Best new cars coming in 2022 - Dacia 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

Dacia Bigster

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

Designed as a bigger brother to the popular Duster, the new Dacia Bigster will be based on the CMF-B platform from parent firm Renault, the Dacia is 4.6 metres long, which will make it a rival for the VW Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq. Even so, with an expected starting price of around £20,000, the Bigster will undercut these mainstream rivals by thousands. 

As our exclusive image shows, the Dacia certainly won’t look like a bargain-basement special. A raised ride height, tough body cladding and imposing proportions will all help it stand out from the crowd.

There’s no word on a seven-seat option, but you can expect class-leading interior space and a big boot. And while the interior won’t be up to premium standards in terms of material and tech, the cabin is likely to be robustly built and include all the kit you’ll need, such as the firm’s intuitive touchscreen infotainment.

The biggest 1.3-litre TCe turbo petrol from the Duster is likely to be offered, as well as the 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid confirmed for the brand’s new seven-seat Jogger MPV. Four-wheel drive and a twin-clutch automatic gearbox should also be on the options list when the Bigster makes its official debut later this year.

Dacia Jogger

  • Price: £15,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

If you’re after an affordable seven-seater, then the all-new Jogger is quite likely to be the only model in the running. Available to order now and priced from £14,995, the Dacia undercuts its nearest rival, the Citroen Berlingo XL, by around £10,000.

Combining estate-car looks with crossover design cues, the quirky model is more about substance than style. 

Even adults should be comfortable in the third row, and with all seven seats in place there’s a decent 213 litres of boot space. Remove the rearmost chairs (a quick and easy job) and you’re left with a cavernous 712 litres, which increases to a van- like 1,819 litres with the second row down. 

The entry-level Essential trim delivers air-con, parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking and a Media Control dash-top smartphone holder.

At launch the eager 108bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol with a six-speed manual gearbox will be the only engine option, but the clever E-Tech 1.6-litre self-charging hybrid from parent firm Renault is in the pipeline. Either way, the Jogger is set to be one of the family car bargains of the year.

Ferrari 296 GTB

  • Price: £230,000 (est)
  • 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

The Prancing Horse will be galloping off the beaten track in 2022, as Ferrari launches its first-ever SUV. The high-riding Purosangue is likely to be the fastest and most engaging car of its type on sale, and is on track to become the brand’s best seller.

Bosses remain cagey about the final spec, but have confirmed that the model will share the Roma GT’s platform. This architecture can accept a variety of engines, from the expected plug-in hybrid V6 to a V12. 

Also in the mix is the Roma’s 612bhp twin-turbo 3.9 V8. All will have electrifying performance, while the suspension should deliver sports car-rivalling handling. Ferrari is no stranger to four-wheel drive, because its GTC4 Lusso offers 4x4 traction. It remains to be seen whether the firm’s first SUV will use a similar set-up or feature a newly developed system.

The Ferrari is expected to take its cues from the Roma. Enhanced practicality will be a key target, with the Purosangue also being the first car from Maranello with a five-door hatchback layout. Expect prices to start at around £200,000.

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.

Ford Fiesta

  • Price: £16,620
  • On sale: 2022

With one eye on regaining its sales-topping spot, the Fiesta has been given a much-needed mid-life refresh, having played second fiddle to Vauxhall’s Corsa over 2021.

Externally, the biggest change is at the front, where the car previews the brand’s new ‘family face’ that comprises a larger grille with its prominent Ford badge. There are also reprofiled LED headlamps, while ST and ST-Line models gain a more aggressive and angular bumper treatment. 

Inside, the dash features a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster option, while new trim materials create a more premium feel. The optional eight-inch SYNC3 infotainment is carried over, but more safety features are included, such as a Wrong-Way Alert. Mechanically, it’ll still be one of the sharpest-handling and plushest-riding small cars. 

There’s also the same range of 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost engines, including the mild-hybrid units. At the top of the range is the scorching 197bhp ST hot hatch, which remains one of the high-performance bargains of the decade. Prices for the new Fiesta start at £16,620, with first deliveries beginning early this year.

Honda Civic

  • Price: £20,000 (est)
  • 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.

Honda Civic Type R

  • Price: TBC
  • On sale: 2022

Honda pulled the covers off the eleventh-generation Civic in June 2021 and the flagship Type R hot hatch is set to blast into dealerships this year.

Still shrouded in a disguise, the Type R has been undergoing final testing at tracks such as the Nürburgring in Germany and Suzuka in Japan. However, you can see that the newcomer takes a slightly less aggressive approach than its predecessor – although you’re left in no doubt about its potential. The trademark triple-exit exhaust and bulging wheelarches remain, but the wild rear spoiler is replaced by a subtler item perched on delicate motorsport-inspired supports.

The Type R will get the new Civic’s more upmarket cabin with improved infotainment. Plus, expect figure-hugging front seats, plenty of red trim accents and the familiar aluminium gearknob.

Honda is remaining tight-lipped about the Type R’s specification, but has hinted it won’t be electrified like the rest of the range. Our sources suggest that it’s likely to have a tweaked version of its predecessor’s 316bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre unit and a six-speed gearbox. The suspension will also be tuned to make sure the hot Honda remains the benchmark for handling on road and track. 

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 Ioniq 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 (est)
  • 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 (est)
  • 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 (est)
  • 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: £59,995
  • On sale: 2022

Lotus has lofty ambitions for 2022, which start with the launch of the all-new Emira. While the 1,972bhp Evija EV hypercar has been stealing all the headlines, the Norfolk brand’s latest model is tasked with replacing the Elise and Evora. 

It promises the performance to match as well, with the first models getting the tried-and-tested Toyota-sourced 395bhp 3.5-litre supercharged V6 from the Evora. With that combined with a six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels (there’s also an automatic option), Lotus claims 0-62mph in a blistering 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 180mph. 

Later in the year the engine line-up will expand to include the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit from the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S.

The Emira will use an adapted version of the Elise’s aluminium structure to keep weight down to a whisker over 1,400kg. 

Lotus has worked hard on the interior to deliver a classy and upmarket Porsche-rivalling look and feel. Not only is it reasonably roomy, it’s well built and packed with kit, including a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen.

An initial £75,995 First Edition model will be joined by a £59,995 entry-level version by the end of the year.

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