New cars 2021: what’s coming and when?

Ineos Grenadier

Fresh off the back of securing a factory off Mercedes-Benz and signing a hydrogen deal with Hyundai, Ineos is gearing up towards launching the Grenadier at the tail end of 2021. Designed to fill the gap left by the old Land Rover Defender, the Grenadier brings modern running gear (BMW petrol and diesel engines, along with a ZF eight-speed auto) with rugged 4×4 looks. 

Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV

America’s answer to the Defender gains a 370bhp plug-in hybrid option, with power coming from a 2.0-litre, turbo four and a 400V, 17kWh battery. The 470lb ft of torque is a handy 59% increase over the most powerful existing Jeep and the set-up is claimed to improve on- and off-road capability. The latter is crucial for Jeep, because heritage is so important to the brand.

Kia Sportage

It’s Kia’s best-selling model here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean the brand will be playing it safe for the fifth-generation car, due towards the end of the year. A radical design overhaul is promised, along with multiple electrified powertrains, although it’s still unclear whether a plug-in hybrid model is on the way. A diesel is still likely to be offered, though.

Range Rover

So much is up in the air at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) at the moment around future product plans. Under new CEO Thierry Bolloreé, a leaner showroom of JLR models is set to emerge, and the rapid expansion of all different shapes and sizes of SUVs in particular will end as the company instead focuses on its core – and highly profitable – models. 

One of those will be the Range Rover, which will retain its role as the flagship of the Land Rover range. An all-new model arrives this year as the first model built on JLR’s new MLA architecture, which will ultimately underpin anything bigger than a Range Rover Evoque.

A huge investment, MLA can house petrol, diesel, hybrid and full-electric variants, all of which will emerge on the fifth-gen Range Rover’s watch. Up first will be petrol and diesels in both mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid forms. An all-electric version isn’t due for some time yet, although it is understood to be a priority for Bolloré ahead of any stand-alone electric Range Rover that had previously been planned. 

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