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 world premieres and market launches. More than 40 production electric cars will debut or launch for customers next year, and unsurprisingly most are SUVs.
We have listed many models that have been unveiled this year 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.
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, more energy-saving motors, and enhanced recuperation will likely increase its range to around 600 km or 373 miles on the WLTP test cycle.
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 Q5 e-tron
The Audi Q5 e-tron is the brand’s latest attack on the Tesla Model Y. The mid-size electric SUV is developed as a luxury equivalent of Volkswagen ID.6 on the same MEB platform. Unlike the MLB-evo-based e-tron, the Q5 e-tron offers three-row seating in a 2+3+2 or 2+2+2 layout. Packing an 83.4 kWh battery pack, the first-ever Audi-badged three-row EV provides a CLTC range of 560 km (348 miles). Prices start at just CNY 400,000 (USD 62,698), which makes it more affordable than the e-tron that costs CNY 546,800 (USD 85,708) onwards.. There’s no plan to launch the Q5 e-tron in the U.S. or in Europe.
Audi Q6 e-tron
The Audi Q6 e-tron will be the four-ringed brand’s second mid-size electric SUV, but a few years down the line, it is expected to replace the Audi e-tron. It will be one of Volkswagen Group’s first models to ride on the Porsche-Audi co-developed PPE platform. Unlike the e-tron’s MLB Evo platform, PPE is a dedicated EV architecture. Another significant difference is the 800-volt charging system instead of a 400-volt charging system. Up to 600 PS (592 hp) of power, 600 km (373 miles) of WLTP range, a more spacious cabin, and an all-new Android Automotive OS-based infotainment system are other things customers can look forward to.
Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron
The Audi Q6 family would include a coupe version called ‘Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron.’ More aerodynamically efficient than the SUV, the SUV-coupe will offer a higher driving range and a more engaging driving experience. It could debut at the same time, the same way the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron premiered along with the Audi Q4 e-tron.
BMW 3 Series Electric (BMW i3 L)
The first-ever pure electric BMW 3 Series will debut in the first half of 2022. Expect a BMW 3 Series i330e with a 190 kW (258 PS/255 hp) rear-mounted motor and a 74 kWh battery pack that provides an NEDC range of 500 km or 311 miles. The first-ever 3 Series EV, a simple conversion, will likely be a China-only model, and global markets would get a 3 Series EV in the eighth generation around 2025 that will have the looks, interior and specs to challenge the Tesla Model 3.
BMW Group’s biggest EV debut in 2022 will be the BMW i7, the pure electric sibling of the next-gen BMW 7 Series. It will be a full-size electric sedan going against the Mercedes EQS. Reports suggest that the BMW i7 will come in eDrive45 single-motor RWD and eDrive50 dual-motor AWD, and M60 dual-motor AWD variants. Expect 80 and 120 kWh battery pack options, with the former offering approximately 500 km (311 miles) of WLTP range the latter 650-700 km (404-435 miles) of range.
2022 BYD Tang EV
The 2022 BYD Tang EV will be a 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. Exports of the updated model should commence shortly after the Chinese launch, which will reportedly take place in April 2022.
Chevrolet Silverado Electric
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 company could employ its new 255 kW (347 PS/342 hp) /rear- and front-drive permanent magnet motor. The battery pack capacity could be more than 100 kWh, which could be enough to offer a range (EPA est.) of about 300 miles (483 km). The Chevrolet Silverado Electric will celebrate its world debut at CES 2022 on January 5, 2022.
Chrysler electric SUV
Stellantis should unveil the Chrysler electric SUV in 2022. Inspired by FCA’s unbranded Airflow Vision concept, it should be a STLA Large platform-based premium electric SUV going up against the Tesla Model Y. The company has already teased what looked like the near-production concept, and has promised new details in the coming months.
The Citroen C3 for emerging markets, internally called Citroen CC21, will have a pure electric variant called Citroen e-C3 (codename: Citroen eCC21). It could arrive in Europe as a Dacia Spring challenger. Expect it to come in 30 and 40 kWh battery pack variants, with a front electric motor generating around 60 or 80 PS, depending on the configuration. The highest possible WLTP range could be about 250 km or 155 miles.
Ford electric SUV on MEB platform
After making its mark in the mid-size EV segment with the Mustang Mach-E, Ford plans to penetrate a more competitive and more globally relevant compact EV segment. The company is developing a compact SUV based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, primarily for European sales. While the engineering might be similar to Volkswagen’s ID.4 in many ways, the exterior design will not be a commonality. If anything, the Ford compact SUV be the exact opposite of the German model on the design front, looking tough and boxy instead of sleek. That’s at least what spy pictures of its alleged concept version have suggested.
The Genesis GV60 is on sale in South Korea already, but it’s coming to the U.S. in 2022, as confirmed by the brand after its world premiere. 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.
A 77.4 kWh battery pack is standard, while the power and torque figures range between 168 and 320 kW (225 and 429 hp) and 350 and 605 Nm (258 and 446 lb.-ft.), respectively. The maximum possible range Genesis claims in South Korea is 451 km (280 miles). A Boost mode available in the top-end configuration increases the power and torque temporarily to 360 kW (483 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.) respectively, making it possible to finish a 0-62 mph sprint in four seconds flat.
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 around 360 kW (483 hp)* and a combined torque of 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.). This model supports 350 kW ultra-fast chargers, allowing topping up the battery pack from 10-80% in just 18 minutes. Rumor has it that the Electrified GV70 would be the first Genesis model and the first EV from Hyundai Motor Group made in the United States. Expect the U.S. launch to take place in the first half of 2022.
*In Boost mode
GMC Sierra electric pickup
The first GMC electric pickup could debut at CES 2022 in January 2022, and it could be the upmarket version of the Chevrolet Silverado for the U.S. market. 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.
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 Hyundai Ioniq 6 will lock horns with globally popular Tesla Model 3 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 when it is available in the second half of the year.
All-new Kia Niro EV/Kia e-Niro
The Kia Niro EV will likely undergo a full model change and enter its second generation in 2022. It should remain a front-wheel drive-only model but expect a punchier motor that provides more power and torque. Currently, the maximum possible power and torque figures are 150 kW (204 PS/201 hp) and 395 Nm, respectively. We don’t know whether Kia would continue using the 64 kWh battery pack that provides a range of 239 miles (EPA est.)/282 miles (WLTP) or introduce a larger battery pack. One way or the other, it should increase the range to around 250 miles (EPA est.)/300 miles (WLTP). The company will introduce an all-new design with Kia HabaNiro concept influences to make it look sportier and youthful.
Lexus LF-Z/Lexus RZ
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept, presumably based on the Toyota e-TNGA platform, will evolve into a production electric SUV in 2022. Lexus is predicting a range of 600 km (373 miles) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of just 3 seconds for its first bespoke EV. One of the main talking points of this model could be 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.
Lincoln ‘Mark E’
The first Lincoln global EV will debut in 2022, and it will most likely be an SUV. It will sit on the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s dedicated EV platform and likely be a mid-size model rivaling the Tesla Model Y, Mercedes GLC, and the Audi e-tron. In China, the BMW iX3 should also be on the list of competitors. Technically, it should be possible to offer it with two motors generating a combined power of 360 kW (487 PS/480 hp) and a battery pack with an energy content of 88 kWh. Expect an EPA est. range of more than 300 miles from the most range-focused configuration.
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, Daimler’s first bespoke electric SUV, will break cover most likely in the first half of 2022. Digital Headlights, MBUX Hyperscreen, automatically opening comfort doors, rear-axle steering, and Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (AR-HUD) should be its key features. Expect the top-end configuration to boast dual motors with up to 400 kW (544 PS/536 hp) of power and a 107.8 kWh battery pack. The most range-focused configuration will be able to travel around 600 km (373 miles) on the WLTP test cycle.
Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+
Daimler has confirmed that it’s planning a performance variant of the Mercedes EQE with around 500 kW (680 PS/670 hp). That should be a Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+. It should be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under 4.0 seconds, probably close to 3.5 seconds. The top speed should be 250 km/h (electronically limited). Expect the 90 kWh battery pack from the regular EQE to be standard.
Mercedes EQE SUV
Daimler’s most crucial new model EV unveiled in 2022 might not be the Mercedes 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.
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.
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.
Like the Genesis GV60, the Mercedes EQB is on sale globally but not in the U.S. yet. 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.
Mercedes Vision EQXX (Mercedes EQXX)
The Mercedes Vision EQXX (Mercedes EQXX) will likely be a demonstrator of Daimler’s next-gen EV technologies aimed at making EVs very practical and confidently adoptable. The coupe-style low-riding model will show how the German conglomerate aims to make traveling from Shanghai to Beijing (754 miles or 1,214 km) on a single charge possible. The concept may also uncover the next-gen Mercedes-Benz design language.
Chinese electric luxury automaker Nio will keep Tesla on its toes with new EV launches. The company will launch the Nio ET7 in China, Germany, Norway, and other countries, and unveil a new electric mid-size sedan positioned below it in 2022. Possibly called the Nio ET5, the new electric sedan should come with a 100 kWh battery pack that provides an NEDC range of around 650 km (404 miles). Nio plans to commercialize a 150 kWh solid-state battery pack that can offer an NEDC range of up to 1,000 km (621 miles) in late 2022. Should the pricing work out, the company may introduce that option in its entry-level car at a later stage.
The Nio ET5 could debut as a near-production concept at Nio Day 2021, which will take place on December 18, 2021, before going on sale next year.
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.
The Nissan Ariya could achieve a WLTP range of up to 311 miles, a 0-62 mph sprint time of as low as 5.1 seconds, and a top speed of 124 mph. It would rival the likes of ID.4/ID.5.
Nissan had presented the Ariya at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show in July.
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.
Porsche Macan EV
The Porsche Macan EV will debut in 2022 as the brand’s smallest electric SUV. It 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). The market launch of the Macan EV is set in early 2023.
Renault Megane E-Tech Electric
The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric is an alternative to the ICE Megane built to suit the changing customer preferences to crossover/SUV body style and pure electric powertrain. The swanky new Megane is the first model from the French brand’s second-gen EV portfolio, with a hope to repeat the success of the Zoe.
The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric will be available in two battery pack variants that offer a WLTP range of up to 470 km (280 miles). All the configurations will have only one motor, though the power and torque figures would vary. The quickest configuration will take 7.4 seconds for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint. Watch out for the Megane E-Tech at the dealerships in Europe next year.
smart electric SUV
The smart electric SUV (codename: smart HX11) debuted as a near-production concept (smart Concept #1) at the Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021). Its European launch will take place in January 2023, as per a report from JESMB. It could be available with two battery pack options, with the larger unit’s capacity pegged at 60 kWh. Initially, a single motor producing more than 195 kW (265 PS/261 hp) could be standard. The maximum WLTP range could be around 430 km or 267 miles. Dual-motor AWD configurations may follow a year or so after the launch aimed at driving enthusiasts.
The Subaru Solterra is the Japanese automaker’s first EV. Co-developed with Toyota, the compact SUV will go on sale in the U.S. by mid-2022 as a rival to the likes of Volkswagen’s ID.4 and Nissan’s Ariya. The e-Subaru Global platform/Toyota e-TNGA platform-based EV will come in 150 kW (201 hp) single-motor FWD and 160 kW (214 hp) dual-motor AWD configurations internationally. However, the U.S. will get only the latter. With a standard 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Solterra should provide an EPA-est. range of between 250 and 300 miles.
Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV, as its name suggests, will be the coupe version of the Enyaq iV that went on sale this year. Skoda will offer the Enyaq Coupe iV with 58 kWh and 77 kWh battery packs and 150 kW single-motor and 195 kW dual-motor powertrains. The coupe version will be able to travel (on the WLTP cycle) more than 535 km or 332 miles on a full charge. The coupe version will offer 570 liters of boot space, only 15 liters lesser than that of the SUV (585 liters). The total luggage space would also be lesser than that of the SUV (1,710 liters).
SsangYong Korando e-Motion
Ssangyong digitally unveiled the Korando e-Motion earlier this year, but the model is yet to go on sale. The e-Motion is the South Korean automaker’s first electric vehicle. A conversion of the latest Korando, the Korando e-Motion electric SUV uses a 61.5 kWh battery pack and a 140 kW motor. With a WLTP range of just 339 miles (211 miles), it should appeal mainly to customers with short-range driving needs like daily commute.
While SsangYong was planning a U.S. launch earlier, its current financial conditions don’t indicate that it will happen anytime soon. Regardless, the Korando e-Motion’s specs seem noncompetitive for its wide-scale acceptance in the U.S. market.
Production Tesla Cybertruck
The production Tesla Cybertruck with some design changes and dimensional alterations will debut in 2022, and customer deliveries will commence the same year. Production of the tri-motor AWD (USD 69,900) and dual-motor AWD (USD 49,900) variants is likely to begin first, and the single-motor RWD ($ 39,900) variant may enter production in 2023.
The Toyota bZ4X will go on sale in the U.S. in Spring of 2022. It will be 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 expects the FWD variant to deliver a range of up to 250 miles. The Toyota bZ4X will be available with a yoke steering and a steer-by-wire system optionally in some markets, but not in the U.S.
2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge has received a minor refreshment for MY2022, and it will go on sale in the U.S. in the new avatar sometime in 2022. The new XC40 Recharge’s 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 minorly tweaked tail lamps.
VW ID. Buzz
With the VW ID. Buzz, Volkswagen will reinvent the iconic VW Microbus/VW Bulli for the 21st century. Arriving just in time for when families are ready to venture out freely following the tough COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the VW ID. Buzz will be a charismatic all-electric van available in passenger and commercial versions. Expect battery packs as large as 100+ kWh, enough to offer a WLTP range of around 500 km/311 miles.
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 CEO Ralf 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.
VW ID.6 SUV for Europe
The VW ID.6, the three-row version of the ID.4 with slightly different styling, is currently a China-only model. However, reports say that Volkswagen is considering to import it to Europe in limited volumes. Of the two versions of the ID.6, the ID.6 Crozz and the ID.6 X, the former is more likely to arrive in Europe. Like in China, Volkswagen may offer it in a comfort-oriented six-seat layout and a more practical seven-seat layout.
U.S.-built VW ID.4
The VW ID.4 will get cheaper in the U.S. in the second half of 2022, as the U.S.-bound units will come 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 39,995 to around USD 35,000 with localization. According to a Bloomberg report, U.S. production of the ID.4 will begin in June 2022, so customer deliveries could start before the end of next summer.
The recently revealed VW ID.5, including the VW ID.5 GTX, will go on sale in 2022. The coupe version of the ID.4 offers a more aerodynamic (as low as 0.26 Cd) design. Available in single-motor 2WD and dual-motor AWD configurations, the ID.5 accelerates from 0-62 mph in just 6.2 seconds and achieves a top speed of 6.2 seconds. Obviously, there are some compromises on the space aspect, but the ID.5 would offer more range than the ID.4. Volkswagen has confirmed the ID.5 for only European markets so far.
Large Volvo SUV (Volvo Embla?)
Volvo Cars plans to unveil the production version of the Volvo Concept Recharge and begin production 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 CEO, has 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 new trademark application for the name ‘Embla.’ Samuelsson said we’ll get to know the name in March 2022.
Xpeng Motors has introduced a new electric SUV slotted above the Xpeng G3i – the Xpeng G9. It’s a high-riding alternative to the XPeng P7, and 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 in 2022.
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