The second half of the summer of 2021 was a quiet time for the launch of new vehicles in Canada, probably a result of the ongoing shortage of microchips that are hampering vehicle production.
In any case, there was not much to talk about in August and September, so we have not published our regular monthly overview of new arrivals since July.
October, however, is becoming more interesting, thanks to the promise of a brand new Honda Civic hatchback, revised Volkswagen Tiguan and BMW X3 and X4 SUVs. We also have a couple of September lagging behind on board from Jeep and Nissan.
2022 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen has treated its second-generation Tiguan with an update to the 2022 model that provides a revised style and a handful of new standard features.
The new kit includes LED headlights, a heated steering wheel and a digital meter cluster, all of which were optional last year. Starting in 2022, all Canadian Tiguan models will also come with VW’s 4Motion AWD system, eliminating 2021’s front-wheel drive Trendline model.
These changes contribute to a higher starting price of $ 32,995 (excluding $ 1,950 for shipping / PDI) for the 2022 Tiguan Trendline, a premium of $ 1,000 compared to last year’s Trendline 4Motion model. Transferred from last year’s Trendline are 17-inch alloy wheels, roof racks, heated side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen, six-speaker audio, fabric upholstery and seating for five. A third row of seats is an option for $ 800. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine (184 hp / 221 lb-ft of torque) and an eight-speed gearbox will also be transferred from 2021.
The Comfortline trim comes in at $ 36,795 (a bump of $ 1,650 over 2021) and adds 18-inch wheels, adaptive cruise, Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving, 8.0-inch touchscreen and 10.25-inch displays, passive keyless entry, double zone A / C, electrically operated driver’s seat, rain-sensing wiper and an electric tailgate. A panoramic sunroof is an option for $ 1,500.
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New for 2022 is a Comfortline R-Line Black trim ($ 39,495) with 19-inch black wheels, trim-specific bumpers and sills, chrome trim inside and out, sunroof, 15-color ambient lighting and a steering wheel trimmed in perforated leather.
Finally, the Highline R-Line is a $ 42,995 package that features 20-inch wheels (up from last year), adaptive headlights, automatic headlights, parking assist, 360-degree cameras, road sign recognition, leather seats, ventilated front seats with electric front passenger adjustments, heated rear seats and a hands-free tailgate. (Last year’s top trim, simply called the Highline, went for $ 40,195 and came with 19-inch wheels.)
2022 Honda Civic Hatchback
In October, Honda will start filling its showrooms with a brand new Civic Hatchback to join the 11thth-generations ago that went on sale earlier in the year as the 2022 model.
As we write this, Honda has revealed the prices for the Civic Hatchback’s three trim (LX, Sport and Sport Touring), but has not published a complete list of features. We know that the starting price of $ 28,000 (plus a $ 1,700 destination fee) includes a 2.0L four-cylinder engine (158 hp / 138 lb-ft) previously reserved for beginner-class Civic sedans, along with a six-speed manual transmission, 7 , 0-inch touch screen, digital data meters, LED headlights and an improved version of the Honda Sensing suite of driver safety assistance.
The Sport trim ($ 31,500) adds a 1.5L turbo engine (180 hp / 177 lb-ft), 18-inch wheels, a better stereo and a heated steering wheel. Sport Touring adds fog lights, a larger touch screen and a fully digital meter group for $ 35,000.
All Civic Hatchbacks prices include your choice of standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional automatic CVT.
2022 BMW X3 and X4
October brings refreshed versions of the BMW X3 and X4 compact crossovers to Canadian showrooms as 2022 models, marking the first major design update introduced in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The X3 and X4 are more angular than before, with new taillights and a new version of the brand’s double kidney grill inspired by (but significantly more conservative than) the one that fronts the latest 4-Series coupe.
Both models’ powertrain options will be transferred from 2021. The X3 starts as the xDrive30i with a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine (248 hp / 258 lb-ft), an eight-speed gearbox and AWD. An xDrive30e adds an electric motor with plug-in charging (288 hp / 310 lb-ft), and the M40i trim switches up to a 3.0L turbo six-cylinder (382 hp / 365 lb-ft). The X4 xDrive30i and M40i share their powertrains with the X3; there is no PHEV X4.
BMW’s prices start at $ 56,245 for the X3 xDrive30i and $ 59,755 for the X4 xDrive30i. The X3 xDrive30e starts at $ 58,245 and the M40i models come in at $ 70,245 for the X3 and $ 73,245 for the X4. The new X3 PHEV’s starting price is $ 5,000 lower than last year, while all other 2022 X3 and X4 models are a few hundred dollars more than their 2021 counterparts.
2022 Jeep Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer
There were not enough new September models to write about last month, so we include a couple in this article, starting with the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, a pair of large SUVs aimed at improving the brand’s presence in the luxury use segment.
The two Wagoneer models also represent two-thirds of Jeeps pushed into three-wheeled SUV territory, along with the smaller, cheaper Grand Cherokee L.
Jeep Wagoneer prices start at $ 79,995, while Grand Wagoneer goes in search of Cadillac Escalades and Range Rovers with a starting ticket of $ 100,995. Both boast standard V8 power: the Wagoneer uses a 5.7L engine with eTorque mild hybrid assistance (392 hp / 404 lb-ft), and the Grand Wagoneer gets a 6.4L V8 (471 hp / 455 lb-ft). Both engines use an eight-speed transmission and a choice of three different 4WD systems.
Notable features of the Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer include an infotainment touch screen for the front passenger, dual 10.1-inch rear entertainment monitors and a McIntosh sound system with 19 speakers and 950-watt amplification.
2022 Nissan Frontier
The second arrival in September that we have to tell you about is the Nissan Frontier 2022, a completely redesigned version of Nissan’s previously compact, now medium-sized pickup. Frontier is also Nissan’s only pickup model at the moment, after the decommissioning of the full-size Titan.
Nissan is launching the Frontier in King Cab configuration, which is an extended cab with narrow rear doors with access to small, folding rear booster seats. The longer Crew Cab has full-size rear doors and a proper rear bench. King Cab details include S, SV and Pro-4X; Crew Cab comes in SV, SV Sport and Pro-4X.
All Frontier models use a 3.8L V6 engine (310 hp / 281 lb-ft), a nine-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive. Prices start at $ 39,998 for the King Cab S and peak at $ 47,498 for the Crew Cab Pro-4X.
Frontier’s standard kit consists of forward collision detection with automatic braking, intelligent cruise control and an 8.0-inch touch screen with smartphone integration. The SV trim has alloy wheels, heated front seats and steering wheel, dual zone A / C and remote start of the engine. SV Sport gets LED headlights and side steps rails, and the Pro-4X package includes off-road tires, off-road dampers, slip plates under the body, an electronically lockable rear differential and a 9.0-inch touch screen.