The SUVs About to Change the Electric Vehicle Market for Good

Since 2016, we’ve been wondering about the plug-in electric cars that would arrive to disrupt the scene. Maybe a BMW 5 Series EV would be the one; or maybe a Ford Fusion Energi with 50 miles of electric range would do the job.

But those years came and went without any such car arriving (outside of an excellent plug-in sedan from Honda). As the 2019 model year begins, it’s clear the next wave of EVs will not be cars. Instead, they’ll almost all be SUVs and crossovers.

Given the demand on the U.S. market, that sounds about right, and by 2020 consumers will have options from Hyundai on the low end to Audi on the high end. Here are seven all-electric SUVs on the way that will change the market for good.

1. Audi e-tron

2019 Audi e-tron | Audi

  • Range: At least 200 miles
  • Arrives: Spring 2019

On September 17, Audi unveiled the 2019 e-tron, a five-seat crossover with a battery (95 kWh) and performance (0-60 in 5.5 seconds) worthy of a Tesla. While Audi declined to give an exact range until the EPA weighs in, consumers can be assured it will be able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge.

Meanwhile, e-tron is one of the sharpest debuts we’ve seen from luxury brands ready to compete with Tesla. This model has a starting price of $74,800 and will debut in the U.S. by spring of next year.

2. Kia Niro EV

2019 Kia Niro EV | Kia

  • Range: 240 miles
  • Arrives: Early 2019

With the Kia Niro EV, consumers will get an electric crossover for a much wider audience than most of the upcoming models. Using the same platform as the Niro hybrid, the EV will have a range of 240 miles and solid power specs, including 201 horsepower.

Kia has already started selling this model in Korea, and it will arrive in the U.S. by early 2019. Given its impressive range (better than the Chevy Bolt EV) and crossover styling, a low price point could make the Niro EV a hit. Kia will have most of its $7,500 tax credits available for buyers when it arrives early next year.

3. Jaguar I-Pace

2019 Jaguar I-Pace | Jaguar

  • Range: 240 miles
  • Arrives: Fall 2018

While the Jaguar I-Pace looks more like a sedan in pictures, you definitely recognize its crossover character in person. More importantly, it will offer the range (240 miles) and acceleration (to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds) that make it a true Jaguar. That’s what a 394-horsepower (512 pound-feet) electric motor with all-wheel drive gets you.

Overall, the I-Pace offers the sort of package that could pull buyers from Tesla at $69,500. Jaguar will begin delivering this model to U.S. dealerships later in 2018.

4. Hyundai Kona

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric | Hyundai

  • Range: 258 miles
  • Arrives: Fourth quarter of 2018

As Kia targets the compact SUV segment with the Niro EV, Hyundai will have the Kona subcompact electric crossover coming by late 2018. The main draw here is range for the money. At 258 miles, Kona will beat any electric car under $40,000 by a solid margin.

We’ll have to wait and see if consumers are ready to pounce on an electric model this small that’s priced above $30,000 (as Kona undoubtedly will be). However, available incentives will play a factor here. Meanwhile, no one will be able to claim range anxiety with over 250 miles per charge and 132 MPGe fuel economy in city driving.

5. Mercedes-Benz EQC

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC | Mercedes-Benz

  • Range: Over 200 miles
  • Arrives: 2020

Even if you’re not blown away by the range of the Mercedes-Benz EQC (somewhere over 200 miles), this crossover’s performance specs will get your attention. Using 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque, the all-wheel-drive model can hit 60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds.

That’s quite a powerful package — and one that has Tesla in its sights. Mercedes will begin production in the middle of next year and release the EQC in the U.S. in 2020.

6. Ford’s electric crossover

Ford’s all-new Mustang-inspired fully-electric performance utility arrives in 2020 with targeted range of 300 miles.

Details are slight, but we have an early image and range numbers for Ford’s crossover EV. | Ford

  • Range: 300 miles
  • Arrives: 2020

Among the Detroit-based automakers, we’ve seen the pioneering Bolt EV and not much else since. Ford, which has announced plans for (and billion-dollar investments in) electric models for the coming years, recently got around to releasing a teaser image for its long-range crossover EV.

This model will feature 300 miles of range and take styling cues from the current Mustang, Ford said. The automaker is planning on a 2020 release.

7. BMW ix3

BMW ix3 concept | BMW

  • Range: 250 miles
  • Arrives: 2020

While the BMW ix3 concept is far from set in stone, we can expect the third German luxury brand to follow the lead of the competition with a long-range crossover. The ix3 concept released in April 2018 hints at what the production model will offer.

To start, it will bring 250 miles of range on a full charge and feature the crossover styling we’ve seen in the brand’s plug-in hybrids. BMW is planning on a release date of 2020 as well.

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