After a difficult year in 2020, 2021 should raise the bar with an avalanche of new products!
2020 was a difficult year for everyone, including manufacturers. Luckily, they’ve managed to keep a few surprises in their boxes! Enough to promise a year 2021 rich in new products, and not the least. We have selected 10 of them, which will probably be the most important of the year.
BMW continues the electrification of its range, with the line of “i” badge vehicles. The next one is the i4, a 100% electric sedan and competitor of the Tesla Model 3. The i4 Concept is very close to the series, and if its performance is confirmed, there is plenty to salivate about: 530 bhp, 0 to 100 km/h in about 4 s, and above all a range of 600 km. A sporty M version is also under development…
Renault Mégane eVision
Surprise, the next Renault Mégane will be 100% electric! Announced by the Mégane eVision concept, it will be based on the CMF-EV platform, dedicated to electrics and used, for example, by the new Nissan Ariya. As a result, what is still a compact sedan will become a crossover with taut lines. Renault has announced that it will have enough range to cover a distance of around 500 km from Paris to Lyon. To be continued!
The 308 is getting old: it’s already 7 years old! The 2021 version should bring the compact back in line with today’s tastes. We expect a look more in line with the current style of the Lion, with fangs as headlights, for example. A 100% electric version would also be in preparation, as it was the case for the latest Peugeot novelties, with the e-2008 and e-208. Exit, on the other hand, the GTi version, probably replaced by a PSE version.
The Renault Kadjar 2 should see a nice upgrade compared to its predecessor! The interior has been completely redesigned from top to bottom, with a futuristic look probably inspired by the lines of the Morphoz concept, and above all many engines, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Its little brother, the Captur, had received the same treatment for the transition to the second generation, and with success!
Toyota electric SUV
Better late than never! Toyota, the world specialist in hybrids, dragged its feet before agreeing to build a 100% electric model. It will be an SUV whose lines have already been teased out, but without any further details. It will inaugurate a new platform called e-TNGA, and should be positioned in the same segment as the RAV4, but all electric.
Ioniq is the name of Hyundai’s 100% electric brand. The first model of this lineage to be marketed will be the Ioniq 5, a small SUV that should take up the lines of the Hyundai 45 concept. Little is still known about the production version, but Hyundai is already offering its customers the opportunity to pre-order the Ioniq 5 against a check for €1,000.
The DS range continues to expand. After the DS 3 Crossback and the luxurious DS 9, the premium brand of the PSA Group is about to unveil its new DS 4, which makes sense since it should be based on the same platform as the future 308, like the next Opel Astra. The DS 4 could be available in two distinct versions: a classic hatchback sedan and a Crossback SUV version. As with its PSA cousins, electric versions are expected.
Surprise, the next Skoda Fabia could be a dead end on electrification, according to the latest rumors. An extremely rare strategy, at a time when its rivals all offer at least hybrids, or even 100% electric. The objective? To lower prices as much as possible. In any case, this would be the course set for the launch, with the door open to electrification later. It will be based on the MQB A0 platform, already seen on its cousins in the Volkswagen group, the Polo and the Seat Ibiza.
Now under the PSA umbrella, Opel will be able to rely on the group’s platforms for the next generation Astra. And with the Peugeot 308 and DS 4 due for renewal in 2021, the Astra should follow suit. But while it shares their EMP2 platform, it will be assembled in Germany. As for the rest of the Group, hybrid and even electric versions are expected to come, while the station wagon will be maintained.
Even with the decline of sedans in favor of SUVs, the C-Class remains a central car for Mercedes. And in the footsteps of the latest S-Class, the leap forward should be substantial. Of course, we’re expecting hybrid powertrains, but we’re also expecting Tier 3 autonomous driving. And, just to make purists grumble, the four-cylinder engine could infiltrate the AMG sports versions. On the outside, the look will be inspired by the latest E-Class, while the interior will be covered with screens.