It might seem a little early but some 2022 model cars are already showing up online and in dealerships across the country.
Traditionally, new car models for “next year” will show up in the fall but the past several years have broken with that tradition for many reasons – the widespread use of the internet for car shopping and disrupted new car production cycles are just a few of the reasons for the shift.
Here are some of the 2022 model year cars we’re looking forward to:
Technically, the Ford Bronco is being reborn as a 2021 model. However, production delays mean most of them will be ready closer to 2022. Still, the new Ford Bronco will be very popular and will surely win over some Jeep Wrangler fans. Thanks, mostly, to its retro-cool styling and super-capable off-road ability, the new Ford Bronco embodies the spirit of the past and harnesses the technology of the future. The base model is about $30,000 while a First Edition is closer to $60,000 – if you can even get one. Trim levels like Badlands and Outer Banks are the ones most shoppers will be looking for. The Bronco Wildtrack comes standard with 35-inch mud tires and 17-inch wheels. Engine choices include a 300 hp 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder or an optional twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 that’s good for 330 hp. Initially, there’s likely to be very few Broncos for sale.
Genesis Electrified G80
This is an all-new model for Korean luxury automaker Genesis. Essentially, every vehicle in the Genesis lineup is new since the brand itself is new. The G80 is a luxury sedan. However, the electrified version will be an all-electric sedan with a near 300-mile range. This version of the G80 will likely be the quickest Genesis vehicle there is, which is just a hallmark of electric vehicles. All-wheel drive is a likely option as well. There’s no official price yet but based on the fact that the G80 is a luxury car with a near-300-mile range, $65,000 is a good estimate. Find a Genesis G80 for sale
The Civic name is certainly familiar, but it is an all-new car for 2022. Thankfully, it is still a great value at just under $23,000 for the LX model. Even if you get several optional features, the new 2022 Honda Civic is still about the same price as the outgoing 2021 model. Inside, the Civic is both practical and sophisticated. Our favorite is the Civic Sport with its rev-happy 2.0-liter engine making 158 hp. This version is fun to drive, includes 18-inch wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as digital gauges and LED headlights, all for less than $25,000. EX and Touring models get a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine making 180 hp. The most expensive Civic is the Touring which has leather seats, power front seats, Bose audio, a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel, wireless phone charging, and a sport driving mode. See Honda Civic models for sale
In a competition for the attention of truck fans, it’s hard to say if the Bronco or Hummer EV will end up the winner. Of those two, the Hummer is the electric truck that’s already redefining the traditional pickup. The re-introduction of the Hummer name is interesting enough on its own but the twist here is that it’s now an all-electric brand. As the name suggests, the Hummer EV is an all-electric truck, something we’ll be hearing a lot more of in the coming months and years. The Hummer EV gets a lot of attention thanks to its 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 lb-ft of torque, and an estimated 350-mile driving range. All of those specs are impressive no matter what’s under the hood. The new Hummer also has some other cool available features. Buyers can get a clear roof called Infinity Roof, underbody cameras called Ultravision to help with off-roading, and something called Crabwalk that allows all four wheels to steer the same direction to help navigate tight off-road situations. Also, the Hummer EV gets General Motors’ groundbreaking Super Cruise system which allows truly hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of freeway in the U.S. and Canada. For now, the Hummer EV is a pickup but there will be an SUV soon after. Look for the Hummer EV to be on sale near the end of 2021. Find a Hummer EV for sale
Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Jeep is on a roll lately. Not only do they have a new plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler, but there’s also the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L with three rows of seating and now, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The new, luxurious Grand Wagoneer is a body-on-frame SUV that shares some of its basic underpinnings with the Ram 1500 pickup. Therefore, the Grand Wagoneer is truck-based whereas most SUVs (Ford Explorer, Subaru Forester, Kia Telluride) today use more of a unibody construction. Eventually, there will be a plug-in hybrid version of the Grand Wagoneer but a 6.4-liter V8 will be the only engine choice at initial launch. The goal of the Grand Wagoneer is to take Jeep luxury and capability up a few levels. There’s seating for 7, second-row captain’s chairs, lots of leather and wood trim, as well as a large panoramic glass roof. The expected base price is just under $70,000 with a fully loaded version coming in around the $85,000 mark. Thankfully, the Grand Wagoneer comes with a host of VIP services including a unique shopping experience with a one-on-one sales process, loaner vehicle should your Jeep Grand Wagoneer need repair, roadside assistance, and delivery and pick up service when your Grand Wagoneer needs servicing. Find a 2022 Jeep for sale
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