Best new cars coming in 2022

From electric crossovers to hatchbacks, these are the new models set for debut in 2022

2022 is already set off to a flying start where it comes to new cars, but we have also had a good look at the models that are still yet to arrive. The variety is as broad as ever, ranging from affordable superminis to the latest generation performance cars, this certainly looks to promise more exciting times ahead.

As battery technology improves, it's no surprise to see more and more electric cars with ever increasing ranges appearing on this list. Of course, SUVs are still as popular as ever and arguably account for some of the more controversial cars of 2022, such as the Ferrari Purosangue SUV.

Scroll down below for our full list of the best new cars still to come in 2022...

Alfa Romeo Tonale

  • Price: From £35,000 (est) 
  • On sale: April 2022

It’s been a tough few years recently for Alfa, with slumping sales and an increasingly limited line-up. Yet with its all-new Tonale SUV, the Italian brand is ready to fight back. Boasting head-turning looks and a range of electrified engines, the classy compact crossover will rival the likes of the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA

The Alfa sits on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, and will offer 48V mild-hybrid petrol and 271bhp plug-in powertrains. But bespoke tuning of the suspension means it should drive with the brio we expect from Alfa.  Inside, the interior mixes luxury and tech, with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Amazon Alexa voice assistant and Level 2 autonomous driver aids. Form an orderly queue here.

Alpine A110 facelift

  • Price: From £49,905  
  • On sale: Now

The car that kick-started Alpine’s recent rebirth has been given a mid-life refresh. However, it’s clear the French brand didn’t want to mess with a winning formula, because the eye-catching retro-inspired design has been left largely unaltered. 

Instead, there’s a revised trim line-up of A110, A110 GT and A110 S models, with the latter two getting a 296bhp version of the standard car’s 249bhp turbo 1.8-litre unit. There are new materials inside and an updated seven-inch infotainment system that’s available with a performance-monitoring upgrade for use on track. Happily, the suspension has been mainly left untouched.

Aston Martin DBX707

  • Price: From £200,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Summer 2022

How do you make one of the best luxury SUVs even better? If you’re Aston Martin, you add more power to make one of the fastest off-roaders around. Packing 697bhp from its heavily reworked twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, the bruising Brit claims 0-62mph in a supercar-slaying 3.3 seconds. 

The three-chamber air-suspension and active anti-roll system have been tweaked to enhance agility, while carbon-ceramic brakes are standard. There’s also a new, faster-acting nine-speed auto gearbox. Finally, the car has a bespoke front grille, bonnet vents and the option of 23-inch wheels.

Aston Martin Valhalla

  • Price: From £400,000 
  • On sale: Late 2022

If the V12 Vantage is Aston’s final nod to the past, then the Valhalla represents the brand’s exciting vision of the future. The firm’s first mid-engined series production car also packs a plug-in electric powerplant. 

The combination of a twin-turbo V8 and two electric motors pumps out 937bhp, while the 0-62mph sprint takes just 2.5 seconds. With its carbon-fibre construction, double-wishbone pushrod front suspension and brake-by-wire set-up, the Valhalla also uses technology from Aston’s Formula One team. However, with a luxury interior and nine miles of EV range, the Valhalla will be as comfortable on the high street as it is on a race track. You’ll need deep pockets, but few hypercars are likely to be as heavenly.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

  • Price: £180,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

Aston is sending the pure ICE engine out in style, as it prepares the V12 Vantage. Promised to be the last Aston of its kind, it’s likely to squeeze the DBS’s twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 into the smaller Vantage body. 

It’s expected to deliver around 600bhp – enough to give a Porsche 911 Turbo sleepless nights – while also serving up a spine-tingling soundtrack. Elsewhere, suspension and steering tweaks mean the rear-wheel-drive Aston should be as at home on the track as it is on the road. And on the outside there will be some unique touches, including a larger grille, twin-exit exhausts and even-wider wheelarches.

Audi Q6 e-tron

  • Price: From £60,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

Few car makers have embraced the EV revolution as fully as Audi. Slotting above the Q4 e-tron and below the e-tron, the Q6 promises to combine head-turning style – as previewed by our image – and refined luxury with unrivalled performance. 

Sources suggest that entry-level models will have at least 470bhp, while you can expect in excess of 600bhp from the RS flagship. The Audi is underpinned by the same Premium Platform Electric as the electrified Porsche Macan, so it should have excellent driving dynamics. Elsewhere, there will be 800V architecture for ultra-rapid changing, and a range of around 380 miles.

Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid

  • Price: From £165,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Spring 2022

Bentley has been slow to embrace battery power, but that’s changing with its latest line-up. The Bentayga was the first model to be electrified, with a plug-in hybrid version arriving in 2019. This was replaced last year by the second-generation car that combined a V6 engine and an electric motor.  

This has been joined by a PHEV version of the Flying Spur saloon. With a more driver-focused experience, the fast but frugal four-door uses the petrol-electric 2.9-litre V6 plug-in powertrain from the Porsche Panamera for 536bhp and 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds. It can travel up to 25 miles on electricity, making it one of the most soothing luxury saloons on sale. 

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

  • Price: From £30,365 
  • On sale: Now

People carriers play second fiddle to SUVs these days, but that hasn’t stopped BMW pulling the covers off an all-new 2 Series Active Tourer. Longer, wider and taller than before, it features a remarkably roomy interior that boasts neat features such as a sliding rear bench and the firm’s iDrive 8 infotainment. 

The range offers a choice of two new mild-hybrid petrols and one diesel. These will be joined later by plug-in, four-wheel-drive 225xe and 230xe models.

BMW 3 Series facelift

  • Price: From £34,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

BMW is putting its big-selling 3 Series under the knife, as the compact exec model prepares to battle arch-rivals such as the all-new Mercedes C-Class and forthcoming Audi A4 replacement. It’s essentially a light makeover, and both the four-door saloon and versatile Touring estate versions get a reprofiled nose and revised tail-lamps. 

They will also feature BMW’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment. This comprises a curved 14.9-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. The petrol and diesel engines will get 48V mild-hybrid tech, while the PHEV 330e is set for a longer EV range. The demise of the i3 means the badge is likely to be revived for an all-electric 3 Series.

BMW 7 Series/i7

  • Price: From £75,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

If you believe bigger is better, then look no further than the new 7 Series. Now entering its seventh generation, BMW’s luxury limo promises to be one of the most state-of-the-art saloons when it arrives later this year. For starters, there will be an all-electric i7 version that is likely to borrow the iX SUV’s 516bhp twin-motor set-up, a 105kWh battery and a 400-mile range. 

Emissions legislation has killed off the old V12, but there will be six-cylinder and V8 petrol editions, plus plug-in and 48V mild-hybrid tech. Engineers say it will combine BMW’s trademark engaging driving experience with comfort and refinement.

BMW 8 Series/M8

  • Price: From £72,225 
  • On sale: Now

It’s all change for the 8 Series, with BMW’s luxury flagship being treated to a mid-life update. The Coupé, Convertible and more versatile Gran Coupé models all get a subtly reprofiled nose and rear diffuser, while the M Sport bodykit is now standard. 

There’s the same 328bhp 3.0-litre straight-six for the 840i and 523bhp 4.4-litre V8 for the M850i, but the diesel-powered 840d is no more. Inside, there’s a wider range of high-grade materials, plus a larger infotainment screen. The M8 flagship gets the same upgrades, but its 616bhp V8 is unchanged.

BMW M2

  • Price: From £60,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Summer 2022

Few high-performance cars will be as hotly anticipated as the new M2. The spiritual successor to the iconic E30 M3 of the 1980s, this baby M squeezes sports car performance and handling into the compact yet surprisingly spacious body of the recently revealed 2 Series Coupé. 

However, as our image previews, with a wider track and more muscular bodywork, the M2 is expected to look much more purposeful. Under its bulging bonnet will be a detuned version of the M3’s turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six, although with an expected 425bhp in top Competition guise, it won’t be short of firepower.

BMW M3 Touring

  • Price: From £78,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

Keen drivers wanting space and pace should look no further than the M3 Touring. Designed to cash in on the success of go-faster estates such as the Audi RS 4, the BMW will pack the same 503bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre as the M3 saloon, as well the option of xDrive four-wheel drive. 

No official figures have been released yet, but expect the Touring to blast from 0-62mph in less than four seconds, while the boot should be able to handle up to 500 litres of luggage. There will also be subtle tweaks to the suspension to compensate for the Touring body’s extra weight, while ensuring it drives with the same precision and engagement as the four-door.

BMW X1/iX1

  • Price: From £32,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2022

The X1 is big business for BMW, so the all-new version will need to hit the ground running when it appears later this year. Electrification is at the compact crossover’s heart, with the iX1 likely to use a detuned version of the larger iX3’s 282bhp motor and deliver more than 200 miles on a charge. 

There will also be a new version of the 25e PHEV, while the petrol and diesel units will get a 48V mild-hybrid boost. Our exclusive image shows that, on the outside, the X1 takes its cues from the larger X3, while underneath will be a development of the current car’s UKL2 platform, so it should be more fun to drive than most rivals.

BMW XM

  • Price: From £145,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2022

If you thought an XM was an angular eighties Citroen executive car, then think again. BMW has borrowed the two letters for its flagship high-performance SUV, which celebrates 50 years since its first standalone M division car, the exotic mid-engined M1. 

First shown as a bold concept late last year, the strikingly styled XM features a powerful plug-in hybrid system that combines a turbocharged V8 and an electric motor to deliver a combined output of around 740bhp and 1,000Nm of torque. Yet it should also be capable of 50 miles of electric running.

Citroen C5 Aircross

  • Price: From £25,515 
  • On sale: Now

The C5 X isn’t the only big Citroen with upmarket ambitions, because the recently revised C5 Aircross has also been given a premium push.  There’s a restyled nose with distinctive LED running lights, plus new tail-lights and revised alloy wheel designs. Climb aboard and you’ll find a classier-looking dashboard, featuring the slick 10-inch touchscreen infotainment from the C4 and wireless phone charging. There’s also the option of materials such as Nappa leather.  

Yet the Citroen’s family-friendly feel remains, with a handy sliding rear bench and up to 720 litres of boot space available. There are also no mechanical changes, with the same range of petrol and diesel engines on offer, plus the 222bhp PHEV with its 31-mile electric range.

Citroen C5 X

  • Price: From £26,490 
  • On sale: Now

Citroen is hoping its latest arrival has the ‘X’ factor that’ll make it a hit with buyers. Combining quirky crossover style with real premium appeal, the C5 X is designed to be a relaxing long-distance executive express with a difference. Not only is it luxuriously appointed inside, Citroen also claims rear- seat passengers get more room to stretch out than in rivals such as the Peugeot 508. It’s also packed with the latest tech, including a new 12.3-inch infotainment screen. 

The engine range includes a pair of petrols (1.2 and 1.6-litre) and a 222bhp plug-in hybrid with a 31-mile electric range. This version will also be available with Citroen’s Advanced Comfort adaptive suspension, which promises to offer the firm’s trademark supple ride quality.

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