There’s some exciting new models coming to dealerships near you.
Alfa Romeo has high hopes for the long-overdue arrival of the Tonale, a plug-in hybrid compact SUV that will arrive here in 2022. Combining a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, it will rival Volvo’s XC40 and the Range Rover Evoque. A third smaller SUV is likely to join the range, but given the delays to the Tonale, it is not likely to be here until 2023.
Available to order now, Audi’s Q3 TFSI e is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid compact SUV and delivers a system output of 180kW (245hp) and a fully electric distance of around 50km. Audi’s revised RS3 hot hatchback will make a stir with 294kW and 500Nm of torque. Visually, the RS3 demonstrates its sporty DNA with a widened body and an RS sports exhaust system. An updated version of the luxury A8 saloon is on the way. While there is little in the way of significant exterior changes, it comes with new innovative technology.
It’s another busy few months for BMW, which recently added the i4 and iX to its range. This month sees the arrival of the second-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe. Sporting that controversial grille, it is bigger, roomier and with even more style. Prices start from €56,225 OTR. BMW’s most family-oriented car, the 2 Series Active Tourer, will be here in the spring and offers a host of new features including mild hybrid technology and plug-in hybrid models. Available to order now, prices start from €41,225 (OTR). Sporting styling hints of the iX and i4, the refreshed iX3 will be in dealerships from December and prices start from €73,295 OTR. BMW’s lightweight 2 Series Coupe ticks many boxes and a new model will launch in early 2022, including an all-wheel-drive BMW M240i xDrive Coupé. Prices start from €48,515 OTR.
Citroen’s new flagship D-segment model, the C5 X will hit Irish forecourts next March and promises the elegance of a saloon, the practicality of an estate car and the elevated stance of an SUV. Initially, it will be available in petrol and PHEV drivetrains, while a fully electric version will complete the range at a later stage. The large crossover promises to be an interesting addition to the line-up, but pricing will be key to determining its success. It will be followed in the summer by a facelifted C5 Aircross SUV. Also arriving next summer is the funky quadricycle, the AMI, a fully electric urban mobility solution. At just 2.41m long, 1.4m wide and 1.5m high, the Ami offers a 75km range with a top speed of 45kmh.
Cupra, the high-performance SEAT brand, will launch its first all-electric car, the Born, in the Irish market in the spring. Using the same platform as VW’s ID family of cars, pricing will start from €31,440 (including the SEAI grant and VRT relief). Available with three battery options – 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh – that deliver ranges of 350km, 424km and 540km respectively. The Born deserves to make a big impact in the electric car market.
Dacia promises a new take on the seven-seat family car with the Jogger. A versatile family car, it will be powered by a 110hp TCe petrol engine and is due in showrooms in time for 222 sales. Dacia reckons the Jogger will blend the practicality of an estate car, the spaciousness of an MPV, and the styling of an SUV and, in line with the rest of the range, it promises a “shockingly affordable” price tag.
Having launched the DS3 and DS7 this year, 2022 will see the arrival of two new and stylish cars from the French carmaker. First up is the DS4, which will arrive at the beginning of the year and will be available in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options. Prices start from €34,190. The much anticipated DS9 saloon will arrive in July and will be offered with an E-TENSE plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Electrification has finally come to the Italian carmaker’s range in the diminutive shape of an all-electric 500. While retaining the exterior look of the 500, underneath is a new platform designed from the outset to be an electric car. The Honda E and Mini Electric rival is due here in January and will be available in both hatchback and convertible with two battery choices and a range of either 185km or 320km. The 500 will also be available as a mild hybrid, and a new Tipo Cross model is also in the pipeline.
Ford ends the year on a high note with the launch of the Mustang Mach-E. The premium all-electric SUV boasts a range of 600km. While the jury is still out on the idea of fitting a Mustang badge to an electric SUV, the 0-100kmh time of less than four seconds bodes well for Mustang DNA. Ford’s long-serving Fiesta gets a revamp in March and features new styling, an enhanced technology package and is powered by mild-hybrid powertrains. Another perennial of the Ford range, a refreshed Focus is expected in June with a striking new design, next-gen connectivity and EcoBoost 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains.
Honda’s Jazz is getting a rugged SUV-style makeover and will be called Jazz Crosstar. Sitting slightly higher off the road, it boasts increased ride height and protective body moldings. It will be in Honda showrooms nationwide in early 2022 and it will come as a hybrid with i-MMD technology.