We’re nearly at 2022’s halfway mark! The year started with new car stock being hard to come by in an industry (already) ravaged by a two year global pandemic, and then compounded shortages in semiconductors.
Despite the challenging conditions, the automotive industry in 2022 looks to be a bumper year for new cars.
Best New Cars 2022 Australia
As some hotly anticipated models were delayed from 2021, many automakers will deliver shiny new updates, and even some new auto-brands will arrive to try and make their mark in Australia.
Subaru WRX – May
The shiny all-new 2022 Subaru WRX pushes its already razor-sharp handling even further with a range of great upgrades, re-tuned suspension, steering balance and stability. All this adds a feeling of hyper-improved performance made better than ever thanks also to upgraded dampers, a stiffer chassis, and high-performance summer tires.
2022 ushers in an all-new, symmetrical all-wheel drive Subaru WRX range, there’s an exhilarating new sedan and the exciting introduction of a sportswagon to the Subaru line up – the brand new all-wheel drive Subaru WRX Sportswagon.
Cupra Formentor – June
It’s reported that of the more than 7000 expressions of interest registered from Australian buyers for incoming Spanish brand Cupra, the Formentor is by far the most popular. It’s easy to see why, with its sleek-looking coachwork, it’s a beautifully styled small SUV.
Unlike the other Cupra models that are based on a Seat equivalent, the Formentor is based on the same MQB platform as the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, meaning it shares a similar wheelbase and interior packaging as its German counterparts.
Ford Ranger – Mid-2022
The Ford Ranger is a pick-up truck designed to help tackle any challenge head on, it’s designed for both work and play. Ford offers a range of single, double and super cab models, available in both 4×2 and 4×4 drive trains. It boasts even more technology than ever before, interior comfort and a range of smart safety features.
Looking further into the future Ford CEO Jim Farley has just announced the company has another electric ute on the way. With the continued growth of the electric vehicles, Ford will produce an SUV, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning – the first electric pick-up from Ford – Farley casually told the audience there was yet another battery-powered ute on the way.
Nissan Z – Mid-2022
The all-new Z represents an approachable sports car for the modern age – with an unmatched 50-plus year heritage and global fan base. Developed by a passionate team of designers and engineers, the all-new Z’s 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine adds a bump in power output over the previous generation 370.
The original 240Z was built to bring the joy and excitement of sports car ownership to as many people as possible – a car built for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts. The all-new Z’s 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine adds a significant bump in power output over the previous generation 370Z, coming in either a 6-speed manual transmission or an advanced 9-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Corolla Cross – Second half 2022
This Japanese giant automaker has confirmed its will launch their new Corolla Cross small SUV in Australia over the second half of 2022. It will be built on the same platform as the Corolla and sit in between the current small Yaris Cross and their mid-sized RAV4 SUVs. The Toyota Corolla Cross will be sold alongside the C-HR.
The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross will debut a new and more powerful 2.0-litre hybrid system for Australia when it arrives in the second half of 2022. Confirmed as part of its European reveal overnight, the Corolla Cross – which sits between the Yaris Cross and RAV4 in Toyota’s range, and alongside the C-HR – will be available in Australia with a choice of three powertrain options, led on price by an entry-level model with a pure petrol engine and front-wheel drive.
Mahindra XUV700 – Late 2022
In late 2021 Mahindra Australia has confirmed the new 2022 Mahindra XUV700 will launch in Australia in late 2022, the final pricing and specifications to be announced closer to the launch date. The Mahindra XUV700 will replace the XUV500, the new model will sport Mahindra’s new corporate branding, which the company calls its ‘twin peaks’ logo.
Built on the new ‘W601’ platform, the new XUV700 offers a sleeker design than the XUV500, while carrying over the previous model’s C-shaped design language at the front end – employing a similar daytime-running light signature to the Renault Koleos.
Mazda CX – 60 – Late 2022
The First-Ever Mazda CX-60 will set a new standard for SUVs. It’s more than just a new vehicle, it’s a superior composition of driving dynamics, performance, interior comfort and intelligent technology. Production of this new model has begun at Mazda’s Hofu plant in Japan ahead of a global launch to begin from around September.
Mazda describes the CX-60 as its most important new model in over a ten years – which, if not mere exaggeration, makes it more significant to the company’s ranges than the hugely popular second-generation CX-9 that first went on sale in 2016, and the second-gen CX-5 that debuted in 2017.
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