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Best SUVs arriving in 2022

The fourth-generation X-Trail has been a long time coming for Nissan, so it will be one of the biggest new SUV releases of 2022.

There’s no denying that the SUV is Australia’s favourite type of new vehicle. After all, it has accounted for more than half of local sales for a few years now.

So, it should come as no surprise that 2022 is shaping us another huge year for SUVs, especially considering the two most popular models are among those due to be refreshed then.

But before we get into what’s coming and when, bear in mind that the global semiconductor shortage is continuing to wreak havoc, so timing is subject to change. That said, let’s get to it.

Mahindra XUV700 - Late 2022

Mahindra isn’t a brand you hear much about, but in late 2022, it will be making plenty of noise with the launch of the all-new XUV700 mid-size SUV.

With the all-conquering Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 firmly in its sights, the XUV700 will be looking to make quite the impression on debut.

And with distinctive styling, modern multimedia, strong safety and the choice of turbo-petrol and -diesel power, the XUV700 is already looking competitive.

Read more: 2023 Mahindra XUV700 detailed: Australian launch confirmed for India's new Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail and Mitsubishi Outlander rival

Mazda CX-5 - First half

The second-generation CX-5 mid-sizer is the second best-selling SUV on the market, so when Mazda gets around to updating it in the first half of 2022, plenty of people will be paying attention.

Yep, the CX-5 will look to put the frighteners on the segment-leading Toyota RAV4 with a facelift that not only makes it look more contemporary, but also offers buyers the choice of variant-specific styling packages.

Better yet, the CX-5’s six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission will be retuned for smoother acceleration, while its suspension will be tweaked for a more comfortable ride.

Read more: 2022 Mazda CX-5 detailed: Australian timing, split styling confirmed for Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage rival

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5
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Mercedes-Benz EQB - Third quarter

No, this isn’t just another variant of Mercedes-Benz’s smallest seven-seater, the first-generation GLB mid-size SUV. Instead, it’s the all-electric version, dubbed EQB.

Due in the third quarter of 2022, the EQB will launch in EQB350 form, with it packing a 215kW dual-motor powertrain with all-wheel drive.

More importantly, though, the EQB350 will come armed with a 66.5kWh battery that provides 419km of WLTP-certified range and can increase its capacity from 10 to 80 per cent in as little as just over 30 minutes with a 100kW DC fast charger.

Read more: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB detailed: New family SUV channels inner Tesla Model X to stand out from electric crowd with seven-seat versatility

Nissan X-Trail - 2022

At last, Nissan will release the fourth-generation X-Trail sometime in 2022. The new mid-size SUV has been a long time coming, so expectations are naturally high.

While it will ride on the same CMF-CD platform (that’s now shared with the equally new Mitsubishi Outlander), the X-Trail will be finally be redesigned inside and out.

But the big news is while the X-Trail will retain a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine, it will also offer an ePower series hybrid eventually, with the wheels driven by an electric motor, while a small petrol engine charges the battery while on the move.

Read more: Nissan X-Trail 2022: Australian timing, pricing and everything else we know so far about the new Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson rival

Skoda Kodiaq - January

The first-generation Skoda Kodiaq large SUV made quite the impression on debut, but the time has now come for the seven-seater’s midlife facelift.

Due in January 2022, the Kodiaq’s nip and tuck will usher in a redesigned front fascia and a host of additional standard equipment – at a cost of $2500 and $3000 for the entry-level and mid-range variants respectively.

That said, the focus will be on the RS performance flagship, which will become $1000 cheaper by swapping its 176kW/500Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine for a 180kW/370Nm turbo-petrol unit.

Read more: 2022 Skoda Kodiaq price and features: Facelifted seven-seat Mazda CX-8 and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace rival gets new engine and equipment

Tesla Model X - Late 2022

As far as all-electric SUVs go, the Tesla Model X is arguably the pioneer, but it will double-down on its efforts in late 2022 with launch of its first facelift.

In fact, the first-generation large SUV’s most significant update yet won’t be short on drama, with it set to introduce a new front fascia and a completely redesigned interior.

However, the new Model X will really stand out from the crowd with its available Plaid flagship with a 761kW tri-motor powertrain with all-wheel drive and 547km of WLTP-certified range. Oh, it will also complete the zero-to-100km/h sprint in just 2.6 seconds.

Read more: 2022 Tesla Model X price and features: Cost of entry to facelifted Audi e-tron and BMW iX rival gets significantly more expensive

Toyota RAV4 - First half

If Toyota didn’t update the fifth-generation RAV4, it would probably continue to be not only the most popular mid-sizer on sale today, but also the best-selling SUV overall.

But Toyota isn’t resting on its laurels, so the RAV4 will get upgraded for MY22 in the first half of 2022. And no, we’re not talking about a full-fat facelift, but rather some running changes.

That said, the tweaks are no less important, as the RAV4 will receive new front lighting and an extended suite of advanced driver-assist systems, including active rear cross-traffic alert, plus plenty of other additional standard equipment.

Read more: 2022 Toyota RAV4 update revealed: Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander and Subaru Forester on notice as best-selling SUV's upgrade nears

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4
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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace - Second quarter

The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan mid-size SUV has already been given its midlife facelift, so the time has come for the related Tiguan Allspace seven-seater to get its refresh.

Scheduled to arrive in the second quarter of 2022, the facelifted Tiguan Allspace will bring familiar changes to the first-generation large SUV, including a redesigned front fascia with optional Matrix LED headlights.

The Tiguan Allspace is also set to get capacitive steering-wheel and climate controls, as well as Volkswagen’s MIB3 multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

Read more: 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace detailed: Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Sante Fe and Skoda Kodiaq rival gets facelifted

Volkswagen Tiguan R - March

Volkswagen will be busy in 2022, with its mid-size SUV, the second-generation Tiguan, due to receive a new flagship in March. In fact, it will come with a very special performance focus.

Yep, the Tiguan R is finally coming to Australia, and its significance cannot be understated given it will be Volkswagen’s first R-branded SUV sold here.

With the new-generation Golf R hot hatch’s 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine under the bonnet, the Tiguan R will punch out a considerable 235kW of power and 420Nm of torque.

Read more: New Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 detailed: High-performance R flagship headlines Mazda CX-5 rival's facelift