Models of trucks, SUVs, cars and electric vehicles from Ford, Honda

A deluge of new cars, trucks and SUVs is scheduled for 2022.

Even as COVID-19 destroys the fine-grained supply chains needed to move vehicles from the drawing boards to your driveway, automakers will struggle to launch new models of trucks, SUVs and cars this year.

The shift to electric vehicles will continue and many of the most talked about SUVs and trucks in 2022 will initially be electric vehicles built in small numbers, many of which will only be available at premium prices.

Here’s a look at some of the most intriguing and meaningful models based on a new vehicle roundtable with Stephanie Brinley, Principal Analyst at IHS Markit, Jake Fisher, Director of Automotive Testing at Consumer Reports, and Detroit Free. Press, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. You can stream the roundtable here.

Read it full analysis in this subscriber story.

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Honda: new CR-V, Pilot and Civic R

The automaker is offering all-new versions of its best-selling CR-V compact SUV, the Pilot and Passport midsize SUVs and the HR-V subcompact.

Expect Honda to continue its campaign to bolster the modest off-road capability of its SUVs with references to its rugged ATVs; sturdy fender flares and grilles, plus some mechanical improvements. A hybrid CR-V is likely.

Sedan sales have slumped, but the midsize Accord remains one of America’s bestsellers, making the long-awaited update big news for hundreds of thousands of buyers.

The Civic R performance compact will arrive late this year to remind buyers that no one combines fun, affordability and efficiency better than Honda.

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Sketch of the 2023 Honda HR-V

GM: Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Hummer EV and Corvette

GM’s best-selling models, the full-size Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, get significant technology additions, including the Super Cruise Highway Driving Assistant, updated to provide hands-free towing and passing.

Chevy and GMC wanted the updated pickups on the road in 2021, but computer chip shortages delayed them. Other upgrades include a 13.4-inch touchscreen and an upgraded 2.7L turbocharged base engine. However, the Silverado and Sierra electric pickups won’t go on sale until 2023.

The GMC Hummer EV super-pickup lineup is expected to grow as GM Factory Zero production increases, adding the 3x model for $99,995 in the fall.

The Corvette ZO6 will make everyone forget electric vehicles – briefly – when it debuts this summer with a unique 5.5L twin-head, flat-crank version of Chevy’s legendary small-block engine.

Interior of the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

Cadillac Lyriq SUV

The Lyriq SUV, the second vehicle as GM’s ambitious electric vehicle rollout finally takes hold, arriving in the absolute sweet spot of the luxury market.

It’s packed with new technology, including GM-designed in-house Ultium batteries and motors. Add dynamic styling inside and out and GM’s latest connectivity and entertainment systems and it’ll be a disappointment if it’s not the vehicle that ultimately changes the conversation around Cadillac, which got a small image advantage over the past two decades for introducing a sting of large sports sedans and propelling the Escalade to the forefront of the global luxury market.

Base prices of $59,990 make the five-seat Lyriq accessible to any luxury buyer, but look for models loaded up to $100,000. It will compete with electric vehicles like the Audi E-tron, Tesla X and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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2023 Cadillac Lyriq Electric SUV

Ford Lightning

Ford has already ramped up production plans for the F-150 Lightning electric pickup several times, but production will be limited this year. The Lightning Work Truck has a $40,000 base compared to the $100,000 loaded King Ranch models.

Ford’s Lightning work van and upcoming Transit electric delivery van will play a big role in the public’s acceptance of electric vehicles.

Ford’s thriving SUV business will get an upgraded Expedition — likely with a Timberline model for the outdoors — and a 400-hp Bronco Raptor.

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Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup

Mazda CX-50

Mazda is trying a different approach with the launch of the CX-50 compact SUV this spring. Built in Alabama alongside the Toyota Corolla Cross, the CX-50 shares a roof – but not its platform drivetrain or any other component – with the smaller Toyota.

Mazda wants to position the CX-50 as more off-road capable than its popular CX-5.

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Toyota bZ4X, Sequoia and Lexus LX 600 and RX SUVs

Toyota’s latest effort to dispel the ambivalent perception of electric vehicles is the bZ4X compact SUV, which resembles the RAV4 design team that burst into the Lexus studio.

Due to sell out mid-year, it promises to overcome flaws in name and styling thanks to the automaker’s rock-solid reputation for value and reliability. Toyota promises up to 250 miles on a charge and a “spacious, technical interior with plenty of legroom.” It would be the upset of the year if it didn’t sell.

Also expect new versions of the Toyota Sequoia and Lexus LX 600, a pair of large SUVs that use the same architecture as the new Tundra full-size pickup, which itself adds a hybrid model this year.

Lexus is also getting a new version of its best-selling model, the RX SUV. The RX is Lexus’ best-selling and ultimate luxury midsize SUV.

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2023 Toyota bZX4 electric vehicle

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Rumors

A plug-in hybrid version of the new Grand Cherokee is expected to arrive in early 2022. Expect a battery range of around 25 miles. If the PHEV Wrangler 4xe is any model, there’s a big appetite for Jeeps that can run on electricity.

There’s no evidence this is also true for Dodge, but the affordable performance brand has been so short of new vehicles that there’s no evidence its customers wouldn’t buy a washing machine if it had. a Hemi. That legendary V8 is out of place for the Dodge Hornet compact SUV, but a PHEV is possible.

Alfa Romeo Tonale concept vehicle

The Hornet, if it exists, will share its architecture with the Alfa Romeo Tonale, a sporty compact SUV based on an award-winning concept vehicle.

The Tonale, which looks a lot like the midsize Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV and has a PHEV model, would also go on sale in the US this year, a late addition to Alfa’s painfully thin lineup.

Contact Mark Phelan: 313-222-6731 Where mmphelan@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @mark_phelan.

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