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Best crossovers arriving in 2022

The third-generation Honda HR-V small SUV and a host of other crossovers will enter showrooms in 2022.

Light and small cars have been rapidly declining in popularity for years now as new-vehicle buyers have flocked to crossovers and larger SUVs in increasing numbers.

Needless to say, then, 2022 is already looking like another big year for crossovers. And we’re talking about compact SUVs here – you know, the city-friendly type.

So, strap in because new crossovers will be coming thick and fast, although timing could change due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. Fingers crossed it doesn’t though. Either way, let’s crack on.

Cupra Ateca and Formentor - June

What’s a Cupra? Glad you asked; it’s the emerging spinoff performance brand from Volkswagen Group’s Spanish subsidiary, Seat, which isn’t currently in the Australian market, although it used to be.

Cupra is looking to make its presence felt immediately, so it will launch locally with three models, including the Ateca and Formentor small SUVs, with both set to be available with 220kW-plus flagships.

For reference, the Ateca is the larger of the two, and it’s related to the Skoda Karoq mid-size SUV, while the Formentor shares the newer MQB Evo platform with the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf small car.

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Honda HR-V- First half

As far as Honda is concerned, the third-generation HR-V will be a sight for sore eyes when it arrives in the first half of 2022. After all, the new small SUV has a huge task ahead of it, especially in a highly competitive segment.

However, once it’s all said and done, the HR-V should overtake the ageing fifth-generation CR-V mid-size SUV to become Honda’s best-seller as the second of its next-generation models.

Helping the HR-V’s case will be its available ‘self-charging’ hybrid powertrain, with a naturally aspirated petrol engine set to be the entry-level option.

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Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V
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Kia Seltos - Second half

Talk about hitting the ground running; Kia’s first-generation Seltos quickly rose up the sales charts after its arrival, and now the time has come for the small SUV’s midlife facelift.

Due in the second half of 2022, the facelifted Seltos hasn’t been revealed yet, although the smart money is on a redesigned front fascia that better aligns it with the newer fifth-generation Sportage mid-size SUV.

Also expected is an expanded suite of advanced driver-assist systems, while variants with the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine could get a more powerful tune, potentially with 146kW.

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Kia Seltos

Kia Seltos
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Mercedes-Benz EQA350 - Second quarter

Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric small SUV, the EQA, may have been one of the more important new model releases of 2021, but it only launched in entry-level EQA250 form.

Yep, the attention is now turning to the zero-emissions crossover’s flagship, the EQA350, which is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022, when it will bring all-wheel drive to the EQA.

Better yet, the EQA350’s 215kW/520Nm dual-motor powertrain will serve up much higher performance (0-100km/h in six seconds flat) and slightly higher WLTP-certified range (432km from a 66.5kWh battery).

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Nissan Qashqai - Early 2022

Another new small SUV that will mean a hell of a lot to its brand is the third-generation Nissan Qashqai that’s destined for showrooms in early 2022.

Redesigned inside and out, the Qashqai will look to mean most things to most people, with it set to offer contemporary looks, surprising luxury, advanced technology and expansive advanced driver-assist systems.

While a 110kW/250Nm 1.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine will be offered from a launch, a ‘self-charging’ series hybrid powertrain, dubbed ePower, will entry the fray later on, with its wheels powered by an electric motor and battery charged by a small petrol unit.

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Toyota Corolla Cross - Second half

No, this isn’t Toyota’s next Corolla small car. Instead, it’s an all-new small SUV that takes half its name from the world’s best-selling vehicle. Introducing the Corolla Cross.

As the other half of its name suggests, the segment-straddling Corolla Cross is Toyota’s latest attempt at a crossover, with it slotting in above the Yaris Cross and C-HR but below the RAV4 and Kluger.

Building on the successful Corolla formula by getting with the times with a higher ride height, more rugged looks and the availability of all-wheel drive, the Corolla Cross is sure to make some serious when it launches in the second half of 2022.

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Volkswagen T-Roc - Third quarter

Volkswagen’s first-generation T-Roc small SUV might be a relative newcomer in Australia, but it’s been around for a while overseas, so its midlife facelift is coming here in the third quarter of 2022.

While it hasn’t been revealed yet, the facelifted T-Roc is expected to get all the usual changes, including new lights, bumpers and wheels as well as multimedia and safety improvements.

That said, the big news will be the local arrival of the T-Roc R performance flagship, which will come armed with a 220kW-plus 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that will make it one of the angriest crossovers money can buy.

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