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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 - First half

Make no mistake, the new-generation Hyundai Tucson means business. Due in the first half of 2021, the mid-size SUV is bigger and better than its predecessor in nearly all regards.

Critically, ‘self-charging’ and plug-in hybrid options are under study for Australia, while a sporty N-Line flagship is locked in, likely with a 213kW/422Nm 2.5-litre turbo-petrol engine.

Jeep Grand Cherokee - Fourth quarter

After a decade of service, the ‘WK2’ Jeep Grand Cherokee will be replaced by the box-fresh ‘WL’ series in the fourth quarter of 2021. Needless to say, it’s been a long time coming.

The new large SUV is expected to be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, while in-cabin technology is likely to take a significant leap forward with screens galore.

Nissan Navara - Early 2021

The Nissan Navara is about to undergo a midlife significant facelift, which is expected to enter showrooms in early 2021. And yes, we meant it when we say significant.

The ute’s front end is expected to be redesigned with a tougher look that will see it take the fight to even its fiercest rivals. That said, there will be plenty more to the nip and tuck.

Kia Sportage - September

The new-generation Kia Sportage is set to arrive around September 2021, with the mid-size SUV likely to follow in the tyre tracks of the aforementioned Tucson in many regards.

However, it will go it alone when it comes to electrification, with neither a self-charging nor plug-in hybrid to be available globally, strange omissions given the direction of the segment.

Volkswagen Golf - Early 2021

Speaking of long time coming, the new-generation Volkswagen Golf also fits the bill. With regular variants revealed in October 2019, its early 2021 arrival can’t come soon enough.

The small car will launch as a five-door hatchback, with the venerable GTI grade set to be available from the get-go, but the highlight has to be the technological tour de force inside.

 

Toyota Kluger - First half

Now this one has been a long time coming… Revealed in April 2019, the new-generation Toyota Kluger is due in the first half of 2021. Yep, that’s a near two-year wait.

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