Electric car, the return of the sedan revenge

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

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

Accused of all evils (polluting, dangerous for pedestrians, taking up too much space, etc.), SUVs are also now the target of hordes of “activists” who have found nothing better. more than steaming their tires to supposedly save the planet when parked. . The worst part is that electric SUVs are no exception to these rather silly actions. Such is the case, no wonder, the political environment has declared war on the car for a long time, regardless of how it works, and it is certain that electricity will not escape its secular arm for a long time. . Next will probably come e-bikes, then muscle bikes. Then the shoes.

So, how long will sedans escape the blind revenge of these Che Guevaras on the valve? Not sure. In the meantime, it seems that they have not yet drawn attention to their revenge hand.

All the more reason to take a look at the current market and make a small inventory of the forces available, with the promising new products that are almost on the ground in 2023. In fact , if we count the current models already sold in Europe, such as the Tesla Model 3 and S, the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT, the Mercedes EQS and the BMW i4, we can count on more of a dozen electric sedans available, say 18 in the coming months. I don’t know about you, but personally I’m happy.

What cars are we talking about? In this.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Slowly unveiled as part of a teaser that lasted several months, the Ioniq 6 was finally officially presented in its final dress at the end of June. We were there. Of course, usually in this case, the version that will be sold no longer resembles the first prototypes of the living room, but the idea is there. That of a relatively long car (almost 5 meters) and very streamlined, with a line that does not leave anyone indifferent – which means no wooden language that we love or hate – a front end with a very eighties design and an interior. which presents all the trappings of an excellent premium. The machine can take the characteristics of the Ioniq 5, with which it shares the E-GMP platform, with a particular 800-volt architecture that allows very fast recharging and a 77 kW battery, which guarantees the a range of up to 600 kilometers. ( so between 400 and 450 in real life, which is not bad anymore).

Audi A6 e-tron

Audi A6 e-tron

The manufacturer with four rings has made it a priority to go electric, and promises a fully electrified range by 2030. The transition is well underway because Audi has no less than 3 model and 6 100% electric versions in its catalog. But (see above), four of the six models are currently SUVs, and Audi doesn’t intend to forget customers who are used to large, comfortable sedans. The Audi A6 e-tron concept presented in 2021 in Shanghai is timely and shows what the midsize – and electric – sedan will look like in the future. If we believe the numbers put forward by the brand, the sedan, which looks great if its line is faithful to the concept revealed, will be able to travel around 700 km in one charge according to the numbers of WLTP. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected to arrive in 2023.

BMW i7

BMW i7

After the i4, which arrived for the first customers within a few months, and which achieved great critical success, BMW proved that it quickly learned its transition to electricity. And it just started, because the Bavarian manufacturer is preparing the arrival of an electric 7 Series, called the i7. The design is likely to be very devastating (if it does not fall into the rather heavy faults found in particular in its electric SUVs), but of course the level of luxury of this new great German should continue the tradition in the excellence of the Series 7 , in the electric version, and must be very high-tech. In terms of power and autonomy, BMW announces 544 hp and more than 600 km range. At a high price of course because it costs at least 135,000 euros for a “basic” version, but already rich.

Mercedes EQE

Mercedes EQE

In terms of finish (obviously), size, equipment, driving pleasure, comfort and autonomy, the Mercedes EQE can represent something like the ideal electric sedan. This mid-range flagship announces a range from 459 to 712 kilometers depending on the version, and the latest generation MBUX infotainment system promises to be one of the most advanced on the market, especially when it is displayed the Hyperscreen, this impressive touch screen that covers the entire dashboard. Although Mercedes has put a lot of effort into hiding its prices, either on its site or in the brochure “Prices” to download in PDF where… they are not visible, we know that the EQE starts at 75,000 euros when relying on the configurator. It is clear that it is not the car of Mr. Everyman, but ultimately quite reasonable in terms of animal benefits.

Volkswagen ID.AERO

Volkswagen ID.  AERO

A great “classic” sedan that won’t really shock you with the boldness of its shapes or its technical characteristics, but it sure does. Volkswagen struggled a bit to deploy the first electric models, especially a promising ID.3, but it may have come too early with its share of teething problems, especially in terms of finishes and the reliability of on-board computing.. All this now seems to be a thing of the past, and the generation is confirmed by ID.4 and ID.5. The upcoming ID.7 sedan shows a successful pencil stroke, which also translates into a CX of 0.23 and an efficiency that allows around 600 kilometers of autonomy.

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

An “exotic” car and not yet sold in Europe, but not for long because the American manufacturer has just inaugurated a representation in Germany. The Lucid Air is a bit of an electric sedan with all the superlatives. More powerful than the last generation Tesla Model S, it also offers better autonomy, up to being the production vehicle with the highest range in the world with more than 830 kilometers according to the EPA standard (so more according to the European WLTP standard) . This car represents the best of today’s electric sedans, so much so that our colleague Soufyane was literally blown away by his exclusive test drive a few weeks ago. Of course, the skeptics will answer that “more” is not necessarily “better” and that a car of this weight, this power and this price does not correspond to the desired modesty if one people are worried a little about the environment.

NIO ET7

NIO ET7

Already available in Norway, the NIO ET7 is a Chinese sedan (sorry, but somewhat inevitable in the market that interests us) that offers many advantages. It has two motors, one in the front and one in the back. It combines a power 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 a difference with its three battery packs with a capacity of 70 kWh, 100 kWh and 150 kWh, which will allow it autonomy from 500 to 1,000 kilometers.

XP and P7

XP and P7

Come on, a little last – also Chinese – for the road, and not the least. A sedan that doesn’t have many surprises on the side of the line, but there are also a few under the hood. I had the opportunity to sit on board for a first static handling during the EVS35 show in Oslo in June and I was impressed by two things: the level of finish and comfort on board, and the fluidity and number of commands in the operating system. Not to mention the option to open the electric front scissor doors by simply pressing the central screen (or by voice command). Not really important, but it can be done if you want to show off a little. Also available in Norway, it offers two engines. The first is a propulsion version that shows 196 kW of power, or 266 horsepower. The second version has four-wheel drive and two motors for a total power of 410 horsepower.

Sony Vision-S 01

Sony Vision-S 01

The surprise at CES in Las Vegas 2020, or when an electronics giant boasts of launching an electric car (and connected, of course). What initially looked like a pure exercise in style turned in a few months into a concept very close to reality, and we now know that Sony will make this car together with Honda. Or an elegant sedan with lines that evoke the Porsche Taycan or the Hyundai Ioniq 6. In terms of performance, we will be a respectable 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 240 km / h. We do not know about autonomy, however, and the release date is beyond the scope of this article since we are talking about 2025. But it is worth mentioning it…

In conclusion

That’s it, that’s all for now, but it’s not so bad, even if you notice that no French women appear in this inventory, and that we see no trace of them on the horizon, not even remotely. That being said, we will content ourselves with this list while of course waiting for the true ideal sedan, the one we all want, which therefore has the line of an Audi, the efficiency of a Tesla, the finish of a Mercedes , the charging power of a Hyundai and the in-car technology of a Lucid. Everything is less than 40,000 euros of course, all options included. And French if possible, let’s go crazy.

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