Electric car, the return of the sedan revenge

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

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but as manufacturers flood the market with electric SUVs, for various reasons already mentioned several times, driving these types of machines seems increasingly unpopular.

Accused of all evils (polluting, being dangerous to pedestrians, taking up too much space, etc.), SUVs are also now the target of hordes of “activists” who have found nothing better than to deflate their tires to save the planet when parked. . The worst part is that electric SUVs are no exception to these somewhat stupid actions. That being the case, there is nothing particularly surprising, political environmentalism has declared war on the car for a long time, regardless of its mode of propulsion, and it is certain that the electric will not escape its secular arm for very long. Next will probably be e-bikes, then muscle bikes. Then the shoes.

So will sedans long escape the blind vindictiveness of these Che Guevaras of the valve? Not sure. Meanwhile, she doesn’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 make a small inventory of the forces present with promising new products that are about to land in 2023. In fact, if we count the current models already on the market in Europe, e.g. like the Tesla Model 3 and S, Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes EQS and BMW i4, we can count on more than a dozen electric sedans available within 18 months down the road. 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

Revealed gradually as part of a teaser that lasted several months, the Ioniq 6 was finally officially presented in its final form on (….). We were there. So of course, as very often in this case, the version that will be marketed no longer quite looks like the first living room prototypes, but the idea is there. That with a rather long car (almost 5 meters) and very streamlined, with a line that leaves no one indifferent – ​​which means without a wooden language that we love or hate – a front end with a very eighties design and an interior that presents all the excellence of an excellent prize. The machine will probably adopt the characteristics of the Ioniq 5, with which it shares the E-GMP platform, with in particular an 800-volt architecture that allows very fast recharging and a 77 kW battery that guarantees a range that can reach 600 kilometers (so between 400 and 450 in real life, which is already not so bad).

Audi A6 e-tron

Audi A6 e-tron

The manufacturer with the four rings has set itself the priority of going electric, promising a fully electrified gram in 2030. The transition is already well under way, as Audi already has no less than 3 models and 6 100% electric versions to its name. catalog. But (see above) four out of the six models are currently SUVs, and Audi has no intention of forgetting about its customers who are used to large, comfortable sedans. The Audi A6 e-tron concept, which was presented in 2021 in Shanghai, is up-to-date and shows what the medium-sized and electric sedan of the future will look like. If we are to believe the figures presented by the brand, the sedan, which looks excellent, if its line is true to the revealed concept, according to the WLTP figures, will be able to travel around 700 km on a single charge. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected to arrive sometime in 2023.

BMW i7

BMW i7

After the i4, which has been in the first customers for a few months and received good critical success, BMW has proven that it learned quickly in its transition to electric. And it’s only just begun, as the Bavarian manufacturer is already preparing the arrival of an electric 7 Series, simply called the i7. The design is likely to be quite devastating (if it does not fall into some rather heavy faults, which are especially glimpsed on its electric SUVs), but of course the level of luxury of this new big German should continue the tradition of excellent excellence from the Series 7 , in electric version , and necessarily very high-tech. In terms of power and autonomy, BMW announces 544 hp and more than 600 km of range. At a high price, of course, since it will cost at least 135,000 euros for a “basic” version, but already richly equipped.

Mercedes EQE

Mercedes EQE

In terms of finish (obviously), size, equipment, driving pleasure, comfort and autonomy, the Mercedes EQE could well represent something like the ideal electric sedan. This mid-range flagship advertises a range from 459 to 712 kilometers depending on the 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, this impressive touch. screen that covers the entire dashboard. Although Mercedes does a lot to hide its prices, whether on its website or in the downloadable PDF “Prices” brochure, where… they don’t appear, we know that the EQE starts at 75,000 euros if you trust configurator. Certainly not Mr. Everyman’s car, but ultimately relatively reasonable compared to the beast’s merits.

Volkswagen ID.AERO

Volkswagen ID.  AERO

A good “classic” sedan that won’t really surprise you with its audacity or its technical features, but will definitely get the job done. Volkswagen has struggled a bit to implement its first electric models, with a promising ID.3 in particular, but which perhaps came a little too early with its share of teething problems, especially in terms of finish and the reliability of its on-board computer. All this now seems to be in the past and the lineage is confirmed 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 about 600 kilometers of autonomy.

Clear air

Clear air

An “exotic” car and not yet marketed in Europe, but it is not long ago that the American manufacturer recently inaugurated a representation in Germany. The Lucid Air is a bit of the electric sedan of all superlatives. More powerful than a last generation Tesla Model S, it also offers better autonomy, up to being the production car with the longest range 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 say that “more” isn’t necessarily “better” and that a car of this weight, this power and this price doesn’t really match the desired sobriety when you think a little about the environment.

NIO ET7

NIO ET7

Already available in Norway, the NIO ET7 is a Chinese sedan (sorry, but it’s a bit inevitable in the market that interests us) that offers many advantages. It has two motors, one in the front and one in the back. These combine for an output 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 can also make the difference with its three battery packs with a capacity of 70 kWh, 100 kWh and 150 kWh, which would allow it autonomy ranging from 500 to 1000 kilometers.

XPeng P7

XPeng P7

Come on, a little last – also Chinese – for the road, and not least. A sedan without huge surprises on the line side, but which also has some under the bonnet. I had the opportunity to sit aboard for a first static handling during the EVS35 show 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 steering system commands. Not to mention the possibility of electric opening of the front scissor doors by simply pressing the central screen (or by voice command). Not really essential, but which will be if you want to show off a little. Already available also in Norway, it offers two engines. The first is a propulsion version showing 196 kW of power or 266 horsepower. The second version has four-wheel drive and two engines for a total output 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 looked like a mere exercise in style has in a few months become a concept very close to reality, and we now know that Sony will produce this car in collaboration with Honda. Or an elegant sedan with lines that alternately evoke the Porsche Taycan or the Hyundai Ioniq 6. In terms of performance, we would be at a respectable 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. We don’t know anything about autonomy though, and the release date is a bit beyond the scope of this article since we’re talking about 2025. But it was worth mentioning… and maybe waiting.

Finally

That’s it, that’s all for now, but it’s not bad enough, although you’ll have noticed that no Frenchwoman appears in this tally and we don’t see a trace of them on the horizon, even remotely. Having said that, we will settle for this list, while of course we wait for the truly ideal sedan, the one we all want, which will therefore have the lines of an Audi, the efficiency of a Tesla, the finish of a Mercedes, the charging power of a Hyundai and the in-car technology from a Lucid. All for less than 40,000 euros of course, all options included. And French if possible, let’s be crazy.

Where do we sign?

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