Following on from our previous list of the best small SUVs in Australia, we’ve put together a list of some of the best new cars that are coming to Australia in 2022, to get you excited about the upcoming releases for the local market.
We’re covering everything from compact SUVs to sports cars, as well as large, family-friendly seven-seaters, to ensure that you’re well-educated on the upcoming new car releases for the Australian market.
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Toyota is looking to get a solid footing in the compact SUV market with the upcoming release of the Corolla Cross set for the second half of 2022.
While Toyota is yet to lift the lid on some of the most important information of the Corolla Cross, we do know that it will use the TNGA-C platform, borrowed from the Corolla hatch and sedan, while offering more rear occupant space.
The Corolla Cross is also set to feature a choice of petrol and petrol-hybrid engine options, offering impressive fuel economy while retaining the ability to move five people comfortably. Expect to see the Corolla Cross arriving here in Australia sometime in the middle of 2022, slipping between the C-HR and the midsize RAV4 in Toyota’s growing SUV lineup.
Lovers of speed will be pleased to know that a next-generation WRX is set to be released sometime in 2022, with both sedan and sportswagon variants available.
The latest WRX features a stiffer chassis and upgraded suspension package for added confidence in the bends, with power supplied by a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit phishing out 202kW and 350Nm to all four wheels. Thankfully, Subaru has retained the six-speed manual option for the sedan, while the Sportswagon will feature a CVT unit only.
You can expect to see the next-gen WRX hitting Subaru dealerships come time in the second-quarter of 2022.
While we’ve already seen the release of the latest generation Mitsubishi Outlander, we’re expecting great things from the upcoming release of a plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) variant of the family-friendly Outlander platform.
The latest generation Outlander offers buyers a number of hardware, interior comfort and entertainment, as well as safety features, while the PHEV variant is set to offer drastically-reduced fuel bills, thanks to a clever petrol-electric engine.
This means families can travel far further on a single tank of petrol thanks to the small onboard electric battery, while benefiting from pure EV driving when needed. Buyers also benefit from the best ownership program currently available in Australia, with a ten-year warranty and ten-years of capped price services available for the Outlander range.
Keep an eye out for the Outlander PHEV when it arrives some time in mid-2022.
Perhaps the most significant release for the Australian market in 2022 is the arrival of an all-new and updated Ford Ranger lineup. The Ford Ranger frequently tops Australia’s sales charts, making it one of Australia’s favourite options for worksites and family roadtrips alike.
Ford has confirmed the next-gen Ranger will be introduced to Australia in XL, XLS, XLT, Sport and Wildtrak variants, with rumours of a high-performance Raptor variant arriving some time later in the year. Base models will receive a choice of single and twin-turbo diesel units, as well as a range-topping V6 turbo diesel.
The next-gen Ranger will also feature more versatility and worksite potential than ever before, with some clever packaging details in the large tray, as well as some creature comforts and added technology inside the cabin.
Expect to see the new Ford Ranger arriving in the second or third-quarter of 2022.
While the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series may already be officially on sale here in Australia, production slowdowns and fierce demand from buyers means that the majority of orders placed in 2021 won’t be arriving well into 2022.
The LandCruiser is a car that needs no introduction, and in its latest guise, Toyota has improved upon all the important hallmarks of its go-anywhere family tourer, while adding more safety and entertainment technology, and for the first time, a V6 powertrain in favour of the V8.
While this may come as bad news for lovers of the V8, the vast majority of buyers won’t be left disappointed due to the significant fuel reductions on offer, while maintaining similar power and torque outputs.
The LandCruiser 300 Series is offered in base GX, GLX, VX, Sahara and GR Sport variants, with prices starting at $89,000 and stretching out to $138,00 for the flagship.
After an incredibly lengthy marketing run, Kia’s highly anticipated EV6 is set to arrive at Australian dealerships in the first half of 2022, signaling Kia’s vision for its all-electric future.
The EV6 lineup is expected to take shape with four major variants available, battery capacities of 58kWh for the entry-level models and increasing to 77.4kWh at the pointy end of the lineup, with some seriously impressive power figures on offer across the range.
Kia claims the range-topping EV6 GT variant will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds- in a practical family car platform.
Needless to say, the EV6 is a highly-anticipated arrival for 2022, and remains an extremely important car for Kia as it gives us a sign of things to come from the Korean manufacturer when it comes to all-electric vehicles.
Fans of the iconic Nissan Z badge will be licking their lips as the next-generation MY23 Nissan Z is set to arrive on Australian shores in the second or third-quarter of 2022. Buyers will have to be quick to register their interest, though, because Nissan has confirmed only a limited number of Z units will be shipped to Australia for its launch.
Those lucky enough to secure their very own Nissan Z will be thrilled at the 298kW/475Nm output from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, which is available in a six-speed manual and nine-speed auto configuration.
Inside, there’s a much-needed update to the interior on offer in its replacement, the 370Z, as well as a host of the latest entertainment, creature comforts and safety technologies available.
Expect to see the Nissan Z hitting dealerships sometime in the middle of 2022.
Those hanging out for a replacement for the Honda HR-V will be happy to hear that not only is a next-gen replacement on its way for 2022, the updated range will also feature a new hybrid variant, adding to its competitiveness in an overcrowded compact SUV market.
The HR-V range will offer a 1.5-litre petrol unit as an entry-point into the lineup, with the option of a 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid for the first time in the HR-V range sitting atop the range.
Honda says that its new e:HEV hybrid motor pushes out a healthy 96kW/253Nm, while offering a WLTP-certified fuel economy rating of just 5.4L per 100km, featuring a clever regenerative braking system that captures energy lost during braking, and feeding this back into the compact onboard battery.
Honda says that the all-new HR-V range will arrive in Australian dealerships before the halfway point of 2022.
Finally, another significant entry to the world of new cars arriving to Australia in 2022 is the Tesla Model Y. While the Model S sedan and Model X SUV are quite prohibitive when it comes to price, the Model Y is aiming to provide the latest in EV technology, combined with real-world, family-friendly practicality at the more affordable range of the spectrum.
Sitting above the entry-point into Tesla’s lineup, the Model 3 sedan, the Model Y separates itself from the base model with a huge amount of added space and practical elements for growing families.
It will feature a choice of three models, with the choice of single and dual motor configurations, as well as long-range options for those looking for maximum all-electric kilometres, with a claimed range of 505km for the entry-level model.
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