The automotive industry struggled during 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with buying a new car falling way down the list of priorities for people across the globe.
But with an end to restrictions in sight and over half the UK population having managed to save during lockdown, there is cause for optimism for car manufacturers.
We’ve taken a look at some of the most exciting new cars set to come onto the market in 2021, as well as the tech is set to improve the driving experience.
Hatchbacks: Expected late this year is the Vauxhall Astra with a new, bold design. A plug-in hybrid version of the Astra will be offered for the first time too. The Cupra Born will be one of the first electric hot hatches on the market and is expected to have a 310-mile range.
SUVs: Renault has combined the fastback style with its existing Captur to bolster its SUV line-up with a coupe Arkana model. Similarly, the Range Rover Crossover is set to provide a sleeker option than its existing range without compromising on space.
Electric vehicles: The UK government’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 has certainly shaken up the industry. The Dacia Spring has launched in Europe and will be the cheapest EV on the market, while the new Mercedes EQA offers a bit more luxury for those not as confined by budgets.
Coupes: Although the new BMW 2 series will have the interior of the 1 series, it will stick with rear-wheel drive and include models with a manual gearbox. Mercedes are due to launch a next generation Mercedes SL in December, with AMG developing it for better drivability than the existing model.
Ford will release its hands-free driving system called BlueCruise in the United States and Canada second half of 2021. The system uses cameras and radar technology to keep the car in its lane and will operate the steering, braking and throttle on mapped roads.
Voice control is set to become much more prevalent, with Fiat releasing special ‘Hey Google’ editions of its 500 range that make use of the tech firm’s assistance system.
If you’re delving into the car market in 2021, you probably won’t be expecting anything to go wrong with your vehicle for a while.
However, it’s important to protect yourself when stumping up for a significant outlay – particularly with cars implementing new technology and moving away from the existing mechanics most are used to.
Taking out a warranty and getting gap insurance are ways of safeguarding your investment in the event that something does go wrong with your car.