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Best utes arriving in 2021

The Thunder is the new Mazda BT-50's eagerly anticipated flagship.

After a very busy 2020, it’s no surprise there aren’t a lot of new utes due to be released in Australia in 2021 – well, ones we know about at the time of writing.

That said, a couple of the models that are on the way are no less significant. In fact, they will play significant roles for the brands they represent. Read on.

Nissan Navara - February

Building on the styling cues from the just-unveiled MY21 Navara PRO-4X, the 2024 replacement is likely to look even tougher.

The Nissan Navara has undergone a significant midlife facelift, and it entered showrooms in February. And yes, we meant it when we say significant.

The ute’s front end has been redesigned with a tougher look that sees it take the fight to even its fiercest rivals. That said, there's plenty more to the nip and tuck...

Jeep Gladiator - February

Another new-generation ute has expanded its line-up, with the Jeep Gladiator adding fresh Sport S and Night Eagle grades as part of its MY21 update that landed in February.

The former serves as the model’s new entry level, while the latter is its mid-range offering. Either way, should they desire, buyers get two more affordable options to choose from.

Ram 1500 and 2500 HD - Second quarter

The new-generation Ram 1500 and 2500 HD will be large and in charge when they go on sale in the second quarter of 2021. Just like their predecessors, the full-size pick-ups will be locally ‘remanufactured’.

But the really big news is what’s will be under their bonnets, with model-dependent engine options including a 291kW/556Nm 5.7-litre V8 petrol and a 298kW/1356Nm 6.7-litre turbo-diesel straight-six.

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD - Late 2021

In late 2021, the new-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD will enter newly established GMSV showrooms after being locally remanufactured. Sound familiar? We thought so.

This full-size pick-up has the established 332kW/1234Nm 6.6-litre Duramax turbo-diesel V8 in tow, with it now mated to a 10-speed Allison torque-converter automatic transmission.

Mazda BT-50 Thunder - April

Mazda finally got into the flagship ute game in April when it released the BT-50 Thunder. Yep, this new model takes its name from the famous Holden Ute of yesteryear.

While the BT-50 Thunder ups the ante with a series of off-road-focused upgrades, including a single-hoop steel bullbar, it doesn't come with the much-anticipated upgraded engine.

Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Volkswagen Amarok W580 - April

The ageing Volkswagen Amarok will get a whole lot spicier in April , with the Walkinshaw-developed W580 set to become its new flagship. And yes, it seriously means business.

The W580 stands out from the Amarok crowd with its lifted suspension, unique wheel and tyre package, and twin-tune dampers... and it gets a very familiar 200kW/580Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6.