New cars drifting to the market in 2022

New cars drifting to the market in 2022
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New cars drifting to the market in 2022

2022 is an interesting year in the automotive market. The EV revolution is here and in full force, most major brands are releasing either hybrid or fully electric models. However, there still are several fuel-powered models to look forward to. So in this list, we will cover some of our favorite models drifiting into the market in 2022.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid SEL

Fuel Economy

The new-for-2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient version of the company’s popular SUV/crossover:

  • Hybrid Drivetrain
  • EPA combined fuel economy (electric & gasoline): 76 MPGe

    EPA combined fuel economy (gasoline): 33 mpg

Interior & Tech

The new Santa Fe comes with a modern inside, very similar to other EV and Hybrid options:

  • 12.3-inch digital driver information display
  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration
  • heated front and rear seats
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • keyless entry/start

Exterior

The Hybrid version of the 2022 Santa Fe doesn't change much in the interior, but that's because the SUV had already received an impressive revamp the year prior including:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • gaping grille flanked by a T-shaped light signature
  • 5 possible colors, including a blue shade

Engine

The most interesting aspect of this vehicle is the brand new hybrid engine (the first time we will see one in the popular Santa Fe model), and Hyundai does not disappoint:

  • turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine
  • 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • 260 combined horsepower

  • 258 lb-ft combined torque

Price

The Santa Fe Hybrid comes in two different trims, the SEL and the limited. Both the standard and premium versions are more expensive than comparable Hybrids in the market:

  • SEL trim starts at $39,350
  • Limited trim starts at $45,360

 

Release Date

Hyundai has yet to confirm the official release date, but analysts expect it to be available by:

  • Summer 2022

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Fuel Economy

The all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with another hybrid engine that provides both power and fuel efficiency:

  • RWD: 24 mpg/35 mpg 
  • AWD: 23 mpg/33 mpg 

Interior & Tech

The Mercedes sedan is surprisingly well-equipped with top of the edge technology:

  • 11.9-inch vertical touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • voice-controlled “Hey Mercedes” MBUX navigation system 
  • fingerprint sensor
  • leather-covered steering wheel
  • sunroof

Exterior

the C-Class is keeping its classy look while adding some great technology to the exterior:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • short front overhang
  • long wheelbase
  • sporty hood
  • high beams shut off automatically when cars approach
  • blind-spot monitoring

Engine

According to reviewers, the C-Class drives smooth and powerful thanks to a supercharged engine with an EQ boost:

  • turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine
  • 255 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
  • 295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 – 3,200 rpm
  • 48-volt electric EQ Boost 
  • EQ Boost: 20 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque

Price

Although MB has yet to officially price the vehicle, we expect it to be around the price of similar sedan competitors:

  • From $42,000

 

Release Date

If there are no delays, you should expect the 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to hit the streets:

  • Early 2022

 

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Fuel Economy

Although Chevy is releasing cheaper versions of the Corvette this year, we want to focus on the monster that will be the high-performance Z06 model:

  • Premium fuel
  • Combined: 17 MPG est
  • City: 15 MPG est
  • Highway: 22 MPG est

Interior & Tech

Of course, the new Z06 has a luxurious inside, but the tech side is still a bit unknown:

  • Adrenaline Red, Perforated Mulan leather seating surfaces
  • 2 Seater
  • Launch control
  • Traction control

Exterior

The latest Corvette will keep the coupe body type and racing car aesthetic while allowing drivers a lot of customization: 

  • Reshaped side air scoops
  • Removable panel in the front fascia
  • 20 x 10-inch front wheels and 21 x 13-inch rears
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4S ZP tires
  • Twelve available exterior colors

Engine

 Chevy will debut debuting their brand new engine, the LT6, alongside the Corvette Z06:

  • 5.5L V8 Gas
  • Horsepower: 650 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Torque: 650 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
  • Rear-Wheel Drive

 

Price

If you know anything about Corvettes you are aware that they are not cheap, and the Z06 is not the exception: 

  • Starting at $90,000 

Release Date

You won't have to wait too long for the new Z06, but beware it will have a very limited launch, so keep your eyes out if you want to get your hands on this one:

  • Begins production summer 2022

2022 GMC Hummer EV

Fuel Economy

The Hummer has had one of the most unique release strategies, releasing the most expensive Edition 1 model last year, and this year launching the slightly cheaper EV3x with a few modifications:

  • Fully Electric
  • 350 miles charging range

Interior & Tech

The pickup truck has been designed to include a spacious cabin to fit all sizes and activities, plus adding all the cool tech features you would expect in a 2022 model:

  • 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • 12.3-inch digital dash
  • 14 Bose speakers
  • 2nd-row under-seat storage
  • transparent Infinity Roof
  • Digital Key

Exterior

Known for off-roading, the exterior of the Hummer EV needs to have all the gadgets aficionados need to enjoy off-roading the electric way:

  • Independent front and rear suspension systems
  • Front and rear e-Locker
  • Heavy-duty ball-spline 
  • 18-inch wheels with 35-inch–OD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires
  • Underbody armor

Engine

General Motors has flaunted for a while that its Ultium Batteries are a gem in the EV industry, and those who have driven the Hummer agree:

  • 2-motor or 3-motor setup
  • 24-module Ultium battery pack
  • 800-volt 350-kilowatt DC fast charging capability

 

Price

As we mentioned before, General Motors has a plan of releasing a new model of the Hummer EV each year until 2024, each one significantly cheaper:

  • Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1: $112,595
  • Hummer EV3x: around $100,000
  • Hummer EV2x: just over $90,000
  • Hummer EV2: cheapest $80,000 version

 

Release Date

Yes, you can pick up the Edition 1 now (tho reservations are full), but if the wallet is tight just wait until 2024 for the still impressive EV2

  • Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1: released
  • Hummer EV3x: expected 2022
  • Hummer EV2x: expected 2023 
  • Hummer EV2: expected 2024

 

2022 Ferrari 296 GTB

Fuel Economy

Ferrari is joining the hybrid supercar world with the 296 GTB, Ferrari's first RWD hybrid: 

  • Hybrid 
  • Combined fuel consumption 36.75 MPG
  • Electric driving range of approximately 15 miles on a full charge

Interior & Tech

The inside of the new 296 GTB is a combination of 2022 minimalist design and the usual Ferrari luxury:

  • Digital dashboard for driver and passenger
  • Most buttons have been updated to touch-capacitive surfaces
  • Push-button shifter inspired by the gated old manual Ferrari gearboxes in the center console

Exterior

The design of the Ferrari 296 GTB is probably our favorite on the entire list. Slick, sexy, and futuristic this model features an exciting new direction for the Italian brand:

  • Kamm tail
  • Jewel headlights
  • Central exhaust exit

Engine

If the design wasn't enough, Ferrari's hybrid engine has a reportedly insane performance:

  • 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Rear-Wheel-Drive
  • 7.45 kWh Battery Pack
  • Horsepower: 663 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • Torque: 545.8 lb.-ft. @ 3250 rpm 

 

Price

Ferrari has not announced an official price, but European outlets have been speculating for a while:

  • Around $300,000

Release Date

 The 296 GTB has first announced on June 24 of 2021, and if there are no delays, it should be available this year:

  • Sometime in 2022

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning 

Fuel Economy

The Ford F-150 has been America's best selling car for a few years now, so the Lightning model is an attempt from Ford to get ahead in the EV market, and with two transverse-mounted fixed-magnet AC electric motors, Ford could be winning the race:

  • Fully electric
  • 240-volt lithium-ion battery
  • Fast charging 15 to 80 percent in less than 45 minutes

Interior & Tech

One of the biggest upgrades in the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is the interior. Truly a shocking upgrade:

  • Interior work surface with a retractable shift lever
  • Max Recline front seats on more expensive trims
  • Two 120-volt outlets in the cabin
  • Four 120-volt outlets and two USB ports in the front trunk 
  • 12-inch touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices

Exterior

Pretty much the old F-150 design with a little of an EV spark. Ford needs to ensure the towing capabilities remain on-par or better than fuel-powered models:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels (Pro Trim)
  • LED strip across the hood (XLT Trim only)
  • Black-finished fixed running boards (XLT Trim only)
  • Tailgate work surface is optional in the lower two trims, standard in the top two
  • 14 cubic feet front trunk

Engine

For those apprehensive about buying an EV pickup truck, does the battery work for towing? Well kinda... the pull is impressive, but you won't get as much power compared to the fuel version:

  • Two 3-phase fixed-magnet AC electric motors (standard-range battery)
  • 426 horsepower
  • 775 lb-ft of torque
  • 10,000 pounds Max Trailer Tow Package (extended-range battery)
  • 7,700 pounds Max Trailer Tow Package (standard-range battery)

Price

The price tag for the F-150 Lightning varies significantly depending on the trim:

  • Pro Trim (standard-range battery): $39,974
  • XTL Trim: $52,974
  • Platinum trim: $90,474

Release Date

The Ford F-150 Lightning is fast approaching, so you won't have to wait long for this beast:

  • May 2022 

 

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 

Fuel Economy

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was the first American full-size luxury SUV; released back in 1984. Now, 38 years later the newest model is launching with a plethora of impressive features: 

  • Gasoline only
  • Combined: 15 MPG
  • City: 13 MPG
  • Highway: 18 MPG

Interior & Tech

One of our favorite features of the Grand Wagoneer is the luxurious interior comfort:

  • 2-2-3 leather seating
  • Front seats with massage, memory, and 4-way powered headrests
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument display
  • 12.1-inch horizontal infotainment display
  • 10.25-inch screen below that controls the air conditioning and seat heat
  • Locking touchpad-controlled safe underneath the front armrest

Exterior

Honestly, the exterior design of the 2022 Grand Wagoneer is a little underwhelming. It doesn't offer much innovation from previous models, but if you already loved the Wagoneer look you should be pleased:

  • Traditional Jeep 7-slot grille
  • Large side glass, tinted and U-shaped
  • 22-inch wheels
  • Selec-Terrain system offers the following modes: Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock.

Engine

Unlike most of the vehicles on the list, the new Wagoneer has no PHEV option, it is fuel only. However, that fuel engine has a lot of power:

  • 6.4-liter V8
  • 471 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
  • 455 lb-ft of torque @ 5,500 rpm
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy:  13/18 mpg (4WD)

Price

The Wagoneer is no cheap ride, and the higher the model the steeper the price:

  • Series I: $86,995
  • Series II: $93,995
  • Series III: $103,995

 

Release Date

Finishing off our list, when will the 2022 Grand Wagoneer be released?:

  • Summer 2022

 


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