New electric cars coming in 2021 and 2022
Carmakers are pressing ahead with new electric cars and we're seeing new models arrive all the time. Here's what's coming soon...
With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars quickly approaching, electric cars are becoming more and more mainstream, with nearly 11% of new cars sold during the course of 2020 featuring a plug.
Over the next 12 to 18 months, electric cars of all varieties will be coming out, from hatchbacks to seven-seat SUVs, launched by companies ranging from prestigious German brands to recently founded startups.
September 2021 saw us get a closer look at some of the new electric cars that’ll be hitting the road soon at the IAA Mobility show in Munich, Germany – the first major motor show to take place in Europe since the pandemic. Read on to find out more about all the best new electric cars coming soon…
Audi Q6 e-tron
Audi's range of e-tron-badged electric cars is expanding fast. There's the original e-tron SUV and its Sportback variant, as well as SUV and Sportback versions of the Q4 e-tron and the high-performance e-tron GT four-door. Next up will be the Q6 e-tron, a sister model to the forthcoming electric Porsche Macan. Setting it apart from the smaller Q4 e-tron is the fact that it sits on new 'PPE' (Premium Platform Electric) underpinnings for upmarket electric cars, co-developed with Porsche. A range of around 300 miles can be expected, as well as a strong power output in the region of 500bhp – possibly boosted further to create an 'RS' high-performance model. Read more about the Q6 e-tron here.
BMW has definitely taken note of the Tesla Model 3's disruption of the compact executive-car class; the American model offers compellingly low running costs and high-tech appeal for the same price as a high-spec diesel 3 Series, or its key rivals the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. BMW's answer to the Tesla is the i4. Production is expected to start in August or September 2021 for deliveries in early 2022. It'll use the 523bhp BMW eDrive powertrain, with a range of around 373 miles from an 80kWh battery pack. Read more about the BMW i4 here.
Rather than launching specific electric models, BMW is planning to offer most of its range with a choice of combustion, hybrid or electric power in the coming years. The latter models will get names beginning with 'i' and there are no prizes for guessing that the 'i5' badge will sit on the back of the fully electric version of the next BMW 5 Series. BMW first confirmed this car would be offered as a zero-emissions model back in 2020, but so far only spy shots of prototype examples (above) have appeared. It's expected to be unveiled during 2022 as a 2023 model-year car. Read more about the BMW i5 here.
The BMW 7 Series is the brand’s flagship model and the next version will get a fully electric variant known as the i7, which will take on the Mercedes EQS. We’ve seen spy shots of the car (above) ahead of its official reveal, but we don’t have much information about the technology under the metal yet. Petrol and plug-in hybrid versions of the 7 Series are also on the way. We don’t expect to see the i7 until 2022, although it may be revealed in 2021. It’s likely to cost more than £100,000. Read more about the BMW i7 here.
As we've seen, BMW is launching a whole slew of electric models in the near future, with this large iX SUV set to be the biggest of the lot. Originally previewed in concept form by BMW as the 'Vision iNEXT', the production version was revealed in late 2020 badged as the iX. Power comes from two electric motors with a combined 496bhp, enough for 0-62mph under five seconds. A large 100kWh battery is used, with a claimed range of just over 370 miles. Prices start at £69,000 in the UK. Read our first drive of the BMW iX here.
With electric SUVs being so much in demand, it's not a surprise to learn that the iX won't be BMW's only effort in this area. You can already buy the iX3 electric variant of the X3 family SUV, and the smaller X1 will follow suit: its next-generation model, to be revealed in late 2021 or early 2022, will include a zero-emissions iX1. It's likely to have a smaller battery and therefore a shorter range than the iX3, but will likely take styling cues from its bigger sibling, including blue accents and aerodynamic alloy wheels. Like the iX3, we can expect a small compromise when it comes to the iX1’s boot space and practicality. Read more about the BMW iX1 here.
The Cupra Born is the SEAT spinoff brand's answer to the Volkswagen ID.3, based on the same mechanicals and offering a similar family-car package – albeit with a sportier edge. An 82kWh battery gives a range of 310 miles, while a 0-31mph time of 2.9 seconds has been quoted in lieu of more conventional performance figures. We don’t yet know how much the car's chassis will differ from its Volkswagen counterpart, but it's safe to assume it'll offer a more driver-focused set-up. Sales will start later in 2021. Read more about the Cupra Born here.
Genesis Electrified G80
Genesis is a new luxury-car brand for 2021, but it hasn't come out of nowhere. Rather, it's a spinoff from the Hyundai and Kia group, so its electric cars will share technology with the latest zero-emissions models from those companies. The Electrified G80 is up first, following on from the conventionally fuelled G80 that's one of the launch models in the UK. Genesis it's capable of over 311 miles on a charge – although that was measured using the old NEDC test; a sub-300-mile result is expected from the more modern WLTP procedure. The Electrified G80 is only available with all-wheel drive, thanks to a twin electric-motor setup that produces 359bhp and 700Nm of torque. In Sport mode, that results in a 4.9-second 0-62mph time. Read more about Genesis and the Electrified G80 here.
Hyundai’s luxury spinoff brand will soon launch its second electric model: the GV60, a coupe-SUV that shares underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. We don’t have information about battery size, range or power output just yet, but we do know it'll feature ultra-rapid charging plus a dual-screen infotainment setup, and that it'll rival the Tesla Model Y and Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback – among others. Read more about the Genesis GV60 here.
Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 hatchback is perhaps the most impressive electric car to launch in 2021, wowing us with its futuristic styling, spacious interior and ultra-rapid charging capability. It kicks off the second generation of Hyundai EVs, which will expand in 2022 with the arrival of an Ioniq 6 saloon, and again in 2024 with an Ioniq 7 SUV. Details on either car are thin on the ground at the moment, but we do know that they'll use the same platform that underpins the Ioniq 5, and that visually the Ioniq 6 will draw heavily on 2020's Hyundai Prophecy concept car for its looks. Read more about the new Hyundai Ioniq models here.
Kia and sister brand Hyundai have big plans in the area of electrification over the coming years, with Kia planning to launch multiple new zero-emissions models by 2027. They'll be headed up by a flagship model called the EV6, which was revealed recently. It'll have a 300-mile driving range and ultra-rapid 350kW charging capacity for a top-up time of less than 20 minutes. It can also go from 0-62mph in under three seconds in its fastest form. Prices start from just under £41,000 in the UK. Read more about the Kia EV6 here.
Maserati Grecale Folgore
Maserati is undergoing something of a rebirth at the moment as it gears up for an electrified future. The upcoming Grecale SUV will play a big part in that transformation, launching in 2022 with a number of powertrain options. Those will include an electric version to sit alongside the planned zero-emissions variants of the GranTurismo, GranCabrio and MC20 supercar in the brand’s range. They'll all wear the 'Folgore' (Italian for 'lightning') badge to set them apart from combustion-engined equivalents. Read more about the Maserati Grecale here.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgare
In June 2021, Maserati released the first images of the new GranTurismo testing on track and on the streets of Modena, Italy, in prototype form. The images show the prototypes of the new two-door GT sporting vertical headlights like those on the MC20 supercar, as well as a set of aerodynamic wheels like you’ll find on the Porsche Taycan or Audi e-tron GT – the electric GranTurismo’s most likely rivals. We don’t yet know the number of electric motors, battery size or power output of the electric GranTurismo, only that it'll be followed up by a new GranCabrio four-seater convertible, which will also be available with a fully electric powertrain. The new all-electric GranTurismo will arrive sometime in 2022 – read more about it here.
While the Mercedes EQA aims to offer a sleek hatchback shape, the EQB is essentially an electric version of the Mercedes GLB, which brings the bluff and boxy styling of larger Mercedes SUVs like the G-Class and GLS to a smaller and less expensive format – along with the option of seven seats. As part of Mercedes' plan to have eight electric 'EQ' models on sale by 2023, the EQB arrives in showrooms in late 2021. The 350 model that launches the range recorded a driving range of 260 miles in official testing. Further variants will be available, including a choice of front and '4MATIC' four-wheel drive, power outputs up to 268bhp and battery sizes up to 66.5kWh. Read more about the Mercedes EQB here.
The EQE is Mercedes' fully electric equivalent to the petrol, diesel and hybrid E-Class large executive saloon. It features aerodynamic-focused styling that’s nearly-identical to that of the larger EQS, while also packing a 90kWh battery – good for over 400 miles of driving on a charge, says Mercedes. The EQE will come with ultra-rapid charging capability up to 170kW, and will be offered with the same Hyperscreen infotainment setup as the EQS flagship. Read more about it here.
While we’ve yet to see a production-ready version of this car, the Concept EQG that Mercedes unveiled at the 2021 Munich motor show gave us our first taste at what an electric reimagining of the brand's square-jawed G-Class 4x4 could look like. We do know that it'll be arriving in 2024 and will retain most of its legendary off-road prowess. For more, check out our story on the Concept EQG here.
The Mercedes S-Class now has a fully electric equivalent in the form of this EQS and it's just as groundbreaking as previous versions of the S-Class have tended to be over the years. The range launches with the two variants: the rear-drive EQS 450+ and the all-wheel-drive EQS 580 4MATIC. Both have a whopping 107.8kWh battery, which Mercedes says translates to a range of up to 478 miles on a charge. Inside, the EQS' dashboard has to seen to be believed, with a massive glass panel overlaying three huge infotainment displays. Read our first drive of the Mercedes EQS here.
This is Mercedes’ rival to the likes of the Audi RS e-tron GT, Porsche Taycan Turbo and Tesla Model S Plaid: the AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+, which pumps out a healthy 751bhp and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds when equipped with the optional 'AMG Dynamic Plus' package. Prices are expected to start in the region of £150,000 when the electric supersaloon goes on sale in 2022. Read more about the car here.
Mercedes EQS SUV
An SUV version of Mercedes’ EQS luxury electric flagship is on the way, with our first hint at what's to come arriving in the form of the "near-production one-off" Concept Mercedes-Maybach EQS unveiled in Munich. The EQS SUV will be the same size as the GLS, and we expect a range of between 350-400 miles, four-wheel-drive and ultra-rapid charging capability, like the EQE saloon and EQS limousine it shares its platform with. Read more about the EQS SUV here.
More sensible and down-to-earth models haven't been forgotten as Mercedes makes the leap to electric. A replacement for the Citan passenger van, the EQT is aimed at families and buyers with active lifestyles, who need spacious and practical transport. The Concept EQT (pictured) hints at what the production version will look like. In similar fashion to the outgoing Citan, the EQT will be made in co-operation with Renault and so is likely to share the platform and powertrain of the next-generation Renault Kangoo E-TECH. That means we can expect the same 44kWh battery as the French model, for roughly 160 miles' range from a charge. Read more about the Mercedes EQT here.
The Ariya is Nissan's take on electrified family transport and will be a major rival for the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. Based on a 2019 concept of the same name, the Ariya gets a choice of battery sizes, up to 389bhp and as much as 310 miles' range on a charge, depending on spec. It's being built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CMF-EV electric-car platform, which will also form the basis of an electric Renault Megane. Although the Ariya is slated to go on sale in early 2022, we expect to see prices and specifications before the end of 2021. Read more about the Nissan Ariya here.
Renault caused quite the stir online earlier this year when it unveiled the new 5: a reinvented version of its iconic hatchback, now with electric power. So far, all we know is that the new 5 will be capable of covering up to 249 miles on a charge, should go on sale in 2024 and will take on Cupra and Volkswagen's entry-level electric cars, with prices starting from around £17,500. Read more about the reborn Renault 5 here.
Renault Megane E-TECH Electric
Renault’s new electric crossover will go on sale at some point in 2022, as it hopes to best the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4. The entry-level version will feature a 129bhp electric motor and 40kWh battery for a range of 186 miles, while higher-spec models will pump out 215bhp and be able to cover nearly 300 miles on a charge thanks to a 60kWh battery. The French brand’s new electric crossover also features a new infotainment system – OpenR Link – which, like the system in the Polestar 2, has been developed with Google and is based on the Android Automotive operating system. Read more about the electric Megane here.
Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe
The Skoda Enyaq iV shares its platform with the Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 e-tron. And just as those models have coupe counterparts in the shape of the ID.5 and Q4 e-tron Sportback respectively, so will the Skoda. No undisguised images have been released by the Czech brand yet, but we have driven a prototype version. It’ll likely be available with the same powertrains and trim levels as its sister car, but Skoda has yet to provide any official specs or prices for the Enyaq Coupe. Read our road test of a Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV prototype here.
Smart electric SUV
In 2023, Smart will launch its first electric SUV, which will bear some resemblance to the Concept #1 that the brand unveiled at the 2021 Munich motor show. Details remain thin on the ground at the moment, but we expect the future Vauxhall Mokka-e rival will be capable of around 200 miles on a charge and be powered by a single electric motor. Read more about the new Smart SUV here.
SsangYong Korando e-Motion
SsangYong has become known for building robust but somewhat rudimentary SUVs and pickup trucks over the years, but now it's ready to embrace the future with an electric version of its current Korando SUV, which will be called the e-Motion. Set to go on sale in the UK in late 2021, the zero-emissions Korando is rumoured to be getting a 61.5kWh battery, which should give it a range of around 200 miles on a charge. The Korando e-Motion is also expected to use a single electric motor generating 188bhp, which would make it the most powerful Korando in the line-up. SsangYong is promising "best-in-class" acceleration and a top speed in the region of 95mph. Read more about the electric Korando here.
Subaru has teamed up with much larger fellow Japanese company Toyota in order to accelerate its electric transformation. The fully electric Solterra SUV (previewed by the official teaser image above) is based on the same architecture as Toyota's bZ4X SUV (profiled further down this article). It's likely to retain typical Subaru styling cues, however, like what we currently see on the XV and Forester hybrid SUVs. Read more about the Subaru Solterra here.
Tesla Model S Plaid
The Tesla Model S is somewhat in limbo at the moment – at least for buyers in the UK. If you order one now, Tesla doesn't expect to get it to you until the end of 2022. But if you're willing to wait that long, one of the versions you can order is the searingly fast Model S Plaid. It's priced at just under £111,000, is claimed to break the 1,000bhp barrier, can get from 0-62mph in exactly 1.99 seconds, will top out at 200mph and has a range of 390 miles. Read more about the Model S Plaid here.
Tesla Model Y
One of the reasons the Model S (above) is on the back burner for now is that Tesla is focused on ramping up production of the Model Y: the SUV version of the Model 3. It'll take on the likes of the Volvo XC40 Recharge at the smaller end of the electric SUV market and is already on sale in the US. Production for the UK will come from a new factory near Berlin in Germany that Tesla is still setting up, while the Model Y will also be built in China. Once the lines are running, this car has the potential to be the best-selling Tesla yet. Read our early review of the Model Y here.
Toyota has been slower than most major carmakers to embrace the shift to fully electric power, preferring instead to focus on rolling out its proven hybrid technology in nearly ever car it sells. But that doesn't mean it hasn't been working away on battery power in the background, and the first result is this bZ4X concept: a fully electric SUV that previews a whole line of 'bZ' ('Beyond Zero') models set to be launched by Toyota in the coming years, with the first arriving in mid-2022. Previous rumours and trademarks filed by Toyota suggest the bZ range will include smaller models, with names ranging from bZ1 to bZ5, as well as plans for a larger SUV named the bZ5X. Read more about the Toyota's plans here.
Vauxhall has confirmed an electric version of the eighth-generation Astra hatchback called the Astra-e, will be available by 2023. The forthcoming rival to the Volkswagen ID.3, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Citroen e-C4 – among others – will join the company’s range of electric cars that currently includes the Mokka-e SUV and Corsa-e hatchback. Read more about the new Astra here.
The next model in Volkswagen's ID range to arrive will be the ID.5 – a coupe-SUV variant of the ID.4. It'll use most of the same technology, and is likely to be unveiled fully in late 2021. It’ll have the same 52 or 82kWh batteries and a 217-323-mile range as the ID.4. Spy shots of the car show that it’ll have a different rear window with a more pronounced slope, and a small spoiler mounted on top. It’ll be aimed at more style-conscious buyers who won't mind a slight reduction in practicality. Read our early drive of a Volkswagen ID.5 prototype here.
Another one of the forthcoming additions to Volkswagen's ID. range of electric cars is a Passat-sized model, offered in both four-door hatchback and five-door estate form. The ID.Vizzion, which may receive a different name when it goes into production, is expected to arrive in either 2022 or 2023, ahead of the brand’s entry-level ID.1 supermini and ID.2 crossover. It's based on the same ‘MEB’ platform as the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV, so we expect it to feature a similar variety of battery options as its sister cars. Read more about the ID.Vizzion here.
Volvo C40 Recharge
The C40 Recharge is essentially a coupe-SUV variant of the more conventionally shaped XC40 Recharge P8. Online order books are open now and prices will start from just over £57, 000. Under the metal, the C40 gets the same drivetrain as the electric XC40: twin motors (one on each axle) producing 402bhp and drawing their power from a 78kWh battery for a 261-mile range. Read more about the Volvo C40 Recharge here.
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