5 Awesome cars to look out for in 202231 Dec 2021
Looking back over the last year, 2021 may well stand out in the history books as a difficult year when it comes to the automobile industry. Global lockdowns and the lasting impact of covid, among other things, resulted in significant supply chain issues which saw delays to many new vehicle lines. At the same time, prices of used cars, largely fuelled by the same issues, saw second-hand prices reach record highs in many places. Now, as we move into 2022, the outlook is substantially improved – and there are some hot, high–end rides to keep an eye out for.
1. Ford Ranger
Although the Ford pick-up truck was originally built as a utility vehicle and has earned a reputation as a reliable workhorse, more recently it has gained popularity as a lifestyle vehicle. If you were already a fan of this leader in the pick-up market, wait until you see the all-new 2022 model, which features improved handling, greater comfort and a more versatile cargo capacity – coupled with a luxurious interior that speaks of classy cars, and has all the comforts you’d expect to go with it.
2. McLaren Artura
The McLaren Artura had been due for release in 2021, but due to delays in production, it joins the list of motors to look out for in the coming year. Although it manages to retain the classy elegance you’d expect from McLaren, the Artura actually represents a fresh start for the behemoth of British supercars.
The impressive car features huge improvements to the interior that offer substantially improved comfort, and unlike its V8 predecessors, the Artura is the first V6-powered car from McLaren and only their second hybrid. Starting at a cool £185,000, the plug-in hybrid will offer 671bhp, 0-62mph acceleration in 3.0 seconds, with a 205mph top speed.
3. Lotus Emira
If you fancy something super sporty but don’t have the budget for a McLaren, you might want to check out what is rumoured to be the last ever petrol offering from iconic manufacturer Lotus. The Emira features sleek looks combined with a manual transmission and a proven supercharged Toyota V6 engine or an automatic transmission with an AMG four-cylinder turbo.
Thanks to a focus on making the interior more accommodating, contemporary and feature-packed than any previous offering, the car offers an exceptional driving experience and is anticipated to be available in 2022 at a price range of £60,000 – £76,000.
4. Range Rover
At first glance – from the front at least – the 2022 Range Rover might look familiar. But look to the rear and you will see something radically different, with the rear tailgate and taillight completely reimagined for a new era. Although this luxury 4×4 will remain available with a traditional combustion engine for the time being, it will be joined by a plug-in hybrid version – with a class-leading electric-only range, while a fully-electric version is expected to join the range later. As one would expect from a car fit for royalty, the all-new Range Rover features a breathtakingly luxurious interior, solid elegance, and supreme capability on and off-road – firmly reasserting the legendary brand’s position as the king of premium off-roaders.
5. Mercedes-AMG SL
Now in its seventh generation, the Mercedes SL roadster is now badged AMG and has returned to a 2+2 seating configuration. While seating may have been sacrificed, little else has. The AMG-SL maintains a muscular 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo petrol engine offering 469bhp as an SL 55, increasing to 577bhp in the SL 63 version. All versions are now all-wheel drive and have a fabric roof. Prices start from £73,800, while the SL 63 will set you back well over £114k.
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