Sportscar purists cringe at the sight of performance SUVs, that seem to have a mission to oppose aerodynamics. But once you open your mind to new things and embrace their hulky nature, a whole new dimension of sporty performance would open up. By popular demand, in this episode we will be reviewing the newest 2022 crossovers and SUVs from this class, that promise unparalleled acceleration, top speed and on the road agility.
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#1 2022 Hyundai KONA N
2022 Hyundai Kona N occupies an honorable position of the Korean brand’s first true performance crossover and relies on the same 2-liter turbo engine that we have already seen in the Veloster N.
#2 2022 KIA EV6 GT
This is the first KIA model to take advantage of the limitless opportunities provided by the all-new dedicated electric E-GMP platform. The GT badge on the KIA EV6 crossover is not just for show.
#3 2022 Nissan Patrol Nismo
The major difference between this Middle East exotic and the regular Patrol is its extensive exterior modification focused on improving aerodynamics of the SUV. The NISMO boasts a mean-looking front fascia with updated honeycomb grille, taller bumper and multiple blacked-out detailing instead of traditional chrome bits.
#4 2022 Ford Mach E GT and GT Performance
Ford has prepared a special treat for all of those Mustang fans, who oppose the use of the moniker to name an SUV. The GT Performance Edition is attempting to live up to the iconic heritage of the Pony Gt by fully embracing the potential of the Mach e electric Platform.
#5 2022 CUPRA Formentor VZ5
The limited 7000-unit CUPRA Formentor VZ5 borrows the 2.5L turbo mill from Audi RS3, but here, it is paired with a 7-speed DSG and Haldex-style AWD, netting 390 hps and 354 lb-ft.
#6 2021 Maserati Levante Hybrid and F Tributo Special Edition
Hearing the word electrified, the modern consumer expects to see a car with a plug, but by Maserati’s standards a 48V mild hybrid system would still suffice. This version of the Levante arrives on the heels of the already hybridized Ghibli sedan.
#7 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
2022 Volkswagen ID.4 GTX expands the current ID family and becomes its first high-performance representative. Unlike the standard ID.4, the sportier GTX comes standard with a dual motor AWD setup featuring one electric motor per front and rear axle.
#8 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron
The growing e-tron series from Audi is welcoming 2 newcomers in 2021. The Q4 and its sportback version try on the VW Group’s new MEB platform that allows for single motor RWD and dual-motor AWD configurations.
#9 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S SUV
The story of the mid-cycle facelift for the GLC Class began in 2019, but in case of the US market, it still continues. The SUV-bodied flagship of the AMG GLC range is about to debut on the US market as a 2022 model, boasting of the fresh LED head and taillights, 20inch AMG wheels, and a performance exhaust system with adjustable flaps.