15 upcoming electric station wagon (estate) models

Update: ‘BMW i5 Touring,’ ‘VW ID.7 Tourer,’ and ‘2025 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo (facelift)’ updated.

The station wagon segment may be nonexistent in the United States, let alone an electric station wagon or electric estate car segment. This can be attributed to the emergence of minivans and SUVs in the 1980s, which promised more interior space and better-performing engines.

However, in markets like Europe and the UK, the wagon is still considered an important body style. Here are the carmakers that are keen to have an electric station wagon in their future lineup in the global market.

BMW i5 Touring

BMW i5 Touring front three quarter
The BMW i5 Touring supports 205 kW DC fast charging, which allows raising the charging level from 10 to 80% in 30 minutes. Image Source: BMW Group

The BMW i5 Touring is a large electric station wagon, and it will be available in an eDrive40 (335 hp/295 lb.-ft.) single-motor RWD variant and a M60 xDrive (592 hp/586 lb.-ft.) dual-motor AWD variant. We think a new xDrive40 (388 hp/435 lb.-ft.) dual-motor AWD variant, positioned between the two variant, could be introduced by early 2025.

The i5 Touring features an automatic tailgate and is available with an optional electrically operated retractable trailer tow hitch. It offers 20.1 cu. ft. of cargo space, expandable to 60.0 cu. ft. by folding the rear seat. The eDrive40 Touring variant can tow up to 3,968 lbs., while the M60 variant can do up to 4,409 lbs.

An 81.2 kWh (net) battery pack is standard in the i5 Touring, and it is expected to deliver a WLTP range of 348 miles in the eDrive40 variant and 314 miles in the M60 xDrive variant. A Max Range function allows the driver to increase the car’s range by up to 25% by throttling power and speed, and deactivating comfort functions.

New BMW iDrive system with BMW Operating System 8.5, optional BMW Interaction Bar, fully vegan interior, Highway Assistant including Active Lane Change with world-first eye activation, Plug & Charge, etc. are some of the key features of the touring version, borrowed from the i5 sedan.

Release Date – May 2024 in Europe; U.S. launch not planned

Price – EUR 72,200 (USD 78,553) onwards in Germany; U.S. launch not planned

BMW i3 Touring

According to Bimmerpost, a BMW i3 Touring will be a part of the global 3 Series Electric family. Codenamed ‘BMW NA1,’ the i3 Touring will roll out of the BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi (Mexico) starting in 2027, claims the forum post. We see it as another excuse for it to be tested with car buyers in the United States!

Thanks to the electric-only Neue Klasse platform, the i3 Touring can be sleeker and more spacious than the 3 Series Touring, which measures 4.7 meters (185.0 in.) in length, has a 2.9 meter (114.2 in.) wheelbase, and offers 500-1,510 liters (17.6-52.9 cu.ft.) of luggage space. Thanks to flat floor, even if it is lower than the ICE model (1.4 meters or 55.1 inches), it should still offer plenty of room. The ‘Frunk’ could make a return in electric BMWs beginning with the Neue Klasse i3 family.

BMW Group could use the sixth-gen e-drive units it plans to make in Steyr, Austria, from 2025, in the i3 Touring. The company may offer it in single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD variants. The 800V electrical architecture would pave the way for ultra-fast charging, allowing customers to charge the electric wagon at up to 350 kW and complete the 10-80% charging in around 20 minutes.

Release Date – Expected in 2027; confirmation awaited

Price – Expected to start from USD 55,000-65,000

VW ID.7 Tourer

VW ID.7 GTX Tourer front three quarter
Volkswagen’s new electric estate has a cargo volume of 16.2 cu. ft., expandable to up to 60.5 cu. ft. by folding the rear seat. Its cargo area is 42.3 inches long and can be increased to 76.7 inches by folding the rear seat. Image Source: Volkswagen Group

The VW ID.7 Tourer is an upper mid-sized class electric station wagon that gives customers a zero-emission alternative to the VW Arteon Shooting Brake. Designed specifically for European countries, it offers 21.4 cu. ft. of cargo space with all the seats up and 60.5 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seat folded. A roof box with 16.2 cu. ft. of additional storage space is available as an accessory. Another accessory available to increase utility is a swiveling towing bracket, which can be used to transport two bikes or e-bikes.

The tourer version of the ID.7 consists of Pro, Pro S, and GTX variants. The Pro variant has a 77 kWh (net) battery pack that can be charged at up to 175 kW, while the Pro S and GTX variants share a new 86 kWh battery pack with a higher peak charging input of 200 kW.

The Pro variant uses a rear-mounted APP550 PMSM tuned to produce 282 hp and 402 lb.-ft. of torque. The Pro S variant is yet to be detailed, while the ID.7 GTX Touring combines the rear-mounted APP550 PMSM with a front-mounted AKA150 ASM for 335 hp total power. For reasons unknown, Volkswagen is avoiding disclosing the GTX variant’s total torque, but it’s safe to assume it’s at least 339 lb.-ft. like on the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX.

Volkswagen expects the ID.7 Tourer to deliver a WLTP range of 377 miles in the Pro variant and 425 miles in the Pro S variant. The company has launched the ID.7 Tourer Pro at EUR 54,795 (USD 59,590).

Release Date – First deliveries in Germany expected in Summer 2024; U.S. launch not planned

Price – EUR 54,795 (USD 59,617) onwards in Germany; U.S. launch not planned

Skoda Octavia Combi EV equivalent

Skoda Combi electric estate teaser
Skoda acknowledges that some buyers want the practicality of the SUV but are not a fan of its shape, which is why the estate style is the perfect compromise. Image: Skoda

Skoda has confirmed plans to launch an electric estate in 2026. Measuring approximately 4.6 meters in length, the first-ever Skoda electric estate will be a compact model comparable to the Octavia Combi. However, it will have the space and quality of a mid-size estate. The Czech automaker has released a teaser of the exterior (pictured above), which embodies the brand’s new design language, Modern Solid.

Skoda’s electric station wagon should be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB+ platform, an improved version of the MEB. While MEB EVs are available with 110-220 kW powertrains, MEB+ EVs will be available with 110-290 kW powertrains. Moreover, while the former takes about 35 minutes for a 10-80% DC fast-charging session, the latter will take approximately 20 minutes for the same.

Release Date – 2026 (Europe)

Price – Estimated from $37,000

Audi A6 Avant e-tron

Audi A6 e-tron Avant (Audi E6 Avant) production model rendering
The Audi A6 Avant Electric model should look very close to the concept unveiled in March 2022, as previewed in our rendering.

Audi showcased the A6 e-tron concept at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, and in March 2022, the Avant (station wagon) edition was revealed in the concept form. Audi is flexing its prowess in lighting technologies; its front is reminiscent of the Sportback and features the closed single-frame grille with sleek Digital Matrix LED headlamps and an illuminated Audi logo. The taillights contain digital OLED elements that offer infinite customizable variations.

The design of the new electric Audi A6 Avant e-tron, according to Sascha Heyde, Team Manager – Exterior Design, Audi, marks the next evolutionary step in Audi’s design philosophy. Wolf Seebers, Team Leader – Exterior Design, Audi, has said that the production A6 Avant e-tron will be around 90% similar to the concept version, as per a report CAR magazine published in April 2022.

The Audi A6 Avant e-tron rides on the PPE platform, which sees significant changes from the MEB platform to make it more suitable for premium offerings. The PPE platform supports 800-volt architecture, and charging times for the A6 Avant e-tron’s 100 kWh battery are impressive; it can add 186 miles of range in just 10 minutes. In 25 minutes, the battery can charge up from 5-80%. The estimated range is 435 miles. 0-62 mph acceleration will take less than 7 seconds.

With the increasing preference shift toward SUVs, station wagons are losing appeal. In spite of this, Audi will continue to offer Avant models. “I think Audi stands for Avant and Avant for Audi,” Oliver Hoffmann, BoM member responsible for Technical Development, Audi, told Top Gear, the British publication reported on September 30, 2022.

Release Date – Early-to-mid-2025

Price – USD 75,000 onwards (expected)

Lexus IS EV

Lexus future electric estates
Lexus wants to become a full EV company by 2035 and embrace new body styles in the process. Image: Lexus

In mid-December 2021, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) teased over 15 electric vehicles, and Lexus also revealed a glimpse of its future models, including two electric estates. These look like swanky shooting brakes, though, not your ordinary station wagons.

During its FY2023 financial results press briefing on May 10, 2023, TMC announced an ambitious plan to launch 10 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2026, alongside a teaser. The lineup includes two luxury models, one of which seems to be a sedan, while the other exhibits design cues of an estate. These 2026 models will be built on a new vehicle platform, incorporating a new electronic platform and software platform.

According to a report Best Car Web published on July 17, 2023, the next-gen Lexus IS will be an EV-only model. The report says the IS EV will be available as a station wagon as well. However, considering that the popularity of regular station wagons is declining, Lexus will take a slightly different approach. Instead of a flat-roofed, boxy design, it will release a fluidic shooting brake that scores on style and delivers a higher range.

Given how TMC wants Lexus EVs to account for 100 percent of the brand’s sales in North America, Europe, and China by 2030 and go 100 percent electric by 2035, there could be a chance at least one of the two teased electric station wagon models, most likely the IS EV, will make it to the United States.

We will develop next-generation BEVs for Lexus brand by 2026, with everything from the battery and platform to how a car is built optimized for BEVs

Koji Sato, President & CEO, Toyota Motor Corporation

Release Date – 2026 (Europe)

Price – USD 70,000 onwards (expected)

Volvo V60/V90 electric successor

Robin Page, Volvo Cars’ former design boss, had told EV Central that customers need a car lower than an SUV but with a lot of cargo space. Will it launch a Volvo V Series electric successor in a few years and continue selling station wagons in the electric era? Probably. It makes sense for the company to be looking at an electric station wagon, CEO Jim Rowan told Auto Express.

The proportions of the Volvo V60 electric or Volvo V90 electric successor will be quite different from the present ICE models. Designed as EVs from the outset, these cars won’t need an engine space or a prominent open grille like an ICE model. The interior of the born-electric Volvos would be spacious and practical, with multiple storage areas and a flat floor. Volvo Cars may use a break in the battery pack, as Porsche has done in the Taycan, to free up leg room for the rear passengers. The company will avoid animal leather and use sustainable materials instead.

On July 13, 2022, Volvo Trademark Holding AB filed trademark applications for 14 new names at EUIPO. Three of them can be useful for Volvo Cars’ electric station wagons: Volvo EV40, Volvo EV60, and Volvo EV90. EV60 and EV90 could be reserved for the electric equivalents of the V60 and V90, respectively, whenever they are ready.

Release Date – By 2028

Price – USD 45,000 onwards (expected)

Hyundai Ioniq 6 Shooting Brake

SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai and Genesis Global Design Center, has talked about a new body style for the company’s newest electric car. Asked if Hyundai designers considered a liftback for Ioniq 6, Lee told Auto Express that he “can make a great hatchback out of that; a shooting brake.” Hyundai appears interested in offering the Ioniq 6 in an alternative body style that’s more practical but also more stylish than a traditional station wagon or estate.

Other Hyundai Motor Group brands have flirted with shooting brakes in the recent past, featuring combustion engines. In 2018, Kia introduced the ProCeed with a five-door shooting brake body. In 2021, Genesis launched the G70 Shooting Brake in the same format, targeting the European market. It could be argued that Hyundai’s turn to release a shooting brake is long overdue. The Ioniq 6 shooting brake, with its sleek lines, could have a big appeal in European markets, where sedans are not as popular as in the United States or China.

Release Date – Mid-decade

Price – EUR 60,000 in Germany (expected)

Mercedes EQE Shooting Brake

Instead of a conventional Mercedes EQE Wagon (Mercedes EQE T-Modell for our German readers), Stuttgart could be planning a Mercedes EQE Shooting Brake (via Auto Bild), which could be relatively more fashionable and aerodynamic, serving both form and function. Compared to the sedan, it would feature a longer and higher roofline, and the trunk volume would be between the EQE and the EQE SUV. Note that Mercedes-Benz has not confirmed additional EQE derivatives.

Mercedes EQE Shooting Brake (Estate:Station Wagon) illustration
With Audi and BMW having confirmed mid-size electric station wagons, it’s likely that Mercedes won’t be far behind. Pictured is TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the Mercedes EQE Shooting Brake.

The EQE doesn’t have a large trunk due to the extremely short rear overhang that measures 930 mm. The E-Class sedan, with its 1,150 mm rear overhang, offers 540 liters of trunk space. Extending the EQE’s rear would have brought its length precariously close to the EQS.

With a crouched rear, extra headroom for rear-seat passengers, and a larger load compartment, the EQE Shooting Brake should be more stylish and practical than its donor. In European markets, where customers appreciate sedan-like driving dynamics and the extra space that these long-body vehicles provide, it could be a more appealing option. We hold little hope for the EQE SB in the U.S., given the company didn’t bring down the CLS Shooting Brake or the CLA Shooting Brake.

Release Date – Expected mid-decade; confirmation awaited

Price – EUR 70,000 in Germany (expected)

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Electric

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Electric teaser
The Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Electric will be one of four EVs based on the MMA platform. Image Source: Mercedes-Benz Group

On September 3, 2023, Ola Källenius, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Group, confirmed the launch of an electric shooting brake on the MMA platform. “We will introduce four new models developed from scratch on our new Mercedes Modular Architecture (MMA): a four-door coupe, a shooting brake, and two stunning SUVs,” he said.

It’s safe to assume that Källenius was referring to a Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Electric. Expect the future EV to borrow design cues from the new Concept CLA Class. Much of its features and specifications should trickle down to the road-ready CLA Electric and the CLA Shooting Brake Electric. Customers who find the i5 Touring or A6 Avant e-tron too big or expensive will see the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Electric as an option.

Release Date – Expected around 2025

Price – EUR 55,000 in Germany (expected)

Opel Astra Sports Tourer Electric

Opel Astra Sports Tourer Electric front three quarter
The Opel Astra Sports Tourer Electric is among the fastest electric station wagons on the market, capable of accelerating up to 170 km/h. Image Source: Stellantis

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer Electric is the first electric station wagon from the German automaker. The UK gets the same model as the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Electric.

The Astra Sports Tourer Electric has a single electric motor, mounted at the front. It develops 115 kW and 270 Nm of torque and gives the electric station wagon the capability to attain a top speed of 170 km/h. A 54 kWh battery pack is standard, and the WLTP range is up to 413 km. 100 kW is the peak charging power, and charging to 80% capacity using a DC charger takes about 30 minutes.

With the batteries housed in the underbody, the passenger space and cargo space aren’t compromised. The cargo volume is 516 liters, and it can be expanded to up to 1,553 liters by folding down the rear seats.

Release Date – Available to order

Price – EUR 43,490 (USD 47,317) in Germany

Peugeot e-308 SW

Peugeot e-308 station wagon front three quarter
The Peugeot e-308 station wagon has a remarkably low energy consumption of 12.7 kWh/100 km (62 miles). Image Source: Stellantis

The Peugeot e-308 SW uses a single motor that produces 115 kW (156 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb.-ft.) of torque. Clearly, Peugeot didn’t build the e-308 SW for acceleration or top speed. However, the electric estate is impressive when it comes to efficiency, which will matter the most to its target customer.

A 51 kWh lithium-ion NMC battery pack is the energy source of the electric motor. It operates at 400 volts and should deliver a WLTP range of over 400 km (249 miles). Consuming just 12.7 kWh/100 km (62 miles), it is cheaper to run than a VW ID.3, which has a WLTP energy consumption rating of 12.9 kWh/100 km (62 miles). An 11 kW on-board three-phase charger is standard, and DC fast-charging from 20 to 80% SoC takes less than 25 minutes. Peugeot plans to launch the electric station wagon in Europe later in the year in Allure and GT trim levels.

Release Date – Available to order

Price – EUR 45,765 (USD 49,792) onwards in Germany

Next-gen MG5 EV

2024 or 2025 MG5 rendering
The MG5 EV is one of the few electric station wagons currently on sale. Pictured is TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the next-gen model based on the MG4’s design language.

MG UK commercial director Guy Pigounakis has said all MG UK models except for the MG4 EV will get a replacement by the end of 2024, as per an Autocar report from November 28, 2022. The British publication said the successors to current MG electric vehicles, including the MG5 EV, will likely sit on the new MSP (Modular Scalable Platform) that debuted in the MG4 EV.

As you can see in our exclusive rendering above, the next-gen MG5 EV will embody the design elements of the MG4. David Allison, MG UK’s Head of Product and Planning, confirmed this development to Auto Express, the British publication reported on May 22, 2023, two months after we released the illustration.

Lu Jiajun, the general manager of MG’s business unit, has indicated that the next-gen MG5 EV will debut in the second half of 2024, as per a report Autocar released on December 7, 2023. As the restyled MG5 EV was launched in the UK just back in November 2022, the company may not be in a rush to begin sales of the next-gen model, as it prioritizes its SUVs which enjoy a much higher demand.

Release Date – Late 2024

Price – Under EUR 40,000 onwards (expected)

2025 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo (facelift)

2025 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo front three quarter
Porsche has discontinued the Taycan Sport Turismo in the U.S. with the facelift, but it’s available in the overseas market. Image Source: Porsche

The new Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo features subtle design changes, chassis improvements, and a number of other small revisions.

The front looks cleaner because of the new headlights, which carry a sleeker design and aren’t connected to the air curtains. The air curtains are narrower and lie separately further below in a new bumper. The rear looks identical, but unlike on the old model, the Porsche logo in the strip is available in an illuminated version with entry/exit greeting animations. The interior, too, carries the same design.

The 2025 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is available with many new features. These include Porsche Active Ride suspension, HD Matrix LED headlights, a heat pump with a new cooling system, a 15W wireless smartphone charger, and video streaming on the central and passenger displays.

The old Taycan Sport Turismo was available with 71 kWh (net) and 83.7 kWh (net) battery packs, chargeable at up to 225 kW and 270 kW, respectively. In comparison, the new Taycan Sport Turismo is available with 82.3 kWh (net) and 97 kWh (net) battery packs with peak charging inputs of 270 kW and 320 kW, respectively. Porsche uses a new rear motor that is 10 kg (22 lbs.) lighter and offers up to 80 kW (107 hp) more power and 40 Nm (30 lb.-ft.) additional torque.

Internationally, the new Taycan Sport Turismo is available in standard (402 hp), 4S (455 hp), Turbo (697 hp), and Turbo S (764 hp) variants. While the original Taycan Sport Turismo was available in the U.S., exclusively in the GTS variant, the new model is not. There’s no plan to launch the new version in the U.S. presumably because of poor demand.

Release Date – Spring 2024 in Europe; U.S. launch not planned

Price – EUR 102,400 (USD 111,411); U.S. launch not planned

Lotus Emeya Shooting Brake

A wagon version of the Lotus Emeya could arrive after 2026, adding a fourth lifestyle model to the brand, and enable it to compete with the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo.

Mike Johnstone, Vice President, Commercial – Group Lotus, has said that the company is aware of changing customer tastes, the emergence of new market segments, and will continue maximizing opportunities wherever they appear. Ben Payne, Vice President of Design, Group Lotus, while refusing to confirm any plans, has reportedly said that products like the shooting brake would appeal to many creative people, and that the design team is always looking at doing things a bit different, as per Autocar.

Glancing at the Emeya’s spec sheet offers an idea about what the shooting brake could have in store. The dual-motor system on the top-spec electric sedan develops up to 675 kW (905 hp), giving it a 0-62 mph time of 2.78. The 102 kWh battery is expected to give it a range upward of 350 miles (WLTP), and the shooting brake variant could perform slightly better in this aspect.

Release Date – Unconfirmed, expected after 2026

Price – Upwards of USD 100,000 (expected)

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Featured Image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the next-gen MG5 Estate