Update: ‘Chevrolet Blazer EV,’ ‘Chevrolet Equinox EV,’ ‘Kia EV4,’ ‘Lotus Emeya,’ ‘MINI Countryman Electric,’ and ‘VW ID. Buzz’ 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. 2024 will likely be the year with the highest number of new electric car unveils and launches. 40+ new EV models are either debuting or launching for customers, and unsurprisingly most are SUVs. Many of the new 2024 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 all-electric model, is a mid-size SUV built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Blazer EV. Designed at the Acura Design Studio in SoCal, it has references to the Acura Precision EV Concept and its shape looks quite similar to that of the Blazer EV.
Acura has announced the 2024 ZDX in A-Spec and Type S variants. A-Spec will be available in single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD configurations. The single-motor RWD configuration generates 340 hp, and it’s powered by a 102 kWh battery pack, estimated to deliver a range of 325 miles. The dual-motor AWD configuration uses the same battery but consumes more energy, so it’s expected to deliver a range of 315 miles, which is a negligible drop.
The performance-oriented Type S variant sports a dual-motor AWD powertrain that develops 500 horsepower. It uses the same battery pack, which is expected to give it a range of 288 miles. While the A-Spec variant has a fixed coil suspension with reactive dampers, the Type S variant boasts air suspension with adaptive dampers.
The Acura ZDX will become available to pre-order later in 2023 in the U.S., and customer deliveries are to commence in early 2024. Prices will start in the USD 60,000 (A-Spec)/USD 70,000 (ZDX) range.
Audi A6 Electric
The Audi A6 Electric, the production version of the Audi A6 e-tron concept from Auto Shanghai 2021, will likely debut in early 2024. Its design will be nearly identical to the show car.
Designed and engineered as an electric car from the outset, the Audi A6 Electric will most likely be available in single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD variants, with the former focused on energy efficiency and range and the latter targeted at customers seeking higher performance, better handling, and all-weather capability.
A large battery pack with an installed (gross) energy storage capacity of about 100 kWh is a given, be it as part of standard specification or optional. Expect it to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to around 325 miles. With a peak charging power of up to no less than 270 kW, expect a 5-80% DC fast-charging session to take less than 25 minutes.
Audi Q6 e-tron
The Audi Q6 e-tron will be the Volkswagen Group’s first model to ride on the Porsche-Audi co-developed PPE platform. Unlike the e-tron’s MLB Evo, PPE is a dedicated EV architecture.
The Q6 e-tron features Matrix LED headlights with new daytime running lights and second-gen OLED rear lights, both giving customers greater personalization with the flexibility to choose from up to eight digital light signatures.
Another significant difference compared to the Q4 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. Gathering from media reports and spy photos, standard, SQ6, and RSQ6 variants are planned.
Audi has confirmed that it will unveil the Q6 e-tron and start its production in Ingolstadt, Germany, by the end of 2023. The new electric SUV should start arriving at U.S. Audi dealers in the first half of 2024.
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 standard model, the SUV-coupe will offer a marginally higher driving range, a more engaging driving experience, and sportier styling. It could debut on the same stage, like how the Q4 Sportback e-tron was unveiled alongside the Q4 e-tron. The Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron should be launched soon after the regular SUV, and more details, including the first look, should be available towards the end 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, unlike BMW iX1, will be available in the U.S. BMW Group has confirmed that the car will reach the first markets in Q4 2023 (October-December 2023). The U.S. launch may take place in early 2024, but confirmation is awaited.
Buick Electra E6/Buick Electra E7
Buick, GM’s brand that’s out to regain its lost glory in the U.S., may find its way back as it transforms itself into an EV-only brand by 2030. The first Buick EV in the U.S. will arrive in 2024 and be part of a model series with the Electra name, GM has confirmed. We think it’ll be called ‘Electra E6’ or ‘Electra E7.’ We expect design elements from the Chinese-spec E5 and the Wildcat concept to inspire the design of the U.S.-bound crossover.
The Buick Electra E6 or Buick Electra E7 will likely be a large electric SUV comparable to the Cadillac Lyriq in GM’s line-up. It may come in a single-motor RWD variant with a ~325 hp powertrain and a dual-motor AWD variant with a ~450 hp powertrain. A 102 kWh battery pack could be standard, and it may provide an EPA-est. range of over 300 miles.
The prices of the first Buick EV in the U.S. may undercut the Cadillac Lyriq and start at around USD 55,000.
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!
The Celestiq’s production may begin in the final weeks of the year, and customer deliveries could commence in 2024. Prices should start at over USD 300,000. Clients will be able to custom-order the Celestiq at Cadillac House at Vanderbilt, a new, dedicated retail outlet located on GM’s Global Technical Center campus in Warren, Michigan. Named in honor of 1950s Cadillac designer Suzanne Vanderbilt, one of only a few women in automotive design at that time, the facility will start welcoming clients in late Summer 2023.
Cadillac Vice President Rory Harvey had said three new Cadillac electric models will debut in 2023. We now know that one of them is a compact SUV, and the vehicle is to be called the Cadillac Optiq.
Similar to the Lyriq, the Optiq wears a sleek and sporty design with a low hood, vertical headlights, and a smooth covered panel in place of a traditional grille. The interior is expected to be sophisticated, sporting high-end features, a low-profile dashboard, and a curved ultra-wide cockpit display.
As per the MIIT declaration chart from China, the Optiq is slightly smaller than the Lyriq. Targeted at younger customers, it will ride on the dedicated Ultium EV platform, offering plenty of space and features. It is likely to retail in 150 kW or 180 kW motor options and different battery pack sizes, potentially providing an EPA-estimated range of 300+ miles in the U.S. 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 should start slightly north of USD 50,000.
Cadillac Escalade Electric
The Cadillac Escalade IQ is a testament that there is no vehicle too large for complete electrification. In terms of size, it slots between the Escalade and Escalade ESV.
The pure-electric Escalade uses a battery pack with an energy storage capacity of over 200 kWh, which GM estimates will deliver a range of 450 miles. Two permanent magnet synchronous motors, one at the front and one at the rear, produce 680 hp and 615 lb.-ft. of torque. A boost function allows temporarily increasing the system power and total torque to 750 hp and 785 lb.-ft., respectively, and hitting 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
The Escalade IQ accommodates up to seven occupants and packs features like 24-inch wheels with 35-inch tires, Four-Wheel Steer, dashboard-integrated curved LED displays, massaging seats, 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference audio system, V2H, and V2L. It will go on sale in late 2024, with prices starting at around USD 130,000 (incl. destination charges).
Chevrolet Blazer EV
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is a zero-emission alternative to the Blazer midsize SUV that arrived in June 2018. The electric vehicle is available in 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. Sales will begin later in Summer 2023, but the full line-up will become available in 2024.
The 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.
The Blazer EV delivers an EPA-est. range of 279 miles in the 2LT AWD and RS AWD trims. It is expected to get a rating of 293 miles in the 2LT FWD trim, 320 miles in the RS RWD trim, and 290 miles in the SS AWD trim. It allows charging at up to 11.5 kW (AC)/190 kW (DC). The Blazer EV has started arriving at U.S. dealerships, but according to a post on Blazer EV Forum, GM has issued a “Stop Delivery” order because of a recall. We’re waiting for an update on the matter.
|Trim||Starting Price||Sales Commencement Timeline|
|2LT AWD||USD 56,715||Fall 2023|
|RS AWD||USD 60,215||Summer 2023|
|RS RWD||USD 61,790||Fall 2023|
|SS AWD||TBD||Spring 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.
The Chevrolet Equinox EV will go on sale in the U.S. in fall 2023, around the same time when production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will end. The full line-up will become available in 2024, though. GM expects prices to start at around USD 30,000, but the initial variants will be the more expensive trims.
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. The Silverado EV will debut on the market this year with the WT (Work Truck) variant offering GM’s longest-range battery pack with an EPA-estimated range of 450 miles on a single charge. However, the full line-up will become available in 2024.
The Silverado EV RST will generate up to 754 hp and 785 lb-ft of torque in the ‘Wide Open Watts Mode,’ enabling a GM-estimated 0-60 mph time of under 4.5 seconds. The Silverado EV WT has a dual-motor powertrain producing 510 hp and 615 lb.-ft. of torque. It delivers an EPA-est. range of 450 miles.
On October 3, 2022, GM announced along with its Q3 2022 results that it has 170,000 Silverado EV reservations. The company has started production of the Silverado EV fleet spec, and retail sales (RST version) is expected to commence towards the end of 2023.
New Fiat 500e
The new Fiat 500e, introduced globally 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 are likely to open in the second half of the year.
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.
Ford Mustang Mach-E refresh
The Ford Mustang Mach-E will turn four years old in November 2023, and while it has received several significant technical changes in this time, rising competition should call for a facelift. 2024 could be the year a restyled model comes out in the U.S.
We imagine that the improved Mustang Mach-E will feature new bumpers, a revised grille, and tweaked headlights and tail lights. The Blue Oval may extend new options for the wheels, paints, and styling packages. Inside, expect upgraded electronics, new color scheme options, additional sustainability measures, etc.
Ford may upgrade select powertrains of the Mustang Mach-E with the mid-cycle refresh, improving power and torque. We’re also hoping the company makes charging quicker. Fast-charging the current model from 10 to 80% SoC takes 33 minutes. The range figures may also be slightly better than those of the current model, which tops out at 312 miles.
The new Mustang Mach-E could be launched in the second half of next year as a 2025 model.
GMC Hummer EV SUV EV2
The GMC Hummer EV SUV, the second GMC supertruck, is on sale in the U.S., but its full line-up launch is scheduled in 2024. 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 had 90,000 reservations for the Hummer EV Pickup and Hummer EV SUV.
GM has started producing and shipping the Hummer EV SUV. Following the Edition 1 trim, the EV2X and EV3X follow. The basic EV2 trim will become available in 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 twin 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|
GMC Electric Truck
GMC has announced its plans to retail the Sierra Denali electric truck in various configurations, featuring different powertrains and battery packs. While specific details are yet to be disclosed, GMC has confirmed that it will offer a maximum range of 400 miles. With regards to performance, the range-topping Denali Edition 1, which is the first edition trim, will come with an impressive 754 horsepower and 785 lb-ft of torque in the Max Power mode.
The Silverado EV’s premium cousin will celebrate its market launch in the United States early next year. Prices (excl. USD 1,795 DFC) of the GMC Sierra EV begin at around USD 50,000 and touch USD 107,000.
Honda CR-V Hydrogen Fuel Cell
The sixth-gen Honda CR-V will combine a plug-in feature with FCEV technology, which should make more practical than the Hyundai Nexo and Toyota Mirai. It should feature a much larger battery pack than a typical hydrogen FCEV, one that allows it to cover longer distances without using hydrogen.
The Honda CR-V Hydrogen Fuel Cell will be powered by an all-new fuel cell system jointly developed with General Motors and manufactured at a Honda-GM JV plant in Michigan. The newly developed system is officially expected to offer more than double the durability than the 2019 Clarity Fuel Cell’s fuel cell system, at one-third of the cost. V2L capability is likely to be offered in this model, which will come in handy during emergencies and outdoor camping.
The CR-V Hydrogen Fuel Cell will likely be a low-volume model offered only on lease and in select U.S. states. Its production will take place at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. PMC is a small, speciality manufacturing facility, previously responsible for the Acura NSX.
The 2024 Honda Prologue will be the brand’s first electric SUV in this region, and is expected to usher in a new era for Honda in North America. Pre-sales of the Prologue EV will start in 2023, 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.
Honda’s EV packs an 11.3-inch touch-infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 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.
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.
Honda Pilot-sized EV concept
Honda plans to launch a new mid- to large-size EV that has its electrical and electronic components running on its new E&E architecture. Unlike the Prologue, it will be based on a dedicated EV platform developed by Honda, not GM.
We think the mid- to -large-size model will slot above the Prologue. It will likely be a three-row electric SUV that competes with the Kia EV9 and Hyundai Ioniq 7, giving Honda Pilot customers an in-house upgrade option. The launch is still some time off, but Honda may unveil a concept version next year.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is Hyundai Motor Company’s first high-performance EV. Competing with the Kia EV6 GT, it sports uprated motors, a bigger battery, new battery management system, a stiffer suspension setup, wider tracks, lighter wheels wrapped in stickier tires, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential that allows for torque vectoring, electronic dampers, drift mode, and sport suspension.
The dual-motor Hyundai Ioniq 5 N’s powertrain produces 448 kW (609 PS), with a ‘Boost’ output of 478 kW (650 PS). The car features a new 84 kWh battery pack, and the EV’s EPA-est. range could be around 250 miles. It comes with N e-shift and N Active Sound+, which produces artificial effects to lift up the sensory experience of the driver.
Hyundai Motor America has not announced details, but we’re expecting the Ioniq 5 N to begin arriving at U.S. dealerships in the first half of 2024.
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, beginning in 2024.
Hyundai will likely offer the Ioniq 7 with a 76.1 kWh battery pack and a 99.8 kWh battery pack that delivers a range of more than 300 miles. Powertrain choices in the U.S. may include a single-motor unit developing 160 kW (215 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.) of torque and a dual-motor unit producing 350 kW (379 hp) and up to 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.) of torque. The former could be clubbed with the 76.1 kWh battery pack and the latter with the 99.8 kWh battery pack.
The Ioniq 7 will support ultra-fast DC charging at up to 230 kW and likely take less than 25 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 starting in 2025.
Next-gen Hyundai Nexo
A new Hyundai Nexo is expected to arrive in 2024. Some reports say it’ll be a facelifted model, while others say it’ll be a new-generation model. However, it’s certain that the new hydrogen fuel cell EV will be a thoroughly re-engineered SUV.
The new Hyundai Nexo will be powered by the third-gen, 100 kW hydrogen stack that is 30% smaller than the second-gen, 95 kW unit of the outgoing model. Expected to be more efficient, the all-new fuel cell system may allow driving for a longer distance, perhaps close to 500 miles. It will be significantly more durable, too, giving the vehicle a longer life.
Unlike the outgoing SUV, the new Nexo will have Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capability. Thus, it’ll be possible to use the vehicle’s power to run or charge electrical equipment. Hyundai Motor America has announced the MY2024 Nexo as a carry-over model, and it’s likely that the new Nexo is part of the MY2025 range in the United States.
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 this year, and reservations are set to begin soon after. Production, and presumably customer deliveries, will start in 2024. Stellantis held a dealer preview of the Recon in March 2023.
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 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 in 2023, with reservations to commence shortly. Jeep plans to start manufacturing the SUV in North America in 2024. The production vehicle will carry a different branding.
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’s global launch will likely take place in the second half of 2024, with S.Korean reports suggesting that the model would be manufactured at one of the local plants, and shipped overseas. Kia is testing the EV4 in the U.S., which has opened up the possibility of an American launch.
The Kia EV9, a large electric SUV, is the company’s first three-row electric vehicle, targeted at family customers looking for an all-electric alternative to the Kia Telluride. It is the South Korean brand’s new flagship model.
The Kia EV9 shares the E-GMP platform with the already-on-sale Kia EV6. The EV9 will be available in six- and seven-seat versions, with the latter optionally featuring individual second-row seats that can rotate 90 degrees outward to face the side door or 180 degrees inward to face the third-row seats. The EV9 is the first Kia to FoD (Feature on Demand) services, meaning customers will be able to purchase and unlock new/additional features and enable them with an OTA software update after the delivery.
In the U.S., EV9 customers will be able to choose from a 160 kW (215 hp)/350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.) RWD variant and a 283 kW (379 hp)/600 Nm (443 lb.-ft.) [700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.) with boost] AWD variant. The former has a 76.1 kWh battery pack, while the latter has a 99.8 kWh battery pack that Kia expects to deliver an EPA-est. range of 300 miles. The peak charging power of the EV9 is 11 kW (AC)/230 kW (DC). A 10-80% DC charging session should take less than 25 minutes.
Kia plans to launch the EV9 in the U.S. in Q4 2023, but we think availability will be extremely limited initially and normalize in 2024. Kia will import the EV9 from S.Korea in the initial months, and the West Point assembly plant in Georgia is undergoing upgrades to begin assembling the EV from the second quarter of 2024.
Designed in the UK and manufactured in Wuhan, China, the Lotus Eletre is a performance-focused E-segment SUV challenging the Polestar 3 and the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron. It’s a sporty crossover-SUV design with sharp cuts and creases at the front and rear, short overhangs and a long wheelbase.
Riding on the Lotus Premium architecture, it gets a 112 kWh battery pack, targeting a WLTP range of up to 600 km (373 miles). The Eletre supports charging at 350 kW, and Lotus expects just 20 minutes of charging to provide a range of 400 km (248 miles). 22 kW AC charging support is standard.
The Eletre’s electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels, produce a combined power of up to 905 hp and a combined torque of up to 726 lb.-ft. With this setup, the Eletre can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.95 seconds. Deliveries have commenced in China, while in the UK, order books are open and test drives are underway.
The Lotus Eletre will arrive at U.S. dealers in 2024. Lotus Dallas, a dealer from Earth Motorcars in Dallas, Texas, will see an upgrade to match the brand’s new global identity as it prepares welcome customers for the new SUV.
The Lotus Emeya is an electric four-door grand tourer that competes with the Porsche Taycan. It has a sleek and athletic exterior featuring two slanted horizontal headlamp DRLs, a full-width tail light, and a retractable rear wing. Inside, it looks minimalist and futuristic and is equipped with a super-narrow instrument cluster, a 55-inch AR HUD, a squircle steering wheel, a 15.1-inch central display, and more.
The Emeya sports a twin-motor powertrain that produces 905 hp and 726 lb.-ft. of torque, enabling an ultra-low 0-62 mph acceleration time of 2.8 seconds and an impressive top speed of 159 mph. These motors get their juice from a 102 kWh battery pack that takes just 18 minutes to be topped up to 80%.
The Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Warwickshire, UK, reportedly led Emeya’s overall exterior and interior design, and the Wuhan Lotus Technology Co., Ltd. plant in Wuhan, China, is expected to 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. We expect the U.S. release of the Emeya 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 company is currently testing the car on public roads.
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. The company has indicated that it will set benchmarks in the aspects of range, space and performance, for its category.
The Lucid Gravity will debut in November 2023, and enter production in late 2024, Lucid Group executives revealed during its Q2 2023 earnings conference call on August 7, 2023. Customer deliveries should begin immediately after the start of production.
Mercedes EQB facelift
The 2024 Mercedes EQB, to be launched in the U.S. next year, features design changes inspired by the EQE and EQS SUVs. The black panel grille seamlessly integrates with the headlights, presenting a streamlined look. Additionally, the refreshed EQB receives a new bumper and wheels to enhance its appeal.
Also on the list of items is the new-generation steering wheel, the latest generation MBUX with new display styles, improved range (EPA estimated range of around 250 miles), and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the latest generation MBUX does not include a touchpad controller. The facelifted EQB will start reaching U.S. dealers in the first half of 2024.
The Mercedes EQG will be one of the world’s most capable 4×4 vehicles, clubbing luxury off-roading with sustainability. The G-Class electric will be even more extreme than its gas-powered donor, boasting ‘tank turn ‘G-Turn (tank turn)’ and, Mercedes-Benz G CEO Dr. Emmerich Schiller has confirmed, at least one more surprise.
The EQG will be available with two types of batteries, one of which will contain the most advanced cells ever used in a production EV from any Mercedes-Benz Group brand, sourced from Sila Nanotechnologies. Thus, even though it’ll be quite heavy, it won’t be as bad at energy consumption and range as one would think. It should achieve 300+ miles of range on a full charge.
Like the gas-powered G-Class that’s currently on sale in the U.S., the EQG will be Schöckl-proved. It will debut in 2024 and likely begin reaching U.S. dealerships in early 2025, at around USD 150,000.
Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV
The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV is the most sophisticated SUV with the three-pointed star, offering more style, comfort, convenience, and exclusivity than the EQS SUV.
Step on the standard-fit illuminated steps to enter, and you’ll see an avant-garde cabin. Maybach emblems, natural wood trim, individual, reclining rear seats with ventilation, neck and shoulder heating, back and calf massage functions, vegetable-tanned leather, etc. are among the interior highlights.
The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV will only be available in a ‘680’ dual-motor AWD variant. Two motors provide it with 484 kW (649 hp) of total power and 950 Nm (700 lb.-ft.) of total torque. Encapsulated motors, special acoustic foams, and various other measures to control noise, vibration, and harshness, and an exclusive Maybach drive mode provide the rear-seat passengers more comfort.
The motors draw energy from a standard 108.4 kWh battery pack, which lasts up to 600 km on a full charge (provisional WLTP range). We expect the EPA-est. range to be around 300 miles. That and the price will likely come out closer to the launch, which we think will happen in early 2024.
The MINI Aceman will be the indirect successor to the MINI Paceman, featuring four doors and a pure electric powertrain. It’ll also serve as a bigger, 4-door alternative to the 2-door-only MINI Cooper Electric (new-generation MINI Electric).
Based on a dedicated EV platform, the MINI Aceman should come in E and SE variants at launch. The former may have a 135 kW (181 hp) front motor, while the latter may use a more powerful, 160 kW (214 hp) front motor. The base variant will likely utilize a 40.7 kWh battery pack that delivers a WLTP range of around 175 miles, while the top-end variant may have a 54.2 kWh battery pack that allows traveling close to 235 miles on a full charge, also as per WLTP. Sportier and more capable variants with dual-motor powertrains generating up to 300+ hp may follow later.
The MINI Aceman is expected to debut next year and go on sale in the U.S. in 2025.
All-new MINI Electric
The all-new MINI Electric, officially called MINI Cooper, features an evolutionary design and is based on a bespoke EV platform co-developed with China’s Great Wall Motor. The redesigned model has a more spacious cabin, offering more comfort and practicality.
The 2024 MINI Electric includes features like circular headlights, flush door handles, rear lights and rear fog light, digital key, and a 9.4-inch OLED touchscreen. It is available in E and SE variants, with the former having an 181 hp/214 lb.-ft. motor getting its juice from a 40.7 kWh battery pack and the latter packing a 214 hp/243 lb.-ft. motor sourcing its energy from a 54.2 kWh battery pack.
The E variant takes 7.3 seconds for a 0-62 mph sprint, while the SE variant takes 6.7 seconds for the same. The E variant should deliver a WLTP range of 190 miles and the SE variant’s WLTP range should be 250 miles.
The global launch of the MINI Cooper (next-gen MINI Hatch electric model) will take place in Q4 2023 (October-December 2023). The new MINI electric car could begin arriving at U.S. dealers in the first half of 2024.
MINI Countryman Electric
The third-gen MINI Countryman includes a first-ever MINI Countryman electric, a technical cousin of the BMW iX1. A compact crossover by classification, the Countryman EV is the largest model in the MINI line-up and competes with the Volvo XC40 Recharge. Trapezoidal headlights, flush door handles and rear lights, 20-inch wheels, 9.4-inch OLED touchscreen, and an adaptive suspension are some of the main features.
The MINI Countryman Electric is available in E front-wheel drive and SE ALL4 all-wheel drive variants. The former has a 201 hp/184 lb.-ft. single-motor powertrain, and the latter uses a 308 hp/364 lb.-ft. dual-motor powertrain, feeding off a common 66.5 kWh battery pack. 22 kW (AC)/130 kW (DC) is the peak charging input. A 10-80% DC fast-charging session takes less than half an hour.
The E variant takes 8.6 seconds for a 0-62 mph sprint and has a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph). It is expected to deliver a WLTP range of 287 miles. The SE ALL4 variant can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). The targeted WLTP range is 269 miles.
The Countryman Electric will start arriving at U.S. dealerships in Fall 2024, likely with prices starting at around USD 45,000.
The Polestar 3 is a large electric SUV that competes 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.
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.
Deliveries of the Polestar 3 in the U.S. will start in 2024. Volvo Cars’ U.S. plant located in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, South Carolina, will manufacture the Polestar 3 for the local market.
Based on the SEA platform, the Polestar 4 is an electric SUV coupe that’s smaller than the Polestar 3 electric SUV and competes with the Tesla Model Y rival. In the future, it will compete with the Lotus Type 134 and Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron, and Nio EC7 as well.
The Polestar 4 packs up to 400 kW (544 hp) of power and 686 Nm (506 lb.-ft.) of torque, which is enough to finish a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.8 seconds. Depending on the configuration, it’s possible to attain a top speed of up to 200 km/h (124 mph).
A 94 kWh lithium-ion NMC battery pack should deliver an EPA-est. range of up to 300 miles in the Polestar 4. 200 kW is the peak charging input, so a 5-80% DC fast-charging session is a matter of just about half an hour, 32 minutes to be precise.
Unlike the 3, the 4 will be a model made exclusively in China. A Geely plant located in Hangzhou Bay will manufacture the 4. Polestar plans to launch the 4 in the U.S. in 2024, with prices starting at around USD 60,000.
Porsche Macan Electric
Customer deliveries of the Porsche Macan EV will begin globally in 2024. The brand’s smallest electric SUV will share the PPE platform and many components with the Audi Q6 e-tron. It will be the first Porsche to use not only the PPE vehicle platform but also an Android Automotive OS-based software platform, called ‘E³ 1.2.’ Expect two motors generating as much as over 500 kW (680 PS/670 hp) in its top-of-the-line performance variant. The WLTP range could be more than 600 km (373 miles).
Porsche Taycan Facelift
The 2024 Porsche Taycan will feature design updates, including revisions to the bumper, lights, and grilles across its different body styles and variants. Spy media suggest that Porsche might introduce new advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) functions enabled by a new radar system positioned behind the windscreen. The Taycan is also likely to come equipped with Porsche’s newly developed HD LED Matrix headlights, offering 2X brightness and 4X spread compared to the current lighting system. The improved maximum range of the 2024 Taycan is estimated to be around 275 miles.
The improved Taycan is anticipated to be available for sale in the U.S. by early 2024.
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 Ram 1500 REV is available reserve now and will start arriving at U.S. dealerships in Q4 2024 (October-December 2024). Prices are expected to begin at around USD 50,000.
Range Rover EV
As part of its ‘Reimagine’ global strategy, JLR plans to unveil six Land Rover electric models by 2026. The first of the lot will be a Range Rover EV, competing with the likes of the Cadillac Escalade IQ and Mercedes EQS SUV. It will be a conversion of the gas-powered Range Rover, not a model designed and engineered as an EV from the outset like these two direct rivals.
JLR has confirmed it will start taking pre-orders in 2023. The company plans to start production in late 2024 and commence deliveries in early 2025.
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.
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 first series-production Rolls-Royce electric car 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. BMW Group has started accepting orders, promising deliveries in Q4 2023. We’re yet to understand whether deliveries in the U.S. will also begin during that period, or in early 2024.
BMW Group had 300 orders in the U.S. even before the unveil, CNBC reported on October 18, 2022. During the company’s Q4 2022 earnings conference call on March 15, 2023, CEO Oliver Zipse said that it has never had so many pre-orders for an all-new Rolls-Royce vehicle.
Tesla has confirmed it will start selling the Cybertruck in 2023, but availability is expected to be extremely limited initially. High-volume deliveries should be achieved next year.
Tesla has confirmed the company has produced the first examples of the Tesla Cybertruck 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. More details are expected to emerge in the summer.
New Tesla Model Y (Project Juniper)
The Tesla Model Y, the world’s best-selling electric car, is said to be replaced by a refreshed model in 2024. The updated EV reportedly goes by the codename ‘Tesla Juniper.’
On the outside, the new Tesla Model Y should feature new headlights, bumpers, and wheels. Inside, the dashboard design could be new, and there could be two steering options – a newly designed wheel and a yoke. Unlike the outgoing model, the new EV may have an instrument cluster. All in all, the 2024 Model Y may have extensive design and feature changes.
The facelifted Model Y is said to have many comprehensive technical changes as well, including a new battery architecture, 800-volt system voltage that enables ultra-fast charging capability with a peak input of 350 kW, and an upgraded powertrain. Like the 2024 Model 3, it may get CATL’s new M3P battery pack option with an energy storage capacity of 66 kWh.
The new Model Y is expected to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to 400 miles. It could be launched in the second half of 2024.
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 should start at around USD 200,000. The redesigned model will face competition from the Fisker Project Ronin-derived electric sports car for this model. Musk has said its production will “hopefully” begin in 2024. So, expect only a handful of units going to customers that year, if the car meets production in time.
The Volvo EX30 is the first small SUV of the brand with the Iron Mark logo. The practical commuter looks somewhat like a mini-EX90, but features several unique design cues, especially on the inside. For example, there’s no instrument cluster in this model. Being a Volvo, the EX30 is big on understated style and offers plenty of space, clever storage and convenience features, and innovative safety features.
Volvo Cars offers the EX30 with powertrains generating up to 422 horsepower and up to 400 lb.-ft. of torque and battery packs with an energy storage capacity of up to 64 kWh (net). 62 mph from a standstill comes as quickly as in just 3.4 seconds, which is impressive for a model of this class. On a full charge, the EX30 is officially expected to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to ~275 miles.
Prices of the EX30 in the U.S. start at USD 34,950, and customer deliveries will commence next year.
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 will take place at Volvo Cars’ South Carolina factory. Volvo Cars has delayed the start of production of the EX90 SUV, by 5-6 months to mid-2024, due to software issues.
The VW ID.7 is the electric successor to the Passat sedan. Based on the MEB platform, the electric sedan competes with the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq 6. Volkswagen has confirmed it will launch the ID.7 in the U.S. We think the first ID.7 units will show up at American dealer lots in early 2024, shipped from the German plant.
The VW ID.7 features a sleek design but still looks like a proper sedan, not overdoing the aero thing that results in something bizarre like Hyundai’s Ioniq 6. The electric sedan features a new 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system, “Smart Air Vents,” illuminated touch sliders, an augmented reality head-up display, and more.
Reports say the U.S.-spec model will ship with a 77 kWh battery pack and a rear motor that generates up to 282 hp and up to 402 lb.-ft. of torque. This battery pack will support DC fast-charging at up to 170 kW. The maximum EPA-est. range will likely be over 300 miles. Prices could start at approximately USD 50,000.
VW ID. Buzz
The U.S.-spec 2024 VW ID. Buzz will be available in a single-motor RWD variant and a dual-motor AWD variant. The former’s powertrain generates 282 horsepower and the latter’s powertrain produces about 330 hp. Both have a battery pack with a gross energy storage capacity of 91 kWh. The net energy storage capacity is likely 85-86 kWh. The range and charging specifications aren’t out yet.
The U.S.-spec 2024 VW ID. Buzz has the largest sunroof ever fitted on a Volkswagen Group model. Measuring 67.4 in. long and 40.8 in. wide, this gigantic glass panel has electrochromic tinting, which allows its user to change its surface from clear to opaque and vice-versa. The new electric minivan features dual power-sliding rear doors with power-sliding windows built into their glass. As standard, it is a 7-seat model with a 2+3+2 seating layout, but optionally, it is possible to get it as a 6-seat model with a 2+2+2 seating layout.
Volkswagen plans to launch the ID. Buzz in the U.S. in Q1 2024, R&D chief Kai Grünitz has confirmed, as per a report from Edison. The company has not offered guidance on the pricing, but given the specifications, we’d be surprised if the electric minivan starts at under USD 60,000.
Featured Image Source: Toyota