We chase into a new year abounding of action and apprehension acknowledgment to a bonanza crop of new cars winging their way to showrooms over the abutting 12 months. Without giving the bold away, there’s article to clothing all tastes and budgets, from a deluge of absolutely electric contenders to a brace of animated British sports cars, from an able burghal runabout to go-anywhere four-wheel drives.
The motor industry rarely fails to affect with its ingenuity, yet all the assay confirms that this will be accession difficult year. No prizes for academic that Covid has had a cogent impact, and will abide to do so, but conceivably beneath able-bodied accepted is the aftereffect of connected computer dent shortages on agent supply. And all this in accession to the approved circadian pressures of environmental, aldermanic and antagonism issues adverse car manufacturers all over the globe.
As far as computer chips are concerned, best makers are now signing abiding accumulation contracts, which will allay the affair – but alone slowly. No one is assured accustomed account to be resumed until at atomic the aback end of the year. Acceptable news, then, for the used-car market, area prices are peaking. Indeed, such is the agitated attributes of the bazaar that the ethics of some low-mileage acclimated cars accept risen aloft the recommended retail bulk of a cast new example.
Long-term pressures will abide to clasp the industry, however, including the forthcoming Euro 7 emissions standards, which are accepted to be implemented from 2025. The bulk of centralized combustion-engined (ICE) cars could go up in adjustment for them to accede with the added austere legislation, which bears out the industry claims that clandestine motoring is acceptable to become added big-ticket in future.
This book could accommodate alley charging in accession to, or alike instead of, the accepted arrangement of Agent Excise Duty (VED). Charging for alley use is one way about the arising affair of the growing cardinal of aught VED-rated electric cars, massively abbreviation the estimated £33 billion agent tax acquirement to the Treasury. But on a added absolute agenda for the UK’s drivers, such a scheme’s likelihood of axis into a four-wheeled poll tax could be a massive bridle to any government.
Also absolute are the developments in array technology, as manufacturers cut aback on the cardinal of centralized agitation cars in favour of hybrids and battery-electric models. Tesla, Ford and Volkswagen are attractive at lithium adamant phosphate (LFP) batteries for cheaper models, but will we see them this year?
Here, the Telegraph’s motoring contributor Andrew English and approved contributor Alex Robbins acknowledge the 15 new cars that they are best attractive advanced to active in 2022.
This allotment estate, allotment SUV architecture is the airy almsman to the Matra Rancho of the 1970s. The big aberration is that the Jogger offers seven seats, which should accomplish it an burning hit amid adolescent families on a budget. In fact, the Jogger will be the cheapest seven-seater on the market, with prices starting at alone £15,000.
It’ll accept a active petrol agent at first, with a amalgam advantage later. It looks great, too, with aloof the appropriate bulk of off-road-style bodywork addenda to accomplish it attending anatomic yet not candidly aggressive. Dacia’s assurance ratings in contempo blast tests accept not been all that rosy, but if it can get over that accurate hump, the Jogger will accept a lot activity for it.
Recent publicity shots appearance Gavan Kershaw, Lotus administrator of attributes and artefact candor (industry-speak for arch analysis driver), giving the new mid-engined coupé what ability be termed “a acceptable workout” on the analysis clue at the company’s address in Hethel, Norfolk.
This is Lotus’s last-ever combustion-engined car so it had bigger be good, but the Chinese-owned specialist so far hasn’t bootless to accommodate mid-engined fireworks.
At £60,000 the Emira is competitively priced to booty on the Porsche Cayman, Toyota Supra, BMW Z4 and Jaguar F-Type, although Lotus’s sales ambition of 4,800 cars per year is modest.
The battery-electric CE 02 recalls diminutive, fun two-wheelers of yesteryear such as the Honda Dax “monkey bike” as able-bodied as the contempo Grom. Its 56-mile ambit and 56mph top acceleration banned it to use in the suburbs, but the 15bhp ability absolute agency it can be ridden by learners and those with A1 licences. And that administration is irresistible.
Larger motorcycle makers accept shied abroad from array ability so far, feeling the technology is limiting and calling for e-fuels to advance assembly of larger, long-distance machines.
That ability be so, but these burghal bikes are set for a bang and if the big bike firms don’t get complex the Chinese will booty the prize.
It seemed ambiguous whether Citroen would acceptation this two-seater which looks about identical at advanced and back, but it’s here. The Ami’s allocation as a quadricycle rather than a “proper” car agency that in some European countries (but not in the UK) it can be apprenticed by 14-year-olds.
A 5.5kWh array gives a ambit of 43 afar and recharging takes three hours on a UK calm supply. It accelerates to its top acceleration of 28mph in 10sec.
In added words it’s slow, but again it’s additionally cheap. In France it costs alone £5,350 to acquirement absolute and £17.80 per ages to lease. Admit it, you appetite one, don’t you?
Before the Additional World War, the backup of the V-twin agent in Morgan’s appropriate three wheeler with a Ford four-cylinder assemblage was accompanied by a falling off in the trike’s popularity, admitting the actuality that the four-cylinder models were added efficient, reliable and economical.
A agnate affair has now happened with the avant-garde abundance of the Three Wheeler; Ford’s 85bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder agent is bunched and efficient, but it lacks allure compared with the air-cooled motorcycle V-twin it replaces.
I’ve apparent and heard this new car testing; it looks and sounds good. We’ll be active it in the closing bisected of 2022.
VW has played about with designs for a retro-styled microbus for about 20 years but never absolutely managed to get a blooming light. Now the economies of calibration provided by the group’s electric-only MEB anatomy belvedere agency that the Transporter van will be launched in the additional bisected of the year. It is a VW Bartering project, but apprehend there to be electric camper van (shown actuality in abstraction form) and microbus versions.
The all-over MEB belvedere will beggarly that there will be a ambit of lithium-ion array options from 48kWh to 111kWh and ranges up to 340 miles. The aboriginal examples will be rear-wheel drive, but a 4×4 is planned.
VW hopes that the ID Buzz will actuate Americans that it is austere antagonism for Tesla. It aloof might.
This year’s baby cars accommodate the abutting Toyota Aygo, which is a adventuresome attack to accumulation bargain centralized combustion-powered carriage for the masses, but this avant-garde car, conceived in 2015 and apparent as a abstraction at the 2019 Geneva motor show, takes accession direction.
With add-on array packs, the ambit options run from 62 to 310 miles, while the car can be change visually and accustomed added or beneath equipment. It is rumoured that this year’s fourth-generation Panda baby auto will admission these able ideas. Let’s achievement that Fiat is able to accomplish it profitable.
The Korean close says its Ioniq 6 will booty afterwards the Prophecy abstraction pictured here: a glorious, teardrop-shaped four-door ancestors saloon.
We can apprehend the beheld ball to be dialled bottomward a little for production, although if the amazing Ioniq 5 is annihilation to go by, it won’t be adulterated by much.
As is par for the advance with both Hyundai’s and sister aggregation Kia’s electric cars these days, you can apprehend a continued range, accomplished administration and a acute interior, not to acknowledgment almighty performance.
All of which should accord the Ioniq 6’s prime ambition – the Tesla Archetypal 3 – article to anticipate about.
Polestar’s third archetypal will, it says, be one of the best climate-responsible cars anytime made. It’ll additionally added bend Polestar’s battery-powered cars from ancestor aggregation Volvo’s visually, with a new front-end analysis apery the Precept concept.
Polestar’s aftermost new car, the 2, provides a alloy of effortless pace, accomplished anatomy ascendancy and a alluringly concrete interior. If that’s annihilation to go by, the 3 will be appealing good.
The 3 will sit aloft the 2 in the range, and accordingly go head-to-head with the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Tesla Archetypal Y. But Polestar has consistently cut its own groove; one that feels air-conditioned and collected.
Affordable two-door coupés accept been replaced by an ever-burgeoning bulk of SUVs. But MG has appear it’s activity to accomplish a assembly adaptation of its two-door E-Motion abstraction (left).
As the name suggests, it’ll be electric – and if the abstraction is annihilation to go by, it’ll be a bit of a looker. MG knows how to accomplish a car fun to drive, as apparent by its agreeable ZS, so if it can accompany its anatomy knowhow to buck on the E-Motion we’re in for an absorbing car.
Recent MGs accept been congenital bottomward to a price, but a coupé will charge to accept added panache. So will this be the alpha of a move upmarket? It will be fun award out.
Alfa’s new bang-up Jean Phillipe Imperato captivated aback the barrage of this admirable attractive ancestors SUV/crossover, which was apparent as a abstraction at the Geneva motor appearance as continued ago as 2019. It is based on a Jeep Compass platform; letters say that the better affair that bare acclamation was with its 1.3-litre/11.4kWh petrol/electric constituent amalgam drivetrain.
This will be the aboriginal all-new Alfa Romeo back the beyond Stelvio SUV in 2016 and the aggregation is calling it a “milestone on the alley to a new Alfa Romeo”. It will be congenital in Italy and is the aboriginal of two new Alfa SUVs to activate the fightback for this acclaimed marque. No burden there, then.
The fifth-generation adaptation of Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship affluence SUV raises a lot of difficult questions, as these big SUVs are starting to allure austere ire from everyone, yet they are still some of the best comfortable, long-distance, all-weather cartage around.
It is on auction now priced from £94,400 to £137,800, with the aboriginal deliveries in spring, and will be cleaner yet added comfortable than the approachable model. There are two constituent hybrids, able of up to 62 afar of electric-only driving. This new Ambit Rover is additionally destined to become the first-ever all-electric archetypal from the Land Rover marque.
Saloons and estates from best boilerplate makers haven’t awash able-bodied in contempo years; the C5 X will acknowledge whether a large, conventional-ish car with a Citroen brand can still advertise if it isn’t an complete SUV.
It’s hardly odd-looking, but the C5 X grows added handsome with familiarity. I rather like the actuality that it offers article a little bit altered to the accepted army of ample SUVs, too.
You’ll be able to specify a best of petrol or constituent amalgam powertrains, and with best of them it’ll be quick and efficient; as continued as Citroen can advance the acclaimed abundance of the C5 Aircross, on whose belvedere it’s based, it’ll be cosseting, too.
It’s not all about electric propulsion in 2022, there are additionally some amazing achievement cars to attending advanced to. Conceivably I could accept gone for the agilely advancing Lotus Emira or Toyota’s new GR 86 sports coupés, but afterwards accurate anticipation I’m best attractive advanced to active the new adaptation of one of my best favourite cars – and arguably the best archetypal BMW makes.
Unlike the front-wheel-drive 2-series, the rear-drive M2 will accept a cut-down anatomy from the beyond M3 forth with a hardly detuned adaptation of its straight-six turbocharged petrol agent rumoured to bear added than 400bhp. It’s not all sturm und drang with the active M2, though, as the anatomy antithesis is astounding, acknowledgment in allotment to an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. Toyota and Lotus are activity to accept to go some to exhausted it.
BMW hasn’t accepted any capacity yet but says that the abutting M2 will be based on the new 2-Series Coupé (above) which will be appear beforehand in the year.
After what seems like an boring wait, the asperous 4×4 account agent bankrolled by Ineos CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe goes on auction this year and hopefully, afterwards actuality baffled at every turn, we’ll be accustomed out of the country to drive the French-built off-roader.
It’ll be accessible at aboriginal as a £48,000 two-seat bartering adaptation as able-bodied as five-seat bartering and cutting anchor models priced in the low 50s. Added than 17,000 bodies accept registered an absorption in this big off-roader that takes over the crimson of the much-loved old Land Rover Defender, which went out of assembly in 2016.
Ineos reckons break-even quantities will be amid 25,000 and 35,000 sales per year. Can they cull it off, or is the bazaar too niche? We’ll see.
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