2022 Lotus Esprit
Lotus is one of those enigmatic manufacturers that have given a lot to the automotive world while also bearing its fair share of difficulties. Under its original founder, Collin Chapman, the brand established itself as a Formula One pioneer. Later, they went on to help other companies build some of the most epic cars, like the Lotus Carlton, Chevrolet Corvette C-4 ZR-1, and even the Nissan GTR. Now, the brand is bringing another one of their old names. The new Esprit is coming. Lotus is axing Elise, Exige, and Evora to make this happen. This means that the successor to Esprit will be crucial to the brand’s future plans. Here’s what we can expect.
2022 BMW iX
BMW revealed an interesting concept called the iNEXT at the 2018 Paris Auto Show. This was the time when the automaker also introduced us to the huge kidney grille. Who knew it would spread like a virus within the portfolio with many of them boasting it on their faces in the years to come?
Anyway, the iNEXT was soon renamed to iX, and BMW said that it will be roughly the size of the X5. But unlike the iX3, which is essentially the electric version of the standard X3, the iX will be much more. For starters, it’s based on a completely new platform that will underpin the future electric models, too.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Hyundai has a fairly long lineup of sedans and SUVs. With that covered, the company now plans to enter the pickup truck market, too. Back in 2015, Hyundai revealed the Santa Cruz truck concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Not a lot is known about the production model yet, but it will be based on the new Tucson SUV and will have a unibody construction. The truck has been spotted a few times over the years during its test runs, but we’re yet to see it without camouflage. The production is set to begin this year, and Hyundai could debut it sometime next year with deliveries starting soon after.
2022 Genesis EV
Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has built up momentum. This coincides with the increasing demand for EVs, which is why the Korean luxury brand has recently announced the addition of a new EV crossover. The car wears the designation JW and has been spotted testing on the open roads. It is expected to hit the showrooms in the second half of 2021, following in the footsteps of Hyundai Ioniq and Kia CV. Here’s what we can expect from the latest addition to the brand’s EV lineup.
2022 Audi RS3 Sedan
Audi launched the new A3 a while ago, which was soon followed by the S3. Obviously, the S3 is here to bridge the gap between the pedestrian A3 and the out-and-out hot hatch that is the RS3. Here is all we know up to this point about Ingolstadt’s incoming compact rocket.
A new set of spy pictures proves that Audi is hard at work perfecting the RS3 recipe before the premium hot hatch is finally out of the oven. When that happens, the RS3 is expected to hit the market with a tweaked version of Audi’s 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbo gasoline mill that powers the current RS3 and RS Q3, meaner looks, and an even higher-quality interior.
2022 Porsche 911 Safari
The 2022 Porsche 911 Safari is a rumored, upcoming variant of the company’s iconic sports car. Far from confirmed for production, the 911 Safari has been spotted testing on public roads a few times since late 2020, a sign that Porsche is considering some sort of 911 with a raised suspension. The Safari name isn’t official either, it’s just based on a nickname given to a handful of rally-spec cars that Porsche built in the past. The German company also created a 911 Vision Safari concept in 2012, but it kept it hidden from us until November 2020, when it unveiled numerous never-before-seen show cars and designs. Is Porsche actually working on a production 911 Safari. If so, what will it bring to the table? Let’s try and answer these questions in the speculative review below.
2022 Mercedes-AMG S63e PHEV
When Mercedes comes up with new models, the thing that gets our hearts racing more than the product itself is the fact that AMG would’ve started working on a higher-performance version of the same. This time, it’s the Mercedes-AMG S63 with an electric twist. The super sedan was spotted with camouflage performing cold-weather tests in Sweden recently. The biggest twist here is that it is a plug-in hybrid version, which means it will be more fuel-efficient and environment-conscious, and quite sprightly in terms of performance.
2022 Nissan Frontier
Nissan made a lot of changes to the last Frontier update, but there’s no denying that it’s still a 15-year old truck. The company recently teased the 2022 Frontier and it is expected to be the biggest change since its inception, especially in terms of aesthetics. The truck has proven its might in the past, but the styling is clearly dated and is probably the only reason for the Frontier’s dwindling sales. The 2022 Frontier is all set to debut on February 4, 2021, and here’s what you can expect from it.
Update 2-4-2020 The new, 2022 Nissan Frontier has finally be revealed. We’ll be updating this review in the coming days, but until then, you can check it out and learn all you need to know in our feature debut article!
2021 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company’s compact four-door sedan. A successor to the ATS-V, discontinued in 2019, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will sit at the top of range, superseding the existing CT4-V. The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing will be unveiled alongside the CT5-V Blackwing on February 1, 2021. Unlike the midsize sedan, the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing won’t feature a supercharged V-8. Instead, the high-performance compact will make use of a twin-turbo V-6 to tackle the all-popular BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. What makes it stand out over the CT4-V? Let’s find out in the speculative review below.
2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company’s midsize sedan. Set to become the range-topping version of the current CT5, the Blackwing will slot above the CT5-V. Performance-wise, the 2021 CT5-V Blackwing will be the first true successor to the CTS-V, as the CT5-V doesn’t fill the bill in terms of power and torque. On top of a powerful V-8 engine with more than 600 horsepower, the 2021 CT5-V Blackwing will also feature a more aggressive exterior and a revised interior with unique features and upgrades. Find out what to expect from this beefed-up sedan from our speculative review below.
2021 BMW M3 CS
The 2021 BMW M3 CS is an upcoming, higher performance version of the company’s four-door sedan. A successor to the F80-generation M3 CS that BMW produced in 2018, the 2021 M3 CS will boast similar upgrades over the current M3. It will feature a more powerful engine, a range of aero-enhancing features on the outside, some exclusive trim on the inside, and it will be built in limited numbers. Find out what will set it apart from the current M3 in the speculative review below.
2021 Hyundai Kona N
The 2021 Hyundai Kona N is an upcoming high-performance version of the company’s subcompact SUV. Launched in 2017, the Kona has become so popular in just three years that Hyundai is pushing it into high-performance territory. The Kona is the brand’s first SUV to feature an "N" badge, joining cars like the i20, i30, Veloster, and Elantra. Is the 2021 Kona N just as powerful as Hyundai’s N-badged cars and will it come to the U.S.? Let’s find out in the review below.
2022 Mercedes AMG SL63
The next-generation Mercedes AMG SL63 has repeatedly been spotted out testing. The car is slowly being unveiled, as now it has even less camouflage than before. Compared to models like the SLS AMG and its successor, the AMG GT, it was always a bit on the softer side in terms of the overall driver characteristics. However, things might change with this new generation, as it is the first SL, developed by AMG. What will this mean for the SL’s current target group?
2022 Genesis eG80
Hyundai’s premium brand Genesis was born just a few years ago and is already bringing some very competitive models to the market. Initially focused purely on luxury and sports sedans, they recently branched out to the SUV market as well.
Now, Genesis has decided to expand its portfolio even further by electrifying its lineup, starting with its flagship sedan. The G80 has already proven to be a capable platform and good value for money. The EV version of the big sedan dubbed the eG80 is said to arrive sometime in 2021 and will appeal to those looking for a luxury EV from a non-mainstream manufacturer.
A new performance version of the next Mercedes C-Class has been spotted during hot weather testing. More specifically, it is the milder C53 AMG variant. The car has been spotted being tested under the Southern European sun. The C-Class has always been important for the Mercedes brand, even though it’s the E-Class that is the most sold sedan of the entire lineup. Nevertheless, the C-Class will, once again, need to improve upon the very capable platform it has always been. With this in mind, here’s what we can expect.