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Best new cars coming to Australia in 2022, by the experts

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

The editorial team at Chasing Cars give you their picks on the best new car releases in 2022, from fire-breathing supercars to the hottest electric cars


Despite the hindrances of the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 was still a great year for new cars with some great models finding their way onto showroom floors – including the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series, the Hyundai i20 N and the Mk 8 Volkswagen Golf.

But 2021 was in many ways a quiet year compared to how 2022 is quickly shaping up, with a tonne of fantastic new car releases on the horizon for Australia.

We whipped around the Chasing Cars editorial team to quiz our writers on their most-anticipated new car releases of 2022.

Audi RS3 2022 hatch front 3/4 driving
The RS3 was a popular pick among the team as one of the highlights for the new year

Editor and founder Tom Baker’s top 10 cars for 2022

  1. BMW i4: Germany’s answer to the Tesla Model 3 arrives on the scene 
  2. Porsche Taycan RWD: today’s best production EV gets a rear-drive purist’s spec 
  3. Mazda CX-60: the pivot to rear-drive architecture should see Mazda’s SUVs level up 
  4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class: still a crucial segment, the W206 C-Class will heat up the luxury sedan market 
  5. Range Rover: the Queen’s preferred mode of transport scores a generational upgrade 
  6. Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86: the first iterations taught a generation to drive with more precision – now the power is dialled up
  7. Audi A3, S3 and RS3: the last generation was the standard for build quality in a small luxury car. There’s considerable weight on the shoulders of the new ones 
  8. Cupra Born: an all-electric RWD hot hatch with instant torque? That sounds good 
  9. BMW 2 Series: the smallest, lightest rear-drive BMW looks like it could be a modern classic – and we’ll see the next M2 this year too
  10. Mercedes-Benz EQB: this boxy three-row electric SUV with AWD makes perfect sense for Benz in 2022. 
The Nissan Z coupe is highly anticipated and could be one of the best drives of the year

Deputy editor Nathan Ponchard’s top 10 cars for 2022

  1. Range Rover: elegance takes a new form with the next-generation Range Rover 
  2. Audi RS3 (and A3/S3): luxury hatchback from Audi now has even more performance (and rear drive dynamics) in new RS3 form
  3. Subaru BRZ/Toyota GR 86: Second generation sports coupe gets more power and better tech 
  4. Cupra Formentor: midsize SUV gains popular VW turbo engine to belt out 228kW – should be a fun time
  5. Mazda CX-60: new rear-drive architecture should improve on driving dynamics 
  6. Mercedes-Benz C-Class: New C-Class adds hybrid tech, new C63 incoming with hybrid four-pot power
  7. Ford Ranger: one of Australia’s most popular utes gets diesel V6 power for the first time, has been completed overhauled for the new generation
  8. Kia EV6: Kia’s first fully electric model is on its way and it promises to be a real contender in the EV space
  9. Nissan Z: 298kW in a relatively light, RWD sports coupe? Sounds like a heap load of fun!
  10. Honda Civic Type R: the next iteration of the Type R won’t look as boy-racer as the last one, but will surely be just as good on a winding road
Toyota GR 86 2022 front 3/4 track
Freshly updated for 2022 with more power and better tech, the GR 86 could be a winner

Staff writer Zak Adkins’ top picks for 2022

  1. Chevrolet Corvette: Hot mid-engined supercar from Chevrolet ready to take on the best from Europe. Comes well equipped in Australia with the Z51 package. Pricing starts from $144,990 before on-roads. 
  2. Kia EV6: first dedicated battery electric model from Kia, will come in three models with GT expected to pack a big punch
  3. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS: Cayman gets 4.0-litre 911 GT3 motor, most powerful mid engined car to date 
  4. Toyota RAV4: new RAV4 will come with two new hybrid variants and will likely be very popular in Australia 
  5. Audi RS3: sonorous five-pot returns with new trick torque vectoring diff and drift mode 
  6. Subaru BRZ/Toyota GR86: perfectly balanced sports car gets more power and no more torque dip!
  7. Volkswagen Tiguan R: a Golf R on stilts with 235kW. Sounds good to me!
  8. Lotus Emira: last ICE Lotus sports car will have Mercedes-AMG four pot or supercharged Toyota-sourced V6
  9. Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS 53: the brand’s first performance EV arrives in the first half of 2022, packing 484kW
  10. Nissan Z: one of the most highly anticipated cars of 2022, twin-turbo V6 good for 298kW
Porsche Cayman GT4 RS rear view
Just look at it … a car worthy of a bedroom wall poster

Staff writer Tom Place’s top 10 cars for 2022

  1. Nissan Z: Playing right to the heart of the enthusiast Nissan has equipped the Z with stunning retro looks and twin-turbo V6 power. It looks bloody quick and it could be a lot cheaper than its Supra rival.
  2. Kia EV6: The first dedicated EV from the Korean brand looks to be hugely impressive from a practicality and affordability standpoint – plus the GT model can hit 100km/h in a breathtaking 3.5 seconds.
  3. Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ: Arguably the only affordable RWD sports car on the market that you can live with every day, the siblings have cleaned up their act and appear to have pushed the boundaries even further.
  4. Honda Civic Type R: After arguably leading the hot hatch segment in its last generation the Civic is back for more but this time around the styling has been toned down about 10 notches.
  5. Polestar 2: Tesla has been smashing it out of the park with the Model 3 but the Polestar 2 looks a similar level of capability matched with a fair price, and I reckon I will be a huge hit with buyers in 2022.
  6. Peugeot 308: The last generation was an unappreciated gem and the next one looks to bring stylishly-integrated modern tech and some potent plug-in hybrid powertrains to the fore.
  7. Ford Ranger: With a stonking V6 turbo-diesel powertrain, full-time four-wheel drive and a bigger tray the new Ranger is getting bigger and seemingly better for every purpose.
  8. Subaru WRX: While the numbers don’t hint at any huge increase in performance the switch to a new platform could mean great things for the WRX. Plus, you can now get one in ‘Sportswagon’ guise.
  9. Mercedes-Benz EQB:  If the pricing falls where we think it will this seven-seat SUV could be a relative bargain for EV buyers despite the luxurious badge on the bonnet
  10. Range Rover: Somewhat of a segment leader in the past, the Range Rover has evolved its formula yet again to offer an absurd level of sophisticated luxury.
Honda Civic Type R 2022 rear
The team are also excited for the new Civic Type R, which could be more toned down in style than the last car

Staff writer John Law’s top 10 cars for 2022 

  1. Toyota GR86: A front-engine rear-drive sports car with the grunt it should have had from the start, and it should cost less than $50K!
  2. BMW i4: – The electric sedan from Germany that I hope will take the reins as the next generation’s 3 Series.
  3. Lotus Emira: – Hethel is back! And Lotus’s last combustion car ever is shaping up to be awesome.
  4. Honda Civic Type R: – The last one was perhaps the greatest hot hatch we’ve ever seen, so the new one has big shoes to fill.
  5. Kia EV6: Perhaps the coolest looking Kia ever? We hope this EV drives as well as it presents in pictures.
  6. Porsche Cayman GT4 RS: This one is self explanatory. 
  7. Nissan Qashqai E-Power: the return of the range-extender hybrid could either be a boom or bust, either way I can’t wait to find out. 
  8. Subaru WRX: Hopefully Subaru’s new four-door sports car can capture some of the original’s magic. 
  9. Hyundai Ioniq 6: The Koreans are rolling out an EV offensive, this might be the perfect one.
  10. Nissan Z: A twin-turbo V6 two-door sports car. Yes.