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Best SUVs arriving in 2021

The new Toyota Kluger is one of 2021’s most important new releases.

The SUV phenomenon is not slowing down anytime soon, so it’s no surprise high-riding wagons dominate the list of new vehicles set to be released in Australia in 2021.

And local buyers holding out for the latest and greatest won’t be disappointed, as there is plenty of variety on the way, from petrol to hybrid and mainstream to premium. Read on.

Toyota Kluger - First half

Due in the first half of 2021, the new-generation Toyota Kluger is set to make waves with the availability of a ‘self-charging’ hybrid powertrain for the first time in the model’s history.

That said, the large SUV has been a long time coming, having been revealed way back in April 2019. Needless to say, some will be champing at the bit to get behind the wheel.

Audi Q5 - First half

The Audi Q5 will gets its midlife facelift in the first half of 2021, with a redesigned front end on the way alongside seriously cutting-edge OLED tail-lights with three graphics options.

Inside, the new mid-size SUV is harder to tell apart from its predecessor, although in-cabin technology improves via a fresh 10.1-inch touchscreen and an updated multimedia system.

Audi Q5

Audi Q5
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Peugeot 3008 and 5008 - First quarter

Fancy something with a bit of French flair? Due in the first quarter of 2021, the facelifted Peugeot 3008 and 5008 could do the trick thanks to their very bold front-end redesigns.

The five- and seven-seat mid-size SUVs are once again more or less the same model, which means both get an expanded suite of advanced driver-assist systems, among other features.


Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 - First half

MY21 updates for the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 are expected to arrive in the first half of 2021, with both set to focus on in-cabin technology, namely a larger, 10.25-inch central display.

Better yet, rear autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and driver attention alert is available for the first time in both the five-seat mid-size SUV and seven-seat large SUV.


Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Mitsubishi Outlander - 2021

Described as “bigger, bolder and better than before”, the new-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will have a lot to live up to when it goes on sale in 2021, that much is clear.

With AEB standard range-wide alongside other advanced driver-assist systems, the mid-size SUV is upping the safety ante, while an improved plug-in hybrid option is a near certainty.

Kia Sportage - September

The new-generation Kia Sportage is on its way, with the mid-size SUV to go on sale around September 2021, although it will do so with one key omission: no hybrid option whatsoever.

With neither a self-charging nor plug-in powertrain available globally, the model sticks to its local roots with a range of internal-combustion engines, likely including petrol and diesel.

Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid and Hybrid - First quarter and second half

Conversely, the new-generation Kia Sorento is going hybrid – twice – in 2021, with a plug-in option due in the first quarter, while a self-charging powertrain is set for the second half.

A single grade will be available from launch for both versions of the seven-seat large SUV, although an expanded line-up is on the cards if buyer demand continues to increase.

Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Alfa Romeo Stelvio - First quarter

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio will get an injection of life when its facelift arrives in the first quarter of 2021, highlighted by a significantly improved suite of advanced driver-assist systems.

But the new mid-size SUV has even more tricks up its sleeve, including a fresh touchscreen, an updated multimedia system and a redesigned centre console with a wireless charger.


Jeep Grand Cherokee - Fourth quarter

At long last, the ‘WL’ Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021, replacing the ‘WK2’ model that has been around for a decade. Yep, it’s been a while.

Critically, the new-generation large SUV is expected to be available with five- and seven-seat configurations for the first time in the model’s storied history thanks to a new platform.

Volkswagen Tiguan - 2021

Few facelifts are as significant as the one the Volkswagen Tiguan will get in 2021, with its front end completely redesigned, while its tweaked rear is a true lesson in subtlety.

What isn’t subtle, though, is the mid-size SUV’s new R flagship, which is powered by a 235kW 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine. Here’s hoping it actually comes here…

Jaguar F-Pace - First quarter

The Jaguar F-Pace is getting facelifted in the first quarter of 2021, resulting in even sharper looks than before, but the large SUV is also getting a more comprehensive interior overhaul.

Undoubtedly, the highlight is the new 11.4-inch touchscreen with curved glass, which is complemented by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as part of the tech tour de force.

Hyundai Tucson - First half

When the new-generation Hyundai Tucson arrives in the first half of 2021, it will challenge all preconceived notions with its bold exterior design and seriously impressive cabin.

However, the mid-size SUV is unlikely to have self-charging and plug-in hybrid powertrains anytime soon, with markets with strict emissions regulations being prioritised for now.