Update: ‘New MG5 EV’ updated and ‘Mercedes EQE Shooting Brake’ added.
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.
New MG5 EV
The new MG5 electric station wagon, which made its UK debut at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, is a step up from the Roewe Ei5 (which was badged the MG5 for the UK in 2020). The facelifted model features new bumpers and wheel designs and redesigned LED headlights and rear lights. The interior looks fresh, thanks to a new, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with upgraded software and iSMART connected car functionality support.
In the UK, the new MG5 is available in a single configuration with a 154 hp motor mounted at the front and a 61 kWh battery pack that provides a range of 249 miles (WLTP). The new electric wagon has a towing capacity of 500 kg or 1,102 lbs.
Release Date – By the end of 2022 (UK)
Price – GBP 30,995 onwards (UK)
BYD Han EV Estate
Having launched in Europe last year with the Tang electric SUV in Norway, BYD intends to launch its sedan in the Old continent. It had displayed the Han electric sedan in a German roadshow in 2020. The latest spy shots have shown that BYD is toying with building a Han Estate (in addition to a Han electric convertible) as these bodystyles are found appealing among buyers in the UK and Europe. The Han electric estate car should borrow the motors and battery from the 2022 Han EV sedan, which offers 715 km (444 miles) of range.
Release Date – Expected to be launched in 2023; confirmation awaited
Price – Expected to start from $30,000 in China
BMW i5 Touring
BMWBlog reported in November 2021 that the incoming G61 5 Series family would include an electric station wagon in the BMW i5 Touring. Using the same CLAR (rear-wheel driven cluster architecture) platform as the BMW i4, the i5 Touring will use BMW’s 5th generation eDrive with densely packed and energy-efficient battery module and an integrated system combining transmission, e-motor, and power electronics in a common housing.
We expect two variants: BMW i5 Touring eDrive40 and M50, in addition to a reported xDrive40, which will see twin electric motors for AWD capability. The eDrive40 is expected with 350 miles of range thanks to an 80.7 kWh battery and a 340 hp electric motor which would rise to 544 hp on the i5 M50 and still include 300 miles of range. There is no confirmation on the variant’s launch in the United States.
Release Date – Reported to launch in 2024; confirmation awaited
Price – Expected to start from $70,000-75,000
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-first 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 2025; confirmation awaited
Price – Expected to start from USD 55,000-65,000
VW Aero B Estate
Station wagon enthusiasts can rejoice as the VW Aero B electric station wagon has been given the go-ahead. As EV adoption accelerates in different markets, the VW Passat Alltrack and Passat sedan will be replaced by the Aero B Shooting Brake and Aero B sedan, respectively. A single motor RWD variant, dual-motor AWD variant, and a performance-oriented GTX are planned. For the U.S., it is the electric sedan that the local operations plans to bring down, having discontinued production of the gasoline-powered Passat in December 2021.
Measuring almost five meters (more than 16 feet) in length, the VW ID. Aero concept has a low drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd. Volkswagen has fitted a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the electric sedan concept, claiming a WLTP range of up to 620 km (385 miles) in this configuration. The company says that the ID. Aero is a “close-to-production” concept, which indicates that the production version, as well as the wagon offshoot, should have similar specifications.
The Aero B project was expected to be completed earlier, but perhaps due to COVID-19 and semiconductor chip shortages, the launch has faced delay. With the sedan scheduled to enter production in Europe in 2023, we don’t see the wagon going on sale before 2024.
The ID. SPACE VIZZION is a concept for the future, but is not a dream. The production version will be released in late 2021, and will come in different versions for North America, Europe and China.Volkswagen of America’s announcement (via media.vw.com) from November 2019
Release Date – Expected to first launch in Europe in 2024
Price – Estimated to start from EUR 45,000
Skoda Octavia Combi EV equivalent
Former Skoda CEO, Thomas Schafer, has stated in interviews that the company is seriously looking at an electric Octavia in the second half of the current decade and that the Octavia Combi (one of the most successful models from Skoda) is a core part of the brand, and this bodystyle could be kept alive with future propulsion technologies.
Well the Octavia, specifically the Octavia Combi, is the core of our brand. This is no secret. We believe that this segment is by far not dead no matter what the propulsion is going to be in the future. So, yes I think we need an electric Octavia. Will it be exactly the same? You’ll see! But it belongs to us!Thomas Schäfer, former Skoda Auto CEO, at the Next-Level Skoda Strategy 2030 announcement on June 24, 2021
The important question is whether Skoda would continue using the Octavia nameplate or shift to its new nomenclature, which sees names end with a ‘Q.’ An Octavia Electric or Octavia Combi electric station wagon is not an immediate priority for the brand, though, as it continues to focus on improving the availability of the Enyaq and launching the Enyaq Coupe in new markets, and concentrate on a small electric crossover (ID.3 dimensions) and then a compact city car (a VW ID.2 sibling). It is only then that the company will develop an electric estate car.
Release Date – Expected in Europe in 2026
Price – Estimated from $37,000
Audi A6 Avant e-tron
Audi showcased the A6 e-tron concept at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, and this year, its Avant (station wagon) version 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, Senior Exterior Designer, marks the next evolutionary step in Audi’s design philosophy. Audi designer Wolf Seebers 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 concept stands on striking 22-inch wheels, and Audi says the upper rear end has a highly functional aerodynamic design. The rear diffuser houses two massive outlets that have been designed to reduce turbulence. The rear windscreen is sharply raked and is unmistakably sporty.
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.
Release Date – 2024
Price – Expected $75,000 and upwards
Lexus electric estate
In mid-December 2021, when Toyota teased over 15 electric vehicles, Lexus too had a few future models to show, of which there are two electric estate car bodystyles. Toyota (and Lexus) want to launch 30 EVs by the end of this decade, and though Lexus does not currently sell an estate bodystyle, the EV platform (where platforms are more adaptable) will see the luxury brand embrace new segments.
Given how Lexus wants to have EVs account for 100 percent of its sales in North America, Europe, and China by 2030 and go 100 percent electric by 2035, there could be a chance these electric station wagon models will make it to the United States.
Release Date – Expected mid-decade in Europe
Price – Expected $70,000 and up
Volvo V60/V90 electric successor
Volvo Cars plans to continue selling station wagons in the electric era, and it could launch a Volvo V Series electric successor in a few years. Robin Page, the company’s design boss, has told EV Central that customers need a car lower than an SUV but with a lot of cargo space.
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.
Release Date – By mid-decade
Price – Expected $45,000 and up
Alfa Romeo Giulia Electric
When the Alfa Romeo Giulia moves to its next-generation, it could adopt a radical new body style. Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has told Autocar that he doesn’t want to give up on the sedan body style, but at the same time, many have suggested a station wagon should exist. Maybe the solution lies between the two shapes, and the next-gen Giulia “can have the best of both worlds,” Imparato added.
The offbeat all-new Giulia would be available as a pure electric rival to the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake. Imparato has told whichcar.com.au that the launch won’t take place in 2024, meaning that the wait will continue.
Release Date – Mid-decade
Price – Expected $50,000 and up
Hyundai Ioniq 6 Shooting Brake
SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai 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 AutoExpress 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 – Expected EUR 60,000 (Germany)
Mercedes EQE Shooting Brake
Instead of a conventional Mercedes EQE Wagon (Mercedes EQE T-Modell for our German readers), Stuttgart is 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 EQE, it would feature a longer and higher roofline, and the trunk volume could be between the EQE (430 liters or 15.2 cubic feet) and the upcoming EQE SUV. Note that Mercedes-Benz has not confirmed the longer variant.
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.
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