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The best new cars coming to Australia in 2021

The new Hyundai Tucson is sure to divide opinion with its exterior styling.

There’s plenty of new and exciting metal set to go on sale in Australia in 2021, a year which is pivotal to the local new-vehicle market’s recovery.

And given the increasing popularity of SUVs, it’s no surprise that high-riding wagons feature prominently on this list, although they’re not alone… Read on.

Hyundai Tucson - May

When the new-generation Hyundai Tucson arrived in May, it challenged 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.

Jeep Grand Cherokee - Fourth quarter

At long last, the 'WL' Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in late 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 available with five- and seven-seat configurations for the first time in the model's storied history thanks to a new platform.

Nissan Navara - February

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...

Kia Sportage - Fourth quarter

The new-generation Kia Sportage is on its way, with the mid-size SUV to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 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.

Volkswagen Golf - June

The new-generation Volkswagen Golf has been a long time coming. With regular variants revealed in October 2019, its arrival in June couldn't come soon enough.

The small car launched as a five-door hatchback, including the venerable GTI grade, but the headline act is definitely the technological tour de force inside.

Toyota Kluger - June

Now this one has been a long time coming… Revealed in April 2019, the new-generation Toyota Kluger landed in June. Yep, that’s a two-plus-year wait.

But the large SUV may very well be fashionably late, with a 'self-charging' hybrid option available for the first time due to a new platform. And there are seven seats, of course.

Isuzu MU-X - Third quarter

Hot on the heels of the related D-Max ute, the second-generation Isuzu MU-X is set to go on sale in the third quarter of 2021. And yes, it's a significant improvement over its predecessor.

The new MU-X gets all of the D-Max's goodies plus a few more. That said, the ladder-frame SUV's real trump card is its family friendly seven-seat versatility. It's really out do it all.

Isuzu MU-X

Isuzu MU-X
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Genesis GV70 - July

Genesis will release its second SUV, the GV70 mid-sizer, in July 2021, and it's shaping up as one of the most intriguing new models of the year, not to mention important.

The GV70 is tasked with a being a brand-builder, so expectations are high, with it clearly trying to fill both the sports and luxury briefs. Either way, it's already a striking effort.

Lexus NX - November

More than just a dressed-up Toyota RAV4, the new-generation Lexus NX mid-size SUV will enter showrooms in November 2021, and it'll be looking to make a splash in the premium segment from the get-go.

Of course, a 'self-charging' hybrid, dubbed NX350h, will be available from launch alongside two four-cylinder petrol engines, but expect the tantalisingly new NX450h+ PHEV to join the line-up in 2022.