After the misery of last year, many of you will want to treat yourselves to a new car. And you will certainly be spoiled for choice, no matter what you fancy.
With just nine years to go until the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is banned, all eyes are on the landmark EVs hitting dealerships in the next 12 months, but there are still plenty of hugely exciting combustion models on the horizon.
Here's your go-to rundown of every new car due before 2022:
While the Fiat 500 has been radically transformed into an electric city car, don’t expect the hot Abarth variants to be quite so bold: the latest 595 and 695 are both based on the previous, combustion-engined 500 (which will continue to be sold alongside the new one, now badged 500 Classic). Still, given the hatches already do a great job of providing fun, accessible performance, that’s likely not a bad thing.
The Buchloe-based tuner has got its hands on the BMW 8 Series. Like its B3, B4 and XB7 rangemates, it gets a subtle-but-comprehensive reworking to become a 200mph autobahn weapon, extracting 600bhp from the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 used in the M850i. Alpina’s chassis engineers will no doubt have ensured that power can be deployed with ease. Prices are expected to begin around £85,000.
Ultra-exclusive two-seater, limited to 88 units, is inspired by fighter jets, packs almost 700bhp and costs £765,000. Built using elements of the DBS Superleggera and Vantage, it takes its nearly 700bhp from a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 and, as if you needed reassurance, Aston promises its bespoke exhaust system gives a “rousing” soundtrack.
Audi’s expansion of its plug-in hybrid powertrain will reach its compact range for the first time with the Q3 45 TFSIe and the more sportily styled Q3 Sportback. Both models will feature a four-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine that combines with an electric motor for a maximum system output of 242bhp and 295lb ft of torque, along with an electric-only range of 31 miles.
The first Audi to sit atop the VW Group’s MEB platform will be available in conventional SUV and coupé-style Sportback guises, offering up to 311 miles of range in rear-wheel-drive form. Two battery sizes will be offered: a 52kWh unit and a larger, 77kWh pack. A sloping roof Sportback will follow later in July, but looks and lowered suspension aside, both are closely related and are expected to hold true to their radically styled respective concepts. Prices should start in the region of £40,000, although the range-topping model will be closer to £50,000.