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The 2022 New York motor show takes place from 14 to 24 April after two years of cancellations.

The New York International Auto Show returns in 2022 after two years of cancellations because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Famous for some of the biggest unveilings in the US car market, the Big Apple’s motor show also gives the public the chance to see some freshly revealed cars destined for Australia in the metal for the first time.

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This year, the show will feature a track for EV test drives, a micro-mobility area, a selection of supercars, hypercars and exclusive luxury vehicles, and a new automotive aftermarket experience.

The show takes place from 14 to 24 April and here are some of the cars we’re expecting to see there.

Deus hypercar

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Austrian manufacturer Deus will reveal an all-electric hypercar, which, Deus says, will “stand out in the increasingly competitive hypercar sector”. Few details have been revealed, but the model has been co-developed with Italdesign and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE).

The companies have described the car as “ultra limited” and “high performance,” and it is likely to be based on WAE’s EV architecture, which is suitable for crossovers, sedans and GTs and made from recycled composite materials and aluminium.

Ford F-150 Lightning

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The electric version of North America’s best-selling vehicle will arrive in 2022 with 420kW, 1050Nm and four-wheel drive, looking to tackle Tesla head on.

It will be offered with two battery capacities, delivering official ranges of around 370km and 480km on the American EPA test cycle. Ford claims the F-150 Lightning will be capable of a 0-100km/h time of between four and five seconds.

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

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The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV will be the next model based on Mercedes’ bespoke EV architecture. Available with up to seven seats, the EQS SUV will lead Benz’s next wave of electric vehicles destined for the Australia.

The EQS SUV is set to offer a 108kWh lithium ion battery pack mated to two motors, together developing up to 385kW and 855Nm of torque in the strongest of the planned standard four-wheel-drive models.

Mercedes-Benz revealed the interior of its EQS SUV earlier this month, but we’ve still yet to see the final design of the model’s exterior. As in the EQS limousine, the German car maker’s 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen is the focal point of the stylish interior. Could it make an appearance on the show floor?

Nissan Ariya

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Nissan’s second EV will help it step into “a new era for electric vehicles”, with bold styling, 500km of range and a 290kW variant.

The Volkswagen ID 4 rival will begin right-hand drive deliveries for the UK this year but Australia timing is unclear, with the best scenario likely to be from 2023.

The model’s development boss said the aim of the car was to provide “maximum, usable performance in a wide range of driving conditions”. The Nissan Ariya will feature Nissan’s e-4orce four-wheel drive system, dubbed the “spiritual offspring” of the system used in the Nissan GT-R.

Nissan Z

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The new Nissan Z will launch in Australia later this year and we should count ourselves lucky, as Nissan pulled the model from sale in Europe due to “a shrinking European sports car market and specific regulations on emissions”, Nissan says.

However, we can look forward to a 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine, currently used in the Infiniti Q60 coupe, with 475Nm of torque at 5600rpm – 30 more than the previous model.

The Z will also be launched in the US market this year, while the Japanese-market version of the car, named the Fairlady Z, will be revealed in the coming months.

Subaru WRX

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The Subaru WRX has been revived for 2022, although Subaru has axed the STI version. It gains a new platform, a heavily upgraded chassis and an overhauled interior. It’ll be powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged boxer engine – similar to that used in every WRX since the Mk1 model of 1992.

The result is a punchy 202kW and 350Nm, with all-wheel drive, a six-speed manual gearbox or a new Subaru Performance automatic transmission.

Toyota bZ4X

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The Toyota bZ4X, Toyota’s first production EV, will appear at the show ahead of its upcoming market launch. The model features a new, bespoke all-wheel drive system, which gives the car “class-leading off-road driving capability”.

It made its public debut at the Los Angeles motor show last year and the entry-level car promises a WLTP range of more than 450km. Toyota says its powertrains draw on 20 years of electrification experience, with “class-leading efficiency and a very competitive driving range”.

Vinfast VF 8 and VF 9

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Vinfast has partnered with Pininfarina to build two SUVs: the VF 8 and VF 9. The Vietnamese car maker is yet to detail any plans for an Australian market launch.

The two cars are said to be inspired by sports cars, with a design to optimise dynamics. The models will go on sale later in 2022.

Volkswagen ID Buzz

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The Volkswagen ID Buzz made its public debut at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, earlier this month, but the revived edition of the firm’s microbus will now take to the show floor in New York.

The model was fully revealed at the start of March and it will initially be available as a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive model. It will be driven with similar electric motor setups as used by other Volkswagen models in the ID range.

A more powerful all-wheel-drive, dual-motor version will arrive in 2023, but those wanting to get behind the wheel of a Buzz California camper van will have to wait until 2024.

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