While 2021 was not without its challenges, particularly thanks to stock shortages in the new car market, we’re hoping 2022 will be the year everything returns to a level of normalcy.
With electric car sales creeping up throughout 2021 and many manufacturers aiming to launch an EV this year, choice has never been greater to make the switch to zero emission driving. Will 2022 be the year of the electric car? Or will the popularity of SUVs continue to dominate?
From superminis to performance cars, here’s a selection of some of the best new cars launching in 2022 that we’re most looking forward to seeing.
Cupra, the performance subsidiary of Seat, will release their first all-electric model early in 2022.
Born is both the brand’s first all-electric car, and the second model available exclusively as a Cupra following the launch of the Formentor coupe SUV in 2020. This ensures it’s one of the most important cars launching in 2022 for the brand.
Building on this success, a 58kWh 204PS model will be the first Cupra Born to be available from retailers with an estimated emission-free range of 263 miles. 0-31mph can be achieved in just 2.9 thanks to 310Nm of instantaneous torque.
Charging from 0-100% takes 6 hours 15 minutes using an 11kW AC wall charger, but it can also be recharged from 5-80% using a 120kW DC rapid charger in just 35 minutes.
Is it a sign of the end times that Ferrari has finally given in and decided to make an SUV? Or did they play it smart by waiting to see how the Lamborghini Urus was received before committing? Whatever the case, the Ferrari Purosangue will be arriving in 2022 at an estimated cost of £200,000.
Based on the same platform as the Ferrari Roma coupe, it will utilise fastback styling mixed with SUV size. It is expected that two engine choices will be available – a V12 petrol and a V8 hybrid – with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The fourth-generation of the Ford Ranger pick-up truck will feature a bold redesign, revamped cabin, and new powertrains when it is released in 2022.
Borrowing a variety of styling cues from the America-only F-150 pick-up and Bronco SUV, the Ranger will feature a Single-Turbo and Bi-Turbo 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder diesel and a choice of two four-wheel drive systems.
As the Ford Ranger has a wide spectrum of customers, using the pick-up for everything from work and family to play, the ride and handling of the fourth-gen model has been developed to cover all bases.
With reservations now open for the Ineos Grenadier, excitement is at an all-time high for the imminent arrival of the no-nonsense 4×4.
Four years in the making, the Grenadier remains true to its initial aim of being an ‘honest’ off roader where form follows function. That means it has been designed to meet driver demands for a rugged, capable and comfortable go-anywhere working vehicle that mixes old-school cool with modern refinement.
With over 1.8 million km of testing undertaken across all terrains, altitudes and climates, the Grenadier is built on a ladder frame chassis with solid beam axles and underride protection while coil sprung suspension helps deliver the perfect balance of ride, off-road capability and reliability.
Revealed at the IAA Mobility Show in 2021, the EQE will be the latest all-electric offensive from Mercedes.
Comparable to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the EQE will showcase how sporty and comfortable an electric business saloon can be. The car combines dynamic performance and handling with relaxed travel – and sets the new benchmark in its class. The same applies to its generous interior space, while the one-bow bodyshell design gives the EQE a luxurious look.
The launch model of the EQE is expected to offer 286hp and a range of 410 miles. Rapid charging the battery will take 35 minutes from 10-80%.
While the Polestar 2 has been slowly building up momentum as a bonafide challenger to the Tesla Model 3, the manufacturer isn’t resting on its laurels and will be releasing their third model, the creatively titled Polestar 3, in 2022.
Glimpsed above in its testing camouflage, it will be the first SUV offered by the brand and will rival the Jaguar I-Pace. It is expected to offer a range of over 300 miles and feature the same infotainment system as the Polestar 2.
It will also be the first Polestar vehicle to be built in America, with the manufacturer aiming to take advantage of the booming premium SUV market in the country.
The Macan is one of the most important models in Porsche’s range, so it’s safe to say there’s a lot riding on its continued success as an electric vehicle. That alone makes it one of the most important cars launching 2022.
The all-electric Macan broke cover for the first time in May last year following initial testing at the Porsche Development Centre. The well-camouflaged prototypes initially underwent virtual testing to improve aerodynamics, with that data informing the build of the physical prototypes on the road.
While specifics are yet to be revealed, the all-electric Macan will offer typical Porsche E-Performance thanks to its 800-volt architecture,.
The fifth-generation of the new Range Rover is due early 2022, and it could just be the best yet.
Taking a pinch of inspiration from the massively successful Range Rover Velar and new Land Rover Defender, expect it to offer the best of both models. That means flush door handles, exceptional refinement, and the intuitive Pivi Pro infotainment.
On top of that, the Range Rover will be built on Land Rover’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture. This futureproofs the SUV ensuring it can offer a suite of efficient mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains – and a pure-electric Range Rover is also set to join the line-up in 2024. With a choice of four, five or seven-seat interiors available across Standard and Long Wheelbase body designs, it aims to offer something to everyone making it one of the most comprehensive cars launching 2022.
Replacing the famed GT86 was always going to be a risky proposition, so we can’t blame Toyota for playing it relatively safe with the GT86.
Rebadged as GR (Gazoo Racing) instead of GT to bring it in line with other models in Toyota’s range (namely the GR Yaris and GR Supra), it has been designed for pure driving pleasure and is marketed as an ‘analogue car for the digital age’.
Almost identically sized to the GT86 albeit with a more modern shape, it is an evolution of the qualities that defined the acclaimed GT86 coupe, retaining a classic front engine/rear-wheel drive drivetrain.
With a new 2.4-litre “boxer” engine under the bonnet, expect it to offer 231bhp and 0-62mph in just 6.3 seconds.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
It feels like we’ve been waiting ages for the ID Buzz to arrive, but if the rumours are to be believed then it looks like 2022 might just be the year we see it on the road.
Based on the ageless and iconic Microbus, the all-electric ID Buzz concept was originally shown at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California in 2017.
At 4,942mm, a width of 1,976mm and a height of 1,963mm, it will offer extraordinary interior dimensions thanks to its electric batteries being mounted in the vehicle floor. It will also feature variable seating, interactive connectivity and highly automated driving.
As for range, the concept was mooted as offering around 370 miles but we expect this to have dropped significantly with the production model.