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Here’s everything you can expect to see touch down on Australian shores in 2021, and when!
The year 2020 was one that many would like to forget, and the automotive industry is no exception.
Lockdowns and economic slowdowns brought on by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic translated exactly as you’d expect for Australia’s new-car sales, with a staggering 48.5 per cent sales decline in April, contributing to an overall market down 13.7 per cent by the end of the year.
Despite the sales slowdowns and production delays caused by COVID-19, 2020 was still a relatively strong year in terms of new model launches, with highlights from the year ranging from the rapid Ford Fiesta ST and Mercedes-AMG A45 S hot hatches in the first half of the year, to the new-generation Isuzu D-Max and Kia Sorento toward the year’s end.
This new year of 2021 promises to be equally exciting, with this year set to host the launches of the controversial BMW M3 and M4, crucial new-generation Nissan Qashqai, and hybrid versions of the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs.
However, much of the 2021 calendar remains unclear at this stage, with many new models due over the next 12 months yet to be revealed, or still to be locked in for our market. We expect any models you see below to arrive as described.
We’ll be updating this story weekly as new information comes to light, be it the reveal of a new model, or simply the announcement of its Australian launch date.
LAST UPDATE: 5 May 2021
Below are the models we expect to launch inside a specific quarter of the year, as advised by each brand.
LDV Deliver 9 auto (details) – on sale now
LDV Deliver 9 cab-chassis, bus (pricing) – on sale now
Lexus UX, NX and RX Crafted Editions – available to order now
Lexus LS facelift (revealed) – on sale now
Lexus LX570 S (pricing) – on sale now
Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, Quattroporte Trofeo (pricing) – on sale now
Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante MY21 updates – on sale now
Mazda 6 update (pricing) – on sale now
Mazda CX-3 update (pricing) – on sale now
Mazda CX-5 update (pricing) – on sale now
Mazda CX-8 update (pricing) – on sale now
Mazda CX-9 update (pricing) – on sale now
Mazda MX-5 update (pricing) – on sale now
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe (pricing) – on sale now
Mercedes-Benz E350 (pricing) – on sale now
Mercedes-Benz Vito and Valente facelift (pricing) – on sale now
MG HS PHEV (pricing) – on sale now
MG HS Excite X, Essence X AWD (pricing) – on sale now
Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition (pricing) – available to order
Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition – available to order now
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport MY21 update (pricing) – on sale now
Nissan Navara facelift (revealed) – on sale now
Nissan X-Trail MY21 update (pricing) – on sale now
Peugeot 3008, 5008 facelifts (3008 revealed) (5008 revealed) – on sale now
Porsche 718 GT4, GTS 4.0, Spyder PDK automatic option (details) – available to order
Porsche Taycan (pricing) – on sale now
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid MY21 battery upgrades (revealed) – on sale now
Range Rover (full-size) MY21 updates (revealed) (‘Fifty’ special edition revealed) – on sale now
Range Rover Velar MY21 (details) – on sale now
Renault Koleos update (details) – on sale now
Renault Megane RS facelift (details) – on sale now
Skoda Fabia Run-Out Edition (pricing) – on sale now
Skoda Kamiq 110TSI Monte Carlo, Limited Edition (pricing) – on sale now, following delays (delay details)
Skoda Scala (pricing) – on sale now following delays (delay details)
SsangYong Rexton (pricing) – on sale now
Subaru Outback (details) (revealed in the US) – on sale now
Tesla Model 3 update (details) – on sale now
Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged X facelift (delay details) (pricing) – on sale now
Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series Horizon special edition (details) – on sale now
Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI (pricing) – on sale now
Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg (pricing) – on sale now
Volkswagen Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan, California T6.1 (2021 timing details) (pricing) – on sale now
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport (pricing) – on sale now
Audi SQ2 facelift (pricing) – May
UPDATED, May 5: Audi SQ5 TDI facelift (revealed) – on sale now
Audi Q2 facelift (pricing) – May
Ferrari Roma (details)
Ford Mustang Mach 1 (pricing) (details) – expected May
Genesis G70 facelift (revealed)
Genesis GV70 (local specs)
Haval Jolion (pricing) – first examples on sale now, full range due later in the year.
Haval H6 (pricing) – on sale now
Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition (details) (lottery details)
Hyundai i30 N hatch facelift (details) (DCT prototype review) – expected May or June
Hyundai Kona Electric facelift (revealed) – on sale now
Hyundai Tucson (pricing) – 2.0-litre petrol on sale now, followed by the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol in May or June, and the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel in June or July.
Kia Cerato (details) – May/June
Kia Niro – late May, or June (details)
Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEVs (revealed)
UPDATED, May 5: Jaguar F-Pace SVR facelift (pricing) – on sale now
UPDATED, May 5: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Edition (pricing) – on sale now
Maserati Ghibli and Levante F Tributo Special Editions (revealed) – June
Mazda MX-30 mild-hybrid (pricing) – on sale now
Mercedes-Benz EQA (pricing) – order books open April, first deliveries June
Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (pricing) (international review)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (new generation) (revealed) – order books open in March
Nissan Juke changes (pricing) – available now
UPDATED, May 5: Nissan Leaf e+ (pricing) – on sale now
Peugeot 308 mild facelift (details)
UPDATED, May 5: Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years (revealed) – on sale now
UPDATED, May 5: Renault Captur (new gen) (pricing) – on sale now
UPDATED, May 5: Skoda Octavia (new gen) (revealed) (full overseas lineup details) – on sale now
Skoda Superb 162TSI (details) – full details later in May
SsangYong Musso facelift (revealed) – June
Subaru WRX STI EJ25 Final Edition (pricing) – on sale now
UPDATED, May 5: Suzuki Swift 100 Year Anniversary Edition (pricing) – on sale now
UPDATED, May 5: Toyota Camry facelift (pricing) – on sale now
UPDATED, May 5: Toyota GR Yaris Rallye limited edition (pricing) (details) – on sale now
Toyota Kluger (new-generation) (pricing) – June
UPDATED, May 5: Toyota Mirai (initial details) – on sale now
Volkswagen Amarok W580 (revealed) – on sale now
Volkswagen Golf Mk8 hatch (pricing) – May
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 (pricing) – May 24
Volkswagen Passat full range (details) – 162TSI sedan, wagon and Alltrack here in April, 206TSI coming May or June
Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI CityLife (pricing) – on sale now
Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI and 147TDI (pricing) – late May
Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI (pricing) – June
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 132TSI 4Motion – May
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Wolfsburg Edition (pricing) – June
Alfa Romeo Stelvio full range (revealed) – initially first quarter, new timing still to be confirmed.
Audi E-Tron GT (revealed)
BYD vehicles (details) – order books open July 2021, first deliveries in the first quarter of 2022
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss (pricing)
NEW, May 5: Ford Ranger Raptor X, FX4 (pricing) – July
Hyundai Ioniq 5 (revealed)
Hyundai i20 N (details) – initially second quarter
Hyundai i30 Sedan N (details) (teased)
Hyundai Kona N (details)
Hyundai Staria (details) – by the end of August
Jeep Compass facelift (revealed)
Jeep Grand Cherokee L (revealed) – understood (though yet to be officially confirmed) to be arriving in August or September
Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (details)
Kia Sorento hybrid (details)
Land Rover Defender V8 (pricing) – July
Maserati MC20 (local details)
Mazda MX-30 all-electric (details)
McLaren Artura (revealed)
Mercedes-Benz G400d (pricing) – July
Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 (pricing) – August
Mini Hatch and Convertible facelift (pricing)
Mitsubishi Outlander (new generation) (revealed) – by end of 2021 confirmed, September or October expected
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (pricing) – only 4S and Turbo grades bound for Australia
Skoda Octavia 140TSI (details)
Volkswagen Arteon liftback and Shooting Brake wagon (details)
Volkswagen Golf wagon (pricing) – July
Volkswagen Caddy (pricing) – July
UPDATED, May 5: Volvo B-series mild-hybrid petrol engines – August 2021, replacing conventional petrol and diesel engines (details)
UPDATED, May 5: Volvo V60 Cross Country (details) – August
NEW, May 5: Volvo S60 MY22 (details) – August, with slimmer range and one engine choice
Volvo XC40 Recharge EV (revealed) – August
Volvo XC60 facelift (revealed)
Abarth 595 Pista (revealed)
Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition (revealed) – 18 available to order worldwide, first deliveries fourth quarter, 2021
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition (revealed)
BMW iX (revealed) – pricing to be released mid-2021, first deliveries in the fourth quarter
BMW iX3 (pre-order details)
BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive (revealed)
BMW M4 Competition x Kith (revealed)
Chevrolet Corvette (pricing) – production commences in Q4
Ford Focus ST-3, upgraded ST-1 (pricing)
Kia Sportage (rendered) – global unveiling due before July, Australian launch in Q4.
Lexus UX300e (details) – November
Maserati Levante Hybrid (revealed)
Mercedes-Benz CLS facelift (Benz revealed) (AMG revealed)
Mercedes-Benz EQS (revealed) – December
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class (revealed)
Ram 1500 TRX (details) – order books now open
Skoda Kodiaq facelift (revealed) – by December
UPDATED, May 5: Subaru BRZ (local details)
Subaru WRX (details) – due by the end of 2021, likely late in the year
Below are the models we expect to launch in either the first or second half of the year, as advised by each brand. More specific timing has not yet been offered for these models.
None, as all models initially scheduled for the first half have since had more specific timing confirmed.
Alpina B3 (pricing) – first examples delivered directly to customers late in 2020, more stock due on showroom floors mid-year
BMW M5 CS (pricing) – just 20 for Australia, all sold out
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss
Hyundai Sonata N Line (revealed) – initially fourth quarter of 2020, then delayed to the first quarter of 2021, and now mid-2021.
Ram 2500 Heavy Duty (2500/3500 details)
Abarth 595 update (revealed) – expected second half of 2021
Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro (details) – expected second half of 2021
Audi E-Tron S (details)
Audi A3 hatch and sedan (revealed)
Audi S3 (revealed)
Audi Q5 Sportback (revealed)
Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI (revealed)
Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Citroen C4 (revealed)
Isuzu MU-X (revealed) – expected mid-to-late-2021
Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid (details)
Lexus ES facelift (revealed)
Peugeot 2008 GT (details)
Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid (revealed) – initially first half, now delayed to the second half.
Peugeot 508 plug-in hybrid (details)
Polestar 2 (details)
Porsche 911 GT3 (pricing)
Renault Arkana (Australian details) (revealed) – replacing the slow-selling Kadjar
Subaru Levorg (new generation) (revealed) (engine details) – expected in the second half of 2021, with WRX power (and name)
Toyota GR Yaris (details) – second batch of cars due to arrive in the second half of 2021
Volkswagen Amarok and Crafter Seikel off-road accessories (details)
Below the models we expect to see in Australia sometime this year, but with no specific timing or confirmation offered by the relevant brands.
Sometime in 2021
Alpina XD3 (pricing) – initially early 2021, new timing still to be confirmed.
Alpina XB7 (pricing) (overseas review) – initially early 2021, new timing still to be confirmed.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo (revealed)
Audi Q7 55 TFSI (pricing) – initially first quarter, new timing unclear.
BMW X2 M Mesh Edition (revealed) – initially first quarter, new timing still to be confirmed.
Genesis dedicated electric vehicle (spy shots) – understood (though not confirmed) to be badged GV60
Haval H6 Hybrid (revealed) – expected by the end of the year
Honda HR-V (revealed) – due in Australia by February 2022, meaning a likely local launch late this year or early next.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid (facelift) – third quarter of 2021 expected
Jaguar F-Type Heritage 60 Edition – available to order, first deliveries expected sometime in 2021 (revealed)
Lotus Elise, Exige Final Edition (pricing) – sometime later this year
Mahindra Thar (revealed) – initially first half, new timing unclear
Ram 1500 (new generation) (details) (delay details) – initially expected starting March, new timing TBC.
Range Rover Evoque updates (pricing) – available to order, first deliveries expected in 2021
Rolls-Royce Ghost (revealed) – Australian timing unclear, but first deliveries expected sometime in 2021 (likely Q1)
SsangYong Tivoli (details) (facelift revealed) – relaunch due to happen in 2021, likely in facelifted form
Walkinshaw-tuned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (details) – initially first quarter, new timing yet to be confirmed
The models below have either not yet been confirmed for Australia, or have already been ruled out.
Audi SQ5 TFSI facelift (revealed) – revealed in the US, but Australian plans yet to be confirmed
Audi TTS updates – under evaluation for Australia (revealed)
Audi Q4 E-Tron (revealed) – yet to be confirmed for Australia
Bentley Bentayga Hybrid (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, but timing yet to be announced
Bentley Continental GT Speed (coupe revealed) (convertible revealed) – first quarter, 2022
BMW i4 (details) – first quarter, 2022
BMW X3 xDrive30e – originally due second quarter, new timing unclear
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, CT5-V Blackwing (revealed) – not for Australia
Citroen C3 Aircross facelift (revealed) – under evaluation for Australia
Cupra brand (details) – early 2022
Ferrari SF90 Spider, Portofino M – timing unconfirmed
Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport (Bronco revealed) (Bronco Sport revealed) – not available in right-hand-drive… yet
UPDATED, May 5: Ford Escape plug-in hybrid (pricing) – delayed to first quarter, 2022
Ford Evos (revealed) – no plans for Australia… yet
Ford Puma ST (ST revealed for Europe) and mild-hybrid – no plans for an Australian launch
Genesis Electrified G80 (revealed) – early 2022
GWM Baja Snake, X Cannon utes – not confirmed for Australia
Haval Big Dog, Tank 300 – under consideration
Honda Civic (new generation) (sedan concept revealed) – sedan not for Australia, regular and Type R hatch models only. Timing remains unconfirmed, however – the current model will be phased out locally in mid-2021, so expect a new model to arrive at a similar time.
Hyundai Bayon (revealed) – not for Australia
Hyundai Santa Cruz (revealed) – not for Australia
Jaguar XJ electric – axed with new business plan.
Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (revealed) – not for Australia, as left-hand-drive-only (details)
Kia EV6 (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, arrival timing yet to be confirmed.
Land Rover Discovery facelift (pricing) – available to order, but timing unconfirmed
Land Rover Discovery Sport update (pricing) – available to order, but timing unconfirmed
Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance (revealed) – left-hand-drive only, so not for Australia
Lotus Evija (details) – yet to be certified for sale in Australia
Mercedes-Benz EQB (revealed) – sometime in 2022
NEW, May 5: MG Cyberster (details) – confirmed for right-hand-drive production, but timing or Australian availability unknown.
MG Marvel R (revealed), MG 5 Electric (revealed) – neither confirmed for Australia, though the Marvel R is on MG Australia’s wish list.
Nissan 400Z (Z Proto concept reveal) – expected between 2021 and 2023, looking near-identical to the Z Proto concept
Nissan GT-R Nismo update (revealed) – Australian timing TBA
Nissan Note E-Power (new generation) (revealed) – no plans
Nissan Qashqai (revealed) – Australian launch confirmed, but no arrival timing announced, with more details due in the coming months.
Nissan Pathfinder (new generation) (revealed) – no timing confirmed for Australia, however late 2021 or sometime in 2022 probable.
Nissan X-Trail (revealed) – initially expected late in the second half of 2021, now looking possible for 2022
Peugeot 208 (details) – initially set for a 2020 launch, but now looking likely for 2022.
Peugeot 308 (revealed) – here first quarter of 2022
Porsche Taycan rear-wheel-drive (details) – understood to arrive in around early 2022
Renault Kangoo (all-new generation) (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, launch timing expected to be announced in 2021
Renault Trafic safety upgrade (details) – sometime in 2022
Skoda Fabia (teased) – debut set for May 2021, ahead of Australian launch by early 2022
Skoda Kamiq 85TSI – current 2021 model nearly sold out, more stock unlikely before 2022 (details)
Skoda Octavia Sportline (revealed) – early 2022
SsangYong E100 electric vehicle (teased) – yet to be confirmed for Australia
Tesla Model S, Model X facelift (revealed) – sometime in 2022
Tesla Model Y – timing yet to be confirmed
Toyota GR 86 (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, timing TBC
Toyota Corolla Cross (details) – late 2022
Volkswagen ID.4 (revealed) – expected no earlier than 2023.
Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Alltrack (revealed) – not coming to Australia
Volkswagen Golf R (hatch revealed) – hatch confirmed for early 2022, wagon expected at a similar time
Volkswagen T-Roc facelifts, including T-Roc R (details)
UPDATED, Apr 28: Volkswagen Polo facelift (revealed) – core range here first quarter of 2022, GTI due in the second quarter of 2022
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace facelift (leaked) – first quarter of 2022
Volkswagen Tiguan R – expected second half of 2022
Volkswagen Touareg R, eHybrid – Australian launch previously confirmed to be off the table