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External influences affecting even the world's largest manufacturers have severely hampered the quantity of new cars delivered in 2021 as a result of factory shutdowns and microprocessor shortages. Thankfully, momentum has been building gradually in recent months, and it appears that 2022 will be one of the most significant years for brand new releases in recent memory.
With manufacturers eager to get the ball rolling again, the expanding SUV market has received more attention than ever before in order to help carmakers get back into the swing of things. Below is a list of the top 5 best SUVs likely to arrive in Australia in late 2021 and early 2022.
The new Defender will soon be available in Australia featruing a powerful supercharged V8 engine. It was supposed to be released in July, but due to production delays caused by a semiconductor scarcity, we have had to wait a few more months. With a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 386kW and 625Nm, this might just become a monster off-road machine. And, best of all, it'll be offered in both a short-wheelbase '90' version and a regular-wheelbase '110' version. Isn't that amazing? Getting from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.2 seconds in the 90 and 5.4 seconds in the huge 110.
BMW has confirmed that the iX SUV will be available in Australia in late 2021, in both xDrive40 and xDrive50 models. Both variants will have two electric motors on the front and rear axles, with the xDrive40 having a 70kWh battery pack with 240kW of power and the xDrive50 having a 100kWh battery pack with a whopping 370kW of power. The xDrive40 will have a range of roughly 400km and the xDrive50 will have a range of around 600km, according to BMW, with fast-charging of up to 200kW available. The iX line will be widely available at BMW dealerships by early 2022, according to a reasonable timeframe.
Ford's much-anticipated first plug-in hybrid car for the Australian market is set to arrive in early 2022 and is said to be one of a number of plug-in hybrids Ford plans to bring to Australia. The 2022 Ford Escape PHEV will be available in only one trim level, ST-Line, and will be powered by a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and a 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery, producing a combined 167kW. Ford Escape PHEV will start at $52,490, which is close to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV's $47,390 sticker price.
After a nine-year run of the current fourth-generation model, which has proven to be an amazing sales hit, Mitsubishi is preparing to release the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. Standard design improvements, enhanced technology, and a choice of new engine options are all included in the second version. With electric motors providing 130kW and 332Nm, the Outlander PHEV will outperform the current 2.4-litre petrol engine linked to a 13.8kWh battery in terms of facility and range. On 100% electric driving, that's about 54 kilometers. Because of enhanced battery technology and more powerful electric motors, expect pure electric driving figures around, or possibly above, the 100km mark for the new model. The Outlander series is expected to arrive in late 2021, with the PHEV option arriving in 2022.
In recent months, a number of spy photographs of the future LandCruiser 300 Series have leaked online, allegedly confirming the new design aesthetic for the next-generation SUV. We can definitely predict that the range will be driven by a new six-cylinder diesel engine delivering 227kW and 687Nm, with a more powerful twin-turbo V6 producing 309kW and 589Nm as an option. The successor of the giant Toyota LandCruiser 300 is expected to arrive in late 2021, with a hybrid model following shortly after. It'll most likely be 2022 when the 300 comes to Australia.
The popularity of SUVs in Australia does not appear to be stopping anytime soon, with carmakers manufacturing more SUV-classed models.
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