Automakers are offering new models in all shapes and sizes
The Chevrolet Equinox EV will go on sale in fall 2023.
By Consumer Reports
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed auto development and production, but manufacturers’ plans to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) continue unabated. In fact, dozens of pure electric models are set to debut by the end of 2024.
On the menu are cars and an increasing number of SUVs and pickups. And there will be a broader array of plug-in hybrid models, which can run on mostly electric power for a stretch before a gasoline engine kicks in and operates the vehicle more like a traditional hybrid.
The rollout of new EV and plug-in hybrid models across different segments is good news for consumers looking for an alternative-fuel vehicle that will fit their needs.
Below is a rundown of some of the models that are worth watching for in the next couple of years. The list is alphabetical by automaker. Prices are estimates in most cases.
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq showcases next-generation styling for the brand and introduces a new modular electric platform. It’s roughly the length and width of the Cadillac XT6 SUV. But the Lyriq has a much different profile, being 6 inches lower in height and riding on a wheelbase that’s 9 inches longer. The dominant feature in the cabin is a curved 33-inch LED display that stretches from the instrument panel all the way to where the infotainment screen is traditionally placed. This builds on the presentation found in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which has a 38-inch curved OLED display. The initial Lyriq is a 340-hp, rear-drive model with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery, a combination that provides an EPA-rated 312 miles of range. An AWD version with about 500 hp will follow.
Cost: $62,990 to $64,990
On sale: Fall 2022 for RWD, early 2023 for AWD
Learn more about the Cadillac Lyriq.
Chevrolet Blazer EV
The Blazer EV is based on GM’s Ultium platform that underpins the automaker’s latest electric models. This midsized SUV will meet the competition, notably the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and Hyundai-Kia pair, in terms of price, functionality, and range. It will be offered in several trims, initially starting with the 2LT trim for $47,595 with a 293-mile estimated range. The sporty RS trim will have an estimated 320-mile range, and an SS will tout 557 hp and an estimated 290-mile range. A lower-price 1LT will join the following year. The cockpit is fitted with two large screens: an 11-inch instrument panel display and a 17.7-inch infotainment screen. Features and services can be personalized and upgraded using GM’s Ultifi software. The Blazer EV comes with FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, LKA, LDW, and ACC. Super Cruise and other ADAS features will be optional.
Cost: $47,595 to $65,995
On sale: Summer 2023
Learn more about the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV.
Chevrolet continues its electric product offensive with the Equinox EV. This small SUV will be offered in two configurations: The front-drive versions have 210-hp with 250 to 300 miles of range and all-wheel-drive versions have 290-hp with 280 miles of range. Numerous trims pile on comfort and convenient features, such as a massive 17.7-inch infotainment screen. It is notable for its generous roster of active safety features and the availability of the hands-free Super Cruise driver assistance technology. The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV goes on sale in fall 2023, starting with the uplevel 2RS trim.
On sale: Fall 2023
Learn more about the Chevrolet Equinox EV.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
The Silverado EV is built on General Motors’ unique EV-only Ultium platform, unlike the popular gasoline- and diesel-powered Silverado pickup trucks with which it shares a name. It has more in common with the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, including—on top trims—four-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension system. Priced at $105,000, the top-of-the-line RST First Edition trim is both performance- and luxury-oriented, and GM says it will sprint to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. A fleet Work Truck trim will focus more on towing and utility, and have a starting price below $40,000. GM says both Silverado EV trims will have a 400-mile range.
Cost: $39,900 to $105,000
On sale: Spring 2023 (WT), fall 2023 (RST)
Learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado EV.
DeLorean is back to the future with an all-new concept EV that portends a production model. This is a high-performance four-seater, with gullwing doors and a claimed 0 to 88 mph in 4.35 seconds. It is curious that the design for this new car bears no resemblance to the original. With the high-demand Tesla Cybertruck moving toward production, it would seem that the market would be poised for a nostalgic, angular, unpainted car from DeLorean. Instead, the Alpha5 concept looks quite modern, even futuristic, with a polished design that borrows from a few existing cars and might look at home in the Lucid Motors portfolio. It is expected to be a low-volume model, with fewer than 10,000 cars produced. The company has stated that it will be followed by an SUV.
Cost: $100,000-plus (estimated)
On sale: Late 2024
Learn more about the DeLorean Alpha5.
Fisker is poised to return to the automotive market—after being absent for about a decade—with its all-new Ocean electric vehicle. Features that seem likely to create a buzz are the optional solar roof, the 17-inch center touchscreen that can be rotated to a horizontal or vertical orientation, and something Fisker is calling “California mode,” which lowers all the windows and retracts the roof panel at the touch of a button to create a convertible-like experience.
The automaker announced pricing on four trim levels, starting at less than $40,000 for the front-wheel-drive base Sport version and reaching close to $70,000 for the top two all-wheel-drive trims. Reservations are open, and Fisker says the Ocean will be available late in 2022. But as we’ve seen, this date is not carved in stone.
Cost: $37,499 to $68,999
On sale: Late 2022
Learn more about the Fisker Ocean.
GMC Sierra EV
Based on the GM Ultium platform shared with the Hummer EV, the Sierra EV will launch as an innovative, premium six-figure pickup truck. Over time, GMC will introduce lower trims at more attainable prices, descending to a $50,000 base price. The Denali Edition 1 boasts 754 hp. GMC says the crew cab truck can launch from 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and achieve an estimated 400-mile range. The unified bed and body allows a midgate to open up into the cab, extending enclosed cargo space from a 5’ 11” bed to 9 feet. Other clever features include crab walk, allowing the truck to move diagonally at low speeds, and all-wheel steering, enabling a tight turning circle. The Denali Edition 1 and the off-road focused AT4 come with a towing-compatible version of the Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology.
On sale: Early 2024 (Denali Edition 1), late 2024 (AT4), early 2025 (Elevation)
Learn more about the GMC Sierra EV.
Honda will launch its all-new Prologue in 2024. This electric SUV is being co-developed with General Motors. The automaker bills it as an adventure-ready vehicle with a long, 121.8-inch wheelbase and short overhangs. It is sized akin to the Passport, measuring about 193 inches bumper to bumper. The cabin features an 11-inch digital instrument panel and an 11.8-inch infotainment screen; both look like tablet computers, rather than integrated into the dash design. The Prologue will be followed by a wave of Honda EVs based on its new e:Architecture, along with those created via partnerships with GM and Sony.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
The Ioniq 6 is based on the E-GMP architecture that underpins the latest generation Hyundai electric vehicles, like the Ioniq 5. It measures about 8 inches longer than that hatchback, and it is the automaker’s first pure-electric sedan. It shares a choice of 53- or long-range 77.4-kWh battery, and it can be configured in rear- or all-wheel drive. The top configuration uses two motors, for a combined 320 hp. Hyundai claims it can zip from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds. Like the Ioniq 5, it is capable of rapid DC fast charging in public places. The cabin uses two 12-inch screens that seemingly connect, with one for the instrument panel and a touchscreen for the infotainment system. The latest Hyundai SmartSense active driver assistance suite is standard, with FCW, AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and ACC. More advanced features are available on SEL and Limited trims.
Cost: $45,000 to $60,000 (estimated)
On sale: Spring 2023
Learn more about the Hyundai Ioniq 6.
Electric car startup Indi EV, which is based in California, is preparing to launch its first model, the Indi One. This five-passenger vehicle blurs the lines between a car and SUV, and each version is equipped with all-wheel drive. The base model, $45,000, features a 75-kilowatt-hour battery with a claimed 230-mile range. The Premium version, $69,000, has a 95-kWh battery and a claimed 300-mile range. Indi says this iteration produces 470 hp and can zip from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Premium also is equipped for high-end gaming. The Indi One will be built in Vernon, Calif., and the company expects to start delivering vehicles at the end of 2023.
Cost: $45,000 to $69,000
On sale: Late 2023
The Jeep Recon looks like a next-generation Wrangler designed to compete with the Ford Bronco and Land Rover Defender. To ready it for adventure, the Recon has electric axle locking to enhance traction, driver-selectable modes to dial in the capabilities for different environments, and underbody protection. As with the Wrangler, the Recon can be opened up for a wind-in-the-hair driving experience. It has a one-touch power top, plus removable doors and rear side windows.
On sale: 2024
Learn more about the Jeep Recon.
The second-generation Niro once again offers buyers three efficient modes of transport, with traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric models. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, producing 139 hp and 180 hp, respectively. It’s estimated that the plug-in version can drive up to 33 miles on electric power. The EV version produces 201 hp, with an estimated driving range of 253 miles. As before, the Niro comes only with front-wheel drive. Inside the cabin, the Niro can be outfitted with dual 10.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, as well as a head-up display. Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, lane centering assist, and lane keeping assistance.
Cost: $25,000 to $45,000
On sale: Fall 2022
Learn more about the Kia Niro.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Photo: Land Rover
This redesigned luxury midsized SUV follows the trail blazed by the larger Range Rover, with a variety of powertrains including a hybrid, premium amenities, and ultra-smooth styling. The Range Rover Sport launches with two inline turbocharged six-cylinder engines that use a mild hybrid setup, a plug-in hybrid based on that same engine (with a claimed 48-mile electric-only range), and a twin-turbo V8. All use an eight-speed automatic transmission. An all-electric version joins the lineup for 2024. Within the minimalist interior are numerous available features to pamper, such as massaging seats, a premium audio system, and sophisticated noise canceling.
Price: $83,000 to $121,500
On sale: Fall 2022
Learn more about the 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
The RZ 450e is the first Lexus battery-electric vehicle. It shares the e-TNGA platform with the Toyota bZ4X, and its powertrain draws from the same parts bin. Sized like a Toyota Venza, the RZ features two motors (150-kilowatt front and 80-kW rear) and comes exclusively in all-wheel drive. The automaker estimates range to be up to 225 miles, notably shorter than that of many rivals. The two-row interior features a large 14-inch infotainment screen and is topped with a panoramic sunroof. The Lexus Safety Sense+ 3.0 suite is standard, packing the latest active safety features from the automaker, along with several clever innovations aided by driver attention monitoring.
Price: $55,000 to $70,000 (estimated)
On sale: Late 2022
Learn more about the 2023 Lexus RZ.
Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
The midsized, five-seat EQE SUV is the electric alternative to the GLE. It shares the premium electric platform that underpins the EQS and EQE sedans. The EQE SUV will be offered initially in three configurations. The base setup is a 288-hp EQE 350 with RWD. The others are dual-motor versions, enabling all-wheel drive. The EQE 350 4Matic has 288-hp and the EQE 500 4Matic boasts 536 hp. All three share a 90.6-kWh lithium-ion battery and use an adaptive air suspension. A higher-performance AMG version with 677 hp will be offered in 2024. The centerpiece for the cabin is the MBUX Hyperscreen that spans the entire dash and incorporates the instrument cluster, infotainment screen and a passenger screen.
Price: $75,000-$95,000 estimated
On sale: Early 2023
Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV.
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
The EQS SUV takes all the opulence and engineering marvel long associated with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and applies that concept to a large, three-row electric SUV. It comes standard in a rear-drive, one-motor configuration, with the 4Matic upgrade granting it all-wheel drive and two motors. Both configurations have a 9.6-kilowatt onboard charger and use a 107.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. They are compatible with maximum DC fast-charging output of 200 kW. The MBUX Hyperscreen (optional on base, standard on 580 4Matic) places three screens below a shared glass cover that spans almost the width of the vehicle. The EQS SUV boasts a full complement of active safety features, with many touting added sophistication above the norm.
Price: $110,000 to $150,000 (estimated)
On sale: Late 2022
Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.
The 2023 Ariya is Nissan’s first electric SUV and has a starting price around $46,000. There will be standard- and long-range battery versions and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Front-drive versions make 238 hp, with the dual-motor AWD models producing 389 hp. The front-wheel-drive model equipped with the long-range battery will have an estimated driving range of up to 300 miles. The cabin has a large, horizontal display screen that serves as both the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The Ariya will have wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Standard driver assistance features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
Price: $45,950 to $58,950
On sale: Late 2022
Learn more about the Nissan Ariya.
The midsized Polestar 3 SUV will expand the electric-only brand’s portfolio in 2023, packed with luxury features and safety equipment. Each 3 comes in a dual-motor configuration with all-wheel drive. The standard “long range” model has 489 horsepower, with an estimated 300-mile range. The step up is a “long range” model with a Performance Pack. It has 517 hp and an estimated 270-mile range. Both have a 400-volt lithium battery, with 111-kW capacity, and a maximum tow capacity of 3,500 lbs. First-year models are well equipped, from HUD and 25-speaker stereo, to a generous roster of active safety systems that includes AEB with cyclist and pedestrian detection, LDW, LKA, BSW, and many more features, supported by five radars and five external cameras. There is an upgrade that adds LIDAR and more external sensors.
On sale: Late 2023
Learn more about the Polestar 3.
The Solterra is Subaru’s first-ever electric vehicle. It combines a two-motor electric powertrain to form a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and offers 8.3 inches of ground clearance for weekend adventurers wanting to venture down dirt trails. The combined output of the motors is 215 hp and 249 lb.-ft. of torque, with 228 miles of range. Subaru says the battery can be charged to 80 percent capacity in less than an hour using DC fast charging in public places. The Solterra will come with EyeSight, Subaru’s suite of active safety features that includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, and lane keeping assistance features, as well as adaptive cruise control. A new feature called safe exit assist, which alerts passengers of approaching vehicles when getting out of the car, will also be included.
Cost: $44,995 to $51,995
On sale: Late 2022
Read the Subaru Solterra first drive.
The Tesla Cybertruck is an all-electric pickup. Aside from its one-of-a-kind angular experiment of a truck, the design replaces the traditional truck frame with a hard stainless steel “exoskeleton,” similar to airplane design, and extra-strong glass for the windows. Tesla announced a base price of under $40,000, but we take that with a grain of salt based on the company’s record of frequent price hikes. The truck will come in three variations, with battery ranges of 250, 350, and 500 miles. The top-end version promises acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, combined with the ability to tow 14,000 pounds. The prototype is expected to evolve and decrease in size slightly.
Cost: $39,900 to $69,900
On sale: Delivery estimated to be in 2023 at the earliest.
Learn more about the Tesla Cybertruck.
Tesla’s road map has the electric-only product line expanding from the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 to the Cybertruck, Semi tractor-trailer truck, and the Roadster. The name is a nod to the original Tesla car, an electric convertible based on a Lotus platform. This car promises performance quite unlike any car that has come before, but well-heeled driving enthusiasts will need to wait longer for the model to reach production. When it was initially unveiled in 2017, Tesla said it aimed to build the Roadster in 2020. And as the saying now goes, that plan went all “2020.” Other models have taken longer to develop, stretching out the timeline as the company faces the challenge of expanding its factories, creating next-generation batteries, and engineering more advanced Full Self-Driving capability. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, said the Roadster should ship in 2023, but more recently he has indicated that all new products are delayed because of supply constraints. A launch in 2024 seems more likely.
The Roadster is a bit of a misnomer. It’s a four-seater, with a snug back seat and a partly retractable hardtop. It uses three motors powering all wheels to deliver its claimed rocketlike acceleration, with the automaker citing 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. And it will offer 620 miles of range.
Cost: $200,000 to $250,000
On sale: 2024
VinFast VF 8 and VF 9
VinFast VF 9 at an Electrify America public charger.
There’s a new electric vehicle company in town: VinFast. Its home base is in Vietnam, and it plans to invest $4 billion in a manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The automaker showed two SUVs at the 2022 New York auto show, the VF 8 and VF 9.
Both the VF 8 and the VF 9 feature a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The Eco version has 348 hp, and the Plus trim has 402 hp. Standard and long-range batteries are available in either model. VinFast says the VF 8 Eco with the standard battery has a 260-mile estimated driving range and a 5.8-second 0-to-60-mph time, while models equipped with the extended-range battery have an estimated 292-mile range and a 5.3-second 0-to-60 time.
VinFast has a unique twist on pricing, with a battery subscription on top of the vehicle’s purchase prices, tailored to the buyer’s expected usage. The company explains it this way: “By separating the price of the battery from the acquisition value of the automobile, VinFast takes on all the risks related to the vehicle’s battery and ensures a reasonable price for its products, while providing customers with peace of mind about the battery’s quality during use.”
A key upside to their battery approach is that VinFast provides a lifetime battery warranty covering all maintenance and repair costs, and will replace the battery free when charging capacity dips below 70 percent. This should reduce some concerns among shoppers.
VF 8: $40,700 to $48,000; VF 9: $55,500 to $61,000
On sale: Late 2022
Learn more about VinFast and its models.
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