Best new cars coming in 2022 - Ferrari to Lotus

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

Ferrari 296 GTB

  • Price: £230,000
  • On sale: 2022

The Ferrari 296 GTB is a new, hi-tech supercar that uses plug-in hybrid power. It’ll be powered by a V6 petrol engine (the first Ferrari to do so since the Dino 246 GT of 1974), as well as electric power for a combined 819bhp and 740Nm of torque. This means it can go from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 205mph.

The 296 GTB will feed its considerable power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The battery pack is small, though, and allows only 15 miles of range; it’s more about extra pace than practicality.

Ferrari Purosangue

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

A Ferrari SUV still sounds like an alien concept, but it’s really happening. Bentley, Lamborghini and Aston Martin have all had success with SUVs in recent years, and Ferrari wants a piece of the pie. Hence the Purosangue, which will launch next year.

We expect its looks to be inspired by the brand’s Roma GT, with a practical hatchback boot and a raised ride height. In fact, the new model will use tech from the Roma, and possibly plug-in hybrid power, with either a V6 or V8 petrol engine. 

However, it’s also possible that Ferrari’s V12 engine could appear in the car, although it’s not likely to be a hybrid.

Either way, expect plenty of power, strong performance and striking looks from this new ultra-high-end SUV.

Fiat Panda

  • Price: £11,000 (est.)
  • On sale: 2022

A new Fiat Panda is expected to arrive soon, boosting the Fiat range alongside the stylish 500. The new car was previewed by the Centoventi concept of 2019, and Fiat says it will stay true to its roots as a low-cost, entry-level car that focuses on offering great value for money. 

Now that Fiat is part of the Stellantis Group, the car is likely to be based on the group’s CMP platform, so it will share parts with some small Peugeots and Citroens, helping it to achieve economies of scale in order to keep prices low. 

We even expect a few similar styling elements; the concept car showed some funky details that remind us of the Citroen C4 Cactus. The Stellantis connection means the car is likely to use the group’s 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine, and electrified versions will feature too.

Honda Civic

  • Price: £20,000
  • On sale: 2022

A new Honda Civic is on the way, and it will be built in Japan, not Swindon, after the closure of the firm’s UK plant. It’ll be offered only as a hybrid, which means it will be a direct rival for the Toyota Corolla hatch, although exact specifications haven’t yet been revealed. It’s possible it will use a powertrain configuration similar to that of the Jazz supermini or CR-V SUV, with either a 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor.

The new Civic’s look is sleeker than the current car’s, and the rear end looks saloon-like, but there is still a hatchback boot. It’s linked to the model already available in the US, which means we can also expect an overhauled interior with more tech than before and better materials.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

  • Price: TBC
  • On sale: 2022

The next model to launch in Hyundai’s Ioniq range will be a swoopy saloon taking on the Tesla Model 3. It is based on the Prophecy concept, will be called Ioniq 6, and comes with the task of following the excellent 5 as a long-range family EV.

As you would expect, the finished production model will be rather more conventional than the concept, and it will share parts with the reigning Auto Express Car of the Year, the Ioniq 5.  It’ll offer a range of around 300 miles and cutting-edge rapid-charging tech just like the 5, because both models use the same E-GMP platform. This will allow the use of the same motors and batteries, although the two cars have radically different bodystyles and looks.

Ineos Grenadier

  • Price: £48,000
  • On sale: 2022

No, that’s not an old Land Rover Defender or Mercedes G-Class you’re looking at, it’s a new model from Ineos called the Grenadier. It’s a rugged and off-road-focused SUV that aims to carry the torch for these old-school off-road machines with tough looks and even tougher mechanicals.

It will use one of two BMW 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines, either petrol or diesel, and all four wheels are driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s a low-range mode and a locking centre differential for improved off-roading ability, and the interior has been designed so it can be used in harsh conditions with gloves on. It’s also been designed to have fewer computers inside, so it’s easier to fix if things go wrong when you’re out in the wilderness.

Kia Sportage

  • Price: £25,000
  • On sale: 2022

Kia recently revealed a new version of the popular Sportage SUV, due to arrive in the UK early next year with some changes over the version sold globally. It’s a bit bigger than the current car, with extra space to take the batteries for the plug-in hybrid model.

This version uses a 1.6-litre petrol with an electric motor and has an electric-only range of 35 miles on a charge. There’s also a traditional hybrid, plus a plain 1.6-litre turbo petrol version with 178bhp. Diesel power is available too, while the interior has also been upgraded with new tech including two 12.3-inch screens and more room for passengers.

Lamborghini Countach

  • Price: £1.9million
  • On sale: 2022

Lamborghini will revive a famous name from its past for 2022 with this, the Countach LPI 800-4.  It’s a hybrid supercar with 803bhp, which is produced by the combination of a mid-mounted V12 engine producing 769bhp, plus an electric motor with an extra 34bhp.

The power goes to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox and 0-62mph takes just 2.8 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 221mph. It’s largely constructed from carbon fibre, and has a dry weight of just 1,595kg. The dramatic exterior looks are matched by an equally eye-catching interior, which is as dramatic as the name suggests. Just 112 examples will be built, at a price of nearly £2million each.

Land Rover Defender 130 Pick-up

  • Price: £32,000 
  • On sale: 2022

The Land Rover Defender range is set to expand with the introduction of a new 130 variant, which will offer a longer wheelbase than the existing 90 and 110 models.  This will translate to extra interior space for passengers and up to eight seats inside. A commercial variant is also expected to join the range, and the Defender pick-up will use the long wheelbase of the 130 model with an open bed at the back. It will take on higher-spec versions of the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, for buyers who want a vehicle for work and family life. 

There’s very little information available, but we expect the Defender pick-up to use diesel power primarily; should it feature the 296bhp 3.0-litre diesel, it’ll be among the most powerful pick-ups available.

Lotus Emira

  • Price: £60,000
  • On sale: 2022

Lotus is set to transform itself over the coming years and the first look at its fresh direction is the new Emira.  It’s a mid-engined rival for the Porsche Cayman, based on the British brand’s new sports car platform. The configuration will help keep weight as low as possible.

It will be available with two engines: a 3.5-litre V6 with a manual gearbox or a Mercedes-AMG-sourced four-cylinder petrol with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It’s rear-wheel drive only and should offer a 0-60mph time of less than four seconds, although the focus will be on typical Lotus traits of sweet handling and roadholding. However, there will be Tour and Sports chassis options to let buyers opt for more comfort or more track capability.

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