Despite the supply issues currently faced by car manufacturers, due to a lack of components – chiefly semi-conductors – expected to last well into next year, they are pushing ahead with new model launches in 2022. Expect a raft of all-electric offerings as buyer uptake continues to grow, but traditional petrol cars are not quite done yet, and some genuinely juicy propositions will be coming our way. Here’s some of the cars we’re waiting for the most.
An all-new all-electric BMW SUV that is absolutely critical to the German car-maker's electric car strategy. Get past the oversized front kidney grille treatment of the iX and, particularly in person, it's a striking and handsome looking car, while inside space-age screens dominate a clean and crisp design. With prices starting from just under £70,000, it will offer two drivetrain options offering either 326bhp (xDrive40) and a 257 mile range and 523bhp (xDrive50) with a more impressive 380 mile range.
The Citroen Ami was introduced in Europe last year - but it has finally been confirmed for sale in the UK for Spring next year. With only an 8bhp electric motor, a 43 mile range, and a top speed of 28mph it's officially classed as a quadricycle. It gets two seats and modular body work where the front and rear panels are identical. Unlike Europe, you will need a full driving licence to get behind the wheel here, and it will be offered for outright sale, rather than as part of a car-sharing scheme, at least initially, with pricing expected around £6000. Perfect for nipping about town, this is a fun futuristic offering that majors on old-school Citroen pragmatism.
Ford’s pick-up truck is popular both as a workhorse, but also as a lifestyle vehicle. Now there’s an all-new version of the Ranger, heavily revised based on customer feedback, resulting in improved handling, greater ride comfort, more versatile cargo capacity, and of course a more luxurious and car-like interior - expect a full complement of creature comforts. There will be a choice of six and four-cylinder diesel engines and it goes on sale towards the end of 2022.
There’s a huge amount of interest in this ground-up dedicated new all-electric car from Kia, which is closely related to the highly acclaimed and successful-selling Hyundai Ioniq 5. Practical, good-looking and available with rear-wheel drive and 226bhp, or all-wheel drive with 321bhp with a range of over 300 miles as well as capable of superfast 350kw charging. Prices start from £40k.
Last gasp petrol-engined sports car from Lotus, the Emira is a must-have before the company goes fully electric. Sleek looks are combined with a manual transmission and a proven supercharged Toyota V6, or an automatic transmission with an AMG four-cylinder turbo. A big focus on the interior, makes it more accommodating, contemporary and feature-packed than any previous offering. Prices range from £60,000-76,000 and expect to see them on the roads by Spring.
Originally due out this year, the McLaren Artura experienced delays in production and we'll only start seeing these on the roads next year. Despite the looks, it's a clean-sheet car for the British supercar company. There's a new platform, more accommodating and better thought-out interior, but most significantly, it's the firm's first V6-powered car (instead of V8), and only its second hybrid. The plug-in hybrid will offer 671bhp, 0-62mph acceleration in 3.0 seconds, 205mph and prices starting at £185,000.
The seventh generation of the Mercedes SL roadster, is now badged AMG and goes back to a 2+2 seating configuration, but maintains a muscular 4.0-litre V8 biturbo petrol engine offering 469bhp as a SL 55 and 577bhp in SL 63 guise. All versions are now all-wheel drive and have a fabric roof. Prices start from £73,800 rising to well over £114k for the SL 63.
The 2022 Range Rover might look familiar from the front – although the rear tailgate and taillight treatment is radically different – but it is an entirely all-new car. And while it will be available with traditional combustion engines, and a plug-in hybrid – with a class leading electric-only range – a fully-electric version will also join the range later. A staggeringly luxurious interior, solid elegance, and supreme capability on and off-road will restore this legend’s position as the king of premium off-roaders.
Toyota Aygo X
The next Toyota Aygo, will now be the Aygo X (pronounced 'Cross') - a completely re-engineered car on a raised Yaris-derived platform, taking a unique direction as a tiny SUV-style crossover. It will retain the retractable canvas roof but is 32cm longer, 12cm wider and higher riding. With prices starting from £14k for this appealing urban roundabout, it maintains a non-electrified 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine offering 71bhp and 60mpg.
Another Toyota to round-off our list of most anticipated cars in 2022 is testament to two of the most affordable, and involving sports cars coming out of Japan, the excellent Mazda MX-5 and the Toyota, previously GT86 and now GR86 (GR for Gazoo Racing to bring it line with the GR Supra and GR Yaris). More of an extensive evolution than an entirely new car – well if isn’t broken, why fix it? – the new car benefits from 17 percent more power from the 2.4-litre 'boxer' engine now putting out 231bhp. But this car has always been about driver-engagement and fun, plus affordability - prices are expected to start from £30,000.