Volkswagen has refreshed the Jetta and Jetta GLI models for 2022, starting with a new engine for the standard sedan. It’s the 1.5-litre turbo-four from the Taos, making 158 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the GLI sticks with its 228 hp 2.0-litre engine. New front and rear fascias and lights update the appearance of the vehicle. VW has shuffled Jetta’s trim levels, now starting with Trendline and extending to Comfortline and Highline. Trendline is new this year and last year’s Execline is gone. Also new is a Sport pack for Comfortline that adds special wheels, black trim, sport suspension, and an XDS locking differential. 2022 Jetta starts from $22,595 with GLI from $31,595.
CX-5 gets more upgrades
Mazda priced a trio of 2022 models this week, along with announcing upgrades and other trim changes. The Mazda3 and Mazda3 Sport hatchback get a new Platinum Quartz Metallic paint as well as expanded availability of last year’s Polymetal Grey. GX models get blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert this year, while GT Premium features like wiper de-icing and auto-dimming mirrors are moved down to GT. The sedan starts in GX trim from $21,200 with the hatch $1,000 more. All-wheel drive remains an option on GS and GT and standard on GT Turbo.
Mazda’s third 2022 model is the CX-5 which adds standard all-wheel drive for 2022, just months after a 2021.5 update that added new infotainment and upgraded driver assistance. 2022 CX-5s also gets a new grille and lights as well as new front seats. Mazda says the chassis has been tweaked for more rigidity and improved noise and handling and the six-speed auto has been re-tuned for quicker shifts. 2022 CX-5 starts from $30,200 with AWD and tops out with the $43,350 Signature.
Volvo C40 Pricing
Volvo priced the 2022 C40 Recharge EV. It’s the brand’s first ground-up EV and the first from the brand to feature a leather-free interior. Reservations are open now for the model, starting from $72,600. It will have two motors for 402 hp and 486 lb-ft with an expected 360 km range from its 78 kWh battery. Deliveries of the EV are expected in the spring and will be offered only in Ultimate loaded trim.
Nissan announces EV plan
Nissan announced its EV goals with a plan called Ambition 2030. The automaker says it will spend $22.4 billion and introduce 23 new electrified models (including 15 new EVs) by 2030. Nissan hopes for a 50 per cent mix of electrified models by then, with around 75 per cent in Europe and 40 per cent here. Nissan showed four concepts to go with, including a cool electric truck called the Surf-Out. Nissan said it expects solid state batteries by 2028, and that those batteries would come in at a cost that’s considered by many to be at parity between EV and gas powertrains.
Polestar has just given us a look at the brand’s first EV crossover, expected next year. The Polestar 3 will be a crossover-coupe style model the company calls a “premium electric performance SUV.” What they showed last week was just a teaser but expect the US-built model in the first half of next year. No specs for now but expect similar figures to the C40 Recharge from Volvo.
ONRoute to get charging stations.
Ontario will be getting more L3 charging on two of the most travelled corridors in the country. 150 kW charging stations are set to be installed at 17 ONroute locations in time for summer 2022, says network operator Ivy. Three more will have charge points by end of next year, adding charging capacity to highways 400 and 401. The Ivy network is jointly owned by Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation.