10 New Vehicle Debuts That Highlighted 2022
Auto shows were once again heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, but there’s another problem: more and more car companies are choosing to skip these events. Regardless, the year was full of exciting new vehicle debuts.
Let’s take a look back at 10 major reveals of 2022…
Chevrolet Silverado EV
GM kicked the year off with a bang at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The fully electric Chevrolet Silverado EV’s battery capacity was not disclosed at the event, but according to information provided by the manufacturer, the pickup will be able to travel up to 640 kilometres on a single charge and tow up to 10,000 pounds. More than 150,000 reservations have already been made.
Volkswagen ID. Buzz
Five years after the concept shown in Detroit, the all-new Volkswagen ID. Buzz made its global debut in production form, capturing the spirit of the iconic Type 2 van—also known as Bus, Microbus, Combi or Samba depending on where you live—in a totally fresh and fully electric package. But wait: the North American-bound ID. Buzz, featuring a longer wheelbase and three-row seating, will debut in 2023 and hit the market in 2024.
Another automotive icon is set to write a new chapter. We’re happy to report that the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang is still a Mustang. With a potent V8 engine in GT trim, rear-wheel drive and a standard six-speed manual transmission, the car retains the basic ingredients that make such a delightful recipe. But the Blue Oval has also thrown a few modern touches and tech features into the mix in order to attract new customers.
Hyundai IONIQ 6
The IONIQ 6 sedan is a brand new addition to Hyundai’s electric vehicle lineup. Despite a clear focus on aerodynamics (0.21 drag coefficient) and a fastback profile, there is a surprising amount of space inside. This car offers a choice of two batteries and maximum range exceeds that of the popular IONIQ 5 crossover.
Not to be confused with the old Citroën sedan from the 1990s, the all-new XM is a German product through and through. This high-performance luxury SUV slots above the X7 and has no equivalent within BMW’s regular lineup, meaning it’s exclusive to the M sub-brand (just like the legendary M1 was all those years ago). A plug-in hybrid system endows the XM with 644 horsepower or close to 750 horsepower depending on the model.
For the first time in 75 years, the sports car manufacturer based in Maranello has its own SUV. Actually, the Purosangue is described as a unique four-door four-seater combining performance and driving pleasure with increased comfort and space. It’s motivated by a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine that delivers 715 horsepower. Production will be limited and won’t exceed 20 percent of Ferrari’s annual capacity.
The 300-horsepower GR Corolla is not your thing? You might be more interested in the new, fifth-generation Prius, which now comes standard with all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, output is increased from 121 horsepower to 196 horsepower. Aerodynamics was a big part of the design process, and the body is both wider and lower than the previous one. Overall, the world’s most famous hybrid is more attractive than ever.
Cadillac, which celebrated its 120th anniversary on August 22 and prepares to go EV-only by 2030, unveiled a breathtaking new sedan that embodies the brand’s vision of luxury for the future as it aims to re-establish itself as the “Standard of the World,” ahead of prestigious brands like Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Right on cue, the latter introduced its highly anticipated, all-electric Spectre coupe a few weeks apart. In the case of the Celestiq, pricing is expected to start around $400,000 in Canada.
Dodge Charger SRT Daytona
Dodge unveiled the all-electric Charger Daytona SRT Concept during the Dodge Speed Week event in Michigan. If purists didn’t like the four-door Charger (because, well, it had too many doors for a Charger), this concept might capture their interest because it’s somewhat of a return to the model’s origins. It also features an exhaust system that roars at up to 126 decibels, the equivalent of the current Hellcat V8 engine.
Honda Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot and Civic Type R
Honda had an eventful 2022 with five major reveals. Its venerable midsize sedan, top three SUVs and high-performance hatchback all went under the knife, and the results are pretty sharp. Alas, customers will have to deal with significantly higher prices.