The best new cars coming in 2022 and beyond

  • All the new cars set for launch in 2022
  • Plenty of SUVs and EVs on the horizon…
  • … but also some sports cars and superminis

The past couple of years have been hard for the car industry. First, the coronavirus pandemic forced most automotive manufacturing centres to halt production – and, just as they were starting to get back on their feet, a global microchip shortage throttled productivity again. So, you’d expect very few new car launches over the next 12 months.

Turns out, this isn’t the case. Manufacturers are battling the parts shortages and steaming ahead with their production plans, with a whole host of fresh metal set for launch before the end of 2022. There’s something for everyone, too, ranging from practical family runabouts to 700hp supercars.

Electric cars also have a big part to play, as the government’s 2030 ban on combustion-only vehicles creeps ever closer. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are starting to throw their weight behind the technology, with five luxury EVs set for launch this year alone between them. However, there will also be some more affordable options from Renault and Volkswagen.

We’ve gathered together all of the new cars you can look forward to in 2022 (and a handful of vehicles that will make their debuts in 2023). Click one of the links below to jump to your favourite model or scroll down to browse the entire list.

Best cars coming soon

Alfa Romeo Tonale
Aston Martin DBX707
Aston Martin Valhalla
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Audi A6 e-tron
Audi Q6 e-tron
BMW M3 Touring
BMW X1/iX1
Citroen C5 X
Dacia Jogger hybrid
Ford Ranger Raptor
Genesis GV70 Electrified
Honda Civic Type R
Ineos Grenadier
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kia EV9
Kia Niro
Lexus RZ450e
Lotus Eletre
Lynk&Co 01
Maserati Grecale
Mazda CX-60
Mercedes EQE
Mercedes EQS SUV
Nissan Ariya
Nissan X-Trail
Ora Cat
Porsche Macan
Peugeot e-308
Range Rover EV
Range Rover Sport
Renault Austral
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
Smart #1

Toyota bZ4x
Toyota Corolla Cross
Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale

On sale: Summer 2022

Alfa Romeo has realised it needs to move with the times to stay afloat – so the brand is about to launch a new compact SUV. The Tonale will arrive on UK shores this summer, becoming a fresh rival for the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3.

It’ll be built on a modified version of the Jeep Compass’s platform (Alfa and Jeep are owned by the same company, so it makes good business sense), and it’ll be available with a choice of two petrol-hybrid powertrains. The entry-level model will feature a 160hp 1.5-litre full hybrid system, while the flagship will get a 275hp 1.3-litre plug-in hybrid unit.

Aston Martin DBX707

Aston Martin DBX707

On sale: Summer 2022

Not content with the 550hp output of the standard DBX, Aston Martin has unveiled an even faster model called the DBX707. Take a guess at how much power it has. That’s right – the car’s 4.0-litre V8 engine now produces 707hp and 900Nm of torque, which the British brand says makes it the fastest luxury SUV available today.

The performance figures make for impressive reading. Aston Martin says this flagship version of the DBX can sprint from 0–62mph in 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 193mph. The company also claims that the DBX707 will handle better than the standard car, thanks to revised air suspension and more powerful (yet lighter) brakes.

Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin Valhalla

On sale: 2023

We’re sticking with Aston Martin, but jumping to the complete opposite end of the automotive spectrum. In 2023, the firm will launch a new plug-in hybrid supercar designed to rival the Ferrari SF90 Stradale and McLaren Artura. It’ll be called the Valhalla, in-keeping with the Norse mythology naming tradition set forth by the faster Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Its powertrain comprises a 4.0-litre V8 and two electric motors, for a combined output of 950hp and 1,000Nm of torque. Aston Martin also says the Valhalla will sprint from 0–62mph in 2.5 seconds, and that it’ll lap the Nurburgring in 6:30 minutes. Don’t expect Prius-rivalling economy, though – it can only cover nine miles on electric power before the battery runs flat.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

On sale: Summer 2022

Another new Aston Martin – and this one splits the difference between the two extremes of the DBX707 and the Valhalla. Later this year, the brand will launch the final version of the V12 Vantage, which will sport 700hp, 753Nm of torque, an aggressive widebody kit and a host of aerodynamic appendages capable of producing 204kg of downforce at 200mph.

The company says that demand has been incredibly high for the car. Even though the first deliveries aren’t scheduled to arrive until summer, Aston Martin has already had to close its order books – all 333 examples destined for production have already been sold.

Audi A6 e-tron

Audi A6 e-tron

On sale: 2023

Cars like the Skoda Enyaq and Ford Mustang Mach-E show that it’s practical for car brands to build EVs around an SUV body style – but there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Audi will soon demonstrate this with the new A6 e-tron, which will take the shape of either a sleek saloon or an estate. It’ll also have a maximum range of 435 miles.

It’ll be based on the company’s new PPE underpinnings, which were developed in tandem with Porsche. Audi has also hinted that the A6 e-tron will have an output of around 470hp and the same super-fast 800-volt charging architecture found under the e-tron GT. The Sportback will arrive in 2023, while the estate (pictured) will make its debut in 2024.

Audi Q6 e-tron

Audi Q6 e-tron

On sale: Late 2022

Launching a sleek electric saloon is all well and good, but the market is still screaming for new SUVs – and Audi is happy to oblige. The new Q6 e-tron (pictured here in prototype form) will arrive in late 2022 as a fresh rival for the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Lotus Eletre, based on a version of the A6 e-tron’s PPE architecture.

That means it should get the same rapid-charging technology and the same choice of powertrains. Range will be a little lower, given the car’s taller, less aerodynamic proportions – but a maximum figure of around 400 mile should still be achievable with the platform.

BMW M3 Touring

BMW M3 Touring

On sale: Late 2022

BMW is gearing up for the launch of the new M3 Touring. It’ll be the first time one of the brand’s M Performance engines has found its way into the nose of the 3 Series estate by official means – any previous-generation M3 estates you’ve seen in the classifieds have been pieced together by private buyers using parted-out M3 saloons.

The M3 Touring will feature the same aggressive styling as the saloon, and it’ll be powered by the same turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine. Like most of BMW’s M cars, we’ll probably only get the most potent Competition variant here in the UK, which will have 510hp and 600Nm of torque. Four-wheel drive will be standard, too.

BMW X1/iX1

BMW iX1

On sale: Autumn 2022

BMW will replace its entry-level X1 SUV later this year and, like the larger X3, this new crossover will be available with a choice of combustion and pure-electric powertrains. Petrol and hybrid-powered variants will break cover at the end of 2022, while the electric model will go on sale in 2023.

The electric iX1 will adopt BMW’s latest dual-motor electric powertrain – and BMW recently confirmed that it’ll have a maximum range of between 257 and 272 miles. That suggests that it’ll have a slightly smaller battery pack than the 80kWh unit found in the iX3, as that car can travel more than 280 miles on a single charge.

Citroen C5 X

Citroen C5 X (2021) front view

On sale: Now

The Citroen C5 X is a bit of a strange one, because it seems to have been designed for those that want a bit of everything. It blends the styling elements of a hatchback, an SUV and a coupe into the one package. Unlike a lot of the models in this class, Citroen has paid particular attention to the car’s ride quality, fitting clever comfort-oriented chassis tweaks such as progressive hydraulic bump stops and squidgy active suspension.

There’s a reasonable amount of technology, too, with every car coming as standard with a 10-inch infotainment system, sat-nav and front and rear parking sensors. Step up a trim and you get a larger 12-inch touchscreen and a wireless smartphone charger. You can also specify the car with a 225hp plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Dacia Jogger hybrid

Dacia Jogger

On sale: 2023

Dacia has already impressed us with the petrol-powered version of its bargain-basement Jogger MPV – but the Romanian brand still has another trick up its sleeve. In 2023, Dacia will launch a hybrid-powered version of the car, which will also become the brand’s first electrified vehicle.

Dacia hasn’t yet released any technical specifications for the Jogger hybrid, but we expect it’ll feature the same 145hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder E-Tech hybrid system used by the Clio. The two cars are based on the same underpinnings, so it makes sense for Dacia to adopt Renault’s hybrid system rather than produce its own.

Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor

On sale: Summer 2022

The new Ford Ranger Raptor is here. It’s powered by a 288hp 3.0-litre V6 and features four-wheel drive and a host of off-road accessories. We’re talking long-travel suspension, knobbly tyres, special aluminium control arms and a plethora of drive modes. The engine even has an anti-lag system, like you get on a rally car.

Mechanicals like that make the Ranger Raptor sound like a rough-riding Baja racer, but it’s perfectly comfortable inside. You get a leather steering with magnesium paddle shifters, sports seats and an IMAX cinema’s worth of screens, with a 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12-inch portrait infotainment system.

Genesis GV70 Electrified

Genesis GV70 Electrified

On sale: Summer 2022

Genesis is hammering the European market at the minute. The company has launched an entire line-up of premium vehicles in the past three years – and the GV70 Electrified is the latest edition. It’s a fully electric SUV based on the petrol-powered GV70, which is designed to rival the likes of the Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC.

It has a dual-motor four-wheel drive system that produce 489hp and 700Nm of torque, which allows for a 0–62mph time of 4.5 seconds. Maximum range is expected to be around 310 miles and, because it uses the same 800V electrical system as the Kia EV6, it can charge from 10 to 80 percent capacity in just 18 minutes when connected to a 350kW charger.

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

On sale: Late 2022

Honda recently pulled the sheets off the eleventh-generation Civic. The performance focussed Type R variant will follow later this year, sporting an evolution of the outgoing car’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, lower suspension and bigger brakes. A power output of more than 320bhp is expected.

Honda has already run a prototype version of the next Civic Type R around Suzuka Circuit in Japan. The company says the new hot hatchback posted a time of 2.23.120 minutes, which is around nine tenths of second faster than the previous model.

Ineos Grenadier

Ineos Grenadier 4x4

On sale: Now

When Land Rover announced it was finally killing off the old Defender, start-up British brand Ineos Automotive said it would step forward with the car’s spiritual successor. This is what the company came up with – a boxy off-roader that looks like a cross between a Defender and Mercedes G-Wagon, which promises to be as unstoppable as a tank.

It’s powered by BMW engines and built around a sturdy ladder-frame chassis. No fancy double wishbones here – you get tough beam axles and long-travel suspension for maximum performance off-road. The only problem we see so far is the price. It starts from £49,000, which means it isn’t really the affordable workhorse the old Defender was.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

On sale: Summer 2022 

Jeep will soon launch its full-sized Grand Cherokee SUV in the UK as a fresh rival for the Range Rover and BMW X7. The first model to reach British shores will be the 380hp PHEV variant, which is capable of covering up to 31 miles on electric power alone. There’ll also be plenty of technology – the passenger gets their own infotainment system, for example.

It sounds like the Grand Cherokee will be able to give the Range Rover a run for its money off-road, too. Standard equipment includes height-adjustable air suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential for the rear axle  and an arsenal of drive modes designed for a variety of surfaces, such as snow, mud and rock-crawling.

Kia EV9

Kia EV9 Concept

On sale: 2023

Kia’s line-up of pure-electric cars has grown at an impressive pace. We’ve already had the EV6, the next-generation version of the Niro EV is in the works (below) and, next year, we’ll get this. This EV9 will soon become the crown jewel in the Korean brand’s EV range, offering imposing styling, a flexible cabin and breakneck charging speeds.

Up to scratch, Kia has been quite conservative with technical details, as the car is still in its concept phase. However, we know that it’ll be based on the same e-GMP chassis as the EV6, which means it’ll get the same 800-volt electrical system.

Kia will probably need to fit a larger battery pack to provide enough stored energy to offset the EV9’s added bulk and to allow the SUV to be competitive in the market. If Kia hopes to keep pace with the likes of the Mercedes EQB and Tesla Model X, the EV9 will need to be able to cover at least 300 miles on a charge. We’re excited to see how the firm gets on.

Kia Niro

Kia Niro

On sale: Late 2022

Kia did a cracking job with the outgoing Niro. It’s the brand’s second-best selling vehicle in the UK, lagging only behind the Sportage and accounting for about 20 percent of the firm’s total sales volume – figures the firm is keen to repeat with this new model.

The next Niro will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. It’ll share the same basic platform as the current car, topped with a more attractive body and more modern interior technology. Buyers will have the choice of two petrol-hybrid engines or a pure-electric powertrain that offers a maximum range of 288 miles. 

Lexus RZ450e

Lexus RZ450e

On sale: August 2022

A bit lower down this list, we cover the new Toyota bZ4x. It’s the Japanese brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle – and the Lexus RZ450e is the upmarket version of that car. It rides on the same e-TNGA platform, but it features less off-road focussed styling and a more upmarket interior, complete with an unusual yoke-style steering wheel.

The RZ will only be available with a dual-motor four-wheel drive electric powertrain, which produces 313hp. Lexus says that’s enough for a 0–62mph time in a hot hatch-troubling 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. Our only disappointment is the range. The RZ’s 71.4kWh battery can only store enough power for around 250 miles of driving.

Lotus Eletre

Lotus Eletre

On sale: 2023

We know. A Lotus SUV sounds like sacrilege – but SUVs are what the people want. It’s built on a completely new electric platform and features a pair of electric motors that can propel this Lamborghini Urus-sized behemoth from 0–62mph in less than three seconds.

Power? The entry-level model will have 600hp, while the most potent option is expected to produce upwards of 750hp. Range will be equally impressive at around 370 miles, thanks to a 100kWh battery, while charge times are closing in on petrol car levels of convenience. Lotus says the Eletre will recover 248 miles of range in just 20 minutes when connected to a 350kW rapid charger.

Lynk&Co 01

Lynk&Co 01

On sale: Late 2022

Lynk&Co is quite a new brand on the scene. It’s a Chinese firm that uses Volvo platforms and running gear for its cars – and it’s set to arrive in the UK later this year with the 01 SUV. It’s based on the XC40, and it comes as standard with a plug-in hybrid powertrain offering 43 miles of zero-emission driving.

The firm also has some interesting ideas around the concept of car ownership. You can buy your car outright, but you can also rent it from Lynk & Co in the same way you pay for an iPhone monthly. Owners will also be able to rent out their cars to members of the public, who can access the car using a digital key.

Maserati Grecale

Maserati Grecale

On sale: Late 2022

Maserati wants in on the Porsche Macan’s market, so it designed this. The Grecale is a new entrant to the small premium SUV class, which Maserati says will be class-leading in almost every area. The brand claims it’ll have the most interior space, the best handling, the fastest acceleration and the highest top speed of any of its competitors.

Performance figures for the flagship Trofeo model (which will be powered by the same 3.0-litre V6 engine as the MC20 supercar) are certainly impressive. 0–62mph takes a claimed 3.8 seconds, while top speed stands at 177mph. In 2023, Maserati will also launch a pure-electric version of the Grecale, to go up against the BMW iX3.

Mazda CX-60

Mazda CX-60

On sale: Autumn 2022

The CX-60 is Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle – and it has quite the fight on its hands. It’s wading into the same class as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3, meaning there’s a lot of talented opposition. However, the CX-60 is shaping up to be a good rival. We recently spent some time with a pre-production model and we were impressed by how engaging it was to drive and how spacious its cabin was.

The CX-60 also has a good electric-only range of 39 miles and, when the petrol engine and electric motor are working together, you have a maximum output of 325hp. So it’s pretty brisk. The build quality is also excellent – and did we mention that prices will start from less than £45,000?

Mercedes EQE

Mercedes EQE

On sale: Summer 2022

The Mercedes EQE is, in essence, the pure-electric alternative for the E-Class. It sits below the EQS in the German brand’s new electric line-up, rivalling the likes of the Tesla Model S and BMW i4. Mercedes has also promised that it’ll have a maximum range of 410 miles.

UK buyers can already place their order for the entry-level EQE 350, but a more powerful AMG-badged variant is on the way. The EQE AMG 53 4MATIC will make its debut soon, sporting a dual-motor electric powertrain with a maximum output of 687hp and 1,000Nm of torque – enough, says Mercedes, for a 0–62mph time of 3.3 seconds.

Mercedes EQS SUV

Mercedes EQS SUV

On sale: Late 2022

The Mercedes EQS SUV will soon become the flagship model in the German brand’s EV range, acting as a fresh rival for behemoths such as the BMW iX and Tesla Model X. It’ll come with a host of clever technology, including an off-road mode and rear-wheel steering – and buyers will even be able to specify the car with up to seven seats.

The EQS SUV shares its platform and powertrains with the EQS saloon, although the former car will have slightly more power to offset the extra weight of its off-roader body style. The entry-level 450+ variant will develop 360hp, while the range-topping 580 4MATIC variant will have 544hp. Mercedes also claims a maximum range of 410 miles.

Nissan Ariya  

Nissan Ariya

On sale: Summer 2022

In what’s becoming a running theme for this list, the Nissan Ariya will act as an electric alternative to an existing combustion car. The Ariya has it all to do, though, because it’s carrying the torch for the Japanese brand’s best-selling Qashqai SUV. It’s also competing with some talented rivals, such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Skoda Enyaq iV.

Nissan has made sure that buyers won’t be left wanting for choice. There’ll be a variety of powertrains with outputs of between 217hp and 394hp, the option of either front or four- wheel drive and maximum range figures of between 221–310 miles. Expect plenty of driver assistance technology, too. The first deliveries will arrive during summer 2022.

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail

On sale: Summer 2022

The last we heard, Nissan was planning to launch the next-generation version of its larger X-Trail SUV later this year. It’ll move onto the same underpinnings as the current Qashqai and will be offered with the brand’s unusual e-Power hybrid system. 

Unlike a conventional hybrid powertrain, the petrol engine in Nissan’s e-Power system never drives the wheels directly. Instead, the combustion engine is used as a generator to produce electricity to feed a pair of electric motors, as this allows the engine to run at its optimal efficiency at all times.

Ora Cat

Ora Cat

On sale: Late 2022

Ora is a new EV company from the Chinese pick-up manufacturer Great Wall. It’ll launch a retro-styled electric hatchback later this year, which promises to undercut the likes of the Volkswagen ID.3 and Peugeot e-208 by a considerable margin. How does £25,000 sound for a brand new electric car capable of covering up to 260 miles on a single charge.

It’ll be called the Ora Cat (strange name, we know) – and if the company’s press material is to be believed, it won’t even be that sparsely equipped. Buyers will get a pair of 10.25-inch screens, twelve ultrasonic radar sensors, an arsenal of exterior cameras and a processor powerful enough to support Level 2.5 autonomous driving. Impressive stuff for the money.

Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan

On sale: 2023

The Porsche Macan will be replaced in 2023 – and (surprise, surprise)  the newcomer will be available with an electric powertrain. Porsche has already teased the new SUV in prototype form, and the car’s styling doesn’t appear to stray too far from that of the outgoing model. The old Macan sold well, so Porsche wouldn’t want to scare off its loyal customers.

When it arrives, it’ll be one of the first cars on Audi and Porsche’s new PPE platform. Like the Taycan, it’ll also come with an 800-volt electrical system, which will allow for superfast charging speeds. Porsche also recognises that electric power isn’t right for everyone, so there’s a “conventionally powered successor” for the car also in the works.

Peugeot e-308

Peugeot 308

On sale: Autumn 2023

Peugeot recently launched the combustion-engined variants of the new 308 hatchback, but the company also has plans for a pure-electric variant in the near future. It’ll feature a 54kWh battery pack and 156hp electric motor driving the front wheels, which the brand says will allow for a range of more than 250 miles.

Peugeot hasn’t followed the same path as Volkswagen for its electric family hatch, as the e-308 will look identical to its petrol-powered stablemates. Instead, the French brand has thrown cash at items like the charging system. Buyers will get 100kW DC rapid charging capability, which is enough to top the car’s cells up from 10–80 percent in just 30 minutes.

Range Rover EV

Range Rover EV

On sale: 2024

Land Rover has already pulled the sheets off the combustion-engined versions of the fifth-generation Range Rover – but there’s more to come in the SUV’s future. When 2024 rolls around, the company will launch a pure-electric variant, which will rival everything from the Tesla Model X to the upcoming Mercedes EQS SUV.

It’ll be based on the electric version of the Jaguar Land Rover’s MLA underpinnings, which was supposed to feature under the electric version of the next XJ saloon before Jag axed the project in favour of a new SUV. For the electric Rangey, expect a 100kWh battery pack and maximum range of around 300 miles. Plus all the fancy tech you get in the standard car.

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport

On sale: Now – EV model in 2024

It’s another new Range Rover, but this one’s lower, smaller and faster than the one above. Combustion-engined versions of the third-generation Range Rover Sport (including one with a 530hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8) are on sale now, but Land Rover will launch a pure-electric version of the SUV in 2024.

Upgrades over the old model include a stiffer body shell, sophisticated air suspension and technology such as rear-wheel steering and brake-controlled torque vectoring. That’s a lot of jargon – but the upshot of all this clever tech is that the Range Rover Sport should corner more like a sports car and less like a 2.5-tonne SUV.

Renault Austral

Renault Austral

On sale: Late 2022

The Austral is a new family SUV that’s designed to compete with the Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. It borrows elements of its design and most of its technology (including a new 12.3-inch portrait infotainment system) from the new Megane E-Tech Electric (below). However, Renault hasn’t yet confirmed whether it’ll be sold in the UK.

It shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Qashqai and will be offered with a range of electrified petrol engines. At the lower end of the line-up, there’ll be a trio of 1.3-litre mild- hybrid powertrains, with either 130hp, 140hp or 160hp. Above that, there’ll be a 1.2-litre full hybrid system, which produces 200hp and can return a claimed 51.1mpg.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

On sale: Late 2022

Like a lot of manufacturers, Renault has recognised the changing automotive landscape and has reinvented its Megane hatchback to suit the electric age. The new Megane E-Tech Electric will compete with cars like the Volkswagen ID.3 and upcoming Peugeot e-308, offering a maximum range of 280 miles and super-fast 130kW DC charging as standard.

It’s based on a version of the electric platform found under the Ariya and will be available with a choice of two powertrains. The cheapest version will have a 40kWh battery pack and a 130hp electric motor, while the more expensive model will feature a 60kWh battery and a 217hp motor. Both cars are front-wheel drive.

Smart #1

Smart 1 front

On sale: December 2022

Small SUVs are hot right now – and Smart is using the body style to reinvent itself. The #1 is the company’s new electric crossover, sized to compete with the new Kia e-Niro and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric. It’ll have a 270hp motor, a maximum range of 273 miles and a bang-up-to-date interior with a 12.8-inch touchscreen and a clever 10-inch head-up display.

Smart has also added support for 150kW rapid charging, which should be able to replenish 80 percent of the battery’s capacity in less than 30 minutes. Using a slower 22kW system will see the same amount of charge added in around three hours.

Toyota bZ4x

Toyota bz4x

On sale: Late 2022

Strange name, important car. Toyota has championed hybrid technology for the past two decades, but the bZ4x will become the company’s first purpose-built production electric vehicle. It’s a collaborative project between Toyota and Subaru, and it’s based on the pair’s all-new e-TNGA dedicated electric underpinnings.

Buyers will have a choice of two powertrains – there’ll be a front-wheel drive option with 201bhp and a rear-wheel drive variant with 216bhp. Both will feature the same 71.4kWh battery pack, which Toyota says is good for a maximum range of around 280 miles. 

Toyota Corolla Cross

Toyota Corolla Cross

On sale: Autumn 2022

Just in case you were concerned that there aren’t enough SUVs on the market, Toyota is about to launch another one. The Corolla Cross will plug the gap in the company’s line-up between the C-HR and the RAV4, sharing the same styling language as the recently launched Yaris Cross and Aygo X.

The Corolla Cross will be powered by Toyota’s familiar 2.0-litre hybrid system, which will offer an output of around 200hp. Buyers will also be able to choose between front- and four-wheel drive, with the latter option adding an electric motor on the rear axle. Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch digital gauge and a 10.5-inch infotainment system.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

Volkswagen ID.Buzz concept

Volkswagen will launch the reborn, fully electric version of its iconic Type 2 microbus later this year. It’ll be called the ID. Buzz and it’ll feature the same battery and motor technology as the firm’s ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV. So, it’ll be powered by a 77kWh battery pack and propelled by a 204hp electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Expect a range of 250 miles.

We’ve only seen the ID. Buzz in five-seat guise so far, although Volkswagen has hinted that a long-wheelbase seven-seat variant could be on the way. The standard model promises should be practical enough for most drivers – you get an enormous 1,121-litre boot with the rear seats in place. That figure expands to 2,205 litres with the bench folded flat.