Keeping up with the Joneses has never been as electrifying as it is today (even when the Joneses are a competing 500-car fleet). Whether you're transporting tomorrow's CEOs, hauling a hot shipment of microchips, or even lugging a trailer full of clandestine cargo, today's electric SUVs and crossovers offer the broadest range of style, luxury, and know-how on the road. Here's a glimpse of what's out there, what's coming, and what you might see in your rear-view mirror tomorrow.
Audi e-tron & e-tron Sportback
Range: 218 miles Torque/Towing: 414 lb.-ft.+ / 4,000 lbs. Availability: 2022
Audi's entry into the electric crossover market comes in the futuristic sounding e-tron, a luxury SUV wrapped in a conventional looking package with a sporty name. Both models have dual electric motors for swift acceleration at the expense of range—the e-tron and Sportback model make 218 and 222 miles, respectively, a tad shy of many crossover counterparts. Audi also offers seven models, however, all with AWD and minimum 355 hp and 414 lb.-ft. of torque. The e-tron isn't a slouch and can also haul up to 4,000 pounds. Where Audi's crossover really shines is in its recharge—the e-tron comes equipped with a 150-kW fast charger for an 80% recharge in 30 minutes with a DC plug-in and the conventional 240V recharge in nine hours. Available flush-mounted touchscreens, hi-res digital gauge, and up to 57 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats back makes for a spacious interior. Midyear updates are expected for the 2023 models of the e-tron when they arrive in late 2022, including—most critically—longer range for Audi's electric crossovers.
Range: 300 miles Torque/Towing: 564 lb.-ft. / NA Availability: 2022
The iX is BMW's flagship electric SUV. It should be available early in 2022 and make 300 miles per charge on top of two electric motors providing AWD. There will be two models available: the base xDrive50 and upgraded M60. The base model makes 516 hp to reach 60 mph in about 4.4 seconds, and full specs aren't available for the M60 yet. The iX features a large 106.3-kWh battery, DC charging capability, and can charge from 10% to 80% in 35 minutes when connected to a fast charger. BMW partners with EVgo for its network of public charging stations but will be able to charge at other vendors as well as at home with a Level 2 charger. Along with the i4 sedan, BMW launches iDrive 8 as its infotainment centerpiece, allowing for custom graphics and menus on the 14.9-inch touchscreen (though the hexagonal steering wheel is the conversation piece of the avant-garde interior). Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 5G wi-fi hotspot are also standard.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV
Range: 247 miles Torque/Towing: 266 lb.-ft. / 2,000 lbs. Availability: 2022
The Chevrolet Bolt has evolved from one of the earliest hybrid and electric vehicles into a more robust EUV. The 2022 Bolt stretches 6.2 inches longer, features a wider wheelbase, more legroom in the front and back, and though it sits just 0.2 inches taller than its little brother, most reports praise the available headroom. People don't drive the Bolt EUV for cargo space, as 16.3 cubic feet is much more cramped than other crossovers in this segment. The Bolt EUV is a FWD hatchback with three trim levels that all feature 200 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque from a single front motor. The Bolt is efficient, however, and makes 247 miles on a single charge, has regenerative braking capability, and is charged by a 7.2-kW system that functions on 120V and 240V setups, taking about 7 hours on a Level 2 charger to reach full capacity (swift DC charging is also available for a 95-mile boost in just 30 minutes). In other words, the Bolt is a fine example of the future of range anxiety-reducing crossovers. An interior 10.2-inch touchscreen anchors the center dash, and the Bolt features automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, and Chevrolet's Teen Driver suite, which helps limit distracting functionality for new drivers.
Range: 250+ miles Torque/Towing: NA / 2,000-4,000 lbs. Availability: 2022
The Fisker Ocean sails to market on the tides of an electric sea. The 2023 Ocean comes in four models with range estimates from 250 to more than 350 miles, though Fisker hasn't released battery sizes and specs yet. The top three models feature dual-motor AWD, blasting the Ocean forward in less than 4.0 seconds. The Ocean boasts a massive 17.1-inch center touchscreen that rotates in every direction and a single button that opens every window in the vehicle to take in that seaside breeze. The base, single-motor model makes 275 hp and can tow just over 2,000 pounds, while the other models make up to 550 hp with a 4,000-lb. capacity. Fisker partners with Electrify America but should be able to use other charge-up vendors, and roof-mounted solar panels can reportedly supply up to 2,000 miles of range per year. The Ocean is loaded with ADAS technology, and the full suite is available on the premium models. Deliveries should begin in November 2022.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Range: 300 miles Torque/Towing: 266-634 lb.-ft. / 3,500 lbs. Availability: 2022
When the Ford Mustang Mach-E debuted, it was decidedly not a Mustang. Nonetheless, the crossover won over critics and as of December 2021, Ford Motor Co. committed to increasing production of the 2022 Mach-E, expecting to move over 200,000 units between the U.S. and Europe, more than triple its current pace. In July, it was awarded Car and Driver's first EV of the Year award, beating out 10 other EVs (including three Teslas). Ford reported that over 70% of buyers were new to Ford, speaking volumes about the vehicle. For 2022, Ford expects the fastest new/old flagship vehicle to reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and the most efficient of its trim levels to best 300 miles of range per charge. There are four trims available, RWD and AWD options, DC fast charging, and 29 cubic feet of storage space (60 with the seats down). The horsepower ranges from 266 (base) and 480 (GT Performance), and 266-634 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively. Every model comes standard with a Ford mobile charger to add 30 miles of range per night on a 120-volt outlet and up to 80% of battery life overnight on a 240V outlet. The Mach-E is highly rated for safety and features a 15.5-inch infotainment touchscreen and all the digital and wireless trappings of contemporary EVs.
Hyundai Genesis Electrified GV70
Range: ~300 miles Torque: 516 lb.-ft. / 3,500 lbs. Availability: 2022
The GV70 isn't the first SUV from Genesis—that honor goes to the GV60—but it is the first electric SUV from the luxury marque under the Hyundai umbrella. The GV70 runs atop two electric motors making 483 hp with standard AWD that hits 60 mph in a snappy 4.5 seconds. Like most crossovers, Genesis promises fast-charging capability for a 20-minute juice-up to 80% battery, though detailed information isn't yet available. Most reports cite 300 miles as its range. The gasoline version of the G70 received high marks for its interior panache and much the same is expected here. There are simply not many details available yet, and the crossover should hit dealerships in late 2022.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Range: 258 miles Torque/Towing: 291 lb.-ft. / 2,800 lbs. Availability: 2022
Since discontinuing the former electric version of the Ioniq, Hyundai has doubled down on the more modest 2022 Kona Electric with plans for more electric offerings on other models in the future (including an all-new electric Ioniq 5). The Kona is only sold in a handful of states (CA, CO, CT, ME, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OR, RI, VT, and WA) and is powered by a 150-kW motor and 64-kWh lithium-ion battery that supplies 201 hp and 291 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels. AWD is standard, and the Kona gets 258 miles of range per charge, putting it firmly in a competitive position with other electric crossovers. There are two FWD models available and the Kona makes 0-60 mph in under 7.0 seconds. One-pedal driving helps resupply the battery through regenerative braking, and the battery can be charged by a 110V household outlet, though the 240V one is best for home charging. Fast-charging stations will also supply juice to the Kona. The Kona features all the connectivity bells and whistles of a modern electric vehicle in its infotainment system and features a robust 3-year/36,000-mile warranty plan from Hyundai with complimentary tire rotation, air filter changes, and systems inspections.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Range: 303 miles Torque/Towing: 258-446 lb.-ft. / 1,500 lbs. Availability: 2022
You don’t discontinue a model that excites people without something better planned. As of December 2021, Hyundai announced the all-new 2022 Ioniq 5 “redefines the electric car for the next generation of EV owners.” I call that bold talk for a crowded field, but the market will decide that for itself. For now, the new Ioniq 5 sits on the brand’s electric global modular platform (EGMP), the underpinning of all future Hyundai electric models. That chassis features an 800V charging system that can recharge the 77.4-kWh battery from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes with a DC charger that can handle the load, much faster than most of the competition. Hyundai partners with Electrify America to soothe charging anxiety (and offers two years of complimentary charging), and the battery can be charged at home at 240V in about seven hours. The 5 is available in AWD and RWD variants and multiple powertrain and battery options offer plenty of options. The total 106.5 cubic feet of passenger volume means the inside of the 5 is more spacious than the Mustang Mach-E, ID.4, and several other mid-range crossovers. The unique vehicle-to-load (V2L) system allows the crossover to charge other devices—small ‘fridges to phones—and even other vehicles. Multiple driving modes, snappy acceleration, and gobs of infotainment and mobile access/ignition options for operators and passengers makes for one of the most interactive vehicles on the market.
Range: 253 miles Torque/Towing: 512 lb.-ft. / NA Availability: 2022
If luxury from a legacy brand is your goal, the Jaguar I-Pace will deliver. The all-new 2022 model boasts a 253-mile range, fast-charging capability, and handles more like a sports car than a crossover, indicative of its livery. The 2022 model comes with a complimentary 4G data plan, 360-degree camera system, and wireless charging. The infotainment system will tell you where the nearest charging station is and how long the current battery needs to charge. It comes with a 11.0-kW onboard charger, reaching peak capacity in just over 8 hours. The I-Pace is only available in the HSE trim, cranks 394 hp and 512 lb.-ft. of torque. Jaguar plans to electrify more of its offerings by 2025, and the I-Pace is the flagship crossover to help reach that goal.
KIA Niro EV
Range: 239 miles Torque: 291 lb.-ft. / None Availability: 2022 (select states)
Like its sedan version, the crossover 2022 KIA Niro EV is only available in select states. The Niro has been a hit, though, and the 2023 model has already been announced with updated styling (and a 12-month waiting list). The 2022 model boasts a 239-mile range from a single motor that makes 201 hp and 291 lb.-ft. of torque. A new 10.3-inch touchscreen anchors the dash and provides built-in navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and several ADAS safety systems. Regenerative braking helps charge the battery, and the Niro makes 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. The 64.0-kWh battery places it solidly amid other electric crossovers and it can be charged with a 120V or 240V connection. The fast-charge capability can reach 80% in just one hour, and the usual 240V connection will recharge the battery in about nine hours.
Range: ~250 miles Torque/Towing (EQB): 288-383 lb.-ft. / NA Availability: Late 2022
The formerly "only available in Europe and Asia" EQB will now be available in America as well. The EQB is a three-row compact crossover modeled after the gasoline-powered GLB. The EQB will first launch in China, followed by Europe and then the U.S. The European model debuts with a maximum 288 hp and both FWD and AWD versions powered by a 66.5-kWh battery that can go from 10% to 80% in about 30 minutes with DC fast charging. Specs for the American version have not been finalized. Five seats come standard with seven available. Finally, after a delayed debut, the EQC crossover—once planned to lead the EQ marques in the U.S.—is not slated until at least 2025.
Mercedes Maybach EQS
Range: 418+ miles Torque/Towing: 631 lb.-ft. / 5,950-7,700 lbs. Availability: 2022
Mercedes plans to cross the luxury electric threshold in 2022 with the Maybach EQS SUV. Designed anew from bumper to bumper, the EQS should be a bold, futuristic, aggressive vehicle that speaks of luxury, power, and technology. The concept that debuted in September 2021 featured bold exterior styling and decadent interior details, including the MBUX Hyperscreen, a large glass surface that covers almost the entire dashboard from wheel to passenger window and lit by OLED technology. Daimler confirmed that its EVA platform should help generate predicted output of 328-516 hp, depending on model, with a top speed of 130 mph. Two battery options should offer 418- and 487-mile ranges at 107.8 kWh output with a planned 90-kWh option yet to be revealed. The EQS SUV comes with a 22-kW onboard charger with 200 kW fast charging available. Daimler is partnering ChargePoint from the start and its 60,000+ public charging network, while DC fast charging is available from the Electrify America cast charger network. Mercedes was the first company to receive worldwide system approval on its Level 3 autonomous driving system, which helps to control the vehicle’s speed, distance, and assist with lane guidance, evasive/emergency braking, and more and should be one of the safest SUVs on the road.
Range: 300+ miles Torque/Towing: 221-443 lb.-ft. / 1,500 lbs. Availability: Late 2022
The 2023 Nissan Ariya SUV arrives next fall. A large step up from the Leaf, the Ariya should offer about 300 miles of driving range with two battery options—a standard 63.0-kWH or an optional 87.0-kWH battery—in AWD or FWD. The Ariya will feature many ADAS and infotainment options like most of its crossover brethren and debut several new features as the flagship SUV for Nissan's electrical commitments, such as ProPilot 2.0 semiautonomous driving. Four trim levels will be available, and the AWD models will feature dual front and rear motors and make 0-60 in five seconds flat. The Ariya will be able to charge at home on 110V or 240V outlets as well as DC fast-charging ports. The minimalist interior is anchored by dual 12.3-inch screens that serve as gauge clusters and infotainment centers. The 2019 Ariya concept had a remote park feature from the driver's phone when standing nearby, though it's unclear if the ProPilot Remote Park will make it into production.
Range: ~220 miles Torque/Towing: 248 lb.-ft. / NA Availability: 2022
Subaru continues to carve out a large market share due to the sheer longevity of its vehicles and the passion of its audience for them. The 2023 Subaru Solterra is an all-new vehicle for the brand and its flagship EV, so don't expect the brand to have spared any expense—the Solterra is intended to compete with the rest of the EV middle market as a robust, rangey, everyday driver and weekend explorer. It features four driving modes, the platform was developed in conjunction with the Toyota bZ4X, and the crossover should stand slightly larger than the Forester with an expansive 8.3 inches of ground clearance for off-road adventuring, which is where the brand hopes to make its mark with this entry. The Solterra arrives in the U.S. with standard AWD atop dual motors producing 215 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Specs for the different models aren’t yet available, but Subaru estimates EPA range ratings of 220 miles and DC fast charging up to 80% in 30 minutes (Level 1 charging is standard, and Level 2 available); more importantly, the Japanese automaker estimates the battery will retain 90% of its total capacity for 10 years. The Solterra should be available around the middle of 2022.
Tesla Model X
Range: 333 miles Torque/Towing: 487 lb.-ft. / 5,000 lbs. Availability: 2022
The Tesla Model X is, as of this writing, the only crossover with gullwing-style doors. Dressed to impress, the X has met with mixed reviews despite astounding performance; it comes standard with AWD atop dual motors that make 670 hp, and a three-motor version—the Plaid!—is due in late 2022 and estimated to make over 1,000 hp, as fast as any supercar. The X is roomy and made for long-range luxury rides, with three rows of seats for the 300+ miles you can go on a single charge. DC fast charging is available around the country at proprietary Tesla charging stations, as well as the slower 120V or 240V connections at home. The interior is spartan, with a (futuristic?) rectangular steering column befitting a ship more than a vehicle and a large rectangular digital infotainment screen, though Tesla lacks Apple CarPlay and Android capabilities for audiophiles. Those seated in the way back also have access to a smaller infotainment display. The Autopilot feature is flashy as Tesla's semi-autonomous driving mode can get you from Point A to Point B without driver input, while the Summon feature allows users to park or retrieve the car remotely, which may be necessary given the gullwing doors. The X is unlike any other crossover in its segment and delivers on power and performance.
Tesla Model Y
Range: 334 miles Torque/Towing: 471 lb.-ft. / 3,500 lbs. Availability: 2022
Tesla eschews model years, but like the X, the 2021 Model Y is also unlike most anything else on the road today. The more modest Model Y is praised for its range and performance, making 330 miles on a single charge with quick, nimble performance, and swift acceleration. It sits on the same chassis as the Model 3 sedan with several more inches of length, an optional third row, and a more expansive trunk (and frunk). The base Y can make 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds, and the performance upgrade shaves off an entire second, pushing it closer to 3.5 seconds. It's a zippy vehicle that also benefits from Tesla's expansive range of superchargers around the country. Like the 3 and X, the interior is neat, free of almost any buttons, and features a traditional steering wheel (the round kind) and a slim center-mount touchscreen. The Y offers apps usually reserved for contemporary TVs, making long rides more tolerable for those looking to turn on, tune in, and zone out.
Range: ~250 miles Torque/Towing: 248 lb.-ft. / NA Availability: Late 2022
Finally, an electric production SUV from Toyota. The 2023 bZ4X should start hitting dealerships nationwide around August 2022 after Japanese and European debuts, joining a growing list of mid-level (and high-tech) electric offerings. The bZ4X is an all-new vehicle in two models—the XLE single-engine and dual-engined Limited editions—and offer 201 and 215 hp, respectively. The base SUV will come with a 64.0-kWh battery that should propel the SUV to about 250 miles per charge. Fast charging capability will be standard, and Toyota will even integrate solar panels to capture enough energy for an estimated 1,000 miles of driving range per year. More spacious and advanced than the RAV4, the interior will feature a large rectangular infotainment screen centered above a wide center console and feature many ADAS functions including pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking. The crossover shares a platform with the jointly developed Subaru e-TNGA electric chassis, benefitting from the Subaru's X-mode for AWD traction. Toyota's bZ branding stands for Beyond Zero, and the lineup plans to include at least six other models throughout the next several years.
Range: 260 miles Torque: 339 lb.-ft. / 2,200-2,700 lbs. Availability: 2022
The people's car company's entrance into the electric crossover market begins with the electric ID.4, recently named World Car of the Year in the 2021 World Car Awards. With a 260-mile estimated range atop VW's modular MEB platform, the ID.4 is available in two trims—an AWD, rear-mounted motor version, and the upgraded AWD Pro, that features front and rear motors for more zip on the road. The Pro adds 107 hp and 119 more lb.-ft. of torque to the base trim (188 hp and 220 lb.-ft.). The Pro makes 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, the base in 7.5 seconds. The ID.4 also benefits from regenerative braking. VW offers three years of complimentary charging at Electrify America fast chargers, though any DC fast-charging station works. A more traditional Level 2 charger will refuel the battery in about 7.5 hours. As crossovers go, the ID.4 has a generous rear cargo area of 30.3 cubic feet that expands to almost 65 cubic feet with the rear seats down. The ID.4 is a generally popular EV with fine accolades from reviewers around the world.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Range: 223 miles Torque: 486 lb.-ft. / 3,307 lbs. Availability: 2022
Volvo returned with an upgraded version of the 2021 XC40 Recharge. The 2022 model features two trims and an upgraded powertrain that makes 223 miles per charge from a 402-hp dual motor providing AWD. It makes 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, providing plenty of oomph once the accelerator is down. Regenerative braking recharges the 75-kWH battery, which also benefits from DC fast-charging capabilities and a 240V home charger. The XC40 features ample storage space and a frunk for added convenience. The Recharge comes standard with a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen and Android/Apple compatibility with a wireless smartphone charging pad.
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Originally posted on Automotive Fleet