With each year, car manufacturers constantly innovate to push the boundaries of automotive technology. This is mostly due to a competitive drive due to several companies at a constant battle to stay relevant in the market. Every new generation aims to improve performance, economy, safety and comfort – with changes ranging from subtle to significant.

Apart from usually improving their tried and tested best selling products, manufacturers occasionally try to introduce something new to the table – something niche or perhaps a new halo product. These novel offerings can be a hit and miss with the customers as many factors ultimately contribute to a product being successful. 

Factors such as relative performance against the competition, pricing, insurance coverage costs and after-sales support are extremely important - just manufacturing a good car doesn’t necessarily guarantee high sales. 

In this list, we shall take a brief look at some of the expected model releases in 2022 which are worth waiting for if you are an automobile enthusiast.

1. Honda Civic Type – R (FL)

The Honda Civic Type R has been an affordable performance option for around 25 years now. The upcoming FL series Civic will be based on the 11th generation Honda Civic Chassis and like its predecessors will feature a two-litre turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Changes include a bump in power from the current 306bhp, a more subtle styling than it’s somewhat over the top predecessor – it seemingly borrows design cues from the Honda Accord. The body will receive aero treatment including a functional rear wing and diffuser. 20-inch rims will be standard.

Honda may choose to provide a dual-clutch automatic transmission although that cannot be confirmed at this moment – this may appeal to buyers not comfortable with a stick-shift and will help the Civic compete better with the Hyundai Veloster N-Line.

Expect a retail price of around $40,000.

2. 2022 Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ and GR Corolla

Toyota will finally release the successor to their immensely popular and acclaimed GT86 compact sports car. Throughout its production the GT86 was criticized for being underpowered – the 2 liter, 4-cylinder, Naturally aspirated Boxer engine produced 205 Brake Horse Power which is not low by any means, but combined with poor low-end torque, it was a bottleneck to its chassis potential.

It’s great to see that Toyota has paid attention to the feedback of fans and automotive media outlets alike and improved the new car accordingly. The new car will be rebranded as GR86 for marketing reasons – GR refers to Toyota’s in-house high-performance division, Gazoo Racing.

The new car also sports a Naturally Aspirated, Flat-4 engine by Subaru but displacement has been increased to 2.4L and produces 228bhp. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard – an auto offering is also present. Prices will be in the ballpark of $30,000.

The GR Corolla is another offering on the cards and will take on other hot hatches like the Civic Type-R, Volkswagen Golf GTi and Hyundai Veloster N-line. Initially expected to be front-wheel drive, the latest reports seem to suggest the Four-Wheel Drive system from Toyota’s own GR Yaris will be used. The engine will be borrowed from the GR Yaris as well – a 3-cylinder Turbocharged unit producing 257bhp.

3. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The previous generation Cayman GT4 had a 3.8L engine from the 911 Carrera and was lauded for its superb chassis and performance in general – despite having around 100bhp less power than the 911 GT3. This time, however, Porsche has dropped in the 4 liter flat six from the 992 911 GT3 itself. The engine produces around 500bhp - substantially higher than the standard Cayman’s 414bhp 4 pot turbo offering.

The GT4 RS comes with a 7-speed dual clutch PDK Transmission and a top speed just shy of 200 miles an hour. To combat the increased power, aerodynamics has been upgraded - with the new package providing a 10% increase in downforce. The RS has also shed weight - 77 pounds to be exact over the standard GT4.

All this culminates in a more engaging, track heavy dynamics the RS is meant for, lapping the Nürburgring a significant 10 seconds quicker than the GT4. Prices begin around the $130,000 mark without any optional extras.

4. Hummer EV Edition 1

The Hummer brand was canned in 2010 by General Motors soon after GM declared bankruptcy in 2009. Hummers were known for terrible fuel economy and it seems that GM has decided to revive the brand with redemption in mind. The revived Hummer will be an EV exclusive marque and their first offering for 2022 is the Edition 1 Truck.

The truck comes with 3 electric motors generating a staggering 1000bhp and 1200 pound-feet of torque. The range will be around 350 miles from a single charge thanks to a massive 200kWh GM Ultium Battery. These stats are enough for serious V8 truck owners to take notice. Other unique features include a removable rooftop, semi-autonomous driving four-wheel steering assist and an adjustable air suspension.

The Hummer will compete with the likes of Tesla Cybertruck and offerings from Rivian and has an introductory price tag of $112,595. Cheaper and less powerful variants (830bhp) will follow soon after.

5. Ferrari Purosangue

Ferrari has finally decided to make an SUV – something they have always refrained from doing citing their sports car heritage. Their direct Italian supercar rivals Lamborghini on the other hand have been selling their Urus SUV since the past 4 years. 

The Purosangue is meant to be an indirect replacement for the GTC4 Lusso which was phased out last year. It seeks to compete with the likes of other performance SUVs in the market such as the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin DBX and the to be released BMW XM Hybrid.

While unconfirmed at this moment, it will probably use Ferrari’s 6.5L V12 engine with an 8-speed dual clutch auto transmission. Another engine option would be the 3.9L Twin Turbo V8 from the Ferrari Roma. This would be coupled with a hybrid powertrain. EV variants are also on the cards.

Other exciting launches to look forward to would be the super exclusive, limited production, F1 tech heavy McLaren One, the exciting performance sedans from Cadillac - The CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing and the final iteration of the V12 powered Aston Martin Vantage before it eventually gets replaced with a scaled down hybrid or turbo power. With so many exciting launches to look forward to, 2022 will be truly a great year for fellow petrolheads!