Order of Magnitude – Top 5 facelifts of 2021

Order of Magnitude – Top 5 facelifts of 2021

Not everyone likes change, and that’s ok. But a small change can go a long way and with a new year upon us, some of the UK’s favourite vehicles have earnt themselves a facelift.

Have a look at what we think are some of the best new takes on already brilliant vehicles for 2021.

5. Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA – Image Courtesy of Stellantis

We’d probably have ranked the new Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA higher than fifth, but we feel like it may be bending the rules slightly, so fifth seems fair.

The GTA is a new model, but also technically a facelift of the Giulia, with Alfa Romeo reviving the GTA badge for this hardcore model

With it’s 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 producing up to 533bhp, the Giulia GTA comes in at a big premium over the standard Quadrifoglio . The super-saloon is expected to come in at £154,000, but we reckon they’ll sell all 500 no problem.

4. Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-Class Saloon 2019 — Image courtesy of Mercedez-Benz Media

In a bid to bring sales back to executive saloon’s over SUV’s, Mercedes are looking to spruce up one of their more ‘vanilla’ models, and we’re excited to see what they have in store.

The C-Class will be based on Mercedes’ latest rear-drive platform, MRA (Model Rear Architechture). It’s expected the C-Class will also adopt the nose and tail of the E-Class, which we think will be a welcome addition.

Spyshot of new C-Class – Image courtesy of AutoExpress

The C-Class is expected to launch in early 2021.

3. Audi RS3

Audi RS3 Sedan 2017 – Image Courtesy of Audi Media Centre

One of the most popular hatchbacks on the market (and most quoted cars on our website) is due to enter its third generation, and we’re excited to see how it pans out.

The German manufacturer should retain the famed five-cylinder engine, and is rumoured to be finally tipping the super-hatch over that illustrious 400 bhp mark.

Spyshot of new Audi RS3 – Image courtesy of AutoCar

Audi have managed to keep most information under wraps, with the unveiling of the RS3 set for September 2021, and an expected launch in the latter stages of 2021 – it’s something to keep you going this year!

2. BMW 2 Series Coupe

BMW 2 Series Coupe 2017 – Image courtesy of BMW Group

The 2 Series is continuing to mark itself as one of the most diverse series in BMW history.

Magnitude customers have shown a particular preference for the M2 Competition, however this update isn’t all about the M2.

Spyshot of BMW 2 Series – Image courtesy of AutoCar

The two-door Coupe is confirmed to retain it’s rear-wheel drive configuration, which is good news for fans of the 2 Series coupe. Unfortunately, the camouflage department in Munich isn’t giving much away, but let’s wait and see if it adopts the divisive new BMW nose.

Launch date – unknown.

1. Jaguar XJ

Previous Jaguar XJR – Image courtesy of Jaguar

Maybe a surprise entrant at number one on our list, but the Jaguar XJ’s latest facelift is right up our street as a Fintech company.

Jaguar have quietly been working at transforming the XJ into a bespoke, electric-only saloon, billed to rival the Tesla Model S.

It’s a smart move by Jaguar, opening the doors to a whole new clientele.

“It’s going to be a very, very luxurious, very, very calm, tranquil piece of transportation. But it’s not overtly flashy, it’s not overtly expensive. It’s a car, which you make an emotional connection with. We don’t want all our people who get our cars to just sit in the back of them and just be driven around in them. They can be used like that, but at the end of the day, we know that these cars are there to be experienced and driven and enjoyed; enjoyable to sit in, relaxing to sit in, and beautiful to look at.”

Julian Thomson – Jaguar Design Director – Speaking with Auto Express

The Jaguar XJ was due to be unveiled at the tail-end of 2020, but has now been delayed until late 2021.

Image courtesy of Autocar

If you’re considering any of the above – or maybe something else – make sure you check out our finance calculator. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team who have a range of finance products available for you.

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