New Zealanders love their cars. Whether that is for cross country adventures, travelling between cities or driving around town, we tend to like practical cars that can ensure our driving experience is satisfied. Previously Shopless has investigated New Zealanders favourite cars of 2021. But now that we are entering a New Year, what are the kiwi car predictions for 2022?
What cars are coming to New Zealand? Electric cars are predicted to be the top imports of 2022, but will these be sufficient for New Zealanders who love their 4wd and SUVs?
Polestar Motors – Kiwi Debut.
Polestar is a standalone brand formed out of Volvo. In New Zealand we have previously had Polestar branded Volvos. However Polestar has announced that they will be bringing the Polestar 2 to New Zealand and Australia. The flagship store will be located in Auckland, this is just considered to be a showroom for the Polestar 2. The vehicle itself will be listed online, on the Polestar website where you can also book a test drive.
The Polestar 2 is an electric vehicle and is known to be a competitor of Tesla, however they have not yet announced their pricing to compare. With all purchases done online it is simple and easy to purchase a new Polestar. And if the flagship is successful we may see more Polestar models such as the Polestar Precept which will be put into production internationally in 2022.
Toyota’s bZ4X Coming to New Zealand
Keeping in with the electric car theme, Toyota will bring its first fully electric car to be sold in New Zealand. The Toyota bZ4X is the first of 7 concept cars due to be released by 2026. In this car the battery is part of the chassis, underneath the floor of the vehicle. The even distribution of weight allows for better handling of the car. The bZ4X is also an SUV – a popular kiwi car – with a battery range of 450km. But is still in the final testing phases.
Toyota’s bZ4X is expected to be available in New Zealand near the end of 2022.
Many more Electric Cars!
We have touched on 2 of the anticipated electric car models coming in 2022. However for those passionate about buying electric cars, or those who want to ensure that you avoid vehicle emissions taxes, here are some more electric car models that we will be seeing in the coming year:
- Audi Q4 e-tron/Q4 e-tron Sportback – an electric SUV with attributes taken from the Volkswagen ID.4 expected to be priced around $80,000.
- BMW i4 – due to come early 2022 priced over $100,000.
- Mercedes-Benz EQS; This is the first electric vehicle designed by Mercedes-Benz. With the hyper screen feature, screens covering the length of the dashboard as seen in this clip.
- Nissan Ariya: Nissan has not confirmed a date for the release, but have said they will be bringing the Arya to NZ in 2022. Another SUV style car, with a lower rooftop and minimalist interior features.
- Tesla Model Y: Tesla Model Y is due to be released in New Zealand in 2022. They already have the Model X, Model 3 and Model S available. Their cyber truck was due to be released in 2021 but had setbacks in production. However this can be pre-ordered on the Tesla website with an unknown release date.
The models identified are further discussed in this Stuff article, with most brands anticipating electric car introductions on NZ shores in 2022.
Family Cars of 2022
Moving away from electric vehicles, AA motoring blog gave us an insight into family car predictions for 2022. These cars are either petrol or hybrid. But can provide more practicality or better immediate price for those with family priorities.
- Isuzu MU-X : this vehicle is a 7 seater large SUV, with plenty of room for all of the family. Plus boot space and a great exterior for towing or carrying outdoor equipment. It has a 5 star safety rating and is an upgrade of the previous high quality Isuzu SUV released 7 years ago.
- Octavia iV Wagon : this model of Skoda is a station wagon with a high safety rating and ample cargo space. The Octavia iV Wagon is unique in that it is a hybrid vehicle with a 1.4l petrol engine and electric engine that generates up to 85kW.
- Frugal MG HS PHEV : The Frugal MGHS is a plug in-hybrid SUV. This model has a great reputation for performance and technology. As well as offering a low emissions vehicle. It is great for short and long journeys.
Shopless has given you a brief insight into the car predictions of 2022. And what you should expect to see sold in New Zealand. With many electric vehicles are coming to our shores, it seems they fit the kiwi SUV and 4WD desires. If you are looking for a new car or looking to list a car, make sure to check out Shopless’ motors section here.