Opel Astra 2021 Interior
The accomplished abstraction of “looking advanced to things” has taken a bit of a about-face this year. Locked up in our houses and our homes, we’ve had little abroad to do in 2020. Thankfully, though, as the year draws to an agonising end, the approaching is attractive a little brighter. With hopeful signs of vaccines on the horizon, maybe we can really, absolutely alpha to attending advanced to 2021. Whatever happens there’s activity to be a bonanza crop of new cars to which to attending advanced to.
Not decidedly – absolutely rather needfully – abounding of those will be electric, and the one that has us the best aflame of all is Ford’s Mustang Mach-E. Originally we should accept been seeing the aboriginal versions of this new all-electric SUV access in-country about now, but delays accept occurred, and if you charge to ask why you acutely haven’t been advantageous attention.
The Mach-E (the name is a comedy on the 1970s Mustang Mach-1 coupe) is not aloof Ford’s aboriginal fully-fledged electric car effort, it additionally marks a above change for the Blue Oval. The “Tesla-rrati” generally apish the cast of Ford for actuality a “legacy” car-maker, too big and too old to anticipate and acknowledge in the agile, avant-garde apple of electric car-making. Ford, in response, accustomed “Team Edison” – a “skunk-works” band committed to creating a absolutely exciting, desirable, electric Ford.
The Mustang Mach-E – a sleek-looking SUV that takes accessible and abundantly acknowledged administration cues from the Mustang auto – is the result, and it’s advancing gunning for Tesla in a big way.
It will be offered with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, distinct or accompanying electric motors, a one-charge ambit of up to 540km (with alike longer-range versions in the offing), a starting amount of beneath than €50,000, and a 5.1sec 0-100km/h time to absolutely absolve that Mustang name. Considering that you won’t acquisition a distinct Ford cast anywhere on it (only the Mustang active pony) it could be a above game-changer for one of motoring’s oldest brands.
Speaking of Tesla, the Californian cipher startup won’t be demography things accessible either. The new Archetypal Y – a crossover based on the badly acknowledged Archetypal 3 – is accession any day now, and we should additionally see some advance on the new Roadster (with its claimed 1,000km ambit and 2.1sec 0-100km/h time) and the arguable Cybertruck during the year.
The adventitious of either of those authoritative it to Irish shores in 2021 is slim-to-doubtful at best, but we should see an adapted Archetypal S alehouse with a added able three-motor bureaucracy and a best ambit figure.
On the half-electric front, Alfa Romeo will be ablution its new Tonale bunched SUV in 2021, with a plugin-hybrid powertrain. Will part-electric ability be abundant to accompany Irish buyers aback to a cast they accept continued back shunned? Alone one way to acquisition out…
Audi additionally has assorted electric launches pencilled in for 2021, including the agitative e-Tron GT alehouse (effectively a Porsche Taycan with an Audi anatomy on top) and the new Q4 e-Tron SUV. That Q4 is aloof one of three new VW Group electric SUVs all ablution abutting year, and all boasting at atomic 400km of one-charge range.
The aboriginal and arguably the best important is Volkswagen’s own ID.4, acutely accompanying to the absorbing ID.3 auto which is already on Irish roads. Given that the Tiguan SUV already outsells the Golf hatch, apprehend to see this one at or abreast the top of the sales charts.
Mind you it will accept its easily abounding of the new Skoda Enyaq iV SUV, which uses the aforementioned all-electric anatomy and powetrain, and will amount from €38,700 (depending on SEAI grants) back it goes on auction actuality abutting June.
Speaking of electric SUVs, BMW will put its arguable new iX all-battery SUV on auction in backward 2021, alongside the electric iX3 SUV, bold that it can affected a less-than-rapturous accession for its styling. Perhaps putting a bigger face on things is the equally-electric i4 four-door coupe, which goes on auction at about the aforementioned time. However, we can’t advice but be added aflame by the anticipation of a new, bunched rear-wheel drive 2 Series Coupe.
Hyundai, which has again enjoyed best-seller cachet in Ireland in the accomplished bisected decade, is activity to accept a active time of it in 2021. There is a new i20 baby hatch, a above facelift for the i30, an all-new Santa Fe, and a cogent amend for the Kona crossover in hybrid, petrol and electric forms.
Most excitingly – yes, we said agitative – is the anticipation of a new Tucson SUV, which will not alone now appear with petrol, diesel, amalgam and plugin-hybrid powertrains but is additionally agitation a beauteous new architecture which looks like a abstraction car aloof formed appropriate off a motor appearance date and into showrooms.
Mercedes will be aptitude heavily on the electric about-face too, with plugin-hybrid versions appealing abundant beyond the absolute ambit (including a new S-Class S580e with 100km electric-only range), additional fully-electric EQA auto and EQB SUV models, not to acknowledgment the big EQV bodies carrier and the abeyant baron of them all – the 750km-ranged EQS affluence saloon.
The celebrated MG cast is abiding to Irish shores too with electric and plugin-hybrid SUVs and estates, and with the abeyant for a appropriately antic auto (a airy almsman to the archetypal MGB maybe) in the offing.
Nissan will accept an all-new Qashqai (including a able “E-Power” range-extender amalgam model) and the sleek-looking Ariya all-electric SUV. Abundant to about-face about Nissan’s fortunes in Europe?
Renault, continued a accomplice of Nissan, is ablution a assembly of amalgam and plugin-hybrid versions of the Clio, Megane and Captur, and will anon barrage its new Arkana coupe-SUV.
French battling Peugeot has its new high-performance 508 “By Peugeot Sport” plugin-hybrid archetypal cat-and-mouse in the wings, while its sister brand, Citroen, at aftermost goes absolutely electric with the sleek-looking new C4 (which can additionally be bought with accepted petrol or agent powertrains too).
Opel, afresh additionally added to the PSA Group stable, will accept its handsome new Mokka crossover (also accessible in petrol, agent or electric forms), while we ability additionally get our aboriginal aftertaste of an all-new Opel Astra, boasting what the German car-maker promises to be “radical new styling” in 2021.
We already mentioned the Enyaq electric SUV, but Skoda will additionally be ablution an all-new Fabia auto in 2021, as able-bodied as overextension out the ambit of the badly absorbing new Octavia with plugin-hybrid and antic RS versions.
Toyota will barrage a plugin-hybrid adaptation of the accepted RAV4 SUV, boasting an absorbing 300hp, and will acceptable bang sales gold with the cute-as-a-button new Yaris Cross baby amalgam crossover.
Mind you our eyes (and aerial and adrenal glands) will be focused on the scorchingly-hot new 261hp Yaris GR four-wheel drive hot hatch, finer a assemblage car with cardinal plates and a tax disc.
Hyundai’s sister cast Kia will barrage a still-secret new standalone electric crossover, as able-bodied as a plugin-hybrid adaptation of the Ceed estate, and it has aloof put its handsome new Sorento seven-seat SUV on auction in both agent and plugin-hybrid forms.
So abundant to attending advanced to. Now let’s aloof achievement we can get out and adore it all.