10 upcoming electric station wagon (estate) models [Update]

Update: ‘Audi A6 Avant e-tron’ section 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 the minivan 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.

2022 MG5 EV

MG5 Electric wagon 2021
The 2022 MG5 supports V2L (Vehicle-to-load), where the car’s battery can charge your electric scooter or camping gear. Image – MG

The 2022 MG5 electric station wagon, that has just reached dealers in Europe, is a massive step up from the Roewe Ei5 (which was badged the MG5 for the UK in 2020). Two variants are available: a standard model with a 177 hp electric motor promising 200 miles of range and a Long Range variant with 156 hp but 250 miles of range (as per WLTP cycle).

Release Date – Available in Europe since March 2022

Price – €31,920 (USD 33,887) before taxes and transportation costs in Germany

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

BMW i5 render front
The BMW i5 Touring is expected to support 200 kW DC fast charging, 10 minutes of which can add 90 miles of range. Image – Rendering of the BMW i5 courtesy of Shkelqim Ameti (Instagram)

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

VW Aero B Estate

VW ID. Space Vizzion LA Auto Show 2019
The ID Space Vizzion concept, which will make it to production, featured a 77 kWh (net) /82 kWh (gross) battery pack with an estimated range of 300 miles on the EPA cycle. Image – VW

Station wagon enthusiasts can rejoice as the VW Aero B electric station wagon has been given the go-ahead, and could even make it to the U.S. market. The Aero B Shooting Brake, as it could be called, combined with the Aero B sedan, would replace the VW Passat Alltrack and Passat sedan, respectively. A single motor RWD variant, dual motor AWD variant, and a performance-oriented GTX variant are planned. The Aero B GTX could rival the Tesla Model 3 with a 0-62 mph sprint in just 5.2 seconds and 300 miles of range. The most efficient Aero B Shooting Brake could offer up to 430 miles (company claims).

The project was expected to be completed earlier, but perhaps due to COVID-19 and semiconductor chip shortages, the launch has faced delay.

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 $45,000

Skoda Octavia Combi EV equivalent

Upcoming Skoda electric cars teaser including so-called Skoda Elroq
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 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, 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 A6 Avant e-tron front three quarters
Audi’s fresh take on the station-wagon body style with the PPE-based ‘production-oriented’ A6 Avant e-tron concept. Image Source: Audi

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

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

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

Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo

Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo
The Sport Turismo gets aggressive bumpers, sportier wheels, and more performance than the Cross Turismo. Image: Porsche

Porsche has expanded the Taycan range with the Taycan Sport Turismo. Though the German brand states Sport Turismo to be the third body style in the Taycan line-up, the body style appears visually identical to the Cross Turismo. The Sport Turismo gets aggressive bumpers, sportier wheels, and more performance. The GTS variant was introduced towards the end of February 2022, and the rest came available in March 2022.

The GTS version gets two electric motors, one on each axle, that produce 509 hp and 626 lb-ft combined. With the overboost function, they can produce 590 hp. Battery capacity is 93.4 kWh which provides between 424-490 km (263.4-304.4 miles) WLTP range. Performance figures are exciting. With launch control, the EV can hustle to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 155 mph. The Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo price in the U.S. starts at USD 133,300 (MSRP).

Release date – Available since Feb 2022

Price – USD 133,300 (MSRP) for the GTS

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

Featured Image – VW