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 Qashqai, 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: 12 May 2021

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

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

BMW 4 Series Convertible (revealed) – available to order

BMW X5 M, X6 M Competition First Edition (revealed) – available now

BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition (pricing) – on sale now

BMW M3 sedan, M4 Coupe (pricing) (revealed) – on sale now

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 i30 Sedan N Line (pricing) – on sale now

Hyundai Nexo (local specs) – on sale now

Iveco Daily (pricing) – on sale now

Jaguar XF facelift (pricing and details) – on sale now

Jaguar XE facelift (pricing) – on sale now

Jaguar E-Pace facelift (pricing) – on sale now

Jaguar F-Pace facelift (pricing) – on sale now

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) – on sale now

LDV Deliver 9 cab-chassis, bus (pricing) – on sale now

Lexus UX, NX and RX Crafted Editions – available to order now

Lexus LS facelift (revealed) – on sale now

Lexus LX570 S (pricing) – on sale now

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo, Quattroporte Trofeo (pricing) – on sale now

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

Mazda 6 update (pricing) – on sale now

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

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

Mazda CX-8 update (pricing) – on sale now

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

MG HS PHEV (pricing) – on sale now

MG HS Excite X, Essence X AWD (pricing) – on sale now

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 Navara facelift (revealed) – on sale now

Nissan X-Trail MY21 update (pricing) – on sale now

Peugeot 3008, 5008 facelifts (3008 revealed) (5008 revealed) – on sale now

Porsche 718 GT4, GTS 4.0, Spyder PDK automatic option (details) – available to order

Porsche Taycan (pricing) – on sale now

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid MY21 battery upgrades (revealed) – on sale now

Range Rover (full-size) MY21 updates (revealed) ('Fifty' special edition revealed) – on sale now

Range Rover Velar MY21 (details) – on sale now

Renault Koleos update (details) – on sale now

Renault Megane RS facelift (details) – on sale now

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 (delay details)

SsangYong Rexton (pricing) – on sale now

Subaru Outback (details) (revealed in the US) – on sale now

Tesla Model 3 update (details) – on sale now

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

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series Horizon special edition (details) – on sale now

Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI (pricing) – on sale now

Volkswagen Touareg Wolfsburg (pricing) – on sale now

Volkswagen Transporter, Caravelle, Multivan, California T6.1 (2021 timing details) (pricing) – on sale now

Second quarter

NEW, May 12: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Edizione Finale (pricing) – on sale now, just 35 to be offered locally

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport (pricing) – on sale now

Audi SQ2 facelift (pricing) – May

Audi SQ5 TDI facelift (revealed) – on sale now

Audi Q2 facelift (pricing) – May

Ferrari Roma (details)

UPDATED, May 12: Ford Mustang Mach 1 (pricing) (details) – on sale now

UPDATED, May 12: Genesis G70 facelift (revealed) – June

Genesis GV70 (local specs)

Haval Jolion (pricing) – first examples on sale now, full range due later in the year.

Haval H6 (pricing) – on sale now

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

Hyundai i30 N hatch facelift (details) (DCT prototype review) – expected May or June

Hyundai Kona Electric facelift (revealed) – on sale now

Hyundai Tucson (pricing) – 2.0-litre petrol on sale now, followed by the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol in May or June, and the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel in June or July.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR facelift (pricing) – on sale now

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Edition (pricing) – on sale now

Kia Cerato (details) – May/June

Kia Niro – late May, or June (details)

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

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

Maserati Ghibli and Levante F Tributo Special Editions (revealed) – June

Mazda MX-30 mild-hybrid (pricing) – on sale now

Mercedes-Benz EQA (pricing) – order books open April, first deliveries June

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

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

Nissan Juke changes (pricing) – available now

Nissan Leaf e+ (pricing) – on sale now

Porsche 718 Boxster 25 Years (revealed) – on sale now

Renault Captur (new gen) (pricing) – on sale now

Skoda Octavia (new gen) (revealed) (full overseas lineup details) – on sale now

Skoda Superb 162TSI (details) – full details later in May

SsangYong Musso facelift (revealed) – June

Subaru WRX STI EJ25 Final Edition (pricing) – on sale now

Suzuki Swift 100 Year Anniversary Edition (pricing) – on sale now

Toyota Camry facelift (pricing) – on sale now

Toyota GR Yaris Rallye limited edition (pricing) (details) – on sale now

Toyota Kluger (new-generation) (pricing) – June

Toyota Mirai (initial details) – on sale now

Volkswagen Amarok W580 (revealed) – on sale now

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 hatch (pricing) – May

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8 (pricing) – May 24

Volkswagen Passat full range (details) – 162TSI sedan, wagon and Alltrack here in April, 206TSI coming May or June

Volkswagen T-Cross 85TSI CityLife (pricing) – on sale now

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

Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI (pricing) – June

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 132TSI 4Motion – May

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Wolfsburg Edition (pricing) – June

Third quarter

Alfa Romeo Stelvio full range (revealed)

Audi E-Tron GT (revealed)

BYD vehicles (details) – order books claimed to open in July 2021, first deliveries in the first quarter of 2022

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss (pricing)

Ford Ranger Raptor X, FX4 (pricing) – July

NEW, May 12: Genesis G70 Shooting Brake (teased)

Hyundai Ioniq 5 (revealed)

Hyundai i20 N (details) – initially second quarter

Hyundai i30 Sedan N (details) (teased)

Hyundai Kona N (details)

Hyundai Staria (details) – by the end of August

Jeep Compass facelift (revealed)

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

Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (details)

Kia Sorento hybrid (details)

Land Rover Defender V8 (pricing) – July

Maserati MC20 (local details)

UPDATED, May 12: Mazda MX-30 all-electric (details) – August

McLaren Artura (revealed)

Mercedes-Benz G400d (pricing) – July

Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 (pricing) – August

Mini Hatch and Convertible facelift (pricing)

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

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (pricing) – only 4S and Turbo grades bound for Australia

Skoda Octavia 140TSI Limited Edition (details)

UPDATED, May 12: Subaru Forester facelift (details)

Volkswagen Arteon liftback and Shooting Brake wagon (details)

Volkswagen Golf wagon (pricing) – July

Volkswagen Caddy (pricing) – July

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

Volvo V60 Cross Country (details) – August

Volvo S60 MY22 (details) – August, with slimmer range and one engine choice

Volvo XC40 Recharge EV (revealed) – August

Volvo XC60 facelift (revealed)

Fourth quarter

Abarth 595 Pista (revealed)

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

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition (revealed)

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

BMW iX3 (pre-order details)

BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive (revealed)

BMW M4 Competition x Kith (revealed)

Chevrolet Corvette (pricing) – production commences in Q4

Ford Focus ST-3, upgraded ST-1 (pricing)

Kia Sportage (rendered) – global unveiling due before July, Australian launch in Q4.

Lexus UX300e (details) – November

Maserati Levante Hybrid (revealed)

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (revealed)

Mercedes-Benz CLS facelift (Benz revealed) (AMG revealed)

Mercedes-Benz EQS (revealed) – December

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class (revealed)

Ram 1500 TRX (details) – order books now open

Skoda Kodiaq facelift (revealed) – by December

Subaru BRZ (local details)

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

None, as all models initially scheduled for the first half have since had more specific timing confirmed.


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

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

Hyundai Sonata N Line (revealed) – initially fourth quarter of 2020, then delayed to the first quarter of 2021, and now mid-2021.

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 Silverado 2500

Citroen C4 (revealed)

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

Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid (details)

Lexus ES facelift (revealed)

Peugeot 2008 GT (details)

Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid (revealed) – initially first half, now delayed to the second half.

Peugeot 508 plug-in hybrid (details)

Polestar 2 (details)

Porsche 911 GT3 (pricing)

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

Subaru Levorg (new generation) (revealed) (engine details) – expected in the second half of 2021, with WRX power (and name)

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)

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

Alpina XD3 (pricing) – initially early 2021, new timing still to be confirmed.

Alpina XB7 (pricing) (overseas review) – initially early 2021, new timing still to be confirmed.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo (revealed)

Audi Q7 55 TFSI (pricing) – initially first quarter, new timing unclear.

BMW X2 M Mesh Edition (revealed) – initially first quarter, new timing still to be confirmed.

Genesis dedicated electric vehicle (spy shots) – understood (though not confirmed) to be badged GV60

Haval H6 Hybrid (revealed) – expected by the end of the year

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

NEW, May 12: Mercedes-Benz EQA 350 (details)

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

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

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

Ram 1500 (new generation) (details) (delay details) – initially expected starting March, new timing TBC.

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

Walkinshaw-tuned Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (details) – initially first quarter, new timing yet to be confirmed

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


NEW, May 12: Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, GTAm (pricing) – coming to Australia, but exact timing unclear

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

Audi TTS updates – under evaluation for Australia (revealed)

Audi Q4 E-Tron (revealed) – yet to be confirmed for Australia

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

Bentley Continental GT Speed (coupe revealed) (convertible revealed) – first quarter, 2022

BMW i4 (details) – first quarter, 2022

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

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

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

Cupra brand (details) – early 2022

Ferrari SF90 Spider, Portofino M – timing unconfirmed

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

Ford Escape plug-in hybrid (pricing) – delayed to first quarter, 2022

Ford Evos (revealed) – no plans for Australia... yet

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

Genesis Electrified G80 (revealed) – early 2022

GWM Baja Snake, X Cannon utes – not confirmed for Australia

Haval Big Dog, Tank 300 – 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.

Hyundai Bayon (revealed) – not for Australia

NEW, May 12: Hyundai Tucson hybrid and plug-in hybrid (details) – not for Australia... for now, thanks to prohibitive import and exchange rate costs.

Hyundai Santa Cruz (revealed) – not for Australia

Jaguar XJ electric – axed with new business plan.

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

Kia EV6 (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, arrival timing yet to be confirmed.

NEW, May 12: Kia Stinger 2.5-litre (details) – ruled out for Oz

Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEVs (revealed) – previously second quarter, new timing TBC

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

UPDATED, May 12: Mahindra Thar (lawsuit details) (revealed) – initially first half, but lawsuit with Jeep has left off-roader's Aussie future unclear

Mercedes-Benz EQB (revealed) – sometime in 2022

NEW, May 12: Mercedes-Benz T-Class and EQT (Concept EQT revealed) – under evaluation for Australia

MG Cyberster (details) – confirmed for right-hand-drive production, but timing or Australian availability unknown.

MG Marvel R (revealed), MG 5 Electric (revealed) – neither confirmed for Australia, though the Marvel R is on MG Australia's wish list.

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

Nissan GT-R Nismo update (revealed) – Australian timing TBA

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.

Peugeot 308 (new generation) (revealed) – here first quarter of 2022

UPDATED, May 12: Peugeot 308 (outgoing generation) mild facelift (details) – not for Australia, as 308 withdrawn from sale

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

UPDATED, May 12: Skoda Fabia hatch (revealed) – March 2022

NEW, May 12: Skoda Fabia wagon (details) – not due internationally until 2023, meaning a local launch in late 2023, or sometime in 2024

Skoda Kamiq 85TSI – current 2021 model nearly sold out, more stock unlikely before 2022 (details)

Skoda Octavia Sportline (revealed) – 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 GR 86 (revealed) – confirmed for Australia, timing TBC

Toyota Corolla Cross (details) – late 2022

NEW, May 12: Volkswagen Amarok W580 off-road edition (details) – early 2022

Volkswagen ID.4 (revealed) – expected no earlier than 2023.

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

Volkswagen Golf R (hatch revealed) – hatch confirmed for early 2022, wagon expected at a similar time

Volkswagen T-Roc facelifts, including T-Roc R (details)

Volkswagen Polo facelift (revealed) – core range here first quarter of 2022, GTI due in the second quarter of 2022

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace facelift (leaked) – first quarter of 2022

Volkswagen Tiguan R – expected second half of 2022

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

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