Towards the end of 2020, everyone would see 2021 shaping into one of the best years ever in automotive history. The year opened with red-hot car sales in the first three months, with promises of more to come as the year moved by. Unfortunately, some of those vehicles were delayed and passed their said release dates. With such hot cars in the pipeline, next year is already taking shape, and it is going to be a sharp and historic year in the automotive industry.
Even as beautiful electric SUVs continue to rock the auto world, some new and cool SUVs are warming up to enter the new year with a bang. Skipping rumored and unconfirmed releases, like the Jaguar XJ flagship, here are eight of the coolest SUVs arriving in 2022.
8 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
The Grand Wagoneer is coming back after nearly 30 years of absence, and there are uncountable reasons why the world should be excited about its return. For the new Grand Wagoneer, Jeep ditched the wood paneling in favor of an opulent three-row upmarket SUV. There are some touches of wood finish though, a keen observation would reveal them at the teak headlight bezels.
The SUV is designed and well-built to compete with big market players such as Lincoln Navigator, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade. The 2022 Grand Wagoneer features a blocky body design with a square rear end. Under this exotic shell is a tech powerhouse that can hold up to seven screens. Jeep has not yet confirmed the various engine variants until late this year.
7 BMW X8
BMW has been in the auto-making business for ages, and it’s known for some of the most iconic cars in history. The company’s SUV lineup is massive, way above many of its rivals. Even so, BMW still finds space for yet another additional SUV. The 2022 X8, an addition to the sprawling X series, is a flagship model that comes as a sportier alternative to BMW’s boxy X7.
The vehicle has a square rear end, making it possible to hold three rows of seats. The X8 is built on the X7 platform — it shares its underpinnings, which means it’ll possibly be powered by options of six and eight-cylinder petrol engines and a six-cylinder diesel variant. The X8 stands apart from the X7, and a sportier model called X8 M widens the gap even further.
6 Acura MDX
The 2022 Acura MDX is not all-new; it’s a redesign of an existing SUV. The SUV is based on a larger unibody light-duty truck chassis, and it features double-wishbone front suspension and an upgraded interior. Its nose is also a little stretched out compared to previous models.
The new MDX comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 290 horsepower. The vehicle also comes with upgraded safety and convenience features and a standard panoramic sunroof. It features advanced technology and a large 12.3-inch display screen.
5 Ineos Grenadier
From a glance, the Grenadier looks quite familiar. It’s because the SUV draws its inspiration from the original Land Rover Defender. But that’s how far the connection goes; the 2022 Ineos Grenadier is a whole new vehicle from a new auto-making company founded by a British petrochemical billionaire. Like the original Defender, the Grenadier is built on the traditional body-on-frame construction, and it’s powered by 3.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines sourced from BMW.
While Ineos says that the new 2022 Grenadier will offer the standard touchscreen technology found on other SUVs, off-road capabilities, reliability, and practicality are its core principles.
4 Genesis GV70
Genesis has some impressive vehicles on the market, and one of them is the G70 sedan. One of its upcoming models is the GV70 compact crossover SUV, based on the impressive G70 sedan. The GV70 follows on the charming heels of the GV80, one of the best and most reliable SUVs in 2021.
There isn’t sufficient information available for this vehicle for now, but what stands out is its impressive exterior styling. The GV70 dons Genesis’ bold shield grille and a very attractive interior inspired by aircraft wings.
3 Mercedes EQB
The new 2022 Mercedes EQB is a sister vehicle to the all-new EQA. It is based on the same MFA2 platform that the GLB is built on, but adopted to house a fully electric drivetrain. The seven-seater EQB utilizes a 66.5kWh battery pack, and a 168-horsepower electric motor, allowing the SUV a driving range of 260 miles per single charge.
Later models of the EQB will be offered with all-wheel-drive, thanks to a twin-electric motor system that produces a minimum of 268 horsepower. These models will have a driving range of up to 300 miles between top-ups.
2 Nissan X-Trail
Except for a few external styling tweaks, the Nissan Rogue currently available in the United States morph seamlessly into the new X-Trail arriving early next year. The new X-Trail borrows design inspiration from the Nissan Juke to adopt a striking, angular appearance. The 2022 model comes 39 cm shorter and sits closer to the ground than before.
Inside the all-new X-Trail is Nissan’s latest nine-inch infotainment system combined with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster. The models arriving early 2022 will have five seats, with seven-seat versions arriving at a later date.
1 Volvo XC90
The current generation of Volvo XC90 remains a favorite SUV among many. It has been on sale for the past six years, and Volvo believes it’s time for a redesign, and exciting things are expected on the third generation arriving in 2022.
The all-new SUV will feature exclusive and evolutionary looks and significant upgrades under the shell. The 2022 redesign is based on the development of Volvo’s SPA2 platform, and it’ll only be available as a plug-in power. Petrol-hybrid and fully electric versions will follow at later dates. Volvo is designing the later models, the plug-in hybrid and fully-electric, to rival new electric SUVs such as Tesla Model X.