New electric cars 2021: what’s coming and when?

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Likely to debut this year, but not appear in showrooms until mid-2022, the Ioniq 6 will be Hyundai’s flagship EV, a saloon that will share design elements with the Ioniq 5 but be radically different from the brand’s current model line-up. A high performance variant is likely, with the E-GMP platform it will be based on able to use dual motors for a 0-62mph sprint time of less than 3.5sec. Range will vary depending on specification, but up to 310 miles should be possible between charges.

Kia 2021 EV

We don’t even have a name for Kia’s first bespoke electric car, which will be one of 11 EVs to wear a Kia badge by 2025, but the company has committed to a 2021 reveal.

It will be a sister car to Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, sitting atop an all-new platform and initially offer around 310 miles of electric range. The company is reportedly aiming for 500 miles later down the line, while high-speed 800V charging should provide a full battery in under 20 minutes.

Test mules have been spotted on public roads, but while styling is being kept under wraps, it is expected to take influence from the Imagine by Kia concept revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

MG E-Motion

A two-door, four-seat electric sports car will bring MG’s history with sports cars into the modern era. Though a name has yet to be confirmed, it is expected to be heavily based on the E-Motion concept shown at the 2017 Shanghai motor show, albeit with significantly modified styling. Parent company SAIC’s twin-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain should give it a 0-62mph time of less than four seconds.

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Ssangyong Korando EV

Conventional petrol and diesel versions of the South Korean firm’s new Nissan Qashqai rival appeared on UK forecourts back in 2019, but an electric variant inspired by Ssangyong’s recent e-SIV concept is expected to make its debut this year. The company began teasing an electric Korando variant back in July of 2020, but it isn’t expected to reach the UK until the later half of 2021.


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