The electric revolution is here and is knocking at your door. Most carmakers have started shifting their focus towards electric products. This is the case with manufacturers focused in the affordable segment as well as manufacturers focused in the premium/luxury segments. With multiple brands present in the electric space, we will soon get to see a slew of EV launches that you should be excited about. If you have been planning to buy an EV, you should wait for these upcoming premium electric cars.
Ford Mustang Mach E
Ford Mustang Mach E along with being the brand’s first all-electric product also was the first SUV from the Mustang stable. The SUV, soon after its launch in foreign markets, took a high spot in the popularity charts. Although Ford does not have any products in the Indian market as of now, the brand had been planning to bring the Mustang Mach E to India via the CBU route along with some other products.
Bringing the Mustang Mach E to India will help Ford re-establish its game in the Indian market and that too in the EV segment. When launched, this SUV will take on the likes of Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace, BMW iX and Audi e-tron. As far as launch details are concerned, no official information has been provided by the brand. With that being said, we can still expect to see this car sometime next year.
Upcoming premium electric cars – Ioniq 5
Hyundai expanded its presence in the electric space with the Ioniq 5, its first all-electric SUV under the Ioniq brand. This SUV will be a premium offering in the market. The Ioniq 5 comes with a slew of modern features that will help it attract customers. This SUV is offered with two powertrain options, a single-motor variant that powers the rear wheels and produces 169bhp & 350Nm of torque. The one is the dual-motor variant that powers all wheels and produces 306bhp & 605Nm of torque.
To help reduce the range anxiety for buyers, it will also be offered two battery pack options, a 58kWh pack & a 72.6kWh pack. The former is capable of offering a maximum range of 385km (WLTP cycle) and the latter, 481km (WLTP cycle). The Ioniq 5 will be imported as a CBU to India, so we expect the car to be placed in the premium segment. We expect the Ioniq 5 to be priced somewhere around Rs 50 lakh (ex-showroom) for buyers here.
Tesla Model 3 & Tesla Model Y
Tesla has been trying hard to launch its electric cars in India but due to some or the other reason, the brand has not been able to achieve that. But let’s keep this discussion for another day. Currently, the brand has seven of its models/variants approved for launch here by the government. Globally, the Model 3 & Model Y are the cheapest offerings from the brand. Model 3 & Y are expected to be the first models that the brand launches here in order to keep the price in check. Since the electric cars will come to India via the CBU route, they are expected to be costly as well.
Mercedes Benz EQS
Mercedes Benz S-Class has been the epitome of luxury in the German carmaker’s stable for many decades now. The S-Class is one of the most luxurious cars that money can buy today. To continue the legacy, Mercedes decided to electrify the S-Class as well. What came out is the Mercedes Benz EQS. The EQS, similar to its ICE counterpart, is one of the most luxurious electric cars that money can buy today. Loaded with all the modern tech & features coupled with luxury, this sedan is expected to be the perfect electric upgrade for luxury sedan owners.
The EQS will be capable of offering a maximum range of 770km (WLTP cycle) through its 107.8kWh battery pack. We expect the car to launch sometime this year and easily be priced over Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom).
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo has already forayed into the electric space globally. The brand is all set to enter the EV segment in India as well by launching the XC40 Recharge. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the electric counterpart to the brand’s affordable XC40 compact SUV. The car will come loaded with all the necessary features in order to establish itself as a worthy upgrade for buyers.The EV will come powered by a twin-motor setup capable of producing 402bhp & 660Nm of torque. Moreover, the XC40 Recharge will be capable of offering a 418km range. The compact EV is expected to launch this month.
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