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What will a new year bring to us? Hopefully health, happiness and a return to normalcy. But when it comes to trucks and SUVs, 2022 looks to be an exciting year with some highly anticipated updates and new models.

The electrification process of today’s automobiles kicks into high gear in the new year with some very exciting all-electric trucks and SUVs. But there will be some great new vehicles in the internal combustion world, too.

Let’s take a look at some of the most anticipated SUVs and trucks coming out in 2022.

Chevy Silverado ZR2: Not a TRX competitor, but still good

Any time we can get a new trim on a full-size truck, we are interested. And for 2022 Chevy brings over the ZR2 trim from the Colorado lineup to the Silverado. It’s essentially a small step up from the Trail Boss. While we did a video to showcase the difference between the Trail Boss and ZR2, here’s the gist of the ZR2 in a nutshell:

  • Multimatic 40mm DSSV spool-valve dampers
  • new 2-inch lift, 18-inch wheels with 33-inch tires
  • one-pedal rock crawling feature

No, this isn’t a Ford Raptor or a Ram TRX challenger, but giving Silverado enthusiasts more options is a good thing, and we are looking forward to some time behind the wheel of the Silverado ZR2.

Ford Lightning: The first Detroit 3 electric truck

Of course, Ford has something interesting to talk about after quite an exciting 2021. The Blue Oval was hit hard with production delays related to the microchip shortage, in the middle of launching the 14th-generation F-150 and the relaunch of the iconic Ford Bronco. Not to be overshadowed, Ford looks to 2022 as a significant year with the launch of the F-150 Lightning, its first-ever all-electric truck.

This 2022 truck could be the barometer vehicle to gauge consumer interest for electric trucks. As the sales leader for 2021, Ford is taking a chance to jump out in front by making an electric version of the F-150. Thus far, the pre-orders show a high level of interest in the F-150 Lightning.

Fisker Ocean: New brand, new SUV

If you feel a sense of deja vu when you hear the brand name “Fisker,” you’re not wrong. Fisker Automotive has been around since 2007, but after some reorganization and an off-shoot (Karma Automotive), the brand is back under the guise of Fisker Inc., and the first vehicle out of the gates is an SUV called the Ocean. It was official revealed at the 2021 LA Auto Show in November. While we don’t have too many details just yet, we do know the Ocean base trim, the Sport, will start at $37,499, while two other trims will be priced at $49,999 and $68,999, collectively. The front-wheel drive model is estimated to have a range of 250-340 miles, based upon battery size.

GMC Hummer: No longer a gas guzzler

It’s no secret that the next iteration of the iconic GMC Hummer will shake off its gas guzzling reputation and replace it with an electric powertrain. To be honest, what’s not to like about the all-electric 2022 GMC Hummer (other than the price, ouch). It has an estimated 350 miles of range and showcases GM’s Ultium battery system, which allows for 100 miles of range charging in just 10 minutes.

Additionally, the Hummer has a launch mode to thrust the boxy SUV forward with amazing torque. There will be a 1000-horsepower version of the Hummer and to that we say, yes please! And, perhaps the coolest feature is Crab Walk, which takes four-wheel steering to a new level. With this feature you can slide the SUV horizontally into a tight parking spot. Of all the new technology that’s being featured these days, this is the one feature I want to experience myself in 2022.

Pricing for the Hummer is lofty with the already-sold-out Edition 1 having a price north of $100,000. The Hummer EV2 is expected to be the least expensive trim with a starting price of around $80,000. The EV2x and EV3x step up by $10,000 each trim to hit six figures.

Jeep Wagoneer: Returns in grand fashion

The Wagoneer name is resurrected for 2022 with two offerings from Jeep. The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is a three-row large SUV that will rival the likes of the Chevy Tahoe. Jeep pours on the luxury with the 2022 Grand Wagoneer, which has the Cadillac Escalade and other luxury vehicles in its sights.

I’ve sat in both the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer already and was blown away by both. The Grand Wagoneer is a stunning work of art that made me ask aloud, Who does Jeep think they are now? The answer is, Jeep is going after all the competition with both of these vehicles, plus the Grand Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee L.

2022 will be a pinnacle year for Jeep as the brand showcases it is much more than the sum of its off-road vehicles.

Lexus LX 600: Big, bold SUV enters 4th generation

Lexus’ flagship SUV, the LX 600 drops weight and ditches the V-8 engine for 2022. This three-row SUV seats up to seven, but will offer a tow-row Ultra Luxury trim that seats four. The awful track pad goes away, and the infotainment system gets a complete reboot a la Lexus NX. As for the powertrain, the new LX will have a high-output, high-torque 3.5-liter V-6 twin-turbo gasoline engine.

We don’t know the pricing yet for the 2022 Lexus LX 600, but you can bet it will be heading toward the $100k mark, as the current LX has a base price of $88,275. At least this seems to offer so much more value and performance.

Mazda CX-50: Not a CX-5 replacement (yet)

The Mazda CX-50 is a midsize SUV that puts more emphasis on adventure and mild off-roading. While Mazda hasn’t released too many details about the CX-50 just yet, we know this new SUV will have two familiar engine options: the Skyactiv-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine and Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine. These engines currently appear in the CX-30, and both will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Mazda will equip the CX-50 with its latest all-wheel drive (AWD) technology and its Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (known as Mi-Drive). The Mi-Drive system will bring a rugged performance to the CX-50 and allow it to be driven in a variety of condtions including off-road terrain.

Rivian R1T and R1S: The first real electric truck & full-size SUV

Tesla may have grabbed the first headlines with the Cybertruck, but it was Rivian who quietly came out first with an all-electric production pickup truck.

The Rivian R1T will have limited production capability, so it won’t sell in the same numbers of the Lightning, but it’s still highly anticipated for 2022. Additionally, Rivian is launching the R1S, an electric SUV that will rival the GMC Hummer, but at a significantly lower price tag. We think competition is good for the consumer and are looking toward Rivian to follow in Tesla’s footprints to disrupt the industry.

Toyota Tundra Hybrid: Ready to challenge

We have covered the redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra at length since publisher Tim Esterdahl purchased one of the first 2022 Tundras and caused quite a stir with some of his videos and even brought about change to the infotainment system. Unfortunately Esterdahl wasn’t able to get the hybrid version of the Tundra as it was not yet available.

The i-Force Max engine on this 2022 truck is a rival to Ford’s PowerBoost hybrid engine in the F-150, and like the PowerBoost, it is based off a twin-turbo V-6, with a motor generator that is built in-line between the engine and the transmission to provide the additional power. Combined power output for the up-level i-Force Max will be 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.

No there won’t be a V-8 or diesel engine for the 2022 Tundra, but it will be very interesting to see how the Hybrid Tundra performs as it will have more power than the previous generation V-8.

Bottom line on 2022 trucks and SUVs

We will see three trends in 2022 trucks and SUVs: fuel consumption technology, luxury and off-road adventuring.

Personally, we think that’s perfect and are excited to see all these vehicles. What vehicles are you looking forward to in the 2022 model year? Leave your comments below.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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