Manufacturers are meeting the growing demand for electric vehicles with a raft of new launches. Here we look at the new models on their way.
Tonale: Alfa is on the back foot when it comes to electrification. The Tonale compact SUV, due to launch early next year, will be its first plug-in hybrid and is expected to use the same powertrain as the recently launched Jeep Renegade 4XE.
Q4 e-tron: Joining the existing e-Tron SUV, the new Q4 e-tron will be a smaller fully electric model with an expected range of up to 280 miles and prices from £40,000. Audi says it will launch 20 EVs and 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2025.
545e, iX3, i4, iX: The first new electric model to join BMW’s line-up in 2021 will be the X3-based iX3. The brand will also launch a new electric version of the 4 Series, known as the i4, as well an X5-sized flagship EV called iX. In addition, the 5 Series will gain a more potent six-cylinder 545e plug-in hybrid. By 2023, the group will offer no fewer than 25 electrified models.
e-C4: It’s not the first electric Citroën, but the e-C4 is the brand’s first mainstream EV. Priced just shy of £30,000, the SUV-inspired hatch promises a 217-mile range and is fitted with a number of Citroën’s Advanced Comfort features. By 2025, the brand will offer an electrified version of every car in its model range.
El-Born, Formentor PHEV: Electrification is a key part of Seat’s performance off-shoot brand, Cupra. The el-Born shares a platform with the VW ID3, promising a range of more than 300 miles and a strong focus on driver engagement. The new Formentor crossover will also launch with a plug-in hybrid.
DS9: Armed with a promise of going ‘electrified-only’ by 2025, DS’s new saloon car will be available with a range of plug-in hybrid powertrains shared with other models in the Groupe PSA stable.
500: The iconic Fiat 500 is going fully-electric in 2021, with an all-new high-tech model. It offers two battery options with a range of up to 199 miles and is priced from £22,995.
Mustang Mach-E: Ford may have used a historic name for its new electric SUV, but the rest of the car is thoroughly modern. It will go on sale in 2021, priced from around £40,000. There will be two battery sizes available and rear- or all-wheel drive, giving a range from 260-370 miles.
XJ, E-Pace and F-Pace PHEV: Jaguar’s next electric model will be the XJ luxury saloon. There’s no word on specs yet, but we’d expect big power, long range and rapid charging speeds. While there doesn’t appear to be any plug-in hybrid versions of the current XE and XF on the horizon, Jaguar is bringing the technology to the E-Pace and F-Pace SUVs.
Compass 4XE: Jeep might not be the first brand that comes to mind when thinking about efficiency, but following its plug-in hybrid debut with Renegade, the brand will also introduce the powertrain on its Compass model.
UX300e: Lexus is no stranger to the electric motor, but the UX300e is its first car not to pair one with a combustion engine. The £43,000 SUV offers a range of up to 196 miles and develops 204PS.
MX-30: It might look more like a concept car than a production model, but the MX-30 will shortly arrive in the UK, priced from around £30,000. The modest range of 130 miles will be boosted by the introduction of a range-extender version in about a year’s time.
EQA, EQB, EQE and EQS: Mercedes-Benz is expanding its range of EQ electric vehicles with six new model additions to its range, the first of which are expected to arrive in dealerships next year. The EQS, a fully-electric version of the new S Class will be the first to launch. It will be followed by the EQE executive saloon plus a pair of related SUV models. An EQA compact SUV and larger EQB will also begin production next year.
Enyaq: Sharing a platform with the upcoming VW ID.4, the Enyaq SUV will provide more than 300 miles of range and be priced from £33,450. It will be the first of five new Škoda EVs to launch by 2025.
Across: Suzuki will expand into the plug-in hybrid market for the first time with its Toyota RAV4-based Across SUV. With 300PS, it’s the most powerful production Suzuki and, at £45,599, it’s also the most expensive.
Model Y: The seven-seat Model Y is already on sale in America, with UK sales expected before 2022. It is likely to cost from £35,000 when it arrives on British roads and will have the ability to ‘supercharge’ 75 miles of range in five minutes.
Rav4 PHEV: Expanding the already popular Rav4 line-up in 2021 will be a new plug-in hybrid version that promises an electric-only range of 46 miles and has a 300PS power output.
Mokka-e: Following the launch of the Corsa-e and Vivaro-e, the Mokka-e will be next all-electric Vauxhall to go on sale. It has a range of 201 miles and shares a base with the recently-launched Peugeot e-2008.
XC40 Recharge: Volvo has already almost entirely electrified its model range, but the XC40 P8 Recharge will be its first all-electric model. It serves up 400PS, with a 260-mile range, for just shy of £60,000.
ID4, Tiguan PHEV, Arteon PHEV: VW will expand its electric-only ID range in 2021 with the new ID4 SUV. Like the smaller ID3, it will be sold with a range of power outputs in rear- and four-wheel drive guises. The brand is also introducing plug-in hybrid engines for the Arteon and Tiguan.