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Best sedans arriving in 2022

The Tesla Model S will get its second facelift in late 2022, with it headlined by a new Plaid performance flagship.

Sedans aren't over yet, not by a long shot.

Electrification, combined with lighter engineering, more elegant styling and better road manners compared to heavier SUVs, means there's still lots of life left in them. Suddenly, sedans are swoopy, sporty and green. How cool!

Below are the best sedans leading this transformation. Not all are electrified, but all provide a fresh perspective on an old and trusted formula. Just keep in mind that timing is subject to change, particularly due to the semiconductor shortage that has stymied production globally in recent times.

Genesis G80 Electrified - First half

The electric luxury sedan sphere is hotting up, with who else but Hyundai at the forefront, with the Genesis G80 Electrified.

With more than 500km of range and a 0-100km/h time of under five seconds courtesy of two electric motors and all-wheel drive, the sumptuous, five-metre-long sedan is a derivative of the second-generation G80.

The Genesis is taking direct aim at the Mercedes-Benz EQS when Australian sales commence in the first half of 2022.

Read more: 2022 Genesis G80 detailed: Electrified Korean Mercedes EQS rival set to arrive in Australia within 12 months

Genesis G80

Genesis G80
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Mercedes-AMG EQS53 - First quarter

If the luxury-focused EQS is too timid for you, from the first quarter of 2022, Mercedes-Benz has just the solution for you – the AMG EQS53 4Matic+.

The performance brand's first foray into  mass electrification, the flagship EV with a motor on each axle delivers 484kW/950Nm of power and torque respectively in Basic form, or a barely believable 560kW/1020Nm in flagship AMG Dynamic Plus guise. 

The latter whooshes to 100km/h from zero some 0.4 seconds faster at 3.4s , living up to Daimler's exalted sub-brand's reputation for speed. Tesla's monopoly on slingshot EV sedans is over... or is it?

Read more: 2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS53 breaks cover in Germany as brand's first all-electric mass production model, confirmed for Australia to take on Porsche Taycan and Telsa Model S

Mercedes-Maybach S680 - First quarter

Based on the current seventh-generation S-Class sedan, the Mercedes-Maybach S680 is substantially longer and even more opulent where it counts – in the back seat. 

With acres of space to stretch, cabin noise-cancellation tech, available powered doors, special massaging seats, beverage refrigeration and an audio experience to knock your socks off, the S680 pushes the boundaries of chauffeured luxury like no other new Benz can. 

Also taking the fight to the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley Flying Spur are a 450kW/900Nm 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 capable of 100km/h in 4.5s, all-wheel drive and four-wheel-steering – so there's something for the driver to revel in, too, from the first quarter of 2022.

Read more: 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class detailed: New Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur rival takes opulence to the next level

Porsche Taycan - First quarter

Porsche has broadened the Taycan EV sports sedan series for 2022, breaking new ground with Australia's first-ever EV sports wagon, while introducing a round of improvements across the range, all from the first quarter.

First up is the spiritual nod to the 989 four-door '911' of 30 years ago, the base Taycan rear-wheel-drive sedan, featuring a rear-axle mounted electric motor in two states of tune: 300kW/345Nm and 369km of WLTP range with the standard 79.2kWh battery, or 350kW/357Nm and 434km WLTP range with an optional 93.4kWh unit. A 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds is possible.

This has also been joined by the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo – a high-riding wagon/crossover offering a front as well as rear electric motor for AWD, resulting in combined outputs of 350kW/500Nm, 0-100km/h in 5.1s and 437km of WLTP range. Look out, Tesla Model S!

Read more: 2022 Porsche Taycan price and features: Tesla Model S rival and Audi e-tron GT twin goes rear-wheel drive in line-up expansion

Tesla Model S - Late 2022

Due in late 2022, the facelifted Tesla Model S' bones are now more than a decade old, with the basic shape remaining – as does the timeless appeal of this large five-door liftback EV.

Targeting the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, this is the second facelift, with minor changes to the bumpers, wheels and trim. But the dramatically different interior includes a rectangular steering wheel with no stalks and landscape-view 17-inch touchscreen dubbed Cinematic Display.

Of course, the Model S has constantly evolved underneath, with the MY23 range consisting of the 500kW dual-motor Long Range with an astonishing 652km range (WLTP), joined by the 761kW tri-motor Plaid, deposing the old dual-motor Performance flagship in more ways than one, since it can manage 637km range as well as a record-breaking 0-100km/h time of 2.1s. Breathtaking.

Read more: 2022 Tesla Model S price and features: Huge cost increase for Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT rival's incoming facelift

Volkswagen Arteon - Second quarter

After a hiatus, the Volkswagen Arteon mid-sizer returns to Australia in facelifted liftback and new Shooting Brake wagon guises, gaining much of the advanced driver-assist and multimedia technologies from the Golf 8 range.

Sitting above the related Passat, Arteon kicks off with the 140TSI Elegance front-driver, powered by a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine.

There's also the R-Line, offering a 206kW/350Nm 2.0-litre unit with an all-wheel-drive system.

Read more: 2022 Volkswagen Arteon price and features: Skoda Octavia RS, Mazda 6 Turbo and Hyundai Sonata N Line rival to return