Electric car, return of the sedan revenge

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

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but as manufacturers flood the market with electric SUVs, for various reasons that have already been mentioned several times, riding this type of machine seems to be more and more unpopular.

Blamed for all sorts of vices (polluting, dangerous for pedestrians, taking up too much space, etc.), SUVs are now also the target of hordes of “activists” who have found nothing better than to deflate their tires to ostensibly save the planet while parking. . Worst of all, electric SUVs are no exception to this somewhat silly act. It is not surprising, then, that political environmentalism has long declared war on cars, whatever their mode of movement, and it is certain that electricity will not escape its secular hands for very long. E-bikes will probably be next, followed by muscle bikes. Then the shoes.

So how long will sedans elude the blind vindictiveness of those Che Guevara valves? Not sure. Meanwhile, they don’t seem to have caught the attention of their vengeful hand yet.

All the more reason to take a look at the current market and draw up a small list of available forces with promising new products due by 2023. In fact, if we count the current models already on sale in Europe, such as the Tesla Model 3 and S, Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes EQS and BMW i4, we can count on more than ten electric sedans, say , in the next 18 months. I don’t know about you, but I personally enjoy it.

What cars are we talking about? Of these.

Hyundai Ionic 6

Hyundai Ionic 6

Unveiled gradually as part of a teaser that lasted several months, the Ioniq 6 was finally officially unveiled in its final form at the end of June. We were there. So, of course, as is often the case in this case, the version that will be sold is no longer quite similar to the first prototypes of the living room, but the idea is there. It’s a fairly long car (almost 5 meters) and very streamlined, with a line that leaves no one indifferent – which means no wood tongue we love or hate – a very eighties-style front end and an interior that presents all the trappings of a great premium. The machine will likely have the characteristics of the Ioniq 5, with which it shares the E-GMP platform, in particular with an 800-volt architecture that allows very fast recharge and a 77 kW battery that guarantees 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 four-ring manufacturer has made the transition to electric vehicles a priority and promises an all-electric lineup in 2030. The transition is already well underway as there are already at least 3 models and 6 100% electric versions in the Audi catalog. However (see above) four out of six models are currently SUVs, and Audi has no intention of forgetting its customers who are accustomed to large comfortable sedans. The Audi A6 e-tron concept revealed in 2021 in Shanghai is timely and shows what the mid-size and electric sedan of the future will look like. If the brand’s numbers are to be believed, a sedan that looks great if its lineup matches the concept presented will be able to travel around 700km on a single charge, according to WLTP. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected to go on sale in 2023.

bmw i7

bmw i7

After the i4, which arrives to first customers in a few months and is a critical success, BMW has proven to be a fast learner when switching to electric vehicles. And that’s just the beginning, as the Bavarian manufacturer is already preparing an electric 7 Series, simply called the i7. The design is likely to be quite devastating (if not to fall for some somewhat heavy flaws flashed on its electric SUVs in particular), but of course this new great German’s level of luxury should continue the Series 7 tradition of excellence, in an electric variant. and definitely very high tech. In terms of power and autonomy, BMW claims 544 hp. and a power reserve of more than 600 km. Of course, at a high price, since it will cost at least 135,000 euros for the “basic” version, but already richly endowed.

Mercedes ECV

Mercedes ECV

In terms of trim (obviously), size, equipment, driving pleasure, comfort and autonomy, the Mercedes EQE could very well be something of the ultimate electric sedan. This mid-range flagship claims a range of 459 to 712 kilometers depending on version, and its latest generation MBUX infotainment system promises to be one of the most advanced on the market, especially when displayed on the hyperscreen, it’s an impressive touch. screen covering the entire dashboard. Even if Mercedes goes to great lengths to hide their prices, whether on their website or in the “Prices” brochure, which can be downloaded as a PDF, which… does not list them, we know that the EQE will start at €75,000. if you rely on the configurator. Clearly not Mr Everyman’s car, but ultimately relatively reasonable in terms of the advantages of the beast.

Volkswagen ID.AERO

Volkswagen ID.  AERO

A good “classic” sedan, which will not surprise you with either the audacity of forms or the audacity of technical characteristics, but it will definitely cope with its task. Volkswagen has done a bit of work on releasing its first electric models, notably with the promising ID.3, but it may have arrived too soon due to its teething issues, especially in terms of finish and reliability. onboard computing. . All this now seems to be a thing of the past, and the pedigree is confirmed by ID.4 and ID.5. The future ID.7 sedan shows a successful pencil stroke, which also means CX 0.23 and efficiency that will allow you to drive about 600 kilometers autonomously.

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

An “exotic” car, not yet sold in Europe, but soon the American manufacturer opened a representative office in Germany. The Lucid Air is an electric sedan of all superlatives. More powerful than the latest generation Tesla Model S, it also offers better autonomy, to the point of being the longest-range stock car in the world with over 500 miles under the EPA standard (and therefore even more in according to the European standard WLTP). . This car represents the best of today’s electric sedans, so much so that it literally enchanted our colleague Sufyan during his exclusive test drive a few weeks ago. Of course, skeptics will object that “bigger” is not necessarily “better” and that a car of this weight, this power and this price does not really meet the desired sobriety when it comes to the environment.

NIO ET7

NIO ET7

Already available in Norway, the NIO ET7 is a Chinese sedan (sorry, that’s a bit unavoidable in the market we’re interested in) that offers many benefits. It has two engines, one in the front and one in the back. They combine a power output of 480 kW, or 650 horsepower, while the sedan has 850 Nm of torque. Thanks to this cavalry, the electric sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. But the Nio ET7 can also make a difference with its three battery packs of 70kWh, 100kWh and 150kWh, giving you a range of 500 to 1,000 kilometers of autonomy.

XPeng P7

XPeng P7

Come on, the last one – also Chinese – on the road, and not least. A sedan without big surprises from the side of the line, but which also has something under the hood. I had the opportunity to board for the first static control during the EVS35 show in Oslo last June and was impressed by two things: the level of finish and comfort on board, and the smoothness and number of commands of the operating system. Not to mention the electric opening of the front scissor doors by simply pressing the center screen (or by voice command). Not very important, but it becomes if you want to show off a little. Already available also in Norway, it offers two engines. The first is the power version, which displays 196 kW or 266 horsepower. The second version has four-wheel drive and two motors with a total capacity of 410 horsepower.

Sony Vision-S01

Sony Vision-S01

CES Las Vegas 2020 surprise, or when the electronics giant is proud to launch an electric car (and connected, of course). What initially looked like a pure styling exercise turned into a concept very close to reality in a few months, and now we know that Sony will produce this car in conjunction with Honda. Or a sleek sedan with lines that in turn are reminiscent of the Porsche Taycan or the Hyundai Ioniq 6. In terms of performance, we’d hit 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and top speed at 240 km/h. However, we don’t know anything about autonomy, and the release date is a little beyond the scope of this article, since we are talking about 2025. But it was worth mentioning… and perhaps waiting.

Finally

That’s it, that’s it for the moment, but that’s not bad, even if you notice that there is not a single French woman in this inventory, and that we do not see a trace of them on the horizon, even far away. That being said, we’ll limit ourselves to this list while, of course, waiting for the really perfect sedan we all want, which will therefore have the Audi line, Tesla efficiency, Mercedes trim, Hyundai’s charging power, and Lucid’s automotive technology. All, of course, for less than 40,000 euros, including all options. And French, if possible, let’s go crazy.

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