Electric cars: the news expected in France in 2022

Still rare a few years ago, electric cars have become ubiquitous in manufacturers’ catalogs. The year 2021 was marked by a wave of new models and this trend will continue. We expect to reveal and/or commercialize around twenty models on the French market in 2022. Overview of new products by brand.

EVER

This Chinese brand, specializing in electric vehicles, arrived in France last spring with the intention of launching a new model each year. In 2021, the U5 appeared, a family SUV measuring 4.68 meters in length that promised 400 km of autonomy. The offer will be completed in 2022 with the U6, a coupe SUV with which the brand hopes to attract younger customers.

  • Aiways U6: release in the 2nd semester

AUDI

After a year of 2021 rich in news (Audi e-tron GT, Q4), we can expect a calmer period at Audi. The only new electric model expected will be presented at the end of the year. It will be the replacement for the Audi e-tron, the first electric SUV that the brand launched in 2019. This new model will change its name (it will not be the Q6 e-tron according to our information) and should present a new style. For the record, Audi has set a goal of only launching electric models in Europe by 2026.

  • Audi SUV e-tron: presentation in December, launch in 2023 (will replace Audi e-tron)

BMW

Already rich in 2021 with the i4 and iX, the brand’s “electric” novelties with the propeller will also be rich in 2022. According to our information, the manufacturer will present an electric version – called i3 – of its 3 Series on the occasion of the restyling of the latter, scheduled for the beginning of the second semester. At the end of the year, the new generation of the BMW X1 will also be available in a 100% electric version.

  • BMW i3: launch in the 2nd half of the year
  • BMW iX1: Launch at the end of the year

CITROEN

No big news expected from Citroën. The Berlingo will pass through the restyling box, which should also cover the electrified version. As for the e-C4, it will benefit from some technical improvements to gain a few kilometers of autonomy (357 km in total).

  • Citroën e-Berlingo restyled: launch later this year
  • Citroën e-C4: launch in the 1st quarter (improved range)

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CUPRA

Cupra will not launch new electric models. The only novelty to keep an eye on will be the arrival at the dealership of a supercharged version (231 hp) of the new Cupra, called the VZ.

  • Cupra Born VZ: launch in March
SP/Cupra

FORD

To find the new electrics at Ford, you need to look at utility vehicles. The brand will launch an electrified version of its large Transit van in the spring. Competitor of the Peugeot e-Boxer, Renault Master ZE and other Volkswagen e-Crafters, the E-Transit promises a range of up to 350 km thanks to its large 67 kWh battery.

  • Ford E-Transit: spring launch

HYUNDAI

After the very original Ioniq 5 in 2021, Hyundai will expand its “Ioniq” electric model family with the 6 in 2022. Introduced earlier this year, this sedan will stand out for its dynamic styling (close to the Prophecy concept) and the presence of many embedded technology systems. It will appear in direct competition with the Tesla Model 3.

  • Hyundai Ioniq 6: presentation at the beginning of the year, launch at the end of 2022

KIA

At the end of the year, Kia will launch the new generation Niro in France. But it is possible that the 100% electric version will arrive a little later. The sportiest will be waiting for the turbulent EV6 GT, which will become the most powerful and efficient Kia of all time: up to 584 hp, from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds!

  • Kia Niro: European presentation in July, launch later in the year
  • Kia EV6 GT: Launch at the end of the year
The new Kia Niro in its hybrid version. SP/Kia

LOTUS

Once known for its lightweight cars, Lotus took a radical turn in 2021, becoming a brand dedicated to electric. We had already had our first glimpse two years ago with the Evija, a 2,000 hp hypercar, limited to 130 examples and sold for more than 1.8 million euros each. But the first stone of the English brand’s new strategy (now under the Chinese flag) is expected in the spring, with the presentation of an electric SUV, known by the codename “Type 132”.

  • Lotus “Type 132”: presentation in spring

MERCEDES

Mercedes is one of the manufacturers that has invested most in electric vehicles in recent years. After the EQA and the very luxurious EQS in 2021, the star-studded brand will continue its momentum in 2022, offering three new models: EQB, EQT and EQE. The first is the electric version of the GLB, an SUV that has the particularity of offering up to 7 seats. The EQT is the electrified version of the T-Class MPV, derived from the recent Renault Kangoo. As for the EQE – the big news of the year – is an electric E-Class, to put it simply.

  • Mercedes EQB: launch in the first half
  • Mercedes EQT: launch in the first half
  • Mercedes EQE: mid-year launch

MG ENGINES

Present in France since 2020 (a year before Aiways), this Chinese manufacturer managed to elevate one of its models (ZS EV) to the top 10 of the best-selling electric models last August on the French market. Since then, the brand has not been idle: restyling of the ZS EV and launch of the Marvel R in late 2021, arrival of the MG5 – one of the rare electric wagons on the market – in spring 2022.

  • MG5: Spring release

NISSAN

The Nissan Ariya is wanted. This 4.60 meter long electric SUV is planned for the second half of 2021 in Europe. But the health crisis and subsequent semiconductor shortages led the brand to delay the launch for a few months. If all goes well, the Ariya should be available – at the latest – in spring 2022. It will be Nissan’s second 100% electric model after the Leaf, launched in… 2010.

  • Nissan Ariya: first quarter launch
SP/Nissan

OPEL

Lean program for Opel concerning electric. The brand should modernize its city car Corsa (available in electric), namely with a new front similar to the new Astra. Its small SUV, the Mokka-e, will also benefit from technical developments that allow it to gain around twenty kilometers of range (up to 342 km now).

  • Opel Mokka-e: 1st quarter launch (improved range)
  • Restyled Opel Corsa: Launch at the end of the year

PEUGEOT

If several things are expected at Peugeot for 2022 (a coupe SUV, restyling of the 508, 308 SW, etc.), there will be nothing in the radius of electric models. Finally, almost nothing: the e-208 and e-2008 will benefit from technical developments to gain a little autonomy (362 km for the 208, 320 km for the 2008), like their cousins ​​Citroën and Opel.

  • Peugeot e-208: launch in the 1st quarter (improved autonomy)
  • Peugeot e-2008: launch in the 1st quarter (improved autonomy)

PORSCHE

Announced a few years ago, the 100% electric Macan should point to the end of its range next year, with presentation scheduled for the last quarter (launch in 2023). Totally new, this Macan will be based on a new platform, developed with another brand of the Volkswagen group: Audi.

  • Electric Porsche Macan: presentation at the end of the year

RENAULT

2022 will be a very important year for Renault, which will launch its new 100% electric Mégane E-Tech. This model will inaugurate the new design of the brand, both in the exterior and in the interior. At the same time, the new Kangoo will hit dealerships in its electric version. Big news: this Kangoo E-Tech will be available for the first time in a family version (only use so far).

  • Renault Mégane E-Tech: launch in February
  • Renault Kangoo E-Tech: launch at the end of the first quarter

SKODA

Skoda will decline its Enyaq into a more dynamic, SUV-coupé-style version, soberly called the Enyaq Coupé iV. Its presentation will take place at the end of January for a launch scheduled for the first semester. The other novelty concerns the Enyaq, whose range will be enriched with a sporty “RS” version that develops 306 hp.

  • Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV: presentation on January 31, launch in early 2022
  • Skoda Enyaq iV RS: Launch at the beginning of the year

SMART

2022 will mark the arrival of Smart in the SUV segment. Introduced in concept car form in 2021, this model will feature a size close to the Mini Countryman (4.29 meters long) and dynamic styling. Smart, of which Mercedes sold half of the capital to the Chinese group Geely in 2019, announces a range of up to 430 km.

  • Smart electric SUV: launch in the second half

SUBARU

If Subaru is a well-known brand to the general public, it is thanks to its glorious rally past. But the Japanese manufacturer almost disappeared from the automotive scene. The fault lies with the models that are not well suited to the Old Continent due to their excessive CO2 emissions. To regain its credentials, Subaru will launch its first 100% electric model in 2022. An SUV measuring nearly 4.70 meters in length, developed in partnership with Toyota.

  • Subaru Solterra: Mid-Year Launch

YOU ARE HERE

The new Tesla Model S and Model X were expected in Europe during the year, but delays in deliveries due, in particular, to semiconductor shortages may force French customers to wait a little longer. In the best case scenario, the first examples should not arrive before the end of 2022. On the other hand, no change in relation to the new Model Y SUV, whose “Performance” version will be launched at the beginning of the year. The same goes for the new Model 3 “Standard Plus” (new battery and motor, longer range, etc.), whose first deliveries will begin in February.

  • Tesla Model 3 “propulsion”: first deliveries in February (new battery)
  • Tesla Model Y Performance: Q1 launch
  • Tesla Model S and Model Y: launch of the new generation in late 2022 (at best)

TOYOTA

A pioneer of the hybrid, Toyota will have waited until 2022 to launch its first electric model. This SUV with a somewhat poetic name (bZ4X) is the twin brother of the Subaru Solterra (see above). Like it, it sits on a specific platform and has a good interior space thanks to its wheelbase.

  • Toyota BZ4X: launch in September

VOLKSWAGEN

Volkswagen will play the nostalgia card by reviving one of its most emblematic models: the Combi. Known as the ID Buzz, the latter will stand out with an original style, but will swap its flat four cylinders for a 100% electric engine. The German brand will also launch the ID5, a coupé SUV version of the ID4.

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz: presentation in March
  • Volkswagen ID5: launch in spring
SP/Volkswagen

VOLVO

Launched at dealerships at the beginning of the year, the Volvo C40 is the brand’s first coupe SUV, but also the first to be offered only in an electric version. At the beginning of the school year, the Swedish brand will also launch a new generation of the great XC90 that will, for the first time, be available in an electric version.

  • Volvo C40: launch in January
  • Volvo XC90 electric: presentation in the second half

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