2023 should not be an easy year for Tesla. After leaving it to wipe out the patches in the electrical market, the traditional manufacturers have decided to kill it off.
In fact, if most of them have opted for good large SUVs for their first 100% electric vehicles, the time seems to have come to seek out the Californian manufacturer on its preferred terrain, sedans.
While the Model S and Model 3 seemed untouchable so far, the new productions of Mercedes, Volkswagen and some long-toothed Chinese manufacturers could shuffle the cards. The hunt for Tesla has already started, will you tell us? Admittedly, Audi with the e-tron RS, Mercedes with the EQS and Porsche with its Taycan have already worn the first flags, but we are talking about luxury cars whose price easily exceeds 100,000 euros. The new generation of sedans, the one that should enter the field at the end of 2022 and in 2023, in addition to its inherent qualities, will have the advantage of competing with Tesla on the price aspect. Especially since Tesla no longer benefits from a particularly attractive price for a few weeks. Now that the small sedan is no longer eligible for the full-time ecological bonus, its price of 53,490 euros makes it more vulnerable.
Here are the five electric sedan models best equipped to tease the Tesla Model 3:
Mercedes EQE: The EQS’s little brother plays the luxury card
Hard to find more methodical than the brand with the star in its electric strategy. After concentrating its efforts in its most premium model, the EQS, Mercedes chooses runoff and converts the rest of its range to electric. As such, the EQE has everything of a mini EQS, in terms of size of course, but also performance.
Even better, the electric E-Class has every argument to go after Tesla’s land and much more. With the characteristic driving pleasure of Mercedes sedans, a higher level of finish than Tesla, one of the best infotainment systems on the market and almost 700 km of autonomy, the EQE combines strengths. Its price, however, puts it closer to the Model S than the Model A, which may prompt some future buyers to wait for an electric version of the C-Class (which, unfortunately, won’t be the excellent EQXX concept).
Its main strength : a mini EQS
His greatest weakness : its price (79,300 euros)
Nuisance potential for Tesla : 8/10
Ioniq 6: the most serious rival?
What if it was the most serious competitor to the Model 3? Hyundai’s electric sedan has been making headlines for some time now. Even before its formalization at the end of June, it was a scarecrow for the Model 3. Since the manufacturer revealed its design and technical characteristics, the rivalry has only become more evident. With its 239 kW (325 hp) engine, its torque of 605 Nm and its 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, it promises to be more efficient than the Tesla Model 3 propulsion (6.1 seconds). It should also exceed it in terms of autonomy. With its impressive drag coefficient (Cd of 0.21) and its 77 kWh battery, the Ioniq 6 aims for more than 600 km on a single charge. This is again 100 km better than the entry level of Tesla. And what about the possibility of fast charging. The Ioniq 6 can support loads of 400 V and 800 V. With a 350 kW terminal, the battery goes from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes. It’s simple, in order to compete with Tesla, you need to look at the Long Autonomy version, which is closest in terms of technical characteristics. This is still sold for 62,490 euros.
Apparently no prices have been announced yet on the Hyundai site for this electric sedan, but with an Ioniq 5 starting at 46,500 euros, it’s hard to imagine the Korean going beyond this price point. In fact, the Ioniq 6 already looks like the most serious rival to the Model 3.
Its main strength : value for money
His greatest weakness : none
Nuisance potential for Tesla : 10/10
Volkswagen Aero/ID.7: The car will be electrified
We already know a lot about Volkswagen’s future sedan. And yet the official presentation of the Aero concept only took place last June. Volkswagen’s first 100% electric sedan looks set to give birth to a Passat! Actual ID. Aero which will probably be renamed ID.7 when it is marketed. In fact, given its dimensions, the German electric sedan could be more contrasted with the Tesla Model S. It is its price positioning that risks confronting it with Tesla’s entry-level (probably in its Performance finish).
In fact, the ID.7 will have the advantage of taking an architecture already well known by the VW Group, the famous MEB, whose limits it will push back to the maximum. Thus, the motor and battery parts should hold few surprises (the 77 kWh block could be the only one in the game). On the other hand, the work of VW engineers seems to have concentrated on the consumption of the vehicle. It already claims 620 km of autonomy, a very interesting performance that it achieves thanks to its drag coefficient of 0.23. Aerodynamic, efficient and probably cheaper than other German electric sedans, the ID.7 is a serious contender.
Its main strength : a very coherent whole
His greatest weakness : its platform, which has begun to date
Nuisance potential for Tesla : 7/10
NIO ET7: the surprise challenger
In this list of contenders, NIO is arguably the least known of the five, but not the least ambitious. The Chinese manufacturer has just landed in Europe, specifically in Norway, and should expand to the Old Continent in the coming months. Its launch model on this side of the globe is the ET7, an electric sedan with a great price/quality ratio.
Indeed, for 3,500 euros more than the entry-level Tesla, the ET7 offers a technical sheet… worthy of the Model S. Engine of 480 kW (653 hp), torque of 850 Nm and battery ranging from 75 kWh to 150 kWh, for minimum 550 km autonomy… the Chinese electric sedan clearly lacks no arguments. Finally, the only weak point of ET7 is the lack of reference for NIO in our regions. This is undoubtedly what risks punishing her in her battle against Tesla. Unless the relationship between quality and price ends up convincing the skeptics.
Its main strength : his price
His greatest weakness : unknown to the general public
Nuisance potential for Tesla : 7/10
Audi A6 e-tron: a unique style
After more than doubling the number of 100% electric SUVs in its catalog, Audi is finally attacking sedans. The brand with the rings took its time, but its first color, with A6, should be worth its weight in peanuts. Developed on the group’s new platform, the PPE, like the Porsche Macan, it relies on 800 V technology, which would allow it to go from 10 to 80% battery in less than 20 minutes.
In addition to solid technical arguments, the Audi A6 e-tron can also count on a particularly elaborate style that breaks with its thermal version. Finally, if Audi’s electric sedan in its classic version was too soft to attack Tesla, it could count on solid reinforcements in the months after the market with a station wagon version and a sports version, the RS. . The Audi A6 e-tron is expected sometime in 2023 without further details.
Its main strength : his sportsmanship
His greatest weakness : its very late arrival on the market
Nuisance potential for Tesla : 8/10