Update: ‘New MINI Paceman electric concept’ added.
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. 2022 will be the year with the highest number of new electric car concepts, world premieres, and market launches. More than 60 production EVs are debuting or launching for customers this year, and unsurprisingly most are SUVs. Many of the new electric cars 2022 will see debuting and/or coming to the showrooms will be models designed from the outset to run solely on electric power.
We have listed many models 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 each upcoming electric car or electric pickup truck can be found in the links placed in the descriptions.
The Aiways U6, the Chinese brand’s second EV, will be an SUV coupe. Positioned above the U5 SUV, it will be 4,805 mm long, 1,880 mm wide, and 1,641 mm tall, with a 2,800 mm wheelbase.
The U6 will reportedly be available with an ‘AP4000’ electric motor that generates 160 kW (214 hp) and 315 Nm (232 lb.-ft.). Developed indigenously, this motor will allow accelerating from 0-62 mph in less than seven seconds. Reports say that the range of the U6 will be 650 km (404 miles). The electric SUV coupe will have a top speed of 160 km/h. The U6 will likely go on sale in China in the coming months, and in Europe in the second half of the year. European markets may get it as a lease-only model.
New Audi e-tron
The Audi e-tron, which broke cover three years ago in September 2018, will receive its mid-life facelift in 2022. New batteries, energy-saving motors, and enhanced recuperation will likely increase its range to around 600 km or 373 miles on the WLTP test cycle. It is rumored that the car could take the name Audi Q8 e-tron.
New Audi e-tron Sportback
The Audi e-tron Sportback will get its facelift along with the Audi e-tron. It will receive the same technical updates, and its WLTP range will likely increase to more than 600 km/373 miles.
Audi urbansphere concept
Audi has showcased the new China-focused urbansphere concept car. The electric vehicle was developed by design teams based out of Ingolstadt and Beijing. A highlight of the EV is its Level 4 autonomous driving capability, for which Audi is working with CARIAD, VW Group’s software arm.
In the flesh, the urbansphere concept would appear much longer than the pictures. Audi says the concept is 217.9 inches long (5.51 meters), 79.1 inches wide (2.01 meters), and 70 inches (1.78 meters) tall. It has a wheelbase of 133.8 inches (3.40 meters). The urbansphere concept has a fighter-jet like windshield, Audi’s signature singleframe grille with ‘digital eyes,’ and massive 24-inch wheels.
The party piece, however, is the cabin. The swiveling rear seats can be tilted up to 60 degrees and have leg rests. There’s also a sizeable transparent OLED screen mounted on the roof, pivoting vertically. Additionally, there are passenger airplane-like screens mounted on the front seats’ backrests. Interestingly, the steering wheel and pedals can be hidden behind the dashboard (one giant screen) during autonomous driving.
The urbansphere concept is based on Audi’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE Platform) and supports 800-volt charging at up to 270 kW. Audi says 466 miles of WLTP range can be expected from the EV, which will be equipped with Audi’s Quattro AWD as it has one electric motor on both front and rear axles. The EV also has air suspension and rear-wheel-steering.
BMW 3 Series Electric (BMW i3 sedan)
The first-ever pure electric BMW 3 Series (BMW i3) is exclusive to China. It comes in a single eDrive35L variant which is 10 cm longer than the regular 3 Series. The electric sedan features a single motor RWD set-up, making 282 hp and 295 lb-ft. BMW offers a 66.1 kWh battery (net capacity) that provides a CLTC range of 327 miles. The electric sedan is no match to the i4 in terms of performance. However, the figures aren’t disappointing. The 0-62 mph acceleration time is 6.2 seconds, and it has a top speed of 112 mph.
The BMW i3 price in China is CNY 349,900 (USD 51,448), and sales are expected to start by June 2022. BMW Brilliance Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBA) started production of the i3 sedan at its third vehicle plant in Shenyang, China, on May 5, 2022.
BMW Group’s biggest EV debut this year is the BMW i7, the pure electric sibling of the all-new BMW 7 Series. The full-size electric sedan competes with the Mercedes EQS and the Tesla Model S. The i7 includes the most powerful variant of the all-new 7 Series family – BMW i7 M70 xDrive. However, that will arrive at a later stage.
At the market launch, BMW Group will offer an i7 xDrive60 that focuses more on efficiency and range. This variant packs two motors generating 400 kW (536 hp) of system power and 745 Nm (549 lb.-ft.) of system torque. A standard 101.7 kWh battery pack should provide a range of 310 miles as per EPA’s testing method.
The i7 makes its presence felt from half a mile away with an unusually large kidney grille. BMW Group is not a fan of full-width light strips, but it has used an illuminated surround on the kidney grille. Split headlights flank this grille, and their upper light elements are made of Swarovski crystal.
Inside, the i7 flaunts a headline-making feature called BMW Interaction Bar, a light and function strip on the dashboard and door panels. A part of the car’s ambient lighting, the BMW Interaction Bar has integrated control buttons and provides visual and haptic feedback. A 31-inch ultra-wide screen with a 32:9 panoramic display format and 8K streaming resolution makes the i7 the car with the ultimate rear-seat entertainment system. Another highlight is a newly developed panoramic glass roof called Sky Lounge.
The i7 is now available to pre-order in the U.S. It costs USD 119,300 + USD 995 destination, and its launch will take place in Q4 2022.
BMW iX M60
The BMW iX M60 is not a new model technically, just another variant of the BMW iX. However, being the first BMW M model designed as an EV from the outset, it’ll be a significant launch deserving to be on our list. The iX M60 sports two motors generating 532 hp and 749 lb.-ft. of torque. Engaging the Sport mode boosts the power to 610 hp for ten seconds, while Launch Control allows temporarily increasing the torque to 811 lb.-ft.
The iX M60 takes only 3.6 seconds to speed up to 60 mph from a standstill. That makes it 0.8 seconds quicker than the iX xDrive50. While the iX xDrive50 tops out at 124 mph, the iX M60 can attain a significantly higher top speed of 155 mph. It uses the same 106.3 kWh battery pack, but while the iX xDrive50 can deliver a range of up to 324 miles, it runs out of juice at 280 miles. Do note that both these range figures are preliminary EPA estimates, and final EPA numbers are pending.
The BMW iX features a BMW M-modified dual-axle air suspension, M Sport brakes with blue calipers, and uniquely designed 22-inch wheels in a special Titanium Bronze finish. However, the 22-inch wheels are optional; as standard, the iX M60 comes with 21-inch wheels. Inside, iX M60 customers feel more excited about the drive, thanks to a pulsating motion in the seat surfaces and a corresponding display on the BMW Curved Display, plus a specially developed drive sound.
The iX M60 will hit the U.S. market this June with a USD 105,100 MSRP (excl. USD 995 destination and handling).
The next-gen X1 will be available as a pure electric vehicle. The all-electric variant, BMW iX1, will serve as an indirect successor to the i3, the production of which will stop in July 2022. Reports speak of two iX1 variants: iX1 eDrive20 FWD and iX1 eDrive30 AWD. The base variant may have a single motor producing less than 200 hp, and the top-end variant will likely have two motors delivering a combined power of around 250 hp.
BMW Group has confirmed that the iX1 will be available in a dual-motor AWD configuration. The company expects the upcoming electric SUV to have a WLTP energy consumption rating of 17.3-18.4 kWh/100 km (62 mi) and deliver a WLTP range of 413-468 km (257-291 miles).
Zipse announced at the Media Day of the BMW Group Annual Conference 2022 that the BMW iX1 will debut at the end of the year. He also revealed a sketch of the upcoming electric SUV’s front-end. The iX1 will give a powerful impression with sharp twin-eyed headlights, a wide and angular kidney grille, and large, C-shaped edgy side air inlets.
The iX1’s production will reportedly start in November 2022. Its market launch will take place immediately after the next-gen X1, which is due in autumn 2022, BMW Group has confirmed. The iX1 could start arriving at European dealers in the last weeks of 2022 or at the start of 2023.
The BYD Seal is the second model under the brand’s Ocean series following the BYD Dolphin. It’ll be an Xpeng P7/Nio ET5/Tesla Model 3 rival built on the BYD e-Platform 3.0 and featuring Cell-to-Body (CTB) technology. It will be available in four configurations with 61.4 kWh and 82.5 kWh (Blade) battery pack capacities. As per Chinese media reports, the range will be as high as 700 km (435 miles), and the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time is just 3.8 seconds in the performance-oriented spec. Below are the detailed specifications:
|Aspect/Specification||Configuration 1||Configuration 2||Configuration 3||Configuration 4|
|Battery Pack Capacity||61.4 kWh||61.4 kWh||82.5 kWh||82.5 kWh|
|Range (CLTC)||550 km (342 miles)||550 km (342 miles)||700 km (435 miles)||650 km (404 miles)|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||7.5 seconds||7.5 seconds||5.9 seconds||3.8 seconds|
|Maximum DC Charging Power||110 kW||110 kW||150 kW||150 kW|
The BYD Seal features a steeply sloping roofline and a sleek greenhouse, traits that lend it the impression of a four-door coupe. Flush door handles, all-glass roof, and sport seats with side bolsters, integrated headrests, and fluorescent green piping are some highlights of the car.
BYD will start pre-sales of the Seal on May 20, 2022. The Seal could be significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model 3, costing between CNY 220,000 (USD 32,348) and CNY 280,000 (USD 41,170), when it launches later this year.
BYD Sea Lion
As per Chinese media reports, the BYD Sea Lion is a new midsize electric SUV competing with the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Nio ES6, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. Internally called BYD UX, it hits the company’s domestic market in the third quarter (July-September 2022). It will likely be cheaper than most rivals, with prices falling in the CNY 200,000-250,000 (USD 29,407-36,759) range, positioned above the BYD Yuan Plus.
2022 BYD Tang EV
The 2022 BYD Tang EV is a thoroughly facelifted version of the electric SUV that arrived in November 2018. It features a contemporary design with a more aerodynamic and sleeker front fascia similar to the recently unveiled BYD Yuan Plus and offers customers a considerably higher range.
The primary design upgrades can be seen on the nose. The grille has been closed off and the front bumper is redesigned with c-shaped side air intakes and a lower air dam. The previous generation Tang EV had a large radiator grille. The rear of the 2022 Tang EV remains largely identical to the pre-facelift model. On the inside, there’s a similar set-up with the large 15.6-inch touchscreen. Key features include 5G connectivity, DiPilot ADAS, and a new heads-up display.
The 2022 Tang EV will come in single-motor 2WD and dual-motor 4WD variants that deliver a CLTC range of 730 km (454 miles) and 635 km (395 miles), respectively. These figures are significant improvements from the current model’s 565 km/351-mile (2WD) and 505 km/314-mile (4WD) range figures.
Autohome reports that pre-orders for the EV will open in China from mid-April to mid-May. The 2022 Tang EV’s price ranges between CNY 300,000 (USD 44,111) to CNY 350,000 (USD 51,463).
2022 BYD Han EV
The Han EV has received a design refresh and an upgraded powertrain in China. The 2022 BYD Han EV features a reworked front and rear design, new alloy wheels, and colored brake calipers. The top-end model gets a dual-motor system generating a combined power of 380 kW (509 hp) and a combined torque of 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.).
The 4WD variant accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds. The Han EV could cover a distance of 605 km (376 miles) with its biggest, 76.9 kWh battery pack. The 2022 BYD Han EV gains a bigger 85.44 kWh battery pack. The updated Han comes with a range of up to 715 km (444 miles) in the CLTC metric.
A bold and dramatic electric luxury sedan, the Celestiq will be Cadillac’s new flagship. The interior would be sleek and minimalistic, offering a luxurious and spacious seating space. Split headlights, large glass roof with individually dimmable sections, a 23-inch curved display, and a comfy 2+2 seating layout are among the expected features.
GM has confirmed that the Cadillac Celestiq will be one of its first models available with Ultra Cruise, a “door-to-door” hands-free driving technology more advanced than Super Cruise. The company is developing the car on its third-generation global EV platform. Expect the new electric full-size sedan to offer a range of up to 400 miles and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of under five seconds. The Cadillac Celestiq will debut in June 2022 (via CadillacSociety), and go on sale next year.
Chevrolet Blazer EV
The Ultium-powered Chevrolet Blazer EV will be a zero-emission alternative to the Blazer midsize SUV that arrived in June 2018. GM hasn’t revealed details, except for the release date. Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, GM, said during the CES 2022 keynote in January 2022 that the company will reveal the Blazer EV later this year. It will launch it in the U.S. in Spring 2023. On March 9, 2022, GM revealed a teaser of the upcoming EV in the performance-spec SS variant. The company said that the pure electric Blazer SS will also debut later this year.
Chevrolet Equinox EV
The Chevy Equinox EV debuted at CES 2022 on January 5, 2022. It is GM’s new pure electric compact SUV that will compete with the VW ID.4. It 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 third-gen 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. The Equinox EV will go on sale in fall of 2023 with a starting price of around USD 30,000. GM will unveil the road-ready version of the Equinox EV in early fall this year, Barra said during the company’s Q1 2022 earnings conference call on April 26, 2022.
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, which was unveiled on January 5, 2022, at the virtual CES. 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. 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.
Dodge electric muscle car concept
A Dodge electric muscle car is coming in 2024, and it could be either the next-gen Dodge Challenger, a variant of the redesigned model, or its differently named alternative. What’s certain is that it will be a muscle car, and a concept version will break cover later this year.
Later this year, Dodge will unveil its first battery-electric muscle car concept, which will offer the performance and unique attitude that Dodge is known for. This new model will hit the streets in 2024.Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis (Stellantis long-term strategic plan on March 1, 2022)
Ford electric SUV on MEB platform
Now that the Mustang Mach-E has made its ‘mark’ in the mid-size EV segment, Ford plans to disrupt the more competitive and globally relevant compact e-SUV segment. For Europe, the company calls this a “medium-sized crossover,” though. The company is developing this SUV based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, primarily for European sales.
While the Ford MEB SUV’s engineering might be similar to Volkswagen’s ID.3 or ID.4 in many ways, the design will not be a commonality. If there’s one thing that Ford doesn’t need, it’s to take design cues from the Germans and give another reason for customers to overlook its derivative. Spy shots of an alleged concept model that appeared on the European web media last year hinted that the company is betting on a tough and boxy design for differentiation.
Ford says that its new medium-sized crossover EV is a five-seater, and has confirmed a range of 500 km (311 miles) for its ID.4 competitor. The Blue Oval plans to reveal the name later in 2022 and commence production at the Ford Cologne Electrification Centre in Germany in 2023.
An Autocar report says that the Blue Oval could revive a popular name from the past for the new electric SUV it plans to put into production in 2023. Cortina, Probe, Escort, Sierra, and Capri are some of the well-known discontinued models. While Ford is open to a legacy nameplate, it has ruled out retro designs. Unlike Renault and Hyundai, Ford is not interested in releasing retro or neo-retro EVs.
Reservations for the Genesis GV60 are now open in the U.S., and it’s coming to the U.S. in Spring 2022, as confirmed by the brand on the local website. The youngest SUV from the Genesis brand aims to break the shackles in its segment with a new type of design, 350 kW ultra-fast wired charging, wireless vehicle charging, face recognition, virtual mirrors, and more. Sure, all of that won’t be available stateside, at least not right from launch, but the fact that it’s a groundbreaking model for the South Korean luxury automaker is clearly evident.
One interesting feature of the GV60 we can look forward to being available in the U.S., unlike wireless vehicle charging, is Crystal Sphere. When the vehicle is not on, it’s a piece of art that appears to be hovering in the air and adds to the vehicle’s mood lights. As soon as the vehicle starts, the sphere rotates and shows its other side, which houses the EV’s electronic gear selector.
Genesis has announced that it will retail the GV60 in the United States in Advanced AWD (248-mile range) and Performance AWD (235-mile range) variants, with the latter featuring 429 horsepower. Detailed specifications should be released in due course.
Genesis GV70 EV
The Genesis Electrified GV70 is a mid-size electric SUV competing with the BMW iX3, Mercedes EQC, and 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. According the official South Korean test method, its energy efficiency rating and range are 4.6 km/kWh (2.9 mi/kWh) and 400 km (249 miles), respectively.
Rumor has it that the Electrified GV70 would be the first Genesis model and also the first EV from Hyundai Motor Group made in the United States. Expect the U.S. unveil this year, followed by the launch in 2023. In South Korea, the Electrified GV70 costs KRW 73.32 million (approx. 61,000)* and is available to pre-order now.
*Based on a 3.5% individual consumption tax after EV tax benefits
GMC Sierra electric pickup Concept
The first GMC electric pickup will debut as a concept this year, and it could be the upmarket version of the Chevrolet Silverado for North America. The GMC Sierra electric pickup truck should get GM’s third-gen global EV platform and Ultium EV technologies. Similarly, expect it to come in retail and fleet versions. With a battery pack potentially as large as over 100 kWh, it could offer more than 400 miles of range.
GM has released a teaser of the first GMC electric pickup, confirming that this model will be available only in the Denali trim.
GMC Hummer EV SUV (GMC Hummer SUV)
The GMC Hummer EV SUV, the second GMC supertruck, will go on sale in the U.S. next year, but is likely to enter trial production this year. More practical for families than the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, it will offer similar capabilities in smaller dimensions. The trim line-up is the same: EV2, EV2X, EV3X, and Edition 1.
The Edition 1 trim will go on sale first, in early 2023, 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 79,995||Spring 2024|
|EV2X||USD 89,995||Spring 2023|
|EV3X||USD 99,995||Spring 2023|
|Edition 1||USD 105,595||Early 2023|
New Honda HR-V-based EV
Honda plans to launch a compact electric SUV in Europe in 2023. The company has revealed the concept version of the same, called the Honda e:Ny1 Prototype.
The Honda e:Ny1 Prototype’s production version will sit on the e:N Architecture F platform. This is the same base which underpins the Honda e:NP1, a HR-V based electric model that is sold in China. A 134 kW (180 hp)/310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.) front motor powers China’s Honda HR-V electric. It could be available with two battery pack options, a 53.6 kWh unit offering a CLTC range of 420 km (261 miles) and a 68.8 kWh unit offering a CLTC range of 510 km (317 miles), with the latter likely to find more favor with European customers.
Production of the e:Ny1 will likely take place alongside the e:NP1 at a Guangqi Honda (GAC Honda) plant in China, and exported to Europe as a CBU.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the brand’s most crucial launch in 2022. A zero-emission alternative to the Hyundai Sonata within the lineup, the Ioniq 6 will lock horns with globally popular Tesla Model 3, the incoming VW Aero B sedan, and China’s Xpeng P5. Pixelated headlights and tail lights, a Porsche-esque, coupe-style silhouette, 350 kW ultra-fast charging capability, virtual mirrors, and an illuminated grille should be among its highlight features.
The top-end Ioniq 6 should employ two motors that generate 230 kW (313 PS/308 hp) of total power and get their energy from a 77.4 kWh battery pack. Expect a WLTP range of approximately 500 km or 311 miles from the most range-focused configuration.
According to a report from hankyung.com, production of the Ioniq 6 will begin in July 2022, connoting that the South Korean launch could take place in the third quarter, followed by the U.S. launch in the final quarter or in 2023.
Electric Jeep SUV
In an interview with ABC News in December 2021, Jeep CEO Christian Meunier said that the company will launch the first Jeep electric car “at the end of next year (late 2022).”
The first Electric Jeep SUV will likely be a conversion of a yet-to-be-revealed entry-level SUV codenamed Jeep 516. Positioned below the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep 516/Jeep Junior could measure around 157 inches in length and sit on the CMP platform. A modified CMP platform, called e-CMP, will likely underpin the electric variant of the Jeep 516.
Production of the first Jeep electric SUV will likely take place at Fiat’s Tychy plant in Poland in February 2023, which would mean a spring 2023 sales launch. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares has confirmed that the launch will take place between January and June 2023. He has also said that this will be the first of many zero-emission Jeep SUVs to come, as the electrification goals for the brand include offering every SUV with an all-electric powertrain from no later than 2025.
2023 Kia Niro EV
The Kia Niro EV has undergone a full model change, entering its second generation. It looks bolder and funkier, drawing inferences from the 2019 HabaNiro concept, with a contemporary interior that is clearly inspired by the Kia EV6. On the inside, the U.S.-spec Kia Niro EV comes with plenty of bells and whistles like the 10.25-inch infotainment system and digital cluster, ambient lighting, voice recognition and more. The EV also supports bi-directional charging to power external appliances and has a ‘frunk.’
The U.S.-spec 2023 Kia Niro EV will come with a 64.8 kWh battery that feeds a 201 hp front-axle-mounted electric motor. Kia is estimating 253 miles of range on a single charge. The charging time from 400-volt architecture isn’t bad either: It can recharge from 10-80% in under 45 minutes with a DC fast charger.
Kia will begin delivering the 2023 Niro to American customers from fall 2022. The Niro EV, PHEV and the HEV were showcased at the 2022 New York International Auto Show (April). When the EV goes on sale in fall 2022, expect it to cost between USD 35,000 and USD 38,000 with rivals like the Chevrolet Bolt EUV and Hyundai Kona EV.
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 could start arriving at Lexus U.S. dealers towards the end of 2022.
Lincoln electric SUV
Officially, the Lincoln Star Concept previews the design language of production Lincoln EVs, but it’s widely thought to be an early design study of a mid-size Lincoln electric SUV. Clearly, the design is far from production, both inside and outside, but the direction is defined. The production version will feature a stately design as opposed to the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s sporty looks.
Underpinning Lincoln’s first electric car will be the company’s rear- and all-wheel-drive dedicated EV platform. It may not offer the adrenaline rush of the Mustang Mach-E GT, but it will offer an anxiety-free ~100 kWh battery pack capacity that provides an EPA-est. range of over 300 miles. Production could take place either in the U.S. or Canada, but not Mexico, as the Cuautitlan plant’s sole focus is rolling out as many Ford Mustang Mach-Es as it can.
Lincoln hasn’t confirmed the launch of a mid-size electric SUV, but it has said that it will launch three EVs by 2025 and one EV in 2026.
Designed in the UK and to be manufactured in Wuhan, China, the Lotus Eletre is a performance-focused E-segment SUV challenging the Tesla Model X and Polestar 3. It’s a sporty crossover-SUV design with sharp cuts and creases at the front and rear. It also has short overhangs and a long wheelbase. The rear, with its highly raked windscreen and full-width LED taillamps, is reminiscent of the Lamborghini Urus.
Lotus has developed the Eletre on a new platform called Lotus Premium architecture. The company has installed a 100+ kWh battery pack in the SUV, 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.
Its electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels, produce a combined power of at least 600 hp. With this setup, the Eletre can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under three seconds. The vehicle is now available to order, and customer deliveries will commence in 2023. China will be the first market to receive the new electric SUV, followed by the UK and European countries.
Maxus MIFA 9 MPV
The Maxus MIFA 9 is a full-size electric MPV that accommodates up to seven people to travel together in luxury, style, and absolute comfort. It offers a highly digital and very relaxing interior with multiple screens in the front, reclining seats featuring leg rests and massage function, and more.
With a standard 90 kWh battery pack, the MIFA 9 can provide a range of 520 km (323 miles) on a full charge. In 2023, SAIC, Maxus’ parent company, plans to release an upgrade that increases the CLTC range to more than 650 km (404 miles)! That’d be incredible for a luxury people mover noticeably bigger (and possibly heavier, too) than Toyota’s gas-powered Sienna. SAIC has confirmed that it will launch the MIFA 9 in the UK, Norway, and various other European markets in 2022.
Mercedes EQS SUV
The Mercedes EQS SUV, Mercedes-Benz Group’s first bespoke electric SUV, is a zero-emissions alternative to the GLS. The latest entrant to the EQ range is based on the dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture and is not a conversion BEV like the EQB or EQA SUVs.
The EQS measures 201.8 inches long, 77.1 inches wide, and 67.6 inches tall. At 126.4 inches, it has the same wheelbase as the EQS. For perspective, the SUV is roughly 4 inches shorter than the Mercedes GLS and 6 inches longer than the Mercedes GLE. The EQS SUV reminds you of the EQS sedan which was launched one year ago. The design is cohesive and truly futuristic. A dominant element upfront is the gloss black panel with 3D star pattern that houses sensors like radar, ultrasound and camera. Digital Headlights, MBUX Hyperscreen, rear-axle steering, and Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (AR-HUD) are also the key features of the EQS SUV.
In the U.S., there will be two variants available: EQS 450+ and EQS 580 4MATIC. The former is RWD while the latter is AWD. Both variants come with a massive 107.8 kWh battery, formed with 12 modules and NMC chemistry. Provisional WLTP range is 373 miles (600 km) but the figure will vary when EPA estimates are released. Additionally, the EQS 450+ offers 355 hp and 419 lb-ft while the 580 4Matic comes with a whopping 536 hp and 633 lb-ft. The charging time using 200W DC charger is 31 minutes (10-80%).
Production at the carbon-neutral Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant will begin in a few months. The locally-made Mercedes EQS SUV’s price may be in the USD 105,000-130,000 range and it would arrive in showrooms in the second half of 2022.
The Mercedes EQE is the brand’s most important high-volume EV launch this year. An eco-friendly alternative to the staple E-Class, the EQE belongs to the popular executive EV segment that includes big names like Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, Lucid Air, and Nio ET7.
Initially, the EQE is available in only a rear-wheel drive variant called EQE 350+, with a 215 kW/530 Nm rear motor that depends on a standard ~90 kWh battery pack. The mini-EQS will deliver a WLTP range of up to 660 km (410 miles) in its base variant, as per the officially released information.
Production of the EQE for all the markets except China takes place in Bremen (Germany). The European launch took place in April 2022, while the U.S. launch may happen in late 2022, according to a Green Car Reports article from March 20, 2022.
The Mercedes EQE now has two AMG performance variants: Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC and EQE 53 4MATIC+ (confirmed for the U.S., and expected in 2023). The AMG variants sport two motors and a 90.6 kWh battery pack comprising ten modules consisting of 360 pouch cells. The AMG EQE 43 4MATIC delivers a range of up to 533 km/331 miles (WLTP) and the AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ maxes out at 518 km/322 miles (WLTP). Do note that the latter is a provisional figure.
The AMG EQE may not look as strikingly different from the EQE as an AMG E-Class does from the E-Class, but it packs a plethora of performance-oriented changes, including AMG-specific wiring harness, BMS, thermal management, suspension, grille, alloys, and more. The AMG EQE 43 4MATIC draws 350 kW (469 hp) and 858 Nm (633 lb.-ft.) from the two motors. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and achieve a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).
The AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ delivers 460 kW (617 hp) and 950 Nm (701 lb.-ft.) from the two motors by default. A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 3.5 seconds and the top speed is 220 km/h (137 mph). With an optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package, it’s possible to increase the power to 505 kW (677 hp) temporarily and accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.3 seconds. The top speed also increases with the boost function: 240 km/h (149 mph).
The AMG EQE 43 4MATIC is now available in Europe, and the AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ variant will soon follow.
Mercedes EQE SUV
Mercedes’ most crucial new model EV to be revealed in 2022 might not be the EQS SUV but the Mercedes EQE SUV. That’s because it would be a direct rival to the globally popular Tesla Model X that serves as the benchmark in E-segment for various aspects and the BMW iX. According to the Autocar report mentioned in the Mercedes EQS SUV section, it will be a 4,850 mm (190.9 in.)-long model and most likely premiere at the 2022 Guangzhou Auto Show this November.
The EQE SUV could come with a 90 kWh battery pack offering a range of over 400 miles on the WLTP cycle in a single-motor RWD variant. The single-motor RWD variant could employ a PMSM generating 288 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. Customers should get the option to specify a smaller battery pack or a dual-motor powertrain offering higher performance and AWD drivetrain layout. It could take until the first half of 2023 for the EQE SUV’s deliveries.
Mercedes-AMG ‘Vision AMG’ concept
Mercedes-Benz Group’s performance arm Mercedes-AMG has started working on electric cars. It will unveil its first EV developed from the ground up, not as a modified Mercedes-Benz EQ, on May 19, 2022. Called Vision AMG, it is a concept car, but a production Mercedes-AMG electric car will follow in 2025, as per an Autocar report.
From the first teaser, we surmise that the Vision AMG is a coupe model inspired by the wind-cheating Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX that has an extremely low drag coefficient of 0.17 Cd. The first AMG electric car would sit on the new dedicated performance EV platform called AMG.EA.
Mercedes EQT MPV
The Mercedes EQT will be an all-electric small passenger van offering a classier styling and more premium equipment compared to the Mercedes Citan, for the European market. Previewed by the Mercedes Concept EQT, the pure electric variant of the first-ever Mercedes T-Class is likely to have a 44 kWh battery pack and a 75 kW/245 Nm motor spinning the front wheels. The WLTP range could be between 160 and 180 miles. Similar to the Citan, the EQT is a modified Renault Kangoo E-Tech and is to be manufactured at the same French facility. It should go on sale in the last part of the year.
Like the Genesis GV60, the Mercedes EQB is on sale in China and Europe. The U.S. launch will take place in 2022, the company has confirmed. The Mercedes EQB will be one of the most affordable seven-seat electric SUVs in the U.S., although a five-seat version will be available for those who don’t need the extra row of seats. The third-row seat will be suitable for people with a height of up to 5 feet 4 inches.
With a standard 66.5 kWh range, the EQB offers a WLTP range of just 419 km or 260 miles. Its EPA-est. range would be even lower. Two motors generating 225 hp/288 hp of power and 288 lb.-ft./384 lb.-ft. of torque will be available in the EQB.
MG4 EV (MG CyberE)
The MG EV line-up will see the addition of a hatchback this year. Reports say that the name of this EV, internally called MG EH32, will be MG4 EV or MG CyberE. Measuring 4,300 mm (169.3 in.) in length, and hoisted on 17-inch wheels, it will be a compact electric car competing with the likes of VW ID.3, Cupra Born, and Nissan Leaf.
The new electric hatchback could be a major launch for MG in Europe, which has a strong demand for C-segment hatchbacks. MG says that it has developed this model keeping European customers in mind. It plans to conduct the European premiere in Q4 2022 (October-December 2022). Expect the sales launch in the Old Continent to take place in early 2023.
Next-gen MINI Electric
The next-gen MINI 3-door Hatch would be ready to make a public appearance in 2022. Unlike in the current-gen model, the new electric variant (Mini Cooper SE) should be part of the range right from the start. MINI has released pictures of a camouflaged prototype of the next-gen 3-door MINI Electric, indicating that an official reveal might not take more than a few months. However, the first production models are to roll out not before mid-2023, which puts the U.S. launch around fall 2023.
New MINI Paceman electric concept
Reports coming out of the British media say the MINI Paceman is returning to the market as a pure electric vehicle. Things will be a little different on the design front this time to ensure success, with MINI looking at giving the niche model a more SUV character. The company has said that it’s unveiling a new concept of a crossover for the premium small car segment before the end of 2022, and this model could be a preview of the Paceman electric. The 2022 Paris Motor Show (October 17-23, 2022) sounds like a potential event where we may see the smart #1 coupe rival in its concept form.
Nio is designing a new SUV positioned below the ES8, called Nio ES7, and the company has started testing prototypes on the public roads in China. Nio will form the new SUV on the Nio Technology Platform 2.0 (NT2.0 platform). The ES7, as the first SUV on this base, will be delivered to customers in China in the third quarter of the year, followed by Europe in the first half of 2023.
Earlier, Nio Director and President Qin Lihong said that the ES7 release (reveal) would conclude in mid-April. However, according to a report from autohome.com.cn, the company has postponed the official unveil to May 2022. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases led to the 2022 Beijing Auto Show’s postponement.
Chinese automaker Nio will keep Tesla on its toes with multiple EV launches. In September 2022, it plans to launch the Nio ET5, an electric mid-size sedan positioned below the ET7, in the Chinese market. Trial production of the ET5 started at NeoPark in Heifei, Anhui (China), on April 29, 2022.
The Nio ET5 will have a 75 kWh/100 kWh/150 kWh battery pack that provides a CLTC range of over 550 km (342 miles)/over 700 km (435 miles)/over 1,000 km (621 miles). Nio plans to commercialize a 150 kWh solid-state battery pack in late 2022, and that could be the top-end battery pack option of the ET5. Should the pricing work out, the company may introduce that option in its entry-level car at a later stage. In China, prices of the Nio ET5 start at CNY 328,000 (USD 48,228) before subsidies and CNY 258,000 (USD 37,936) with BaaS (Battery-as-a-Service).
The Nissan Ariya is arguably the brand’s most exciting car to come out in years, more so than the all-new Z. Nissan unveiled the Ariya in July 2020 with a target to put it on sale in Japan in mid-2021 and the U.S. later the same year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the semiconductor chip shortage pushed the Japanese delivery commencement timeline to winter (December 2021-February 2022). The launch in the U.S. will take place in fall 2022.
American customers will get to specify their Ariya in Venture+, Premiere, or Platinum+ grade. Key features of the 2023 Ariya will include ProPILOT Assist 2.0, ProPILOT Park (first time available in the U.S.), standard Nissan Safety Shield 360, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, and firmware over-the-air update capability (Nissan-first).
The 2023 Ariya will come in a 238 hp/221 lb.-ft. single-motor FWD variant and a 389 hp/442 lb.-ft. dual-motor AWD variant. Both variants will share an 87 kWh battery pack, which provides a range of up to 300 miles in the single-motor FWD variant and 265 miles in the dual-motor AWD variant. Do note that these are Nissan estimates subject to EPA confirmation. Prices start at USD 45,950 and go up to USD 58,950. The 2023 Ariya would rival the VW ID.4 in the U.S.
The Pininfarina Battista, the most powerful car ever designed and made in Italy, aims to become the new benchmark for road-legal sports cars. With its sub-two second 0-100 km/h acceleration time, thanks to four motors generating 1,900 hp and 2,360 Nm (1,741 lb.-ft.), it’s better off the line than a Formula 1 race car. A 120 kWh battery pack feeds the motors, and Automobili Pininfarina expects it to provide a range of up to 500 km (311 miles).
In January 2022, when Automobili Pininfarina announced a new U.S. retail location (Automobili Pininfarina Chicago in Lake Bluff, Illinois), it said customer deliveries of the Pininfarina Battista would commence by June 2022. The company won’t produce more than 150 units of the all-electric hyper-GT.
The Polestar 3 will be a large electric SUV-coupe competing with the Tesla Model X and the upcoming Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron. It will debut a new design language and have no traces of Volvo in its looks, unlike the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 which were previewed by Volvo 40 concept vehicles. Its production will be in two continents, Asia and North America. A Chinese plant will serve the domestic market and some overseas markets. Volvo Cars’ U.S. plant located in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, South Carolina, will manufacture the Polestar 3 for the remaining markets.
The Polestar 3’s production for the American market will begin in Q1 2023, however its debut will take place in 2022. In the interim period, Polestar would build the required sales network, by bringing a new large retail format to the U.S. in summer 2022.
Ram 1500 Electric Truck Concept
Ram will reveal the concept version of the Ram 1500 electric truck this fall. At the 2022 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Ram CEO Mike Koval told Automotive News that many inputs from the Ram Real Talk will influence the design of the Ram 1500 electric truck concept. In 2024, a refined version of this concept with road-ready changes will reach dealers.
Renault 4 EV concept
Renault is banking on nostalgia to develop public interest for its upcoming B-segment electric cars. While the Renault 4 existed between 1961 and 1992, the 5 was made between 1972 and 1996. While the 5 will return as an electric hatchback, the Renault 4 would be a compact electric crossover that may also allure SUV enthusiasts. Only a silhouette has been released by Groupe Renault so far, but it’s not hard to guess that the B-segment EV features a boxy shape. The car is clearly meant to look tough, like the original.
The Renault 4 would be based on the CMF-BEV platform, which offers 33% more cost savings than the current Zoe, do about 250 miles of range from its circa-50 kWh battery, and offer applications for the commercial segment. The Renault 4 nameplate will be resurrected by 2025, the same as when it is expected to go on sale. It is expected to be manufactured at Renault’s Douai plant in France.
Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo has said that the Renault 4 electric SUV will debut in a concept version at the 2022 Paris Motor Show that will take place from October 17-23, 2022, as per a report from Challenges. The production version will arrive in 2025.
Skoda Enyaq iV RS
The Skoda Enyaq iV RS will be the electric SUV’s performance-focused version when it arrives in Europe in the second half of 2022. Its battery capacity will be 82 kWh (gross), which is expected to provide a 304 miles (490 km) range on the WLTP cycle (unofficial estimate).
It is expected to come with a dual-motor AWD set-up with 299 hp and 338 lb-ft combined output. Expect a 0-62 mph acceleration time of around 6.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 112 mph. The Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV is priced at GBP 51,885, so the SUV may undercut this figure marginally.
Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV, as its name suggests, is the coupe version of the Enyaq iV that went on sale in 2020. It features a sportier and aerodynamic exterior design. The drag coefficient is lower than that of the Enyaq iV (0.257 Cd) – 0.234 Cd.
Skoda will sell the Enyaq Coupe iV with 58 kWh and 77 kWh battery packs and 132 kW/150 kW single-motor and 195 kW/220 kW dual-motor powertrains. The coupe version can travel (on the WLTP cycle) more than 545 km or 339 miles on a full charge. It offers 570 liters of boot space, only 15 liters lesser than that of the SUV.
In its high-performance ‘RS’ variant, the Enyaq Coupe accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds and offers 20 km/h (12 mph) more top speed than the standard variant – 180 km/h (112 mph). Another highlight of the Enyaq Coupe RS iV is its exclusive Mamba Green paint option, which helps onlookers identify it as a Skoda RS model though it operates silently.
The Enyaq Coupe iV’s production has begun in Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic). Skoda is offering only the high-performance Enyaq Coupe RS iV initially, for a price of EUR 57,700 (Germany). Customer deliveries will begin later this year.
Based on Geely’s SEA platform, the #1 is the first smart electric SUV, a sub-compact electric model like Hyundai’s Kona Electric that is available in the United States. However, the dedicated EV platform makes it a much more advanced product.
The smart #1 has a single, rear-mounted motor that produces 200 kW and 253 lb ft (343 Nm) of torque. The motor gets its energy from a 66 kWh battery pack that can provide a WLTP range (preliminary) of 260-273 miles. With a maximum charging power of 22 kW (AC)/150 kW (DC), charging from 10-80% takes as little as <3 hours/<30 minutes.
Customer deliveries in Europe are likely to start in the final weeks of the year. Dual-motor AWD configurations aimed at driving enthusiasts and customers living in places with challenging weather/road conditions are to follow.
The Subaru Solterra is the Japanese automaker’s first EV. Co-developed with Toyota, the compact SUV will rival the likes of Volkswagen’s ID.4 and Nissan’s Ariya. The U.S. gets the e-Subaru Global platform/Toyota e-TNGA platform-based EV with two motors that generate 215 hp and 249 lb.-ft. of torque. A 72.8 kWh battery pack is standard, delivering an EPA-est. range of up to 228 miles. Prices start at USD 44,995 and go up to USD 51,995.
Unlike the Ioniq 5, Subaru’s Solterra is available across the United States. However, its availability will likely be very limited at launch. Rumors on several forums are that some dealerships in the U.S. and Canada will receive the Solterra in single-digit numbers this summer.
Subaru Solterra reservations in the U.S. started on February 8, 2022. Interested customers could pre-order their Solterra by placing a deposit of USD 250. They will be able to place a confirmed order between April and May, and deliveries will begin later in the summer. Reservations are closed now, and those who want to reserve now may need to wait for a year.
Toyota has confirmed that the bZ4X will arrive at U.S. dealers this Spring. Prices start at USD 42,000 and rise to USD 48,780 (prices excl. delivery, processing, and handing fee of USD 1,215) for the four-wheel drive version. The bZ4X competes with the VW ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Ariya, and the Kia EV6, offering a range of between 222-252 miles.
The Toyota bZ4X is available in two variants, a FWD variant with a 71.4 kWh battery pack and an AWD variant with a 72.8 kWh battery pack. The FWD variant will have a 150 kW (201 hp) motor, while the AWD variant will pack more punch with motors generating a combined power of 160 kW (214 hp).
Toyota Corolla-like bZ EV
Toyota has joined hands with the Warren Buffet-backed BYD to develop a budget electric sedan, as per a Reuters report. Featuring BYD’s low-cost and safety-focused Blade LFP batteries, the new Toyota EV could be cheaper than the bZ4X, and is expected to start at CNY 200,000 (USD 29,407) in China. The potential Xpeng P5 rival would be like a Corolla, but with a bigger rear-seat section. It is expected to debut soon and go on sale in China in late 2022. This model could be Toyota’s second bZ EV, although that would not mean a global launch is planned in the immediate future.
A few weeks after Reuters published the report, a new concept called Toyota bZ SDN debuted. The concept car features characteristics very similar to the details mentioned in the report, and so, it could be the model that leads to the Corolla-like EV. We’ll have to wait until April 2022 to know for sure.
2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge has received a minor refreshment, and it will go on sale in the U.S. in the new avatar this year. The front-end is similar to the C40 Recharge SUV-coupe, and it features a cleaner faux upper grille, a new front bumper with sportier outer ends, and new fog lamp housing, curvier headlamps, and subtly tweaked tail lamps. Along with the mid-life update, the XC40 Recharge has received the C40 Recharge’s Fjord Blue paint option. In the UK, the prices of the new XC40 Recharge start at GBP 43,550.
VW Aero Concept
The VW Aero will be a further development of the VW ID. Vizzion concept, another show car, but only closer to production. It is likely to be among the few sedans built on the MEB platform, indirectly replacing the Passat sold in both Europe and the United States. Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstatter has said that the VW Aero has a “super-aerodynamic design,” which is evident in the teaser pictured above, and “an unprecedented space and a premium interior.”
The Aero concept will debut in the coming months. The production version will break cover in 2023, and it will go on sale in China first, in the second half of the year.
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. 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 details will be revealed closer to the North American launch (2024).
VW ID.6 (global)
You read it right. Volkswagen is making a global VW ID. 6, and it’ll be the production version of the VW ID. Vizzion concept car, not an SUV like the China-only VW ID.6. In the words of Brandstatter, the ID.6 will be “a highly emotional four-door coupe.” It will be the successor to the VW Passat sedan in the U.S. and European countries. Road-testing is underway, and a world premiere in the second half of 2022 seems plausible. Expect to see the electric sedan in the showrooms in the U.S. in 2023.
U.S.-built VW ID.4
The VW ID.4 will likely get cheaper in the U.S. when the U.S.-bound units start arriving from the local factory in Chattanooga (Hamilton County, Tennessee) instead of the German plant in Zwickau. Volkswagen aims to reduce the base price of the ID.4 from USD 41,230 to around USD 35,000 with localization. Production of the ID.4 will begin in fall 2022, and customer deliveries of the locally built units may begin at the end of this year or early next year.
The VW ID.5, including the VW ID.5 GTX, is now on sale in Europe. The coupe version of the ID.4 offers a more aerodynamic design (as low as 0.26 Cd). It is available to order in Europe, and in Germany, prices start at EUR 46,515. Volkswagen has confirmed the ID.5 for only European buyers. Available in single-motor 2WD and dual-motor AWD configurations, the ID.5 accelerates from 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds. The regular ID.5 travels 520 km or 323 miles (WLTP) on a full charge, while the ID.5 GTX is capable of 490 km or 304 miles (WLTP).
The ID.5 series will get a software update later this year that brings Plug & Charge support. Moreover, the 77 kWh configurations will gain bidirectional charging support with this update. Expect Volkswagen to offer vehicle-to-home function which allows powering the home using the energy stored in the EV’s battery pack. The company may enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) charging, too.
The company builds the ID.5 alongside the ID.4 at its Zwickau factory in Germany. The ID.5 is Volkswagen Group’s sixth and final model to enter production at the Zwickau plant as part of the factory’s transformation into a dedicated EV production site.
Large Volvo SUV (Volvo Embla?)
Volvo Cars plans to unveil the production version of the Volvo Concept Recharge and begin manufacturing the SUV in the U.S. in 2022. Think of it as a zero-emission Volvo XC90 alternative and a Tesla Model X competitor. It will look softer than the ICE model and offer way more advanced driver assistance systems. Inside, it will have a compact, fully digital instrument cluster and a freestanding touchscreen infotainment system, both running the Android Automotive OS software. The company will introduce a new nomenclature along with this EV. LIDAR will be part of the standard equipment, Volvo Cars has confirmed.
The new Volvo electric SUV will be the brand’s first model named in a new convention. Instead of a traditional name in which there’s a combination of a name and a letter, Volvo Cars will use a proper name. Hakan Samuelsson, the company’s former President and CEO, told Automotive News Europe that the name will start with a vowel. Not long before Samuelsson’s remark, we noticed that the company had filed a trademark application for the name ‘Embla.’
Jim Rowan, the President and CEO of Volvo Cars, has told Autocar that the release of the next Volvo electric SUV is “very much on track” and that the company will share more details in Q4 2022 (October-December 2022).
2022 Wuling MINI EV
The Wuling Hongguang MINI EV (Wuling MINI EV) will see the addition of a new variant this year that offers more convenience, suggests a report from autohome.com.cn. This variant will use a 26.5 kWh battery pack (almost double the current highest capacity) that provides a CLTC range of 280 km (174 miles), which will make it more practical as a primary car. A report from InsideEVs suggests that the incoming version will have a punchier motor that develops 30 kW of power, 10 kW more than that of the currently available configurations. With a reported 2,997 mm length (+80 mm) and a 2,010 mm wheelbase (+70 mm), it promises more space as well.
On March 11, 2022, Wuling launched updated Hongguang MINI EV and Hongguang MINI EV Macaron models in China, as per another report from autohome.com.cn. Both are available in 120 km (75 miles) and 170 km (106 miles) range variants. The updated MINI EV features new, three-spoke alloy wheels, while the 2022 MINI EV Macaron comes with an illuminated front brand logo, along with horizontal light strips on its flanks.
Xpeng Motors has introduced a new electric SUV slotted above the Xpeng G3i – the Xpeng G9. The high-riding alternative to the XPeng P7 is the brand’s flagship SUV. The Xpeng G9 rides on the same Edward platform, and it debuts XPILOT 4.0, which will allow full-scenario-assisted driving from vehicle start-up to parking. The G9 has an amazing potential in the export market as a challenger to the VW ID.4, as the company has developed the product from the outset with international standards in mind. Xpeng Motors will reveal the interior and full specifications of the G9 closer to its launch, which will take place in Q3 2022 (July-September 2022).
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