Best new cars coming in 2022 - Dacia to Jeep

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

Dacia Bigster

  • Price: From £20,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

When it comes to building cars that do what they say on the tin, few brands are as straightforward as Dacia. The Bigster SUV, as its name suggests, is set to be the largest model ever from the Romanian manufacturer. Measuring in at 4.6 metres long, it’s a similar size to the Skoda Kodiaq, but will cost thousands less. 

There’s no word on whether there’ll be a seven-seat option, but with its rugged looks, spacious interior and useful tech, the Bigster won’t feel like a bargain-basement special. You can expect either a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol or a 1.6-litre hybrid, while four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox will be options.

Dacia Jogger

  • Price: From £14,995  
  • On sale: Now

Dacia has enjoyed a fine run of form recently, and that’s set to continue with the Jogger. Combining seven-seat versatility with rugged off-road style, the car is aimed at growing families with a sense of adventure.  More importantly, it’ll be the first Dacia to benefit from hybrid power, using the 1.6-litre dual-electric-motor set-up seen in the Renault Clio. Also available is the tried-and-tested 1.0-litre turbo petrol unit. 

All versions will get air-con, parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking and a smartphone dock, while upgraded Media Display and Media Nav systems add an eight-inch touchscreen and Apple and Android Connectivity.

DS 4

  • Price: From £26,350  
  • On sale: Now

French luxury firm DS has struggled to make an impact since its arrival in 2015, but the new DS 4 proves that bosses still have faith in the brand. The sharply styled family hatch looks good, while the slick, well finished interior oozes premium appeal. It’s packed with tech too, including an intuitive touchscreen and the latest connectivity. 

There’s a range of tried-and-tested petrols and diesels, but it’s the 222bhp E-Tense plug-in that’s the pick of the bunch. With its smooth delivery, decent refinement and 38-mile EV range, it suits the DS’s relaxed driving dynamics. Drivers wanting a distinctive and classy family hatch that stands out should look no further.

Ferrari 296 GTB

  • Price: From £230,000 (est) 
  • On sale: Late 2022

It’s back to the future for Ferrari, because its new compact sports car is the first to feature a mid-mounted V6 since the sixties Dino (although the brand says the Dino doesn’t officially count). 

Yet despite its historic connections, the 296 GTB is bang-up-to-date. For starters, its 3.0-litre engine is linked to a plug-in hybrid system that delivers a staggering 819bhp, 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and 15 miles of electric range. With a 50mm shorter wheelbase than the F8 Tributo, the GTB is even more agile in the corners. 

Elsewhere, its aggressively styled body is capable of generating up to 360kg of downforce with the optional Asseto Fiorano pack, while the Ferrari’s beautifully finished interior is crammed with the latest technology.

Ferrari Purosangue

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

Ferrari will be heading from race tracks to rutted tracks later this year, when it reveals its first SUV. Aimed squarely at models like the Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini Urus, the Purosangue is described as an FUV, or Ferrari Utility Vehicle. 

The new car is expected to use a modified version of the Roma’s platform, while its engines are likely to include a detuned plug-in hybrid from the 296 GTB, a turbocharged V8 and a naturally aspirated V12. Expect dynamics geared towards on-road agility, but with four-wheel drive and adjustable air suspension, this is one Prancing Horse that won’t mind getting muddy.

Ford Fiesta

  • Price: From £16,620  
  • On sale: Now

After decades of domination, the Fiesta has slipped from the top of the UK sales charts. But Ford is hoping this mid-life refresh will revive its supermini’s fortunes. There’s a larger front grille featuring a prominent Ford badge, sharper LED headlights and reprofiled bumpers. 

However, it’s inside where the biggest updates appear, with the option of a new 12.3-inch instrument cluster and the use of more upmarket materials. The mechanicals are untouched, which means you get the same eager EcoBoost petrol engines and a chassis that blends entertaining handling with a plush ride. The top of the range is still the fast-and-fun 197bhp ST hot hatch.

Ford Focus

  • Price: From £22,965 
  • On sale: Now

Like its Fiesta sibling, the Focus has been given a nip and tuck in an effort to boost its showroom appeal. On the outside you’ll notice the new Ford ‘face’, consisting of a gaping grille and large Blue Oval badge, plus the sharp LED light signature and subtly tweaked bumper design.

The most significant change inside is the availability of Ford’s new SYNC 4 infotainment that features a vast 12.3-inch dash and a touchscreen with all the latest connectivity. Elsewhere, there are higher-grade trim materials, more advanced driver aids and new spec levels. 

Mechanically the Focus is unchanged, meaning the engine line-up includes various 48V mild-hybrid options. It also means the Ford will remain one of the best family hatches for keen drivers.

Ford Ranger

  • Price: From £25,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

When it comes to working hard and playing hard, few rivals can match the Ranger – and this all-new model is only going to enhance its appeal. Sporting a bold look inspired by Ford’s American F-150 pick-up, the new Ranger features a bigger load bay that packs neat additions like an integral tape measure and a 400V inverter for power tools. 

Inside, there’s the brand’s latest SYNC 4 infotainment, a digital instrument cluster and a surprisingly upmarket finish. Under the bonnet a 3.0-litre V6 TDI joins the existing 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and 2.3-litre petrol, plus there’s even an EV version in the pipeline.

Genesis GV60

  • Price: From £40,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Summer 2022

Ambitious Korean premium brand Genesis is finally starting its electrified charge, with the GV60. The distinctively styled car sits on the same E-GMP platform as the brilliant Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, but features even more tech, extra driver-focused features and a luxurious interior. 

Targeting models such as the Polestar 2, the Genesis will be available with a choice of single or twin motors, with power outputs ranging from 225 to 429bhp. A 77.4kWh battery delivers a range of up to 280 miles, while 800V architecture allows for ultra-rapid charging. Unique features include an optional Boost Mode for extra bursts of power when overtaking, plus a Drift Mode.

Gordon Murray T.33

  • Price: From £1.37m (plus tax)  
  • On sale: Sold out

Even  in the world of hypercars, not many new arrivals will be as exciting as the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33. Following the brand’s T.50 flagship, the newcomer is simpler, yet will deliver just as many thrills. It features a regular two-seat layout and ditches the more expensive car’s fan-assisted aerodynamics, but retains the mid-mounted 3.9-litre V12, albeit with ‘just’ 607bhp.

Weighing only 1,090kg and with similar dimensions to a Porsche Cayman, the T.33 should be staggeringly fast and agile. It’s not all good news, however, because just 100 examples of the £1.37million (plus taxes) road racer are planned – and, like its bigger brother, it’s already sold out. 

Honda Civic

  • Price: From £24,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Late 2022

When it comes to a rich family-hatch heritage, few can match the Civic. The Japanese car is celebrating its 50th birthday with this 11th-generation model. Bigger and more premium than its predecessor, the Honda has a roomy interior that’s dripping in upmarket appeal and packed with the latest tech. 

The brand has said that in the UK, the full range will be hybrid-powered, with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre self-charging units likely. We’ve already sampled a US-specification non-hybrid four-door saloon, which delivered surprisingly engaging handling, plus comfort and refinement to match the class leaders. The only downside is that this will be the first Civic in nearly four decades not built in the UK.

Honda Civic Type R

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

Following the standard Civic will be the all-new Type R flagship. Our spies have caught the high-performance Honda testing at the fearsome Nürburgring circuit in Germany. 

Details are still thin on the ground, but get past the Type R’s disguise and it’s clear it won’t look as wild as its predecessor, with a smaller rear wing and less-aggressive bodykit. It’s expected to pack the same 316bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine, driving the front wheels through the trademark slick six-speed manual gearbox. Careful tuning of its suspension should mean few rivals will be as agile and engaging on road and track.

Hyundai IONIQ 6

  • Price: From £40,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Summer 2022

Hyundai’s relentless push upmarket will continue later this year when it pulls the wraps of its eagerly anticipated Ioniq 6. Aimed directly at the Tesla Model 3, the sleek four-door coupé promises to combine head-turning style and a luxurious interior with a claimed range of 311 miles. 

As our exclusive image shows, the newcomer takes its cues from the Prophecy concept, while under the skin it sits on a lengthened version of the advanced 800V E-GMP platform used on the smaller Ioniq 5. Top versions will use a 302bhp twin-motor set-up with a 77.4kWh battery, while there will also be a rear-drive entry-level version with a 58kWh pack.

Ineos Grenadier

  • Price: From £48,000 
  • On sale: Summer 2022

Fans of rough-and-tumble off-roaders should take note: the Ineos Grenadier is due to go on sale in the summer. Designed as a spiritual successor to the original Land Rover Defender, the Grenadier promises to combine unrivalled go-anywhere ability and ease-of-use with the latest tech. 

Underneath its boxy exterior is a permanent four-wheel-drive system with low-range gears for ultimate mud-plugging traction, while buyers can choose between petrol or diesel BMW-sourced, 3.0-litre, straight-six engines. Yet the newcomer also claims to be calm and composed on the road, plus it packs an interior that mixes hose-down practicality with cutting-edge infotainment. The car’s all-purpose approach is highlighted by the availability of a two-seater commercial variant, as well as practical passenger editions.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Price: From £40,000 (est)  
  • On sale: Summer 2022

After years of playing second fiddle to upmarket SUV competitors, Jeep is out to prove it still builds the best 4x4 by far. Leading the charge is the all-new Grand Cherokee, which now promises genuine premium appeal and cutting-edge tech. 

Inside are higher-quality materials, a slick 10-inch infotainment set-up and acres of space. There’s a new plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.0-litre petrol unit with two electric motors for 370bhp and 31 miles of electric range. Comfort is provided by soft air suspension, while Jeep’s sophisticated Quadra-Trac all-wheel-drive system means unstoppable off-road performance.

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