Best new cars coming in 2022

The world may be changing all the time but that doesn't stop manufacturers planning ahead. From electric crossovers to hatchbacks, these are the new models set for debut in 2022

As we enter 2022, we have already had a good look at what cars we can expect and, with a broad variety ranging from affordable superminis to the latest generation performance cars, the list certainly looks to promise a very exciting year 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 will still be as popular as ever and arguably the most controversial new car of 2022 could be the Ferrari Purosangue SUV.

Scroll down below for our full list of the best new cars coming in 2022 and beyond...

Alfa Romeo Tonale

  • Price: £30,000
  • On sale: 2022

There’s a mountain to climb if Alfa Romeo wants to get on terms with its premium rivals, but the Tonale SUV could be just the ticket. Slotting in beneath the Stelvio, the slick newcomer is only the second off-roader in the Italian brand’s 111-year history and takes aim at the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA.

It’s based on the striking Tonale concept from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. We’ve seen prototypes out testing, and while heavily disguised these machines clearly have the same neat proportions as the show car.

Under its distinctive bodywork the Tonale will use the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, but bespoke suspension and brakes should deliver sharper dynamics. A familiar range of petrol motors will be on offer, some of which could feature mild-hybrid tech. The Tonale will also be Alfa’s first plug-in hybrid, which is likely to use Jeep’s 237bhp 4xe four-wheel drive set-up. 

We won’t see the production Tonale until later this year, but early signs are that it won’t be a car you’ll want to pass on when choosing a classy compact crossover.

Aston Martin DBX Coupé

  • Price: £170,000 
  • On sale: 2022

New Aston Martin boss Tobias Moers set out a plan for the brand recently that includes a new coupé version of the DBX SUV, potentially with plug-in hybrid power, and even a long-wheelbase variant. 

We don’t know much about the DBX Coupé right now, but the interior and driving experience are likely to be very similar, but you’ll get a slightly more stylish body and a differently shaped boot. 

It’s likely to appeal to customers who want a more sporty-looking model, but still need the practicality of an SUV. Longer-wheelbase models are popular in places like China and allow more rear legroom.

Aston Martin Vanquish Concept

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

Aston Martin is planning a head-on rival for the Ferrari F8 Tributo and McLaren 720S supercars, and the Vanquish Vision concept shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show gives an idea of how it might look. 

It proved that Aston Martin was working on a new car with a mid-engined layout, and we were told at the show that the project was about 85 per cent complete, meaning we should see the new model revealed fairly soon. It will be based on an aluminium structure and use a V8 engine that should deliver the kind of performance you’d expect of a mid-engined supercar. Design-wise, there’s a fair amount in common with the Valkyrie hypercar, another mid-engined model from Aston.

Audi Q6 e-tron

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

Audi’s electrified charge continues with the Q6 e-tron, set to be its most advanced EV SUV yet. It sits on the same Premium Platform Electric architecture as the new second-generation Porsche Macan.

Following in the tracks of the larger e-tron SUV, the Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT, the Q6 represents the next step in Audi’s plan to launch 20 new EVs in three years. It’s

the brand’s most ambitious and technically advanced model yet, packing a similar 800V electrical architecture to the GT, which will allow ultra-rapid top-ups. No battery details have been revealed, but it’s believed that the car will offer a range in excess of 380 miles.

Inside, expect a typically high-quality finish as well as all the latest technology, such as the 11.6-inch infotainment screen already seen in Audi’s Q4. Surprisingly, though, none of the Q6 prototypes caught testing have featured camera-based door mirrors first seen on the German company’s original e-tron.

Performance will be a priority, with even entry-level Q6s boasting at least 470bhp from two motors – one at the front and one at the rear for four-wheel drive. Also on the cards is a performance-focused SQ6, and an even hotter RS Q6 likely to deliver 600bhp-plus for supercar-slaying acceleration. Uprated suspension should give similarly agile and engaging handling as the petrol RS Q8.

BMW 7 Series

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

The next BMW 7 Series is nearly here. It’s expected to arrive in 2022 and will take on the latest Mercedes S-Class in the luxury limousine market. Both hybrid and electric models are likely, although the latter is predicted to wear the i7 badge, serving up a range of around 300 miles, and featuring similar tech to the i4 electric car. Petrol-hybrid versions will be offered, whether that’s 48V mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid, as well as four-wheel drive. 

This new 7 Series is likely to have an imposing look, plenty of performance and a focus on luxury and quality. A long-wheelbase version will offer extra legroom, and the cabin will get all the latest tech, including dual infotainment displays.

BMW iX1

  • Price: £45,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

The BMW X1 is due for an update soon, and as part of that BMW will offer an iX1 model with electric power, designed to rival the Mercedes EQA and the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge. 

As with other i variants, the electric version of the X1 is likely to look very similar to the regular versions, but with the addition of some key electric-car elements, including a blanked-off grille. The iX1 could use tech from the iX3, offering up to 282bhp and a range of more than 200 miles. 

In the iX3, a full charge using a home wallbox takes about seven and a half hours, which is likely to be similar in the smaller model, while a 150kW rapid charge to 80 per cent capacity is likely to take around half an hour.

BMW M2

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

Not many cars will be as warmly welcomed by keen drivers in 2022 as the second-generation BMW M2. Featuring the same muscle-bound, two-door compact coupé template as the current car, the all-new version promises to be one of the most thrilling debuts of the year.

Based on the recently released 2 Series, the new M2 uses the same shortened platform as the larger 3 Series saloon. This not only means it retains a traditional rear-wheel-drive layout, but it has also allowed engineers to squeeze the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six from the latest M3 under the bonnet. Detuned for the smaller car, the unit will still develop around 450bhp in the M2 Competition version; the M3’s eight-speed auto is likely to be available for the first time, too.

To handle the extra power, the M2 will have a wider track at both the front and rear when compared with the standard car, while there will also be a lowered and stiffened suspension set-up with the option of adaptive dampers. An M division limited-slip differential promises even stronger traction out of corners, while bigger brakes should mean the baby M car stops as well as it goes.

Better still, the M2 will look every bit as raucous as its likely spec suggests. As our exclusive image shows, it’ll get an even more aggressive front grille treatment, a unique bonnet with a power bulge, wider wheelarches and the now-trademark quad-exit exhausts. 

BMW M3 Touring

  • Price: £77,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

An M3 Touring has been on the wishlist for BMW enthusiasts for decades, and now it’s finally going to happen. The estate version of the popular performance car will sport all the same engineering as the saloon but in a more practical bodystyle. 

We’ve seen spy shots of the car and it will feature the same large kidney grille as the M3 saloon and the M4. Behind this will sit a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine with 503bhp and 600Nm of torque, plus it will be available with a selectable four-wheel-drive system. 

The Touring is set to have a slightly wider track than the saloon version as well as upgraded suspension to allow a greater payload capacity. It’s expected to arrive some time in 2022.

BMW X1

  • Price: £45,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

Given that the X1 is a big seller for BMW, the German brand isn’t taking any chances with the new, third-generation version. Second only to the X3 in terms of SUV success, the entry-level crossover represents big business. 

We’ve already spied the car testing, and it’s clear that the newcomer will be slightly bigger and more aggressive-looking than before. It will be more spacious inside, too, while a premium finish will be a priority. The dashboard will feature the same infotainment and wraparound design as seen in the current 1 Series.

It’ll be based on a modified UKL2 platform, meaning a similar mix of petrol and diesel engines and the choice of front-wheel-drive or xDrive 4x4 transmissions. Also available will be a plug-in xDrive25e that uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and rear-mounted electric motor. Expect an EV range of up to 40 miles. The hotly anticipated all-electric iX1 will arrive in 2023. Aimed at the Mercedes EQA, this could boast a detuned version of the electric motor from the iX3 and a 250-mile range. It’ll feature the blue trim inserts, faired-in grille and aerodynamic alloys of other i models.

Citroen Ami

  • Price: £6,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

Citroen’s tiny Ami electric car will go on sale in the UK next year, and could cost

from as little as £6,000. The car is powered by an 8bhp electric motor fed by a 5.5kWh battery. It has a top speed of just 28mph and a range of up to 46 miles, so is suited to inner-city driving. The two-seater has a turning circle of just 7.2 metres and weighs a flyweight 485kg.

Ami owners will be able to charge it using either a Type 2 EV charging adaptor or a conventional three-pin plug, and a full charge will take around three hours from either. Citroen is also considering offering the Ami with various leasing options, and believes it could cost users as little as a mobile-phone tariff each month, depending on the size of the deposit.

Citroen C5X

  • Price: £27,000 (est) 
  • On sale: 2022

The X in the new, upmarket Citroen C5 X is significant, because it hints at the firm’s ambition for the car, which is to blend attributes from several sectors, including hatchbacks and SUVs.

Sure enough, the styling seems to reflect that, with elements of each in the design. It’s based on the same tech as the C5 Aircross SUV but it’s a more grown-up offering, with petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains and an all-new 12-inch HD infotainment touchscreen inside.

The C5 X is also designed to offer a standard of luxury you might not expect given the relatively affordable price. 

Rivals to the forthcoming big Citroen include the Peugeot 508 and Volkswagen Passat, although the C5 X might also tempt buyers from SUVs such as the Peugeot 3008 when it arrives in 2022.

Cupra Born

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

The Cupra Born is the first all-electric model from the fledgling sporty Spanish brand, and it’s coming in early 2022. 

It is based on the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.3, and there are some similarities in its styling, albeit with more dramatic bodywork and wheels. 

The Born will come with 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh battery options, giving a range of up to 335 miles in the flagship version. Performance improves as you move through the range as well; the fastest edition can go from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, although all models are rear-wheel drive only for now.

Rapid 125kW charging means you can top up from 10-80 per cent in just over half an hour. The suspension will be set up to offer a focused driving experience.

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