Best new cars coming in 2022 - Range Rover to Volvo

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

Range Rover

  • Price: £94,400
  • On sale: 2022

The new fifth-generation Range Rover was revealed in 2021 and as far as the design goes it’s more of an evolution of the outgoing L405 model rather than a revolution. 

The big news for the new L340 model is that the Range Rover is offered with plug-in hybrid power and seven-seats for the first time. A P440e kicks off the PHEV range with a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol with a 38.2kWh battery and a 141bhp electric motor for a total output of 434bhp and 620Nm. Then there’s the 510e which bumps power up to 503bhp and above that a range-topping V8 model with 523bhp. 

The new model sits on new underpinnings that the company calls Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). This new platform can accept fully electric variants, so you can expect to see a battery-powered Range Rover added to the range at some point.

Pricing starts from £94,408, with the V8-powered P530 model starting from £123,500.

Range Rover Sport

  • Price: £65,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

Following closely in the go-anywhere wheel tracks of the latest Range Rover comes the all-new Sport version. It will slot in just below the flagship model and aims to deliver both a more engaging driving experience and a slightly racier design.

Like its big brother, the new Range Sport is based on Jaguar Land Rover’s new MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) Flex platform, so a full EV version is possible – but not before 2024 at least. Until then buyers will have a choice of mild-hybrid and plug-in four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. There will also be a high-performance SVR version.

Despite its all-new underpinnings, designers are taking an evolutionary approach to the car’s styling. As you can see from our exclusive image, the car retains similar proportions, but with a sleeker profile and neater details. The front lights and full-width tail-lights take their cues from the Velar, while inside, the emphasis will be on luxury and tech, with high-grade materials and the latest Pivi Pro infotainment.

Air suspension is likely to be standard, while a 48V anti-roll system will be available to enhance on-road agility. Plus, the latest Terrain Response set-up will ensure the four-wheel-drive chassis is as capable in the rough as it is on the tarmac.

Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric

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

Renault’s zippy Zoe supermini has been Europe’s best-selling EV since its introduction in 2013. Yet the French firm has failed to capitalise on its pioneering battery-powered success. That could be about to change with the arrival of the all-new Mégane E-Tech

Despite its name, the newcomer shares nothing with the existing five-door family hatch, and is instead aimed squarely at the VW ID.3. Based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-EV platform, the Mégane features handsome lines and rugged crossover styling cues. 

Inside it packs premium appeal, with plenty of space and a slick design. Yet it’s the OpenR Link infotainment that’s the real star, combining a 12.3-inch instrument cluster with an 11-inch portrait- style touchscreen to create a real hi-tech feel. 

We’ve already driven it, and the French car feels surprisingly light and nimble on the move, while its muscular 215bhp motor delivers real hot-hatch pace (a lower-powered version arrives later). 

Yet this weight-saving also boosts efficiency, with Renault claiming 186 miles of range with a modest 40kWh battery and 292 miles with a larger 60kWh pack. And with 130kW rapid charging as standard, you can be back at 80 per cent capacity in around half an hour.

Skoda Fabia

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

A new Skoda Fabia supermini will arrive in 2022 and this next model will continue the car’s position in the market as a more affordable alternative to its SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo sisters. 

It’s the last of the VW Group cars to move onto the MQB A0 platform, and will gain new engines and a more grown-up driving experience as a result. It’s larger than before, boot space is up by 50 litres and it’ll get a new look to bring it into line with other recent Skoda models.

The engine range will be mainly three-cylinder petrols – a non-turbo 1.0 MPI at the start of the line-up followed by the TSI versions with 94bhp and 109bhp. There will also be a four-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol, and both automatic and manual gearboxes.

Smart Concept 1

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

Smart revealed a small SUV concept car at this year’s Munich Motor Show, signalling the brand’s desire to move away from city cars as it is relaunched under joint Daimler and Geely ownership. 

The Concept 1 is slightly longer than a Volkswagen Golf, and taller than a Nissan Juke, and offers space for four people, although the final production version, which is tipped to arrive next year, will be able to accommodate five occupants.  The company also says 75 per cent of the car’s processors will be capable of being remotely updated over the air. Technical information is yet to be revealed, but a 70kWh battery is likely, and it will feed a 260bhp electric motor. Four-wheel drive could be offered as an option.

SsangYong J100

  • Price: £28,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

SsangYong is set to enter the electric car market with a new SUV, codenamed J100. 

This new EV will be a rival for the Skoda Enyaq but at a lower price point. It is expected to use a new platform from the brand that is designed to support C- and D-segment SUVs, although going into receivership last year could cause the brand to revise its plans. There’s also the option of adapting an existing platform, which the brand did with the Korando e-Motion.

Sketches released by the company show how the car could look, featuring a squared-off grille with wide horizontal slats and tough-looking body cladding. There could also be a pick-up version for commercial use, although it’s not clear if this will be directly related to the J100.

Toyota Aygo X

  • Price: £14,795
  • On sale: 2022

Ever-tightening emissions regulations and increasing costs have forced most manufacturers to slash city cars from their price lists, but Toyota is bucking the trend with its new Aygo X.

In a twist on the traditional small-car formula, the Japanese firm’s entry-level model has been given a rugged SUV makeover, with chunky body cladding and a raised height. It’ll also be packed with eye-catching personalisation options, including funky body-coloured inserts and even a full-length fabric sunroof.

The new Aygo X should be roomier than its predecessor, because it uses the TNGA-B platform from the Yaris supermini. This also means it will get advanced safety systems and a nine-inch HD Smart Connect infotainment system. It also carries over some of its predecessor’s quirky features, such as its pop-out rear windows.

All versions of the Aygo X will be powered by a 71bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit with a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional CVT automatic. Toyota is targeting 60mpg and CO2 emissions of just 109g/km, with these low running costs helping to offset the slightly high £14,795 starting price.

Toyota bZ4X

  • Price: £33,000 (est)
  • On sale: 2022

The Toyota bZ4X is an all-electric SUV that is the start of the Japanese brand’s push to release seven electric cars before 2025. 

It uses a new e-TNGA platform, an evolution of the existing Toyota architecture that will allow full-electric power. The bZ4X is a mid-size SUV so it will rival the Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4 when it arrives next year. The concept car’s styling shows that it will have looks inspired by the RAV4’s chunky, boxy shape, but with even more angular styling. 

There are no technical details for the car yet, other than that it will be available with a four-wheel-drive system co-developed with Subaru. Expect a competitive range figure to allow it to take on its European rivals in the popular mid-size SUV segment.

Toyota GR86

  • Price: TBC
  • On sale: 2022

Nearly a decade after the Toyota GT 86 turned the affordable sports car market on its head, its successor is aiming to do so all over again. Named the GR86 after the Gazoo Racing division, the newcomer is promising even more bang for your buck.

It looks like a facelifted version of the original, and uses largely the same underpinnings. But in the pursuit of more performance the flat-four “boxer” engine has been enlarged to 2.4 litres, increasing power to 232bhp and reducing the 0-62mph time to 6.3 seconds. 

Our early prototype drive showed that it has the same beautifully balanced handling that made the original such fun. The suspension has been slightly stiffened and the bodyshell is stronger, but otherwise the rear-wheel-drive chassis has been left alone. As a result, few cars are likely to be as entertaining for keen drivers. 

Meanwhile, a more upmarket cabin has new touchscreen infotainment, a digital dash and higher-quality materials.

Prices haven’t been released yet, but expect a sub-£30,000 entry-level model. However, you’ll need to be quick if you want to take the plunge, because Toyota says upcoming emissions regulations mean the GR86 will be on sale for only a couple of years.

Vauxhall Astra

  • Price: £23,875
  • On sale: 2022

In recent years Vauxhall’s versatile family hatch has slipped down the sales charts, behind mainstream rivals such as the Ford Focus and VW Golf, as well as pricier premium machines like the Mercedes A-Class. Yet the British brand hopes to claw its way back to the top with this eighth generation.

The first Astra to be developed under new parent firm Stellantis, it’s based on the same EMP2 platform as the latest Peugeot 308. This means it gets the same petrol and diesel engines, as well as a 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid that combines 178bhp with a 31-mile EV range. An even more powerful 222bhp version is also confirmed, while an electric Astra is slated to arrive in 2023.

Yet while the Vauxhall is closely related to the Peugeot, it goes its own way for styling. Benefitting from the brand’s sharp Vizor design language, the Astra certainly stands out from other family hatchbacks. Inside, there’s a more upmarket look, with the optional Pure Panel Pro dash layout combining a pair of 10-inch screens in a slick, wraparound display. It’s roomier, too, with more head and legroom in the back and a generous 422-litre boot.

The new Astra will have a starting price of £23,875 when it goes on sale in early 2022.

Vauxhall Insignia

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

The Vauxhall Insignia is likely to morph into an SUV in its next iteration, because sales of large family cars have fallen sharply in recent years as buyers flock to SUVs.

Vauxhall bosses have already told us that the new model is “the biggest metamorphosis of what we’ve seen so far from Vauxhall”, so the next-generation car is likely to be dramatically different from the current Insignia, which is a good-value, roomy family car with a saloon-like shape. The new model will be a more upmarket crossover with hints of MPV in the design, and will be aimed at buyers with families who want a comfy and smart-looking car. 

It will use the EMP2 platform that the next Astra also sits on, as a result of Vauxhall’s induction into the Stellantis group. This means it’ll also feature petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines.

Volkswagen ID Buzz

  • Price: TBC
  • On sale: 2022

Who’d have thought that one of the most hotly anticipated arrivals of 2022 would be a van? Ever since VW revealed its funky ID Buzz Concept in 2017, buyers have been itching to put down a deposit. It’s not hard to see why; the ID Buzz is heavily influenced by the brand’s fifties Type 2, and no other van is likely to turn as many heads.

The Buzz will be available as a Cargo panel van and an MPV, while a California-style camper will join the line-up later on. Based on the same MEB platform as the ID.3 and ID.4, the Buzz has an extremely roomy interior that will allow various different layouts.

Both a 201bhp single-motor rear-wheel-drive layout and a 295bhp all-wheel-drive twin-motor set-up will be offered. VW has hinted that the battery sizes will run from 48kWh to 111kWh, the latter giving around 350 miles of range. 

Rapid charging at up to 135kW means 80 per cent capacity can be restored in 30 minutes. There’s no word on whether the van will have the concept’s solar-panel roof that can add nearly 10 miles of range.

Volvo XC90

  • Price: TBC
  • On sale: 2022

​The current XC90 is eight years old now, so it comes as no surprise that an all-new version is around the corner – and the Recharge concept is a strong hint of what the flagship SUV will look like. 

As its name suggests, the new car will be fully electric and based on the same SPA2 platform as the Polestar 3. Like that car, it’s likely to feature a twin-motor layout for four-wheel drive, and have the battery located centrally, and as low as possible. This creates the distinctive wheel-at-each-corner stance and a much longer wheelbase to give an even roomier seven-seat interior.

There are plenty of SUV styling cues, but the Recharge shows the new XC90 will be lower and sleeker than the current car. One notable feature is the roof-mounted pod, which contains sensors for the car’s autonomous driver safety aids. Whether this makes it to production remains to be seen. 

Inside, Volvo says the XC90 replacement will have the feel of a ‘Scandinavian living room’, with a spacious and pared-back layout using lots of natural and sustainable materials. It will also feature the brand’s latest Android Automotive-powered infotainment set-up that uses a large, portrait-style 15-inch touchscreen display.

We’ll have to wait until later in the year to see a production version of the next XC90, but when it does appear it’s likely to seriously advance Volvo’s seven-seat SUV offering, just as the current XC90 did when it was released.

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