Although family price point cars have suffered from somewhat of a shortage this year, the mid and luxury market is not feeling the same burn. This year, brands like Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, and Mercedes have expanded their model families with some impressive new profiles. CELEB takes a look at three 2022 models that will turn heads and inspire: The Rolls-Royce’s 2022 Ghost Black Badge, 2022 Land Rover Range Rover, and 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL.
Ghost Black Badge Debut
Rolls-Royce has long been synonymous with luxury and class. And the Black Badge model has always been one of the brand’s most important, making up around 30% of total sales on its own. So when they reinvent the Black Badge for the next year, they have to do it carefully and thoughtfully, wooing customers for another year.
This year, Rolls-Royce is taking a bold chance and turning their models dark, including the Ghost Black Badge just unveiled today. CNET’s Road Show writes, “The Ghost Black Badge follows a familiar formula, with a number of noir exterior touches. Both the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and vertical metal grille have a darkened chrome finish, matched with Black Badge-specific 21-inch wheels that look rad on the new Ghost. You don’t have to get the Ghost Black Badge with black body panels, of course, but Rolls-Royce says that if you do, you’ll be treated to ‘the motor car industry’s darkest black,’ where 100 pounds(!) of paint is ‘atomized and applied to an electrostatically charged body in white before being oven dried.’ It’s not dark black; it’s a slightly darker black.”
And the interior boasts the signature Rolls-Royce sleek, smooth, and utterly luxurious style. With touches of black Bolivar wood, carbon fiber printed overlay, and a futuristic display, guests will wonder if they’re riding in a spaceship or driving a car. The Black Badge’s infinity logo shines boldly from the dashboard and with a fully customizable color scheme, both drivers and passengers will love the seductive ride.
While it’s not a sports sedan, Black Badges are given a little more athleticism than a typical sedan and make for an enjoyable drive, even as you glide through journeys on a butter-smooth suspension. The model starts at $395K, which will elicit a whistle of awe from your average car shopper. For a Rolls-Royce buyer, however, it’s the kind of price point that indicates you’re buying something extra special.
2022 Land Range Rover
The 2022 Land Rover Range Rover is throwing away the unnecessary and focusing on form and function. A sleek, smooth, and no-frills SUV, the next model embraces a bare-bones profile that somehow looks like luxury in motion. It’s a refreshing new look we hope we see more of in ’22 and ’23, with no unnecessary accessories to distract the eye. And speaking of ’23, the next year’s model is expected to come with fully powdered doors so you don’t have to break a nail getting into your car.
Whether you want a 4-5 person seater or need a bigger family car, this year the Range Rover is offering a third row seating option for the first time. Opt in or opt out, you’ll have plenty of room in every seat. With leather seats for miles and a huge display screen in the front that almost feels Tesla-esque, the body and mind will delight in the 2022 Range Rover’s interior.
However, the most fascinating aspect of the new model is that they’ll be offering a fully electric version. For a huge SUV with a large visual footprint, it’s a wonderful leap forward that the environment will be thankful for.
2022 Mercedes-AMG SL
We’ve looked at a new luxury sedan and a new luxury SUV, so of course we have to take a look at a new roadster. Designed to go head-to-head with the Porsche 911, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL is a delightful little sports car with power and comfort to spare. With a power folding cloth top, two rear seats, and a standard all-wheel-drive for the first time in the model’s history, this new little roadster means business.
AutoBlog shares per MSN, “In recent decades, the SL has been more of a grand tourer than a true sports car. This ends here, and the mutation starts with design. Its proportions have been completely rejigged. It’s now characterized by a long hood, a short trunk lid, and short overhangs on both ends. Its front fascia falls perfectly in line with Mercedes-Benz’s current design language by adopting angular headlights and the Panamericana grille mounted relatively low. Out back, horizontal rear lights are integrated into a more rounded panel, and there’s a massive air diffuser.”
While the car is undeniably built for performance, it’s also every techie’s dream, with the most state-of-the-art systems Mercedes has to offer. The interior is sporty and cool, with an 11-inch touch display mounted on the center dash console. The luxury seats look spare but offer plenty of room and comfort for the discerning driver.
Whether you’re hopping in the driver’s seat to beat your best time or go for a slow wending drive through the country, this little roadster is the perfect car to get a lot of bang for your luxury buck.