Update: ‘2024 Tesla Model 3’ and ‘Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV’ updated.
The auto industry is undergoing a paradigm shift due to the carbon neutrality goals in North America, Europe, and China, and top automakers are preparing a massive ZEV onslaught to bring down their average emissions. This will be the year with the highest number of new electric car unveils and launches. 50+ new EV models are debuting or launching for customers, and unsurprisingly most are SUVs. Many of the new 2023 electric car models will be vehicles designed from the outset to run solely on electric power.
Below we have listed many EVs that have been unveiled recently as either they haven’t been shown in regional specifications (launched only in the home or limited markets) or they aren’t physically available yet in most countries. Detailed information on these upcoming electric cars or electric pickup truck models can be found in the links placed in the descriptions.
The 2024 Acura ZDX, the Japanese premium brand’s first electric model, will be a mid-size SUV built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Blazer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. Designed at the Acura Design Studio in SoCal, it will have references to the Acura Precision EV Concept from the 2022 Monterey Car Week. Its shape will likely look quite similar to that of the Chevrolet Blazer EV.
The platform underpinning the ZDX, called BEV3 at GM, allows three drivetrain layouts: FWD, RWD, and AWD. Acura hasn’t revealed the ZDX’s drivetrain layout, but you can at least count on AWD. The company has confirmed a hot Type S variant, so a dual-motor AWD setup will surely be available. There could be two or more power and torque levels, with the Type S variant’s powertrain producing well over 550 horsepower and around 650 lb.-ft. of torque. At least one of the configurations should deliver an EPA-est. range of over 300 miles.
The Acura ZDX will debut in 2023 and start arriving at U.S. dealers in 2024. Its prices may start at over USD 60,000.
Audi Q8 e-tron
Audi has given the e-tron a facelift and changed its name to Q8 e-tron. The new model features subtle design updates and significant technical improvements. It is available in the same three variants: 50, 55, and S.
The Q8 e-tron comes with higher-capacity, 89 kWh (50) and 106 kWh (55 and S) battery pack options. As a result, it can travel longer distances on a full charge. The 50 variant can do 491 km (305 mi), the 55 variant’s charging depletes at 582 km (362 mi), and the S variant maxes out at 494 km (307 mi). All these are WLTP range figures; EPA estimates aren’t available yet. Charging power has increased, too – 150 kW (50)/170 kW (55 and S).
The Q8 e-tron’s base variant, which, as in the case of the e-tron, might not be available in the U.S., has an updated dual-motor powertrain with a new boost mode. It produces 250 kW (335 hp) in boost mode and 664 Nm (490 lb.-ft.) of torque. The top speed is also higher – 200 km/h (124 mph).
Audi has said that the model is expected to come to the U.S. market in April 2023.
Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron
The Audi e-tron Sportback has become Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron with the facelift. Extensive technical changes overshadow cosmetic revisions.
The Q8 Sportback e-tron comes with the same bigger battery pack options as the SUV model – 89 kWh and 106 kWh. Similarly, 50, 55, and S are the variant options, from which the base variant gets the smaller battery and the other two variants share the bigger unit. The WLTP range figures are higher across the range — 505 km (313 mi) in 50, 600 km (373 mi) in 55, and 513 km (319 mi) in S.
The Q8 Sportback 50 e-tron has an updated dual-motor powertrain with a new boost mode. It develops 250 kW (335 hp) in boost mode and 664 Nm (490 lb.-ft.) of torque and allows a higher top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). Its charging power is also higher – 150 kW. The Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron also offer a higher charging power – 170 kW.
The Q8 e-tron Sportback should reach the U.S. by June 2023.
Audi Q6 e-tron
The Audi Q6 e-tron will be the four-ringed brand’s second mid-size electric SUV, but a few years down the line, it is expected to replace the Audi e-tron. It will be one of Volkswagen Group’s first models to ride on the Porsche-Audi co-developed PPE platform. Unlike the e-tron’s MLB Evo platform, PPE is a dedicated EV architecture.
Another significant difference is the 800-volt charging system instead of a 400-volt charging system. Up to 600 PS (592 hp) of power, 600 km (373 miles) of WLTP range, a more spacious cabin, and an all-new Android Automotive OS-based infotainment system are other things customers can look forward to. Scheduled to premiere later this year, the Q6 e-tron should start arriving at U.S. Audi dealers in the first half of 2024. Audi has confirmed that it will start manufacturing the Q6 e-tron in Ingolstadt (Germany) in 2023.
Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron
The Audi Q6 family would include a coupe version called ‘Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron.’ While more aerodynamic than the SUV, the SUV-coupe will offer a marginally higher driving range, a more engaging driving experience, and sportier styling. It could debut at the same time, the same way the Q4 Sportback e-tron premiered along with the Q4 e-tron. The Q6 Sportback e-tron should be launched soon after the regular SUV.
The eighth-gen BMW 5 Series that arrives in 2023 will include a pure electric variant called BMW i5. The i5 will belong to one of the most competitive EV segments that already includes many models. Its competitors will include the Mercedes EQE, Tesla Model S, Lucid Air, and Nio ET7. From 2024, the Audi E6 will also be in the list of rivals.
BMWBlog claims BMW will offer the i5 in eDrive40, xDrive40, and M50 variants. The base variant may get a 250 kW (335 hp) rear motor, while the other two variants would have an additional motor at the front for higher performance and AWD. The i5 M50’s two motors may generate 400 kW (536 hp) of combined power. An 80.7 kWh battery pack could be standard, and it could provide an EPA-est. range of around 300 miles.
Production of the i5 will take place alongside the i7 at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany. Expect the i5 to arrive at U.S. BMW dealers in the second half of 2023.
The BMW iX2 will be an EV designed for young customers who desire a model more emotionally-engaging than the iX1. A sportier silhouette would make it more aerodynamic than the iX1 (0.26 Cd). Also, expect exclusive bright-shade colors that highlight its expressive exterior.
Inside, the BMW iX2 may pack features like the BMW Curved Display consisting of a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, head-up display, front seats with electric adjustment and memory functions, panoramic sunroof with an electrically operated roller blind cover, and Harman Kardon Sound System.
The BMW iX2 may have a twin-motor powertrain that gives it all-wheel drive capability, 308 hp, and 364 lb.-ft. of torque. A 64.7 kWh battery pack that delivers a WLTP range of over 275 miles will likely be standard. Reports say that the iX2 will debut in Fall 2023 and, unlike BMW iX1, will be available in the U.S.
The Cadillac Celestiq is GM’s ultimate sedan, offering the swankiest design, most advanced technologies, and most luxurious cabin to date, all with zero tailpipe emissions.
The Celestiq features many futuristic technologies to appeal to young luxury car customers. One of them is Fixed Smart Glass Roof featuring Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology that allows setting four dimmable zones. For most customers, the biggest attraction should be the two screens — one for the driver and one for the front passenger — placed under a single pane of glass on the dashboard, stretching pillar-to-pillar and measuring 55 inches diagonally. Another highlight is the Ultra Cruise “door-to-door” autonomous driving system, an evolution of the Super Cruise.
Based on the GM BEV3 skateboard platform, the Celestiq looks way more spacious than its gas-powered rivals. It has a comfort-focused 2+2 seating layout. Two electric motors, one on each axle, produce a GM-estimated 600 hp and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. Energy for these motors comes from a 111 kWh battery pack that delivers a GM-est. range of 300 miles. A 0-60 mph sprint takes just 3.8 seconds!
Production of the Cadillac Celestiq may start in December 2023, and customer deliveries could begin in early 2024. Prices should start at over USD 300,000.
Cadillac compact EV
Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey has said three new Cadillac electric models will debut in 2023. One of them will likely be a compact SUV. Road-testing of the Cadillac compact EV is already underway.
Smaller than the Lyriq, the compact EV should suit younger customers who seek an accessible entry into the Cadillac brand’s eco-friendly line-up. Internally called ‘Cadillac L232,’ it will reportedly measure 4,820 mm (189.8 in.) in length, 1,912 mm (75.3 in.) in width, and 1,619 mm (63.7 in.) in height and have a wheelbase of 2,954 mm (116.3 in.). It will reportedly be available with a 340 hp/325 lb.-ft. motor in 68.7 kWh standard-range and 80 kWh extended-range variants.
The Cadillac compact EV will compete with the Tesla Model Y, Lexus RZ, and Audi Q4 e-tron. Production and sales should begin in 2024. Prices may start at around USD 55,000.
Cadillac Escalade Electric
The Cadillac Escalade Electric should also break cover in 2023, albeit in a near-production concept form. It would be another sign that no vehicle is too big for full electrification after the Hummer SUV went electric.
The Cadillac Escalade EV should sit on the BT1 platform like the GMC Hummer EV SUV. Expect it to come in dual-motor AWD and triple-motor AWD variants with at least two battery pack options, with the latter getting the biggest battery pack, potentially with an energy storage capacity of up to 200 kWh, as standard. The maximum range could be well above 300 miles, but with high energy consumption.
The full-size electric SUV will compete with the Range Rover Electric and likely arrive on the market the same year as the British model – 2024. Prices may begin north of USD 120,000.
Chevrolet Blazer EV
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is a zero-emission alternative to the Blazer midsize SUV that arrived in June 2018. The vehicle is available in 1LT, 2LT, RS, and SS (Super Sport) trims for individual customers, and a pursuit-rated Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) trim for police forces. Additional trims will be available for other fleets and commercial customers as well.
The Chevrolet Blazer EV features five seats, a flat floor, a 17.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and an 11-inch digital instrument cluster. The RS and SS trims additionally feature unique trim and design cues, with the RS having blue and red contrast stitching and the RS featuring Adrenaline Red suede microfiber seats and Argon Orange accents (optional). The front seats of these trims are heated and ventilated as standard. Additionally, the SS trim has heated rear outboard seats, an option in the RS trim.
In terms of range, GM expects 247 miles in the LT trim, 293 miles in the 2LT trim, 320 miles in the RS trim, and 290 miles in the SS trim. They all have onboard AC charging modules rated at 11.5 kW. Up to 190 kW of DC fast-charging is possible with the RS and SS trims.
The Chevy Blazer EV will be manufactured at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, which is currently the production site of the gas-powered Blazer.
|Trim||GM-expected Starting Price||Sales Commencement Timeline|
|1LT||Around USD 44,995||Winter 2024|
|2LT||Around USD 47,595||Summer 2023|
|RS||Around USD 51,995||Summer 2023|
|SS||Around USD 65,995||Fall 2023|
|PPV||To Be Disclosed||Q1 2024|
Chevrolet Equinox EV
The Chevy Equinox EV is a compact SUV that rivals the VW ID.4. It is not available to reserve yet, but prospective customers can sign up for updates on the Chevrolet U.S. website.
The Chevrolet Equinox EV features a bolder and sportier design compared to the gas-engined Equinox, and though it looks smaller and squarer, it could be more spacious, as it appears to have a long wheelbase compared to the overall length, courtesy of GM’s BEV2 dedicated EV platform.
The Equinox EV features a more upmarket interior with a sleeker dashboard, a fully digital instrument cluster, a floating touchscreen infotainment system, horizontally positioned, slim central AC vents, and a more compact climate control panel. It will be available with GM’s Super Cruise autonomous driving system.
GM will offer the Equinox EV with a 210 hp/242 lb.-ft. single-motor powertrain in FWD configurations and a 290 hp/346 lb.-ft. dual-motor powertrain in AWD configurations. The company has indicated two battery pack options will be available. Depending on the configuration, the range will vary between 250 and 300 miles. Do note all these figures are GM estimates, and the final values might be slightly different.
Prices of the Chevy Equinox EV in the U.S. start at USD 30,000. At launch, which will be in fall 2023, GM will offer it exclusively in the high-end limited-edition trim, and gradually in lower variants.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
GM’s could steal the Ford F-150 Lightning’s thunder if it gets its first mainstream all-electric pickup right, the Chevrolet Silverado Electric. In spring 2023, the Silverado EV will debut on the market with the WT (Work Truck) variant offering GM’s longest-range battery pack with a GM-estimated range of 400+ miles on a single charge. In fall 2023, a fully loaded RST First Edition model will follow, for regular customers.
While detailed specifications are awaited, General Motors says that the Silverado EV RST will generate up to 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque in the ‘Wide Open Watts Mode,’ enabling a GM-estimated 0-60 mph time of under 4.5 seconds. GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra revealed during GM’s Q1 2022 earnings conference call that trial production of the Silverado EV at Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck will start in March 2023.
As of October 3, 2022, GM is sitting on 170,000 Silverado EV reservations, and this figure includes intent from nearly 400 fleet operators.
New Fiat 500e
The new Fiat 500e, introduced in March 2020, is finally coming to the U.S., Oliver Francois, Fiat CEO and Stellantis CMO, announced at the 2022 LA Auto Show on November 17, 2022. That will happen in early 2024, four years after it broke cover. Reservations could open in the second half of 2023.
In Europe, the new Fiat 500e comes in 3-door hatchback, 4-door hatchback, and 2-door cabriolet versions. There’s no word on which is headed to the U.S., but we’re confident that the normal hatchback and cabriolet versions are on their way. Of the two motor options, 70 kW (94 hp)/220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) and 87 kW (117 hp)/220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.), we expect the latter to be available in the country. 21.3 kWh and 37.3 kWh battery pack options are available in Europe, but the latter could be standard in the U.S.
The Fisker Ocean is a few weeks away from the U.S., with production having commenced on November 17, 2022, and the first shipments to the U.S. underway. It will cost almost the same as the VW ID.4 but offer a host of added advanced features and specifications that make it more attractive.
Fisker has developed the Ocean on Austrian contract manufacturer Magna Steyr’s FM29 aluminum skateboard architecture. The company plans to offer it with up to two motors that produce up to 550 hp and allow a 0-60 mph acceleration as quickly as 3.6 seconds. The base variant’s battery pack will consist of LFP cells, while the other variants will use a battery pack consisting of NMC cells. The company is targeting an EPA-est. range of 250 miles for the base variant and up to 350+ miles for the other variants.
Solar roof, vegan interior, revolving touchscreen infotainment system, sliding back glass (rear windscreen), etc. are some of the key features of the Ocean. Prices start at USD 37,499, and reservations are open. Production takes place at Magna Steyr’s CO2-free plant in Graz, Austria.
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E‘s range will improve with every model year update, product Chief Engineer Donna Dickson suggested in August 2021 (via YouTube). That won’t be the only highlight of the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E, though.
Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford, confirmed that the Ford Mustang Mach-E will get an LFP battery pack in Spring 2023. We’re confident Farley was referring to the revisions to the electric SUV for the 2024 model year. The Iron-based battery, sourced from Chinese company CATL, will likely lower the model’s base price, which currently stands at USD 45,995.
The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E LFP might not deliver the NCM configuration’s range which stands at an EPA-est. 312 miles (maximum rating). However, the low-cost option should be less prone to range fluctuations in cold weather and offer higher safety, and longer life. Ford has confirmed that it will launch the Mustang Mach-E LFP in Europe as well and that too sometime in 2023 only.
Genesis GV70 EV
The Genesis Electrified GV70 is a mid-size electric SUV competing with the Tesla Model Y. It features a 77.4 kWh battery pack and two motors generating a combined power of 320 kW (429 hp) and a combined torque of 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.). Plus, there’s a boost mode that allows temporarily unlocking 360 kW (483 hp) of system power and accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
The Electrified GV70 supports 350 kW ultra-fast chargers, allowing topping up the battery pack from 10-80% in just 18 minutes. The EPA-est. range isn’t out yet, but we expect it to be around 250 miles.
The Genesis Electrified GV70 built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) plant may begin reaching U.S. dealerships by March 2023. Initially, its availability will be limited to Arizona, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Utah, and Washington. Customers will have two trim options: Advanced and Prestige.
GMC Hummer EV SUV (Electric Hummer SUV)
The GMC Hummer EV SUV, the second GMC supertruck, will go on sale in the U.S. in 2023. The trim line-up is the same as the pickup: EV2, EV2X, EV3X, and Edition 1. Reservations are closed at the moment. As of October 3, 2022, GM has 90,000 reservations for the Hummer EV Pickup and Hummer EV SUV.
Production of the Hummer EV SUV has started. The Edition 1 trim will go on sale soon, and then the EV2X and EV3X will follow in spring 2023. The EV2 trim will become available in only spring 2024. Interestingly, the SUV costs the same as the pickup in the EV2, EV2X, and EV3X trims. Its Edition 1 trim, costing USD 105,595, is USD 4,700 cheaper than that of the pickup.
The EV2 and EV2X trims will get two motors producing 625 horsepower, while the EV3X and Edition 1 will boast a tri-motor setup with 830 horsepower. The EV2 trim will likely have a smaller battery pack that provides a range (GM est.) of 259+ miles, although an option to upgrade to a larger battery pack that provides a longer range of 300+ miles will be available. GM estimates 300+ miles of range in all other trims, which means it could employ the latter as standard in them.
|Electric Hummer SUV Trim||Price||Deliveries|
|EV2||USD 84,650||Spring 2024|
|EV2X||USD 94,650||Spring 2023|
|EV3X||USD 104,650||Spring 2023|
|Edition 1||USD 105,595||Early 2023|
The 2024 Honda Prologue will be the brand’s first electric SUV and is expected to usher in a new era for Honda in North America. Pre-sales of the Prologue EV will start this year, with customer deliveries in the U.S. beginning in early 2024, the brand stated in its press release on January 25, 2023.
Featuring a traditionally modern crossover SUV body with a sporty but stylish ‘Neo-rugged’ design language, the 192-inch-long Prologue will be positioned alongside the Passport but above the CR-V in the U.S.
While the charcoal & light gray interior of the new Honda EV might not look very exciting, it still packs an 11.3-inch touch-infotainment system, dual USB Type-C ports in the center console, an automatic HVAC system with physical controls, and a cabin boasting over 102.6 cubic feet of room. Underpinning the 2024 Prologue EV is GM’s BEV3 platform that’s found in the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Blazer EV. The Prologue EV should also get GM’s heat pump, which can recover & repurpose waste heat to conserve energy.
Depending on the variant, the Prologue is likely to get a 100 kWh battery pack with an EPA-est. range of about 325 miles. Peak charging capacity is expected to be 11.5 kW (AC) & 190 kW (DC).
The Prologue will get independent front & rear suspension, and is expected to be a comfortable cruiser with competent driving dynamics for the class. The Prologue EV’s electric powertrain could be capable of around 250 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Further info should be released in a few months.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N will be Hyundai Motor Company’s first high-performance EV. Competing with the Kia EV6 GT, it should sport uprated motors, a stiffer suspension setup, wider tracks, lighter wheels wrapped in stickier tires, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential that allows for torque vectoring.
According to Albert Biermann, Executive Technical Advisor, Hyundai Motor Group, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N’s powertrain could have anywhere between 580 and 620 horsepower. That should be enough power to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds. The battery pack’s energy storage capacity will likely be 77.4 kWh, and in that case, the EV’s EPA-est. range could be less than 250 miles.
The Ioniq 5 N will likely become available to order in the first markets in Summer 2023.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
A zero-emission alternative to the Sonata within the lineup, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 locks horns with the globally popular Tesla Model 3 and the incoming VW ID.7.
Featuring a Porsche-esque coupe-style silhouette and an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.21 Cd, the Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s most aerodynamic model. Parametric Pixel lights, virtual mirrors (digital mirrors), fixed rear wing, etc. are among its other exterior highlights. Among the interior features are two 12-inch displays, a bridge-style center console, ambient lighting with 64 options and six dual-color options, seats made of recycled PET fabric or eco-process leather, and a carpet made from recycled fishing nets.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will likely be available with a 168 kW RWD and a 239 kW AWD powertrain in the U.S. The company has announced two battery pack options: 53.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. In just 5.1 seconds, the pure electric sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph). South Korea’s Ministry of Industry has given it a maximum range rating of 524 km (326 miles).
Built at Hyundai’s Asan plant in South Korea, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will likely go on sale in the U.S. in the coming weeks. It had its U.S. premiere at the 2022 LA Auto Show on November 17, 2022.
2024 Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona Electric is undergoing a full model change for MY2024 in the U.S. The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric looks more sci-fi than the current model, and it should be more practical with increased space and new convenience features. Hyundai says it designed the 2024 Kona primarily for EV application.
The second-gen Kona has a newly designed interior featuring a more modern dashboard, clubbed digital instrument cluster and infotainment screens, slimmer AC vents, and various other aesthetic improvements. Digital Key 2 Touch, customizable smart power tailgate, connected car Navigation Cockpit (ccNC) infotainment system, new dashcam with Wi-Fi connectivity etc. are some of its key features.
A 64.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack could be standard in the U.S.-spec 2024 Kona Electric, and it could deliver an EPA-est. range of around 260 miles. A 150 kW (201 hp) front motor and an 11 kW onboard charger could be standard. 85 kW could be the maximum DC charging power, which could allow fast-charging from 10 to 80% SoC in under 45 minutes.
The Hyundai Kona Electric will debut at the 2023 Seoul Mobility Show on March 30, 2023. The domestic launch will take place in Q2 2023, and the U.S. launch could follow in Q4 2023. On December 21, 2022, Electronic Times Internet reported that, given the requirements of America’s Clean Vehicle Credit program, Hyundai may localize the Kona Electric variant in the country.
Hyundai Ioniq 7
Customers looking for a large family SUV that offers spacious three-row seating and loads of luggage space will be the target of the E-GMP-based Ioniq 7. In other words, this model would be a zero-emissions alternative to the Palisade.
Hyundai will reportedly offer the Ioniq 7 with a 100 kWh battery pack that delivers a range of more than 300 miles. All-wheel drive will be optional along with a twin-motor unit that produces 308 horsepower. The base configuration would employ a single-motor RWD powertrain.
The Ioniq 7 will support ultra-fast 350 kW DC chargers and likely take around 20 minutes to go from 10 to 80% SoC. Bidirectional charging, Plug and Charge (PnC), camera-based Digital Side Mirrors (DSM), Level 3 autonomous driving, OTA updates for drive components, Intelligent Front-lighting System (IFS), electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD), etc. could also be among the highlights of the Ioniq 7.
Global production will take place at the Hyundai Asan plant in South Korea, Chosun Biz reported on January 31, 2023. Eventually, the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant or the upcoming Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America production facility could also build the new electric SUV.
The Jeep Recon belongs to the brand’s traditionally designed, boxy utility vehicle family that currently consists of the Renegade, Wrangler, and Gladiator. Designed to be a pure electric vehicle and a 100% Jeep from the outset, the Recon possesses the capability to cross the Rubicon Trail and has enough range to drive back home at the end.
Jeep doesn’t get into the specifics about the platform, battery pack, and powertrain of the Recon yet. It’s safe to assume that the electric SUV will have two motors for eAWD. The company has confirmed the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system and e-locker axle technology (to offer the functionality of a locking differential). One-touch powertop, removable doors and glass, tow hooks, off-road tires, under-body protection, and the latest-gen Uconnect infotainment system are among the other confirmed highlights of the Jeep electric SUV.
The Recon will make its public debut in 2023, most likely by April, as that’s when Jeep plans to open reservations. Production, and presumably customer deliveries, will start in 2024.
Jeep Wagoneer S
In addition to the Jeep Recon EV, the U.S. will get the all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S. Not to be mistaken for a Jeep Grand Wagoneer Electric, this model will be a Grand Cherokee-class pure electric mid-size SUV.
Featuring a sleek, aerodynamic design, the Wagoneer S will appeal to the brand’s elite customers who prefer a swanky SUV that makes a bold statement. It will be a high-performance model with up to 600 horsepower available at disposal, enough to hit 0 to 60 mph in just around three and a half seconds. Jeep is targeting a range of 400 miles for the Wagoneer S.
Like the Recon, the Wagoneer S will have its public debut this year, with reservations to commence by April 2023. Jeep plans to start manufacturing the SUV in North America in 2024.
The Kia EV4 will likely be an compact SUV positioned between the Kia Niro Electric and Kia EV6. Think of it as a proper electric alternative to the Kia Sportage.
Based on the E-GMP platform, the EV4 would be a model designed and engineered as an EV from the outset, which would make it more space-efficient and practical than similar-sized conventional SUVs or conversion electric SUVs (like the Niro Electric). Reports say it may come with single- and dual-motor powertrains producing 226-321 hp and 58 and 77.4 kWh battery packs delivering a WLTP range of up to over 300 miles.
The Kia EV4 could debut in the second half of 2023. It will likely be present at IAA 2023 (September 4-10, 2023), which will be the biggest European auto show held in the calendar year. There’s no word on whether Kia plans to offer the EV4 in the U.S.
The Kia EV9 will become the South Korean brand’s flagship model in 2023. The large electric SUV will be the company’s first three-row electric vehicle, targeted at family customers looking for an all-electric alternative to the Kia Telluride.
Previewed with a concept at the 2021 LA Auto Show, the Kia EV9 will share the E-GMP platform with the already-on-sale Kia EV6. It will likely come with features like solar panels, Smart Glass, Level 3 autonomous driving, face recognition, vegan leather, ultra-wide dual display, etc. The production EV9 will be the first Kia to feature OTA (Over the Air) and FoD (Feature on Demand) services.
Kia could offer the EV9 in single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD variants and a standard lithium-ion battery pack with a storage capacity of 100 kWh. The battery pack will operate at a high voltage of around 800 volts. Expect the maximum supported fast-charging input to be 350 kW.
At the 2022 Kia CEO Investor Day held on March 3, 2022, Ho Sung Song, the company’s President & CEO, said that the EV9 can deliver a range of approx, 540 km (336 miles). A six-minute charge is enough to cover a distance of 100 km (62 miles). A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes just five seconds. The EPA-est. range of the EV9 could be 300+ miles.
Kia’s flagship electric SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2023, Russell Wager, Vice President – Marketing, Kia America, confirmed at the New York International Auto Show on April 13, 2022. Expect its base configuration to cost around USD 50,000.
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept has evolved into a production electric SUV called the Lexus RZ. The new Lexus electric SUV is a mid-size model measuring 189 inches in length, 74.6 inches in width, and 64.4 inches in height. It packs two motors, a 150 kW unit at the front and an 80 kW unit at the rear. Lexus calls this dual-motor AWD setup ‘DIRECT4.’ A standard 71.4 kWh battery pack feeds the motors and could deliver a Lexus-estimated range of 225 miles. These are all (preliminary) specifications of the RZ 450e, and more variants with different specifications could follow.
When Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) President Akio Toyoda took a test drive of the RZ, he felt it a bit during relaxed cruising. However, as soon as Toyoda stepped on the pedal, the RZ’s character changed, and it accelerated rapidly. “It’s like night and day!,” a surprised Toyoda exclaimed.
One of the talking points is the combination of a steering yoke and a steer-by-wire system. Steer-by-wire requires less physical input for turns as it allows the vehicle to turn with less steering angle, and it’s more precise. The steering has no mechanical connection with the wheels. This Lexus-first feature won’t be available in the U.S. at launch, though.
The Lexus RZ is available in the U.S. for a price of USD 59,650 in a ‘Premium’ trim and USD 65,150 in a ‘Luxury’ trim. Customer deliveries will begin in the coming weeks.
Lotus Type 133
On August 31, 2021, Lotus announced a plan to launch four electric models by 2026. One of them was a four-door coupe called Lotus Type 133 (working name). In an announcement on June 28, 2022, the Hethel-based company said that the Lotus Type 133 will be a four-door sports sedan, which suggested that it is smaller than previously thought and belongs to a lower (D) segment.
We expect the Type 133, with absolute certainty, to be a low-slung EV ‘born British, raised globally.’ The Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Warwickshire, UK, is reportedly leading its overall exterior and interior design, and the Wuhan Lotus Technology Co., Ltd. plant in Wuhan, China, will likely manufacture the car for the global market. The Chinese factory, which has an annual production capacity of 150,000 units, has been allocated three models, as per an announcement from Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone dated July 27, 2022.
Lucid Motors expects to open reservations for the Gravity by April 2023 and begin production in 2024.
The Gravity will be an SUV alternative to the Air, with prices starting at around USD 100,000. Featuring an upright face and tail section, muscular wings, large, squarish wheel arches, flattish hood and roof, and large wheels, the Gravity will be a proper American SUV. At the same time, it will have the sleekness and poise of a coupe with a steeply raked A-pillar and a long, bow-shaped greenhouse.
The first Lucid SUV will come in five-, six- and, seven-seat configurations and a minimalist design similar to that of the Lucid Air. A comfort-focused seating layout with two individual seats that are reclinable to extreme degrees will be available in the new electric SUV. Lucid Motors has indicated with teasers that it will feature an all-glass roof.
The Gravity may come with the same battery packs and powertrains as the Air. It could offer up to over 1,000 horsepower and up to over 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque and deliver an EPA-est. range of up to nearly 500 miles. A 0-60 mph sprint could take just about 3 seconds, and the top speed could be over 200 mph. With a 900V+ charging system, the Gravity could accept charging at a rate of over 300 kW. Charging it for nearly half an hour could replenish 300 miles of EPA-est. range.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore
The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore is the pure-electric variant of the second-gen GranTurismo. Marking the Trident’s entry into the electric vehicle space, the GranTurismo Folgore looks almost identical to its gas-powered donor model. Its unique grille, distinctive alloy wheels, and other minor adjustments are in the interest of better aerodynamics.
Notably, the Granturismo Folgore features a splitter and vertical side air inlets with three horizontal cuts and black color at the front. On the sides, the signature three air vents on the front wings, the hallmark Trident logo above the rear haunches, and aero wheels, complete the exterior package. Maserati has given the car a special air inlet placed between the bumper and wheel arch that reduces the rustling inside the latter. At the rear, the Folgore variant has an exclusive diffuser.
Maserati employs a three-motor powertrain that produces 560 kW (751 hp) and 1,350 Nm (996 lb.-ft.) of torque, a T-Bone-shaped, 83 kWh battery pack, and Formula E inverters in the pure electric GranTurismo. Two motors power the rear wheels and the third motor is on the front axle, effectively making the car a rear-biased AWD vehicle. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 2.7 seconds, while the top speed is on par with the top-end gas-powered GranTurismo (Trofeo) – 320 km/h (199 mph). Maserati plans to launch the GranTurismo Folgore this year.
Maserati Grecale Folgore
The Maserati Grecale Folgore will be the Italian exotic brand’s first electric SUV. It will be a conversion of the gas-powered Maserati Grecale unveiled in March 2022.
The Grecale Folgore looks very similar to the Grecale and it has very few design changes that offer improved aerodynamics and cooling. The aim of these design changes is to squeeze out the maximum possible efficiency and range. Of course, Maserati also wanted to make the electric variant instantly recognizable and have distinguishing touches for the same, but the primary goal was to lower energy consumption.
The Grecale Folgore will be available in a special copper color called Rame Folgore and feature Econyl eco-friendly material made out of recycled fishnets recovered from the seas on the inside. Maserati has confirmed that the Grecale Folgore will have a 105 kWh battery pack that operates at 400 volts. The range-topping configuration’s powertrain will produce more than 500 hp and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) and its top speed will be more than 200 km/h (124 mph). Expect the first all-electric Maserati SUV to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to 300+ miles.
Mercedes EQE SUV
Mercedes’ EQE SUV celebrated its world premiere on October 16, 2022, as a direct rival to the Audi Q6 e-tron.
The Mercedes EQE SUV will be available in the U.S. in 350+, 350 4MATIC, and 500 4MATIC variants. A 90.6 kWh battery pack is standard, and charging it from 10 to 100% SoC on using an AC charger takes 9.5 hours. DC fast-charging from 10 to 80% SoC at 170 kW takes just 32 minutes.
The 350+ variant has a single rear motor that produces 288 hp and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. It takes 6.3 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint and has a 130 mph top speed. The 350 4MATIC variant uses a dual-motor powertrain that gives it an all-wheel drive drivetrain layout. Its motos generate 288 hp and 564 lb.-ft. of torque. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph takes just 6.2 seconds, while the top speed is the same – 130 mph.
The 500 4MATIC variant is also a dual-motor AWD one, but its powertrain develops 536 hp and 633 lb.-ft. of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, but its top speed is no different from the other two variants – 130 mph.
The Mercedes EQE SUV will likely start arriving at U.S. dealers by March 2023.
Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV
The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV will likely be the most sophisticated SUV with the three-pointed star, offering more style, comfort, convenience, and exclusivity than the normal EQS SUV.
On the outside, the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV should feature a Black Panel faux grille with vertical chrome pinstripes, chrome fin on the hood, “bowl” design alloy wheels, electrically operated comfort rear doors, and additional NVH reduction measures, including thicker laminated rear quarter glasses. Interior highlights may include executive individual rear seats with a reclining function, a rear center console with a refrigerated compartment and aircraft-style tray tables, a calf rest massage function, and neck/shoulder heating.
The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV may feature an additional, ‘Maybach’ drive mode that makes power delivery even more comfortable and the ride even smoother and more relaxed. Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot should allow SAE-Level 3 conditionally automated driving in Nevada and California right from launch.
Mercedes-Benz Group CEO Ola Källenius has confirmed that the company will launch the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV in China in Spring 2023. The U.S. debut should also conclude later this year.
Mercedes EQT MPV
The Mercedes EQT is an all-electric small passenger van offering classier styling and more premium equipment compared to the Mercedes Citan, for the European market. The pure-electric variant of the first-ever Mercedes T-Class has debuted in a standard-wheelbase, five-seat version. A long-wheelbase spec is arriving in the coming months, with a seat-seat option. A Mercedes EQT Marco Polo is also due in 2023, and it will likely be based on the long-wheelbase version.
The five-seat Mercedes EQT has a 45 kWh battery pack and a 90 kW (121 hp)/245 Nm (181 lb.-ft.) motor spinning the front wheels. It consumes 18.99 kWh/100 km (18.99 kWh/62 miles) and can travel up to 282 km (175 miles) on a full charge. The energy efficiency and driving range figures are as per WLTP.
The Mercedes EQT will cost around EUR 45,000 (USD 47,658) in Germany, where order books will open soon. We don’t think this model will come to the United States.
Mercedes EQB 250+
The 2023 Mercedes EQB is one of the most affordable seven-seat electric SUVs in the U.S., although a five-seat version is available for those who don’t need the extra row of seats. The third-row seat is suitable for people with a height of up to 5 feet 4 inches.
The 2023 Mercedes EQB range includes a 250+ variant that’s more affordable than the carried-over 300 4MATIC and 350 4MATIC variants. The single-motor FWD variant produces 188 hp and 284 lb.-ft. of torque. Compared to the 66.5 kWh battery pack of the higher variants, it has a 70.5 kWh battery, which helps it deliver an EPA-est. range of 245 miles.
A 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system are standard in the 250+ variant. Customers can specify the new base variant with seven seats optionally. The 300 4MATIC and 350 4MATIC variants don’t have any equipment changes. All three 2023 EQB variants are now available at U.S. dealerships.
Next-gen MINI Electric
The next-gen MINI 3-door Hatch is currently testing, and is expected to be among the first two fully-electric model premieres of the new MINI family. Unlike in the current-gen model, the new electric variant (Mini Cooper SE) should be part of the range right from the start. However, the first cars may not reach dealers before next year.
MINI Countryman Electric
The third-gen MINI Countryman will include a first-ever MINI Countryman electric, a technical cousin of the BMW iX1 that’s not U.S.-bound. Based on an updated and modified version of the UKL platform, the Countryman electric could have two variants in the U.S., a single-motor FWD variant and a dual-motor AWD variant.
The top-end Countryman Electric’s powertrain could deliver more than 300 horsepower and more than 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Expect a 64.7 kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-est. range of around 225 miles. Prices could start at around USD 45,000 when it goes on sale towards the end of 2023.
The Polestar 3 is a large electric SUV that will compete with the Audi Q6 e-tron and Mercedes EQE SUV. There are not even traces of Volvo in its design, unlike the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2, which were previewed by Volvo 40 concept vehicles. The company will produce the electric SUV on two continents, Asia and North America. Volvo Cars’ U.S. plant located in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, South Carolina, will manufacture the Polestar 3 for the local market from 2024.
At launch, the Polestar 3 will be available with a rear-biased dual-motor powertrain and torque vectoring via a dual-clutch system on the rear electric motor across the range. An optional Performance Pack will allow increasing the total power and torque of the powertrain to 380 kW (510 hp) and 910 Nm (671 lb.-ft.), respectively. This paid upgrade will include a Polestar Engineered chassis tuning for the SUV’s standard-fit adaptive dual-chamber air suspension and active dampers.
The Polestar 3 Long Range Dual motor (489 hp & 620 lb-ft) with Plus and Pilot packages is now available to order. The variant is priced at an MSRP of USD 83,900.
2024 Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 has received a facelift for the 2024 model year. The 2024 Polestar 2 features minor design changes, new convenience features, improved electronics, and new power-electric configurations.
Like the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Volvo C40 Recharge, the Polestar 2 has switched to rear-wheel drive with the mid-cycle refresh. The 2 rides on the same (CMA) platform and belongs to the same segment (C) as the two Volvos.
Polestar has used new-generation motors and inverters, and these latest components offer performance and efficiency improvements. There are four power-electric configurations on offer, two with a rear motor and two with a combination of a lower-output front motor and a higher-output rear motor. A new, larger battery pack (+4 kWh) with an 82 kWh capacity and a higher (+50 kW) charging DC fast-charging power of 205 kW are among the other highlights.
|Aspect\Specification||Standard Range Single Motor||Long Range Single Motor||Long Range Dual Motor||Long Range Dual Motor with Performance Pack|
|Power||268 hp||295 hp||416 hp||469 hp|
|Torque||361 lb.-ft.||361 lb.-ft.||546 lb.-ft.||546 lb.-ft.|
|0-62 mph Acceleration Time||6.4 s||6.2 s||4.5 s||4.2 s|
|0-60 mph Acceleration Time||NA||5.9 s||4.3 s||4.1 s|
|Battery Pack Capacity (Gross)||69 kWh||78 kWh (All markets except for South Korea)/82 kWh (South Korea)||78 kWh (USA, Canada, South Korea, and China)/82 kWh (Rest of the world)||82 kWh|
|Maximum Charging Power||135 kW||155 kW (South Korea)/205 kW (Rest of the world)||155 kW (USA, Canada, South Korea, and China)/205 kW (Rest of the world)||205 kW|
|WLTP Range (Preliminary)||322 miles||395 miles||368 miles||368 miles|
|EPA-est. Range (Preliminary)||NA||300 miles||270 miles||270 miles|
The 2024 Polestar 2 will likely start arriving in the U.S. in March 2023, and will be offered in Long Range Single Motor, Long Range Dual Motor, and Long Range Dual Motor with Performance Pack variants.
The Polestar 4 will be an electric SUV coupe that’s smaller than the Polestar 3 electric SUV, and launch in the market with volume ambitions. The company is developing it as a D-segment, mid-size car that competes with the Porsche Macan (gasoline model). Polestar expects its smallest high-riding model to achieve a range of more than 600 km (373 miles). The EPA-est. range in the U.S. will probably be closer to 490 km (300 miles). Unlike the 3, the 4 will be a model made exclusively in China. A Geely plant located in Hangzhou Bay will manufacture the 4, starting in late 2023.
The Polestar 4 will compete with the Tesla Model Y, Lotus Type 134, Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron, Nio EC7, and Lexus RZ. Prices could start in the USD 55,000-60,000 range. Polestar plans to launch the 4 at the end of 2023. On November 11, 2022, during the company’s Q3 earnings conference call, CEO Thomas Ingenlath confirmed that the model is on track to launch in 2023.
2025 Ram 1500 REV
The 2025 Ram 1500 REV is a future full-size electric pickup that will compete with the Ford F-150 Lightning and Chevrolet Silverado EV. It differs from the ICE Ram 1500 with features like a deleted radiator grille, illuminated brand logo, “tuning fork” headlight design, aero wheels, and weatherproof frunk with V2L power outlet.
We expect all the configurations to have an AWD layout with at least one motor mounted on each axle. There are rumors of a high-performance triple-motor AWD variant as well. The EPA-est. range will likely be well over 300 miles. There will be a range-extender variant as well, fitted with a compact engine and gas tank.
The 2025 Ram 1500 REV is available reserve now and will start arriving at U.S. dealerships in Q4 2024 (October-December 2024).
Measuring 214.7 in. in length, 81.9 in. in width, and 61.4 in. in height, the Rolls-Royce Spectre is a two-door coupe with seats for four people. The first Rolls-Royce electric car is the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe. Based on the Architecture of Luxury platform, which underpins the Phantom and the Cullinan, it has a 126.4 in. wheelbase and weighs 2,975 kg or 6,559 lbs.
Rolls-Royce says that the Spectre’s battery pack is 700 kg (1,543 lbs.), and while it hasn’t revealed the energy storage capacity, it has disclosed 323 miles as the targeted range as per Europe’s WLTP. The EPA-est. range could be around 275 miles. The powertrain of the Spectre produces 430 kW (576 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.-ft.) of torque. A 0-60 mph sprint in the electric Rolls-Royce takes 4.4 seconds.
An aero-tuned Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, 23-inch wheels, Starlight Doors (coach doors consisting of 4,796 illuminated ‘stars’ or backlit perforations), fully digital instrument cluster, etc. are some of the key features of the Rolls-Royce Spectre. There’s a wide range of other technologies that make the electric Rolls-Royce more interesting to operate than the gas-powered models.
Slotted between the Cullinan and Phantom, the Spectre costs USD 413,500 in the U.S. Rolls-Royce has started accepting orders, promising deliveries in Q4 2023. The company had 300 orders in the U.S. even before the unveil, CNBC reported on October 18, 2022.
Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk has confirmed the company has locked the final design of the Tesla Cybertruck. The company expects to start its series production at the Giga Texas factory that currently builds the Model Y in mid-2023.
Production of the tri-motor AWD (originally priced USD 69,900) and dual-motor AWD (originally priced USD 49,900) variants is likely to begin first, and the single-motor RWD (originally priced USD 39,900) variant may enter production later. Musk has confirmed a quad-motor variant as well, but he hasn’t revealed its position in the launch sequence.
A performance monster like the Cybertruck deserves the new 4680 cells, but limited production is likely to compel Tesla to use the older 2170 cells in some or all the configurations initially. On December 25, 2022, Tesla revealed (via Twitter) an achievement of manufacturing 868,000 units of the 4680 cells in a week, but that capacity was enough to power just 1,000+ EVs, presumably Model Ys.
Tesla is already manufacturing beta pre-production prototypes of the Cybertruck. Musk found one of those units incredible when he reviewed it. He forecasts production of the final version kicking off in Summer 2023 and ramping up in 2024. Thus, deliveries should begin during the second half of 2023, but in extremely limited volumes.
2024 Tesla Model 3
Tesla is testing the Model 3 with covered front and rear fascias, suggesting it will give the electric sedan a facelift with the 2024 model year update. The 2024 Tesla Model 3 could feature revised headlights and tail lights, new bumpers, and an updated ADAS sensor suite. One of the prototypes spotted on the streets has allegedly shown a new camera module integrated into the headlamps.
The interior of the Tesla Model 3 facelift could consist of a redesigned dashboard, 1an optional steering yoke, and a new central display with a swiveling function. Moreover, quality of materials in the new model could be better. There’s no word on any specification changes.
The 2024 Tesla Model 3 could go on sale in the U.S. in Summer 2023, as per media reports. Note that Tesla has not confirmed changes for the Model 3.
Following the Cybertruck, Tesla’s immediate focus in the passenger line-up will be the second-gen Roadster. Tesla has significantly improved the performance it can deliver in its series models since the unveiling of the second-gen Roadster concept in November 2017. So, expect the production version to be even more capable than originally promised.
The next-gen Roadster will likely boast single-piece casting, AWD with up to four motors, and a battery pack consisting of 4680 cells. The concept version’s battery pack capacity is 200 kWh, enough to cover a distance of 620 miles. Its 0-60 mph acceleration time is just as impressive – 1.9 seconds! That’s possible with a tri-motor setup, and a quad-motor powertrain in the production version, if offered, could allow even quicker acceleration. Depending on the variant, the top speed could be as high as 250+ mph.
Prices of the next-gen Roadster will likely start at around USD 200,000. Tesla will face competition from the Fisker Project Ronin-derived electric sports car for this model.
VinFast VF 8
The VinFast VF 8 is the Vietnamese automaker’s Tesla Model Y rival, but not quite a competitive one we’d say. With a starting price of USD 59,000, it’s over USD 4,000 more expensive, plus it lags well behind in performance and range, which typically have a significant weight in the purchase/lease decisions of EVs. Alternatively, it’s available to lease at as low as USD 519/month for 36 months.
Initially, VinFast is offering the VF 8 in a lease-only, California-exclusive City Edition in Eco and Plus dual-motor AWD variants, both with an 82 kWh battery pack that delivers an EPA-est. range of just 179 miles. The Eco variant produces 349 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque and take 6.5 seconds for a 0-62 mph sprint. The Plus variant generates 402 hp and 457 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing for a quicker 0-60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The first batch of the VinFast VF 8 for the U.S., consisting of 999 units, has reached California, where the company has its first dealerships in the country. Customer deliveries will start in the second half of February 2023, Reuters reported on February 3, 2023. The second batch will leave for the U.S. in Q2 2023, so further deliveries should kick off by the beginning of Summer 2023.
VinFast VF 9
Vietnamese automaker VinFast has introduced a three-row electric SUV called VF 9 in the U.S. Priced from USD 76,000, it is available in six- and seven-seat versions. VinFast plans to manufacture the VF 9 in the U.S. starting in 2024, which could make it more accessible.
The VinFast VF 9 comes in standard-range and extended-range variants that offer a WLTP range of up to 272 miles and up to 369 miles, respectively. The EPA-est. figures will likely be much lower. Both variants share a dual-motor powertrain that produces 402 hp and 457 lb.-ft. of torque and enables eAWD. A 0-60 mph sprint in the electric three-row SUV takes 6.3 seconds.
VinFast offers the VF 9 with features like 22-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, a 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and power-adjustable captain seats. 11 airbags, Traffic Jam Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking are some of the main safety features of the electric three-row SUV.
Customer deliveries of the VinFast VF 9 in the U.S. will likely begin in a few months.
The Volvo EX90 is Sweden’s answer to the Tesla Model X, but in a lower price segment. It measures roughly the same as the XC90 and comes with seven seats across the range.
Volvo Cars will sell the EX90 in two dual-motor AWD variants – Twin Motor and Twin Motor Performance. The base variant, with 300 kW (402 hp) and 568 lb.-ft. of torque, takes 5.7 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint. The top-end variant, thanks to 370 kW (496 hp) and 671 lb.-ft. of torque can perform the same in 4.7 seconds. Both max out at 112 mph, though. One-pedal driving technology is available in the new Volvo electric SUV.
The electric motors get their power from a standard 107 kWh battery pack, which can accept charging at 11 kW (AC)/250 kW (DC). Volvo Cars expects it to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to 482 km (300 miles).
Volvo Cars has started taking pre-orders for the EX90 with a USD 500 refundable deposit and will allow placing confirmed orders in Fall 2023. The company plans to price the base configuration under USD 80,000.
Production of the EX90 at Volvo Cars’ South Carolina factory will begin in late Q4 2023, probably in December 2023 to be more specific. Customer deliveries should commence in early 2024.
2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge
The 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge packs substantial changes even though it may not seem so due to the same design. Its line-up consists of two rear-wheel drive variants and one rear-biased all-wheel drive variant:
- Single Motor RWD (235 hp/310 lb.-ft.)
- Single Motor Extended Range RWD (248 hp/310 lb.-ft.)
- Twin Motor AWD (402 hp/494 lb.-ft.)
The Single Motor RWD has the carried over 67 kWh battery pack, while the Single Motor Extended Range RWD and Twin Motor AWD variants share a new 78 kWh battery pack. Moreover, the mid-range and top-end variants benefit from increased charging power (+50 kW) – 200 kW. However, charging all three variants from 10 to 80% SoC at a DC fast-charger takes the same time – 27 minutes.
Volvo Cars has indicated that it will offer the Single Motor RWD and Single Motor Extended Range RWD variants in the U.S., stating 240 miles and 270 miles as their EPA-est. range figures, respectively. It’s safe to assume the Twin Motor AWD variant will also be available in the U.S. Volvo Cars may launch the 2024 XC40 Recharge in the U.S. in H2 2023.
2024 Volvo C40 Recharge
The 2024 Volvo C40 Recharge has the same changes as the 2024 Volvo XC40 Recharge. It comes in three new power-electric configurations:
- Single Motor RWD (235 hp/310 lb.-ft.)
- Single Motor Extended Range RWD (248 hp/310 lb.-ft.)
- Twin Motor AWD (402 hp/494 lb.-ft.)
The Single Motor RWD variant has the current 67 kWh battery pack and the Single Motor Extended Range RWD and Twin Motor AWD variants get a new 78 kWh battery. Similarly, the two variants with the 78 kWh battery pack boast an increased charging power (+50 kW) of 200 kW but take the same time for a 10-80% DC fast-charging session – 27 minutes.
The 2024 Volvo C40 Recharge delivers an EPA-est. range of 245 miles in the Single Motor RWD variant and 275 miles in the Single Motor Extended Range RWD variant. The EPA-est. range of the Twin Motor RWD variant isn’t out yet. Volvo Cars may launch the 2024 C40 Recharge along with the 2024 XC40 Recharge in the U.S. in the second half of the year.
The VW ID.7 will be the electric successor to the Passat sedan. Based on the MEB platform like the Chattanooga-made ID.4, the electric sedan will compete with the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq 6. Volkswagen has confirmed it will launch the ID.7 in the U.S. Expect the first ID.7 units to show up at American dealer lots in early 2024.
The VW ID.7 will feature a sleek design but will still look like a proper sedan, not overdoing the aero thing that results in something bizarre like Hyundai’s Ioniq 6. The electric sedan will feature a new 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system, “Smart Air Vents,” illuminated touch sliders, an augmented reality head-up display, and more.
The VW ID.7 will likely come in single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive configurations. At least one of the configurations could deliver an EPA-est. range of around 350 miles. Prices could start at approximately USD 50,000.
VW ID. Buzz
With the VW ID. Buzz, Volkswagen has reinvented the iconic VW Microbus/VW Bulli for the 21st century. The first versions presented to the European market come with an 82 kWh battery which powers a 201 hp electric motor that produces 229 lb-ft. The top speed is electronically limited to 90 mph. The ID.Buzz supports 11 kW AC charging and up to 170 kW DC fast charging, recharging the battery from 5 % to 80% in just 30 minutes.
The MEB platform-based van gets 39.6 cu ft, while the ID. Buzz Cargo offers 3.9 cubic meters of space. All specifications here for the European-spec ID. Buzz. The U.S. version will have a longer wheelbase and a bigger battery, and we expect details and the first look to come in late 2023, before the North American launch (2024).
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