shores from Q2.
A4 Allroad 40 TDI
Entry-level A4 Allroad gains revised 2.0-litre diesel four-cyl engine with an increase of 10kW. Other changes include a 12-volt 'mild-hybrid' system, and an AdBlue exhaust treatment system.
Q7 55 TFSI S Line
Audi’s first petrol Q7 offering (SQ7 not counted) amidst the range of diesel-powered variants. Specs to mirror that of the 50 TDI variant.
Q2 & SQ2
Facelifted versions of both variants are slated to drop in mid-2021. Changes include a refreshed interior and exterior, active safety systems and additional tech. The oily bits remain unchanged.
RS E-Tron GT
Essentially a Porsche Taycan with Four Rings. Due to hit Australia sometime in the middle of 2021. The GT promises to be one of the most exciting electric vehicles to be offered locally. Definitely one to look out for in this segment.
A3 & S3
Production issues means the new-gen model will be delayed by up to 12 months according to reports, due to the global pandemic. Slated time frame is H2 2021. Specs have yet to be confirmed for Oz. The S3 scores minor mechanical changes and is largely carried over.
New mid-tier variant, which BMW says has been specially configured for our market and its position in the segment. BMW AU confirmed the variant will be slightly detuned from 195kW at launch to 180kW as they felt it would be a better fit between the 118i M Sport and the range topping M135i xDrive Pure.
One of the most controversial BMWs ever will drop here in Q1. Three variants will be made available when it lands and in both coupe and cabriolet body styles. As you can imagine, a four-door Grand Coupe version is on its way. Estimates put its time frame toward the end of the year.
All new model from BMW i which started out in life as the Vision iNext concept. Slated to arrive here in late 2021 but remains unconfirmed. Online bookings for the model have opened with a $500 deposit.
Body is a conventional X3, however, under the skin it will debut the brand’s fifth-gen electrified eDrive system. 74kWh lithium-ion battery pack sends power to the rear wheels. The Audi e-Tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC rival is expected to arrive here in the third quarter.
M3 & M4
The all-new generation of the performance duo scores the brand’s controversial styling language and is slated to hit local shores from Q1. The S58 3.0-litre twin-turbo mill under the bonnet gives the duo some 353kW and 550Nm of torque. This allows it rocket to 100 km/h from standstill in just 4.2 seconds.
Additionally, this all-new generation’s mill is paired with an 8-speed M Steptronic automatic with Drivelogic, just like the one in the M5. Power is then sent to the rear as usual, except now BMW says customers can specify the M xDrive system for both models. Competition variants, with an extra 22kW/100Nm, for both models are incoming as well.
Facelifted with revised front end, safety and tech. Deliveries due in Q1.
Despite low sales figures, the French brand will continue to bring in new models, such as the C3 and C4, but has dropped the Berlingo. The all-new C4 is slated to drop here from the second half of 2021.
M stands for Modificata which is Ferrari speak for cars that receives a bump in power – 14kW’s worth from its 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8. Delivery dates remain unconfirmed but it’s expected to be around the third quarter.
With over 700kW of power from its screaming engine and (plug-in) electrified component, the SF90 Spider is slated to be one of the most interesting cars bearing the Prancing Horse badge, now with an ultra-lightweight folding retractable hardtop for that hurricane-in-your-hair feel. As with the Portofino M, delivery dates are unconfirmed but hovers toward the second half of 2021.
The latest addition to the family of Grand Tourers, the Roma is the brand’s new entry level car with Ferrari expecting some 70 percent of sales to come from new, first time buyers. Deliveries are slated for Q1.
Fiat / Abarth
A bridge between the base 595 and the Competizione variant, the Pista gets the same 1.4-litre petrol engine but with an uprated turbocharger and is good for 121kW. The Pista gets a new exhaust system, Koni rear suspension and larger brake rotors. But delays in production means it’ll only land here in the second half of 2021.
The dual-cab ute continues to dominate the brand’s sales numbers and will be mildly refreshed for the 2021 model year with deliveries expected from Q1. The sub-Raptor ute receives Orange and Black exterior accents along with wheel-arch flares and a nudge bar just to name a few.
The all new generation will be joined by a plug-in hybrid variant, however, due to supply chain issues associated with the pandemic as well as a previous battery fire issue, the variant is due in the tail-end of 2021.
Mustang Mach 1
The 700-unit Limited Edition Mustang Mach 1 will be available here in likely the first half of 2021. The Mach 1 is also the first production Mustang to receive the option of a six-speed TREMEC manual box here, complete with rev-matching, a twin-disc clutch and an uprated oil cooler. The Mach 1 is backed by a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
G70 Sedan & G70 Wagon
Facelifted model for the expanding luxury brand will a feature new front and rear styling, which brings it in line with the new G80 and GV80’s design language. The interior gains a refresher too. The wagon body’s launch is yet to be confirmed.
Update: (20th May 2021) The luxury car-builder from Korea has finally put out the pricing and specification for the GV70 SUV. Four variants will be available, with three of them petrol powered and one an oil-burner. There’s also an AWD variant in the mix. Prices range from $66,400 to $83,400. The GV70 SUV goes on sale in July.
All-new model from the Chinese brand and while it’s more expensive than the Steed, it’s a model that’s slated to shake up the brand’s local image. It uses a 2.0-litre turbodiesel mated to the well-known ZF 8-speed slushmatic. It’s also loaded up with advanced active and passive safety equipment.
Silverado 1500 & 2500
While pricing and specifications have yet to be revealed in full, the duo are slated to arrive locally between mid and late 2021.
The mid-engined ‘Vette will be coming to Australia. Rejoice! The C8 generation will be arriving here in right-hand drive guise and its comes from the factory that way. The bad news? Its slated to arrive sometime around November-December 2021. Prices and specifications have yet to be released.
Honda’s seven-seat people mover receives updates all around. Featuring LED headlights and taillights along with scrolling indicators – the latter a first for Honda in Australia. Inside it gets larger infotainment and instrument cluster displays as well as a host of other standard equipment. The first examples are due in local dealerships throughout January.
i30 Sedan N Line & Sonata N Line
Part of Hyundai’s massive roll out, the sporty N Line variants of the two models will be added to the local offering with deliveries due in Q1.
Kona & Kona Electric
The Kona receives new exterior styling including new front and rear lights. The interior gets an update too with a pair of new 10.25-in displays. The new Kona also gets updates to its active safety systems, and is due here sometime in the first half of 2021.
The brand’s first ever hydrogen fuel cell offering will be hitting local showrooms in the first 2021. However, the infrastructure expansion for hydrogen refilling stations are still in the works. This is one model to look out for as we bring you more.
All-new generation of the Tucson has a strong exterior style reminiscent of the Vision T concept. The model is expected to be offered here with a full range of variants and trims from the first half of 2021.
While its unveiling and delivery are unconfirmed for now, this EV is one of the most hotly anticipated EV models to join the local market. More to come.
The Korean rival for the Ford Fiesta ST is set to make waves for its segment. If the i20 N goes as well as it looks, the Fiesta ST has some serious competition in the works. The hot hatch could come here as soon as April.
Santa Fe Hybrid
Hyundai will be offering up the Santa Fe in electrified guise from the second half of 2021 and the company says that it’ll have the power and towing capacity of a V6 but with the fuel efficiency of a frugal four-banger.
The Japanese ute builder has had a great year of sales thanks to its best-selling D-Max and its seven-seat sibling, the MU-X. The latter has been long in the tooth for a replacement and the brand says that its replacement will be hitting local showroom floors sometime in the second half of 2021.
XE, XF & E-Pace
These three Jags, while slightly different from one another, share a few commonalities, one of which is their Q1 delivery dates for the updated, refreshed version of those cars.
Jaguar F-Pace & SVR
The biggest SUV offering from the Coventry-based brand will be made available here in facelifted guise in 2021. The red-hot supercharged SVR variant will be from the second quarter while the regular variants’ release date is unconfirmed for now.
2021 is set to be the year that the Wrangler shakes things up and with the addition of the blacked-out Night Eagle variant joining the ranks along with the entry-level Sport S, things are looking up. Jeep has also pulled the oil burners from the line-up. Deliveries are slated for the first quarter.
Just like the Wrangler, the ute of the Jeep family will be available from the first quarter and will be offered with the entry-level Sport S variant.
The all-new Carnival people mover will be landing in local showrooms from early Q1. The people hauler gets the brand’s new design language and will be available with a choice of either a V6 or four-cylinder diesel mill.
The small Rio-based SUV is the new comer to the 2021 line up over at Kia and is there to fill the gap beneath the Seltos. However, due to the pandemic and shipping-related issues, the originally planned release for 2020 has been moved up to this quarter.
While the all-new generation of the Sorento has already hit the sales floor, the model range is set to be enriched by the addition of the hybrid variant, with the PHEV version incoming.
Defender 90 & 110
The icon is back in all-new metal and now the previously outed 110 variant will be joined by its three-doored sibling, the 90, with deliveries slated for the second quarter. Both body styles will be available here with a choice of engines ranging from a 48V MHEV 3.0-litre six-cylinder to a more frugal 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel.
Discovery Sport & Discovery Sport P300e
Land Rover’s local arm hasn’t yet to confirm the due date of the updated Disco Sport, while the P300e variant is slated for the second quarter. More updates to come.
Just like the Discovery Sport, Land Rover has yet to reveal the timing of the model’s due date here. But what we do know, is that the Discovery and Sport will include mild-hybrid powertrains and the brand’s PIVI infotainment system.
The iconic luxury SUV will get an update for 2021 with an all-new mild hybrid diesel drivetrain. Two more variants are set to join the line-up when it drops in early 2021.
Range Rover Velar & Evoque
Following in the footsteps of the updated Evoque, expected to land in March, the Velar is set to receive updates for the 21MY and just like its little sibling, it’ll be here in March. Furthermore, the brand has announced that a PHEV variant of the Evoque, dubbed the P300e with a 1.5-litre three-cyl petrol engine and an 80kW electric motor, will be joining the range from Q2.
The flagship of the Japanese luxury brand will be arriving in local dealerships with its mid-life facelift in January and will be sporting a host of new tech such as semi-autonomous driving tech as well as performance upgrades to the powertrain and suspension.
While Australians aren’t alien to the UX, the brand will be adding its first-ever BEV to the local line up. The small SUV will get a 54.3kWh battery pack that’s good for a claimed NEDC range of 400 km. Sounds great, the bad news? It’ll only be hitting dealerships in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Ghibli Trofeo & Quattroporte Trofeo
The Trofeo treatment has been applied to Maserati’s saloon duo. Both score stonking great twin-turbo V8’s, sportier exteriors and tech updates. The hot duo is due to hit in the first quarter.
The brand-new sports car from the Italian Trident has been confirmed for the Australian market. The mid-engine sports car is open for bookings; however, the 2021 AU allocation has already been snapped up, with the earliest slated to arrive in 2022.
Mazda has announced the addition of single and extra cab variants of the BT-50 range for 2021. However, those two versions will only be available in the entry-level XT trim. Both versions will also only be available in cab-chassis form while the dual-cab range gets a choice of either cab-chassis or ute body formats.
Both versions will receive the full suite of safety systems as found on dual cab variants. They will also receive the same 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel lump as the rest of the range.
MX-30 Mild Hybrid & Electric
The brand from Hiroshima will be bringing its new small SUV Down Under. The all-new MX-30 will be made available locally, either in MHEV or BEV guises, from the first half onwards. In 2020, it was revealed that the model might receive the option to get an optional rotary engine as a range-extender. More on this to come.
CX-9 & MX-5
The brand’s biggest SUV offering and its iconic sports car have something in common in this list, and no it isn’t the badge upfront. Both models have been updated for the 21MY and will be available from the first quarter.
GLE 63 S
The hi-po mid-sized SUV from AMG will be set for deliveries right out the gate of 2021.
AMG GT Black Series
There’s no doubt the AMG GT sports car is not a slouch but AMG disagrees it seems. The Black Series is by far the most hardcore variant of the GT range and will be arriving stateside from the second quarter.
The W223 model is here in all its glory and just like the GT Black Series, it will be here from the second quarter.
Updated: (26th May 2021) The seventh-generation of the infamous German limousine is here and opens the range locally with the S450 variant in both short and long wheelbase lengths. Both are powered by a 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which sends 270kW of drive to the rear wheels via a nine-ratio box.
The V8 joins the party in the form of the S580 L, which as ditches the three-litre mill in lieu of a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. Drive is still channelled via the 9-speed torque converter box to the rear axle. Like the rest in the range, the V8 also gets a 48V mild-hybrid element which can impart some 15kW and 200Nm of electrical assistance when under heavy load.
The range starts off at $240,700. However, if the S-Class just isn’t enough luxury for you, fret not as the German marque has also introduced the Maybach model locally, albeit with a surprise under the bonnet
Maybach GLS 600
The three-pointed star’s flagship in the SUV space is something to behold and for most it’s plenty luxurious. But this is the Maybach version we’re on about and it’s an excellent tool to taunt other uber-luxury offerings while being ‘practical’. The Maybach will be here sometime in early 2021.
Just like the GLS Maybach, the car on which it’s based on, is nothing short of brilliant but Maybach disagrees, obviously. Sadly, its rivals the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur will only be appearing here late in the year.
Updated: (26th May 2021) Like a keystone atop an arch, the Maybach brand sits imperiously above the rest of the S-Class range as if it were lauding its position. Adding to that narrative is the fact that there lives a V12 under the bonnet.
While Mercedes-Benz may not be shoehorning this immense mill into their cars anymore, the Maybach sub-division proudly features it in the new S680. With 463kW of power and 900Nm of twist on tap, propulsion is sent to all corners via its 4Matic system. The 48V mild hybrid system from the S-Class is absent from the uber limo.
Of course, the emphasis of the Maybach is in the rear seats. Instead of the traditional long wheelbase S-Class body, the S680 get pulled an additional 180mm, which makes additional space in the back for all the bells and whistles.
Prices for the Rolls-Royce Ghost competitor start from $565,800.
HS Core & HS PHEV
The British brand has just outed the Core variant of the HS SUV which makes it the new entrant to the model range, costing some $2,000 less than the previous entry-level variant. Plans are also afoot to release the PHEV variant of the HS as well. The Core will begin deliveries in early Q1 while the PHEV version is slated for the first half.
Cooper S LCI
The facelifted Cooper S has been spotted in Europe with all its exterior chrome trim swapped out for gloss black trim. More details will surface soon as deliveries are slated for later this year.
Countryman LCI & JCW GP
Both models have already been launched but deliveries have yet to be scheduled. We reckon the brand will get on it sometime early in the first half.
The Outlander has been long in the tooth for a replacement and with slumping sales figures last year, the brand is hoping for a turnaround when the updated, new metal hits showroom floors. The all-new Outlander will be replacing the current 8-year old model and is expected here later this year.
Eclipse Cross PHEV
The Eclipse Cross range will be getting a new addition in the form of a PHEV variant. The brand reckons the variant will be ready to roll out of showrooms by the third quarter.
As a key sales proponent to the brand, keeping it fresh and favourable against its rivals is paramount. As such, the ute will receive its timely update and will gain a refreshed look and new tech and go on sale in the first quarter.
One of the most prolific BEV’s on sale right now is getting a boost to its range and it comes in the shape of the e+ variant, which to the uninformed, is the long-range version of the Leaf. It boasts a 62kWh battery as compared to the 40kWh unit in the standard Leaf and will join the local line up in early 2021.
The ever-popular SUV offering from Nissan is due to hit the local sales scene in facelifted guise from the second half of 2021. However, the brand has yet to confirm the model’s specification.
Pathfinder, Qashqai & 400Z
Three models that have been around for quite some time and are long in the tooth for a replacement. For now, the brand has yet to confirm details on these upcoming models. Stay tuned for more updates.
The French outfit will be updating their mid-size best seller, the 3008, for the 2021 model year and brings with it changes such as an updated fascia, LED lighting and body colours. The new 3008 also gets a new trim level in addition to the Allure and GT, namely: GT Sport. Towards the end of the year, the brand is slated to drop their plug-in hybrid electric variant. Watch this space for updates.
One of the most hotly anticipated performance BEV’s has been outed locally and will start deliveries by the end of the first quarter.
Zuffenhausen’s big SUV will be receiving minor updates, in particular the e-Hybrid variant. The electrified variant will be getting a bigger battery pack for improved range and will be hitting the floor from the first quarter.
718 GT4 Range
The entire range of 718’s equipped with the brand’s venerable 4-litre flat-sixer will now get the optional dual-clutch PDK transmission. The new option is due to land sometime in the first half.
1500 & 1500 TRX
An all-new truck from Ram is on the horizon and will be landing on our shores in the first half of 2021. The high-performance supercharged TRX variant will also be making landfall and we just can’t wait!
Update: (20th May 2021) After months of delays the all-new generation full-size pick-up from RAM is finally here. The 1500 DT generation lands here in two trim levels namely the Laramie and Limited. Both are powered by the same 5.7-litre Hemi V8 as before, except this time they feature a 48V mild hybrid system which recuperates energy when braking and can even serve to assist the V8 motor under acceleration.
The DT will be sold alongside the previous DS generation, which has been on sale here since 2013. Pricing for the DT starts from $114,950 and comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
2500 & 3500 Heavy Duty
Just like the 1500, Ram will also be debuting the Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 models in 2021. The all-new full-sized ute will be here later in the first half.
The current Captur has been replaced with a new-generation model which sports the brand’s latest design language and tech. it’s expected to hit early in the first quarter.
Gone are the tamer, milder variants and what’s left is frankly just brilliant, albeit fairly hardcore. The Megane RS will now be solely available in Trophy guise only, with the RS Sport and Cup variants axed from the line-up. The 21MY Trophy scores new tech inside and a refreshed exterior, headlined by new lighting signatures. Power figures remain unchanged.
The current Kangoo has been around for almost a decade now and 2021 will see the local market receive an all-new van, both in commercial and passenger versions. While Renault AU has confirmed its arrival, its timing has yet to confirmed.
The Arkana is Renault’s idea of a replacement for the Kadjar, and it’s an all-new model built on the Renault Nissan Alliance's CMF-B modular platform. The small SUV will initially be available with a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection TCe petrol engine. The Arkana is slated to drop in the second half of 2021.
The all-new Ghost, in both short and long wheel base form, has been introduced global and locally, with deliveries for the latter slated for the first quarter.
The fourth-generation saloon from Skoda will be arriving here in the first quarter and is indeed a tasty offering. Locally we will be getting more familiar powertrains such as the 2.0-litre and 1.4-litre out of a Golf.
Rexton & Tivoli
The Korean brand’s models are due for an update; however, they haven’t lead on much in this area and information remains unconfirmed for the time being. Stay tuned.
Subaru is set to refresh their offerings for the 21MY, starting with the all-new Outback. It will be offered up here in three trim levels when it lands in March. Subaru have yet to confirm local specifications.
BRZ & Levorg
Both models, the BRZ and Levorg, are slated to hit the local scene sometime in the second half of 2021. Specifications for both have yet to be released for the local market.
Model Y & Model S Plaid
The Model Y, Tesla’s all-new compact SUV will be hitting Australia in late 2021. But just like the Model S Plaid, the Californian EV builder has yet to confirm the timing.
If waiting and SUV’s aren’t your thing, good news! The incoming Tesla Model 3 for the 21MY will sport a bigger battery for better range and mild styling changes.
The new large SUV offered up should bring the fight to its rivals, the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Palisade. Hybrids are ever popular in this day and age and it’s no wonder the new Kluger will be offered up with a hybrid option.
A refreshed Camry range is expected in early Q2. However, the Japanese automaker will be dropping its trusted 3.5-litre V6 mill from the line up and instead only offer up four-cylinder and hybrid variants.
What was once on the edge of science fiction is now incoming to a Toyota showroom near you in late 2021. The Mirai is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which some project to be the answer to our current mobility woes. Trouble is, the limited refuelling infrastructure right now in Australia will hamper its usability.
Just like the Camry, the new incoming model will have its biggest powerplant cut from the line-up. In this case, the venerable V8 is no more, favouring a six-cylinder engine instead. No time frame has been given yet.
The 200-unit limited-edition large SUV will be there from the first quarter with a host of blacked out trim and tech. 100 units will be V6 powered while the other 100 gets V8 power.
Multivan, Caravelle & California T6.1
The brand’s van offering will be here from early in the year.
The new-generation of the Caddy is scheduled to hit showrooms early in the second half of 2021 in three body variants, namely: Caddy Cargo, Caddy Crewvan and Caddy People Mover.
Volkswagen’s ute line up will receive a new addition in the form of the W580 variant, which is slated for April this year.
The all-new 8th generation of the iconic hatch will be landing on our shores in May. Both regular and the GTi variants will be outed then.
The updated Passat will arrive from the second quarter, in both wagon and saloon body styles. The range will be equipped with Volkswagen’s full suite of advanced safety tech, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto.
The facelifted mid-sized SUV will be here from the second quarter of 2021.
XC40 P8 Recharge & V60 Cross Country
Volvo will be propping up XC40 range with the addition of its all-electric small SUV which has a claimed range of 418 km under the WLTP testing. At the same time, Volvo will be adding the V60 Cross Country to the local offering. Both will be here from the second half of 2021.
Cars that will be disappearing from the local market in 2021
- Abarth 124 Spider
Model has been discontinued in Europe and will be dropped from the Australian market this year due to poor sales performance. All stock sold out. No replacement is due.
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta
FCA to end global production of its entry-level model.
- Alfa Romeo 4C
Both body styles, coupe and convertible, have been dropped from the local line up as well as globally.
- BMW i8
Poor sales numbers have contributed to the killing of its hybrid sports car. Production ended in February 2020.
- BMW 6 Series GT
- Chevy Camaro
HSV has stopped RHD remanufacturing of the Chevrolet Camaro due to the wind down of Holden’s operation. HSV’s operation will morph into General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) which will continue selling the Silverado ute and more.
- Ford EcoSport
The Blue Oval will be replacing the model with the new Puma crossover.
- Ford Endura
Ford’s SUV line up will consist of the all-new Puma, Escape and Everest, leaving the Endura out on the block to be chopped.
- Ford Mondeo
Ford cites changing customer preference to SUVs as the reason the Mondeo was cut from the local offering.
A combo of poor sales performance and General Motor’s decision to exit the RHD market has forced Holden out of the market. However, GMSV – formerly known as HSV – will continue its operations.
- Honda City
Honda cites declining sales numbers as the reason for pulling the model from market.
Just like Holden, Nissan’s premium marque exited the Australian market at the end of 2020. Dismal sales have been given as the reason for the pull out.
- Jeep Renegade
Jeep blames a weak Forex (foreign exchange) performance as one of the reasons the Renegade was pulled from the sales floor in early 2020.
- Kia Optima
Much like the Ford Mondeo, strong sales figures for SUV’s and utes have marked the end of the Optima here.
- Lexus GS
The SUV craze and the fact that the ES saloon way out sold the GS was all the reasons Lexus needed to pull the plug on the big saloon. You will be missed.
- Mercedes-Benz X-Class
The Three-Pointed Star ceased production of its ute globally back in May 2020 due to struggling sales figures.2
- Renault Clio
The Clio is yet another victim of the SUV craze and will be phased out in favour of a series of SUVs.
- Renault Kadjar
- Renault Zoe
Poor sales numbers and a lack of government incentives for electric vehicles means the pint-sized EV is no more.
- Subaru Liberty
Declining sales figures for the large saloon and a strong shift towards SUVs has spelt its doom.
- Toyota Camry
No, the Camry isn’t dead. But what is on the chopping block is its beloved V6 motor. For the 21MY onwards, the Camry will be available with either a four-cylinder or a hybrid power train only.
- Toyota Prius C
After being on sale here for eight years, the hybrid hatchback will give way to the all-new Yaris hybrid.
Cars that are long in the tooth and are due to be replaced in 2021 or later.
- Audi Q2 & SQ2
- Genesis G70
- Ford Ranger T6
- Ford Everest
- Hyundai iLoad
- Hyundai iMax
- Jaguar XJ
- Toyota LandCruiser J200
- Maserati Gran Turismo
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Nissan 370Z
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Nissan Qashqai
- Peugeot 308
- Peugeot 3008
- Peugeot 5008
- Ram 1500 & 1500 TRX
- Ram 2500 & 3500 HD
- Renault Clio
- Renault Kangoo
- Renault Kadjar
- Rolls-Royce Ghost
- Skoda Octavia
- Ssangyong Rexton
- Subaru BRZ
- Toyota Kluger
- Volkswagen Golf
- Volkswagen Caddy
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