Best new cars coming in 2022

What can you expect to see in showrooms this year? Our in-depth guide reveals all

Small SUVs coming in 2022

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale

On sale: 2022

The new Alfa Romeo Tonale will be the brand’s smallest SUV model to date, rivalling the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. It's likely to boast a similar design to the larger Stelvio, with a triangular front grille and slim upswept headlights. Powertrains are likely to be shared with other models from the Stellantis Group, with a choice of small petrol engines alongside a plug-in hybrid.

Read more about the Alfa Romeo Tonale here.

BMW iX1

On sale: 2022

A new BMW X1 is in development, with the next-generation model likely to launch in 2022. Both hybrid and electric versions will be available, with the latter set to be called the BMW iX1. Our image suggests how it might look.

Read more about the BMW X1 and iX1 here.

BMW X2 facelift

BMW X2 facelift - front view

On sale: 2022

The BMW X2 is set to get an array of updates later this year. Bigger grilles will feature, alongside a number of other styling tweaks that mirror the facelifted BMW X1 and X3 models. You’ll be able to use the iDrive system as a touchscreen for the first time, while a plug-in hybrid that debuted this year will continue in the facelifted car.

Read more about the facelifted BMW X2 here.

Fiat Panda

On sale: 2022

The Fiat Panda is likely to be replaced in 2022 but it won’t be an expensive style-led model like the new electric Fiat 500. It’ll have styling inspired by the Centoventi concept, with Fiat saying it will stay true to its budget origins by offering great value for money. As Fiat is now part of the Stellantis Group, along with brands like Peugeot and Citroen, the new Panda will likely get the same CMP platform used for models such as the Peugeot 208 and 2008, along with the group’s 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine and electric versions.

Read more about the Fiat Panda here.

Family SUVs coming in 2022

Citroen C5 X Crossover

Citroen C5 X

On sale: early 2022

The Citroen C5 X is the brand’s new flagship model that attempts to fuse a large hatchback with SUV-style bodywork and a raised ride-height. The new car is said to offer “ultimate comfort” and a vast boot, along with a luxury interior and a 21-inch infotainment display. The C5 X won’t be offered with a diesel engine, instead getting a range of conventional petrol engines and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Read more about the new Citroen C5 X here.

Kia Sportage

New Kia Sportage

On sale: 2022

The latest version of the popular Kia Sportage SUV is due to arrive in early 2022, with the UK market getting a slightly smaller version over the global model. It’s larger than the current model and has an all-new interior with a pair of 12.3-inch screens. Engine choices include a regular petrol, a hybrid and a range-topping PHEV that’s capable of over 30 miles of range in EV mode.

Read our review of the new Kia Sportage here

Kia Niro

2022 Kia Niro SUV

On sale: 2022

For the second-generation Kia Niro, the brand’s designers have given the model a striking redesign, an updated interior and a host of new technology. The exterior borrows inspiration from the Kia Habaniro concept car, while the interior shares its new ultra-wide infotainment setup with the Sorento and EV6. Powertrain details are yet to be confirmed but there will be a choice of hybrid and PHEV models alongside a new fully electric e-Niro variant.

Read more about the new Kia Niro here. 

Maserati Grecale

Maserati Grecale prototype

On sale: 2022

Maserati’s second SUV is in the pipeline. It’ll be called the Grecale and will rival the Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Parts will be shared with the Alfa Romeo, and Maserati has confirmed an electric version wearing a ‘Folgore’ badge.

Read more about the Maserati Grecale here.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya front/side view

On sale: 2022

Nissan has launched an electric SUV called the Ariya. It’ll be a similar size to the Nissan X-Trail SUV but more of a swooping roofline will mean it’s a spacious five-seater instead of a seven-seater. We expect Nissan’s next-generation ProPilot driver assistance to be fitted, perhaps giving the car self-driving capability.

Read more about the Nissan Ariya here.

Polestar 3

Polestar 3 concept

On sale: 2022

We’ll see Polestar’s third model in 2022. It may be unimaginatively named but the styling will be much bolder. Sitting on the same platform as the next Volvo XC90 (also likely to arrive in 2022), the Polestar will be sportier, highlighted by a sloping coupe-style roof, and perhaps more luxurious. It’ll be fully electric and have a range of over 300 miles.

Read more about the Polestar 3 here.

Range Rover Crossover

On sale: Late 2022

A new Range Rover model called the Crossover will become part of the line-up in 2022. It’ll be as opulent as the full-size model but with a lower, sleeker shape. Just like the Range Rover, it’ll come with a range of mainly electrified powertrains.

Read more about the new Range Rover Crossover here.

Renault Megane E-TECH Electric

2022 Renault Megane E-TECH Electric

On sale: 2022

The new Renault Megane E-TECH Electric is an evolution of the brand’s family hatchback, with a new crossover design and a pure-electric powertrain. It sits on the same platform as the forthcoming Nissan Ariya and wears the E-TECH badge seen on the brand’s other electrified models. Renault claims the new car will be capable of up to 292 miles of range between charges, a figure that puts it in direct competition with the Kia EV6, Ioniq 5 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. 

Read more about the new Renault Megane E-TECH here. 

Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV

2022 Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV

On sale: early 2022

The Skoda Enyaq lineup will be expanded early next year with a new stylish Coupe iV model. The new car will share the same bodywork as the regular Enyaq from the nose to the B-pillar, with the Coupe iV getting a more rakish roofline towards the rear. It will also get the same powertrains, trim levels, interior technology and only a slight reduction in boot space over its SUV-bodied sibling. 

Read more about the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV here

SsangYong Korando e-Motion SUV

SsangYong Korando e-Motion

On sale: 2022

SsangYong’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai is now available as an electric model. The SsangYong Korando e-Motion is powered by a 61.5kWh battery and 200 miles on a full charge is expected. A price tag starting in the region of £30,000 is expected.

Read more about the SsangYong Korando electric model here.

Subaru Solterra

On sale: 2022

2022 Subaru Solterra

On sale: 2022

The Solterra is the brand’s first full EV, a model that was jointly developed alongside the Toyota bZ4X. It shares the same technology and platform as the Toyota, and is capable of a range of around 280 miles on a charge. In keeping with Subaru’s reputation for making off-road capable vehicles, the Solterra boasts 210mm of ground clearance. Subaru has revealed there will be both front and four-wheel drive versions but has not yet confirmed if both will be sold in the UK.

Read more about the Subaru Solterra here.

Toyota bZ4X

2022 Toyota bZ4X

On sale: 2022

The Toyota bZ4X is the brand's first pure-electric model and is the sister car to the Subaru Solterra. The ‘bZ’ part of the name stands for ‘Beyond Zero’, a nameplate that will feature on an array of new EV models from the brand in the next few years. The bZX4 offers an identical 280-mile range as its Subaru-badged counterpart, plus standard fast-charging capability and a choice of front or four-wheel drive.

Read more about the new Toyota bZX4 here.

Volkswagen ID.6

On sale: Winter

The ID.4 will be joined by a bigger ID.6 electric SUV towards the end of next year, which will have the option of seven seats. It’ll have few direct rivals at the time of launch, and will offer bigger motors and batteries than the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback. Nearly all models are expected to have a motor on each axle, giving four-wheel drive.

Read more about the Volkswagen ID.6 here.

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