The boom in SUVs has been evident for several years now. Demand for these modern SUVs, which are suitable for everyday use, continues unabated. Sports utility vehicles are in vogue. Car manufacturers have also understood this, which is why there will be new models in 2022. Here is an overview of the new SUV cars of the year.
Of the 15 vehicles that were registered most frequently in the first quarter of the year, eight, or more than half, are SUVs. This statistic alone underscores the popularity of these vehicles. And not just in Switzerland. In Austria, Germany, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, this type of vehicle is equally successful. From the Mediterranean to the Baltic States, SUV cars are well received. The same picture is emerging on other continents as well. As automakers strive to fill every conceivable niche in the market, they will continue to launch a large number of new SUV models in 2022.
Electric SUVs: Mobility for all
Electric mobility is not stopping at SUVs. The industry is busily retooling. Where diesel engines dominated the SUV scene just a few years ago, they are a dying breed, at least in Europe. Quite a few manufacturers have already taken the diesel engines out of the range for several models. The VW Group has been massively focusing on the sale of cars with electric drives since 2020. The iD.5 continues unwaveringly down this chosen path in 2022. Originally announced for April, however, the market launch is being pushed back a few weeks due to supply chain issues. Also new from VW is the Taos, although it will only appear in North America. The Macan was a real sales hit for the Porsche brand. Now it is to be completely converted to e-drive. According to the manufacturer, the range is just under 500 kilometers. Audi is rolling out the next electric SUV series on the road with the Q4 e-tron. This Sportback has a curved, coupe-like roofline, while the other models in the range have a traditional SUV profile. It has roughly the same dimensions as the 2021 Audi Q5, but offers more of the space of a mid-size SUV due to the small size of the electric drive components inside. BMW is introducing the iX luxury SUV, where the range is even expected to be around 600 km. A comparable or even greater range is rarely found on the market. And thanks to all-wheel drive and 523 hp, the BMW iX accelerates from 0 to 100 in 4.6 seconds if necessary. So driving pleasure is still a top priority in Munich.
Hybrid SUVs are coming into fashion
But it doesn't always have to be pure electric SUVs. Plug-in hybrids are also in demand. And manufacturers are responding to this, with most new models available with an additional electric motor in addition to a gasoline or diesel drive. One of the new 2022 SUVs that offers just that is the Kia Sportage. Still very popular, the new version appears in 2022, heavily modernized and equipped with cutting-edge technology. With the Niro, the automaker already launched an SUV at the beginning of 2022. At Jeep, even individual model series are now only offered as plug-in hybrids. In 2022, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee will join the lineup, crowning the brand with a new level of luxury. In addition to an extensive range of engines, most manufacturers also offer a wide selection of assistance systems to make driving safer and more relaxing. In addition, a new Volvo XC90 is waiting in the wings. Like all newly sold Volvos, it is equipped with either gasoline, hybrid or electric drive. Diesel models are nowhere to be found in the Swedish range
More and more Asian models
While in the past there was comparatively little choice for fans of Asian SUV cars, this is increasingly changing. Manufacturers from the Far East have caught up and are presenting new models. Mazda is significantly expanding its model range in Europe and worldwide from 2022. At the market launch this summer 2022, the Japanese want to meet the demand for the crossover models with their new CX-60 (also available as a plug-in hybrid). At the same time, the CX-60 with 327 hp is also the most powerful production model the brand has offered to date. Hyundai's Tucson compact SUV gets a complete makeover while retaining its traditional value attributes: good value, a roomy and good-looking interior, and buyer-friendly warranty coverage. The three-row Pathfinder SUV returns in 2022 with a new look, improved technology and a roomier third row. Extensive safety and driver assistance systems are now standard. And Toyota and Subaru prove that electric SUVs are not the only choice of German models. Starting this year, they are offering the Toyota BZ4X and the Subaru Solterra, two promising mid-size SUVs - completely electric.
Power under the hood
Even though the trend - not only for SUVs as cars - is increasingly toward smaller engines, there are still many models on the market that defy this trend. The redesigned Range Rover 2022, can be ordered now and will be delivered in the spring. The new generation will continue to be offered in a two-row short-wheelbase version and a long-wheelbase variant with an optional third row of seats. The turbocharged six-cylinder engine remains, but the previous V-8 and diesel engines are replaced by a new 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 with 523 horsepower. Relatively unknown in Europe is the manufacturer Genesis. In the US, however, the company is one of the most popular manufacturers and its SUV cars in particular are very popular. The sporty compact luxury SUV GV70 will appear in 2022. The powertrain choices are a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Genesis is now available to drive on a subscription basis at Carvolution. Check out all our Genesis models here.
Depending on the timing of the market launch, the new Cadillac Escalade will also be available in Europe in 2022 - thick engines included. However, with the lure of lots of power, it should also be remembered that these are not easy on the wallet. After all, the costs incurred after the purchase of the car - such as for tax, insurance and, of course, at the gas pump - should not be underestimated.
Stand out? Absolutely!
Those who like to drive far away from the classic and increasingly similar mass models are increasingly getting their money's worth when it comes to SUV cars. Ferrari is ready to move into the world of SUVs with its performance-oriented Purosangue super sports car. The all-new SUV will make its world debut later this year. It is not yet known what it will look like; only shadowy impressions can be found on the Internet. While the exact details of the engine are not yet known, the Ferrari Purosangue will probably get three engine options: a V6 engine, a V8 with plug-in hybrid setup and a full V12 engine. However, the price is likely to be steep even for the smallest engine option. However, manufacturers like Bentley or Lamborghini have already been demonstrating for some time that the demand for luxury SUVs is definitely there.
New manufacturers in the industry
How about the start-up model? Tesla, after all, is proving that new companies can gain a foothold even in the more conventional automotive industry. Up-and-coming electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian has two vehicles in the pipeline. While its innovative Rivian R1T pickup has attracted the most attention, a three-row, seven-seat SUV is also in the pipeline for 2022. The R1S will have power options of up to 750 horsepower, with independently operating electric motors at each wheel. That's enough power to accelerate the R1S from zero to 60 mph in 3 seconds. California-based electric vehicle startup Fisker used the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show to unveil its new SUV offering. The Fisker Ocean EV is a five-seat electric SUV. The all-wheel drive model is expected to deliver 300 horsepower and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds. By the way, all those who are waiting for the Tesla Cybertruck, announced for 2022, will have to be patient. The company has postponed its electric SUV from 2022 to 2023 at short notice. However, those who still want to be among the first to have the vehicle in their own garage should not wait too long. There is definitely no shortage of pre-orders. The waiting time is already several months.
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