Over the previous years, Tesla Motor Company is by all accounts the greatest pioneer in the electric vehicle industry. The upcoming Tesla Model Y sets a high bar in terms of technical specifications for all of the electric crossovers and SUVs of the future. Meanwhile, other auto manufacturers are trying to step up and satisfy the demand and promise us to be heated with competition. Today we bring you a line-up of upcoming electric crossovers of 2020.
Even though it is the Chinese giant BYD that holds the title of the world’s largest manufacturer of electric cars, the entire media buzz is still going around the fairly new start-up from the People’s Republic called NIO. After a rather successful market offering in Sep 2018, they have been steadily increasing the sales numbers of the ES6 and ES8 crossovers, which will be shortly joined by the all new compact coupe-SUV EC6. In essence, this is the ES6 with a sloping roofline, but the newcomer additionally gets a new optional battery size of 100 Kilowatt hour hat extends the range to 483 kilometers. Three configurations are on offer with the premium trim being powered by a tandem of permanent magnet and induction motors with joined power of 544 horsepower, 0-100 acceleration in 4.7 seconds and Brembo brakes. Price $50,000 to 70,000.
TOGG Electric SUV
Turkey’s automobile joint venture group in short TOGG, has recently unveiled the country’s first 100% homemade designed and manufactured car. It is a premium electric crossover SUV with the exterior design likely inspired by the Mercedes GLS Class. The bass options of the vehicle should be offered with a single rear axle motor and 300 kilometers range. While the high end trim gets a 400 horsepower dual motor all-wheel drive setup and 483 kilometers of uninterrupted driving and respectable 4.8 seconds from 0-100 acceleration. From the get go the SUV gets the level 2 autonomous features, but the pre-installed hardware should support up-grades to accommodate levels 3 and 4 of self-driving. Price $TBA.
Volvo has been one of the first companies to announce their electrification strategy, however until recently they have only been releasing Plug-in Hybrids vehicles instead of fully electric ones. The arrival of the XC40 recharge will be changing this paradigm and since it is coming in the shape of the best-selling crossover by the brand, its prospects are rather bright. The upcoming CUV is getting a confident 78 Kilowatt hour battery pack that will be good for at least 322 kilometers with 150 Kilowatt charging capability. Reportedly, the 408 horsepower strong dual motor powertrain ensures all-wheel drive capability and rapid acceleration of 4.7 seconds from 0-100.
Lexus UX 300 Electric
No matter how strongly Toyota resists the electrification wave, they had to eventually bow down to the trend and quietly reveal the electric version of their compact crossover Lexus UX. Since the EV dedicated platform is still under development, this is basically a retrofitted internal combustion version of the car, hence the rather unimpressive electric characteristics. The single motor setup tops out at 204 horsepower and 221 pound feet of torque, while the 54 Kilowatt hour battery won’t exceed 287 kilometers on a single charge. For now, this EV will be sold exclusively in China with the probable expansion to the Japanese and European markets that can tolerate the reduced range.
Ford Mustang MACH-E
Many expert call this car one of the biggest gamble in Ford’s history. After all, taking a nameplate that has been the icon of American auto making since 1965 and applying it to a crossover, especially an electric one, is a very risky endeavour. The promised specs and stunning looks. However, easily place it into the category of highly craved EV’s of tomorrow the model will be sold in 4 trims: Select, Premium, California Route 1 and GT, plus there is a limited first edition run, but it has already been sold out. Depending on the chosen variant, the range varies between 320 – 482 kilometers, acceleration times are respectable 6.5 through 3.5 seconds 0-100.
Fisker Ocean Electric
Established in 2016, Fisker Inc. is the second EV project of Henrik Fisker his failed Hybrid sports car Karma. However, if everything goes as planned, the company’s electric crossover Ocean has the potential o fully rehabilitating the inventor. The model has a sleek exterior design and a modern cabin that will be carried out using sustainably sourced and recycled materials. Its specification also look promising: a range of 483 kilometers, a battery capacity of at least 80 Kilowatt hour, and 0-100 time of 2.9 seconds with the optional dual motor all-wheel drive system. The Ocean is already available for pre-order with a reservation fee of $250 and a base price of $37,500. But in the future, Fisker Plans to offer the car via a monthly subscription service.
Despite record sales and many new products being unveiled and presented for the upcoming years, the industry doesn’t solely rely on the genius of Elon Musk and his company; other auto manufacturing companies are trying to step up and satisfy the demand for electric vehicles. Ford, Peugeot, Kia, Lexus as well as other car companies from America, Asia, India and Europe are joining the race for producing better technology for vehicles that are to join Tesla’s hottest new product – Model Y crossover. Do you agree with the above line-up of upcoming electric crossovers of 2020, please leave a comment below.
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