Buyer demand for new and used cars skyrocketed in 2021! With travelers opting for private and personal forms of transport to maintain a sense of safety, dealerships across Australia have order books filled with waitlists for certain models stretching out for months.
2021 also saw a global semi-conductor shortage and another round of lockdowns, leaving dealers unable to meet the demand for new cars. For a full rundown of the semi-conductor shortage, read our article here.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel though! Factories across Asia are resuming full production capabilities; therefore, dealership showroom floors are expected to fill in the coming months. Here are 10 cars launching in 2022 we're most excited about...
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Expected: 2022 production confirmed, unlikely to come to Australia
The Aston Martin Hypercar was first released in 2016, with production set for 2019. Faced with an array of production delays over the past few years, the vehicle is finally ready for customer deliveries.
With pricing starting from $AU4.3 million, there are only 150 models to be made. All models have been sold, with none expected to come to Australia. A convertible option is expected to go into production in the second half of this year.
Ford Bronco Raptor
Expected: Mid-2022, US only
Ford released images of their new Ford Bronco Raptor (albeit camouflaged) in November. Showcasing the 'FORD' grille, ultra-wide wheels and new tail light graphics.
The engine is expected to have a full upgrade, with details still yet to come. Full details are expected to be released in mid-2022, when the model is going on sale. Unfortunately, this model isn't set to come to Australia.
GWM King Kong Ute
Announced to China in November last year, the GWM King Kong Cannon Ute lives up to it's namesakes massive proportions. Dwarfing the existing Utes on the Australian market, it's expected to measure 5635mm in length, 1880mm in width and 1815mm in height.
Though it's still a mystery as to if it will be released to Aussie buyers, it will be exciting to see this monster of a truck on our roads.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Expected: Early 2022 delivery
Selling out in just 2 hours, Hyundai's electrified SUV was in high demand by Australian customers. The initial release saw 240 models made available with customers crashing Hyundai's website in this timeframe.
Before on-road pricing was announced at:
- Ioniq 5 RWD: $71,900
- Ioniq 5 AWD: $75,900
Kia's electrified mid-sized SUV is yet to be confirmed as to when it will arrive on Australian roads, however this hasn't curbed Australian excitement around the model.
Three variants of the model are to be made available, with the top-of-the-line performance model boasting 0 to 100km/h time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 260km/h.
We're looking forward to seeing this one on Australian roads this year.
Expected: Q1 2022
The legendary Lamborghini Countach has been reborn in a limited-edition release. This new model features a modern update of the iconic design. The new model features a modern update of the iconic design. Boasting an extraordinary 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and starting price-tag of $US2,640,000, all 112 models have been spoken for, with one expected for Australia.
Keep your eyes peeled for the one exclusive model set to appear on Australian roads.
Mystery LDV Model
The Chinese manufacturer LDV recently launched in Australia has experienced massive growth throughout 2021, reporting an increase of 84.7% increase from 2020 to 2021. Much of this growth can be attributed to Australian's acceptance of Chinese-made vehicles along with stock availability.
There's a new model expected to be launched during this year, however it's still a mystery surrounding the details of the new vehicle launch.
Expected: April 2022
We're excited for the launch of any new AMG model and the all-new Mercedes-AMG EQS53 is no exception!
With an impressive 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds, it rivals the Porsche Taycan and Telsa Model S. Prices start from $350,000.
Dubbed the 'power of Z', Nissan developed all-new Z as an 'approachable sports car for the modern age'. As the first new Z car in 13 years, Nissan hasn't disappointed in the new model. Featuring retro elements that nod to the 50-year history of the Z model, we can see a particular focus on drawing inspiration from the 1969 model 'S30' 240Z.
The new Z model has been confirmed for 2022 production, however specific dates are still yet to be released.
RAM 1500 TRX
Expected: First Half 2022
The RAM 1500 TRX is set to be one of the fastest and most powerful Utes available in Australia. Each model will be converted to right hand drive in a RAM factory-backed program. Several examples have already arrived in Australia and have begun this conversion process, meaning we can expect the RAM 1500 TRX to hit showroom floors in the first half of 2022.