Amazing New Cars Coming to Australia in 2022

By Angela Monroe - December 23, 2021

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It’s that time of year again – the end of it, and that means a look toward the future. In this case, we’re taking a look at some amazing new cars headed for Australian roads in 2022.

If you’re due for an upgrade or a first car, or just a new car, check out these gems.

Ford Ranger

Due: Q2

new ranger

It’s hard to avoid the hype around the new Ford Ranger – one of Australia’s favorite and best selling utes. And, the new one was largely designed and engineered in Australia over the last 5 years or so.

The styling is comparable to the North American F-Series trucks that the blue oval is so well known for. The new Ranger comes with engine choices including; 3L V6, 2L 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel and 2L 4-cylinder single-turbo diesel.

There’s also a hybrid rumoured but we’ll have to wait for that.

The 2022 Ranger lineup also includes a rough ‘n’ tumble off-road variant (no surprises there) and a luxury option. 

Nissan 400Z

Due: “early” 2022

400z

When Nissan launches a new “Zed” car, people look and listen. Since 1969, enthusiasts have fallen in love with the reliable, good looking sporty “Z”. The first was the 240Z which featured a 2.0L straight-6 engine delivering 130 hp (97 kW).

The new car, the 400Z, is powered by a new 298kW 3.0L twin-turbo V6 with prices pegged below its competition, primarily the Toyota Supra. The 400Z replaces the 370Z which finished its production run in 2020. 

What does “early” mean for its release? We’ll have to wait and see but production might be delayed, like all new cars, due to COVID disruptions and chip shortages.

Toyota Corolla Cross 

Due: late 2022

corolla cross

“No more boring cars” is a 2017 decree issued by Toyota Motor Corporation president, Akio Toyoda – and he meant it.

The decree has spawned the Yaris GR, Supra GR and GR86, the high(er) performance version of the 86, and other “exciting” vehicles from the brand.

Also coming out, is the new Corolla Cross, a hatchbated-styled SUV equipped with a 1.8L non-turbo petrol engine also available with a hybrid system. There’s also a GR version, likely thanks to Akio Toyoda’s demands.

The Corolla Cross appears to slot in under the Rav4 in terms of size. 

  • What’s GR?

Gazoo Racing. A motorsport/performance brand under the Toyota banner founded in 2007. The GR name has racing in its blood as the then smallish team competed in the 24 Hours Nürburgring race. 

Amazingly, Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, has actually driven in some races himself. To disguise the fact that an automaker president / billionaire was driving in one of the world’s most challenging amateur races, he entered under the moniker; “Morizo”.

Lexus LX

Due: first half of 2022

lexus lx(source: motor1.com)

This is the Lexus version of the new 300 Series LandCruiser, meaning a high-end large SUV built on a high-end large SUV.

The LX is powered by the same 3.3L twin-turbocharged diesel V6 as in its cousin, the LandCruiser, but will feature new and different styling and added luxuries.

Early preview images suggest four-, five- and seven-seat configurations. Yes, four. The four seater appears to be a VIP option suited for high-profile chauffeuring.

There’s also a sport-themed F Sport model but buyers may have to wait as the new 300 Series is in such high demand.

Subaru WRX

Due: mid 2022

2022 wrx

The famed WRX continues with the release of what Subaru confirms will have a sportswagon in the lineup.

The sportswagon is badged as the Levorg in some overseas markets but it appears Australia will get the WRX badged version in 2022.

The new WRX will include other variants too like a mid-spec RS version and top-dog STI-tuned version. Keeping fans happy (there are a lot), the engine is a 2.4L turbocharged boxer.

The WRX, first released in 1992, was born from the world of rally and became a huge success resulting in numerous variants including the legendary 22B, a unicorn-rare batch of 424. Built in 1998, the 22B variant is at the top of the WRX pyramid, one mint condition example sold in the UK in 2020 for the equivalent of over half a million Australian dollars.

Mercedes-Benz EQB

Due: late 2022

Mercedes-Benz EQB

The electric EQB crossover SUV is another example of the German automaker’s huge push for electrification. There are many examples of Mercedes-Benz petrol-powered vehicles receiving the EV treatment.

The EQB delivers 420km of range and a 7-seat configuration and AWD options. Although based on the petrol GLB, the EQB has received styling changes, mainly smoother ones to improve aerodynamic drag and range.

The new EQB 300 4Matic is powered by two electric motors totalling 165kW and the EQB 350 4Matic gets 210kW. Both are fed by a 66.5kWh battery.

Tesla Model Y

Due: first half of 2022

Tesla Model Y

The Model Y is considered a “CUV” – compact crossover utility vehicle, and is the brand’s second SUV-style vehicle after the Model X, a mid-size SUV.

Tesla brags that the Model Y is urban friendly, with flexible storage and low boot floor for easy cargo access.

The Model Y completes Elon Musk’s series;

  • Model S
  • Model 3
  • Model X
  • Model Y

(yes, it’s intentional!).

The Model Y, available in RWD and AWD, comes with a 62.28kWh battery pack or 82.8kWh battery for the Long Range variant.

Other variants include the Standard Range (62.28kWh) and Performance (82.8kWh).

Here are the driving range estimates for the Model Y;

  • Standard Range 480 km
  • Long Range 505 km
  • Performance 480 km

These figures are estimates only.

Get into a new car

There’s nothing quite like the experience of a new car, especially when stepping up from something older.

Keep a lookout for the amazing new cars coming out in 2022 as we’ve only covered a fraction of the models and technology that’s coming out next year.

Angela Monroe
Angela Monroe is the Community Manager at The Positive Group, specialising in giving people the information that they need when they need it, and putting you on the path to a fair financial future. She has 8 years of experience in helping Australians find the right finance solutions, and regularly contributes articles to empower Australians with the knowledge they need to become financially healthy.

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