After two of the most turbulent and difficult years in recent memory, the world is gradually resuming some form of normalcy with Australian Cars. Let’s think back to 2021 and the devastation that Covid caused at that time. A brand-new year is approaching, and it promises to bring with it a plethora of appealing metals.
A number of exciting cars are coming to Australia in 2022, ushering in a new era of motoring for consumers weary of waiting for life to resume since the beginning of this decade. Factories have restarted, car production is up, stocks are rising, and – most importantly – a host of exciting cars are heading to Australia in 2022.
As automakers make every effort to meet the pent-up demand for automobiles throughout the world, electrification will play a bigger role than ever owing to a wave of intriguing EVs coming our way. However, many well-known favourites have been or are soon to be redesigned, enhanced, and/or updated.
These include the last-ever mass-market ute to be designed and engineered domestically, the hybridization of a beloved small SUV, a jaw-dropping retro sports car makeover, and the resurgence of other automotive icons. The pipeline may have been temporarily stopped by the pandemic, but it has since resumed with a fury.
Here is our coverage of the most appealing, intriguing, provocative, and downright exciting newcomers scheduled for the upcoming year, whether you’re in the market for a new set of wheels right now or hoping to make a move someday soon.
List of the Best Australian cars
01 – Range Rover
Due: Q4 2022
Expected Models: D300, D350, P400, P530, P510e
Expected Price Range: from $216,000 – $420,000
The 2022 Range Rover is the most opulent and cutting-edge Range Rover ever, completely new from the ground up.
The fifth-generation Range Rover, code-named L460, is constructed on Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) brand-new MLA-Flex architecture, which uses a lot of aluminium and increases torsional stiffness compared to the outgoing Range Rover while reducing structural-borne noise by 24%. The L460 is also 11mm lower in the roofline, has a 75mm longer wheelbase, and is 52mm longer overall among Australian cars.
Rangers will cost $215,900 in Australia and come with five different powertrain options, including three mild hybrids (MHEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six in either petrol or diesel, and a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from BMW that can propel the large Rangie to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
02 – Ford T6.2 Ranger
Due: Q3 2022
Expected Models: XL 4×2 to Raptor V6 4×4
Expected Price Range: from $30,000 – $90,000
The new Ranger 2022 is not only the most significant Ford release ever made anywhere; it also marks the end of an era that spanned more than a century and is the final mass-market vehicle to be designed and engineered entirely in Australia.
Underneath the clever redesign is a reworked chassis that widens the tracks by 50mm and lengthens the wheelbase by 50mm. Relocating the wheels outward has enabled the designers to incorporate a wider cargo tub that will hold a full-size shipping pallet, while moving the rear shock absorbers further outward increases the ute’s footprint, enhancing dynamics and increasing wheel articulation among Australian cars.
The front axle was moved forward in order to gain the additional 50mm of wheelbase. This has the benefit of decreasing the frontal area.
03 – Mazda CX-60
Due: Q4 2022
Expected Models: TBA: I4, I6, RWD & AWD
Expected Price Range: from $50,000 – $75,000
There will be a variety of exciting Mazda SUVs, beginning with the eye-catching CX-60. Positioned above the current (and upcoming) CX-5, this handsome newcomer will introduce the brand’s eagerly awaited rear-drive architecture (with all-wheel drive availability, of course), which is also set for several impending Lexus models. That’s right, Mazda is definitely not abandoning its saviour from bankruptcy among Australian cars.
A 3.2-litre in-line six-cylinder 48-volt mild-hybrid (MH) turbo in petrol and diesel formats will receive top billing; BMW, take note. Four-cylinder engines, some of which are electrified, are also on the menu. Additionally, each has an eight-speed automatic transmission.
04 – Nissan X-Trail e-Power
Due: Q4 2022
Expected Models: ST-L, Ti
Expected Price Range: from $45,000 – $60,000
Now 21 years young, the X-Trail will enter its fourth generation in 2022, with a new body and interior, as well as a thorough platform update. As before, five- and seven-seater models are coming, as is a revised 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
But don’t worry, because something actually fresh and different is also on its way, courtesy of Nissan’s novel e-Power system. Set to rein in the runaway-success Toyota RAV4 hybrid, it uses a small four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine to charge the battery that powers the electric motors that drive the front or all four wheels. No plugging-in is required in this car among the Australian cars.
An EV with a range extender then, and affordable to boot. A smash hit in Japan, e-Power is likely to take off here too.
05 – Toyota Corolla Cross
Due: Q3 2022
Expected Models: Ascent, SX, ZR
Expected Price Range: from $30,000 – $45,000
The Corolla Cross’ importance cannot be understated. Think about a stylish and useful Toyota crossover waggon with hybrid availability that is almost as big as the wildly popular RAV4. However, it is priced similarly to the smaller C-HR. Think of a smaller Subaru Outback. Every competitor’s worst nightmare is here.
The Corolla Cross, which is made in Japan, will come with two 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine options: a naturally aspirated version and a petrol-electric series-parallel hybrid version. The latter will also be offered a twin-motor electric AWD setup that includes a double-wishbone rear suspension system in Australian cars.
This crossover might potentially put an end to both small hatchbacks and mid-sized sedans as higher-riding cars continue to rise in popularity. Could the Corolla Cross emerge as the preferred family vehicle in Australia as the 2020s progress? Never wager against it.
06 – Ford T6.2 Everest
Expected Models: Ambiente 4×2 to Titanium V6 4×4
Expected Price Range: from $55,000 – $80,000
Except for sales, Australia’s sole locally produced SUV has surpassed all expectations in its current configuration. The T6-based Everest, which was showered with praise upon its 2015 release, could out-point and out-comfort every other body-on-frame competitor on the market, setting a standard that has not yet been surpassed. This side of a 300 Series LandCruiser, at least in the Australian cars.
Despite being relatively successful, client orders never kept up with the critical acclaim, and we believe a large part of this is due to the jacked-up wagon’s unattractive appearance and tippy-toed proportions. Thankfully, the T6.2 gen Everest will take care of both by the end of 2022.
07 – Subaru WRX
Due: Q1 2022
Expected Models: Sedan, Sportwagon
Expected Price Range: from $45,000 – $55,000
Dead is Levorg. The WRX Sportswagon is here to stay. That’s accurate. The next-generation WRX, which pays homage to Holden’s legendary VF Commodore load lugger, will soon be available with a second body style that Subaru claims are “the first time in a thrilling, heart racing Sportswagon.” Perhaps, if you don’t remember the first two Impreza WRX five-door waggons in the Australian cars.
We differ, though. The 2022 WRX sedan is a sharper-looking vehicle that draws heavily from the attractive 2017 Viziv Performance Concept. It has eye-catching details like blistered wheel arches, stylish lighting, and an aggressive posture that pays homage to the 1993 original. We eagerly anticipate what the even faster STi has in store for us in 2019.
08 – Mercedes-AMG EQS53 4Matic+
Due: Q2 2022
Expected Models: Base and AMG Dynamic Plus
Expected Price Range: from $300,000 – $350,000
If you don’t find the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, or Audi e-Tron GT to be quite opulent enough, Mercedes-astounding AMG’s EQS53 4Matic+ may be just what you’re looking for in Australian cars.
The first in-house electric vehicle from Affalterbach’s performance division, which is scheduled for release by the second quarter of 2022, will usher in a new era of high-speed luxury in Australia. It will feature two motors, one per axle for all-wheel drive, each of which can be tuned to produce 484kW/950Nm or 560kW/1020Nm in the AMG Dynamic Plus.
As a result, the EQS53 can reach 100 km/h from a complete stop in as little as 3.4 seconds as opposed to the more leisurely EQS580’s 4.3 seconds. On the other hand, the declared maximum range of 580km with the same 107.8kWh battery pack falls short of the latter’s astounding claimed 770km.
09 – Nissan Z
Expected Models: Z, Z Proto (launch edition)
Expected Price Range: from $65,000 – $75,000
Even if a new Fairlady Z is merely a clever upgrade of a 20-year-old machine, it is always exciting to see something new among Australian Cars.
The Nissan designers deserve praise for transforming the previous 370Z with such style, fusing design cues from the original Datsun 240Z from 1969 (circular headlights, rectangular grille, fastback glasshouse), with recognisable elements like the 300ZX taillight motif from the 1990s and the muscular stance of the 350Z from 2002 to 2008. Pasties of the post-modern era rarely succeed in this way.
The main body and interior structures of the 2009 370Z are carried over, as is Nissan’s ageing FM platform, which has a 2550mm wheelbase and front mid-engine/rear-drive configuration. However, the sheet metal and (retro-inspired) dash are largely new.
10 – Honda Civic Type R
Due: Q4 2022
Expected Models: Type R
Expected Price Range: from $55,000
And therein lies the promise of the next Type R is the best among Australian Cars. We are salivating in anticipation as the intriguing themes are developed but the visual dramatisation is toned down, especially if the previous raw, mechanical connection is reproduced.
We have optimism. A redesigned 2.0-litre four-pot turbo engine is said to produce roughly 245kW (up from 228kW) and 400Nm, which will be transmitted to a clever dual-axis strut front end by way of an excellent six-speed manual shifter. Yes, there is no all-wheel drive or dual-clutch transmission to taint the purity. Bliss.
The following Type R instalment, which no longer features a frilled-neck lizard in full fear mode, continues the story from the previous one in a more attractive manner.