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Best crossovers arriving in 2021

Hyundai's new Kona is expected to land in early 2021 and will be headlined by the arrival of the sporty N Line variant.

Combining the high-riding appeal of an SUV with the nimbleness of a hatchback, is it any wonder that crossovers are one of the quickest growing segments in automotive?

Such a flood of crossovers have landed in Australia recently, that the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has seen fit to split the segment into light and small SUVs depending on size.

Regardless of where each model falls though, its clear that the crossover isn’t going away anytime soon, and here are the vehicles you should keep your eyes on in 2021.

Audi Q2 - Mid-2021

Having touched down on local soil in early 2017, Audi’s youth-orientated Q2 crossover is due for its first facelift in mid-2021.

A new exterior design keeps it fresh amongst a sea of competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Volvo XC40, but it’s the tech-laden interior with larger multimedia screen that will keep occupants happy.

Full Australian engine details are yet to be confirmed, but the current Q2 line-up is available with either a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre or 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine.

Audi Q2

Audi Q2
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Hyundai Kona - First quarter

Love or hate the styling, the Kona has more than proven its worth to Hyundai as its third most popular model thanks to its plucky personality and tech-stuffed interior.

The facelifted Kona, due in early 2021, won’t mess with the recipe too much, but the small SUV line-up will be bolstered by the arrival of the sporty N Line that turns up the aggression and, hopefully, performance.

Other updates include a digital instrument cluster and Hyundai’s the latest multimedia system, while exterior styling is tweaked slightly to keep the Kona fresh.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - Third quarter

Not content with leaving its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology to its Outlander mid-size SUV, Mitsubishi will expand its electrified offerings with the updated Eclipse Cross in the third quarter of 2021.

Of course, a plug-in powertrain isn’t the only thing new to the Eclipse Cross, so expect to see reworked styling (taken from the e-Evolution concept of 2017) and updated equipment.

Exact details are still to be locked in, but if Mitsubishi can take advantage of Australia’s hybrid SUV appetite (as evidenced with the Toyota RAV4’s popularity), the new Eclipse Cross could be a runaway success.

Renault Arkana - Second half

The Arkana (above) will effectively take over from the Kadjar in Australia in the second half of next year.

At first glance, the Kadjar-replacing Arkana looks like a coupe-styled SUV from a German brand, but in reality, the latest Renault is closer to a high-riding, jacked-up sedan.

With promises of the practicality and engaging dynamics, as well as a tech-loaded interior with 9.3-inch multimedia system and 10.0-inch digital instrumentation, the Arkana could be a crossover dark horse.

Engine wise, there is a 90kW/155Nm 1.6-litre and 112kW/255Nm 1.3-litre turbo-petrol on offer overseas, but full Australian specification and pricing will be revealed closer to its launch in the second half of 2021.

Renault Captur - First quarter

2021 Renault Captur

In a sign of the times, Renault has decided to ditch its Clio light hatchback and focus its efforts on the Captur crossover, which is due to land its latest iteration in early 2021.

Three variants will be on offer – Life, Zen and Intens – with all powered by a 114kW/270Nm 1.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.

Pricing is still to confirmed, but equipment will include an up-to-9.3-inch multimedia touchscreen, keyless entry, wireless smartphone charger and advanced safety features to compete against the likes of the Hyundai Venue and Ford Puma.