We’re getting into the fall, and so 2022 is now just around the corner. And, as always, car markers are whetting our appetites with all the wonderful new vehicles they have in store for us.
In this post, we take a look at some of the hot new cars on the way in 2022 – all of the models worth talking about from each manufacturer.
Toyota is still the biggest car company in the world by volume, so the decisions it makes affects everyone.
The firm is planning on expanding the Corolla lineup with the Corolla Cross – a small crossover designed to compete with other manufacturers in this niche. The Corolla Cross will inhabit the space between the C-HR and the RAV4. (Yes, there is a space to fill, apparently).
Toyota is also going to reaffirm its commitment to exciting cars – something that Mazda also did recently. Drivers will see the introduction of the GR 86 and a brand new Supra dubbed the A91-CF. As the “CF” notation indicates, the vehicle will have a full carbon fiber aero kit and will be one of around only 600 that the company will make.
In 2022, Subaru will give the BRZ a full refresh and add some extra horsepower under the hood to make it more competitive with other vehicles in its class. The Japanese carmaker, however, says that it will continue to keep the price ultra-competitive. Drivers, it says, will be able to drive base model versions of the car off the forecourt for as little as $30,000.
The updated model WRX is also worth talking about. It will have a 271-hp turbo flat-four and there will be another high performance STI model to follow.
There will be further upgrades to the Outback wagon, thanks to the new “Wilderness” edition, and better trim for the Forester.
The big change at Nissan for 2022 is the introduction of the Z, a brand new car that is based on the old 370Z. The Z will be a compact sports car capable of high performance. It will also look the part too, with lines similar to an Aston Martin Vantage.
Nissan will also upgrade the GT-R slightly – perhaps the most successful Japanese sports car of all time. Consumers will be able to drive a version with a carbon-weave hood, slightly reducing the weight and making the vehicle look even better than it already does.
Mercedes is making changes that it hopes will allow the brand to become more practical. In 2022, we will see the introduction of the EQS four-door which, according to the car maker, will become its flagship electric vehicle. The US will be the car’s first market, before expanding to Europe and parts of the Far East.
There will also be the EQB crossover – a vehicle that will look similar to the GLB. According to early data, the EQB will have around 288 bhp, making it considerably more potent on the road than Mercedes’ standard diesel options.
The mid-size CLS will see a modest refresh with some changes to safety features.
With the rise of no-fault auto insurance, many car makers are looking to improve the safety features on their cars, and Lexus is no exception. It is upgrading it’s Teammate software to offer drivers improved hands-free capability. Demonstrations of the technology should arrive at any time in the next few months.
Lexus will also introduce the IS500 F Sport Performance this year. The V-8 model will be a more powerful version of the company’s current IS sedan lineup. Lexus is currently being coy about how much horsepower the vehicle will actually have. Educated guesses suggest that it ought to be in the 600 bhp range, though it could be substantially less than that, depending on the price point the brand targets.
Land Rover has had a tough few years because of declining sales. However, the company is determined to make a return to the limelight in 2022 by offering consumers more of the type of vehicles that they prefer.
The Defender, for instance, is going to get a more powerful 518 bhp engine which Land Rover says will give drivers more options off-road. There will also be two and four-door versions available.
We’re also going to see improvements to the Range Rover Velar – a relatively new addition to the brand’s lineup. It will receive the company’s Pivi Pro infotainment system and come with the option to go hybrid.
The subcompact Evoque is also getting an upgrade. Land Rover says that it will equip it with a better engine that will boost horsepower from 246 to 296, and it will get a new high end trim option: HST.
Lamborghini has been selling the outrageously-styled Aventador for over a decade now. However, in 2022, there will be a return to form for the brand: the legendary Countach is returning.
The new vehicle is retro-inspired and looks very much like the original Countach, just updated for a modern audience. But don’t worry. If you are the sort of person who likes outrageous styling, then the new car will definitely interest you. Lamborghini says that it will continue to feature hexagonal wheel arches and scissor doors, while also paying homage to the pop-up lights of its 1980s predecessor.
While the Countach is essentially a re-skinned version of the Aventador, it will be more powerful at 802 bhp. Lamborghini claims that it will be able to do 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and it will have a top speed of around 221 mph.
Lastly, Korean car maker Kia, has some exciting news for 2022. It will begin selling its EV6 crossover – an electric vehicle that promises to deliver performance EV driving to the masses.
Kia is going all in on electric vehicles and will offer a range of cars with the EV6 moniker. Motors will generate between 167 bhp all the way up to 567 bhp for the GT version. Kia says that the vehicle should be able to do around 300 miles on a single charge, bringing it into Tesla territory.