It’s that time again. The new year always brings with it plenty of talk about the best new cars set to hit our roads across the next 12 months - and considering some of the new car releases for 2022, it’d be almost rude for us not to indulge in our very own 2022 new cars preview.
Looking to the luxury end of the market, the landscape of new cars for 2022 looks to be an incredibly exciting one. Featuring electric debuts for some of the most prestigious automotive marques in the game through to reboots of old icons, here are our picks for the best new cars to hit the market in 2022.
Strictly speaking, Ferrari already has two electric offerings to its name in the LaFerrari and the SF90 Stradale. However, bearing in mind the former was limited to 500 units worldwide and the latter is a veritable hypercar, the new Ferrari 296 GTB is being pitched as the Italian manufacturer’s first ‘mainstream’ offering in the plug-in hybrid market.
Of course, there’s nothing particularly mainstream about The Prancing Horse, and the 296 GTB is the first Ferrari since 1974 to feature V6 power, as opposed to V8. Despite knocking two cylinders off the engine block, the 296 GTB produces a combined 819bhp that offers a top speed of 205mph and a 0-62mph of 2.9 seconds.
Capable of running 16 miles on the battery alone, the 296 GTB is set to be a fundamental part of Ferrari’s charge into the next generation of motoring, not to mention one of the most exciting new electric cars for 2022 in the UK.
Some bittersweet news for fans of Aston Martin’s stunning SUV, the DBX. First released in late 2019, the DBX was the British heritage brand’s first-ever SUV offering in over 100 years of production. Nevertheless, it found immediate success in the premium SUV market by coupling typical SUV practicality with the fun and performance of a typical Aston Martin effort.
Aston Martin has announced a six-cylinder, mild-hybrid version of the DBX SUV. However, the bad news for the Western world is that there are no plans to sell it outside of China. On a positive note, Aston Martin plans to add another version of the DBX this spring, tipped to be a high-performance ‘S’ variant that will boast additional features for an already-smash-hit SUV.
The Audi Q6 E-Tron is expected at the back end of 2022, but there’s already palpable excitement around its arrival. An all-electric SUV with a sportier focus, the Q6 E-Tron will share its underpinnings with its fellow VW Group stablemate, the Porsche Macan, and adopt updated mechanicals from the high-performance Audi E-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan.
Some additional selling points of note: the Q6 will take heavy design influence from the E-Tron Quattro concept car, it’ll offer around 300 miles of range on a single charge, and there’s likely to be a high-powered RS version somewhere down the line that will offer 600bhp and a 0-62mph of 4.0 seconds.
Not bad at all for a family car.
A colour changing car, you say? That’s how BMW decided to show off one of its most important releases in years - the all-electric iX SUV, at CES 2022 to begin the year. The specially designed iX featured ‘E Ink’ panels, which allowed BMW’s new electric stalwart to shift in colour from black to white and vice versa. While currently not a feature commercially available, the minimal energy consumption attached to the colour-changing panels presents an interesting consumer prospect for the future.
As for the normal, non-colour changing version due out this year, the iX is set to immediately challenge for best electric SUV on the market. Boasting a bespoke platform, cutting edge technology, searing straight-line pace and variety of luxury features both inside and out, the iX will be a flagship model for BMW as it continues its impressive electric development.
While Mercedes spends most of its time outside of the sporting performance market these days, sports car fans will be pleased to know that the Mercedes-AMG performance wing is looking to retell the story of its legendary SL roadster with a brand-new reboot in 2022.
Produced exclusively at the AMG factory in Affalterbach, Mercedes claims the new SL to be sportier, more luxurious and more attractive than ever before. AMG has developed a completely new, scalable platform for the SL called Modular Sports Architecture (MSA). To date, Mercedes has confirmed that two V8 models are on the way, as well as an E-Performance plug-in hybrid sometime in the future.
MINI plans to electrify its John Cooper Works (JCW) performance sub-brand in 2022 with an all-electric take on its fastest production car ever, the recently released MINI JCW GP. The traditionally powered GP offers a top speed of 164mph and a 0-62mph of 5.2 seconds from a 306bhp engine, making it a sharp contrast from the manufacturer’s everyday offerings.
The creation of the one-off, all-electric MINI Pacesetter − which was used as the pace car for the 2021 Formula-E season − hinted at what we can expect from the electric version of the GP in 2022. If the numbers from the combustion JCW GP are anything to go by, we’re set to get an exciting addition to MINI’s performance catalogue.
There’s no stopping Land Rover at the moment; having only just unveiled the fifth generation Range Rover, they have another major release virtually ready to go in the form of the new Range Rover Sport.
Expected to be a direct competitor to the likes of the BMW X5 and Audi E-Tron, Land Rover will move the new Range Rover Sport onto its Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform, which means options for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions are a possibility. With an electric Range Rover expected in 2024, those in the industry don’t expect an electrified Range Rover Sport to be too far behind.
In the meantime, the additional prospect of a new Range Rover Sport SVR with a rumoured bhp in excess of 600 should keep interest levels high.
There are few models more revered in sports and performance car history than the Porsche 911 Carrera, which is why word on the 2022 edition of the 911 GT3 should get any Porsche or general auto fan’s attention.
Take a look around the internet and you’ll find plenty of reviews alluding to the 911 GT3 being the best 911 ever. Thanks to its incredible, naturally aspirated engine and race-car-inspired build, the 911 GT3 has been dubbed the purest 911 to drive. With a consistent 0-62mph time of 2.7 seconds to its name, there’s no doubt one of the world’s best sports cars has a fine representative for the new year.
There are two types of Ineos Grenadier. The first is any one of a number of riders in the Ineos Grenadiers professional cycling team. The second is a 4x4 set to hit the UK market in summer 2022.
Where the latter is concerned, the Grenadier is the first venture of Ineos Automotive, having been in development since 2017. A serious off-roader that Ineos dubs a ‘no-nonsense 4x4’, the Grenadier is a rare offering in today’s market that is centred on off-road performance and functionality, while still carrying commercial interest and massive kerb appeal.
While you may not have heard of the Pininfarina name directly, its almost century-long association with the likes of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari – all of whom it has created iconic designs for – should give you some impression of the quality of this Italian stable. For those not yet convinced, you only need look at the numbers attached to its all-electric monster, the Pininfarina Battista, to get an idea of the brand’s engineering prowess.
A stunning, fully electric hypercar, the Battista harbours a staggering 1,874bhp, getting to 60mph in 1.8 seconds and 186mph in under 12. To offer some perspective, the iconic McLaren F1 supercar would only reach 135mph in the same amount of time, while the Battista’s acceleration outpaces that of an F1 race car.
A masterpiece from a design perspective as well, you might be disappointed to know only 150 are being made and you’ll need to find £2 million to secure one. Regardless, the performance numbers behind the Battista are showing the absurd capability of electric motors for the future.
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