If CES 2020 was anything to go by, it’d be the fact that your local roads are about to be seriously electrified, and if you were looking for something a lot bigger and more practical than a silent, zippy sedan, this year’s looking promising for you.
It was only a matter before two of the biggest automotive trends today — SUVs and electric vehicles — would come together to create a new wave of cars for the decade. The segment has might been dominated by Elon Musk’s Tesla Model X in 2016, but 2020 will bigger marques such as Mercedes-Benz and even Ford hopping on board the highly-lucrative train.
Meanwhile, Audi is already well on its way to the second e-tron, while Jaguar continues to impress with its British sensibilities. Here are the most promising luxury electric SUVs to place your order with today.
Tesla Model X
Easily the most predictable car to make this list. Tesla has long been credited for making greener, fully-electric cars actually desirable, and the Model X isn’t an exception. As the crossover cousin to its iconic Model S sedan, the X is vastly more practical, especially since it boasts the most storage room (2,487 litres) of any SUV in its class.
Besides the fact that it has immensely cool falcon wing doors, the Tesla X seats seven and can handle a range of about 505km, making it another leader in its class for having the longest range. 0-100kph is a mind-blowing 3.1 seconds — again, making it the quickest SUV on earth — and being all-wheel-drive means it’s primed for just about any weather. If you’re worried about charging, the car will amass almost 180km in 15 minutes at any Supercharger station.
Audi e-tron Sportback
If you’ve aways appreciated Audi’s performance creativity and aesthetics, but wanted to do more for the environment, then the fully electric e-tron was made just for you. The Sportback version is the second model in the product line, and is a svelter offering with its coupé-styled silhouette.
While identical in length and width to the current model, the Sportback will see a two-inch lower roofline, which slightly compromises on headroom for rear-seat passengers but makes for a better-looking car. The 55 Quattro variant will be designed to deliver the same efficiency and performance that fans have come to love, with a total output of 265kW and 561Nm via two electric motors. Zero to 100kph takes only 6.6 seconds; keep your foot down and you’ll hit a limited top speed of 200kph. For an extra kick, activating its Boost Mode will generate 300kW and 664Nm for eight seconds of thrill.
The Audi e-tron Sportback is still fresh from the LA auto show late last year and will only reach European buyers in the spring of 2020, so expect to wait a little before it hits the shores here. If you can’t wait, get behind the wheel of the regular e-tron instead; we dare say it’ll impress you.
Launched bravely as the first credible rival to Tesla’s premium EV dominance, the Jaguar I-Pace has come a long way in terms of proving itself. With the brand’s British heritage seeded firmly within its DNA, the car presents a highly aerodynamic design with all of Jaguar’s usual trimmings. This sense of sporty luxury is continued within, where a clean and uncluttered interior is furnished with plenty of leather and sweeping lines. Its crowning glory? A floating centre console whose cantilevered design not only lends a sense of space, but actually provides space.
Otherwise, expect a pretty electrifying drive. The 394hp and 696Nm from the powertrain work with the All Wheel Drive traction to accelerate from 0-100kph in only 4.8 seconds. To maximise range, the I-Pace uses an enhanced brake regeneration system that recuperates almost all braking energy, so you won’t have to worry about scrambling for the nearest charging port.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
It hasn’t been that long since the Mustang Mach-E was introduced but that hasn’t stopped the world from being divided over a couple of things, most notably its name. The Mustang badge isn’t exactly one we’d usually associate with a battery-driven, five-door crossover but we give Ford a few points for trying. Here, several design elements point to the famous pony car, plus it’s primarily rear-wheel-drive too. Ford even made sure it sounded like the muscle car.
Similarly sized to the e-tron, the base Mustang Mach-E will come equipped with a 75kWh battery and 280 miles of range. Opt for the bigger 99kWh pack and the range extends to 370 miles. 0-100kph is accomplished in less than eight seconds.
Designed to ride with the same level of plushness and reliability as its regular fuel-driven SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz’s fully-electric EQC is set to be one of the biggest contenders in the market when it launches later this year.
The first member of the EQ family sees similar proportions to the GLC, and even borrows the same suspension and underbody. On the Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MATIC model, the two electric motors produces 402hp and is limited to a top speed of 180kph. Charging an electric car is always a bane but the 80kWh battery pack can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in only 40 minutes by way of a DC fast charger. Even the steering wheel paddle shifters allow for the selection of varying levels of brake energy regeneration, ensuring you never run out of juice on your trips.