If there is great news to discover at the Mondial de l’Automobile, it cannot be denied that many brands will not be coming to Paris. Too bad they won’t take this opportunity to make their stars of 2023 known to the public. Here are the ones we’d like to see.
BMW is electrifying its range at high speed. After the launch of the i4 and iX in 2021, 2022 is the year of the iX1 and i7. As its name suggests, these models are the electric versions of the new X1 and 7 Series. The i7 dares an original look, with a huge grille and a two-story look. It is released in version xDrive 60 forte of 544 hp. The range is 625 km. The price is high: €139,900.
Surprise, Citroën will not be at the Paris Motor Show, while DS and Peugeot will be there. The chevron brand has new products on the shelves, however, such as the ë-C4 X. Above all, it has just unveiled an important concept car, the Oli, which symbolizes its vision of more affordable and sustainable electric mobility. It is therefore very curious not to show it to the public!
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Of course we could have put in the Ioniq 6, which will hit our roads in early 2023. But it’s a big sedan with a messy look, which won’t be Hyundai’s best-selling electric model with us. The French market is eagerly awaiting the renewal of the Kona Electric. The second generation is desired, while many prototypes have been seen.
The second member of the “EV” family is long overdue. While the EV6 hit dealerships a year ago, the EV9 will be released in 2023. It’s a large SUV, more designed for the North American market. But it will be offered in Europe, where it carried out part of its development tests. The key model for Kia here remains the Niro, renewed this year.
The RZ is Lexus’ first electric vehicle designed on a foundation dedicated to this type of engine. This platform is the same as the Toyota bZ4X. In the RZ, there are two engines, one on each axle, for a maximum accumulated power of 313 hp. On the other hand, the 71.4 kWh battery offers a somewhat limited range for a premium family SUV, i.e. just over 400 km.
Maserati Gran Turismo
The GranTurismo is finally back in the Maserati range. With a surprise: alongside the thermal versions, equipped with a V6 biturbo, there is a 100% electric version, the Folgore. This gets three engines. The maximum power sent to the wheels is 760 hp. The battery is known to have a useful capacity of 83 kWh, but Maserati hasn’t said anything about the range.
Maserati: GranTurismo goes electric
Could have been one of the stars of the show. The MG 4 is talking about this with its rock-bottom prices, which are rocking the electric car market. But MG does not have a stand at Mondial. To discover this compact that offers up to 450 km of autonomy from €22,990 in bonuses, you will have to go to the concessions!
Polar Star 3
Polestar can now show itself in France! Citroën no longer blocks your launch with us due to logo issues. Unfortunately, Volvo’s electric sports brand will not take advantage of this new freedom to make its models known to the French public, including the SUV 3, which has just been presented in detail. In addition, the brand has not yet set a release date in France.
Smart makes its revolution. The brand is now a joint venture between Mercedes and China’s Geely. The first model of this assembly is an electric compact SUV, which will allow Smart to reach a family clientele. Too bad not taking advantage of the show to publicize this revolution!
Essay – Smart #1: premium ambitions for the electric SUV
Volvo has been rare at shows for several years now, so it’s not surprising not to see it at the Mondial de l’Auto. However, it has a big news ready to be revealed: the EX90. It is not a typo, this new name designates a new large electric SUV, which will become the flagship of the brand. Sharing its bottom with the Polestar 3, it will put the pack in terms of safety.
Paris Motor Show 2022: what will be the hybrid and electric news in Paris?