Australia has been experiencing new car shortages for a long time now. A global semiconductor shortage turned the industry upside down, then Covid-19 lockdowns escalated material delays further. More recently, east coast floods resulted in car losses in the thousands. Unsurprisingly, as we entered 2022, it became commonplace to see some second-hand vehicles sell for as much as they cost when they were purchased new.
New car production has been ramped up, too, with manufactures working hard to bring new models to Australian shores. The news and launches of these much-anticipated models have buyers excited. Car sales are booking out months, and sometimes years, ahead. If you want a new car this year, start looking now.
When you’re ready to buy and want to sell your used vehicle, the DIYinspect app makes the process easy. Developed by Pickles, Australia’s leading asset remarketer, the app is free to upload and use via Apple Store or Google Play, and it provides users with the means to sell their car efficiently and for a good price. Once you have downloaded the app, all you need to do is upload photos of your car and fill in the required information. The details are sent to the DIYinspect team and you will receive an offer within 24 business hours. If you live within 30 kilometres of a DIYinspect drop-off point, a pick-up truck will even come and collect your car free of charge.
Ready to shop? Here are the list of new cars coming to Australia in 2022.
Toyota Corolla Cross
Set to arrive in the second half of 2022, some enthusiasts are predicting that the Toyota Corolla Cross might become Australia’s best-selling SUV. Toyota is known and loved for safety, reliability and efficiency, and the new SUV model will slot in nicely between the Yaris Cross and RAV4.
SUV sales continue to lead the new car market, and it’s predicted that the Toyota Corolla Cross will quickly make a name for itself in the SUV space. Buyers will be able to choose from a hybrid and a regular petrol engine.
This year Subaru are launching an all-new Subaru WRX range, offering buyers plenty of choice when it comes to finding that perfect fit. A new All-Wheel Drive WRX Sedan comes into the lineup alongside the ever popular WRX Sportswagon.
Ford Ranger variants
Ford describe their new-to-market Ranger as the best one yet, packed with new features and technology and designed to be tough, smart and versatile. For families looking for a new machine that can handle just about any terrain, this might well be a good pick.
Why? The Ford Ranger frequently tops Australia’s sales charts, and we already know it’s a firm favourite when it comes to worksites and family road trips. The variants that will be arriving provide plenty of choice for buyers, with XL, XLS, XLT, Sport and Wildtrak variants all available as options.
The new Ford Ranger Raptor is one of the most exciting entrants to the new-car market, with its new bold exterior design and updated cabin making for one heck of an aesthetic transformation. It’s the headline numbers that make the biggest impact, though. According to whichcar.com.au, the new dual-cab will put out 292kW/583Nm from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol, a 0-100km/h time slashed by four seconds, next-gen chassis tech, and a switchable exhaust that you can hear from more than half a kilometre away.
Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV)
Bigger and bolder compared to its counterparts, the Mitsubishi Outlander has been transformed into a slick and sculpted machine, both inside and out.
The Hybrid model is charging into 2022, offering customers a fast-charging and ultra-low CO2 emission model that looks great on the road, and is both economical and environmentally friendly. The fuel-efficient Outlander PHEV was the Winner of the Motor Trend’s 2021 IntelliChoice Smart Award among mid-size utility vehicles in the Repairs class.
After a lengthy marketing run, Kia’s highly anticipated EV6 arrived in Australian dealerships earlier this year, signalling Kia’s vision for its all-electric future. The sleek vehicle sold out quickly, and Kia Australia was forced to stop taking expressions of interest, with stock allocations not expected to be replenished until late 2023 or early 2024.
Kia’s first electric model comes in three variants and uses a fully electric motor, and it’s the first model to be named under the new nomenclature designated for a line of Kia electric cars, which will range from EV1 to EV9. The new Kia EV6 is the 2022 European Car of the Year.
The hybrid version of the Honda HR-V is joining the Honda ranks, so Australians will be able to choose either a petrol or hybrid variant in 2022. The petrol-only model will be an entry-level vehicle at an entry-level price, but it’s the hybrid model that has people talking. Although both variants are powered by the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the
hybrid variant has a dual-motor hybrid system and comes with extra equipment.
Tesla Model Y
Safety and versatility undermine everything that Tesla do, but the high price point has traditionally been a challenge for buyers. The Tesla Model Y is in the more affordable range of the spectrum, while also providing the latest in EV technology.
Tesla Model Y – a mid-size and completely electric SUV – shares many features with the Model 3 sedan, which means the entry-level single motor rear-drive model is expected to have a circa-250kW single-motor, rear-drive arrangement, and will probably deliver a range of around 450km thanks to a 56kWh battery pack.
It is speculated that Model Y will start from $67,990 plus on-road costs, however at the time of writing, no official announcement has been made regarding the on-sale date or the sale price.
Other cars of note arriving on Australia’s shores soon include the 2022 Audi RS3 (Sportback hatch and Sedan models), Mazda CX-60 (with either a PHEV or inline-six petrol/diesel power engine), the 2022 Range Rover, BMW X2 small SUV special-edition version, the 2022 BMW X2 Edition GoldPlay, and the new-generation Honda Civic Type R.
If you’re thinking of upgrading to a new car, remember check out the DIYinspect app when researching how best to sell your vehicle.