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The new cars of 2024 worth waiting for

Autocar New Cars 2024
Autocar New Cars 2024

As we settle in to the year, you might begin to wonder about the year ahead – and which new cars are on their way. Wonder no longer: welcome to our preview of the new cars coming to the UK in 2024, from Alfa Romeo to Zenvo.

It's set to be an exciting year, with several critical new arrivals including Citroën's new £22,000 electric crossover and the next-generation Mini hatch.

But it's not just electric cars, as we're also anticipating the arrival of exotics like the new Ferrari Roma Spider and the Lamborghini Revuelto.

It will also be a year of evolution for several big brands, with Renault launching a new electric Scénic, and Range Rover launching its first battery-electric car, to name just a couple.

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Read on for our guide to new cars coming in 2024.

New cars coming in 2024

Abarth 600e

Electric hot-hatch-crossover will be Abarth’s second hot EV. It looks set to adopt the Fiat 500e’s 152bhp motor and will almost definitely gain an array of lurid paint schemes and a stiffened chassis. We expect the 600e to come with a Scorpion Track driving mode, like its smaller sibling. It will likely be good for a 7.0sec 0-62mph time.

Everything we know about the Abarth 600e

AC Cobra GT Roadster

Classic Cobra package gets a radical reinvention thanks to a 654bhp V8 and carbonfibre body. The Cobra GT Roadster is made by AC, its first new model since it appointed Swiss financial backer David Conza as CEO in May 2022. It’s set to start from £285,000 and has a bespoke aluminium spaceframe chassis designed in Italy by Icona Design Group and Cecomp. It’s set to be built in the UK.

Everything we know about the AC Cobra GT Roadster

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

The first in a series of low-volume specials from Alfa, the 33 can be had with either a 641bhp twin-turbo V6 or a 739bhp electric powertrain. Only 33 will be built, at around £1.7 million apiece.

Everything we know about the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

Alfa Romeo Milano

The Mito reborn… sort of. Alfa’s smallest car will be twinned with Jeep’s excellent Avenger. It will come as a 250-mile EV or a cheaper mild-hybrid petrol. It will come with four-wheel drive and may be the first E-CMP-based car to add a second motor on the rear axle. Alfa forecasts that the Milano will account for roughly 40% of its global sales.

Everything we know about the Alfa Romeo Milano

Aiways U5

Aiways may well be a brand you’ve not heard of. But the firm has come on leaps and bounds since its introduction in 2017, priding itself on its ‘clean sheet’ approach to car manufacturing. The U5 is a competent if uninspiring family SUV that also has been available elsewhere in Europe for a while.

Read our Aiways U5 review

Alpine A290

The spirit of Renaultsport has been revived for a rework of the upcoming Renault 5 with extra power, differential-simulating torque vectoring on the front axle, hydraulic bump stops and A110 brakes. Could it be the first truly great electric hot hatch?

Everything we know about the Alpine A290

Alpine GTX-Over

Renault performance brand taps into the mainstream with a sporting compact SUV based on the electric Mégane’s platform. Don’t expect a jacked-up A110 - it’ll be much more like a Lotus Eletre or Polestar 3. It will likely utilise a second motor on the rear axle, much like Nissan’s range-topping e-4orce Ariya, which is also on the Megane platform.

Everything we know about the Alpine GTX-Over

Ariel Nomad 2

It was a daft idea: take the Atom and turn it into a lightweight, minimalist, no-nonsense off-roader. A daft idea that worked brilliantly. The Nomad has been around since 2015, and a sequel is finally due. We don’t know much about it yet, although intriguingly Ariel has won a government grant to develop a Nomad EV.

Read our Ariel Nomad review

Aston Martin Valhalla

‘Son of Valkyrie’ arrives with a 1000bhp hybridised V8 that promises 0-62mph in 2.5sec, 217mph and a delicious noise – which should compensate for the screaming bespoke V6 it was meant to have.

Everything we know about the Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin Vantage

The Vantage will receive a major makeover this year, with the goal to make it into an even purer sports car. Design chief Marek Reichman has called it “a complete hooligan”, which we assume means it will be a wild, powerful car with a lightweight chassis, track-honed suspension and a tuned version of its current 4.0 V8, rather than one for necking Stella and running amok at the football.

Everything we know about the new Aston Martin Vantage

Audi A3

Audi will give its European bestseller one last update in the ICE era, with a redesigned front end and technology upgrades. Expect the engine line-up to remain the same, though, with a choice of turbo petrols and diesels for the hatchback/saloon.

Everything we know about the new Audi A3

Audi A5

The combustion A4 will be renamed A5 when it’s replaced with an all-new model in late 2024 as Audi will designate internal-combustion-engined cars with odd numbers. The new A5’s styling is an evolution of the current model, with more angular headlights and a flatter front grille. The A5 will continue to offer petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines. Well-placed Igolstadt insiders say the range-topping RS5 will be a hybrid.

Everything we know about the new Audi A5

Audi E-tron GT

Facelift for the Porsche Taycan sibling, on sale since 2020, will bring design changes to the front and rear. We’re also expecting some welcome range improvements and potentially an even hotter RS range-topper.

Everything we know about the new Audi E-tron GT

Audi A6 E-tron

Whether in saloon or estate form, the A6 has long been at the heart of Audi’s range, so this first electric version is very significant. The BMW i5 rival sits on a new EV platform co-developed by Audi and Porsche and will offer a range of 435 miles at launch.

Everything we know about the Audi A6 E-tron

Audi Q6 E-tron

Audi Q6 E-tron prototype front tracking
Audi Q6 E-tron prototype front tracking

The Q6 E-tron majors on technology, offering a 372-mile range and 270kW charging with an array of high-performance electric powertrains. Inside, it features a barrage of touchscreens as well as a new digital assistant said to be capable of learning a driver’s preferences; automatically activating the climate control or other functions according to their habits.

Read our Audi Q6 E-tron review

Audi RS 6 Avant GT

The RS6 will get one final rework to serve as a loadlugging tribute to Audi Sport’s thumping V8, gaining an aggressive makeover and an uplift past 621bhp.

Audi Q4 E-tron

Audi’s premium electric crossover is set for a new motor, faster charging, improved efficiency and revised suspension. The new rear motor is set to boost range by around 17 miles (to 339 miles), and the battery now supports 175kW charging. Audi says the suspension tweaks will offer “more harmonious damping, improved steering response and tighter load control.”

Everything we know about the new Audi Q4 E-tron

Audi Q7

Expect small adjustments for the Q7 to keep the SUV feeling fresh and in-line with the Q8 (below). There will be more defined bumpers, new headlights, a larger grille and fresh rear lights. Inside things will most likely be unchanged, including the slightly old-school two-tiered infotainment screen displays.

Bentley Continental

Crewe’s fabled W12 is on the way out, and it’s set to be replaced by a PHEV powertrain. But don’t fret too much: it won’t just be about boosting economy. Expect it to take learnings from the fierce V8 system in Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – and expect the Conti to retain plenty of British luxury.

Bugatti Bolide

Think the 300mph, 1580bhp quad-turbocharged W16-engined Chiron is a bit tame? This one’s for you, then. The Bolide is what happens when Bugatti makes a track car: a £3.4 million maniac that weighs 1450kg while packing a whopping 1825bhp.

Everything we know about the Bugatti Bolide

Bugatti hypercar

Bugatti plans to mark 115 years by replacing the Chiron. Happily, the firm’s takeover by Rimac doesn’t mean it will be electric. Instead, it will be a hybrid – one “unlike anything else on sale”.

Everything we know about the new Bugatti hypercar

Bugatti Mistral

Bugatti “completes the circle of life” for its booming quad-turbocharged W16 with this Chiron-based open-air hypercar, blending elements of the Bolide, Divo and Voiture Noire. All 99 owners have paid more than £4.2 million to get their hands on one.

Everything we need to know about the Bugatti Mistral

BMW 1 Series

We’re expecting significant design changes to the F40 hatchback both inside and outside in a refresh this year, including a less cluttered cockpit with BMW’s latest iDrive system and cues bringing it into line with the new X1 and X2. Hurrah!

BMW 3 Series

Just two years since the last update, BMW is set to once again fettle the 3 Series. Details are very scarce but we expect these changes to be minor as the next-generation Vision Neue Klasse-inspired 3 Series is set for 2025. Five further BMW models will join it in 24 months as part of a co-ordinated roll-out of bespoke EVs.

BMW 4 Series

Word of warning. The teeth - the BMW 4 Series’ grille that has enraged a whole subset of the internet - is going nowhere. This facelift will bring a subtle new look with revised lights and bumpers, but don’t expect many changes inside. The 4 Series has only recently received the 14.9 inch curved display found in the BMW iX.

BMW i4

Like with the 4 Series, don’t expect too much from this facelift. It will receive the same light touch treatment with new lights and bumpers. But it will most likely receive an increase in efficiency and therefore range. No word yet on any power or handling upgrades, but we imagine BMW won’t mess too much with the formula.

BMW i5 Touring

Finally: BMW’s first electric estate will have a massive boot and an agreeable 350 miles of range. Petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid variants of the new G60 5 Series Touring will also be produced, but the UK should only get the PHEV.

Everything we know about the BMW i5 Touring

BMW M3

BMW’s indomitable super-saloon gets a new lease of life to take it through to 2028, where it will go fully electric. Clearly, it doesn’t need much doing to it. Expect it to be very light. Changes will mostly be cosmetic, and even then, you might struggle to notice the ever so slightly different lower bumper. Both saloon and estate will be updated.

BMW M4

The M4’s at the halfway point – Leigh Delamere services, if you will – and needs a little touch-up. While a hardcore CS version will come out to bridge the gap between the standard car and CSL. We expect a few carbonfibre trinkets to reduce weight, and a bit more power to help differentiate it from the standard M4.

BMW M5 Touring

The first estate-bodied uber-5 Series since 2010 will pack a V8 plug-in hybrid system, expected to kick a whopping 790bhp and 737lb ft through both axles.

Everything we know about the BMW M5 Touring

BMW X2/iX2

2024 BMW iX2 at the Tokyo motor show – front quarter
2024 BMW iX2 at the Tokyo motor show – front quarter

The new, more rakish X2 is the first to be offered with an electric powertrain. The iX2 receives a dual-motor powertrain with 309bhp and 364lb ft, with a range of up to 279 miles. It isn’t the fastest X2, however – that honour goes to the petrol M35i, whose 296bhp makes it 0.2sec quicker to 62mph, hitting the benchmark speed in 5.4sec.

Everything we know about the new BMW X2

BMW X3

Internal-combustion X3 grows in size to help differentiate it from the BMW X1. It gains more electrified engines, so expect a 48-volt mild-hybrid 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol as well as a diesel. 3.0-litre petrol and diesels will most likely join the setup. The Neue Klasse electric iX3 will follow in 2026.

Everything we know about the new BMW X3

BMW XM 50e

Entry-level XM swaps V8 for straight six, dropping total system output from 748bhp to 469bhp. Externally, there will be little to distinguish this base car from the full-fat XM. So it will still be controversial looking. But you can expect the price to be significantly below the V8’s £150,000 asking price.

BYD Seal U

Chinese brand BYD takes its UK line-up to four cars with the Seal saloon's SUV sibling. Given the brand's affinity for fun names like Dolphin, Seagull and Atto 3, it's a shame it's decided to rebadge the Song Plus Champion Edition as the Seal U for Europe, but this is clearly a sensibly machine for sensible families, so best leave some quirkiness at the door. There will be a pure EV with a choice of two batteries or a plug-in hybrid which should be able to drive up to 93 miles with the engine off.

Everything we know about the BYD Seal U

Citroën C3/ë-C3

2024 Citroen e-C3 – front quarter
2024 Citroen e-C3 – front quarter

The next-generation C3 is in with a shot at the title of Britain's cheapest electric car when deliveries begin in summer 2024, with it priced between £22,000 and £23,000. For that money, you get a 44kWh lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery pack that officially yields a range of 199 miles between charges, and can be recharged at rates up to 100kW (DC).

Everything we know about the Citroen e-C3

Cupra Born

Electric hot hatch finally gets a proper hot version, courtesy of a hopped-up motor and a touch of chassis fettling. The long-rumoured 'VZ' version isn't set for a massive power bump, but should follow the hot GTX version of its Volkswagen ID 3 sibling in gaining a keener steering set-up, stiffer springs and lower suspension - no doubt coming alongside a sporty makeover with bespoke wheels and colours.

Everything we know about the Cupra Born VZ

Cupra Formentor

New look brings the Formentor in line with Cupra's new Tavascan and Terramar SUVs, while helping to carve out a distinct identity for the fledgling brand as it ramps up to take over car-making responsibilities from parent Seat. Striking new triangular light designs and a new grille are the most obvious changes, but we're expecting some mechanical upgrades, too: more EV range for the plug-in hybrid and a bit more grunt for the top-drawer AWD variant.

Cupra Leon

You won't mistake Spain's Golf GTI for a Seat again, as Cupra ushers in a more purposeful look that brings it into line with the newer (and Cupra-only) Born, Formentor and Tavascan. The Leon will follow the closely related VW Golf in gaining some extensive tech and mechanical upgrades for 2024, with longer-range PHEVs, quicker infotainment and – praise be – more buttons and switches on the cards.

Everything we know about the new Cupra Leon

Cupra Tavascan

2024 Cupra Tavascan at the Munich motor show – front quarter
2024 Cupra Tavascan at the Munich motor show – front quarter

The Tavascan arrives in late 2024 as a sportier take on the VW Group’s MEB-based SUVs, the Audi Q4 E-tron, Volkswagen ID 4 and Skoda Enyaq. At launch, there will be a 335bhp dual-motor, four-wheel drive range-topper capable of reaching 62mph in 5.6sec, plus a less powerful rear-wheel drive model with a range of 340 miles.

Everything we know about the Cupra Tavascan

Dacia Duster

An early contender for bargain of the year? Dacia's 4x4 has swapped onto a new platform for a promised boost in refinement and capability, and is now available with hybrid power for the first time.

Everything we know about the new Dacia Duster

Dacia Spring

Dacia Spring front quarter tracking
Dacia Spring front quarter tracking

One of Europe’s cheapest electric cars finally comes to the UK next year, receiving a light interior update in the process. It’s expected to bring improvements to perceived interior quality and technology, but without lifting the price above £20,000. That will make it Britain’s cheapest full-size electric car by quite some margin.

Read our Dacia Spring review

DS 4 E-Tense

Electric version of posh French hatchback will be closely related to the new Peugeot E-3008 with which it shares a platform. That means it should be available with either a 73kWh or 98kWh (the latter giving an impressive 435-mile range) and up to 316bhp in a performance-flavoured range-topper.

Ferrari EV

Ferrari hasn’t said what form its first EV will take, but it will feature in-house batteries, motors and electronics. The CEO has driven a prototype but would only say: “I like it a lot.”

Ferrari SF90 XX Stradale

The hallowed XX moniker has made its way onto a road car – Ferrari’s most powerful one yet. This extreme take on the SF90 Stradale ramps the hybridised V8 up to 1016bhp, wears more aero kit than an A380 and can crack 0-62mph in just 2.3sec.

Read our Ferrari SF90 XX Stradale review

Ferrari GT

Latest Ferrari super-GT keeps the V12 flag flying and will get a striking new look to match the Purosangue SUV. Don’t expect to see a turbo in that vast bay, or any electrical assistance.

Everything we know about the new Ferrari GT

Ferrari Roma Spider

Ferrari Roma Spider – front sliding
Ferrari Roma Spider – front sliding

Ferrari’s premier grand tourer gains a soft roof but sacrifices none of its handling panache, with a pliant ride and lots of grip through tricky bends.

Read our Ferrari Roma Spider review

Fiat 600e

Fiat 600e front quarter driving
Fiat 600e front quarter driving

The Fiat 600e shares many of its underpinnings with the Jeep Avenger, including a 51kWh battery that provides 250 miles of range. It’s geared towards families, with more boot space than the rival Volvo EX30, and a lower price of £32,995. A petrol version will also follow at a significantly lower price.

Read our Fiat 600e review

Fiat Panda

The Italian cousin of the ë-C3 will hark back to its 1980 progenitor with retro design and a simple kit offering. It will also offer both combustion and electric powertrains and should undercut the £28,195 Fiat 500 EV.

Everything we know about the new Fiat Panda

Fiat Topolino

Turin’s 1950s-flavoured take on the Citroën Ami can be specified without doors, which would be rather more appropriate on Camber Sands than in Camberwell, where you’re more likely to see one. It’s sure to be the ultimate conversation starter.

Everything we know about the Fiat Topolino

Ford E-Transit Courier

Your local postie's van just got a big glow-up. Ford's smallest van has been reinvented with a bold new look, a tech-heavy cockpit modelled on the Focus and the option of all-electric power. The Tourneo Connect passenger version will follow later, as a (very) indirect replacement for the Fiesta. Well, it'll be Ford's cheapest car, anyway.

Everything we know about the Ford E-Transit Courier

Ford E-Transit Custom

Don't skip over this one - it could be one of the most important new model launches of 2024. Seriously. The Transit Custom is (quite comfortably) the UK's best-selling vehicle, so the arrival of an all-electric version with up to 236 miles of range is pretty important. Full details are still to come, but it looks likely to get the 68kWh battery from the bigger E-Transit, and could pack up to 265bhp in its most potent form.

Everything we know about the Ford E-Transit Custom

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer on Goodwood hillclimb 2023
Ford Explorer on Goodwood hillclimb 2023

The introduction of new battery legislation delayed the launch of this small electric crossover to summer 2024. When it arrives, it will be offered in 168bhp, 282bhp and 335bhp guises, and Ford will target a range of 311 miles from the longest-legged ‘Max’ variant.

Everything we know about the Ford Explorer

Ford Kuga

A bold new front end and a hint of ruggedness for Ford's big-selling crossover, which will also bring an extensive interior refresh and a suite of mechanical upgrades. How do we know so much already? Well, the updated Kuga has been on sale in the US as the Escape for months...

Ford Mustang

Ford has given the good ol’ fashioned pony car a reprieve as the Mustang screeches into its seventh era with a reassuringly familiar recipe. More an evolution than a revolution, the S650 is still powered by an atmospheric 5.0-litre V8, which still drives the rear wheels and still makes an excellent noise. Change isn’t always necessary.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

New lithium-iron-phosphate battery option should bring faster charging and a lower start price for Ford's electric SUV. The new battery chemistry is already available in the US, cutting costs by up to $5000, but Ford has yet to reveal pricing for the UK.

Everything we know about the Ford Mustang Mach-e

Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally

It's nice to see one of the world's biggest car companies still has a sense of humour. This new special edition of the Mustang Mach-E boosts power to 480bhp and gets an off-road-focused chassis overhaul in pursuit of off-highway thrills. It's no mere lights-and-stickers job, either; Ford says it's taken inspiration from the legendary Focus RS, and has tested the EV against some "legendary heroes" of off-roading.

Everything we know about the Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally

Jaecoo 7

Chinese car giant Chery is coming to the UK with Omoda (further down this list) and the Jaecoo brand.

The 7 SUV is Hyundai Tucson-sized and will likely come with plug-in hybrid powertrains. A dealer network of 50 sites is being set up, with franchise partners including Listers and Peter Vardy.

Everything we know about the Jaecoo 7

Jeep Avenger 4x4

Four-wheel-drive version of Jeep’s baby EV will blend urban manoeuvrability with brand-appropriate ruggedness.

Read our Jeep Avenger review

Jeep Recon

Jeep’s electric Land Rover Defender rival gets 600bhp and a 3.5sec 0-62mph time. The car’s upright stance and square front end are borrowed from the Wrangler, and like that SUV, the doors can be removed.

Everything we know about the Jeep Recon

Jeep Wrangler

2024 Jeep Wrangler front quarter
2024 Jeep Wrangler front quarter

Design and interior changes are the key differences for the £60,785 Jeep Wrangler this time around, which of course retains its focus on off-road driving. The UK has somewhat drawn the short straw in terms of powertrains, with just one 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit hitting our roads, with 267bhp and 296 lb ft on offer. The US, meanwhile, gets a 3.6-litre V6, a 6.4-litre V8 and a 2.0-litre turbocharged plug-in hybrid.

Everything we know about the new Jeep Wrangler

Kia EV3

Kia’s push into more affordable EVs will begin with this futuristic Soul successor, due to arrive with a price tag of around £28,500. It will use the E-GMP platform and offer multiple powertrains, including a rapid GT one.

Everything we know about the Kia EV3

Kia EV6

Where has the time gone? The Kia EV6 will have been on sale for four years in 2024, which means the electric coupe crossover is due a significant facelift. So far, all we’ve seen of the new EV6 is a camouflaged prototype undergoing on-the-road testing, but initial spy photos hint at design changes in line with the new EV9, plus some technology adjustments to improve range and efficiency.

Read our Kia EV6 review

Kia Picanto

The smallest Kia gains some design inspiration from the biggest (the EV9). It features a new ‘tiger nose’ front grille, a wraparound rear light bar, new safety technology and over the-air software updates.

Everything we know about the new Kia Picanto

Kia Sorento

Handed its debut at last year’s Los Angeles motor show, the new Kia Sorento gains a radical design overhaul inspired by the range-topping Kia EV9. A new front end takes centre stage, with a sharper bonnet and new vertical headlights, but the biggest changes come inside the cabin. The model introduces a 12.3in touchscreen and a 4.3in gauge cluster on entry-level cars, and dual 12.3in screens on top-spec variants.

Everything we know about the new Kia Sorento

Koenigsegg Gemera

Koenigsegg doesn’t do normal. So its first four-seater can be had with either a camless twin-turbo triple or a twin-turbo V8 engine within a PHEV system to offer either 1381bhp or 2268bhp. Because of course it can.

Everything we know about the Koenigsegg Gemera

Lamborghini Huracan

Baby Lambo comes of age with a hybridised, twin-turbo V8 that spins to 10,000rpm and a dramatic new look modelled on the V12 Revuelto. Rally-ready Sterrato has set a high bar.

Everything we know about the new Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghini Revuelto

Lamborghini Revuelto front quarter tracking
Lamborghini Revuelto front quarter tracking

The Aventador’s successor is Lamborghini’s maiden plug-in-hybrid supercar, adding three electric motors to a new 6.5-litre V12 engine. With a total of 1001bhp, it dispatches the 0-62mph sprint in 2.5sec, and tops out above 217mph. There’s only one problem – it’s sold out until 2026.