Best new cars coming in 2022 - Maserati to Renault

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

Maserati Gran Turismo

  • Price: £100,000
  • On sale: 2022

A new Maserati Gran Turismo is on the way, and it will feature an all-electric powertrain.It’s set to take on the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S as a fast and sporty electric car at the upper end of the market. 

The next Gran Turismo should retain Maserati’s classic styling traits; it’ll have a long bonnet, despite there being no engine under there, and will share a family resemblance with the upcoming Grecale SUV (page 46), too. Expect a three-motor, all-wheel-drive layout with 300kW charging capability and an output of around 680bhp. 

We expect that the latest Maserati coupé will offer 300 miles of range, plus driver-assistance tech including autonomous driving in some capacity.

Maserati Grecale

  • Price: £40,000
  • On sale: 2022

Maserati is preparing a new BMW X3-rivalling SUV called the Grecale, which should arrive in 2022. 

It’s a smaller sibling to the firm’s Levante SUV, a model with which it will share design traits, and it has already been spied in testing. It appears to mix a boxy SUV look with a more coupé-like shape at the rear, similar to a BMW X4, as you might expect of a sporty brand like Maserati.

It’s likely to use the same turbocharged V6 engine as the new MC20 supercar, detuned for the SUV model. It should still offer plenty of performance, though, and there will also be a pure-electric version with 300kW rapid charging capability.

MG E-Motion

  • Price: £30,000
  • On sale: 2022

MG is preparing a production version of the E-Motion concept car that it exhibited atthe 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, in a long-awaited attempt to tap into the brand’s proud heritage as a sports car maker. 

So far, the revived company has made a strong name for itself at the affordable end of the electric car market under Chinese SAIC ownership, but the E-Motion could help it branch out. The concept car had a range of 310 miles on a charge and was claimed to sprint from 0-62mph in less than four seconds, but those figures could be toned down if the model is to fit into the brand’s budget ethos. Indeed, it could cost around £30,000.

Mercedes A-Class facelift

  • Price: £25,000 
  • On sale: 2022

Mercedes will soon launch an updated version of the A-Class hatchback, as seen in our spy shot below.  It’s likely to be a relatively minor update, but there should be a handful of cosmetic tweaks to the bumpers and lights, as well as spec changes and tech improvements. Key areas of focus will be the infotainment, which should get the latest version of MBUX with a portrait-orientated central display screen, plus a new steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons.

A revised version of the AMG A 45 could also be on the way, although we don’t expect it to get any performance upgrades; it’ll probably just get these small visual improvements. Expect the new models to go on sale in 2022.

Mercedes EQE

  • Price: £60,000
  • On sale: 2022

This year’s Munich Motor Show hosted the unveiling of the new Mercedes EQE, an E-Class-sized EV that will be launched to rival the Tesla Model S next year. 

The EQE will use tech from the upcoming EQS, and will sit on Mercedes’ new Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA). This platform is able to accommodate large battery sizes and the EQE makes the most of this with a 90kWh cell that’s capable of delivering a range of 410 miles in the EQE 350.

There will be several motor combinations, rising from the 288bhp EQE 350 up to more than 700bhp in a planned AMG model. Four-wheel drive will appear, too. The EQE’s styling follows on from the rest of the EQ range, with stand-out features including a full-width rear light bar.

Mercedes EQE SUV

  • Price: £65,000
  • On sale: 2022

Mercedes is using its forthcoming EQE range to take on Tesla, because it will include an SUV to rival the Tesla Model X. 

We expect the styling to bear some resemblance to the EQE saloon, given that both cars will be based on the same underpinnings. In fact, the interior and technical parts will be near-identical as well, so you can expect a range of 300-370 miles in the main line-up. Rapid charging is expected, possibly at up to 350kW, which would allow an 80 per cent battery top-up in about 20 minutes.

The EQE SUV won’t be the largest model in the range, because the EQS SUV will be larger still, but this model will offer more practicality than the EQE saloon, thanks to a hatchback boot, albeit at a higher price.

Mercedes EQS SUV

  • Price: £110,000
  • On sale: 2022

The Mercedes electric SUV range is expanding fast, and part of that will be an all-electric version of the EQS, which will take on the BMW X7 and Range Rover. 

It’ll be able to do so by offering a huge battery pack of over 100kWh, meaning a range of at least 400 miles. This is because, while it will use the same tech as the EQS saloon, which has a maximum range of 478 miles, the weight and efficiency penalty of a big SUV will impact overall range.

Expect plenty of performance too, with four-wheel drive plus up to 516bhp and 855Nm of torque in the most powerful version. An AMG model could even produce up to 751bhp. You can also expect to see the new “Hyperscreen” interior from the EQS saloon make it into this large SUV.

Mercedes G-Class 4x4²

  • Price: £150,000
  • On sale: 2022

The Mercedes G-Class is already a formidable off-roader, but it’s set to become even more focused when the new 4x4² model arrives next year. 

This new version features bigger wheelarches, sturdier alloys and off-road tyres, plus beefier suspension and brakes. We expect the mechanical parts to be toughened up and protected from bashes and scrapes to boost the car’s all-terrain prowess even further. It’s set to use the same 4.0-litre V8 engine as the G 63 model, which produces 577bhp, although it may be detuned for better usability off road.

A nine-speed automatic gearbox will send power to all four wheels, but we expect different calibration and driving settings to boost traction.

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door E Performance

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

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63 S E-Performance is AMG’s first plug-in hybrid model and a direct rival for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. 

It uses a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine which, when combined with the electric motor, delivers 831bhp and 1,400Nm. Thanks to four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox, it’ll do 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and hit 196mph.

In addition to the searing performance, the car has an official fuel economy figure of 32.8mpg and CO2 emissions of less than 200g/km. 

Adaptive air suspension and upgrades to the brakes and engine management mean this hybrid edition of the GT 4-door should be just as good to drive as the normal version.

Nissan X-Trail

  • Price: £27,000 
  • On sale: 2022

The next version of the Nissan X-Trail was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year, but it’s not coming to the UK until next year at least. The car is based on the CMF-C/D platform used by the Qashqai, and as before it’ll offer seating for seven.

It’s been designed with hybrid power in mind, and from launch the SUV will be available with Nissan’s e-Power hybrid system. This drivetrain features a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, plus a small battery pack. The engine doesn’t drive the wheels but merely tops up the battery to keep down running costs. 

More driver-assistance kit is a given, and the X-Trail will receive an upgraded interior and dramatic new styling to help it stand out.

Polestar 3

  • Price: £70,000
  • On sale: 2022

The Polestar 3 is an upcoming all-electric SUV that will follow on from the successful Polestar 2, setting up the brand with a rival for the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC.

It will use a new platform called SPA2 and is expected to move the company’s designs further from those of parent company Volvo than the 2 did. 

You can also expect the car to offer a range of around 310 miles on a charge, plus plenty of advanced safety kit. The Android-based infotainment set-up first seen on the Polestar 2 will also be front and centre in the new car. Data from the system will be built into the car, fundamentally to assist with navigation and safety.  

The new car goes on sale next year and will be built in South Carolina in the USA.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

  • Price: £150,000
  • On sale: 2022

The new Porsche 911 GT3 has already wowed us on the roads, but there’s more in the tank for the 992-generation car: a more hardcore RS model aimed at track-day fans.

The next 911 GT3 RS has been spied testing at the Nürburgring racetrack and we expect it to be revealed this year, before going on sale in 2022. The prototype we spotted featured a huge rear wing that could even include an active element a bit like a Formula 1 car’s DRS set-up.

The GT3 RS will use a 4.0-litre flat-six engine with between 520 and 530bhp, which will ensure superb performance. The car will also probably use a PDK automatic transmission and be rear-wheel drive only.

Range Rover

  • Price: £80,000
  • On sale: 2022

The next-generation Range Rover is coming in 2022 and while we’ve not yet seen the finished car, we have spotted test mules wearing camouflage out in the wild. 

The new model will rival the BMW X7 and even the Tesla Model X thanks to new underpinnings that the company calls Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). This new platform can accept plug-in hybrid and even fully electric variants, so you can expect to see a battery-powered Range Rover added to the range at some point, although petrol and plug-in models will form the core of the line-up. 

The new model will retain the boxy look of the previous model if the test mules are anything to go by, but with new styling elements such as different LED lights

Range Rover Sport

  • Price: £65,000
  • On sale: 2022

The next Range Rover Sport has been spied, and like the full-size Range Rover (Page 45), it will use the new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform. This means there will be the potential for fully electric models in the new range, as well as plug-in hybrids. 

We have also spotted a V8-engined SVR model being tested, so petrol power is still planned for the performance versions at least, in this case with a

twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 motor. The new Range Rover Sport seven-seater will get a new look that evolves that of the current model, plus a revamped interior that should bring more tech and luxury. We expect the design to be closely related to that of the next Range Rover, with new lights and a sleeker profile.

Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric

  • Price: £35,000 
  • On sale: 2022

Renault has already revealed the new Mégane E-Tech plug-in hybrid, but there will also be a pure-electric model by the end of 2022. Revealed at the Munich Motor Show earlier this year, it’s an SUV-inspired EV.

It will use the CMF-EV platform, which is shared with the forthcoming Nissan Ariya SUV (below), so it will use a 60kWh battery pack and a 215bhp electric motor. This combination will give it a range of up to 280 miles on a single charge. Rapid charging at 130kW means that you can also add 124 miles of range in just half an hour. It should also be fairly punchy, too, with a 0-62mph time of less than eight seconds. Slim batteries will mean it should be able to offer excellent interior space and practicality, too.

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