With new automobiles in short supply owing to an ongoing worldwide pandemic and shortages of semiconductors, it may be difficult to find fresh metal right now.
In fact, the following year is expected to be a record-breaking one for new vehicles, as several eagerly anticipated models were pushed back from 2020, numerous nameplates will get fresh variants, and even box-new car marques will try to break into the Australian market.
So, what exactly are you in for? From a new-generation Ford Ranger to Kia’s first all-electric model, here are the finest new cars set to arrive in Australia in 2022 (timing is subject to change).
With the market shifting rapidly to an SUV preference, where are all the performance crossovers going to go? All of a sudden, practically every brand, from Hyundai to Honda, now has a hot hatch to call its own. But with the market turning increasingly towards SUVs, where are all the performance crossovers going to fit in?
The Cupra brand will be launched in June 2022 as part of the Volkswagen Group. It’ll include the Formentor tiny SUV, which will compete with the hot hatch market for sales.
The Formentor may be the hot hatch tormentor that the likes of the Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST are worried about, thanks to a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with 228kW of power to all four wheels.
In mid-2022, the competitively priced Ford Ranger will arrive in Australian showrooms to challenge the best-selling Toyota HiLux as well as the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, and Mazda BT-50.
The exterior is fresh, with styling motifs from the F-150 sibling. The interior, on the other hand, has been updated with more technology and a portrait-style touchscreen at least in higher trims.
The model will be replaced by a new version based on the same underpinnings as the current vehicle. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, and 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel engine will all be discontinued to make way for six-cylinder powertrains.
The XUV700 from Mahindra has the potential to be the shakeup the mid-size SUV market needs to become exciting again, after years of being dominated by Toyota’s RAV4, Mazda’s CX-5, Hyundai’s Tucson, Kia Sportage and Ford Escape.
The XUV700 is a replacement for the outdated XUV500 and will be available in five- or seven-seat versions. The vehicle will use the new platform, which has been designed specifically for SUVs. It also features cutting-edge technology like flush door handles and twin 10.25-inch multimedia displays, as well as other advanced features such as improved night vision and steering assistance systems.
The XUV700 is available with either a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine (147kW/380Nm) or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel (114kW/360Nm), and it comes standard with manual or automatic gearboxes.
Nissan will cease production of the 370Z in mid-2022 to make way for its retro-styled Z sports coupe successor.
The new Z will be powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 with over 300kW and 500Nm, which underpins the 370Z. The long bonnet hides a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 capable of 298kW/475Nm – outmuscling even the brawny 285kW/500Namouse rival from Toyota Supra.
However, the Nissan Z has a secret weapon up its sleeve, as it will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is becoming increasingly rare in today’s new vehicles.
The new Subaru WRX is coming in the second quarter of 2022 to shake up the hot-hatch-dominated performance automobile industry, despite its styling.
The updated WRX is powered by a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 202kW/350Nm and is mated to a manual gearbox or continuously variable automatic transmission, but the all-wheel-drive grip should give it an edge against many of its front-drive rivals.
While the Australian pricing and features are yet to be announced, if the WRX can retain its approximately $40,000 before on-road costs beginning price, it will be one of the most cost-effective sports cars in Australia.