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2022 looks set to be another bumper year for all things automotive and here is just a sample of what’s to come writes, Geraldine Herbert

BMW i4

A fully electric four-door Gran Coupe is on the way from BMW. This Tesla Model 3 rival is equipped with electric motors at both the front and rear axle, with a combined maximum output of 544hp and M-specific chassis technology, the i4 range will start from €63,565 OTR. An i4 M50 model will launch next year and will essentially be an electric version of the M4 while achieving a range of up to 510km. The BMW i4 eDrive40 Sport has a range of up to 590 km so is more than capable of covering those long journeys without range anxiety.

Cupra Born

Cupra, the high-performance SEAT brand will introduce their first all-electric car, the Born. Based on Volkswagen’s ID.3, the Born is a more dramatic, aggressive-looking car with a smarter interior and sportier drive. Arriving in Ireland in Spring the Born 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.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

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 up to 600km. While the jury is still out on the idea of fitting a Mustang badge to an electric SUV the 0-100 km/h time of less than four seconds bodes well for Mustang DNA. With a starting price of €53,100, the Mustang is very impressive to drive with a good range but the interior is a bit of a letdown.

Nissan Ariya

Delayed due to the ongoing chip shortage, the Ariya is Nissan’s new coupé crossover. It will be available in five versions and with a choice of two batteries – a 63 kWh (delivering an estimated 360km range) and 87 kWh (delivering an estimated 500km range). Both battery options will come with a choice of two-wheel-drive and e-4ORCE, Nissan’s all-wheel-drive technology. It will be available for pre-order early in 2022 with the first models arriving in late Spring. Full pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

Renault Megane E-Tech Electric

One of the most eagerly awaited cars of 2022 is undoubtedly Renault’s all-electric Megane. Due to arrive in the Autumn, the new family-sized electric car will be offered with two power levels and two battery ranges, a 40kWh or 60kWh battery giving a range of up to 450km. Renault has focussed on optimizing aerodynamics while minimising weight, and the result is an electric car that is not just efficient but promises impressive ride, handling, and performance.

Tesla Model Y

On sale in the US for over a year, the Model Y is now available to order in Ireland. Sharing much in common with the Model 3, the Model Y is longer and taller and will be offered with a seven-seater option. However, while you can pick up a Model 3 for €50,000 you will have to fork out €69,800 for the Long Range AWD Model Y. With a 507 km range, the Model Y Performance starts at €79,478 with Irish deliveries expected in mid-2022 while first deliveries of the standard Model Y will start in early 2022.

Toyota BZ4X

Toyota is set to launch 30 all-electric cars between now and 2030, including new models and electrified versions of existing cars. Previewed at the 2021 Auto Shanghai motor show, the bZ4X is the Japanese carmakers first all-electric vehicle. Due in Ireland in May it is the first in the new bZ – Beyond Zero – series and it is expected to have a range of more than 450km and be available in front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.


About the Author

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen.ie. Geraldine Herbert is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1.

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