Here's everything you can expect to see touch down on Australian shores in 2021, and when!
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The year 2020 was one that many would like to forget, and the automotive industry is no exception.

Lockdowns and economic slowdowns brought on by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic translated exactly as you'd expect for Australia's new-car sales, with a staggering 48.5 per cent sales decline in April, contributing to an overall market down 13.7 per cent by the end of the year.

Despite the sales slowdowns and production delays caused by COVID-19, 2020 was still a relatively strong year in terms of new model launches, with highlights from the year ranging from the rapid Ford Fiesta ST and Mercedes-AMG A45 S hot hatches in the first half of the year, to the new-generation Isuzu D-Max and Kia Sorento toward the year's end.

This new year of 2021 promises to be equally exciting, with this year set to host the launches of the controversial BMW M3 and M4, crucial new-generation Nissan X-Trail, and hybrid versions of the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs.

However, much of the 2021 calendar remains unclear at this stage, with many new models due over the next 12 months yet to be revealed, or still to be locked in for our market. We expect any models you see below to arrive as described.

We'll be updating this story weekly as new information comes to light, be it the reveal of a new model, or simply the announcement of its Australian launch date.

LAST UPDATE: 1 March 2021

Below are the models we expect to launch inside a specific quarter of the year, as advised by each brand.

First quarter

Alpina XD3 (pricing) – early 2021

Alpina XB7 (pricing) (overseas review) – early 2021

Alfa Romeo Stelvio (revealed)

Aston Martin DBX (revealed) (prototype review) – initial deliveries started in 2020, but many more expected in early 2021

BMW 128ti (pricing) (revealed) – on sale now

BMW 4 Series Convertible (revealed)

BMW X2 M Mesh Edition (revealed)

BMW X5 M, X6 M Competition First Edition (revealed) – just 4 coming to Australia

BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition (pricing) – 10 for Australia, first deliveries March

BMW M3 sedan, M4 Coupe (pricing) (revealed)

Citroen C3 facelift (pricing) – on sale now

Ford Ranger XL Tradie (pricing) – on sale now

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X MY21 update (pricing) – on sale now

Honda Odyssey update (pricing) – on sale now

Hyundai Kona facelift (pricing) – on sale now

Hyundai Kona Electric facelift (revealed) – March

Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line (pricing) – on sale now

Hyundai Sonata N Line (revealed) – March

Iveco Daily (pricing) – on sale now

Jaguar XF facelift (pricing and details)

Jaguar XE facelift (pricing)

Jaguar E-Pace facelift (pricing)

Jeep Gladiator Sport S (pricing) – on sale now

Jeep Wrangler MY21 (pricing) – on sale now

Kia Carnival (revealed) – on sale now

Kia Stonic (local details) (revealed) – on sale now

Land Rover Defender 110 MY21, Defender 90 (MY21 updates pricing) (delay details) – available now

LDV Deliver 9 auto (details) – first few examples arrived in 2020, more due in early 2021

NEW, Mar 1: Lexus UX, NX and RX Crafted Editions – available to order now

Lexus LS facelift (revealed) – on sale now

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, Quattroporte Trofeo (revealed) – March

Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante MY21 updates – on sale now

Mazda 6 update (pricing) – March

Mazda CX-3 update (pricing) – on sale now

Mazda CX-5 update (pricing) – March

Mazda CX-8 update (early details) – expected March or April

Mazda CX-9 update (pricing) – on sale now

Mazda MX-5 update (pricing) – on sale now

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe (pricing) – on sale now

Mercedes-Benz E350 (pricing) – on sale now

Mercedes-Maybach GLS (revealed) - March

Mercedes-Benz Vito and Valente facelift (pricing) – on sale now

MG HS PHEV (details) – March

Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition (pricing) – available to order

Mini Paddy Hopkirk Edition – available to order now

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport MY21 update (pricing) – on sale now

Nissan Leaf e+ (details) – early 2021

Nissan Navara facelift (revealed) – on sale now

NEW, Mar 1: Nissan X-Trail MY21 update (pricing) – March

Peugeot 308 mild facelift (details) – early 2021

Peugeot 3008, 5008 facelifts (3008 revealed) (5008 revealed)

UPDATED, Mar 1: Porsche Taycan (pricing) – on sale now

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid MY21 battery upgrades (revealed)

Ram 1500 (new generation) (details) (delay details) – first stock in March, more due in April/May

Range Rover (full-size) MY21 updates (revealed) ('Fifty' special edition revealed)

Range Rover Velar MY21 (details) - first deliveries March

NEW, Mar 1: Skoda Fabia Run-Out Edition (pricing) – on sale now

Skoda Kamiq 110TSI Monte Carlo, Limited Edition (pricing) – on sale now, following delays (delay details)

Skoda Scala (pricing) – on sale now following delays, first deliveries expected February (delay details)

Skoda Superb 162TSI (details)

SsangYong Rexton (details) – second half of March

Subaru Outback (details) (revealed in the US) – March

Tesla Model 3 update (details) – on sale now

Toyota GR Yaris Rallye limited edition (pricing) (details) – first 200 arrive in March

Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged X facelift (delay details) (pricing) – on sale now

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series Horizon special edition (details) – March

Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI (pricing) – mid-March

Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg (pricing) – March

Volkswagen Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan, California T6.1 (2021 timing details) (pricing) – FWD models on sale now, all-wheel-drive variants due by late March.

Walkinshaw-tuned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (details)

Second quarter

Audi SQ5 TDI facelift (revealed) – April

Ferrari Roma (details)

UPDATED, Mar 1: Ford Mustang Mach 1 (pricing) (details)

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition (details) (lottery details)

UPDATED, Mar 1: Hyundai i20 N (details) – expected April or May

UPDATED, Mar 1: Hyundai i30 N hatch facelift (details) (DCT prototype review) – expected May or June

UPDATED, Mar 1: Hyundai Tucson (initial details)

Kia Cerato (details) – May

Kia Niro – order books open in Q2 (details)

Kia Sorento hybrid (details)

Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEVs (revealed)

Jaguar F-Pace SVR facelift (pricing) – first deliveries April

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series (pricing) (international review)

Mercedes-Benz S-Class (new generation) (revealed) – order books open in March

Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years (revealed) – April

Renault Captur (new gen) (pricing) – first deliveries April

Skoda Octavia (new gen) (revealed) (full overseas lineup details) – late April

Toyota Camry facelift (revealed) – expected April

Volkswagen Amarok W580 (revealed) – April

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 hatch (pricing) – May

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 (pricing) – May 24

Volkswagen Passat full range (details)

Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI and 147TDI (pricing) – late May

Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI (pricing) – June

Third quarter

Audi E-Tron GT (revealed)

UPDATED, Mar 1: Hyundai Ioniq 5 (revealed)

UPDATED, Mar 1: Hyundai i30 Sedan N (details) (teased)

UPDATED, Mar 1: Hyundai Kona N (details)

Jeep Grand Cherokee L (revealed) – understood (though yet to be officially confirmed) to be arriving in August or September

NEW, Mar 1: Land Rover Defender V8 (pricing) – July

Maserati MC20 (local details)

McLaren Artura (revealed)

Mitsubishi Outlander (new generation) (revealed) – by end of 2021 confirmed, September or October expected

Volkswagen Arteon liftback and Shooting Brake wagon (details)

Volvo B-series mild-hybrid petrol engines – July 2021, replacing conventional petrol and diesel engines (details)

Fourth quarter

Abarth 595 Pista (revealed)

Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition (revealed) – 18 available to order worldwide, first deliveries fourth quarter, 2021

BMW iX (revealed) – pricing to be released mid-2021, first deliveries in the fourth quarter

BMW M4 Competition x Kith (revealed)

Ford Escape plug-in hybrid (pricing) – late 2021

Lexus UX 300e (details) – November

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class (revealed)

NEW, Mar 1: Ram 1500 TRX (details) – order books now open

Subaru WRX (details) – due by the end of 2021, likely late in the year

Below are the models we expect to launch in either the first or second half of the year, as advised by each brand. More specific timing has not yet been offered for these models.

First half

Genesis G70 facelift (revealed)

Genesis GV70 (revealed)

Haval H6 (details) – expected first half

Mahindra Thar (revealed)

Mazda MX-30 mild-hybrid (details)

Porsche 718 GT4, GTS 4.0, Spyder PDK automatic option (details) - first deliveries early 2021

Renault Koleos update (details)

Renault Megane RS facelift (details)

Toyota Kluger (new-generation) (details) - originally expected in 2020, now pushed out to first half, 2021


Alpina B3 (pricing) – first examples delivered directly to customers late in 2020, more stock due on showroom floors mid-year

Audi Q2 facelift (revealed)

Audi SQ2 facelift (revealed)

BMW iX3 (revealed)

BMW M5 CS (pricing) – just 20 for Australia, all sold out

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss

Mazda MX-30 all-electric (details)

Mercedes-Benz EQA (revealed)

Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid (details) (revealed)

Ram 2500 Heavy Duty (2500/3500 details)

Second half

Abarth 595 update (revealed) – expected second half of 2021

Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro (details) – expected second half of 2021

Audi E-Tron S (details)

Audi A3 hatch and sedan (revealed)

Audi S3 (revealed)

Audi Q5 Sportback (revealed)

Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI (revealed)

Chevrolet Corvette (details) – likely fourth quarter of 2021

Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Citroen C4 (revealed)

Isuzu MU-X (revealed) – expected mid-to-late-2021

Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid (details)

Mini Hatch and Convertible facelift (revealed)

Peugeot 2008 GT (details)

Porsche 911 GT3 (revealed)

Renault Arkana (Australian details) (revealed) – replacing the slow-selling Kadjar

Subaru BRZ – confirmed for Australia, expected (though not confirmed) in the second half of 2021 (revealed)

Subaru Levorg (new generation) (revealed) - expected in the second half of 2021

Toyota GR Yaris (details) – second batch of cars due to arrive in the second half of 2021

Volkswagen Amarok and Crafter Seikel off-road accessories (details)

Volkswagen Caddy (European launch details) (revealed)

Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge EV (revealed)

Volvo V60 Cross Country (revealed)

Below the models we expect to see in Australia sometime this year, but with no specific timing or confirmation offered by the relevant brands.

Sometime in 2021

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo (revealed)

Honda HR-V (revealed) – due in Australia by February 2022, meaning a likely local launch late this year or early next.

Hyundai Nexo – government trial in the ACT for now, ahead of a full public launch in 2021 (details)

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid (facelift) – third quarter of 2021 expected

Jaguar F-Pace facelift (pricing) – available to order, first deliveries expected in 2021

Jaguar F-Type Heritage 60 Edition – available to order, first deliveries expected sometime in 2021 (revealed)

Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (details)

Lotus Elise, Exige Final Edition (pricing) – sometime later this year

MG HS 2.0-litre turbo

Polestar 2 (details)

Range Rover Evoque updates (pricing) - available to order, first deliveries expected in 2021

Rolls-Royce Ghost (revealed) - Australian timing unclear, but first deliveries expected sometime in 2021 (likely Q1)

SsangYong Tivoli (details) (facelift revealed) – relaunch due to happen in 2021, likely in facelifted form

Toyota Mirai – 20 examples to arrive for testing in 2021 (details)

The models below have either not yet been confirmed for Australia, or have already been ruled out.


Audi SQ5 TFSI facelift (revealed) - revealed in the US, but Australian plans yet to be confirmed

Audi TTS updates – under evaluation for Australia (revealed)

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, but timing yet to be announced

BMW X3 xDrive30e – originally due second quarter, new timing unclear

BYD vehicles (details) – 2022

Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, CT5-V Blackwing (revealed) – not for Australia

Citroen C3 Aircross facelift (revealed) – under evaluation for Australia

Ferrari SF90 Spider, Portofino M – timing unconfirmed

Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport (Bronco revealed) (Bronco Sport revealed) – not available in right-hand-drive... yet

Ford Puma ST (ST revealed for Europe) and mild-hybrid – no plans for an Australian launch

Haval, Great Wall (GWM) – Big Dog, Tank 300 all rumoured to be under consideration.

Honda Civic (new generation) (sedan concept revealed) – sedan not for Australia, regular and Type R hatch models only. Timing remains unconfirmed, however – the current model will be phased out locally in mid-2021, so expect a new model to arrive at a similar time.

Jaguar XJ electric – axed with new business plan.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer – not for Australia, as left-hand-drive-only (details)

Land Rover Discovery facelift (pricing) – available to order, but timing unconfirmed

Land Rover Discovery Sport update (pricing) - available to order, but timing unconfirmed

Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance (revealed) – left-hand-drive only, so not for Australia

Lotus Evija (details) – yet to be certified for sale in Australia

Nissan 400Z (Z Proto concept reveal) - expected between 2021 and 2023, looking near-identical to the Z Proto concept

Nissan Note E-Power (new generation) (revealed) – no plans

Nissan Qashqai (revealed) – Australian launch confirmed, but no arrival timing announced, with more details due in the coming months.

Nissan Pathfinder (new generation) (revealed) – no timing confirmed for Australia, however late 2021 or sometime in 2022 probable.

Nissan X-Trail (revealed) – initially expected late in the second half of 2021, now looking possible for 2022

Peugeot 208 (details) – initially set for a 2020 launch, but now looking likely for 2022.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (details) – expected in 2022, though unconfirmed

Porsche Taycan rear-wheel-drive (details) – understood to arrive in around early 2022

Renault Kangoo (all-new generation) (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, launch timing expected to be announced in 2021

Renault Trafic safety upgrade (details) – sometime in 2022

Skoda Fabia (teased) – debut set for autumn, ahead of Australian launch by early 2022

SsangYong E100 electric vehicle (teased) – yet to be confirmed for Australia

Tesla Model S, Model X facelift (revealed) – sometime in 2022

Tesla Model Y – timing yet to be confirmed

Toyota Corolla Cross (details) – late 2022

Volkswagen ID.4 (revealed) – expected in 2022 or 2023.

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 wagon, Alltrack (revealed) – not coming to Australia

Volkswagen Golf R, Tiguan R, T-Roc R – 2022 (Golf R revealed)

Volkswagen Touareg R, eHybrid - Australian launch previously confirmed to be off the table

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