While one of the more exciting parts of the new year is the inevitable wave of new vehicles, it usually also means a handful of cars will be discontinued, as well. The automotive industry is changing rapidly amid the shift to electrification, so rather unsurprisingly, a large number of vehicles will be put to pasture for the 2022 model year – including sports cars, small crossovers, station wagons, and more.
It's an interesting time for the automotive industry and as Canadian car shoppers' tastes and needs evolve, vehicles will be dropped from automaker lineups to make room for better, newer, or more popular/profitable models. Here are 11 vehicles that will cease to exist in the Canadian automotive market past 2021.
Honda’s oddball plug-in hybrid sedan, the Clarity, has been discontinued and will no longer be available in Canada (or any other market) beyond the 2021 model year. That’s fine by us, though, because the Clarity’s departure makes way for the new Honda Prologue – a battery-electric crossover that will take up the mantle as Honda’s latest eco-friendly product offering when it arrives in 2023.
The Lotus Evora will be discontinued for 2022, but fans of the celebrated British sports car brand need not worry, as the automaker will offer both the new Lotus Emira and battery-electric Lotus Evija here. Lotus is also developing a new crossover model, which has been codenamed the Type 132 and will debut in the spring of next year.
The Mazda CX-3 has been indirectly replaced by the slightly larger, more comfortable, and more refined CX-30, so it only makes sense that this subcompact crossover will be axed for the 2022 model year. This affordable subcompact crossover was once considered the cream of the crop in its segment. It’s hard to argue with a reasonable starting price, good build quality, and available all-wheel drive, after all.
[Correction: The Mazda CX-3 was mistakenly added to this list of discontinued cars. The 2022 Mazda CX-3 will indeed be available, even though it was announced as discontinued at an earlier time.]
The Mazda6 was never the hottest-selling mid-size sedan in Canada, but this surprisingly refined four-door occupied a unique spot in its segment by offering athletic driving dynamics and good build quality in an affordable package. It will no longer be offered here from 2022 onward, although rumours allege Mazda is working on a new mid-size sedan for the North American market.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric will be dropped from the Korean automaker’s lineup – but don’t think Hyundai’s given up on EVs. The automaker will add the stylish new Ioniq 5 electric hatchback to its lineup next year, which we included on our list of the most exciting new cars that will launch in 2022.
The Mercedes-AMG GT-R will be dropped from the German performance sub-brand’s lineup in favour of the even more extreme Black Series variant. The arrival of an AMG Black Series variant usually means the model is on its way out, though, so any Canadian car enthusiasts who want to put an AMG GT in their driveway should act soon. Nevertheless, the standard AMG GT C variant will remain on sale in Canada alongside the Black Series in 2022.
Nissan NV Van
Nissan’s NV and NV200 commercial cargo vans have been discontinued for 2022 – although this isn’t much of a surprise. Nissan first said the NV vans wouldn’t last beyond the 2021 model year way back in 2019, so this move has been a long time coming.
We imagine Rolls-Royce Dawn/Wraith sales in Canada were quite low, but regardless, neither of these nameplates will be sold in Canada or any other markets past 2021. Rolls-Royce will launch a new EV model called the Spectre in 2023 – which may serve as an indirect replacement for the entry-level Dawn/Wraith.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT/Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Jeep introduced a wholly redesigned Grand Cherokee for the 2022 model year, but a performance SRT variant was glaringly absent from the lineup at launch. As a result, neither the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT or the 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk will be offered past 2021. Stellantis, Jeep’s parent company, recently disbanded the SRT division and is moving away from fuel-powered performance vehicles in favour of EVs, so we may see a blisteringly quick Jeep EV one day – just don’t expect it to be wearing an SRT badge.
Kia Sedona (but don’t forget the new Carnival!)
The Kia Sedona minivan is no longer – but it has been replaced by the brand-new, renamed Kia Carnival. The Carnival offers all the same family-oriented advantages as the Sedona, but pairs it with more grown-up styling, more up-to-date technology, and a redesigned cabin. Fun fact: the Kia Sedona was always called the Carnival in its home market of Korea, but was introduced as the Sedona for the U.S. and Canada. Kia has now abandoned the Sedona name and will stick with Carnival in all markets the minivan is sold in.
Volvo V60 and V90
We hate to see the Volvo V60 and V90 go. The V60 won our 2022 AutoTrader Expert’s Choice Award for Best Wagon, while the V90 takes all the best traits of the V60 and wraps them in a larger and more luxurious package. Wagon sales are minuscule in North America, though, so we’re not surprised to see Volvo pull the plug on either of these nameplates. On the bright side, the V60 Cross Country and V90 Cross Country will remain on sale here, which are essentially the same vehicles, only with higher-riding suspension and protective plastic body cladding.