Discontinued Cars for 2022

The electrification of the automotive industry is well underway, with new nameplates seemingly debuting every day. Take, for example, the following all-new electric vehicles for 2022: Audi Q4 E-tron, BMW iX and BMW i4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Lucid Air, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Nissan Ariya, Rivian R1T, and Volvo C40 Recharge. And that’s just for starters. 

Just in the past year, though, some familiar faces have returned to the automotive family, including the Ford Bronco, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Land Rover Defender. But with every reunion comes news of those no longer with us.

Discontinued Cars for 2022 Teaser

The following is a list of vehicles (or specific variants denoted with an asterisk) whose demises automakers have formally announced. Some are gone forever, while others could be resurrected in the future, perhaps even in battery-electric form. After all, if the Ford Mustang can develop a split personality, who’s to say other longstanding nameplates can’t?

BMW i3

2021 BMW i3 Front Quarter View

The BMW i3 wasn’t just the Bavarian brand’s first-ever electric vehicle. The quirky hatch-thing was one of the world’s first mass-produced EVs when it launched in 2013. Like the departed i8 plug-in hybrid, the i3 was a pioneer and paved the way for what has now become a BMW sub-brand (i), denoting electrification. However, the i3’s production run ended in July to make room for next year’s i4 Gran Coupe and iX crossover.

Honda Clarity

2021 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Front Quarter View

Honda has officially pulled the plug on its Clarity model. Introduced in 2015 as a follow-up to the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the just-call-me-Clarity returned as an FCEV but added plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants to the lineup. But after Honda dropped the uncompetitive Clarity EV from the lineup last year, now follow the FCEV and PHEV derivatives. Fuel-cell leases will continue through 2022, however, but only in California.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Side View

The Hyundai Ioniq will still be part of the automaker’s long list of eco-efficient vehicles in 2022, but only as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Hyundai is canceling the battery-electric variant in favor of an upgraded Kona EV and all-new Ioniq 5 EV. Also, the Ioniq Electric was sold in only 13 states and had a less than ideal range of 170 miles. Despite its demise, Hyundai buyers will have no shortage of EVs to choose from in 2022.

Hyundai Veloster*

2021 Hyundai Veloster Front Quarter View

The three-door Hyundai Veloster may have been too quirky and too impractical of a hatchback for buyers to bite because only the performance-tuned Veloster N is returning to the U.S. market for 2022. Because when you have 275 horsepower going to the front wheels of a compact car, who cares whether you have trouble figuring out the vehicle’s 2+1 door configuration or can’t fit your quarterly Costco shopping spree into the cargo area? 

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk Front Quarter View

Stellantis disbanded its Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division earlier this year, sending its trove of engineers and techs to other departments. We were told that SRT would live on in spirit, but consider the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT as one of the last to wear the badge. Not that the SUV was a slouch. Its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 produced 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. But then the Trackhawk version came along and offered up 707 hp of supercharged V8 madness. Hashtag shrug.

(Note that this news is unofficial. Jeep did not include an SRT performance model in its 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee information. Given the disbandment of the SRT team and Jeep’s move to electrification, it is unlikely that a track-tuned version of the new Grand Cherokee is imminent. – Ed.)

Kia Sedona (becomes the Kia Carnival)

2021 Kia Sedona Front Quarter View

In its more than 20 years of existence, the Kia Sedona never made a big dent in Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota minivan sales – even when it deserved to. Thus, the 2021 model year is the Sedona’s last as Kia decides to quit banging its head against the minivan wall. Instead, the automaker is trying something different. For 2022, the Sedona morphs into the Carnival multi-purpose vehicle, adopting a name the automaker has used in other parts of the world. (Psst, Kia, it still looks like a minivan.)

Lotus Evora

2021 Lotus Evora GT Front Quarter View

To align with its Vision80 strategy, which includes electrification and new products, including an SUV, Lotus announced the death of the Evora. It joins the beloved Elise and track-only Exige on the “old Lotus” chopping block. But, a replacement is coming in 2022, dubbed the Emira and equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder sourced from Mercedes-AMG or a Lotus-tuned supercharged V6 from Toyota. Ultimately the Emira will serve as a bridge to widespread electrification of future Lotus models. 

Mazda CX-3

2021 Mazda CX-3 Front Quarter View

There were high hopes for the diminutive Mazda CX-3, the brand’s entry into the burgeoning subcompact crossover segment. But, unfortunately, the little guy never quite found its footing. Sure, it was fun and even offered a stick shift, but once the redesigned Mazda 3 hatchback arrived and the superior CX-30 crossover went on sale, the CX-3 no longer fit in. Low sales figures, Mazda’s intent to move upscale, and the automaker’s recently announced realignment of its SUV lineup were the final nails in the CX-3’s coffin.

Mazda 6

2021 Mazda 6 Front Quarter View

The Mazda 6 is one of the best midsize sedans money can buy. Or, rather, it was. A family sedan with an enthusiast’s heart, it will leave the Mazda lineup for 2022 due to waning sales. But many speculate its departure will be more of a hiatus than a retirement, believing the Mazda 6 will make a comeback as an even sportier, more upscale and electrified version of itself. Fingers crossed.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

2021 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe Aerial View

As part of its restructuring, the Mercedes-Benz lineup will feature more tech-savvy rides but fewer fun-in-the-sun vehicles. Following the SLC-Class into the sunset, which entered the Benz burial grounds last year, are the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet. Twin-turbo V8s powered both variants of the full-size luxury model. Coincidentally or otherwise, Mercedes announced a production stoppage for V8 engines for all 2022 model-year vehicles due to supply chain issues. This affects 17 models in the U.S., which means some won’t exist at all, particularly AMG variants that were V8-only-equipped.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R Front Quarter View

With the addition of the track-tuned Black Series, the Mercedes-AMG GT lineup couldn’t find room for the GT R. Mercedes confirmed that the Black Series would, indeed, be the new flagbearer for the GT model range. U.S. sales of the GT R will conclude at the end of this year.

Nissan NV Vans

2021 Nissan NV 200 Side View

Nissan’s lineup of NV commercial vans, which sparked envy in no one, is no more. This is not a surprise, as Nissan announced in early 2019 that the 2021 model year would be the NV’s last. Production of the NV 200 compact cargo van, purpose-built NV Cargo van, and 12-seat NV Passenger van ended in the summer of 2021. 

Polestar 1

2021 Polestar 1 Front Quarter View

Polestar, Volvo’s spin-off electrified performance brand, made quite an entrance when it debuted the Polestar 1 in 2017. The two-door plug-in hybrid sports car was everything Volvo wasn’t: sleek, sexy, and powerful. With 619 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, the Polestar 1 clocked a 3.9-second zero-to-60 mph time. But, like its parent company, Polestar is all about batteries now, and the outgoing Polestar 1 will make way for the incoming production version of the Precept concept vehicle.

Rolls-Royce Dawn/Wraith

2021 Rolls Royce Dawn Front Quarter View

Rolls-Royce is calling it quits on its two two-door versions of the full-sized Ghost grand tourer, citing “regulatory issues.” The droptop Dawn and hardtop Wraith were introduced in 2015 and 2013, respectively. This now means the Rolls-Royce lineup will consist of only four-door British brutes. The sales stop for the entry-level Rollers, however, only applies to the U.S. market.

Toyota Land Cruiser

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Front View

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the Japanese automaker’s longest-running model line, having been there and done that for decades. Unfortunately, as capable an SUV as the Land Cruiser is, it was showing its age, slow to sell, and simply couldn’t keep up with the razzle-dazzle of competitors. As a result, a new-generation Land Cruiser was unveiled in June but not for the U.S., where the venerable vehicle’s run comes to an end. However, the new Cruiser’s underpinnings and powertrain will arrive stateside wearing a Lexus LX badge.

Volkswagen Golf*

2021 Volkswagen Golf Blue Front Quarter View

In 1975, the Volkswagen Rabbit sparked the hatchback movement in America. Later, it adopted the name VW used elsewhere in the world, and the latest Volkswagen Golf used the same basic recipe from the 1970s. After all, if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Alas, the all-new eighth-generation model will not be available in the U.S. Due to sluggish sales, the Mk8 Golf comes to America only in performance-oriented Golf GTI and Golf R guise. So, while this is not a full cease and desist order, fans of the standard Golf models are out of luck. For now, German practicality will come with a Nürburgring drive mode. 

Volvo V60 Wagon*

2021 Volvo V60 Rear Quarter View

As Volkswagen is with the Golf, Volvo is only partially killing off its V60 model line. The wagon version is a goner, but its lifted Cross Country crossover variant will live on. Because as we all know, American buyers don’t shop for wagons. But if you dress it up with enough body cladding, give it a nominal lift, and call it an SUV, they’re all for it!

Volvo V90 Wagon*

2021 Volvo V90 Front Quarter View

The Volvo V90 midsize wagon gets the same pink slip as its compact V60 sibling. The high-riding V90 Cross Country will still be available but only as a special-order vehicle. Volvo’s future is now squarely focused on producing crossovers of the battery-electric variety.

The automakers are the source of information in this article. It was accurate on October 11, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.