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The best new cars coming to Australia in 2022

Toyota's new Corolla Cross crossover could outsell the Corolla hatch and sedan to become the brand's third most-popular model.

New car stock might be hard to come by at the moment, with the industry ravaged by an ongoing global pandemic and shortages in semiconductors, but that doesn't mean the fresh metal will stop coming.

In fact, 2022 looks to be a bumper year for new cars, as some hotly anticipated models were delayed from 2021, many nameplates will receive new-generation updates, and even box-fresh car brands will arrive to try and make their mark here in Australia.

So, what exactly is there to look forward to? From a new-generation Ford Ranger to Kia's first all-electric model, here are the best new cars coming to Australia in 2022 (timing subject to change).

Cupra Formentor - June

Every brand, from Hyundai to Honda, now all seemingly have a hot hatch to call their own, but with the market shifting quickly to an SUV preference, where are all the performance crossovers to take advantage?

Enter Volkswagen Group's Cupra brand, which will land in June 2022 headlined by its Formentor small SUV that will try and steal sales away from the hot hatch crowd.

With a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine outputting as much as 228kW to all four wheels, the Formentor could be the hot hatch tormentor the likes of the Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST are scared of.

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Ford Ranger - 2022

Australia's second best-selling nameplate, the Ford Ranger ute has found undeniable success Down Under, thanks in no small part due its local development.

With a solid formula bedded in, the next-generation Ranger is expected to iterate on the current car's success, and will likely see the introduction of a flagship V6 powertrain, as well as some form of hybridisation to keep the ute future-proofed for many years to come.

Exactly when the new Ranger will hit showrooms is unclear, but Ford plans to lift the covers off its best-selling model before the end of 2021 for a 2022 introduction.

Read more: 2022 Ford Ranger details finally drop! "Toughest, most capable and most connected Ranger yet" reveal and on-sale timings locked in

Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Honda HR-V - Early 2022

Honda has consciously taken a half-step back in the Australian market, shifting to an agency model of sales operations and admitting it will sell less cars than it did before.

While the Jazz, City and Civic sedan are now gone, it puts even more pressure on the HR-V small SUV to perform well for the Japanese brand, and with a new-gen version due in early 2022, Honda is hoping for a home run.

The ingredients are all there - cutting-edge design, practical dimensions and a hybrid powertrain to sway frugal-minded customers - but time will tell if the new HR-V can rival the likes of the Mazda CX-30 and Mitsubishi ASX.

Read more: Honda HR-V 2022: Australian price could push hybrid Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV, Nissan Qashqai, MG ZS EV rival to $45,000

Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Kia EV6 - First half

Kia Australia has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and the EV6 electric car might be the model that forever transforms the South Korean brand from budget to bougie in many minds.

Being a mid-size SUV, the EV6 is the right size for Australia, and with a battery up to 77.4kWh in size, range on a single charge is rated at over 500km for some variants, which should be enough to alleviate some anxiety.

Pricing is still the big unknown here, but with the closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5 opening at just under $72,000 before on-road costs, the 2022 Kia EV6 could be one of the most affordable mid-size electric SUVs on the market from the first half of 2022.

Read more: 2022 Kia EV6 to launch in Australia without 430kW/740Nm GT - but don't worry, the new electric car's flagship is still coming to shade Hyundai Ioniq 5

Lexus LX - First quarter

If heading bush in a rugged large SUV wasn't enough, you'll be able to do it in style and comfort from the first quarter of 2022 thanks to the new-generation Lexus LX.

Though Lexus is yet to lift the lid on the LX, expect to see it borrow many elements from its Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series cousin, including the 227kW/700Nm 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Lexus without the brand's signature 'spindle' front grille, while interior appointments should be lifted thanks to leather and woodgrain finishes, as well as the latest in multimedia technologies.

Read more: When you'll be able to buy a more luxurious Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series revealed: 2022 Lexus LX to take new LC300 to the next level

Lexus LX 570

Lexus LX 570
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Mahindra XUV700 - Late 2022

The Mid-size SUV market is the second-largest in Australia and is fiercely contested by the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Ford Escape and Nissan X-trail, so Mahindra's XUV700 could be the shake-up the segment needs to become exciting again.

Available with a five- or seven-seat configuration, the XUV700 replaces the ageing XUV500 from late 2022 and is built on a new platform and features cutting-edge equipment like flush door handles and twin 10.25-inch multimedia displays.

Powering the XUV700 is either a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine (developing 147kW/380Nm) or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel (available in114kW/360Nm or 136kW/420-450Nm tunes), paired to manual or automatic transmissions.

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

Nissan Z - 2022

After over a decade on sale, Nissan will finally retire the 370Z in 2022 to make way for its successor, the retro-styled Z sports coupe.

Underneath, the new Z might share its underpinnings with the 370Z, but the long bonnet hides a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 capable of 298kW/475Nm - outmuscling even the brawny 285kW/500Nm of the Toyota Supra rival.

The Nissan Z has another ace up its sleeve though, as the rear-drive coupe will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission, an increasingly rare feature in today's new cars.

Read more: 2022 Nissan Z finally revealed! New 370Z successor coming to Australia with Toyota Supra-smashing twin-turbo V6 power and manual option

Subaru WRX - Second quarter

Love or hate the styling, Subaru's new-generation WRX is coming in the second quarter of 2022 to shake-up the local hot-hatch-dominated performance-car scene.

With a larger 2.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, the WRX punches out 202kW/350Nm and is paired to either a manual gearbox or continuously variable automatic transmission, but it's the all-wheel-drive grip that should give the new Subaru performance hero the edge against many of its front-drive rivals.

Australian pricing and features are still yet to be revealed, but if the WRX can retain its circa-$40,000 before on-road costs starting price, it could be one of the best bang for buck sports cars in the country.

Read more: Has the new 2022 Subaru WRX done enough to retain its performance hero crown?

Subaru WRX

Subaru WRX
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Toyota Corolla Cross - Second half

How many SUVs are too many? For Toyota, the answer is not enough, because it will bring the Corolla Cross to sell alongside the Yaris Cross, RAV4, C-HR, Kluger, Prado, Fortuner and LandCruiser in the second half of 2022.

With SUVs being so hot right now, don't be surprised if the Corolla Cross usurps the long-running Corolla for third-place on Toyota Australia's pecking order - behind the HiLux and RAV4.

Exact engine and features have yet to be locked in, but the Corolla Cross will likely be powered by a version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as found in the current Corolla hatch and sedan, as well as a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that will appeal to frugal buyers.

Read more: 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Australian pricing guide: How much you should expect to pay for the new Nissan Qashqai, Honda HR-V and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rival