Update: ‘Dodge electric sedan’ and ‘2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6‘ sections updated.
As the world increasingly moves to electric powertrains and efficiency starts to play a more significant role in purchase decisions, sedans are set to regain some of the popularity they have lost over the last decade. Here are 17 upcoming electric sedans arriving in the U.S. by the mid-decade:
2026 Audi E4 (Audi A4 Electric)
An Audi A4 Electric or an Audi E4 is expected to join the four-ringed brand’s line-up by 2025. It would be one of the VW Group’s midsize electric sedans that offers global customers an alternative to the Tesla Model 3, Mercedes C-Class Electric, Nio ET5, etc. Little is known about this model so far, but there are rumors in the media that it would borrow the PPE platform from the Audi E6 and could come in S and RS flavors.
2024 Audi E6 (Audi A6 Electric)
Audi’s mega-launch in 2024 would be a Tesla Model S rival called Audi E6 that could prove to be a big hit in the U.S. and China. Based on the PPE platform, it would feature a sleek and high-tech design very similar to the Audi A6 e-tron concept from Auto Shanghai 2021. Expect a 100 kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-est. range of up to approximately 350 miles. Audi has hinted that it will offer an RS variant that accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in less than four seconds. An Audi A6 e-tron Avant (Audi E6 Avant) is also in the pipeline but may not make it to the U.S.
2025 BMW 3 Series Electric
BMW fans would already know that a BMW 3 Series Electric (BMW i3 sedan) already exists, but that’s a China-only model. Global markets, including the U.S., will receive a different BMW 3 Series electric in 2025. Unlike the Chinese spec, the global BMW 3 Series electric will be a Neue Klasse platform model designed from the ground up to be an EV with advanced capabilities.
2024 BMW i5 (BMW 5 Series Electric)
A BMW 5 Series Electric is in the making, and its introduction in Europe is locked in for 2023. Reports say it will arrive as BMW i5, and without a doubt, the U.S. would be one of its key markets worldwide. The line-up could include an eDrive40 single-motor RWD variant, an xDrive40 dual-motor AWD variant, and an M50 performance dual-motor AWD variant. The M50 variant’s motors could produce more than 400 kW (536 hp) and an 80.7 kWh battery pack delivering an EPA-est. range close to 300 miles. The BMW i5 will compete with the Tesla Model S, Mercedes EQE, Audi E6, and Nio ET7. Additionally, it is reported that a BMW i5 Touring (Estate) is also planned.
2023 BMW i7
The seventh-gen BMW 7 Series family includes a first-ever BMW i7 electric sedan. The all-electric full-size BMW is coming to the U.S. in an xDrive60 variant in Q4 2022 (October-December 2022). Interested customers can place a pre-order with a deposit of USD 1,500. The price of the flagship BMW electric sedan is USD 119,300 (plus USD 995 destination).
The i7 xDrive60 uses two motors, one at each axle, producing a combined power of 536 hp and an overall torque of 549 lb.-ft. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds (estimated figure) and continue to 149 mph. A 101.7 kWh battery pack is standard, and BMW expects it to provide an EPA-est. range of up to 300 miles.
2023 Cadillac Celestiq
The Cadillac Celestiq will be the brand’s new symbol of opulence, offering a plethora of cutting-edge technologies, new levels of comfort and convenience, and an advanced emission-free powertrain. The new flagship Cadillac sedan will arrive with features like SmartGlass Nanotechnology roof, Ultra Cruise, Ultium Energy Recovery, and more. It could have an impressive EPA-est. range of up to 400 miles. The ultimate Cadillac sedan will hit the production line at the GM Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, in 2023.
According to a Wall Street Journal report dated June 24, 2022, the Celestiq will be a niche model with extremely limited availability. GM will build less than 500 units of it annually and could price it around USD 300,000. That would be quite a steep price for a full-size luxury sedan, even among electric vehicles.
2026 Chrysler 300 Electric successor
The next-gen Chrysler 300 will be an electric sedan, Australian magazine Drive reported based on insider information on July 1, 2022. Development of the Chrysler 300 Electric has started, and the model will be a cousin of a Dodge electric sedan, as per the report.
Production of the seventh-gen Dodge Charger and the second-gen Chrysler 300 are at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant in Canada. Stellantis plans to end the production of these L-series models when it begins retooling the factory in 2024. Rumor has it that the Chrysler electric sedan will follow in 2026.
The Australian publication claims that the Chrysler 300 and Dodge electric sedans will have a system voltage of 800 volts. They will be based on the STLA Large platform as they are full-size models and demand the highest levels of performance parameters Stellantis can offer. Plus, the company has confirmed the retooling of the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant will make it compatible with the STLA Large platform in 2025.
Speaking to Automotive News in January 2022, Chrysler CEO Christine Feuell indicated that the successor to the Chrysler 300 would be “a vast departure” from it. Expect it to have a new type of silhouette instead of a traditional sedan. Performance could be on a whole new level, as the STLA Large platform could allow fitting 330 kW motors at the front and rear axle. While the gas-powered 300 can do 0-60 mph in less than six seconds, the 300 Electric could accomplish the same in half that time.
Dodge electric sedan
The Dodge electric sedan is expected to hit dealers mid-decade. It should ride on the STLA Large platform and thus have a battery pack with 101-118 kWh energy storage capacity. There are rumors of Dodge readying a tri-motor AWD powertrain, with two motors powering the rear wheels and one motor spinning the front wheels, for its future electric muscle car.
It could get the concept’s 800-volt Banshee propulsion system, eRupt multi-speed transmission with electro-mechanical shifting, PowerShot horsepower boost function, and Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust (faux exhaust system) as well. The interior could be high-tech, packing a 16-inch curved, fully digital instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an 8-by-3-inch HUD, panoramic sunroof, and more.
Stellantis will end the production of the gas-powered Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger at the Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant in 2024. 2025 will be the year the first Dodge Electric Muscle Car rolls off the assembly line, and that will likely be a two-door coupe. The Dodge electric sedan could follow later that year or in 2026.
2023 Genesis Electrified G80
The Genesis Electrified G80 on sale in South Korea will arrive in the U.S. by early fall 2022. It has an 87.2 kWh battery pack that could provide it an EPA-est. range of around 250 miles. A 272 kW (364 hp)/516 lb.-ft. dual-motor AWD powertrain that allows a quick 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds is standard. The Electrified G80 features V2L, allowing customers to supply the battery pack’s stored energy externally.
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the South Korean automaker’s Tesla Model 3 challenger. Featuring a futuristic design with some retro design cues, the Hyundai Prophecy concept’s production version will likely have a 77.4 kWh battery pack that gives it an EPA-est. range of around 320 miles. An Ioniq 6 N with twin motors generating 430 kW (576 hp) and 596 lb.-ft. could be a future configuration. The high-performance variant may take only around 3.5 seconds to complete the 0-60 mph sprint.
Hyundai calls the Ioniq 6 an electrified streamliner, and rightly so, given that the car has an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.21 Cd. A low nose, active air flaps (front), wheel gap reducers, slim digital ORVMs, an elliptical wing-inspired rear spoiler with winglet, a slight boat-tail structure, etc. have helped achieve this impressive drag coefficient.
The Ioniq 6 integrates more than 700 Parametric Pixels in various elements, including the headlamps, front lower sensors, rear combination lamps, high-mounted stop lamp on the rear wing, air vent garnishes, and center console.
Thanks to the E-GMP platform, the Ioniq 6 has a completely flat floor and a spacious cabin. The car has a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a bridge-type center console with generous storage space, and ambient lighting with 64 single-color options and six dual-color themes.
The Ioniq 6 is available with 53.0 and 77.4 kWh battery pack options, single- and dual-motor powertrain choices, and RWD and AWD drivetrain layout selections. With up to 239 kW (320 hp) and 605 Nm (446 lb.-ft.) of torque, it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. In South Korea, it delivers a range of up to 524 km (326 miles).
2025 Infiniti electric sedan
On February 17, 2022, Nissan confirmed an Infiniti electric sedan is in the pipeline and will arrive in 2025. The company plans to manufacture the electric sedan at its Canton plant in Mississippi, USA. During the announcement by Ashwani Gupta, the Chief Operating Officer of Nissan Motor Corporation, the company released a teaser of the Infiniti electric sedan, showing features like a full-width LED tail lamp, a curvy roofline, a block-lettered brand logo at the rear, and a ducktail spoiler. Could this be the Infiniti 50’s Electric equivalent/successor?
2024 Lotus Type 133
The Lotus Type 133 will be an E-segment electric sedan taking on the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S Plaid. Based on the Lotus Eletre‘s Electric Premium Architecture, the Type 133 electric sedan could have a high system voltage of 800 volts that allows ultra-fast or rapid charging on direct current. Expect a 0-60 mph sprint to take just around 2.5 seconds in the four-door Lotus electric car. We expect the company to unveil the vehicle next year.
2025 Nissan electric sedan
The Nissan electric sedan will be a technical cousin of the Infiniti electric sedan, also built in Canton (Mississippi), USA, and due in 2025. Nissan had teased the exterior of this model during its Ambition 2030 presentation on November 29, 2021, hinting at a low-slung body with a coupe-style roofline, full-width front and rear lights, and a block-lettered Nissan logo at the rear. Similar to the Altima and Maxima, the electric sedan will be designed for the American market.
2023 Mercedes EQE
The Mercedes EQE is a smaller and more affordable alternative to EQS and also a zero-emissions alternative to the E-Class. Based on the EVA2 platform like the EQS, it will come in an EQE 350+ variant with a 90 kWh battery pack that could provide an EPA-est. range of more than 300 miles. A single motor producing 288 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque powers the rear wheels. Expected to cost around USD 70,000 onwards and reach dealers in late 2022, the Mercedes EQE would rival the Tesla Model S and Lucid Air.
2025 Polestar 5
The Polestar 5 will be a luxury electric four-door GT that brings the Polestar Precept concept to reality. It will target performance and tech enthusiasts, those on the lookout for something like the Porsche Taycan, Lotus Type 133 and even the Audi e-tron GT.
Polestar will build it on a newly-developed bonded aluminum platform, and it expects this car to deliver a range of more than 600 km (373 miles) on the WLTP cycle. The EPA-est. range could be just over 300 miles. The company has scheduled the start of production at the end of 2024, which means it could conduct the U.S. launch in the first half of 2025.
2024 VW Aero
The VW Aero (final name to be announced) will be the four-door Passat’s successor for the U.S. and Europe. Based on the MEB platform, the midsize electric sedan will have a “super-aerodynamic design,” Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter said at the Volkswagen Annual Media Conference 2022 on March 16, 2022.
Volkswagen previewed its electric sedan with the streamlined ID. Aero concept car on June 27, 2022, which boasts a low drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd and uses a 77 kWh lithium-ion battery good for a WLTP range of up to 620 km (385 miles). It features IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, 22-inch two-tone wheels, and touch surfaces instead of conventional door handles. The production version should feature standard front and rear lights and classic door handles as in other ID. models.
The production version of the ID. Aero could reach U.S. dealers in 2024. Expect the starting price to be upwards of USD 45,000. Production of the U.S.-spec car will take place in Emden, Germany.
Alfa Romeo large model
Alfa Romeo plans to launch a new large model developed in the U.S. in 2027, CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato told media on July 29, 2022 (via Reuters). It is yet to decide whether it will manufacture the model in the U.S., though. The Alfa Romeo large model “must fit international markets, American, Chinese, European.” It will be an EV, and perhaps a dedicated EV at that, as Alfa Romeo plans a 100% electric portfolio from 2027.
The Italians haven’t taken a call on whether the new member will be a large sedan (like the Tesla Model S) or a large SUV (like the Tesla Model X), but the latter is less likely, Imparato has suggested. The company will finalize the body style by the end of the year.
Speaking to Auto Express in August 2022, Imparato indicated that the company is more inclined towards the sedan body style. Given that Alfa Romeo will be an EV-only brand from 2027, aerodynamics will be a challenge, plus “knowing that the DNA of Alfa Romeo is sedan, and knowing that the signature of Alfa is sport, the answer is probably not SUV,” the CEO said. He suggested the body style could be “something between” an SUV and a sedan.
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