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Gearing up: 7 exciting new cars to look out for in 2022


Here at Johnsons Cars, we like to keep our finger on the pulse – bringing you the latest motoring news, award announcements and model releases. As we cross the starting line of 2022, now’s the perfect time to look at which new models are set to cause a stir this year!

With offerings from CUPRA, Honda, Hyundai, ŠKODA, Toyota and Volkswagen, here are seven models you can expect to see at your local Johnsons forecourt over the coming 12 months…

1. CUPRA Born

The ultimate vision of sportiness, the CUPRA brand has been busy impressing car enthusiasts with models such as the Ateca and Formentor. And hot on their heels in 2022 comes the Born – the marque’s first electric model, built on Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle platform.

Dubbed as a model with a ‘challenger spirit’, CUPRA says the Born will boast powerful performance and a range of up to 263 miles. However, the marque believes that performance is about so much more than speed – it’s the sound, the materials inside the car, even the smell…where everything appeals to the senses. You can therefore expect the Born to be sharp to drive, and feature the latest tech, CUPRA’s trademark bronze highlights and sustainable materials in the cabin. We can’t wait!

2. Volkswagen ID Buzz

It’s been in the pipeline for a while, but 2022 seems to be the year that the Volkswagen ID Buzz will finally hit the forecourt. And, indeed, the beach – as the ID Buzz is a modern twist on the iconic Type 2 van of the 1950s.

This much-anticipated electric van is already on the assembly line in Volkswagen’s Hannover factory, and is set to offer up to 340 miles of range. So, if you’re eyeing up a camping or road trip in 2022, look no further!

3. Toyota bZ4X

Another EV set to debut in 2022 is the Toyota bZ4X. With a 280-mile range, best-in-class All Wheel Drive tech and room for five, Toyota’s first purpose-designed battery electric vehicle is set to transform electric driving as we know it.

The first model in Toyota’s new bZ (standing for ‘beyond Zero’) family, the bZ4X is the forebearer to 15 new battery-electric vehicles in the pipeline to be released by 2025. The bZ4X is a striking, comfortable and spacious SUV, which comes with four well-appointed trims: Pure, Motion, Vision and the Premiere Edition, which is available for the first year of production only.

4. Hyundai IONIQ 6

Hyundai is a brand on a mission. With their ‘Strategy 2025’, they aim to become the world's third-largest automaker of eco-friendly vehicles by 2025, selling a million battery electric vehicles.

In 2021, the brand released the IONIQ 5 SUV – the first model in their new IONIQ electric sub-brand – to a rapturous reception! Next up, the IONIQ 6 sedan is due this year. Based on the company’s latest concept EV ‘Prophecy’, unveiled last spring, the IONIQ 6 is likely to feature a seductive aerodynamic silhouette, with a raked roofline, slender curves and eye-catching rear spoiler. We’re looking forward to seeing more!

5. Honda Civic Type R

The creators of a cult favourite amongst performance-loving drivers, Honda raised pulses once more in December, by releasing the first official photos of the next-generation Civic Type R.

A serious contender for the best hot hatch of all time, the new generation Type R has big shoes to fill. But, despite the camouflage, the bold stance and sporty features like the big wing on the back are clear to see. We can’t wait to see underneath the camo…

6. ŠKODA FABIA

Over 20 years since its debut, and with over 4.5 million predecessors sold, the fourth-generation ŠKODA FABIA continues the popular Czech marque’s extraordinary success story. The new FABIA emphasises fine-tuned functionality as well as striking horizontal lines to ensure that good looks and a great drive go hand in hand.

Sporting larger dimensions, this captivating model offers generous space on both the hatch and estate models, plus you’ll even have an option to add an eye-catching panoramic glass roof to create a more spacious feel inside. The FABIA’s enduring appeal through the decades is down to its ability to attract drivers of different lifestyles and tastes. Indeed the latest edition is no different, with a range of well-equipped trims and a selection of engines to choose from!

7. Toyota GR86

We’re ending the list on a sporty number, with the Toyota GR86. The successor to the much-adored GT86, the GR86 is one for the performance enthusiasts – faithful to its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive lineage. Toyota says: “The GR86 is one of the last of its kind. Responsive, agile and engaging, its design has been directly influenced by our motorsport expertise, delivering a unique experience that focuses on what matters: pure driving fun”. We couldn’t agree more!

Which of the above models would you pick? We can’t wait for them to arrive – keep an eye on our website to be the first to hear when they do!