New Cars SG 2021 Part 1: Audi, Bentley, BMW, Citroen



What’s coming to Singapore in 2021 from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Audi, Bentley, BMW and Citroen


SINGAPORE
Welcome to Part 1 of our comprehensive story listing all the cars that will officially make their way to the Lion City in 2021, kicking it all off with the brands that run from A to C: Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Audi, Bentley, BMW, and Citroen.

The most exciting cars from this batch? Audi’s E-Tron S is the first triple-motor electric SUV around and it packs 1,000Nm of torque for some neck-straining action, while BMW has a bumper crop too, some of which you can see right away at BMW World SG 2021.

Waiting to see what all the other brands are launching in Singapore this year? Stay tuned to CarBuyer.com.sg this week!

Disclaimer: All launch dates and prices are estimates with COE unless precisely stated.

Part 2: Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus
Part 3: Mazda, Mercedes, Mini 
Part 4: Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Skoda



Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Giulia

What: Giulia executive sedan facelift
Variants: 2.0 turbo Super, 2.0 turbo Veloce, 2.9 V6 Quadrifoglio
When: Q2 2021
How much: SS$230,000 to SS$360,000

Alfa Romeo will be giving its model line-up a facelift in 2021, and the 3 Series-fighting Giulia gets a series of mild updates to help it stay fresh. Most of the changes pertain to the revamped interior, which gets better quality materials and slightly revised controls. There is also a new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity and wireless phone charging. 

Overseas Giulias also get a whole host of tech assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, but spec for Singapore cars are yet to be finalised. Otherwise, the Giulia remains mostly unchanged, with the 2.0-litre 280hp Veloce and the fire-breathing 510hp Quadrifoglio with its 2.9-litre V6 remaining part of the line-up. There is also the possibility of a new entry-level 200hp Super variant that could join the range later on when the car arrives in Q2.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

What: Stelvio midsize SUV facelift
Variants: 2.0 turbo Super, 2.0 turbo Veloce, 2.9 turbo Quadrifoglio
When: Q2 2021
How much: TBA

Like the Giulia, Alfa’s Stelvio SUV – which first landed here in 2018 – will also be getting a series of small updates for 2021. Most of the changes mirror the Giulia, with an updated interior and the introduction of more tech features. But among the variants there are slightly more substantial changes to the Stelvio line-up as well.

For one, the Stelvio will get a Veloce variant for the first time, using the same 2.0-litre 280hp powerplant as the Giulia Veloce. The high-performance Quadrifoglio model meanwhile gets the option of an Akrapovic exhaust system “for a more sophisticated sound”. There are also new 21-inch wheels for the Stelvio Quad, as well as a choice of new body colours such as 6C Villa d’Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, and Montreal Green.


Alpine

Alpine A110S

What: A110S coupe
Variants: 1.8 turbo
When : First half of 2021
How Much: S$268,000 without COE

The spearhead behind sports car brand Alpine’s revival, the A110 has proven to be an enjoyable alternative to a Porsche Cayman or Lotus Exige. The A110 S is the go-faster version, with a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine with 292 horsepower and has the option of a carbon fibre roof which further lightens the car by 1.9kg. It’s the most focused and powerful A110 variant, with an even sportier suspension setup to go along with the 40hp power increase over the base model. The cabin gets some unique materials to make it look different from the base model, and it’s actually good value, costing just $20k more than the base model A110.


Audi

Audi E-Tron

What: E-Tron midsize SUV update
Variants: electric E-Tron 50, E-Tron 55
When: Now
How much: S$310,730

The E-Tron gets a technical update, with improvements in areas including thermal management and coasting recuperation, resulting in better efficiency and up to 25km more range (although figures may change slightly for Singapore). There’s also a new E-Tron 50 model, which has less power and is less expensive than the E-Tron 55 model which first debuted in Singapore last year. Audi just premiered the E-Tron 50 last Friday, with its E-Tron exhibition happening at its Alexandra showroom right now.



Audi E-Tron Sportback

What: E-Tron Sportback midsize coupe-SUV
Variants: electric E-Tron 50
When: Now
How much: S$321,235

As has been the trend now with Audi’s line-up, the E-Tron will also get a Sportback variant, to cater to the growing demand for coupe-like SUVs. The drivetrain will mimic the regular e-tron SUV model, but wrapped up in a sleeker styling package to appeal to the style-conscious crowd. Like the E-Tron 50 SUV above, it has debuted in Singapore at Audi’s showroom event and is now viewable until February 18, 2021.

Audi E-Tron GT prototype


What: E-Tron GT four-door coupe
Variants: electric
When: Second half of  2021
How much: TBA

Related closely to the Porsche Taycan and first announced at the end of 2018, the e-tron GT is a four-door, four-seater sports grand tourer that will be manufactured on the same production line as the R8 supercar, and be the halo model for Audi’s burgeoning e-tron electric car range. Details are still scarce for now, but expect supercar-matching performance, just like its Taycan cousin.

Audi E-Tron S (left) and E-Tron S Sportback (right)

What: E-Tron S, E-Tron S Sportback
Variants: electric
When: Second half of  2021
How much: At least S$400,000

Audi’s performance arm gets its hands on the e-tron models, and will work their magic on Audi’s electrified models for the first time. The e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback will feature three electric motors, as well as enhanced suspension to create a high performance electric SUV, along with the usual aggressive styling elements to distinguish them from the regular models. This 500hp/1,000Nm performance BEV ought to electrify jaded drivers a little – read our detailed news story to see why Audi’s go-faster BEVs look like they’ll let drivers charge hard.

Audi Q2

What: Q2 small SUV facelift
Variants: 1.5 turbo
When: Second half of  2021
How much: TBA
Audi’s compact crossover SUV gets a facelift, with sharpened looks to keep it refreshed and fend off competitors such as the new Mercedes-Benz GLA. The updated Q2 will also get a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 150hp, and feature cylinder-deactivation technology. Want something similar for less dosh? VW just launched the similarly sized T-Cross here in Singapore late last year.

Audi Q5

What: Q5 facelift
Variants: 2.0 turbo
When: Second half of  2021
How much: TBA
The other Audi SUV to get a facelift next year is the Q5, and the changes are fairly extensive for a mid-life update. Key highlights include sharper styling, an updated infotainment system, and the addition of new mild hybrid drivetrains to the line-up. Details will be revealed later but the Q5 is expected to be offered here with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. In the meantime, our news story has more details.  

Audi Q5 Sportback

What: Q5 Sportback
Variants: TBC
When: Second half of  2021
How much: TBA
Joining the Q3 and e-tron models, the Q5 Sportback will be the third Sportback SUV in the line-up. Audi’s rival to the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is expected to carry over most of the drivetrain and features of the regular Q5, meaning mild hybrid powertrains and the latest version of Audi’s MMI infotainment system.

Audi R8

What: R8 supercar facelift
Variants: 5.2 V10 RWD, 5.2 V10 AWD / Cpupe, Spyder
When: First half of 2021
How much: TBA

Audi’s supercar will receive a mid-life update, with slight styling tweaks, slightly more power, and revised suspension setup. More excitingly though, Singapore will also get rear-wheel-drive variants of the R8 for the first time, with previous versions only available with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system here, the overseas-only R8 RWS aside.

Audi RS 7 Sportback

What: RS 7 Sportback five-door GT
Variants: 4.0 V8 biturbo
When: First half of  2021
How much: TBA
The first RS 7 Sportback never officially made it to Singapore, but Audi has promised that the latest second-generation model will be here in the first half of 2021. Packing in a colossal 600hp from its 4.0-litre V8, the RS 7 Sportback will offer a very stylish way to go very fast indeed. The A7 Sportback is currently available here in 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre guises, and offers a good blend of elegant style with usable performance.


Bentley

Bentayga Speed

What: Bentayga Speed large luxury SUV
Variants: 6.0 turbo W12
When: TBA
How much: TBA

Fresh off the facelifted Bentayga’s launch in Singapore in late 2020, the Bentayga Speed will arrive on our shores some time in 2021. Dubbed the world’s fastest SUV, the Bentayga Speed uses a 6.0-litre biturbo W12 that throws out a whopping 626hp and 900Nm of torque, allowing it to go from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 306km/h.

Other enhancements to the Bentayga Speed include a new Sport driving mode that provides a sharper response from the drivetrain, while the air suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride system has also been adjusted to deal with the increased speed. The brakes too have been upgraded accordingly, with the optional carbon ceramic discs said to be the largest and most powerful ones ever fitted to a Bentley.

Flying Spur

What: Flying Spur luxury limousine
Variants: 4.0 turbo V8
When: TBA
How much: TBA

Bentley’s Flying Spur limousine gets a V8 option for 2021, just as the new Continental GT did in 2020,  offering a slightly more accessible way into Bentley motoring. The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is still capable of high performance though, producing an impressive 542hp and 770Nm of torque. This allows the Flying Spur V8 to go from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds, and reach a top speed of 319km/h.

Having four less cylinders than the flagship W12 model also means better efficiency, and the Flying Spur V8 features cylinder deactivation technology that can shut down half of its cylinders under light load conditions, resulting in a claimed fuel consumption figure of 11.6 litres per 100km. Externally, the V8 can be identified by its black exterior accents, and the quad exhaust tailpipes, as opposed to the twin oval pipes of the W12 version.

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