Next year will come loaded with good news in the form of new electric cars. An increasingly wide range allows users to choose the option that best suits them. This is a selection of the 10 most interesting models that will go on sale in 2023.
One of the most anticipated is a proposal that takes up a mythical name within the automobile industry, and that will bring back great memories for many. This is the new electric Renault R5. A model will be in dealerships at the end of next year and will be presented before the summer.
A few days ago we saw the first images of the pre-production prototypes, and we also learned that the system was being tested on the road using a Clio body to hide the progress. Renault has promised that the production version will be very close to the concept seen this year. An R5 that adopts neo-retro aesthetic, borrowing parts from the model launched in 1972, and combining it with new generation parts. The R5 will have technical characteristics similar to those of the ZOE, that is, 400 km of autonomy and a 100 kW motor. But a version with a smaller battery will allow for a more attractive base price.
It is not an easy road for Porsche to finish developing the electric Macan. Its presentation was expected in 2021 and the start of its sales in 2022. But the problems with the Volkswagen software division, Cariad, have been delayed again for 2023. Therefore, we may not see it on the road until year Next. The electric Macan will have a new platform developed from scratch to house an electrical system and will become the brand’s highest-selling proposal within the electric range, and also aspires to be one of the best-selling among all technologies.
Nissan Chill Out
The Nissan Chill-Out is described as a new-generation crossover. Based on the CMF-EV modular platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, this model located below the Ariya makes use of the e-4ORCE all-wheel drive technology already seen in its older brother. This prototype is expected to be a preview of the replacement for the long-running LEAF that will end its production at the British plant in Sunderland, where this new model will take over. It will be based on the CMF-EV platform, which was inaugurated by the older brother Ariya and later taken over by the Mégane E-Tech, so we can expect a proposal similar to the Renault, with batteries up to 60 kWh.
Mini is preparing a whole new generation of electric cars. These will be produced in China in collaboration with Great Wall and will take advantage of the design style of the BMW-owned brand with aspects such as round optical differentials and a laid-back interior. The MINI Aceman will be a 5-door crossover with dimensions similar to the 5-door MINI Hatch, just over 4 meters, with different levels of power in its engine and also several battery packs, starting with one of about 40 kWh and ending with another 65 kWh. The latter will allow you to exceed 400 km WLTP of autonomy.
The Cyberster will be an electric roadster that will aim to enhance the MG brand image, but at the same time, it will be born to be relatively affordable, and enter direct competition with the Mazda MX-5. It will assemble CTP ( Cell To Pack ) batteries free of modules. Its autonomy should be around 800 km under the Chinese CLTC cycle; that is, between 600 and 700 km under the European WLTP cycle. In its most performance version, this two-seater will be able to complete the 0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds.
In 2023, the second generation of the popular Korean SUV, the Hyundai Kona, will hit the market. A model that is finishing its last tests on European roads and where it has been spotted by our photographers has allowed us to see the outside, but we have also had a small preview for the first time of the interior of the new generation.
Known internally by the code SX2 (SX2e in the case of the electric version), the refreshed Korean B-SUV will use an updated version of its predecessor’s platform. This will mean that the entry variant of 136 hp (100 kW) and 39.2 kWh will disappear from the catalog, while the top model of 204 hp (150 kW) will receive a slightly more capable battery pack (it will go from 64 to 64, 8 kWh ) and the autonomy will grow slightly to stand at 500 km WLTP.
Ford Cougar Electric
The electric Ford Puma will be a low-cost SUV, that will arrive on the market in 2024 and will be manufactured in Romania. The electric Puma will not be based on VW’s MEB electric kit. Like the Ford Courier, it will maintain the B2E platform, so it will not be a vehicle conceived from scratch as electric. So it will still be front-wheel drive. At the moment its technical specifications are unknown, although it should not differ too much from rivals such as the Opel Mokka-e, so we will have to talk about a range of at least 350 km.
To extend the success of the current 500 to other categories, FIAT is planning to launch a new generation of the 600. A proposal will be placed in the B segment. The new FIAT 600 will be a smaller B-SUV than the current one. 500X. It will be based on the second-generation CMP/eCMP platform, the same one found in the Jeep Avenger (both will be built together at the Tychy plant in Poland). Like its American brother, it should be around 4.08 meters long, like a utility vehicle.
The electric FIAT 600 will have a 115 kW (154 hp) engine and a range of about 400 km under the WLTP cycle thanks to a battery with a capacity between 52 and 54 kWh. As for the load, it will reach peaks of 100 kW in direct current, recovering 80% of its range in half an hour.
The Citroën ë-C3 will be a low-cost proposal that will be born to face the Dacia Spring. It will be based on a simplified version of the Stellantis eCMP platform, and everything indicates that it will be available with two mechanical sets: an access one that will combine an 82 CV (60 kW) motor with 40 kWh batteries, and another 109 HP (80 kW) and 50 kWh. Its autonomy will be 300-400 km WLTP depending on the version and the objective is to bring its price as close as possible to 20,000 euros. A low cost that will also bet on a different and modern image with which to try to gain a foothold in a highly competitive segment.
Derived from the new generation 5 Series, the BMW i5 will have a sportier design than the current model, with more slanted optics that will be somewhat reminiscent of those of the 2003 5 Series. The electric version will differ from its thermal brothers in detail. such as a blinded grille, specific bumpers, aerodynamic wheels, and various decorative motifs in blue. It will be offered with a sedan body (four doors) and a family Touring (five doors).
It is expected to equip a pack larger than the i4 (80.7 kWh), but smaller than the i7 (101.7 kWh). Its autonomy should be in a range of 600-700 km WLTP, so it will be placed at the height of its main rivals.
And besides, the Chinese
But this, as we have commented, is a selection of the models that will arrive in 2023. But the range will be further expanded with the arrival of Chinese manufacturers that will expand the offer more than important.
From NIO, Xpeng, Airways, the expansion of MG or BYD, to lesser known ones like Leap Motor, Voyah, Zeekr, ORA…etc.