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The Best New Cars Coming to Australia in 2022

In fact, 2022 appears to be a bumper year for new automobiles, as some highly anticipated models have been pushed back from 2021, many nameplates will receive new-generation updates, and even brand-new car companies will come in Australia to try and build a name for themselves.

So, what exactly do we have to anticipate? Here are the greatest new cars coming to Australia in 2022, from a new-generation Ford Ranger to Kia’s first all-electric model (timing subject to change).

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1. Cupra Formentor – June

Every brand, from Hyundai to Honda, now appears to have its own hot hatch, but where are all the performance crossovers to take advantage of the market’s rapid transition to SUV preference?

Enter Volkswagen Group’s Cupra brand, which will debut in June 2022 with the Formentor small SUV, which will compete with hot hatches for sales.

The Formentor might be the hot hatch tormentor that the Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST fear, with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine producing up to 228kW to all four wheels.

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2. Ford Ranger – Mid-2022

The next-generation Ford Ranger ute, which will compete against the best-selling Toyota HiLux, as well as the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, and Mazda BT-50, will arrive local stores in mid-2022.

The exterior is all-new, with aesthetic cues from its F-150 sister, while the interior has been updated with extra technology and a portrait-style touchscreen – at least on higher trim levels.

Engine options will be revised as well, with the 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel engines being phased out in favour of six-cylinder engines.

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3. Honda HR-V – Early 2022

Honda has purposefully taken a half-step back in the Australian market, switching to a sales agency model and conceding that it would sell fewer cars than before.

With the Jazz, City, and Civic sedans no longer available, Honda is putting even greater pressure on the HR-V small SUV to perform well, and with a new-generation model arriving in early 2022, the company is hoping for a home run.

The components are all in place – cutting-edge design, practical size, and a hybrid powertrain to appeal to budget-conscious buyers – but only time will tell if the new HR-V can compete with the Mazda CX-30 and Mitsubishi ASX.

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4. Kia EV6 – First Quarter

In recent years, Kia Australia has grown in strength, and the EV6 electric car may be the model that permanently converts the South Korean brand from budget to bougie in many people’s thoughts.

The EV6 is the ideal size for Australia, and with a battery capacity of up to 77.4kWh, range on a single charge is rated at over 500km for some models, which should be enough to calm nerves.

The 2022 Kia EV6 might be one of the most cheap mid-size electric SUVs on the market starting in the first quarter of 2022, with the closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5 starting at just under $72,000 before on-road charges.

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5. Lexus LX – 2022

If the Toyota LandCruiser’s off-road capability appeals to you, but its utilitarian cabin leaves you wanting more, Lexus’ LX is the vehicle for you.

The LX, which is expected to arrive in 2022, is distinguished from its LandCruiser sister by its distinctive exterior style and more upscale interior features.

The LX’s flexible seating configuration, which includes four-, five-, and seven-seat configurations to make the most of the upper-large SUV’s size, will be key to this.

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6. Mahindra XUV700 – Late 2022

The Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Ford Escape, and Nissan X-trail all compete for second place in Australia’s mid-size SUV market, so Mahindra’s XUV700 could be the shake-up the class needs to become exciting again.

The XUV700, which will be available in a five- or seven-seat configuration, will replace the ageing XUV500 in late 2022 and will be built on a new platform with cutting-edge features such as flush door handles and dual 10.25-inch multimedia displays.

The XUV700 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 147kW/380Nm or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 114kW/360Nm or 136kW/420-450Nm and is available with manual or automatic transmissions.

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