Yes, yes… we realise that ‘71 plates, for cars registered after September 2021, haven’t even been released yet. However, it’s never too early to look ahead to the new cars we expect to see in 2022.
A new car model is always something to be excited about, and with more manufacturers than ever branching into new technologies, 2022 looks set to be a year of tech-filled cars.
With so many new models and exciting developments in the works, here are just three cars that we are excited for in 2022.
Tesla Model Y
In early 2022, Tesla is set to release what could potentially be its bestselling product to date, the Model Y. The Model Y is set to be smaller than the Model X, but its SUV shape makes it more practical than the Model 3. We’ve come to expect pared-back and futuristic insides from the American brand, and the Model Y appears to be no exception.
It is expected to offer up to 336 miles on a single charge and of course, buyers will also benefit from access to Tesla’s superfast Supercharger electric car charging network. Elon Musk even teased that the model coming in 2022 would have a new design and improvements to the battery pack to improve range.
Fiat is jumping into the 2020s with a small car revolution. Not only is the Italian marque releasing the all-electric 500, but it also plans to offer a more affordable take on superminis, by releasing a new Panda.
Many manufacturers are turning their backs on cost-conscious small-car buyers, allowing Fiat the opportunity to completely capitalise on that market.
The heart of this design will be simplicity and affordability, in keeping with the tone set by the 1980 original. This does mean that a short-range electric engine may be offered, but most Pandas will continue to use small petrol engines with mild-hybrid assistance.
Late 2022 should see the release of the Nissan 400Z, the Japanese giant’s replacement for the aging 370Z. This time though, it will be a rival for the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Toyota Supra! As the name suggests, this motor could have a possible power output of 400hp.
The car will come with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and manual gearbox. Expect a three-litre engine that produces more power than the 3.7-litre engine in the current 370Z.