Best new cars coming in 2022 - Skoda to Vauxhall

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

Skoda Fabia

  • Price: £15,000
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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

  • Price: £13,500
  • On sale: 2022

Toyota will launch a new Aygo city car in 2022, and the new model was previewed earlier this year by a concept car called the Aygo X Prologue.

We’ve also spotted the road car in testing in camouflage with a more toned-down look. Still, the next-generation Aygo will be a bit bigger than the current car, and will use the same TNGA GA-B platform as the latest Yaris supermini, which explains the increase in dimensions. 

It’s expected that the Aygo will have a higher stance than before, which will add appeal and raise the seats to make the car easier to get into and out of. It’s likely to use a three-cylinder petrol engine to keep prices down, and could cost from £13,500 when it arrives next year.

Toyota bZ4X Concept

  • Price: £33,000
  • 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: £30,000
  • On sale: 2022

The Toyota GR86 is the replacement for the GT86, and fans of that model will recognise the new model’s shape. It has been updated with a new, more modern look that gives it a family link to other Gazoo Racing (GR) models such as the GR Yaris and GR Supra in the Toyota range. It’s definitely the same kind of car, too: a rear-wheel-drive sports car with a flat-four petrol engine, and it’s aimed squarely at enthusiasts  Its engine is larger than before, at 2.4 litres, which means more power; about 230bhp is expected, allowing a 0-62mph time of about 6.2 seconds.

Toyota is planning to offer manual and automatic versions, and if the dynamics of the old car are anything to go by, it should be fun to drive.

Vauxhall Insignia

  • Price: £25,000
  • 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.

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