Most Exciting Upcoming New Cars For 2021

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2020 was a year of belting cars – the Ford Puma ST, Volkswagen Golf GTI and Toyota GR Yaris – just to name a few.

So, the stage has been set for 2021 and we’re here to tell you it’s going to be a smashing year for new vehicle releases.

Read on to get your fill of the most exciting upcoming new cars and see which ones tickle your fancy as your potential future vehicle!


July 2021 new cars


Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

New Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

Alfa Romeo’s most powerful road-legal car has a whopping 533bhp which is an enhanced version of the standard 2.9-litre V6 found in the Quadrifoglio spec.

The Giulia GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita) has everything you’d expect from the brand – a brilliant drive and plenty of stylish presence.

You’ll be able to choose between two different versions of the car: a standard Giulia GTA and a Giulia GTAm. This latter option is even more steadfast, with greater track-focused features that lead to even more fine-tuned performance on a race course.


Alpina B4

New Alpina B4

Alpina, the manufacturer of high-performance BMW and Mini models will add a bit more subtle style to the more revolutionary BMW M4.

The Alpina B4 will be the first model to use the same engine as the M4, with power at 456bhp which is slightly less than the Bimmer. However, torque is right up there at a whopping 516lb ft.

All B4 models are expected to be a very comfortable motorway cruiser thanks to a chassis that is more in line with how a Grand Tourer (GT) would feel. What’s more is you get to choose between a coupe or convertible model, the latter of which has a metal folding roof.


Porsche 911 GTS

New Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS-2

The top-of-the-range for the standard Porsche 911 range – the GTS is a driver-centric model to say the least.

With a turbocharged 3.0-litre engine producing 444bhp (20bhp more than the previous generation’s naturally aspirated 3.8-litre unit) you can expect the car to really go.

There are three versions of the 911 GTS available: a coupe, convertible or Porsche’s ‘Targa’ semi-convertible design.


Mercedes-Benz CLS

Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (BR 257), 2021 & Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4M

The Mercedes-Benz CLS will receive a facelift that involves exterior design tweaks and a makeover on the inside. This is likely going to mean that the infotainment and tech inside the new CLS range will match Mercedes-Benz’s flagships.

Further engines are expected to be added to the existing range, which currently lets you choose between three – a mild hybrid, 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit delivering 295bhp; a 3.0-litre, 362bhp straight-six engine which is super quick (0-62mph takes 4.8 seconds); then a range-topping version of that same 3.0-litre engine found in the sporty AMG 53 4Matic model. It has an incredible 429bhp that cuts this acceleration down to 4.5 seconds.


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Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

New Porsche 911 GT3 with touring pack

The new Porsche GT3 is a true drivers’ sports car and the German manufacturer has truly put its heart and soul into pleasing diehard fans.

Underneath the bonnet is a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre used in Porsche’s GT3 Cup racing car. An additional 10bhp doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider the grand total power of 503bhp that this engine delivers, you can have little complaints.

On paper this looks decent for acceleration too, with a 0-62mph time of just 3.4 seconds and a ludicrous top speed of 198mph. A lot of this performance is down to the plethora of weight-saving elements to the car, including a carbon fibre roof and carbon sports seats which, together, shed nearly 17kg off the car.


Seat Tarraco PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)

New Seat Tarraco

Seat’s largest SUV, the seven-seater Tarraco, is being electrified with a PHEV model. This was initially planned for summer 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic kiboshed these plans.

When it eventually arrives, the Tarraco PHEV will have a total 242bhp output made up of a 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and 114bhp electric motor.

Importantly, you’ll be able to drive in pure electric mode for 31 miles, according to Seat. This is bound to make it a great option for company car drivers, who will benefit from low BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax.


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New BMW iX3

The BMW iX3 is an electric version of the regular X3, which is very successful with UK drivers because it’s a) A BMW, b) An SUV.

It’s quite easy to separate the two, however. For starters, the iX3 has a blanked-out grille, blue trim surround and aerodynamic wheels.

This uses the same powertrain as the latest iX which has a 282bhp electric motor powering the rear wheels. It makes it punchy enough to accelerate from 0-62mph in a mere 6.8 seconds.

With a WLTP range of 285 miles and an ability to rapid charge in just 30 minutes, the iX3 is a great option if you want a car that still has car-like style.


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Nissan Ariya

New Nissan Ariya

A boldly-styled electric SUV, the Nissan Ariya has turned out to be much more than a Leaf on stilts.

Nissan has promised that the Ariya will be laced with technology that’s as revolutionary as its futuristic design suggests.

Meanwhile, the brand has hinted at a range of up to 310 miles and power as high as 389bhp on some models. How exciting!


Renault Arkana

New Renault Arkana

Renault creating an SUV coupe? Surely not. But yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This is the new Renault Arkana and it’s a mild hybrid model that uses E-Tech engine technology that can be found in the likes of the Captur, Megane and Clio.

If you’re looking for a sportier-looking SUV, then the sloping roofline of the Arkana might just be enough to charm you away from the more functional Captur and Kadjar models.


Seat Arona

New Seat Arona

The Seat Arona has been around since 2017 and has yet to have a facelift, so this mid-life makeover should allow the car to keep up with the stiff competition.

A new exterior design will add a bit more off-road, bold character to the Arona, which it has always been synonymous with. Seat will revisit the interior too, adding more quality and tech that should give it a modern air.

As part of the updates, all Seat Arona models will be available with four different petrol powertrains that range from 89bhp to 148bhp.


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Seat Ibiza

New Seat Ibiza

A popular choice for first-time drivers and for any UK driver that fancies a great all-round supermini. The Seat Ibiza would only naturally undergo improvements because it’s one of their best-selling models.

The refresh has meant that the new Ibiza range comes with LED headlights as standard, plus new materials and technology inside that gives it an even greater sense of dynamic character.

A large, floating 9.2in touchscreen and bigger 10.25in digital driver’s display will also be available on certain specs.


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Toyota Mirai

New Toyota Mirai

Toyota hasn’t seen a great deal of uptake in the Mirai – the controversially-styled hydrogen fuel cell car.

For starters, the design itself was enough to divide opinion. But it’s also a logistical nightmare to fuel your hydrogen car out and about, because there’s only a handful of stations up and down the country.

However, if you do happen to live near a hydrogen fuel pump then you can fuel up just as quick as you would with a petrol car. At the same time, you’ll have the added benefit of driving with zero emissions.


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