Electric car, sedan revenge return

Several electric sedans will hit the market in the coming months. What to overshadow the armies of SUVs?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but as manufacturers flood the market with electric SUVs, for a variety of reasons I’ve already mentioned several times, riding on this type of machine seems increasingly unpopular.

Accused of all evils (polluting, being dangerous for pedestrians, taking up too much space, etc.), SUVs are also now the target of hordes of “activists” who have found nothing better than deflating their tires to supposedly save the planet. when parked. The worst part is that electric SUVs are no exception to these somewhat stupid actions. This being so, not surprisingly, political environmentalism has long declared war on the automobile, whatever its mode of propulsion, and it is certain that the tram will not long escape its secular arm. Next will likely come e-bikes, then muscle bikes. Then the shoes.

So, will sedans long escape the blind revenge of these Valve Che Guevaras? I’m not sure. Meanwhile, she doesn’t seem to have caught the attention of his vengeful hand just yet.

All the more reason to take a look at the current market and take a small inventory of the forces present, with promising new products that are about to land by 2023. In fact, if we count the current models already marketed in Europe, such as the Tesla Model 3 and S, the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT, the Mercedes EQS and the BMW i4, we can count on more than a dozen electric sedans available within 18 months. I don’t know about you, but personally it makes me happy.

What cars are we talking about? Of these.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Gradually revealed as part of a teaser that lasted several months, the Ioniq 6 was finally officially unveiled in its final form in (….). We were there. So it is clear that, as is often the case in this case, the version that will be marketed no longer looks much like the first living room prototypes, but the idea is there. That of a very long car (about 5 meters) and very aerodynamic, with a line that leaves no one indifferent – ​​that is, without wooden language that we love or hate – a front with a very eighties design and an interior that presents all the trappings of an excellent premium. The machine will likely take on the characteristics of the Ioniq 5, with which it shares the E-GMP platform, with an 800 volt architecture that allows very fast charging and a 77 kW battery, guaranteeing a range that can reach 600 kilometers (so between 400 and 450 in real life, which is not so bad).

Audi A6 e-tron

Audi A6 e-tron

The manufacturer of the four rings has set the priority of going electric and promises a fully electrified gram in 2030. The transition is already underway, as Audi already has no less than 3 models and 6 100% electric versions to its name. Catalog. However (see above), four of the six models are currently SUVs, and Audi doesn’t intend to forget about its customers used to big, comfortable sedans. The Audi A6 e-tron concept presented in 2021 in Shanghai is timely and shows what the midsize – and electric – sedan of the future will look like. If the figures presented by the brand are to be believed, the sedan, which looks superb if its line is faithful to the presented concept, will be able to travel around 700 km on a single charge according to the WLTP figures. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected to arrive sometime in 2023.

BMW i7

BMW i7

After the i4, which first hit customers a few months ago and was met with good critical success, BMW has proven that it has learned quickly in its transition to electric. And it’s just getting started, as the Bavarian manufacturer is already preparing the arrival of an electric 7 Series, simply called the i7. The design is likely to be pretty devastating (if it doesn’t fall into some rather heavy flaws particularly glimpsed in its electric SUVs), but it’s clear that the luxury level of this new great German should continue the 7 Series’ tradition of excellence, in electric version. , and necessarily high-tech. In terms of power and range, BMW announces 544 hp and more than 600 km of range. At a high price, of course, as it will cost at least 135,000 euros for a “basic” but already richly endowed version.

Mercedes EQE

Mercedes EQE

In terms of finishes (obviously), size, equipment, driving pleasure, comfort and range, the Mercedes EQE could represent something like the ideal electric sedan. This mid-range flagship advertises a range that ranges from 459 to 712 kilometers depending on the version, and its state-of-the-art MBUX infotainment system promises to be one of the most advanced on the market, especially when it’s displayed on the Hyperscreen, this impressive touch screen. that covers the entire panel. Even though Mercedes makes an effort to hide its prices, either on its website or in the PDF downloadable “Prices” brochure in which they do not appear, we know that the EQE will start at 75,000 euros if you count on the configurator. It’s clearly not Mr. Everyman, but ultimately relatively reasonable in terms of the beast’s benefits.

Volkswagen ID.AERO

Volkswagen ID.  AERO

A good “classic” sedan that won’t surprise you with the audacity of its shapes or its technical characteristics, but that will certainly get the job done. Volkswagen has struggled a bit to roll out its first electric models, in particular with a promising ID.3, but that has arrived perhaps a little too soon with its share of early problems, particularly in terms of its on-board computer finish and reliability. All this now seems a thing of the past, and the lineage is asserted with ID.4 and ID.5. The future ID.7 sedan shows a successful pencil stroke, which also translates into a CX of 0.23 and an efficiency that would allow around 600 kilometers of autonomy.

Lucid Air

LucidAir

An “exotic” car and not yet marketed in Europe, but it will not be long before the American manufacturer has recently opened a representation in Germany. The Lucid Air is a little electric sedan of all superlatives. More powerful than a last-generation Tesla Model S, it also offers better range, becoming the longest-range production car in the world with more than 830 kilometers according to the EPA standard (therefore even more according to the European WLTP standard. ) . This car represents the best of today’s electric sedans, so much so that it literally bewitched our colleague Soufyane during his exclusive test drive a few weeks ago. Of course, skeptics will retort that “more” isn’t necessarily “better” and that a car of this weight, power, and price isn’t really up to the desired sobriety when it comes to a little bit of the environment.

NIO ET7

NIO ET7

Already available in Norway, the NIO ET7 is a Chinese sedan (sorry, but it’s a little unavoidable in the market that interests us) offering many advantages. It has two engines, one at the front and one at the rear. These combine a power of 480 kW, or 650 horsepower, and the sedan has a torque of 850 Nm. Thanks to this cavalry, the electric sedan can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. But the Nio ET7 could also make a difference with its three battery packs with a capacity of 70 kWh, 100 kWh and 150 kWh, which would allow a range of 500 to 1000 kilometers.

XPeng P7

XPeng P7

Come on, a little last – also Chinese – for the road, and not least. A sedan without major surprises on the side of the line, but that also has some under the hood. I had the opportunity to sit on board for a first static handling during the EVS35 fair in Oslo last June and I was impressed by two things: the level of finish and comfort on board and the fluidity and number of commands of the operating system. Not to mention the option of electrically opening the front scissor doors simply by pressing the central screen (or by voice command). Not really essential, but what if you want to show off a little. Now available also in Norway, it offers two engines. The first is a propulsion version that boasts 196 kW of power, or 266 horsepower. The second version has four-wheel drive and two engines for a total power of 410 horsepower.

Sony Vision-S 01

Sony Vision-S 01

The surprise at CES in Las Vegas 2020, or when an electronics giant is proud to launch an electric (and connected, of course) car. What initially seemed like a pure style exercise became in a few months a concept very close to reality, and now we know that Sony will produce this car in association with Honda. Or an elegant sedan with lines that in turn evoke the Porsche Taycan or the Hyundai Ioniq 6. In terms of performance, we would be in an honorable 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. We don’t know anything about autonomy, however, and the release date is a bit beyond the scope of this article, as we’re talking about 2025. But it was worth mentioning… and maybe waiting.

To complete

That’s all for now, but it’s not bad enough, even if you’ve noticed that no French women appear in this inventory, and that we don’t see a trace of them on the horizon, however far away. That said, let’s make do with this list while we wait for the really ideal sedan, the one we all want, which will therefore have the line of an Audi, the efficiency of a Tesla, the finish of a Mercedes, the charging power of a Hyundai and the technology in a Lucid’s car. All for less than 40,000 euros, of course, with all options included. And French, if possible, let’s be crazy.

Where do we sign?

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