What’s coming to Singapore in 2021 from Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover and Lexus
UPDATED 26 August 2021
FIRST PUBLISHED 19 January 2021
Note: We’ve updated this list with additional links to the relevant stories and reviews of the cars that have been launched in Singapore so far
Welcome to Part 2 of our extensive coverage of all the new cars launching in Singapore in 2021! In this iteration we have Honda launching new versions of its big seller – the Civic, HR-V, and the Jazz. Hyundai will have a new Tucson, while Kia bucks the trend with a giant MPV, the Carnival.
Stay tuned to Part 3 coming tomorrow!
Disclaimer: All launch dates and prices are estimates with COE unless precisely stated.
What: Accord large sedan facelift
Variants: 1.5 turbo
How much: TBA
Honda’s current Accord is probably the best car in its class, a luxury car in everything but name, and like all Japanese big sedans now seriously underrated in the shadow of the high-riding SUV class. It’s getting a mild facelift in 2021, following an announcement from Honda USA. Just like the Civic, the Accord is a global model, so the changes will largely follow on from the US model, although more details will shake out at local launch.
The restyle is mild, with a larger, curvier air intake below redesigned LED headlights (for better throw), new wheel designs, but no changes to the rear end or the cabin. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay could be present on the facelift model, small improvements to safety systems and the like.
What: Civic mainstream sedan
How much: TBA
This is the new 11th-gen Honda Civic, first revealed as a prototype on streaming platform Twitch in November 2020. With that timeframe, and not a full production model reveal, we expect the car to debut in Singapore only in the later part of 2021.
Honda’s mainstream sedan isn’t going radical – arguably the current 10th gen already did that with its far more exciting style than the predecessor – but looks to adopt a mature, evolutionary approach.
The proportions are similar, low and wide for a sporty stance, overall cleaner details and styling. The front takes cues from the City compact sedan with a slight lip over the Honda logo and lots of darkwork rather than chrome. The side sees strong shoulder and belt lines, it looks more like an Audi or BMW from the rear, thanks in part to those triangular rather than square taillamps. Honda’s design team said it moved the A-pillars rearward and mounted the side-view mirrors on the doors for better visibility.
Honda debuted the Civic in the US first, the good news being that as of the 10th gen, the Civic is now a global model, so the car shown and sold in the US of A will be quite similar to our own. Honda USA has said there will be a Civic sedan, Civic hatchback, and higher-performance Civic Si, as well as a range-topping Type R. The engine variants remain a 2.0-litre, 1.5-litre turbo, and 2.0-litre turbo for the Type R over there, so we expect a similar continuity for Singapore’s engines, namely a 120hp+ 1.6-litre non-turbo, and a 175hp+ 1.5-litre turbo, both with CVTs.
For the interior, the initial design sketch shows a stratified and simplified layout reminiscent of what Mazda has done with its Mazda 3 sedan, dominated by a 9.0-inch infotainment display. We can expect full smartphone compatibility, and a digital instrument panel for the driver as well. In safety terms, the Civic should be right up there, with Honda saying there is scope for new airbag designs, as well as the latest, expanded Honda Sensing active safety suite, a key addition since the 10th-gen model is now lagging in that area against rivals.
What: HR-V small SUV
Variants: eHEV hybrid
How much: TBA
Yes there could be an all-new version of one of Singapore’s most popular cars come 2021. Right now, nobody knows what the third-gen HR-V is actually going to look like since it still hasn’t been officially unveiled to the world and only camouflaged spy shots exist.
What is apparent from the latter is that the car will continue the coupe-SUV styling which made the second-gen version such a big seller, both in Singapore and around the world. As for the rest of the details, you can glean some from every other Honda model mentioned in this story: Expect more space, a neater interior with digital displays, and more active safety.
Given the close links between the Jazz and the HR-V, it’s no surprise the new HR-V will also have the unique eHEV hybrid system that’s on the new Jazz – see below. Because of VES making the landscape more friendly to less polluting cars, again we could see a hybrid version of this best-selling Honda for the first time in Singapore.
What: Jazz compact hatchback
Variants: 1.5, 1.5 hybrid
How much: From S$99k with COE
UPDATE: Check out our full test drive review of the new Honda Jazz here, or watch our video review below!
The all-new Jazz has made its debut in Singapore – we have all the details in our launch story, with the car priced from S$95k with COE onwards, and having a hybrid variant for the first time.
Interestingly, the new hybrid system is unique to Honda: The motors drive the car at low speed, with the engine providing charging power, but at higher speed the latter takes over entirely.
The cabin gets a digital touchscreen infotainment system (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable) and should also be one of the safest cars in the segment, with the latest Honda Sensing active safety suite, and five-star Euro NCAP rating.
What: Odyssey large MPV facelift
When: Q1 2021
How much: TBA
Honda’s big people moving MPV is receiving a nip-tuck, actually the model’s second in its life cycle. The current fifth-gen debuted here in 2014, and was updated in 2018, so with the second update we can expect it to remain on sale for three years more.
The refresh brings boxier, more upright styling reminiscent of other large Japanese MPVs such as the Toyota Alphard and Nissan Elgrand (although the Odyssey is slightly smaller than those cars), a more diamond-shaped headlight and grille design, the former with the LED ‘gills’ as seen on the Accord, Civic, and HR-V current models.
The interior looks to be largely the same, but with an upsized touchscreen. An interesting feature is a slide-to-open illuminated panel for passengers to engage the sliding doors.
As a facelift the car should remain mechanically unchanged from before, there’s no hybrid version for Singapore so a 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder without a turbocharger continues as the main driver. But with the new VES scheme, we do hope to see more larger family cars pack hybrid tech and gain a pricing advantage in the meantime.