Update: ‘Audi Q6 e-tron,’ ‘Chevrolet Silverado EV,’ ‘GMC Hummer EV SUV,’ ‘Maserati GranTurismo Folgore,’ ‘Mercedes EQE,’ ‘Nissan Ariya,’ and ‘Polestar 3’ 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. 2023 will be the year with the highest number of new electric car unveils and launches. More than 40 new EV models are debuting or launching for customers in 2023, and unsurprisingly most are SUVs. Many of the new 2023 electric cars will be models 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.
New Audi e-tron
The Audi e-tron, which broke cover three years ago in September 2018, will receive its mid-life facelift in the coming months. 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. We expect the vehicle to reach the United States as the 2024 Audi e-tron next year.
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. The improved e-tron Sportback should reach the U.S. as the 2024 Audi e-tron Sportback in 2023.
Audi Q6 e-tron
The Audi Q6 e-tron will be the four-ringed brand’s second mid-size electric SUV, but a few years down the line, it is expected to replace the Audi e-tron. It will be one of Volkswagen Group’s first models to ride on the Porsche-Audi co-developed PPE platform. Unlike the e-tron’s MLB Evo platform, PPE is a dedicated EV architecture.
Another significant difference is the 800-volt charging system instead of a 400-volt charging system. Up to 600 PS (592 hp) of power, 600 km (373 miles) of WLTP range, a more spacious cabin, and an all-new Android Automotive OS-based infotainment system are other things customers can look forward to. Scheduled to premiere at the end of 2023, the Q6 e-tron 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 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 Q4 Sportback e-tron premiered along with the Q4 e-tron. The Q6 Sportback e-tron should be launched soon after the regular SUV.
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 ~300 miles as per EPA’s testing method.
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.
The eighth-gen BMW 5 Series that arrives in 2023 will include a pure electric variant called BMW i5. The i5 will belong to one of the most competitive EV segments that already includes many models. Its competitors will include the Mercedes EQE, Tesla Model S, Lucid Air, and Nio ET7. From 2024, the Audi E6 will also be in the list of rivals.
BMWBlog claims BMW will offer the i5 in eDrive40, xDrive40, and M50 variants. The base variant may get a 250 kW (335 hp) rear motor, while the other two variants would have an additional motor at the front for higher performance and AWD. The i5 M50’s two motors may generate 400 kW (536 hp) of combined power. An 80.7 kWh battery pack could be standard, and it could provide an EPA-est. range of around 300 miles.
Production of the i5 will take place alongside the i7 at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany. Expect the i5 to arrive at U.S. BMW dealers in the second half of 2023.
The Cadillac Celestiq will be GM’s ultimate sedan when it goes on sale in 2023. The company has shown a concept version to generate consumer interest well before the launch.
The Celestiq concept features an outlandish exterior design that’s bound to turn heads in awe. Like a true Cadillac, it’s exceptionally bold and unapologetically dramatic. The show car features a lavish interior with visibly high minimalism and digitalization.
The Celestiq concept features many futuristic technologies that will make it to production. One of them is Smart Glass Roof featuring Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology that allows setting four dimmable zones in it. For most customers, the biggest attraction could be a 55-inch ultra-wide LED display on the display, one of the five different displays in the car. Another highlight will be the Ultra Cruise “door-to-door” autonomous driving system, an evolution of the Super Cruise.
Based on the GM BEV3 skateboard platform, the Celestiq will likely be way more spacious than its gas-powered rivals. It will likely be available in a comfy 2+2 seating layout. 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.
Chevrolet Blazer EV
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is a zero-emission alternative to the Blazer midsize SUV that arrived in June 2018. The vehicle is available in 1LT, 2LT, RS, and SS (Super Sport) trims for individual customers, and a pursuit-rated Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) trim for police forces. Additional trims will be available for other fleets and commercial customers as well.
The Chevrolet Blazer EV features five seats, a flat floor, a 17.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and an 11-inch digital instrument cluster. The RS and SS trims additionally feature unique trim and design cues, with the RS having blue and red contrast stitching and the RS featuring Adrenaline Red suede microfiber seats and Argon Orange accents (optional). The front seats of these trims are heated and ventilated as standard. Additionally, the SS trim has heated rear outboard seats, an option in the RS trim.
In terms of range, GM expects 247 miles in the LT trim, 293 miles in the 2LT trim, 320 miles in the RS trim, and 290 miles in the SS trim. They all have onboard AC charging modules rated at 11.5 kW. Up to 190 kW of DC fast-charging is possible with the RS and SS trims.
The Blazer EV will be manufactured at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, which is currently the production site of the gas-powered Blazer.
|Trim||GM-expected Starting Price||Sales Commencement Timeline|
|1LT||Around USD 44,995||Winter 2024|
|2LT||Around USD 47,595||Summer 2023|
|RS||Around USD 51,995||Summer 2023|
|SS||Around USD 65,995||Fall 2023|
|PPV||To Be Disclosed||Q1 2024|
Chevrolet Equinox EV
The Chevy Equinox EV is a compact SUV that rivals the VW ID.4. It is not available to reserve yet, but prospective customers can sign up for updates on the Chevrolet U.S. website. GM has revealed many of the details a year ahead of launch.
The Chevrolet Equinox EV features a bolder and sportier design compared to the gas-engined Equinox, and though it looks smaller and squarer, it could be more spacious, as it appears to have a long wheelbase compared to the overall length, courtesy of GM’s BEV2 dedicated EV platform.
The Equinox EV features a more upmarket interior with a sleeker dashboard, a fully digital instrument cluster, a floating touchscreen infotainment system, horizontally positioned, slim central AC vents, and a more compact climate control panel. It will be available with GM’s Super Cruise autonomous driving system.
GM will offer the Equinox EV with a 210 hp/242 lb.-ft. single-motor powertrain in FWD configurations and a 290 hp/346 lb.-ft. dual-motor powertrain in AWD configurations. The company has indicated two battery pack options will be available. Depending on the configuration, the range will vary between 250 and 300 miles. Do note all these figures are GM estimates, and the final values might be slightly different.
Prices of the Chevrolet Equinox EV in the U.S. start at USD 30,000. At launch, which will be in fall 2023, GM will offer it exclusively in the high-end limited-edition trim, and gradually in lower variants.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
GM’s could steal the Ford F-150 Lightning’s thunder if it gets its first mainstream all-electric pickup right, the Chevrolet Silverado Electric, 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. GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra revealed during GM’s Q1 2022 earnings conference call that trial production of the Silverado EV at Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck will start in March 2023.
Fleet customers are showing a requirement of more than 200 Silverado EVs on average, Barra revealed during the company’s Q2 2022 earnings conference call. The market is “very enthusiastic” about the new electric pickup, she added. As of October 3, 2022, GM is sitting on 170,000 Silverado EV reservations, and this figure includes intent from nearly 400 fleet operators.
The Fisker Ocean is just months away from its launch now, with production scheduled to commence on November 17, 2022. It will be cheaper than the VW ID.4 but offer a host of more advanced features and specifications that make it more attractive.
Fisker has developed the Ocean on Austrian contract manufacturer Magna Steyr’s FM29 aluminum skateboard architecture. The company plans to offer it with up to two motors that produce up to 550 hp and allow a 0-60 mph acceleration as quickly as 3.6 seconds. The base variant’s battery pack will consist of LFP cells, while the other variants will use a battery pack consisting of NMC cells. The company is targeting an EPA-est. range of 250 miles for the base variant and up to 350+ miles for the other variants.
Solar roof, vegan interior, revolving touchscreen infotainment system, sliding back glass (rear windscreen), etc. are some of the key features of the Ocean. Prices start at USD 37,499, and reservations are open. Production will take place at Magna Steyr’s CO2-free plant in Graz, Austria.
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 to 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.
On April 12, 2022, it was confirmed that the Electrified GV70 U.S. production at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery will begin in December 2022. Customer deliveries will commence in 2023, most likely in the first quarter (January-March 2023).
GMC Sierra electric pickup
The first GMC electric pickup will debut as a concept by the end of 2022, 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. We expect the production vehicle to be unveiled in 2023.
GMC Hummer EV SUV (Electric Hummer SUV)
The GMC Hummer EV SUV, the second GMC supertruck, will go on sale in the U.S. in 2023. The trim line-up is the same as the pickup: EV2, EV2X, EV3X, and Edition 1. Reservations are closed at the moment. As of October 3, 2022, GM has 90,000 reservations for the Hummer EV Pickup and Hummer EV SUV.
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 84,650||Spring 2024|
|EV2X||USD 94,650||Spring 2023|
|EV3X||USD 104,650||Spring 2023|
|Edition 1||USD 105,595||Early 2023|
MINI Countryman Electric
The third-gen MINI Countryman will include a first-ever MINI Countryman electric, a technical cousin of the BMW iX1 that’s not U.S.-bound. Based on an updated and modified version of the UKL platform, the Countryman electric could have two variants in the U.S., a single-motor FWD variant and a dual-motor AWD variant.
The top-end Countryman Electric’s powertrain could deliver more than 300 horsepower and more than 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Expect a 64.7 kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-est. range of around 225 miles. Prices could start at around USD 45,000 when it goes on sale towards the end of the 2023.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the brand’s most crucial launch globally in 2022. A zero-emission alternative to the Sonata within the lineup, the Ioniq 6 locks horns with the globally popular Tesla Model 3, the incoming VW Aero B sedan.
Featuring a Porsche-esque coupe-style silhouette and an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.21 Cd, the Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s most aerodynamic model. Parametric Pixel lights, virtual mirrors (digital mirrors), fixed rear wing, etc. are among its other exterior highlights. Among the interior features are two 12-inch displays, a bridge-style center console, ambient lighting with 64 options and six dual-color options, seats made of recycled PET fabric or eco-process leather, and a carpet made from recycled fishing nets.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will likely be available with a 168 kW/350 Nm RWD and a 239 kW/605 Nm AWD powertrain in the U.S. The company has announced two battery pack options: 53.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. In just 5.1 seconds, the pure electric sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph). South Korea’s Ministry of Industry has given it a maximum range rating of 524 km (326 miles).
Built at Hyundai’s Asan plant in South Korea, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2023.
2024 Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Kona Electric would undergo a full model change for MY2024 in the U.S. Road-testing of the redesigned electric small SUV has already started, spy pictures have revealed.
The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric would look even more sci-fi and offbeat than the current model, and it could be more practical with increased space and new convenience features. Internally called ‘Hyundai SX2e,’ the second-gen model would have a newly designed interior featuring a more modern dashboard, clubbed digital instrument cluster and infotainment screens, slimmer AC vents, and various other aesthetic improvements.
A 64.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack could be standard in the U.S.-spec 2024 Kona Electric, and it could deliver an EPA-est. range of around 260 miles. A 150 kW (201 hp) front motor and an 11 kW onboard charger could be standard. 85 kW could be the maximum DC charging power, which could allow fast-charging from 10 to 80% SoC in under 45 minutes.
Hyundai Ioniq 7
Officially, the Hyundai Ioniq 7 is due in 2024. However, new reports suggest that Hyundai is planning to advance the launch to 2023. Customers looking for a large family SUV that offers spacious three-row seating and loads of luggage space will be the target of the Ioniq 7. In other words, this model would be a zero-emissions alternative to the Palisade.
Hyundai will build the Ioniq 7 on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and, according to reports, offer it with a 100 kWh battery pack that delivers a range of more than 300 miles. All-wheel drive will be optional along with a twin-motor unit that produces 308 horsepower. The base configuration would employ a single-motor RWD powertrain.
The Ioniq 7 will support ultra-fast 350 kW DC chargers and likely take around 20 minutes to go from 10 to 80% SoC. Bidirectional charging, Plug and Charge (PnC), camera-based Digital Side Mirrors (DSM), Level 3 autonomous driving, OTA updates for drive components, Intelligent Front-lighting System (IFS), electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD), etc. could also be among the highlights of the Ioniq 7.
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. Among the cheaper upcoming electric cars in this list, it 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, and we assume wide availability of the car by early next year. 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 39,000 with rivals like the Chevrolet Bolt EUV and Hyundai Kona EV.
The Kia EV9 will become the South Korean brand’s flagship model in 2023. The large electric SUV will be the company’s first three-row electric vehicle, targeted at family customers looking for an electric alternative to the Kia Telluride.
Previewed with a concept at the 2021 LA Auto Show, the Kia EV9 will share the E-GMP platform with the already-on-sale Kia EV6. It will likely come with features like solar panels, Smart Glass, Level 3 autonomous driving, face recognition, vegan leather, ultra-wide dual display, etc. The production EV9 will be the first Kia to feature OTA (Over the Air) and FoD (Feature on Demand) services.
Kia could offer the EV9 in single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD variants and a standard lithium-ion battery pack with a storage capacity of 100 kWh. The battery pack will operate at a high voltage of around 800 volts. Expect the maximum supported fast-charging input to be 350 kW.
At the 2022 Kia CEO Investor Day held on March 3, 2022, Ho Sung Song, the company’s President & CEO, said that the EV9 can deliver a range of approx, 540 km (336 miles). A six-minute charge is enough to cover a distance of 100 km (62 miles). A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes just five seconds. The EPA-est. range of the EV9 could be 300+ miles.
Kia’s flagship electric SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in H2 2022, Russell Wager, Vice President – Marketing, Kia America, confirmed at the New York International Auto Show 2022 on April 13, 2022. Expect its base configuration to cost around USD 50,000.
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept has evolved into a production electric SUV called the Lexus RZ. The new Lexus electric SUV is a mid-size model measuring 189 inches in length, 74.6 inches in width, and 64.4 inches in height. It packs two motors, a 150 kW unit at the front and an 80 kW unit at the rear. Lexus calls this dual-motor AWD setup ‘DIRECT4.’ A standard 71.4 kWh battery pack feeds the motors and could deliver a Lexus-estimated range of 225 miles. These are all (preliminary) specifications of the RZ 450e, and more variants with different specifications could follow.
When Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) President Akio Toyoda took a test drive of the RZ, he felt it a bit during relaxed cruising. However, as soon as Toyoda stepped on the pedal, the RZ’s character changed, and it accelerated rapidly. “It’s like night and day!,” a surprised Toyoda exclaimed.
One of the talking points is the combination of a steering yoke and a steer-by-wire system. Steer-by-wire requires less physical input for turns as it allows the vehicle to turn with less steering angle, and it’s more precise. The steering has no mechanical connection with the wheels. This Lexus-first feature won’t be available in the U.S. at launch, though.
Customer deliveries of the Lexus RZ in the U.S. will start towards the end of 2022.
Designed in the UK and 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.
The Eletre’s 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 Europe and America.
The Lotus Eletre will arrive at U.S. dealers in 2023. 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.
Lotus Type 133
On August 31, 2021, Lotus announced a plan to launch four electric models by 2026. One of them was a four-door coupe called Lotus Type 133 (working name). In an announcement on June 28, 2022, the Hethel-based company said that the Lotus Type 133 will be a four-door sports sedan, which suggested that it is smaller than previously thought and belongs to a lower (D) segment.
We expect the Type 133, with absolute certainty, to be a low-slung EV ‘born British, raised globally.’ The Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Warwickshire, UK, is reportedly leading its overall exterior and interior design, and the Wuhan Lotus Technology Co., Ltd. plant in Wuhan, China, will likely manufacture the car for the global market. The Chinese factory, which has an annual production capacity of 150,000 units, has been allocated three models, as per an announcement from Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone dated July 27, 2022.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore
The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore is the pure electric variant of the second-gen GranTurismo. Marking the Trident’s entry into the electric vehicle space, the GranTurismo Folgore looks almost identical to its gas-powered donor model. Its unique grille, distinctive alloy wheels, and other minor adjustments are in the interest of better aerodynamics.
Notably, the Granturismo Folgore features a splitter and vertical side air inlets with three horizontal cuts and black color at the front. On the sides, the signature three air vents on the front wings, the hallmark Trident logo above the rear haunches, and aero wheels, complete the exterior package. Maserati has given the car a special air inlet placed between the bumper and wheel arch that reduces the rustling inside the latter. At the rear, the Folgore variant has an exclusive diffuser.
Maserati employs a three-motor powertrain that produces 560 kW (751 hp) and 1,350 Nm (996 lb.-ft.) of torque, a T-Bone-shaped, 83 kWh battery pack, and Formula E inverters in the pure electric GranTurismo. Two motors power the rear wheels and the third motor is on the front axle, effectively making the car a rear-biased AWD vehicle. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 2.7 seconds, while the top speed is on par with the top-end gas-powered GranTurismo (Trofeo) – 320 km/h (199 mph). Maserati plans to launch the GranTurismo Folgore in 2023.
Maserati Grecale Folgore
The Maserati Grecale Folgore will be the Italian exotic brand’s first electric SUV. It will be a conversion of the gas-powered Maserati Grecale unveiled in March 2022.
The Grecale Folgore looks very similar to the Grecale and it has very few design changes that offer improved aerodynamics and cooling. The aim from these design changes is to squeeze out the maximum possible efficiency and range. Of course, Maserati also wanted to make the electric variant instantly recognizable and have distinguishing touches for the same, but the primary goal was to lower the energy consumption.
The Grecale Folgore will be available in a special copper color called Rame Folgore and feature Econyl eco-friendly material made out of recycled fishnets recovered from the seas on the inside. Maserati has confirmed that the Grecale Folgore will have a 105 kWh battery pack that operates at 400 volts. The range-topping configuration’s powertrain will produce more than 500 hp and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) and its top speed will be more than 200 km/h (124 mph). Expect the first all-electric Maserati SUV to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to 300+ miles.
Mercedes 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 a 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 three variants available: 450+, 450 4MATIC, and 580 4MATIC. The 450+ variant is RWD, while the 450 4MATIC and 580 4MATIC variants are AWD. The base variant uses a 355 hp/419 lb.-ft. rear motor. The mid-level variant adds a front motor that provides it with an increased torque of 590 lb.-ft., although the power doesn’t change and remains 355 hp. The top-end variant sports the same setup, but its two motors produce 536 hp and 633 lb.-ft. of torque.
All three share variants a massive 107.8 kWh battery, formed with 12 modules and NMC chemistry. Mercedes-Benz expects the 450+ to deliver a range of 305 miles and the 450 4MATIC and 580 4MATIC to deliver a range of 285 miles. The charging time using a 200 kW DC charger is 31 minutes (10-80%).
Series production of the EQS SUV at the carbon-neutral Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant has started. The locally-made Mercedes EQS SUV’s prices start at USD 104,400 and go up to USD 132,200. Customer deliveries start in fall 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.
The EQE is available in the U.S. in EQE 350+, EQE 350 4MATIC, and EQE 500 4MATIC variants, with a 90.6 kWh battery pack standard across the line-up. The EPA-est. range of the base variant could be more than 300 miles.
The EQE 350+ has a single rear motor producing 288 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The EQE 350 4MATIC is a dual-motor all-wheel drive variant with 288 hp and 564 lb.-ft. of torque. The EQE 500 has the same setup, but with 402 hp and 633 lb.-ft. of torque. The estimated 0-60 mph acceleration time of these variants is 6.2, 6.0, and 4.5 seconds, respectively. However, all of them have the same estimated top speed – 130 mph. Made in Bremen, Germany, the U.S.-spec 2023 EQE will begin arriving at dealers in late 2022.
The Mercedes EQE now has two AMG performance variants: Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC and EQE 53 4MATIC+. However, the U.S. is only getting the Mercedes-AMG 53 4MATIC+, rebranded to Mercedes-AMG EQE.
The AMG variants sport two motors and a 90.6 kWh battery pack comprising ten modules consisting of 360 pouch cells. In Germany, the AMG EQE 43 4MATIC delivers a range of up to 534 km/332 miles (WLTP) and the AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ maxes out at 526 km/327 miles (WLTP).
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 and torque to 505 kW (677 hp) and 738 lb.-ft., respectively, 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 Mercedes-AMG EQE (53 4MATIC+) will start arriving at U.S. dealers in late 2022.
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. It will celebrate its world premiere on October 16, 2022, as a direct rival to the Audi Q6 e-tron.
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. The EQE SUV goes into production later in 2022, and U.S. sales could start in early 2023.
Mercedes EQT MPV
The Mercedes EQT will be an all-electric small passenger van offering 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 in a five-seat configuration, while the seven-seater version is programmed in 2023.
Mercedes EQB 250+
The Mercedes EQB ranges between USD 55,750 and USD 60,350 (excl. USD 1,050 destination and delivery charge). It is now available at U.S. dealerships.
The EQB is 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.
Later this year, the 2023 Mercedes EQB will hit dealers. The lineup will include a new 250+ variant that’s more affordable than the 300 4MATIC and 350 4MATIC variants and costs USD 52,400 onwards. The 300 4MATIC and 350 4MATIC variants won’t have any equipment changes.
A 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be standard in the 250+ variant. Customers can specify the new base variant with seven seats optionally. Mercedes-Benz expects the EQB 250+ SUV to deliver an EPA-est. range of 250 miles.
The Nissan Ariya is arguably the brand’s most exciting car to come out in years, more so than the all-new Z. It will finally start reaching U.S. Nissan dealers in late fall 2022.
American customers get to specify their Ariya in Venture+, Premiere, or Platinum+ grade. Key features of the 2023 Ariya 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).
Nissan offers the 2023 Ariya in two variants with a 63 kWh battery pack that delivers an EPA-est. range of up to 216 miles and two variants with an 87 kWh battery pack that returns an EPA-est. range of up to 304 miles.
The base variant with the 63 kWh battery pack has a 214 hp/221 lb.-ft. front motor, while the top-end variant with the same gets 238 hp and 221 lb.-ft., thanks to an additional motor mounted at the rear. The base variant with the 87 kWh battery pack uses a more potent front motor producing 335 hp and 413 lb.-ft. of torque, while the top-end variant with the same gets 389 hp and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, with the extra punch coming from an additional, rear motor.
Prices of the 2023 Ariya in the U.S. start at USD 43,190 and go up to USD 60,190. The Ariya rivals the VW ID.4., and from 2023, it will see competition from the Chevy Blazer EV as well.
The Polestar 3 is a large electric SUV that will compete with the Tesla Model X and the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron. There are not even traces of Volvo in its design, unlike the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2, which were previewed by Volvo 40 concept vehicles. The company will produce the electric SUV on two continents, Asia and North America. Volvo Cars’ U.S. plant located in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, South Carolina, will manufacture the Polestar 3 for the local market.
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 will celebrate its world premiere on October 12, 2022, at 1 p.m. EST. Its production for the American market will begin in Q1 2023. On July 18, 2022, Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said at the 2022 Automotive News Europe Congress that the prices of the Polestar 3 in Europe will start at around EUR 75,000 in Europe. In the U.S., expect a base price of around USD 75,000.
The Polestar 4 will be an electric SUV coupe that’s smaller than the Polestar 3 electric SUV, and launch in the market with volume ambitions. The company is developing it as a D-segment, mid-size car that competes with the Porsche Macan (gasoline model). Polestar expects its smallest high-riding model to achieve a range of more than 600 km (373 miles). The EPA-est. range in the U.S. will probably be closer to 490 km (300 miles). Unlike the 3, the 4 will be a model made exclusively in China. A Geely plant located in Hangzhou Bay will manufacture the 4, starting in late 2023.
The Polestar 4 will compete with the Tesla Model Y, Lotus Type 134, Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron, Nio EC7, and Lexus RZ. Prices could start in the USD 55,000-60,000 range.
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.
On July 28, 2022, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares revealed during the company’s H1 2022 results conference call that a Ram Revolution event is scheduled in November 2022. He said that an “exciting BEV truck” will be presented during the program.
The Rolls-Royce Spectre will be the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe and the brand’s first pure electric car. Based on the Architecture of Luxury platform, which underpins the Phantom and the Cullinan, it will be a milestone in Rolls-Royce’s history.
Rolls-Royce says that the Spectre’s battery pack weighs 700 kg (1,543 lbs.), but it hasn’t revealed the energy storage capacity or the targeted range. It could be the 101.7 kWh (net) unit that delivers a range of up to 625 km (388 miles) in the BMW i7. There are rumors that the Spectre could sport a dual-motor powertrain producing more than 600 horsepower and be the quickest Rolls-Royce in history.
Rolls-Royce says that the Spectre will boast “unprecedented computing power” and its most connected car ever. Instead of borrowing the current infotainment system, the Spectre could pack a new-generation unit technically related to the all-new BMW iDrive that debuted in 2021 and runs on BMW OS 8. There could be a wide range of other technologies that make the electric Rolls-Royce easier and more interesting to use than the gas-powered models.
Rolls-Royce will unveil the Spectre in 2023 and start customer deliveries in the fourth quarter of the same year (October-December 2023).
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, and a confirmed order between April and May, followed by deliveries in a few weeks. Reservations have since closed, and those who wish to reserve may need to wait until 2023.
Toyota has joined hands with the Warren Buffett-backed BYD to develop a budget electric sedan, as per a Reuters report. A few weeks after Reuters published the report, a new concept called Toyota bZ SDN debuted. On August 25, 2022, China’s Ministry of Industry Information and Technology (MIIT) declaration revealed the first look and specs of the Toyota bZ3.
Featuring BYD’s low-cost and safety-focused Blade LFP batteries, the bZ3 could be cheaper than the bZ4X and is expected to start at CNY 200,000 (approx. USD 28,000) in China. The potential Xpeng P5 rival will be available in 135 kW (181 hp) and 180 kW (241 hp) variants, both capable of attaining a 160 km/h (99 mph) top speed. It is expected to debut shortly and go on sale in China in late 2022. This model could be Toyota’s second bZ EV, although that does not mean a global launch is planned in the immediate future. We’ll have to wait for a few weeks to uncover this mystery!
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 U.S., the prices of the new XC40 Recharge start at USD 53,550.
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 a bigger battery, and we expect details and the first look to come in late 2023, before the North American launch (2024).
The Volvo EX90 will be the production version of the Volvo Concept Recharge. 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. LIDAR will be part of the standard equipment, Volvo Cars has confirmed.
The Volvo Cars will unveil the EX90 on November 9, 2022. The company has confirmed that it plans to manufacture the new flagship electric SUV at its Ridgeville, South Carolina plant in the U.S. It may start shipping customer delivery units of the EX90 to American showrooms in early 2023.
Production Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk has confirmed the company has locked the final design of the Tesla Cybertruck. During the company’s Q2 2022 earnings conference call on July 20, 2022, Musk said that Cybertruck deliveries should hopefully start 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. Tesla will make the Cybertruck at the Giga Texas factory that currently builds the Model Y.
Following the Cybertruck, Tesla’s immediate focus in the passenger line-up will be the second-gen Roadster. Tesla has significantly improved the performance it can deliver in its series models since the unveiling of the second-gen Roadster concept in November 2017. So, expect the production version to be even more capable than originally promised.
The next-gen Roadster will likely boast single-piece casting, AWD with up to four motors, and a battery pack consisting of 4680 cells. The concept version’s battery pack capacity is 200 kWh, enough to cover a distance of 620 miles. Its 0-60 mph acceleration time is just as impressive – 1.9 seconds! That’s possible with a tri-motor setup, and a quad-motor powertrain in the production version, if offered, could allow even quicker acceleration. Depending on the variant, the top speed could be as high as 250+ mph.
Prices of the next-gen Roadster will likely start at around USD 200,000. Tesla will face competition from the Fisker Project Ronin-derived electric sports car for this model.
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